Wildcats Ranked No. 16 in ESPN Way-Too-Early Poll

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern came in at No. 16 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 for women’s basketball, released on Monday this week.

The Wildcats are the second-highest Big Ten team in the rankings after earning a share of the regular season Big Ten Title last year for the first time in program history since 1990. The Wildcats were in line to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Welsh-Ryan Area before the 2019-20 season was cut short due to COVID-19.

From ESPN’s Graham Hays:

“Denied the opportunity to win an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 1993 after matching Maryland for the best record in the Big Ten, Northwestern starts anew. Well, not really anew, because Lindsey Pulliam (18.8 PPG) is still around to chase Big Ten Player of the Year honors. So are starters Veronica Burton (11.6 PPG, 5.1 APG) and Sydney Wood. And in freshman Anna Morris, the Wildcats have their highest-ranked recruit since Nia Coffey.”

While there is no official schedule yet, the season is slated to start on Nov. 25 according to the NCAA.

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