Baylor women’s basketball is ranked No. 3 nationally after receiving 687 points in the USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll. It’s the third-straight year, and sixth time overall, that the Lady Bears were in the top five of the preseason poll.

Connecticut received the No. 1 ranking with 789 points, followed by South Carolina at No. 2 with 719 points. Mississippi State follows Baylor at No. 4 with 678 points and Notre Dame rounds out the Top 5 with 648 points.

Baylor ended last season ranked sixth after going 33-4 with an Elite Eight appearance.

The Lady Bears host Tarleton State and Washburn in exhibition contests at 7 p.m. (CT) on Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, respectively, in Waco, before opening the regular season on Nov. 10 against Lamar at 7 p.m.

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