In predicted order of finish:
Last season: 39-0, 16-0
Coach: Geno Auriemma
Top Players: F Maya Moore, Sr., G Tiffany Hayes, Jr.; G, Bria Hartley, Fr.
The Skinny: The Huskies will break in five freshmen. They carry a 78-game winning streak into the season as they try to win a third consecutive national championship. Moore will likely become a four-time All-American and the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft.
Last season: 29-6, 13-3
Coach: Mike Carey
Top Players: G Liz Repella, Sr.; G Sarah Miles, Sr.; G Vanessa House, Sr.,
The Skinny: The tough-minded Mountaineers return all five starters. They were ranked No. 10 in last year's final Associated Press Top 25 poll after advancing to the Big East tournament championship game against UConn.
Last season: 25-7, 12-4
Coach: Kim Barnes-Arico
Top Players: F Da'Shena Stevens, Jr.; G Sky Lindsay, Sr.; G Shenneika Smith, So.
The Skinny: The 25 victories were the Red Storm's most since 1982-83. They were ranked No. 15 by the AP and return four starters to their NCAA Tournament team of last season. Stevens was an AP honorable mention All-American last season.
Last season: 29-6, 12-4
Coach: Muffet McGraw
Top Players: G Skylar Diggins, So.; G Kayla McBride, Fr.; F Devereaux Peters, Sr.,
The Skinny: The Irish welcome three freshmen, including high school All-American McBride. She will pair with Diggins to bolster the backcourt. McGraw is among this year's inductees into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Last season: 26-7, 13-3
Coach: Terry Williams-Flournoy
Top Players: G Sugar Rodgers, So.; G Monica McNutt, Sr.; G Tia Magee, Jr.
The Skinny: The Hoyas return three starters from their first NCAA team since 1992-93, led by Rodgers, the Big East rookie of the year. The Hoyas led the Big East last season in steals (12.9) and turnover margin (8.1).
Last season: 21-12, 9-7
Coach: Doug Bruno
Top Players: G Deirdre Naughton, Sr.; G Sam Quigley, Sr.; C Felicia Chester, Sr.
The Skinny: Blue Demons are coming off their eighth straight NCAA appearance and have all five starters back. Bruno was an assistant to Auriemma on the U.S. national team. The DePaul court will be named for Bruno on Nov. 6.
Last season: 14-18, 5-11
Coach: Jeff Walz
Top Players: G Becky Burke, Jr.; G Shoni Schimmel, Fr., F Monique Reid, Jr.
The Skinny: After playing in the national championship game two seasons ago, the Cardinals dropped off last year. Much of their progress will depend on three freshmen, the best of whom is Schimmel. Burke will run the show.
Last season: 19-15, 9-7
Coach: C. Vivian Stringer
Top Players: G Khadijah Rushdan, Jr., F Chelsey Lee, Jr.; G Nikki Speed, Jr.
The Skinny: There are no seniors, even though three starters return. The Scarlet Knights failed to win 20 for the first time in seven seasons in 2009-10 and will need points from Rushdan while hoping juniors Lee, Speed and April Sykes contribute.
Last season: 25-11, 7-9
Coach: Quentin Hillsman
Top Players: G Erica Morrow, Sr.; G Tasha Harris, Sr,; C Kayla Alexander, So.
The Skinny: The Orange must replace three starters, including Nicole Michael, an All-Big East player and the program's all-time leading scorer (1,787 points). Morrow is the program's all-time leader in three-point field goals (171).
Last season: 15-16, 6-10
Coach: Jose Fernandez
Top Players: G Kaneisha Saunders, So.; F Leondra Doomes-Stephens, Sr.; G Jasmine Wynne, Jr.,
The Skinny: The Bulls have won 42 games over the past two seasons but will have trouble replacing center Jessica Lawson. They added five transfers, but will rely most on Wynee and Doomes-Stephens to add experience.
Last season: 17-16, 6-10
Coach: Terri Mitchell
Top Players: F Andi Oordt, Jr., G Angel Robinson, Sr., F Paige Fiedorowicz, Sr.,
The Skinny: The Golden Eagles have six seniors, none more important than Robinson, an All-Big East second-team selection. She averaged 11.9 points. Oordt is a JC transfer and Sarina Simmons was a top rookie in the conference last season.
Last season: 19-15, 7-9
Coach: Phil Seymore
Top Players: G Mi-Khida Hankins, Sr.; G Miranda Tate, Jr., F Teya Wright, Sr.
The Skinny: The Friars added two transfers and one JC player to the lineup after their first winning season since 1991-92. They return only four players with experience. Hankins was the leading scorer (11.0) and rebounder (5.9) last season.
Last season: 16-15, 5-11
Coach: Agnus Berenato
Top Players: F Chelsea Cole, Sr.; G Jania Sims, Sr.; G Shayla Scott, Sr.,
The Skinny: The Panthers are coming off a difficult season and the postseason transfers of post players Pepper Wilson and Kate Popovec. But they still have a senior-dominated team, led by Sims and Cole. Former New York Liberty coach Patty Coyle is now a Pitt assistant.
Last season: 14-16, 3-13
Coach: Harry Perretta
Top Players: F Laura Sweeney, So.; C Heather Scanlon, Sr.; F Lindsay Kimmel, Jr.
The Skinny: The Wildcats return seven upperclassmen to a team that underachieved last season. Making threes will again be the key after making only 29 percent last season. But the lack of a transition game hurts.
Last season: 12-18, 4-12
Coach: Jamelle Elliott
Top Players: G Sharesse Ulis, Sr., G Shelly Bellman, Sr., F Elese Daniel, Fr.
The Skinny: Elliott, the former UConn assistant and player, begins her second season and welcomes the first freshman class of her era. They will get better, but it's going to take time, especially without the graduated Kahla Roudebush.
Last season: 9-21, 1-15
Coach: Anne Donovan
Top Players: G Kandice Green, Jr., F Terry Green, So., C Kashmere Joseph, Sr.,
The Skinny: Donovan has won Olympic gold and a WNBA championship as a coach, but her challenge is huge with the Pirates, especially since her WNBA obligations kept her away from Seton Hall most of the summer.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun