Baylor No. 1 in women’s hoops poll foxsports Oct 27, 2012 at 1:00a ET Brittney Griner and Baylor are No. 1 in the Associated Press’ preseason Top 25 for the second straight year. The Lady Bears return all five starters including Griner, their 6-foot-8 star. Baylor had the top spot for the entire season en route to its second national championship and a 40-0 record. Connecticut, Duke, Stanford and Maryland round out the first five. Tennessee is No. 20 – the Lady Vols’ lowest ranking in the preseason poll since the first poll ever in 1976-77, when the team wasn’t ranked. Baylor received all 40 first-place votes Saturday from a national media panel. The Lady Bears joined Texas (1985 and 1986) as the only Big 12 schools to start the season at No. 1 in consecutive years.