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Nov. 8, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball team is ranked No. 7 in the first Associated Press poll for the upcoming 2006-07 season. The Buckeyes, also rated seventh in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA preseason rankings, are the two-time defending Big Ten champions. Defending national champion Maryland is the top-ranked team.

The Buckeyes are one of three Big Ten squads ranked in the AP preseason Top 25. Purdue is slated 11th, ahead of Michigan State’s No. 17 standing.

Oklahoma, ranked third overall, is the highest rated Ohio State opponent in 2006-07. The Buckeyes and Sooners play Dec. 20 in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma landed two first-place votes. LSU, a Final Four team the last three seasons, stands 10th. The Lady Tigers welcome the Buckeyes to Baton Rouge, La., Dec. 10.

Kentucky, rated 15th, visits Value City Arena Jan. 6 and No. 22 Southern Cal serves as the Buckeyes’ opponent in its home opener Nov. 19. Boston College (Nov. 21) and Washington (Dec. 3) visit VCA this season as well. Both teams are received votes in the preseason poll.

Associated Press Women’s Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS LAST
1 Maryland (47) 34-4 1246 3
2 North Carolina (1) 33-2 1161 1
3 Oklahoma (2) 31-5 1148 7
4 Stanford 26-8 1079 t13
5 Tennessee 31-5 1072 6
6 Duke 31-4 975 4
7 OHIO STATE 29-3 956 2
8 Connecticut 32-5 922 8
9 Georgia 23-9 830 12
10 LSU 31-4 748 5
11 Purdue 26-7 641 11
12 Rutgers 27-5 635 9
13 Arizona St. 25-7 621 15
14 Texas A&M 23-9 618 20
15 Kentucky 22-9 501 NR
16 Vanderbilt 21-11 479 NR
17 Michigan St. 24-10 280 16
18 New Mexico 22-10 278 24
19 Baylor 26-7 275 10
20 DePaul 27-7 258 t13
21 California 18-12 256 NR
22 Southern Cal 19-12 248 NR
23 UCLA 21-11 127 21
24 BYU 26-6 126 22
25 Texas 13-15 113 NR

Others receiving votes: Washington 91, George Washington 81, Old Dominion 64, Bowling Green 53, St. John’s 47, Texas Tech 45, Louisville 41, TCU 38, Boston College 32, N.C. State 25, Louisiana Tech 24, Pittsburgh 18, Virginia 16, Kansas St. 14, Iowa St. 11, Florida 10, Utah 10, South Florida 7, Penn St. 6, Virginia Tech 6, Florida St. 3, Iowa 3, Marquette 3, Rice 3, Xavier 2, Hartford 1, Temple 1, Tulsa 1, Wyoming 1.

First-place votes in parentheses