Oct. 29, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- For the fourth time in five years, the OU women's basketball team will start the year ranked in the top 10. Oklahoma was No. 10 in the preseason edition of the Associated Press Top 25 Women's Basketball Poll released Friday.
Connecticut received 39 of the 40 first-place votes from a national media panel to earn top placement for the third consecutive season. The Huskies have been No. 1 for 44 straight weeks of the poll.
OU and UConn will square off Feb. 14 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
Baylor received the other first-place vote and is second. Stanford, Tennessee, and Xavier rounded out the first five. Six through nine were Duke, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Kentucky. The Sooners meet Ohio State in Columbus on Dec. 1.
Other Sooner opponents in the Top 25 included Big 12 foes Texas and Iowa State, at Nos. 17 and 20, respectively, and TCU, who will host OU on Jan. 2, at No. 23.
Last season, after ranked 20th in the preseason AP poll, Oklahoma finished the year third after advancing to a second consecutive Final Four.
The Sooners begin their basketball season Thursday, Nov. 4, with an exhibition game against Oklahoma Christian. Tip-off at the Lloyd Noble Center is 7 p.m.