Notre Dame No. 1 in women's college basketball poll

By  | 

Notre Dame is No. 1 in the preseason AP women's basketball poll.

The defending national champions received all 31 first-place votes from a national media panel Wednesday. It's only the second time that Muffet McGraw's team has been the preseason No. 1 team. It also occurred in 2016. The Irish return four starters from last season's team that battled through a bunch of ACL injuries.

UConn was second in the poll, ending a run of 34 consecutive weeks at No. 1. The Huskies have been in the top five every week since Jan. 29, 2007. Oregon followed the Huskies, earning the best ranking in program history. The Ducks have lofty expectations this year.

Baylor and Louisville were fourth and fifth.

Mississippi State, Stanford, Oregon State, Maryland and South Carolina rounded out the top 10 teams. Eight is the best ranking in the preseason for Oregon State in the program's history.

1. Notre Dame (31) 35-3 775 5
2. UConn 36-1 728 1
3. Oregon 33-5 712 6
4. Baylor 33-2 679 2
5. Louisville 36-3 664 3
6. Mississippi St. 37-2 563 4
7. Stanford 24-11 559 15
8. Oregon St. 26-8 517 13
9. Maryland 26-8 500 16
10. South Carolina 29-7 479 7
11. Tennessee 25-8 448 12
11. Texas 28-7 448 8
13. Iowa 24-8 383 -
14. Georgia 26-7 374 18
15. DePaul 27-8 306 -
16. Missouri 24-8 294 17
17. NC State 26-9 288 21
18. Syracuse 22-9 238 -
19. Marquette 24-10 231 -
20. Texas A&M 26-10 149 14
21. Duke 24-9 131 20
22. South Florida 26-8 123 19
23. Arizona St. 22-13 122 -
24. California 21-11 103 -
25. Miami 21-11 84 -