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Lady Bears No. 7 in Preseason AP Poll

Junior point guard Kelli Griffin is Baylor's lone returning starter.

Junior point guard Kelli Griffin is Baylor's lone returning starter.

Oct. 30, 2009

WACO, Texas - The Baylor Lady Bears are ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll, it was announced Friday. The No. 7 ranking marks the program's third top 10 preseason AP debut, as the Lady Bears were No. 6 in 2006-07 and No. 8 in 2004-05.

Baylor posted a 29-6 overall record last season and finished No. 5 in the final AP poll. The Lady Bears finished second in the Big 12 Conference, won the Big 12 Championship and were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 by eventual national runner-up Louisville. Baylor returns one starter off last season's squad and boasts eight returnees and five newcomers on this year's roster, including the nation's top-rated freshman class.

Baylor has been ranked in a school-record 112 straight AP polls dating back to week nine of the 2003-04 listing when it broke in at No. 24.

Baylor's regular season gets underway Nov. 15 when it travels to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the eighth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic. The contest will be televised on ESPN2 and will tip off at 4 p.m. (CT).

Baylor rankings in Preseason AP Poll:
2009-10 - No. 7
2008-09 - No. 19
2007-08 - No. 15
2006-07 - No. 19
2005-06 - No. 6
2004-05 - No. 8
2003-04 - Not ranked
2002-03 - Not ranked
2001-02 - No. 14
2000-01 - Not ranked

The top 25 teams in the The Associated Press' preseason 2009-10 women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote:

Record - Pts

1. Connecticut - (40) 1,000
2. Stanford - 951
3. Ohio St. - 862
4. Notre Dame - 799
5. North Carolina - 798
6. Duke - 772
7. Baylor - 744
8. Tennessee -676
9. LSU - 600
10. Michigan St. - 521
11. Xavier - 492
12. Texas - 487
13. Oklahoma - 444
14. Virginia - 394
15. Florida St. - 385
16. Arizona St. - 317
17. DePaul - 301
18. California - 294
19. Georgia Tech - 262
20. Kansas - 241
21. Georgia - 201
22. Vanderbilt - 165
23. Louisville - 156
24. Middle Tennessee - 143
25. Rutgers - 138

 

 

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 137, Maryland 114, Mississippi St. 110, San Diego St. 78, S. Dakota St. 70, Pittsburgh 48, Purdue 45, Kansas St. 33, Gonzaga 30, Marist 26, UCLA 26, Michigan 16, Iowa St. 14, Minnesota 14, Boston College 12, Louisiana Tech 11, Tulane 9, Bowling Green 8, Arkansas 7, TCU 7, Wis.-Green Bay 7, Auburn 6, Nebraska 6, Texas Tech 6, Southern Cal 5, Florida 3, Fresno St. 3, Oklahoma St. 3, Delaware 1, Florida Gulf Coast 1, Temple 1.
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