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Final Regular Season AP Women's Top 25 Poll

Taken before start of NCAA tournament.

The sportswriters & broadcasters poll: first place votes in parentheses; records through Monday, March 9, 1997; total points (based on 25 for 1st, 24 for 2nd, etc.); record in NCAA tourney and team lost to; head coach (career years and record including 1997 postseason), and preseason ranking. Teams in bold type went on to reach NCAA Final Four.

  Mar. 10
Record
Points NCAA Recap Head Coach Preseason
Rank
1 UConn (38)30-010203-1 (Tennessee)Geno Auriemma (12 yrs: 294-86)5
2 Old Dominion (2)29-19805-1 (Tennessee)Wendy Larry (13 yrs: 272-119)7
3 Stanford (1)30-19514-1 (Old Dominion)Tara VanDerveer (18 yrs: 437-115)1
4North Carolina27-28992-1 (G. Washington)Sylvia Hatchell (22 yrs: 486-198)23
5 Louisiana Tech29-38542-1 (Florida)Leon Barmore (15 yrs: 428-67)14
6 Georgia 22-57653-1 (Stanford)Andy Landers (22 yrs: 524-151)3
7 Florida21-87523-1 (Old Dominion)Carol Ross (7 yrs: 142-68)21
8 Alabama23-67412-1 (Notre Dame)Rick Moody (8 yrs: 175-71)2
9LSU23-46452-1 (Old Dominion)Sue Gunter (27 yrs: 547-245)29
10 Tennessee 23-106386-0Pat Summitt (23 yrs: 625-144)4
11 Kansas24-55881-1 (Vanderbilt)Marian Washington (24 yrs: 457-258)12
12 Virginia21-75162-1 (Stanford)Debbie Ryan (20 yrs: 462-155)10
13 Auburn21-95061-1 (La. Tech)Joe Ciampi (20 yrs: 471-140)25
14Texas21-74981-1 (Notre Dame)Jody Conradt (28 yrs: 697-195)19
15 Notre Dame27-64424-1 (Tennessee)Muffet McGraw (15 yrs: 301-136)20
16Illinois22-73252-1 (UConn)Theresa Grentz (23 yrs: 498-178)39t
17 Texas Tech19-83041-1 (Stanford)Marsha Sharp (15 yrs: 350-120)11
18 Colorado21-82462-1 (Tennessee)Ceal Barry (18 yrs: 372-181)17
19Stephen F. Austin27-42181-1 (Colorado)Royce Chadwick (8 yrs: 157-85)24
20 Vanderbilt18-102122-1 (Georgia)Jim Foster (19 yrs: 396-172)9
21 Clemson19-102000-1 (Marquette)Jim Davis (11 yrs: 227-110)26
22George Washington25-51893-1 (Notre Dame)Joe McKeown (11 yrs: 253-86)28
23Tulane26-41831-1 (G. Washington)Lisa Stockton (6 yrs: 130-52)43
24Michigan St.21-71331-1 (N. Carolina)Karen Langeland (21 yrs: 329-248)37
25W. Kentucky22-81120-1 (Arizona)Paul Sanderford (15 yrs: 365-120)8
Others receiving votes: 26. Duke (18-10, 74 pts); 27. Iowa (17-11, 60); 28. St. Joseph's-PA (25-4, 51); 29. Oregon (21-6, 32); 30. Portland (27-2, 22); 31. Drake (23-7, 15), Kentucky (8-19, 15) and San Diego St. (23-6, 15); 34. Toledo (27-3, 12); 35. Arkansas (18-10, 11), N.C. State (19-11, 11) and USC (19-8, 11); 38. Purdue (16-10, 10); 39. Louisville (20-8, 9) and Marquette (20-9, 9), 41. San Francisco (25-5, 8) and Washington (17-10, 8); 43. Memphis (22-6, 7); 44. Utah (24-5, 6); 43. DePaul (20-8, 5), 44. Kansas St. (19-11, 4), Maryland (18-9, 4) and Nebraska (19-9, 4); 47. UC-Santa Barbara (24-5, 2); 48. Arizona (22-7, 1), E. Kentucky (24-5, 1) and Northwestern (17-10, 1).

NCAA Women's Division I Tournament Seeds

 WEST MIDWEST MIDEAST EAST
1Stanford (30-1)1UConn (30-0)1Old Dominion (29-1)1N. Carolina (27-2)
2Georgia (22-5)2Colorado (21-8)2La. Tech (29-3)2Alabama (23-6)
3Kansas (24-5)3Tennessee (23-10)3Florida (21-8)3Texas (21-7)
4Virginia (21-7)4Illinois (22-7)4LSU (23-4)4Tulane (26-4)
5Utah (24-5)5Duke (18-10)5Clemson (19-10)5G. Washington (25-5)
6Vanderbilt (18-10)6Oregon (21-6)6USC (19-8)6Notre Dame (27-6)
7Arizona (22-7)7S.F. Austin (27-4)7Auburn (21-9)7St. Joseph's (25-4)
8Texas Tech (19-8)8N.C. State (19-11)8Purdue (16-10)8Michigan St. (21-7)
9Montana (25-3)9Iowa (17-11)9Maryland (18-9)9Portland (27-3)
10W. Kentucky (22-8)10Toledo (27-3)10Louisville (20-8)10Kansas St. (19-11)
11Washington (17-10)11San Diego St. (23-6)11San Francisco (25-5)11Memphis (22-6)
12Iowa St. (17-11)12DePaul (20-8)12Marquette (20-9)12Northwestern (17-10)
13Troy St. (23-6)13Drake (23-7)13Maine (22-7)13UC-Santa Barb. (24-5)
14Detroit (23-6)14Grambling (24-5)14Florida Int'l. (21-8)14SW Texas St. (17-11)
15E. Kentucky (24-5)15Marshall (18-11)15St. Peters (25-3)15St. Francis-PA (21-8)
16Howard (21-5)16Lehigh (15-14)16Liberty (22-7)16Harvard (20-6)

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