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Lady Bears, Irish 1-2 in coaches' poll

Baylor received the majority of first-place votes and came out ahead of Notre Dame to grab the top spot by a small margin in the ESPN/USA Today preseason women's college basketball coaches' poll.

The rankings were released Tuesday.

Led by 6-foot-8 junior center Brittney Griner, Baylor received 17 of 31 first-place votes from the panel of coaches and a total of 745 poll points -- 17 more than the Fighting Irish, who received five first-place votes.

Notre Dame opens the season with lots of promise. The Irish return four starters -- including outstanding guard Skylar Diggins -- from a team that beat Connecticut at the Final Four before losing to Texas A&M in last year's national championship game.

By mid-November, it's possible that fans could be treated to a Baylor-Notre Dame meeting in the Preseason WNIT final.

Tennessee (three first-place votes), Connecticut (two) and Stanford (two) fill out the top five, with Texas A&M (two) checking in at No. 6. The schedule also calls for the Lady Vols and UConn to meet No. 1 Baylor before the new year.

Texas A&M upset Stanford in the final seconds of their Final Four game -- the Cardinal's fourth straight Final Four appearance without a championship.

Miami, Duke, Louisville and Maryland complete the top 10.

Georgetown leads off the second 10 and is followed by Georgia, Florida State, Penn State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Rutgers, DePaul, North Carolina and Texas.

The rest of the Top 25: Purdue, LSU, USC, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Michigan State.