Posted Nov 4, 2002 19:24:21
Techsters Ranked No. 16 in AP Poll
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech enters this weekend's season opener against Texas Tech ranked No. 16 in the country after the Associated Press released its preseason Top 25 poll Monday.
The Lady Techsters received 442 points to fall just shy of No. 15 ranked Minnesota, which garnered 453 points. Duke and Tennessee are No. 1 and No. 2 in the poll while defending national champion Connecticut is ranked No. 4 despite losing four starters to the WNBA.
Tech ended last year ranked No. 8 in the AP poll after recording a 25-5 mark and participating in the program's 21st straight NCAA Tournament. However, first year head coach Kurt Budke returns only four letter winners while welcoming nine newcomers to this year's team.
Texas Tech, this weekend's opponent for the Lady Techsters, is ranked No. 7. Both Tulane and New Mexico who Tech plays later in the year are among those receiving votes.
The ranking marks the 180th straight week Louisiana Tech has been ranked in the AP Top 25 dating back to Nov. 24, 1992.