Texas ranked 25th in the AP's first poll for the 2021-22 women's basketball season
Texas will open the women's basketball season as the No. 25 team in the country in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The preseason poll was released on Tuesday.
The Longhorns, who are coming off an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, is one of four Big 12 schools in the Top 25, along with No. 7 Baylor, No. 12 Iowa State and No. 19 West Virginia.
Dating back to 1977, this is UT's 36th appearance in the preseason poll. Last year, the Longhorns were unranked when the 2020-21 season tipped off. That snapped a six-year streak of being ranked in the preseason.
Last season with new coach Vic Schaefer, Texas went 21-10 and reached the fourth round of the NCAAs. Joanne Allen-Taylor and Audrey Warren have returned after combining for 50 starts last season. Key reserves Ashley Chevalier and Lauren Ebo also will return and forward DeYona Gaston, who missed much of her freshman season with a shin injury, is back. Additionally, Texas signed one of the top classes in the 2021 recruiting cycle.
Texas must replace Charli Collier, a 6-foot-5 post who last season became the program's first All-American since 2007. She and fellow roster departures Celeste Taylor and Kyra Lambert accounted for 53.5% of the Longhorns' scoring.
Texas opens on Nov. 9 at home against New Orleans. Seven teams that were ranked in the Top 25 — No. 3 Stanford, No. 7 Baylor, No. 12 Iowa State, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 19 West Virginia, No. 22 Arizona and No. 23 Texas A&M — are on the Longhorns' schedule. Texas will play Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia twice.
Danny Davis' AP ballot
1. South Carolina
6. North Carolina State
11. Iowa State
15. Oregon State
16. Florida State
17. South Florida
18. Missouri State
21 .Texas A&M
22. Ohio State
23. Georgia Tech
24. West Virginia