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Women's Basketball Receiving Votes In Coaches' Preseason Poll

Oct. 31, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team begins the 2007-08 season receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Division I Top 25 coaches' preseason poll. The Bulldogs, who finished the 2006-07 campaign 24-10, received four votes in the poll that is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions.

The defending NCAA champion Tennessee Lady Vols were voted the top team in the nation in the coaches' preseason poll release on Wednesday.

The Lady Vols received 26 of 31 first-place votes to outdistance rival Connecticut in the second spot. UConn received four first-place votes.

NCAA runner-up Rutgers, who returns all five starters, was ranked third in the preseason poll after a 27-win season that included the Big East Conference tournament title. The run led to a seven-year contract extension for coach C. Vivian Stringer.

Maryland made a solid jump in the offseason, finishing the 2006-07 season ranked 14th but vaulting to the No. 4 spot in the preseason poll.

LSU, which also received a first-place vote, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Stanford, Duke and Georgia rounded out the top 10.

Three teams dotting the Bulldogs schedule are ranked in the Top 25. Tennessee is first, Arizona State University is 12th and Purdue University is 20th. Gonzaga travels to Knoxville to face the Lady Vols on Dec. 16, plays Arizona State Nov. 30 at the ASU Classic and hosts Purdue in the McCarthey Athletic Center on Dec. 19.

The Zags will make their debut Saturday, Nov. 3 when they play a Blue and White scrimmage at the McCarthey Athletic Center at 5 p.m. Gonzaga will then host Corban College in an exhibition contest on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. before hosting the University of Washington Nov. 12 to open the regular season. The Bulldog-Husky match-up is set for 7 p.m.

The Top 25 PRESEASON women's basketball coaches poll, with team's 2006-07 FINAL RECORDS in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in the final 2006-07 poll and first-place votes received:

Rank

School (2006-07 record)

Points

Final 2006-07 Rank

First-Place Votes

1

Tennessee (34-3)

767

1

26

2

Connecticut (32-4)

714

5

4

3

Rutgers (27-9)

683

2

0

4

Maryland (28-6)

637

14

0

5

LSU (30-8)

617

4

1

6

Oklahoma (28-5)

550

9

0

7

North Carolina (34-4)

539

3

0

8

Stanford (29-5)

529

16

0

9

Duke (32-2)

515

6

0

10

Georgia (27-7)

509

13

0

11

Texas A&M (25-7)

459

21

0

12

Arizona State (31-5)

454

8

0

13

George Washington (28-4)

331

11

0

14

California (23-9)

322

not ranked

0

15

Baylor (26-8)  

317

20

0

16

Ohio State (28-4)

284

18

0

17

Vanderbilt (28-6)

181

17

0

18

Michigan State (24-9) 

166

25

0

19

Florida State (24-10)   

155

19

0

20

Purdue (31-6)

146

7

0

21

Pittsburgh (24-9)         

142

not ranked

0

22

West Virginia (21-11)

139

not ranked

0

23

Louisville (27-8)

126

24

0

24

Texas (18-14)

121

not ranked

0

25

North Carolina State (25-10)

72

12

0

Others receiving votes (with 2006-07 record): DePaul (19-13) 75; Middle Tennessee (30-4) 71; Notre Dame (20-12) 57; Auburn (21-13) 41; Wisconsin (23-13) 32; Mississippi (24-11) 31; Georgia Tech (21-12) 30; Marquette (26-7) 30; Xavier (26-8) 30; Wyoming (27-9) 26; Brigham Young (23-10) 17; Southern California (17-13) 17; Bowling Green (31-4) 16; Oklahoma State (20-11) 16; New Mexico (24-9) 12; UCLA (14-18) 12; Western Kentucky (23-9) 11; Marist (29-6) 7; Montana (27-4) 7; Nebraska (22-10) 7; TCU (21-11) 7; Temple (25-8) 7; Iowa State (26-9) 6; Kentucky (20-14) 5; Minnesota (17-16) 5; Gonzaga (24-10) 4; Boise State (24-9) 3; Old Dominion (24-9) 3; Texas Tech (15-16) 3; Tulane (26-7) 2; Ball State (24-7) 1; Hartford (25-9) 1; Utah (19-14) 1; Wisconsin-Green Bay (25-4) 1.