SPOKANE -- For the first time in school history the Gonzaga University women’s basketball team begins the season ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. In the preseason poll that was released Tuesday, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 22, garnering 106 votes.
The Zags, who finished the 2009-10 season ranked 12th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, also received votes in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 that was released last Friday.
The University of Connecticut, which has won 78 straight games and the last two NCAA women's basketball titles, is No. 1 to start the season in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
But the Huskies were not a unanimous choice. UConn received 27 of 31 first-place votes and 765 total points, outpointing Baylor University and Stanford University, who tied for second with 724 points. Baylor had two first-place votes and Stanford picked up one.
No. 4 University of Tennessee, with 674 points, picked up the other first-place vote. Duke (619 points) rounded out the top five.
Gonzaga hosts Western Oregon University in its lone exhibition of the season Saturday at 2pm.