- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Make that two top 10 hoops programs in College Park.

The Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team is ranked No. 4 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25. It is the Terrapins’ highest preseason ranking since starting at No. 3 in the 2008-09 season.

Oregon and returning star Sabrina Ionescu earned the No. 1 ranking. Baylor and Stanford came in second and third.

Maryland even ranked ahead of perennial power Connecticut, which was No. 5.

The Terrapins have made nine consecutive NCAA tournaments, but lost in the second round each of the past two years. Coach Brenda Frese led the program to a national championship in 2006, and they returned to the Final Four in 2014.

The Terrapins will be led in 2019-20 by seniors Kaila Charles and Stephanie Jones. Last year’s top freshmen, guard Taylor Mikesell and 6-foot-5 forward Shakira Austin, are back for their sophomore campaigns.

The Maryland men’s team is ranked No. 7 in the preseason poll. Only Maryland and Louisville can boast top 10 teams in both the men’s and women’s polls.

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