Women’s Basketball ranked ninth by Associated Press

30 Oct By

image_handlerAUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas Women's Basketball team is ranked ninth in The Associated Press' Preseason Top 25 released on Thursday. It marks UT's first return to the top 10 since Nov. 17, 2009.

UT has the third-most all-time appearances in the AP Top 25, checking in for the 470th time this week. In the 38 seasons the Associated Press has conducted polling for women's basketball, the Longhorns have been ranked 30 times in the AP Preseason Top 25 and 16 times in the AP Preseason Top 10.

UT will play 10 regular season games against preseason-ranked opponents. The Longhorns are one of four Big 12 Conference teams selected in Thursday's AP Preseason Top 25 -- Baylor (No. 8), Texas (No. 9), West Virginia (No. 17) and Oklahoma State (No. 21). Texas will face four opponents in its non-conference schedule who are ranked in the preseason top 25 -- Tennessee (No. 4), Texas A&M (No. 5), Stanford (No. 6) and UCLA (No. 23).

Head coach Karen Aston's squad, picked as the preseason favorite to win the Big 12, begins the 2014-15 season with an exhibition contest against Oklahoma City University on Nov. 9 in Austin. The game will be nationally televised on Longhorn Network.

2014-15 AP PRESEASON TOP 25 (2014-15 opponents in bold)
1. UConn (35 first-place votes)
2. South Carolina
3. Notre Dame
4. Tennessee
5. Texas A&M
6. Stanford
7. Duke
8. Baylor
9. TEXAS
10. Maryland
11. Kentucky
12. Louisville
13. North Carolina
14. Michigan State
15. California
16. Nebraska
17. West Virginia
18. DePaul
19. Iowa
20. Oregon State
21. Oklahoma State
22. Dayton
23. UCLA
24. Rutgers
25. Syracuse
Others receiving votes: LSU 58, Purdue 45, Penn St. 43, Georgia 37, Gonzaga 28, NC State 24, Vanderbilt 23, Oklahoma 17, Arkansas 14, BYU 14, Mississippi St. 13, Florida St. 10, Minnesota 8, South Florida 8, St. John's 7, Oregon 5, Green Bay 4, W. Kentucky 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Iowa St. 2, Northwestern 2, Albany (NY) 1, Arizona St. 1, Colorado St. 1, James Madison 1.

AP TOP 25 NOTES
• Texas has the third-most all-time appearances in the AP Top 25 (470).
• 30th appearance in the AP Preseason Top 25 (or first AP poll of the season).
• First appearance in the AP Preseason Top 25 since 2011-12, when UT was ranked No. 24.
• First appearance in the AP Top 25 since Dec. 24, 2012, when UT was ranked No. 20.

AP TOP 10 NOTES
• Texas has the eighth-most appearances in the AP Top 10 (225).
• 15th appearance in the AP Preseason Top 10 (or first AP poll of the season).
• First appearance in the AP Preseason Top 10 since 2004-05, when UT was ranked No. 2.
• First appearance in the AP Top 10 since Nov. 17, 2009, when UT was ranked No. 10.

Texas in the AP Preseason Top 25
2014-15 - #9
2013-14 - nr
2012-13 - nr
2011-12 - #24
2010-11 - #17
2009-10 - #12
2008-09 - #13
2007-08 - #22
2006-07 - #25
2005-06 - #12
2004-05 - #2
2003-04 - #3
2002-03 - #11
2001-02 - nr
2000-01 - nr
1999-2000 - nr
1998-99 - nr
1997-98 - #23
1996-97 - #19
1995-96 - nr
1994-95 - #20
1992-93 - #10
1991-92 - #12
1990-91 - #7
1989-90 - #5
1988-89 - #3
1987-88 - #2
1986-87 - #1
1985-86 - #1
1984-85 - #2
1983-84 - #4
1982-83 - #5
1981-82 - #17
1980-81 - #8
1979-80 - #7
1978-79 - #11
1977-78 - #20
1976-77 - nr

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Part-time journalist turned full-time blogger, Brian is an online staff writer at Horns Illustrated and serves as senior staff writer for digital marketing agency Speak Social. Brian currently resides in Austin and you can read his blog at the following address: briankendall.wordpress.com