25 TEAMS TO WATCH
Defending NCAA champion Connecticut was a unanimous pick to lead off our preseason top 25, as voted by espnW.com's Charlie Creme, Kate Fagan, Graham Hays, Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel. The Huskies were also No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason rankings. Creme provided the analysis for each team below.
Creighton, DePaul, Georgia, Gonzaga, Marist, St. John's, South Carolina and Vanderbilt each received at least one vote.
* Refers to the highest and lowest votes a team received from espnW.com's contributors; NR indicates the team was "not ranked" by at least one contributor; first-place votes were worth 25 points, second place 24 points, etc.