Information provided by the Arizona media relations department:
The Associated Press released its 2021-22 preseason poll on Tuesday morning with Arizona, led by sixth-year coach Adia Barnes, at No. 22 following its national championship appearance last season.
Arizona has now appeared in 35 consecutive AP Top 25 polls, by far a program record, dating to the 2019-20 season. The previous record was 19 achieved two different times — from the 1997-98 to 1998-99 seasons and in the 1999-2000 season.
The Wildcats are one of five Pac-12 schools in the top 25 with reigning national champion Stanford leading the pack at third.
Arizona is set to play six teams in the preseason top 25 with conference games against Stanford, No. 10 Oregon, No. 14 Oregon State and No. 20 UCLA. Along with those, the Wildcats are scheduled to play No. 6 Louisville and No. 25 Texas during the nonconference part of the schedule.
Barnes’ program was ranked No. 7 in the preseason poll last season because of the presence of All-American guard Aari McDonald, the No. 3 overall draft pick in the WNBA after she led the Wildcats to the title game against Stanford.
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