1 TENNESSEE McDonald's All-American slam-dunk champion Candace
Parker and game MVP Alexis Hornbuckle highlight possibly the
best-ever six-player recruiting class for this year's runner-up.
2 LSU NCAA tournament backcourt stars Seimone Augustus and Temeka
Johnson will get help inside from 6'5" McDonald's All-American
3 CONNECTICUT Diana who? The Huskies will contend for another
title behind forward Barbara Turner, guard Ann Strother and
Charde Houston, a 6'2" signee who broke Cheryl Miller's
California high school scoring record.
4 GEORGIA With more guards than Buckingham Palace (Sherill Baker,
Janese Hardrick, Alexis Kendrick), the Dawgs need heralded 6'4"
recruit Tasha Humphrey to emerge in the post.
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5 TEXAS The Big 12's best team loses graduating forward-center
Stacy Stephens but brings back its top defender, forward Anissa
Hastings, and adds 5'10" Nike All-American guard Erneisha Bailey.
6 DUKE If forward-center Brittany Hunter is healthy and
guard-forward Monique Currie can add leadership to her numerous
on-court assets, the Blue Devils could have two All-Americas next
7 MINNESOTA The toast of the tournament has three starters
returning, including rebound-hound center Janel McCarville, and
adds superb recruits and two experienced transfers.
8 BAYLOR Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon are formidable in
the frontcourt, but point guard Chelsea Whitaker is the key to the
Lady Bears' Final Four hopes.
9 RUTGERS No more one-woman gang: All-America point guard Cappie
Pondexter gets backcourt help from a pair of signees, Matee Ajavon
and Essence Carson.
10 OHIO STATE If 5'10" incoming guard Marscilla Packer is as good
as advertised upon joining rugged center and Big Ten Freshman of
the Year Jessica Davenport, the Buckeyes will be a handful.
Sleepers: Notre Dame, North Carolina, Stanford, UCLA and Maryland.
--Kelli Anderson and Richard Deitsch