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          Release: 10/29/2013
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Huskers 12th in Coaches Preseason Poll

Lincoln - The Nebraska women's basketball team will open its 2013-14 campaign with its highest preseason ranking in school history, as the Huskers start the year No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25, announced Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Nebraska's preseason ranking by the coaches surpasses its No. 19 ranking by USA Today before the start of the 2012-13 season.

The Huskers finished the 2012-13 campaign at No. 18 in the final coaches poll following their second run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in the past four years. Nebraska closed with a 25-9 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten Conference finish.

NU enters the 2013-14 campaign as the highest ranked Big Ten team, just ahead of defending Big Ten regular-season champion Penn State. The Lady Lions will start the year at No. 15 in the coaches poll.

Michigan State heads into the season at No. 18, while defending Big Ten Tournament champion Purdue begins the year at No. 23. All four of the Big Ten teams in the preseason poll advanced to at least the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and won at least 25 games.

The preseason top 25 included UCLA - Nebraska's first opponent of 2013-14, The Huskers will face the Bruins in the first-ever regular-season basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln on Nov. 8. Tip-off between the Huskers and Bruins, who advanced to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and finished with a No. 15 final national ranking in the coaches poll, is set for Noon.

Season and single-game tickets are available now at Huskers.com.

USA TODAY SPORTS DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL

Preseason: Oct. 29, 2013

The USA TODAY Sports Top 25 preseason women's basketball coaches poll, with team's 2012-13 records in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in the final poll of 2012-13 (April 10) and first-place votes received:

 
Rank
School (record)
Points
Final 2012-13 rank
First-place votes
 
1
Connecticut (35-4)
799
1
31
 
2
Duke (33-3)
735
6
 
 
3
Stanford (33-3)
714
7
 
 
4
Tennessee (27-8)
663
9
1
 
5
Louisville (29-9)
631
3
 
 
6
Maryland (26-8)
630
11
 
 
7
Notre Dame (35-2)
624
2
 
 
8
Kentucky (30-6)
621
8
 
 
9
California (32-4)
490
5
 
 
10
Baylor (34-2)
407
4
 
 
11
North Carolina (29-7)
387
19
 
 
12
Nebraska (25-9)
381
18
 
 
13
Texas A&M (25-10)
368
14
 
 
14
Oklahoma (24-11)
354
23
 
 
15
Penn State (26-6)
313
12
 
 
16
Dayton (28-3)
307
16 (tie)
 
 
17
LSU (22-12)
276
21
 
 
18
Michigan State (25-9)
185
not ranked
 
 
19
Colorado (25-7)
172
not ranked
 
 
20
Iowa State (24-9)
163
22
 
 
21
South Carolina (25-8)
158
16 (tie)
 
 
22
Georgia (28-7)
152
10
 
 
23
Purdue (25-9)
129
20
 
 
24
Oklahoma State (22-11)
127
not ranked
 
 
25
UCLA (26-8)
114
15
 

Others receiving votes: Vanderbilt (21-12) 99; Gonzaga (27-6) 68; DePaul (21-12) 54; West Virginia (17-14) 53; South Florida (22-11) 37; Georgia Tech (14-16) 34; Kansas (20-14) 32; Florida State (23-10) 18; Wisconsin-Green Bay (29-3) 18; Marist (26-7) 17; Rutgers (16-14) 11; Creighton (25-8) 10; Saint Mary's (23-11) 8; Syracuse (24-8) 8; Middle Tennessee (25-8) 6; Toledo (29-4) 6; Iowa (21-13) 4; Quinnipiac (30-3) 4; San Diego (22-10) 4; Delaware (32-4) 2; Minnesota (18-14) 2; Brigham Young (23-11) 1; Florida (22-15) 1; Pacific (27-8) 1; Southern Methodist (21-10) 1; St. John‘s (18-13) 1.

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