When members of the Top 10 falter, these are the teams poised to move up and take their places. They want to dance deep into March too
TEAM // CONFERENCE // RETURNING STARTERS // SKINNY
11 CALIFORNIA // PAC-10 // 5 //
Forward Alexis Gray-Lawson and centers Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton, all upperclassmen now, combined for 56.9% of the Bears' scoring last season.
12 OKLAHOMA STATE // BIG 12 // 3 //
Point guard Andrea Riley set four school records as a sophomore last season, including points (807), scoring average (23.1) and minutes (1,216).
13 NOTRE DAME // BIG EAST // 3 //
The Irish don't have any senior starters, but they do have stars-in-the-making: junior guard Ashley Barlow (12.1 ppg) and sophomore forward Becca Bruszewski.
14 VANDERBILT // SEC // 5 //
The team that won a school-record 11 conference games returns intact, including forward Christina Wirth, the SEC's eighth-leading scorer (13.1 ppg).
15 ARIZONA STATE // PAC-10 // 3 //
With a troika of talented guards in Briann January, Dymond Simon and Danielle Orsillo, the Sun Devils should make inroads in a tough conference.
16 VIRGINIA // ACC // 3 //
Junior point guard Monica Wright (17.6 ppg) will have to take on a greater leadership role following the graduation of Sharne� Zoll, the ACC's career assists leader.
17 PITTSBURGH // BIG EAST // 4 //
The Panthers will miss alltime leading rebounder Marcedes Walker, but senior shooting guard Shavonte Zellous (18.2 ppg) is ready to make this her team.
18 OHIO STATE // BIG TEN // 4 //
The Buckeyes will go as far as sophomore center Jantel Lavender (17.6 ppg) and senior guard Ashlee Trebilcock (9.6 ppg) can carry them.