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    Six SEC Women's Teams In USA Today Top 25

    The preseason USA TODAY Sports women's basketball coaches poll was released today and the Southeastern Conference is well-represented with six teams.  
     
    Tennessee leads all conference teams at No. 4.  The Lady Vols return three starters from last year’s 27-8 squad that won the SEC regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.  Coming in at No. 8, the Kentucky Wildcats return 10 letterwinners and four starters from last season’s NCA Elite Eight Squad that won a school record 30 games.
     
    No. 13 Texas A&M, in their second season in the league is coming off a 25-10 season that included the SEC Tournament Championship.  LSU, ranked No. 17 made their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008 after going 22-12 in 2012-13.
     
    South Carolina (No. 21) had their second consecutive 25-win season in 2012-13 and finished the year ranked in both polls.  No. 22 Georgia returns two starters from last year’s team which finished 27-8 and advanced to the Elite Eight.
     
    In addition to the six ranked teams, Vanderbilt and Florida both received votes.
     
    The SEC had more teams ranked then all other conferences including the ACC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac-12 with four each; the American with two and the Atlantic-10 with one.
     
    The complete poll is below:
     
    Rank School (2012-2013 Record) Points Final 2012-2013 Rank First-Place Votes
    1 Connecticut (35-4) 799 1 31
    2 Duke (33-3) 735 6 0
    3 Stanford (33-3) 714 7 0
    4 Tennessee (27-8) 633 9 1
    5 Louisville (29-9) 631 3 0
    6 Maryland (26-8) 630 11 0
    7 Notre Dame (35-2) 624 2 0
    8 Kentucky (30-6) 621 8 0
    9 California (32-4) 490 5 0
    10 Baylor (34-2) 407 4 0
    11 North Carolina (29-7) 387 19 0
    12 Nebraska (29-4) 381 18 0
    13 Texas A&M (25-10) 368 14 0
    14 Oklahoma (24-11) 354 23 0
    15 Penn State (26-6) 313 12 0
    16 Dayton (28-3) 307 16 (tie) 0
    17 LSU (22-12) 276 21 0
    18 Michigan State (25-9) 185 NR 0
    19 Colorado (25-7) 172  NR 0
    20 Iowa State (24-9) 163 22 0
    21 South Carolina (25-8) 158 16 (tie) 0
    22 Georgia (28-7) 152 10 0
    23 Purdue (25-9) 129 20 0
    24 Oklahoma State (22-11) 127 NR 0
    25 UCLA (26-8) 114 15 0