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The Final Regular Season AP Women's Top 25 Poll for College Basketball's 1995-1996 Season

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 Record Points NCAA Recap Head Coach Preseason Rank
1 Louisiana Tech (37) 28-1 994 3-1 (Georgia) Leon Barmore (14 yrs: 369-58) 4
2 UConn (2) 30-3 945 4-1 (Tennessee) Geno Auriemma (11 yrs: 261-85) 1
3 Stanford (1) 25-2 912 4-1 (Georgia) A. Tucker & M. Stanley (1 yr: 29-3) 7
4 Tennessee 26-4 882 6-0 Pat Summitt (22 yrs: 596-134) 6
5 Georgia 23-4 854 5-1 (Tennessee) Andy Landers (21 yrs: 499-145) 2
6 Old Dominion 27-2 780 2-1 (Virginia) Wendy Larry (12 yrs: 238-117) 31
7 Iowa 25-3 742 2-1 (Vanderbilt) Angie Lee (1 yr: 27-4) 19
8 Penn St 25-6 716 2-1 (Auburn) Rene Portland (20 yrs: 465-147) 8
9 Texas Tech 24-4 651 2-1 (La. Tech) Marsha Sharp (14 yrs: 330-111) 11
10 Alabama 22-7 617 2-1 (Stanford) Rick Moody (7 yrs: 150-64) 24
11 Virginia 23-6 540 3-1 (Tennessee) Debbie Ryan (19 yrs: 439-147) 3
12 Vanderbilt 20-7 538 3-1 (UConn) Jim Foster (18 yrs: 376-161) 5
13 Duke 25-6 500 1-1 (San Francisco) Gail Goestenkors (4 yrs: 76-42) 17
14 Clemson 22-7 470 1-1 (S.F. Austin St.) Jim Davis (10 yrs: 208-99) 43
15 Purdue 20-10 451 0-1 (Notre Dame) Lin Dunn (25 yrs: 447-257) 9
16 Florida 21-8 416 0-1 (San Francisco) Carol Ross (6 yrs: 118-59) 26
17 Colorado 25-8 319 1-1 (Auburn) Ceal Barry (17 yrs: 349-172) 14
18 Wisconsin 20-7 290 1-1 (Vanderbilt) Jane Albright-Dieterle (12 yrs: 208-119) 22
19 Auburn 20-8 284 3-1 (Stanford) Joe Ciampi (19 yrs: 449-130) 34
20 Kansas 20-9 207 2-1 (Tennessee) Marian Washington (23 yrs: 432-252) 13
21 Notre Dame 22-7 172 1-1 (Texas Tech) Muffet McGraw (14 yrs: 270-129) 52
22 Oregon St 19-8 161 0-1 (S.F. Austin St.) Judy Spoelstra (6 yrs: 117-77) 20
23 N.C. State 19-9 140 1-1 (Alabama) Kay Yow (25 yrs: 508-202) 12
24 Mississippi 18-10 123 0-1 (Toledo) Van Chancellor (18 yrs: 423-143) 21
25 Texas A&M 20-11 51 0-1 (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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