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Northwestern women's basketball ranked 19th in AP Preseason Poll

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Northwestern women's basketball is ranked 19th in the country in the Associated Press Preseason Poll, which was released Tuesday.

The Wildcats, coming off their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997, return their five top scorers from a year ago, including star forward Nia Coffey.

Here's the complete poll:

Rank Team 2014-15 record Points Previous
1 Connecticut (32) 38-1 800 1
2 South Carolina 34-3 758 3
3 Notre Dame 36-3 714 2
4 Tennessee 30-6 711 6
5 Baylor 33-4 672 5
6 Ohio State 24-11 570 23
7 Florida State 32-5 551 7
8 Louisville 27-7 541 8
9 Maryland 34-3 536 4
10 Oregon State 27-5 518 10
11 Mississippi State 27-7 465 12
12 Texas 24-11 459 NR
13 Texas A&M 23-10 397 21
14 Duke 23-11 392 16
15 Arizona State 29-6 347 9
16 Stanford 26-10 338 14
17 Oklahoma 21-12 264 NR
18 Kentucky 24-10 241 11
19 Northwestern 23-9 209 22
20 South Florida 27-8 202 25
21 George Washington 29-4 171 19
22 North Carolina 26-9 94 15
23 Syracuse 22-10 74 NR
24 Michigan State 16-15 61 NR
25 Chattanooga 29-4 60 17

The Wildcats came in at No. 24 in the preseason Coaches Poll.