Blue Devils picked No. 2 in preseason Sporting News poll

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Duke_WBB_vs_California_Golden_Bears_offenseDURHAM, N.C. – The Duke Blue Devils women’s basketball team recently received its second preseason No. 2 national ranking being tabbed second overall by Sporting News College Basketball magazine.

High expectations have also set the Blue Devils as the No. 2 selection in the Lindy’s Magazine preseason poll, while being picked as No. 3 in the USA Today Sports preseason magazine as well.

In the Sporting News poll, Connecticut was listed No. 1 overall, while Duke, Stanford, Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Baylor rounded out the top 10.

Completing the top 20 poll was California, Nebraska, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Dayton, Penn State, Oklahoma State and Purdue respectively.

During the upcoming 2013-2014 season, the Blue Devils will face eight teams listed in the Sporting News preseason top 20 – Connecticut (1), Kentucky (5), Maryland (7), North Carolina (8), Notre Dame (9), California (11), Oklahoma (15) and Purdue (20).

The Sporting News also released its preseason All-America teams with Blue Devils senior Chelsea Gray and junior Elizabeth Williams earning selection to the first team.