Today the 2011-12 Preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll was released and UConn is ranked 4th (received two 1st place votes). Last week the 2011-12 Preseason AP Poll came out and UConn was also ranked 4th by the 40 national media member voters. The Baylor Lady Bears were picked 1st in both polls followed by Notre Dame 2nd and Tennessee 3rd while Stanford rounded out the top 5 in both polls in 5th.
The 2011-12 Preseason AP All-America Team was also announced today led by unianimous selection Baylor Jr. C Brittney Griner (40 votes). Joining Griner on the 5-member team is Stanford Sr. F Nnemkadi Ogwumike (37 votes), Notre Dame Jr. G Skylar Diggins (37 votes), Miami Sr. G Shenise Johnson (25 votes), and Tennessee Sr. W Shekinna Stricklen (21 votes). UConn Sr. G Tiffany Hayes and So. C Stefanie Dolson were named as 2011-12 Preseason AP All-America Honorable Mentions.