Oct. 27, 2012
WACO, Texas - After claiming the 2012 NCAA national crown with a perfect 40-0 record, Baylor is picking up right where it finished last season, claiming the top spot in the Associated Press' preseason poll.
The Lady Bears are ranked at the top of the preseason women's basketball poll by The AP for the second straight year. Baylor had the No. 1 spot for the entire season last year en route to its second national championship. Baylor has been ranked in the top spot by the AP in 20 straight polls. All told, the Lady Bears have been ranked No. 1 in 27 AP Polls.
"It's a humbling honor, which we'll embrace but it's just that an honor. It doesn't win basketball games. Our goal every year is to win championships," coach Kim Mulkey said.
Baylor received all 40 first-place votes Saturday from a national media panel. The Lady Bears, return all five starters including All-Americans Brittney Griner, Odyssey Sims and Destiny Williams. Baylor and Texas (1985 and 1986) are the only Big 12 schools to start the season at No. 1 in consecutive years.
The Lady Bears will play eight teams that are ranked in the preseason top 25, including four ranked among the top seven; No. 2 Connecticut, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Kentucky and No. 7 Notre Dame. In fact, three of those four games are on the road.
Associated Press Preseason Top 25
7. Notre Dame
8. Penn State
14. St. John's
15. Texas A&M
17. West Virginia
19. Ohio State
22. Georgia Tech
23. Oklahoma State
24. Miami (Fla.)
BF indicates 2012-13 opponent