||Four SEC women's basketball teams in preseason top 25
UNDATED (WTVA/SEC) — Four SEC women's basketball teams are ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll.
South Carolina is second in the poll - its best ranking since Jan. 3, 1982 and highest-ever preseason ranking. Expectations are high for Dawn Staley's team, which advanced to the Sweet 16 last season and won its first SEC title. The team returns SEC player of the year Tiffany Mitchell and league freshman of the year in Alaina Coates as well as a talented freshman class. Media members picked South Carolina to win the 2015 SEC women's basketball championship.
"It's unchartered waters for us," Staley said. "It means that our program has done something over the course of the past few years to get ranked as high as we are. It brings in a whole lot of pressure, some anticipated, some not. For us, we knew coming up people would have high expectations for ourselves."
Tennessee is fourth and Texas A&M rounds out the first five teams. It's the Aggies' best preseason ranking in school history. Kentucky is ranked 11th.
UConn is the unanimous number one team.