Senior Meighan Simmons returns to lead the No. 4 Lady Vols this season.
Oct. 29, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The USA TODAY Sports preseason women's basketball coaches poll was released Tuesday, and Tennessee begins the 2013-14 campaign as the fourth-ranked team in the country.
The Lady Vols return three starters from last year's 27-8 squad that won the SEC regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. They have been picked by the media to win the 2014 league championship.
The UT women are among six SEC teams ranked in the poll. The others include No. 8 Kentucky, No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 17 LSU, No. 21 South Carolina and No. 22 Georgia. Additionally, Vanderbilt and Florida received votes.
The SEC had more ranked teams than any other conferences, including the ACC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac-12 with four each; the American with two and the Atlantic-10 with one.
2013-14 USA TODAY Sports Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches Poll
7. Notre Dame
11. North Carolina
13. Texas A&M
15. Penn State
18. Michigan State
20. Iowa State
21. South Carolina
24. Oklahoma State