The Northwestern women's basketball team came in at No. 24 in the preseason edition of the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Wildcats, who finished at 23-9 last season after a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament, sit as the fourth-highest-ranked Big Ten team in the poll, behind No. 6 Maryland, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 23 Iowa. The team starts its 2015-16 campaign at home against Howard on Nov. 15.