Stanford women open basketball season ranked No. 16 by AP


Stanford will open the 2015-16 season ranked 16th in the Associated Press women's basketball poll, the organization announced Tuesday. It's the 16th consecutive season the Cardinal has appeared in the preseason AP rankings.

Stanford closed out 2014-15 ranked 14th in the same poll. The Cardinal finished third in the Pac-12 a season ago with a 13-5 mark, but rallied through Seattle to claim the program's 11th Pac-12 Tournament Championship in 14 tries and earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Stanford, which has been to 28 consecutive tournaments, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the eighth straight year and with a 26-10 overall record, won at least 20 games for the 14th straight season.

Stanford has appeared in the AP rankings a possible 478 times out of 693 total polls since 1977 (69.0 percent), with an average positioning of 6.8. It's been in the past 259 polls, the fourth-longest active streak behind Tennessee (535), Connecticut (413) and Duke (342). The Cardinal's 478 all-time appearances in the AP top 25 are fourth behind Tennessee (679), Georgia (523) and Texas (483).

The Pac-12 has three teams in the preseason poll with No. 10 Oregon State and No. 15 Arizona State joining No. 16 Stanford among the nation's top 25.

The Cardinal takes the court in Maples for the first time this Saturday at 1 p.m. for an exhibition against Academy of Art University.

Men's soccer

Stanford's Andrew Epstein, Drew Skundrich, Ty Thompson and Eric Verso were selected to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The quartet now advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected early next month.

The Academic All-District Men's Soccer Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada with District 8 encompassing Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.

— Stanford Athletics

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