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Zags In Preseason AP Rankings For First Time

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SPOKANE, Wash. – (Nov. 1, 2013) For the first time in program history, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team starts the season ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The Bulldogs checked in at No. 25 as the Associated Press released the preseason rankings Friday morning. 

Gonzaga received 81 votes to edge out West Virginia University, who got 77 votes, for the final spot.

The Zags were one of the squads ‘also receiving votes' in the AP Preseason Poll four times since 2008-09, including the 2011-12 preseason when they were the third team ‘also receiving votes', but weren't able to break into the poll until this season.

The University of Connecticut was the unanimous No. 1 with all 36 first-place votes and 900 votes total.  

Four Bulldog opponents for 2013-14 are also ranked; Stanford University is No. 3 and Preseason WNIT participants University of Louisville, University of Oklahoma, and LSU are No. 5, No. 11 and No. 15, respectively.

Gonzaga returns 12 letterwinners, including four starters, from its squad that finished 27-6 overall, 15-1 in the West Coast Conference, won its ninth-straight WCC title, and made its fifth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.  

The Zags open the regular season Nov. 8 when they host the University of Idaho in the opening game of the Preseason WNIT. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 (Preseason Poll)

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' preseason women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012-13 final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and 2012-13 final ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. UConn (36) 35-4 900 3

2. Duke 33-2 860 5

3. Stanford 33-3 799 4

4. Tennessee 27-8 752 10

5. Louisville 29-9 714 16

6. Notre Dame 35-2 705 2

7. Kentucky 30-6 678 7

8. Maryland 26-8 668 12

9. California 32-3 662 6

10. Baylor 34-2 569 1

11. Oklahoma 24-11 461 -

12. North Carolina 29-7 452 13

13. Penn St. 26-6 392 8

14. Dayton 28-3 368 18

15. LSU 22-12 365 -

16. Texas A&M 25-10 363 9

17. Nebraska 25-9 340 24

18. Purdue 25-9 225 21

19. Colorado 25-7 205 19

20. Michigan St. 25-9 177 -

21. Oklahoma St. 22-11 144 -

22. South Carolina 25-8 143 17

23. Iowa St. 24-9 126 23

24. Georgia 28-7 99 14

25. Gonzaga 27-6 81 -

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 77, UCLA 70, Vanderbilt 61, Green Bay 48, DePaul 44, Chattanooga 41, Georgia Tech 39, Creighton 21, Middle Tennessee 11, Marist 10, Missouri 10, Texas 7, Washington 6, Florida St. 2, Quinnipiac 2, James Madison 1, South Florida 1, UT-Martin 1.

 

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