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Monday, November 4
Updated: November 5, 9:52 PM ET
 
ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll

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The preseason women's basketball coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2001-02 record, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and final 2001-02 ranking (first regular-season poll to be released Nov. 19):

TEAM REC PTS LAST ESPN.COM SAYS ...
1. Duke (25) 31-4 976 4 In Coach G we trust. Beard ain't bad, either.
2. Tennessee (8) 29-5 944 3 Could be in seventh heaven by season's end.
3. Connecticut (6) 39-0 804 1 Two words: Diana Taurasi.
4. LSU 18-12 786 22 Magnificent Seven roster doubles to 14.
5. Kansas State 26-8 773 10 And you thought Manhattan, N.Y., was exciting.
6. Stanford 32-3 755 8 Won't last long if Powell isn't playing.
7. Texas Tech 20-12 735 12 Hoping to put missing Pierson bureau out of biz.
8. Purdue 24-6 665 14 Boilers still have Wright stuff.
9. Georgia 19-11 630 NR Lady Bulldogs tall and talented in paint.
10. Vanderbilt (1) 30-7 598 5 Can Balcomb bring it all together?
11. Texas 22-10 551 13 As good for real as they are on paper.
12. Notre Dame 20-10 535 NR Ratay, seven underclassmen eyeing Big East.
13. North Carolina 26-9 457 11 Waiting to see who'll take over Teasley's duties.
14. Penn State 23-12 403 18 Can anyone stop Mazzante from scoring?
15. Louisiana Tech 25-5 329 19 No Barmore, no Walker, but don't underestimate.
16. Arkansas 20-12 322 NR Sister Christon oh your time has come.
17. Minnesota 22-8 306 21 Note to Borton: Keep giving Whalen the ball.
18. Colorado State 24-7 217 24 Gorton gone but Rams still tough.
19. Oklahoma 32-4 200 2 Jackson next big thing to come out of Norman.
20. TCU 24-7 181 25 Could be this year's South Carolina.
21. Iowa State 24-19 172 16 Still can't believe they lost so early in NCAAs.
22. Cincinnati 27-5 166 23 King is queen of Conference USA.
23. Old Dominion 28-6 161 7 Replacing Maiga and Berthieu one tough task.
24. Boston College 23-8 156 NR Big difference between first and third in Big East.
25. George Washington 21-9 124 NR Coaches have basketball Joens for Colonials.
Others receiving votes (with 2001-02 record): Colorado (24-10) 119; Mississippi State (19-12) 107; Virginia (17-13) 106; Tulane (24-11) 102; Oregon (21-13) 79; UC-Santa Barbara (26-6) 77; Washington (19-11) 74; South Carolina (25-7) 63; North Carolina State (14-15) 43; Clemson (17-12) 40; Florida (18-11) 32; Ohio State (14-15) 25; Southern California (16-14) 23; Houston (26-8) 22; Florida International (27-6) 21; New Mexico (22-9) 20; Baylor (27-6) 18; Liberty (23-8) 14; Brigham Young (24-9) 13; Rice (21-9) 13; Santa Clara (21-10) 7; Drake (25-8) 6; UNLV (23-8) 6; Virginia Tech (21-11) 6; Villanova (20-11) 5; Pepperdine (23-8) 4; Kent State (20-11) 2; Arizona State (25-9) 1; James Madison (16-12) 1; St. Peter's (25-5) 1; Wisconsin-Green Bay (24-7) 1.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 40 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The 2002-03 board: Jane Albright, Wisconsin; Dallas Bolla, Long Beach State; Brian Boyer, Arkansas State; Duffy Burns, Cleveland State; Gina Castelli, Siena; Bud Childers, James Madison; Martin Clapp, Louisville; Jim Davis, Clemson; Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard; Dan Durkin, Duquesne; Bill Fennelly, Iowa State; Cindy Fisher, Wyoming; Keith Freeman, Valparaiso; Bill Gibbons, Holy Cross; Carey Green, Liberty; Cindy Griffin, Saint Joseph's; Gail Goestenkors, Duke; Kelly Graves, Gonzaga; Sue Gunter, LSU; Myndi Hill, St. Francis (Pa.); Cathy Inglese, Boston College; Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame; Kathy Olivier, UCLA; Cathy Parson, Howard; Rene Portland, Penn State; Robin Potera, Montana State; Sandy Pugh, Southern; Rhonda Rompola, Southern Methodist; Darryl Smith, Wichita State; James Smith, Northwestern State (La.); Ron Stewart, Western Michigan; Lisa Stockton, Tulane; Lisa Stone, Drake; Gail Striegler, Central Florida; Pat Summitt, Tennessee; Tara VanDerveer, Stanford; Sharon Versyp, Maine; Marian Washington, Kansas; Annette Watts, Davidson; Bill Worrell, Tennessee Tech.




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