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Nov. 5, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team is nationally ranked in several preseason polls.

The Cavaliers, which return all five starters this season, are ranked as high as No. 15 by Athlon Sports. UVa is also ranked No. 20 by Lindy’s Sports Annuals and No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

The Cavaliers, which finished last season at 17-14 with a 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, open the 2003-04 campaign at home with UNC Greensboro on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can get a preview of the 2004 Cavaliers as the team will play a home exhibition contest against the Premier Players on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at University Hall.

Athlon Sports

1.	Connecticut2.	Duke3.	Kansas State4.	Stanford5.	Texas6. 	Penn State7.	Louisiana State8.	Texas Tech9.	Tennessee10.	North Carolina11.	Purdue12.	Louisiana Tech13.	Notre Dame14.	Georgia15.	VIRGINIA16.	Michigan State17.	Ohio State18.	DePaul19.	Rutgers20.	Utah21.	Minnesota22.	Texas Christian23.	Arizona24.	Virginia Tech25.	Southwest Missouri State

Lindy’s Sports Annuals

1.	Connecticut2.	Duke3.	Texas4.	Tennessee5.	Kansas State6.	Louisiana State7.	Purdue8.	Texas Tech9.	Stanford10.	Penn State11.	Minnesota12.	Georgia13.	North Carolina14.	Louisiana Tech15.	Utah16.	UC Santa Barbara17.	Arizona18.	Notre Dame19.	Vanderbilt20.	VIRGINIA21.	Texas Christian22.	Oklahoma23.	Rutgers24.	Ohio State25.	Washington


1.	Connecticut (40)		1,0002.	Duke			9323.	Texas			8964.	Tennessee 		8835.	Kansas State 		8246.	Texas Tech		7277.	Stanford			6888.	Penn State		6309.	Purdue			62110.	Louisiana State 		60511.	Georgia			55012.	Louisiana Tech		50713.	Minnesota			47214.	North Carolina		46715.	Ohio State		29116.	Notre Dame		29117.	Rutgers			27618. 	UC-Santa Barbara		27219.	Utah			27120.	Colorado			24121.	Oklahoma			18422.	Arizona			15323.	Texas Christian		15024.	VIRGINIA			13325.	Auburn			109
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