The University of Louisville women’s basketball team is ranked fifth in the preseason Associated Press poll, which was announced Tuesday morning.

The Cardinals, who are ranked in the poll’s top 10 for the fifth time in the last six seasons, also have been selected in the top 10 in all other preseason publications. Since head coach Jeff Walz, entering his 10th season at the helm of the program, has taken over in 2007-08, Louisville has made 117 appearances in the poll – 13th-best nationally.

Louisville opens the 2016-17 campaign on Nov. 11 at UT Martin before playing their home opener on Nov. 13 against Belmont in the KFC Yum! Center. Of the Cardinals’ opponents, six are ranked in the top 25, with an additional six receiving votes that includes Belmont.

Led by reigning and preseason ACC Player of the Year, Myisha Hines-Allen headlines a team that returns all five starters and was picked to finish second in the league. The Cardinals also boast all-conference honorees Mariya Moore and Asia Durr and recruiting class that was tabbed sixth by espnW HoopGurlz.

For the latest information on Louisville women’s basketball, log on to GoCards.com, or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow the team’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/UofLWBB or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UofLWBB.

2016-17 AP WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL
1. Notre Dame
2. Baylor
3. UConn
4. South Carolina
5. Louisville
6. Maryland
7. Ohio State
8. Texas
9. UCLA
10. Mississippi State
11. Stanford
12. Florida State
13. Tennessee
t-14. Miami
t-14. Syracuse
16. Oklahoma
17. Washington
18 Arizona State
19. Kentucky
20. Florida
21. DePaul
22. West Virginia
23. Indiana
24. Missouri
25. Oregon State
Receiving Votes: Michigan State, Auburn, Texas A&M, Duke, Colorado State, California, Creighton, South Florida, Temple, BYU, South Dakota State, Belmont, UTEP, Green Bay, Chattanooga, NC State, Boise State, Saint Louis, Iowa State, Oregon

LOUISVILLE IN 2016-17 PRESEASON RANKINGS
Associated Press: 5th
USA Today/Coaches’: 8th
USBWA: 7th
Slam Magazine: 5th
Sporting News: 3rd
Lindy’s: 3rd
Athlon Sports: 6th

by Ira Green
Asst. Sports Information Director

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