MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University women’s basketball team was ranked No. 25 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll released on Thursday.
West Virginia finished the 2015-16 season with a 25-10 overall record and a 12-6 third-place finish in the Big 12. The Mountaineers advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time overall and reached the NCAA Second Round for the ninth time. WVU finished ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press and No. 25 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Top 25 polls last season.
The Mountaineers were picked fourth in the Big 12 Conference coaches preseason poll released earlier in the month. This year’s preseason ranking marks the fifth time WVU has been recognized in the preseason coaches poll. Other preseason rankings include: No. 17 in 2014-15, No. 22 in 2012-13, No. 11 in 2010-11 and No. 20 in 2007-08.
WVU earned 76 points for the No. 25 ranking. Other Big 12 teams in the Top 25 poll are No. 4 Baylor (709), T-No.6 Texas (594) and No. 18 Oklahoma (235).
, who was named Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, returns for her senior season after averaging 8.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Tynice Martin
, the 2016 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, returns for WVU after averaging 10.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Martin was also tabbed Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. Teana Muldrow
is the Mountaineers leading returning scorer, after tallying 10.6 points per game last season. Newcomer Kristina King
was named the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year after averaging 19.1 points and 8.8 rebounds for National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Champion Gulf Coast State.
West Virginia plays Concord in a 7 p.m. exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Tickets are priced at $5 each and are available for purchase in advance at Mountaineer World in Bridgeport and MCM Business Systems in Nutter Fort. Tickets will also be sold in-person at the Mountaineer Ticket Office located on the second floor of the WVU Coliseum Country Roads (formerly Red) Gate. Only cash or check will be accepted forms of payment. Tickets will be available for $5 each at RCB Gym on game day. All proceeds from the exhibition game will benefit those affected by the June flooding in southern West Virginia.
The Mountaineers open the regular season against Charleston Southern on Saturday, Nov. 12, in a 4 p.m. tipoff against the Buccaneers.