Women's Basketball Picked Third by Pac-10 Coaches

Oct. 17, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-10 Conference women's basketball coaches predicted a third-place finish for the University of Oregon in a poll released Thursday.

With three returning starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, Stanford was tabbed as the team to beat for the 2002-03 season. The Cardinal, voted to the Pac-10's preseason top spot for the third straight year, won the Pac-10 title with a perfect 18-0 league record in 2001-02.

The Ducks received 71 points, including the only other first-place vote. Oregon also trailed second-place Washington, who received 77 points.

Last year, the Ducks were picked fifth as Oregon ended up tied for sixth, but went on to claim the WNIT championship with a 22-13 record.

Oregon opens its season Nov. 9 in an exhibition game against Basketball Travelers at McArthur Court at 5 p.m. The regular season begins Nov. 22 at home vs. Gonzaga at 5 p.m.

2002-03 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Team Points
1. Stanford (9) 90
2. Washington 77
3. OREGON (1) 71
4. USC 67
5. Arizona 61
6. Arizona St. 51
7. Oregon State 40
8. UCLA 36
9. California 26
10.Wash. State 21

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