Dawn Staley and South Carolina are again in a well-known spot: No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll.

It’s the second consecutive season that the Gamecocks are the preseason favourite.


The Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC every have 5 ranked groups, tops within the nation:

Joining No. 4 Maryland, No. 8 Indiana, No. 9 Iowa and No. 11 Michigan is No. 17 Ohio State for the Big Ten.

In the Pac-12, No. 3 Stanford is joined by No. 10 Oregon, No. 14 Oregon State, No. 20 UCLA and No. 22 Arizona.

The ACC has No. 5 N.C. State, No. 6 Louisville, No. 16 Florida State, No. 17 Georgia Tech and No. 24 Virginia Tech.

The SEC has 4 groups with No. 13 Kentucky, No. 15 Tennessee and No. 23 Texas A&M becoming a member of top-ranked South Carolina. The Big 12 additionally has 4 packages ranked, led by No. 7 Baylor with new head coach Nicki Collen. The Bears are joined by the Cyclones, No. 19 West Virginia and No. 25 Texas.

The solely non-Power Five group within the ballot is No. 21 South Florida out of the American Athletic Conference.


Georgia Tech is ranked for the third time ever within the preseason (2009, 2012). … Virginia Tech is within the preseason ballot for under the second time ever, becoming a member of the 1999 squad that was ranked seventeenth.