Connecticut is the overwhelming pick as the No. 1 team in the ESPN/USA Today women's basketball preseason poll released Wednesday.
The Huskies picked up 30 of 31 first-place votes and 773 total points, easily outdistancing No. 2 Stanford, which had 676 points. Rutgers is No. 3, North Carolina No. 4 and Maryland No. 5.
Connecticut lost to Stanford in last year's NCAA tournament semifinals. Rutgers, North Carolina and Maryland were all regional finalists a year ago.
Defending national champion Tennessee is sixth, followed by Oklahoma, Duke, California and Texas A&M. Oklahoma was 19th in last year's final poll, while Cal was 18th.
Louisville opens the season at No. 11, followed by Vanderbilt, Texas, Notre Dame and a tie between Oklahoma State and Virginia. Texas returns to the preseason poll -- the Longhorns were not ranked in the final poll of 2008.
LSU, a national semifinalist a year ago, opens the season ranked 22nd.