Aggie Women's Basketball Tabbed Pre-Season Top 10

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – With the start of the 2007-08 season less than a month and a half away, the Texas A&M women’s basketball team has been tabbed as a preseason top 10 team in three major preseason publications.

The Aggies are ranked No. 6 in SLAM Magazine’s preseason top 10 women’s basketball preview. It marks the program’s highest preseason national ranking and overall national ranking ever in school history. Prior to the 2006-07 campaign, the A&M women were ranked a program-best No. 9 by Street & Smith’s College Basketball Yearbook and SI.com which ultimately led up to the program’s first-ever Big 12 Conference Championship crown and second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

“Gary Blair has turned this program around,” said SLAM Magazine writer Clay Hallam on A&M. “The Aggies may lack size, but they are deep, quick and very, very athletic.”

A&M was also picked No. 9 by Lindy’s Basketball Annual and Athlon Sports College Basketball Annual in both publication’s preseason top 25 poll. In two of the three preseason polls, A&M was the highest-ranked Big 12 team next to Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State.

“If there is going to be a surprise Final Four program in 2007-08, it may be the Aggies,” said Athlon Sports writer Doug Herakovich on the Aggies. “Coach Gary Blair’s squad closed out last season by winning 12 of its final 15 games, and A&M will have the nation’s most athletic roster this year. Junior guard Takia Starks and senior forward Morenike Atunrase will lead the way. Rookie point guard Sydney Colson could prove to be an important ingredient.”

Last season, A&M achieved its highest final national ranking in school history. The Aggies finished No. 16 nationally in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 21 nationally in the final USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 Poll. They were ranked in both national polls a school-record 18 consecutive weeks including a program-best No. 10 national ranking on Nov. 28, 2006.

The A&M women will open exhibition play against the Chinese National Team on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Reed Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can order season tickets for the upcoming 2007-08 season by calling The 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at: (979) 845-2311 or 1-888-99-AGGIE.

2007-08 SLAM MAGAZINE PRESEASON TOP 10 RANKINGS

1. Tennessee

2. Connecticut

3. Maryland

4. LSU

5. Rutgers

6. Texas A&M

7. North Carolina

8. Duke

9. Oklahoma

10. George Washington

2007-08 LINDY’S PRESEASON TOP 25 POLL

1. Tennessee

2. Connecticut

3. Rutgers

4. Maryland

5. LSU

6. Oklahoma

7. North Carolina

8. Duke

9. Texas A&M

10. Stanford

11. Arizona State

12. Georgia

13. George Washington

14. Baylor

15. Cal

16. Florida State

17. Michigan State

18. Pittsburgh

19. Notre Dame

20. Texas

21. Louisville

22. Middle Tennessee

23. Oklahoma State

24. West Virginia

25. Purdue

2007-08 ATHLON SPORTS PRESEASON TOP 25 POLL

1. Connecticut

2. LSU

3. Tennessee

4. Rutgers

5. Maryland

6. Georgia

7. Stanford

8. Cal

9. Texas A&M

10. North Carolina

11. Duke

12. Arizona State

13. Baylor

14. West Virginia

15. Oklahoma

16. Texas

17. DePaul

18. Ohio State

19. Auburn

20. Wisconsin

21. Pittsburgh

22. Florida State

23. Michigan State

24. George Washington

25. Louisville