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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 11, 1996; 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 1996 postseason), and preseason ranking. Teams in bold type went on to reach NCAA Final Four.

  Mar. 11 RecordPointsNCAA RecapHead CoachPreseason Rank
1Louisiana Tech (37)28-19943-1 (Georgia)Leon Barmore (14 yrs: 369-58)4
2UConn (2)30-39454-1 (Tennessee)Geno Auriemma (11 yrs: 261-85)1
3Stanford (1)25-29124-1 (Georgia)A. Tucker & M. Stanley (1 yr: 29-3)7
4Tennessee26-48826-0Pat Summitt (22 yrs: 596-134)6
5Georgia23-48545-1 (Tennessee)Andy Landers (21 yrs: 499-145)2
6Old Dominion27-27802-1 (Virginia)Wendy Larry (12 yrs: 238-117)31
7Iowa25-37422-1 (Vanderbilt)Angie Lee (1 yr: 27-4)19
8Penn St25-67162-1 (Auburn)Rene Portland (20 yrs: 465-147)8
9Texas Tech24-46512-1 (La. Tech)Marsha Sharp (14 yrs: 330-111)11
10Alabama22-76172-1 (Stanford)Rick Moody (7 yrs: 150-64)24
11Virginia23-65403-1 (Tennessee)Debbie Ryan (19 yrs: 439-147)3
12Vanderbilt20-75383-1 (UConn)Jim Foster (18 yrs: 376-161)5
13Duke25-65001-1 (San Francisco)Gail Goestenkors (4 yrs: 76-42)17
14Clemson22-74701-1 (S.F. Austin St.)Jim Davis (10 yrs: 208-99)43
15Purdue20-104510-1 (Notre Dame)Lin Dunn (25 yrs: 447-257)9
16Florida21-84160-1 (San Francisco)Carol Ross (6 yrs: 118-59)26
17Colorado25-83191-1 (Auburn)Ceal Barry (17 yrs: 349-172)14
18Wisconsin20-72901-1 (Vanderbilt)Jane Albright-Dieterle (12 yrs: 208-119)22
19Auburn20-82843-1 (Stanford)Joe Ciampi (19 yrs: 449-130)34
20Kansas20-92072-1 (Tennessee)Marian Washington (23 yrs: 432-252)13
21Notre Dame22-71721-1 (Texas Tech)Muffet McGraw (14 yrs: 270-129)52
22Oregon St19-81610-1 (S.F. Austin St.)Judy Spoelstra (6 yrs: 117-77)20
23N.C. State19-91401-1 (Alabama)Kay Yow (25 yrs: 508-202)12
24Mississippi18-101230-1 (Toledo)Van Chancellor (18 yrs: 423-143)21
25Texas A&M20-11510-1 (Kent)Candi Harvey (6 yrs: 87-89)28
Others receiving votes: 26. Colorado St. (25-4, 50); 27. Texas (20-8, 37); 28. Stephen F. Austin St. (25-3, 32); 29. George Washington (25-6, 29); 30. Montana (24-4, 27); 31. DePaul (20-9, 22); 32. SW Missouri St. (25-4, 15); 33. Northwestern (21-10, 6); 34. Toledo (24-5, 5); 35. Louisiana St. (19-10, 4); 36. Arkansas (20-11, 3), Austin Peay (21–8, 3), Memphis (20-10, 3) and Ohio St. (20-12, 3); 40. Oklahoma St. (19-9, 2), 41. Grambling (21-6, 1), Hawaii (23-5, 1), Mid. Tenn. St. (24–6, 1) and Tulane (21-9, 1).
Note: Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer took a one-year leave to coach the USA Women's Olympic Basketball team. Assistants Amy Tucker and Marianne Stanley were named interim co-head coaches.

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