DURHAM, N.C.- The first of the preseason hoops magazines have hit the newsstands with the Duke women’s basketball team tabbed No. 2 nationally in the Lindy’s Magazine top 25. Duke senior Chelsea Gray and junior Elizabeth Williams were each listed on the second team All-America squad as well.
Taking the top position in the poll was Connecticut, while Duke, California, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville, Baylor and Maryland in the top 10. Rounding out the top 25 was Dayton, Colorado, South Carolina, Penn State, Gonzaga, Chattanooga, Purdue, Iowa State, Georgia, Creighton, Texas A&M, Wisconsin-Green Bay, UCLA, LSU and Quinnipiac.
In breaking down the top 25, Duke will face the No. 1 (UConn), No. 3 (California), No. 4 (Notre Dame), No. 7 (Kentucky), No. 10 (Maryland) and No. 17 (Purdue).
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie and the Blue Devils return all five starters in 2013-14, including 93.7 percent of its scoring. Along with returning preseason All-America selections Gray and Williams, Duke welcomes back All-ACC performers Tricia Liston and Haley Peters. Freshman All-America and ACC Tournament MVP Alexis Jones is the final returning starter for Duke. A total of 11 letterwinners will return to the squad next season McCallie enters her seventh season with the Blue Devils.
Duke will get started with its annual Blue/White scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 27 followed by exhibition contests against Glenville State College (Oct. 30) and Coker College (Nov. 3). The Blue Devils will open the season on Sunday, Nov. 10 at third-ranked California.
Lindy’s Magazine Top 25 Poll
1. Connecticut 2. Duke 3. California 4. Notre Dame 5. Stanford 6. Tennessee 7. Kentucky 8. Louisville 9. Baylor 10. Maryland 11. Dayton 12. Colorado 13. South Carolina 14. Penn State 15. Gonzaga 16. Chattanooga 17. Purdue 18. Iowa State 19. Georgia 20. Creighton 21. Texas A&M 22. Green Bay 23. UCLA 24. LSU 25. Quinnipiac
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