NORMAN – Oklahoma women’s basketball landed at No. 16 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 Poll, released on Tuesday.

Oklahoma returns four starters and 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The ranking for the Sooners marks the 20th consecutive week that OU has appeared in the AP Poll dating back to last season.

Notre Dame (14 first-place votes) was selected No. 1 followed by Baylor (12 first-place votes), Connecticut (six first-place votes), South Carolina (first-place vote), and Louisville. Maryland, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA and Mississippi State round out the top 10.

The Sooners return a majority of it production in every statistical category for the 2016-17 season. That includes 82 percent of their scoring and rebounding along with 94 percent of their assists. OU also brings back 100 percent of its 3-point field goal production from a year ago.

Oklahoma begins the season on Wednesday with an exhibition against Midwestern State at Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

Mini plans and single-game tickets are available by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-4668 or by clicking here.