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Kentucky women check in at No. 11 in preseason AP Top 25

The Wildcats are one of five SEC teams in the preseason poll.
Kentucky guard Rhyne Howard (10) dribbles the ball against South Carolina guard Breanna Beal...
Kentucky guard Rhyne Howard (10) dribbles the ball against South Carolina guard Breanna Beal during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina defeated Kentucky 99-72. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)(WKYT)
Published: Nov. 10, 2020 at 12:28 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - South Carolina is the preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll for the first time in school history. The Gamecocks had been second twice in the preseason poll, in 2014 and 2015, and received 29 of the 30 first-place votes from a national media panel.

South Carolina was followed by Stanford, which received the other first-place vote. It’s the Cardinal’s highest ranking in the preseason since the 2009 season when the team also was second.

UConn, Baylor and Louisville were third, fourth and fifth.

Kentucky opens the season as the No. 11 team in the country. The Wildcats finished last season with a 22-8 record, losing to Mississippi State in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.

The Wildcats are one of five SEC teams in the poll, joined by No. 1 South Carolina, No. 6 Mississippi State, No. 13 Texas A&M and No. 14 Arkansas.

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