Oct 29, 2012
Baylor No. 1 In Women’s Preseason Poll

The Associated Press

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaw/2012/10/27/baylor-no-1-womens-basketball-preaseason-poll/1662427/

Brittney Griner and Baylor are picking up right where they finished last season — at No. 1.

The Lady Bears are ranked at the top of the preseason women’s basketball poll by The Associated Press for the second straight year. Baylor had the No. 1 spot for the entire season last year en route to its second national championship and a 40-0 record.

“It’s a humbling honor, which we’ll embrace but it’s just that an honor. It doesn’t win basketball games. Our goal every year is to win championships, coach Kim Mulkey said.

Baylor received all 40 first-place votes Saturday from a national media panel. The Lady Bears, who return all five starters including the 6-foot-8 Griner, joined Texas (1985 and 1986) as the only Big 12 schools to start the season at No. 1 in consecutive years.

Connecticut, Duke, Stanford and Maryland round out the first five.

Coach Geno Auriemma has a lot of optimism about his team this season that has lost in the Final Four the last two years. He’s telling anyone who will listen that his team is really, really, really good, and he believes they can win it all, even though defending national champion Baylor returns Griner.

, Baylor No. 1In Women’s Preseason Poll

The Associated Press

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaw/2012/10/27/baylor-no-1-womens-basketball-preaseason-poll/1662427/

Brittney Griner and Baylor are picking up right where they finished last season — at No. 1.

The Lady Bears are ranked at the top of the preseason women’s basketball poll by The Associated Press for the second straight year. Baylor had the No. 1 spot for the entire season last year en route to its second national championship and a 40-0 record.

It’s a humbling honor, which we’ll embrace but it’s just that an honor. It doesn’t win basketball games. Our goal every year is to win championships, coach Kim Mulkey said.

Baylor received all 40 first-place votes Saturday from a national media panel. The Lady Bears, who return all five starters including the 6-foot-8 Griner, joined Texas (1985 and 1986) as the only Big 12 schools to start the season at No. 1 in consecutive years.

Connecticut, Duke, Stanford and Maryland round out the first five.

Coach Geno Auriemma has a lot of optimism about his team this season that has lost in the Final Four the last two years. He’s telling anyone who will listen that his team is really, really, really good, ” and he believes they can win it all, even though defending national champion Baylor returns Griner.






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