Women's College Basketball

 
          === Baylor a unanimous preseason No. 1 in women's hoops ===
 
 New  York,  NY (Sports  Network) -  Baylor will start  the new women's college
 basketball  season  the same way last  season ended, as  the No. 1 team in the
 country.
 
 With  Brittney  Griner and the other  four starters returning from a team that
 simply  dominated  throughout the 2011-12 season  en route to a record of 40-0
 and  the school's second national championship, the Lady Bears received all 40
 first-place  votes  from  a  nationwide  media panel  in  balloting  from  the
 Associated Press.
 
 Baylor  went wire-to-wire atop  the poll last year and joins Texas as the only
 Big 12 schools to start No. 1 in consecutive years. The Longhorns accomplished
 the feat in 1985 and '86.
 
 Connecticut, beaten in the Final Four each of the last two years after winning
 consecutive titles in 2009 and '10, sits second in the poll and is followed by
 perennial  powers Duke,  Stanford and Maryland. Stanford lost to Baylor in the
 national semifinals last spring, and has reached the Final Four in each of the
 last five seasons.
 
 Kentucky, Notre Dame, Penn State, Louisville and Georgia round out the top 10.
 Notre  Dame  has been  beaten in  the championship  game each  of the last two
 years.
 
 The  second  10 consists of  Delaware, Oklahoma, California, St. John's, Texas
 A&M,  Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee. Texas A&M
 won  the title  two years  ago, while  Tennessee will  start life  without Pat
 Summit.
 
 In  April, Summitt, the all-time wins leader in college basketball -- men's or
 women's  --  with 1,098 victories,  decided to call it  a career nearly a year
 after being diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
 
 Summitt guided the Lady Vols to a record of 27-9 last season, although more of
 the responsibilities were delegated to assistants. Her 38th and final campaign
 ended with a loss to Baylor in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
 
 Purdue,  Georgia  Tech, Oklahoma State,  Miami-Florida and DePaul are the last
 five teams ranked to start the year.
 
 
 10/27 13:56:31 ET

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