A majority of women’s college basketball crowned a conference champ in the 2019-20 season. Unfortunately, no one had a chance to play out their final destiny for a national title due to COVID-19.

Many programs lost key seniors to graduation and the WNBA — like Sabrina Ionescu, Lauren Cox, Satou Sabally and Chennedy Carter. Not all is lost as several exciting returning players and newcomers look to resume unfinished business come tip-off on Nov. 25.

The AP Preseason Top 25 will be released later this month. These are my own preseason rankings for the 2020-21 women’s basketball season, which I’ll update each week during the season. I picked these teams based on several factors, including returning players and roster depth, incoming players, recent success and coaching. All recruiting rankings are from ESPN and can be found here.

2020-21 Women’s basketball rankings: Preseason Power 10

1. South Carolina

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South Carolina’s Zia Cooke.

South Carolina finished the 2019-20 season as the No. 1 ranked team, and I have confidence that the Gamecocks will come in and own that spot right away. Despite the loss of leading scorer Mikiah Herbert Harrigan and assist leader Ty Harris, the reigning SEC champs have sophomores Aliyah Boston, Zia Cooke and Brea Beal returning. This is a young core, but their talent speaks volumes. The Gamecocks proved that by winning 26 consecutive games with this trio in the spotlight. I expect South Carolina to pair its young talent with its vets by tasking senior Lele Grissett and juniors Victaria Saxton and Destanni Henderson with more minutes. That should help the Gamecocks sustain their chemistry and dominance for another run to the SEC title and a national championship. 

Transfer: Destiny Littleton (Guard – Texas)

Top recruit: Eniya Russell (No. 43 – Guard) 

2020-21 WBB: South Carolina’s young talent looks to take care of unfinished business 

2. UConn