FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team earned seven votes in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 poll it was announced today.
The Razorbacks, who finished 18-14 last season and advanced to the third round of the WNIT postseason tournament, return nine letterwinners from a year ago. In addition Arkansas returns the services of all three Southeastern Conference honorees from 2008-09.
The AP Poll was released Friday and is comprised of a vote from a national media panel.
“Of course it’s great to be mentioned in the preseason poll,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “I hope we can use this as a starting place and improve with each game as the season progresses.”
Defending national champion Connecticut is at the top of the poll earning 1000 points. The Huskies received all 40 first-place votes and are ranked in the preseason top spot for the seventh time in school history.
Stanford, Ohio State, Notre Dame and North Carolina round out the top five picks.
The SEC was represented with Tennessee checking in at No. 8, LSU and No. 9, Georgia at No. 21 and Vanderbilt at No. 22. Mississippi State, Auburn and Florida also received votes.
The Razorbacks host Northeastern State in an exhibition game Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena. It is “Bring A Guest” to the game night in which each paying adult will receive one free admission for a guest. For more information about Arkansas women’s basketball, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Associated Press Top 25 Last Updated: Preseason 2009
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES Texas A&M 137, Maryland 114, Mississippi State 110, San Diego State 78, South Dakota State 70, Pittsburgh 48, Purdue 45, Kansas State 33, Gonzaga 30, Marist 26, UCLA 26, Michigan 16, Iowa State 14, Minnesota 14, Boston College 12, Louisiana Tech 11, Tulane 9, Bowling Green 8,
ARKANSAS 7, TCU 7, Wisconsin-Green Bay 7, Auburn 6, Nebraska 6, Texas Tech 6, USC 5, Florida 3, Fresno State 3, Oklahoma State 3, Delaware 1, Florida Gulf Coast 1, Temple 1.