• September 17, 2021

Preseason 2019-20: USA Today Sports Top 25 women’s basketball coaches poll

The USA Today Sports Top 25 women’s basketball coaches poll, with last season’s record in parentheses. Total points are based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in last week’s poll and first-place votes received.

Rank School (last season’s record) Points Last year’s
final rank
First-place
votes
1 Oregon (33-5) 788 4 24
2 Baylor (37-1) 773 1 8
3 Stanford (31-5) 709 7 0
4 Connecticut (35-3) 678 3 0
5 Maryland (29-5) 641 11 0
6 Oregon State (26-8) 604 10 0
7 Texas A&M (26-8) 587 12 0
8 Mississippi State (33-3) 554 5 0
9 Louisville (32-4) 549 6 0
10 South Carolina (23-10) 539 13 0
11 UCLA (22-13) 445 14 0
12 North Carolina State (28-6) 393 9 0
13 Florida State (24-9) 358 23 0
14 Notre Dame (35-4) 353 2 0
15 Texas (23-10) 310 NR 0
16 Kentucky (25-8) 282 21 0
17 Syracuse (25-9) 237 16 0
18 Arizona State (22-11) 236 15 0
19 Miami (Fla.) (25-9) 184 20 0
20 DePaul (26-8) 164 25 0
21 Michigan State (21-12) 127 NR 0
22 Arkansas (22-15) 109 NR 0
23 Gonzaga (29-5) 92 18 0
24 Michigan (22-12) 81 NR 0
24 Iowa State (26-9) 81 17 0

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa (29-7) 75; Minnesota (21-11) 73; West Virginia (22-11) 54; Indiana (21-13) 49; Drake (27-7) 48; Rice (28-4) 44; Arizona (24-13) 36; South Dakota (28-6) 20; Marquette (27-8) 18; Tennessee (19-13) 16; Missouri State (25-10) 13; South Dakota State (28-7) 12; Boise State (28-5) 12; Brigham Young (26-7) 10; San Diego State (14-18) 7; California (20-13) 7; Missouri (24-11) 6; South Florida (19-16) 5; Rutgers (22-10) 4; James Madison (29-6) 4; Kansas State (21-12) 3; Central Florida (26-7) 3; Florida Gulf Coast (28-5) 2; Buffalo (24-10) 2; Southern California (17-13) 1; Oklahoma State (14-16) 1; Abilene Christian (23-10) 1.

The USA Today Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 32 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The board for the 2019-20 season: Suzy Barcomb, Seattle; Bart Brooks, Belmont; Dan Burt, Duquesne; Jackie Carson; Furman; Billi Chambers, Iona; Bill Cleary, Colgate; Shane Clipfell, Western Michigan; Bradley Davis, Pacific; Bill Fennelly, Iowa State; Jose Fernandez, South Florida; Ronny Fisher, Campbell; Terry Fowler, South Alabama; Freda Freeman-Jackson, Alabama State; Brenda Frese, Maryland; Julie Goodenough; Abilene Christian; Tamara Inoue, UC Irvine; Belle Koclanes, Dartmouth; Mike Lane, NJIT; Maria Marchesano, Mount St. Mary’s;  Katie Meier, Miami (Fla.); Jalie Mitchell, North Texas; Jon Newlee, Idaho; Harry Perretta, Villanova; Kyle Rechlicz; Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Diane Richardson, Towson; Lynne Roberts, Utah; Tarrell Robinson, North Carolina A&T; Matt Ruffing, Evansville; Joni Taylor, Georgia; Jim Turgeon, Denver; Amy Vachon, Maine; Ryun Williams, Colorado State.

 

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