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Nov. 1, 2006

The Top 25 PRESEASON women’s basketball coaches poll, with team’s 2005-06 record in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in last season’s final poll (April 5) and first-place votes received:

Rk School (2005-06 record) Pts Final
2005-06
Rank
First-Place
Votes
1. Maryland (34-4) 773 1 29
2. North Carolina (33-2) 709 3 1
3. Oklahoma (31-5) 686 8 0
4. Stanford (26-8) 655 7 1
5. Tennessee (31-5) 648 5 0
6. Duke (31-4) 632 2 0
7. Ohio State (29-3) 587 10 0
8. Connecticut (32-5) 557 6 0
9. Georgia (23-9) 487 13 0
10. LSU (31-4) 454 4 0
11. Rutgers (27-5) 448 9 0
12. Arizona State (25-7) 383 17 0
13. Purdue (26-7) 380 11 0
14. Texas A&M (23-9) 297 NR 0
15. Vanderbilt (21-11) 262 22 0
16. Kentucky (22-9) 255 NR 0
17. Michigan State (24-10) 204 16 0
18. Baylor (26-7) 192 14 0
19. DePaul (27-7) 178 15 0
20. New Mexico (22-10) 134 21 0
21. California (18-12) 114 NR 0
22. Southern California (19-12) 100 NR 0
23. UCLA (21-11) 95 18 0
24. Brigham Young (26-6) 93 20 0
25. Washington (19-11) 92 NR 0

Others receiving votes (2005-06 record in parentheses): Boston College (21-12) 83; George Washington (23-9) 77; Utah (27-7) 77; Texas (13-15) 50; Bowling Green (28-3) 47; TCU (19-12) 46; Louisiana Tech (26-5) 45; Old Dominion (22-9) 39; Temple (24-8) 37; Louisville (19-10) 33; St. John`s (22-8) 20; Pittsburgh (22-10) 16; Kansas State (22-10) 13; North Carolina State (19-12) 12; Tulsa (25-7) 10; Florida State (20-10) 8; Texas Tech (15-14) 7; South Carolina (17-12) 6; Florida (21-9) 5; Hartford (27-4) 4; Rice (19-13) 4; South Florida (19-12) 4; Virginia Tech (21-10) 4; Mississippi (17-14) 3; Western Kentucky (26-7) 3; Drake (17-12) 2; Iowa (17-12) 2; Middle Tennessee (20-11) 2; Montana (21-7) 1.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The board for the 2006-07 season: Agnus Berenato, Pittsburgh; Pam Borton, Minnesota; Beth Burns, San Diego State; Pokey Chatman, LSU; Debra Clark, Florida A&M; Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Prairie View; Beth Couture, Butler; Mary Taylor Cowles, Western Kentucky; Leslie Crane, Western Illinois; Tricia Cullop, Evansville; Brian Giorgis, Marist; Kellie Harper, Western Carolina; Mary Hegarty, Long Beach State; Melissa McFerrin, American; Kevin McGuff, Xavier; Tina Martin, Delaware; Curt Miller, Bowling Green; Dan Muscatell, Sacramento State; Paul Nixon, Columbia; Jill Poe, St. Francis (Pa.); Jeri Porter, Radford; Rick Reeves, Gardner-Webb; Lee Ann Riley, Stephen F. Austin; Jennifer Rizzotti, Hartford; Rhonda Rompola, Southern Methodist; Julie Rousseau, Pepperdine; Brady Sallee, Eastern Illinois; Cindy Stein, Missouri; LaVonda Wagner, Oregon State; AdrianWiggins, Fresno State; Kay Yow, North Carolina State.