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Associated Press Tabs Baylor No. 2 in Preseason Poll

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The Baylor Lady Bears were recognized as the No. 2 team in the country by the Associated Press Tuesday. In its first installment of its weekly poll, the publication announced Baylor as preseason No. 2, four points behind No. 1 Notre Dame.

“Being preseason No. 2 in the country brings great recognition to our school and our program, we welcome it,” 17th-year Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said. “We have a schedule, nonconference and conference, that will be most challenging early in the season. It's one that I think will help us late in the season."

The top recruiting class in the country bolster a Lady Bears roster with 10 returners from last year’s 36-2 squad. Baylor played its way to its sixth consecutive Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the Elite Eight.

Two-time All-American forward Nina Davis and honorable mention All-American guard Alexis Jones lead the Lady Bears heading into the season. Both were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 first team, while Davis was tabbed Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year. Sophomore post Kalani Brown was also Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection. Freshman Lauren Cox, the 2016 WBCA High School Player of the Year, was selected Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Baylor is back on the court tonight for an exhibition game against Emporia State at 7 p.m. (CT). Following a second exhibition contest against Langston on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., the Lady Bears open the regular season against Houston Baptist on Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. That game is a doubleheader, with the Baylor men playing Oral Roberts at 6 p.m.

Associated Press Preseason Poll
1. Notre Dame – 793
2. Baylor – 789
3. Connecticut – 743
4. South Carolina – 719
5. Louisville – 718
6. Maryland – 635
7. Ohio State – 632
8. Texas – 604
9. UCLA – 557
10. Mississippi State – 516
11. Stanford – 471
12. Florida State – 437
13. Tennessee – 415
T14. Miami (FL) – 328
T14. Syracuse – 328
16. Oklahoma – 285
17. Washington – 259
18. Arizona State – 244
19. Kentucky – 228
20. Florida – 181
21. DePaul – 160
22. West Virginia – 154
23. Indiana – 108
24. Missouri – 98
25. Oregon State – 95

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