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.
|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.