Blue Demons Ranked 18th in Preseason AP Poll

CHICAGO – Following a No. 19 slot in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, the DePaul women's basketball team is ranked 18th in the preseason Associated Press top 25. Duke edged Tennessee by five points as the preseason top-ranked team.

The Blue Demons finished last season at No. 17 in the final AP poll prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament. DePaul finished the year with a 26-5 record and return four starters and nine players this season.

Joining the Blue Demons from the BIG EAST are No. 5 Rutgers, No. 9 Connecticut and 15th-ranked Notre Dame.

DePaul concludes the exhibition portion of the schedule on Saturday against the Chicago Challengers. The team won their first exhibition game, 110-65, over Saint Xavier (Ill.) on Nov. 5. Tipoff with the Challengers is set for 6 p.m. with the final men's exhibition game to follow.

The regular season begins on Nov. 18 with the DePaul Invitational at the DePaul Athletic Center. Alabama State, Harvard and UNLV venture to Chicago for the two-day tourney.

NCAA Division I: AP Top 25

1. Duke (17)

2. Tennessee (23)

3. LSU (3)

4. Ohio State

5. Rutgers

6. Baylor (1)

7. North Carolina

8. Georgia (1)

9. Connecticut

10. Michigan State

11. Stanford

12. Texas

13. Texas Tech

14. Maryland

15. Notre Dame

16. Minnesota

17. Vanderbilt

18. DePaul

19. Purdue

20. Arizona State

21. Temple

22. Utah

23. N.C. State

24. USC

25. Oklahoma

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

UCLA 118, Boston College 59, Arizona 16, New Mexico 15, Louisville 12, Virginia Tech 10, Louisiana Tech 9, Villanova 8, Florida State 7, Kansas State 7, Wake Forest 6, George Washington 4, Western Kentucky 4…

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