Bria Hartley and the Huskies are ranked No. 1 in both major polls.
Nov. 1, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's basketball team will open the season as the nation's No. 1 team for the ninth time in the program's history, as announced by the Associated Press in its 2012-13 Preseason Poll, which was released Friday.
The other years in which UConn opened the season as the AP’s No. 1 team were 1995-96, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Duke is ranked second while Stanford, Tennessee and Louisville round out the top-five.
UConn has gone on to capture the NCAA National Championship in five of the previous nine seasons in which it opened the season ranked No. 1, most recently in 2009 and 2010. The Huskies have gone on to qualify for the NCAA Final Four in each of the previous eight seasons they have begun as the nation's top-ranked squad.
This year marks the 15th time UConn has been included in the top-five of the Preseason Poll.
Connecticut, which is also ranked No. 1 in the Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, posted 35-4 mark in 2012-13 en route to winning the program's eighth NCAA National Title.
UConn has been ranked No. 1 for a total of 159 weeks in the program's history, the most of any team nationally.
It's the sixth time out of a possible eight that UConn has been voted No. 1 in the preseason following its winning the national championship.
The Huskies started the 2002-03 season at No. 4 behind Duke, Tennessee, and LSU but ascended to the top spot after beating top-ranked Duke in a battle of unbeatens at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 1, 2003. UConn stayed in the top spot the rest of the way, finished 37-1, and eventually defended its NCAA title.
In 2004-05, the three-time defending national champions opened its campaign at No. 4 behind Tennessee, Texas, and LSU. But those Huskies never got higher. They lost their second game of the season to North Carolina and at one point fell out of the top 10 for the first time in 11 years. UConn finished the season at 25-8 and was eliminated in the NCAA Sweet 16 by Stanford.