COLLEGE STATION- The Texas A&M's women's basketball team is ranked No. 20 in the 2017-18 Associated Press Preseason Poll, it was announced Wednesday. The Aggies have been ranked in at least one preseason poll for 12 straight seasons.

Seven of A&M's potential opponents are ranked in the initial poll, as the Aggies face No. 4 South Carolina (Dec. 31), No. 7 Mississippi State (Feb. 18), No. 11 Oregon (Dec. 21 & potential WNIT Semifinal on Nov. 16), No. 14 Tennessee (Jan. 11 & Feb. 1) and No. 16 Missouri (Feb. 25), plus a potential WNIT Championship matchup which could feature No. 9 Louisville or No. 24 Michigan on Nov. 19.

The Aggies face Kentucky (Jan. 4), Alabama (Jan. 18), LSU (Jan. 22 & Feb. 11) and Florida (Feb. 15), all of whom received votes in the poll. Texas A&M has a potential WNIT Semifinal matchup against Drake (Nov. 16), who also received votes.

The Aggies are one of five SEC teams to be ranked, tying the Pac-12 for the national lead.

Connecticut tops the preseason poll for the 12th time in their history. The Huskies are followed by Texas, Baylor, South Carolina and Ohio State to round out the top five.

Texas A&M returns 75 percent of its scoring from a team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and went 22-12 in 2016-17. The Aggies open with an exhibition against Oklahoma City on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Reed Arena, followed by the preseason WNIT where Texas A&M takes on Houston in the opening round.

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Associated Press Rankings
1. Connecticut
2. Texas
3. Baylor
4. South Carolina
5. Ohio State
6. Notre Dame
7. Mississippi State
9. Louisville
10. Stanford
11. Oregon
12. Duke
13. West Virginia
14. Tennessee
15. Maryland
16. Missouri
17. Marquette
18. Florida State
19. Oregon State
20. California
20. Texas A&M
22. Oklahoma
23. South Florida
24. Michigan
25. DePaul