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WBB Claims No. 1 AP Ranking

Head coach Kim Mulkey has her 2012-13 squad in the top spot of the AP Preseason Poll again.


Head coach Kim Mulkey has her 2012-13 squad in the top spot of the AP Preseason Poll again.

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
1. BAYLOR
2. Connecticut
3. Duke
4. Stanford
5. Maryland
6. Kentucky
7. Notre Dame
8. Penn State
9. Louisville
10. Georgia
11. Delaware
12. Oklahoma
13. California
14. St. John's
15. Texas A&M
16. Vanderbilt
17. West Virginia
18. Nebraska
19. Ohio State
20. Tennessee
21. Purdue
22. Georgia Tech
23. Oklahoma State
24. Miami (Fla.)
25. DePaul

 

 

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