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UConn Women’s Basketball Ranked No. 2 in AP Top 25 Preseason Poll

The Huskies are still expected to be one of the best teams in the country this season despite losing a lot from last year’s team.

UConn�s Megan Walker (3) drives past Notre Dame's Marina Mabrey (3) during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs UConn Huskies women's college basketball game in the Women's Jimmy V Classic at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on December 3, 2017.
UConn�s Megan Walker (3) drives past Notre Dame’s Marina Mabrey (3) during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs UConn Huskies women’s college basketball game in the Women’s Jimmy V Classic at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on December 3, 2017.
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For the second time in three years, UConn women’s basketball isn’t the No. 1 team in the nation at the start of the season. The Huskies are slotted at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 Preseason Poll, behind the defending national champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Other teams on the Huskies’ schedule in the Top 25 are No. 3 Baylor, No. 4 Louisville, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 15 DePaul, No. 22 USF and No. 24 Cal.

UConn’s No. 2 ranking seems high upon first glance after they lost Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams to graduation and Azura Stevens to the WNBA a year early. The Huskies don’t have much frontcourt depth — or depth behind their starting five for that matter. However, many felt UConn’s No. 3 ranking before the 2016-17 season was too high and that team still ran the table in the regular season.

The new year is set to kick-off soon with UConn’s first exhibition game coming on Sunday, Nov. 4 and their season opener one week later on Nov. 11.