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.
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.
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
- South Carolina
- Mississippi State
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Florida State
- West Virginia
- Oregon State
- South Florida