Texas Longhorns’ Ariel Atkins watches teammates during last year's NCAA tournament win over N.C. State. Dustin Safranek FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas No. 6 in preseason USA Today basketball poll

Four Big 12 teams are in the Top 25

Posted October 26th, 2017

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  • Seniors Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins headline a team that features 10 McDonald's All-Americans

For starters, Texas is No. 6.

The women’s basketball team is ranked No. 6 in the 2017-18 USA Today Preseason Top 25 coaches poll, which was released Thursday.

Texas head coach Karen Aston welcomes back Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins for the 2017-18 basketball season. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

As expected, UConn is No. 1 in the poll. Defending Big 12 champion Baylor is No. 3. Other Big 12 teams to make the poll are No. 15 West Virginia and No. 21 Oklahoma.

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The Longhorns have made three consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and are coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Big 12 Conference. Texas totaled a 25-9 record and a No 14 final national ranking a year ago, as the Longhorns have posted 20 or more victories in four consecutive seasons.

Texas returns senior starters Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty, both of whom were selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. McCarty was the 2017 Big 12 Player of the Year and both were First-Team All-Big 12 honorees a year ago. The duo is 80-25 (.762) through three seasons on the Forty Acres and will be joined by fellow senior Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau.

Texas returns to action on Sunday, November 5 when it plays host to Oklahoma City University, the 2017 NAIA Division I National Champion, in an exhibition game at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns open the 2017-18 regular season on Sunday, November 12, hosting Stetson.

USA TODAY PRESEASON TOP-25 COACHES POLL

  1. UConn
  2. South Carolina
  3. Baylor
  4. Mississippi State
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Texas
  7. UCLA
  8. Ohio State
  9. Stanford
  10. Louisville
  11. Oregon
  12. Duke
  13. Maryland
  14. Florida State
  15. West Virginia
  16. Missouri
  17. Oregon State
  18. Tennessee
  19. Marquette
  20. DePaul
  21. Oklahoma
  22. South Florida
  23. Michigan
  24. Miami

T25. California

T25. Washington

 

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