Husky Women Tabbed Fifth in Preseason Pac-10 Poll

Oct. 26, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington's women basketball team on Tuesday was picked to finish in fifth place in the 2004-05 Pac-10 Conference race, according to a poll of media members who regularly cover the league. Duplicating last year's Pac-10 finish, Stanford and Arizona were picked to tie for the Pac-10 title in the poll, announced as part of the league's annual Preseason Media Day.

Washington, which totaled 83 points in the poll, returns two starters and seven letterwinners from a squad that placed sixth in the league in 2003-04, and reached the second round of the WNIT Tournament.

The Cardinal and Wildcats finished with identical 14-4 records last season to share the Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball title. Stanford grabbed a share of its fourth straight Pac-10 crown, while Arizona earned a portion of its first ever Pac-10 Championship.

The Cardinal garnered eight first-place votes in the poll, while the Wildcats received the remaining seven. Both teams totaled 140 points. It marks the first time there has been a tie for the first-place spot since the poll's inception in 1997-98. In fact, the poll's top two teams had never been separated by fewer than 17 points.

Coming off its best Conference finish (tie for third) since winning the Pac-10 title in 1998-99, UCLA was tabbed to finish third with 122 points. Arizona State, which returns all five starters after making a fifth consecutive postseason appearance, was picked fourth with 100 points.

This is the fourth-straight year Stanford has been picked by the media as a Pac-10 preseason favorite and marks the first time Arizona has been tabbed No. 1. The Wildcats' highest previous projection was second in 1997-98. The Pac-10 media poll has correctly predicted the Conference champion in six of the last seven seasons.

PRESEASON PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLLFirst-place votes in parenthesesTeam	Pts.1. Stanford (8)	140    Arizona (7)	1403. UCLA	1224. Arizona State	1005. Washington	836. Oregon	787. USC	618. Oregon State	459. California	3410. Washington State	22

2004-05 PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAMName School Pos Yr Ht HometownNikki Blue UCLA G Jr. 5-8 Bakersfield, Calif.Shawntinice Polk Arizona C Jr. 6-5 Hanford, Calif.Noelle Quinn UCLA G So. 6-0 Los Angeles, Calif.Kelley Suminski Stanford G Sr. 5-9 Chester, N.J.Dee-Dee Wheeler Arizona G Sr. 5-6 Chicago, Ill.

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