Women's Basketball Ranked No. 22 in Athlon Sports' Preseason Poll

Sept. 17, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Athlon Sports magazine ranked the University of Oregon women's basketball team No. 22 nationally in a Preseason Top 25 Poll in its just-released College Basketball edition.

'We are excited about that recognition,' second-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'However, we are more excited about the upcoming season and our opportunity to improve on our performance from last year.'

The Ducks, who finished 22-13 and captured the WNIT title one year ago, are one of three Pac-10 teams represented in the poll. Stanford comes in at No. 7 while USC is No. 24. The magazine tabbed Duke as the No. 1 team.

Oregon's first two games are exhibitions on Nov. 9 against Basketball Travelers and Nov. 15 against Southern Oregon at McArthur Court. The regular-season opener is Nov. 22 at home against Gonzaga.

Athlon's Preseason Top 25
1. Duke
2. Tennessee
3. Kansas State
4. Vanderbilt
5. Notre Dame
6. LSU
7. Stanford
8. Connecticut
9. Georgia
10. Texas
11. North Carolina
12. Tulane
13. Minnesota
14. Arkansas
15. Texas Tech
16. Colorado State
17. Purdue
18. Louisiana Tech
19. Iowa State
20. Cincinnati
21. New Mexico
22. Oregon
23. Houston
24. USC
25. Penn State

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