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November 3, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Oregon State also ranked in preseason coaches’ poll, UConn leads the Top 25

The USA Today Sports preseason Top 25 Coaches’ Poll was released Monday. Oregon State finished the 2013-14 season at No. 25 and finds itself back in the mix to open this year. The Beavers, who returned all five starters, are ranked No. 21.

UConn, the two-time defending NCAA champion, is the unanimous No. 1 choice, as in the AP poll released last week. No. 6 Stanford is the highest ranked Pac-12 school with Cal (14) and UCLA (23) being the others breaking into the rankings. UCLA finished last season at 13-18 and was not ranked while Cal wrapped the season at the No. 20 slot.

Gonzaga dropped out of the rankings but did receive 17 points in the coaches’ vote. Of the Pac-12 schools, Oregon (eight points), USC (seven) and Arizona State (two) were given consideration for the preseason poll.

The USA Today Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 32 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Here is the full poll:

USA TODAY SPORTS PRESEASON TOP 25 WOMEN’S COACHES’ POLL — 11/3/2014
The USA TODAY Sports preseason Top 25 women’s basketball coaches poll, with team’s RECORDS FROM 2013-14 in
parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in last year’s final poll and first-
place votes received:

Rank School (record) Points Last Season’s Rank First-Place
Votes
1. Connecticut (40-0) 800 1 32
2. South Carolina (29-5) 739 9 0
3. Notre Dame (37-1) 736 2 0
4. Tennessee (29-6) 683 8 0
5. Texas A&M (27-9) 630 10 0
6. Stanford (33-4) 608 3 0
7. Duke (28-7) 566 13 0
8. Maryland (28-7) 543 4 0
9. Baylor (32-5) 531 6 0
10. Kentucky (26-9) 484 11 0
11. Louisville (33-5) 474 5 0
12. Texas (22-12) 458 not ranked 0
13. North Carolina (27-10) 407 7 0
14. California (22-10) 366 20 0
15. Michigan State (23-10) 343 23 0
16. Nebraska (26-7) 305 17 0
17. West Virginia (30-5) 274 12 0
18. DePaul (29-7) 246 16 0
19. Iowa (27-9) 217 not ranked 0
20. Oklahoma State (25-9) 164 15 0
21. Oregon State (24-11) 123 25 0
22. Dayton (23-8) 117 not ranked 0
23. UCLA (13-18) 116 not ranked 0
24. LSU (21-13) 65 24 0
25. Syracuse (23-10) 55 not ranked 0

Dropped out: No. 14 Penn State (24-8), No. 18 Brigham Young (28-7), No. 19 Purdue (22-9), No. 21 North Carolina State (25-8), No. 22 Gonzaga (29-5).
Others receiving votes: Penn State (24-8) 50; Rutgers (28-9) 45; Purdue (22-9) 37; Georgia (20-12) 29; Vanderbilt (18-13) 24; Gonzaga (29-5) 17; Brigham Young (28-7) 16; Florida State (21-12) 16; St. John‘s (23-11) 16; North Carolina State (25-8) 14; Iowa State (20-11) 12; South Florida (23-13) 11; Ohio State (17-18) 10; Arkansas (19-11) 9; Oklahoma (18-15) 8; Oregon (16-16) 8; Middle Tennessee (29-5) 7; Southern California (22-13) 7; Western Kentucky (24-9) 5; James Madison (29-6) 3; Arizona State (23-10) 2; Albany (28-5) 1; Arkansas State (22-12) 1; Cal State Northridge (18-15) 1; Marist (27-7) 1.

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