AP Preseason Top 25 Poll ranks Notre Dame #12

Posted by RRR on Oct 30, 2010 at 11:29am | Page Views: 4,178

Irish senior Becca Bruszewski (Wheeler) will try to lead ND to another successful season.

The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 Poll was released yesterday, ranking Notre Dame 12th in voting.  The Irish lost two great Indiana products to graduation in steady point guard Melissa Lechlitner (South Bend St. Joseph’s) and versatile scorer Ashley Barlow (Pike), but return All-Big East Preseason First Teamer Skylar Diggins (13.8 ppg, South Bend Washington) and blue-collar post starter Becca Bruszewski (9.1 ppg, Wheeler, right).

The Irish are hoping to take last year’s momentum into this season after an excellent 2009-10 campaign when ND went 29-6 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to eventual Final Four qualifier Oklahoma.

The AP Poll is as follows, with former Indiana prepsters noted in parentheses behind each ranked team:

1.  Connecticut (Kelly Faris, Heritage Christian)
2.  Baylor
3.  Stanford
4.  Tennessee (Sydney Smallbone, SB St. Joseph’s; Briana Bass, North Central)
5.  Xavier (Amber Harris, North Central; Ta’Shia Phillips, Brebeuf; Sabrina Johnson, Jeffersonville)
6.  Duke
7.  Ohio State
8.  Texas A&M
9.  Kentucky
10.  Oklahoma
11.  West Virginia
12.  Notre Dame (Becca Bruszewski, Wheeler; Skylar Diggins, SB Washington)
13.  Georgetown
14.  St. John’s
15.  North Carolina
16.  UCLA
17.  Texas
18.  Florida State
19.  Georgia
20.  Iowa State
21.  Maryland
22.  Iowa
23.  TCU
24.  Vanderbilt
25.  Michigan State (Bryonna Davis, Merrillville)

Others receiving votes:

LSU 75
Georgia Tech 73
Dayton 67
Gonzaga 64
DePaul 49 (Kelsey Reynolds, Penn; Jasmine Penny, Logansport)
California 44
N.C. State 28
Bowling Green State 22 (Danielle Havel, Carmel; Chrissy Steffen, Carmel)
Nebraska 19
Temple 15
Green Bay 15
Wisconsin 8 (Jada Buggs, Elkhart Memorial)
San Diego St. 8
James Madison 5
Rutgers 4
AR Little Rock 3
Arizona State 2
Pittsburgh 2
Kansas 1
Tulane 1
Penn State 1 (Alex Bentley, Ben Davis)
Miami (FL) 1

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