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Kentucky Women’s Basketball No. 11 in Preseason AP Poll

Photo by Eddie Justice | UK Athletics

Photo by Eddie Justice | UK Athletics

Matthew Mitchell’s squad will begin the season on the cusp of a top ten AP ranking. The preseason AP Top 25 just dropped and Kentucky is No. 11.

South Carolina is the preseason No. 1 team in the country, followed by Stanford and UConn. Louisville, who Kentucky will not play this season, is No. 5 and fellow SEC squad Mississippi State is No. 6. All in all, five SEC teams made the Top 25, with Tennessee also receiving one vote.

RANK TEAM CONFERENCE POINTS
1 South Carolina (0-0) Southeastern Women 749 (29)
2 Stanford (0-0) Pacific 12 Women 698 (1)
3 Connecticut (0-0) American Athletic Women 695
4 Baylor (0-0) Big 12 Women 663
5 Louisville (0-0) Atlantic Coast Women 597
6 Mississippi State (0-0) Southeastern Women 589
7 Arizona (0-0) Pacific 12 Women 575
8 North Carolina State (0-0) Atlantic Coast Women 556
9 UCLA (0-0) Pacific 12 Women 499
10 Oregon (0-0) Pacific 12 Women 472
11 Kentucky (0-0) Southeastern Women 464
12 Maryland (0-0) Big Ten Women 395
13 Texas A&M (0-0) Southeastern Women 383
14 Arkansas (0-0) Southeastern Women 354
15 Iowa State (0-0) Big 12 Women 284
16 Indiana (0-0) Big Ten Women 278
17 Northwestern (0-0) Big Ten Women 275
18 Oregon State (0-0) Pacific 12 Women 240
19 DePaul (0-0) Big East Women 185
20 Ohio State (0-0) Big Ten Women 165
21 Gonzaga (0-0) West Coast Women 137
22 Notre Dame (0-0) Atlantic Coast Women 125
23 Syracuse (0-0) Atlantic Coast Women 120
24 Missouri State (0-0) Missouri Valley Women 95
25 Michigan (0-0) Big Ten Women 65
  • Others Receiving Votes: Texas 24, South Dakota 21, Florida State 12, North Carolina 10, Arizona State 6, Princeton 5, Marquette 4, South Dakota State 3, Boston College 2, South Florida 1, Rutgers 1, Tennessee 1, Duke 1

Last year, Kentucky finished the season No. 16 in the AP Poll after a 22-8 campaign. Despite losing five seniors to graduation, the Cats bring back their top two scorers (Rhyne Howard, Chasity Patterson) and top two rebounders (Rhyne Howard, Keke McKinney) while adding Maryland transfer Olivia Owens, 2019 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Dre’una Edwards and a top-15 recruiting class in true freshmen Treasure Hunt, Nyah Leveretter and Erin Toller.

Rhyne Howard was one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award and Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year Award while also being named a first-team All-America honoree by the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association. The 2020 SEC Player of the Year finished second nationally in scoring last season with 23.4 points per game while she hit a school-record 84 3-pointers during the year.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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