ESPN.com women's basketball analyst Charlie Creme came out with his pre-preseason Top 25 this week, and although TCU isn't ranked, several of its upcoming opponents are high on the list -- very high. The Lady Frogs will play four of Creme's top 13 teams before opening Mountain West Conference play next season, including the season opener at HOME against No. 2 Maryland. TCU also will play an ESPN2 game at No. 11 Texas A&M. The other two opponents are No. 7 California and No. 13 Oklahoma State, and both games will be played on the road. And oh, by the way, they'll do it without the five departing seniors whose names are all over the school record books. Coach Jeff Mittie has solid young talent and three skilled transfers to work with, but they'll have to come together quickly.
Other Big 12 teams ranked in the poll are No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 15 Texas and No. 19 Baylor. It's no surprise who Creme is picking to win it all -- Connecticut. He has national champion Tennessee falling to No. 8 after losing its entire starting lineup. Here's a look at the entire list.
-- Lori Dann