Terps Tabbed No. 5 In USA Today Preseason Poll

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's basketball team is ranked No. 5 nationally in the USA Today Sports preseason basketball magazine poll. This is the second straight year the Terps will start in the top five.

The Terrapins went 26-8 in the 2012-13 season and advanced to the program’s fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years. Maryland finished tied for second in the ACC.

This year, the Terps return four of five starters, two-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas, and bring on four talented newcomers in Lexie Brown, A’Lexus Harrison, Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who made up the nation's No. 5 recruiting class.

USA Today Sports Preseason Basketball Magazine Top 25

1. UConn
2. Stanford
3. Duke
4. Tennessee
6. North Carolina
7. Kentucky
8. Louisville
9. Notre Dame
10. California
11. Nebraska
12. Texas A&M
13. Baylor
14. Dayton
15. Oklahoma
16. Penn State
17. LSU
18. Colorado
19. Georgia Tech
20. Oklahoma State
21. Iowa State
22. Michigan State
23. South Carolina
24. Purdue
25. Marist

Italics indicate Terps' 2013-14 opponents.