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Maryland women’s basketball ranked No. 9 in preseason AP Poll

The Terps will start the season in the top 10.

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The 2018-19 Associated Press Top 25 Women’s Basketball Poll is out, and the Terps are well-represented. Maryland women’s basketball was ranked as the No. 9 team in the country, receiving 500 total points across 31 ballots.

This is the 10th time in the past 13 seasons that Maryland received a top-10 ranking in the preseason poll.

The Terrapins didn’t receive any first-place votes, but nobody did outside of the consensus No. 1 team, Notre Dame. The highest ranking Maryland received was sixth by three voters, and the lowest was 19th by one voter.

The Terrapins are joined in the top 25 by just one Big Ten member, as the Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked as the No. 13 team in the nation. Minnesota is currently receiving 38 votes, the most of unranked teams. Nebraska and Michigan are also receiving some votes, although they are further down in the pecking order.

Just three of Maryland’s opponents are currently ranked, which is a much lower number than in past years. The Terrapins won’t host any of those games: they’ll travel to No. 10 South Carolina on Nov. 18, they’ll have a neutral-site matchup in Puerto Rico against No. 14 Georgia on Nov. 24, and a Feb. 17 matchup in Iowa caps it off.

Last season, Maryland began as the No. 15 team in the nation, which it held for the first eight weeks of the season before finally being bumped up. In the final rankings of the 2017-18 season, the Terps finished at No. 16 with a 25-7 record.