Women's Basketball Picked to Finish Fifth in Pac-10 in Coaches' Poll

Oct. 12, 2000

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Arizona State women's basketball team has been picked to finish fifth in the Pac-10 Conference in the annual preseason poll of conference coaches.

The fifth-place prediction matches the highest of the four-year Charli Turner Thorne era. Last year, the Sun Devils were also tabbed to finish fifth in the conference and ended up with seven conference wins, the most for the team since 1993, and tied for seventh.

Stanford is picked to win the Pac-10 Conference with nine first-place votes. The Cardinal returns four starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team. Oregon, which captured its second straight conference crown last year, is tabbed second with one first-place vote, while USC and Arizona are third and fourth in the preseason poll.

The Sun Devils return two starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team which notched a 14-15 overall record and 7-11 mark in the conference and made the team's first postseason appearance in eight years with an appearance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Arizona State will also benefit from the addition of seven newcomers, including two Division I transfers who become eligible this season, a junior-college standout and a pair of honorable-mention high school All-Americans.

Arizona State begins practice Saturday morning and tips off the exhibition season on Sunday, Nov. 5 with a 7 p.m. game at Wells Fargo Arena with the Chinese National Team. The Sun Devils have another exhibition contest with Cassovia Bardejov of Slovakia on Saturday, Nov. 11 before opening the season at Wells Fargo Arena with a pair of non-conference matchups with Texas-San Antonio (Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.) and South Florida (Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.).

2000-01 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Coaches Poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Team Points

1. Stanford (9) 90

2. Oregon (1) 78

3. USC 70

4. Arizona 66

5. Arizona State 57

6. UCLA 49

Washington 49

8. Oregon State 34

9. California 29

10. Washington State 18

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