Before the 2016-17 season, IU women’s basketball never appeared in an Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll. Now the Hoosiers have done just that three times in five years, and their No. 16 preseason ranking entering this season marks a program record.
This all comes after what was shaping up to be a historic 2019-20 campaign for IU. Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the shutdown of last season, the Hoosiers won a program-best 24 games and were well on their way to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.
Their upcoming schedule hasn’t been finalized yet, but head coach Teri Moren and IU could debut their No. 16 preseason ranking as early as Nov. 25.