Stanford Picked By Coaches To Win Pac-10 Women's Hoops Title

Oct. 15, 2004

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- With 11 letterwinners -- including three starters -- returning from last season's Co-Pac-10 Champion squad, STANFORD has been tabbed by the Pac-10 women's basketball coaches as the favorite to win the 2004-05 Conference title.

In 2003-04, Stanford shared the Conference title with ARIZONA with an identical 14-4 league mark. The Cardinal captured the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title and finished with a 27-7 overall record. Stanford advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championships.

Arizona shared a portion of its first ever Pac-10 title in women's basketball last season and has been selected to finish second in 2004-05. The Wildcats went 24-9 overall and earned a second straight at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

UCLA, which finished at 17-13 overall a year ago, earned the league's other at-large NCAA Tournament bid. The Bruins received one first-place vote in the preseason poll along with the Wildcats.

Stanford made its 17th straight NCAA Championship appearance in 2004 and the Wildcats reached the tourney for the second time in four years, while UCLA made its return to the NCAA Tournament following a three-year absence.

This is the fifth year in a row and fifth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the Conference title since the poll's inception in 1998-99.

2004-05 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES' POLL (first-place votes in parentheses)

1.	Stanford (8)        79
2. Arizona (1) 72
3. UCLA (1) 68
4. Arizona State 50
5. Oregon 46
6. Washington 42
7. USC 38
8. California 24
9. Oregon State 22
10. Washington State 9
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