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SI'S 2005 TOP 10
Kelli Anderson and Richard Deitsch
April 19, 2004
Here's our early projection of the teams with the best shot at reaching next year's women's Final Four in Indianapolis
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April 19, 2004

Si's 2005 Top 10

Here's our early projection of the teams with the best shot at reaching next year's women's Final Four in Indianapolis

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1 TENNESSEE
McDonald's All-American slam-dunk champion Candace Parker and game MVP Alexis Hornbuckle highlight possibly the best-ever six-player recruiting class for this year's runner-up.

2 LSU NCAA
tournament backcourt stars Seimone Augustus and Temeka Johnson will get help inside from 6'5" McDonald's All-American Sylvia Fowles.

3 CONNECTICUT
Diana who? The Huskies will contend for another title behind forward Barbara Turner, guard Ann Strother and Charde Houston, a 6'2" signee who broke Cheryl Miller's California high school scoring record.

4 GEORGIA
With more guards than Buckingham Palace (Sherill Baker, Janese Hardrick, Alexis Kendrick), the Dawgs need heralded 6'4" recruit Tasha Humphrey to emerge in the post.

5 TEXAS
The Big 12's best team loses graduating forward-center Stacy Stephens but brings back its top defender, forward Anissa Hastings, and adds 5'10" Nike All-American guard Erneisha Bailey.

6 DUKE
If forward-center Brittany Hunter is healthy and guard-forward Monique Currie can add leadership to her numerous on-court assets, the Blue Devils could have two All-Americas next year.

7 MINNESOTA
The toast of the tournament has three starters returning, including rebound-hound center Janel McCarville, and adds superb recruits and two experienced transfers.

8 BAYLOR
Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon are formidable in the frontcourt, but point guard Chelsea Whitaker is the key to the Lady Bears' Final Four hopes.

9 RUTGERS
No more one-woman gang: All-America point guard Cappie Pondexter gets backcourt help from a pair of signees, Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson.

10 OHIO STATE
If 5'10" incoming guard Marscilla Packer is as good as advertised upon joining rugged center and Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jessica Davenport, the Buckeyes will be a handful.

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