Connecticut, the defending NCAA champion and preseason national favorite, was picked by the conference coaches to win again while sophomore sensation Breanna Stewart became the latest Huskies star to grab preseason player-of-the-year honors.
Temple, which is looking to bounce back from a 14-18 record and is one of five new schools in the American, was picked ninth out of the 10 teams, unlike in the past when the Owls were usually a preseason heavyweight in the Atlantic Ten.
"I'm not upset," Temple coach Tonya Cardoza said. "Everything is relatively new. Hardly anyone knows anyone."
But Cardoza is well known in these parts as a former longtime member of UConn coach Geno Auriemma's staff. The new alignment also has a unique reunion in the home-and-home schedule in which Cardoza and her close friend, Cincinnati coach Jamelle Elliott, a former Huskies star and assistant, will battle each other as well as their former boss in Auriemma.
Rutgers, which was picked fourth and finished 16-14, is heading to the Big Ten after this season, while Louisville, which lost to UConn in the national title game and is picked second, will move to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Tyler Scaife, who is Rutgers' nationally heralded newcomer, was picked preseason freshman of the year.
The other part of the former conference that will still be known as the Big East will host its women's event Wednesday in New York City. Villanova is in that 10-member group and is considered a potential preseason favorite pending the release of the Big East coaches poll.