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Women's Basketball Ranked No. 20 In Preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 05, 2008
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Nov. 5, 2008

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's basketball team received more preseason recognition on Wednesday as they were ranked No. 20 in the Preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.

As with the Preseason AP Poll, five future Old Dominion opponents appear in the poll led by 2006 NCAA defending champion Maryland at No. 5 and defending NCAA Champion Tennessee at No. 6. Also in the Top 25 of the coaches' poll is Texas at No. 13 and Virginia, who the Lady Monarchs will face in the 2008-09 home opener on Homecoming on November 21st, tied for No. 15. Michigan State, the 2008 WNIT runner-up, is receiving votes.

The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs have one more exhibition game left on the schedule before opening up the 2008-09 regular season at the World Vision Classic in Austin, Texas. The Lady Monarchs will take on Shaw University on Monday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m.

ESPN/USA Today Poll - Preseason
1. Connecticut (26-2)
2. Stanford (35-4)
3. Rutgers (27-7)
4. North Carolina (33-3)
5. Maryland (33-4)
6. Tennessee (36-2)
7. Oklahoma (22-9)
8. Duke (25-10)
9. California (27-7)
10. Texas A&M (29-8)
11. Louisville (26-10)
12. Vanderbilt (25-9)
13. Texas (22-13)
14. Notre Dame (25-9)
t15. Virginia (24-10)
t15. Oklahoma State (27-8) 2
17. Baylor (25-7)
18. Arizona State (22-11)
19. Ohio State (22-9)
20. Old Dominion (31-5)
21. Auburn (20-12)
22. LSU (31-6)
23. Pittsburgh (24-11)
24. Florida State (19-14)
25. Georgia (23-10)

Others receiving votes (with 2007-08 record): Xavier (24-9) 87; Purdue (19-15) 85; Kansas State (22-10) 72; Iowa State (21-13) 63; Marist (32-3) 48; Utah (27-5) 46; George Washington (27-7) 24; Syracuse (22-9) 24; Marquette (21-14) 22; Hartford (28-6) 11; Michigan State (23-14) 11; Texas-El Paso (28-4) 9; West Virginia (25-8) 8; Liberty (28-4) 7; Gonzaga (25-9) 6; Illinois State (26-7) 3; Iowa (21-11) 3; New Mexico (20-13) 3; Minnesota (20-12) 2; Montana (25-7) 2; Southern Methodist (24-9) 2; TCU (23-12) 2; Boise State (24-8) 1; DePaul (20-12) 1; East Carolina (13-17) 1; Georgia Tech (22-10) 1; North Carolina A&T (25-8) 1.

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