Debut tournament draws stellar field to British Columbia

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) For a debut tournament, the organizers of the Vancouver Showcase could not have done much better putting together an elite field.

The tournament getting underway Thursday includes top-ranked Notre Dame, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 13 South Carolina. But it's more than just the top of the field that makes it such a solid tournament in its first year. It also includes Rutgers and coach C. Vivian Stringer, who just picked up her 1,000th victory to become the fifth women's Division I coach to reach the mark, and teams like Drake, Gonzaga and East Tennessee, who were all picked to win their conferences in preseason polls.

In other words, this isn't a pushover field for the elite teams to march through, even if the idea of a final featuring Notre Dame against either South Carolina or Oregon State would be an appealing early-season opportunity.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Notre Dame3-0
2 Connecticut2-0
3 Oregon4-0
4 Baylor4-0
5 Louisville3-0
6 Mississippi State5-0
7 Maryland4-0
8 Stanford3-0
9 Oregon State3-0
10 Texas3-0
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Abilene Christian4-0
2 California4-0
3 Iowa State5-0
4 Oregon4-0
5 Notre Dame3-0
6 IUPUI3-1
7 Marquette3-1
8 North Carolina State4-0
9 Stanford3-0
10 Tulane3-0
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