Three Pac-10 Teams Ranked Among Top-25 In Final Coaches' Poll

April 7, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Three Pac-10 teams -- the most in seven years -- are ranked among the top-25 in the final USA Today/ESPN Women's Basketball Coaches Poll, released Wednesday by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Pac-10 Champion STANFORD (32-3 overall, 17-1 Pac-10), which also captured the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title, is ranked fifth in the final coaches poll after advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second consecutive season. Pac-10 Tournament runner-up ARIZONA STATE (24-10, 12-6), which tied for second in the league, finished 16th in the coaches poll. The Sun Devils advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 22 years this season and first time since the field expanded to 64 teams. ASU is ranked in the final poll for the first time since 2002, while the No. 16-ranking is the highest for the program since rising to the No. 15 spot on Nov. 18, 1983.

The USC Trojans (20-11, 12-6) are ranked 22nd in the final poll, the first time the program concludes the season listed among the top-25 since the 1993-94 season, when it was tabbed No. 7 (AP) and No. 9 (WBCA). First-year coach Mark Trakh directed the Trojans to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in eight years this season, and the squad fell in second round play by two points (61-59) to eventual NCAA finalist Michigan State.

The Conference last had more then two teams conclude the season ranked in either of the major polls, conducted by the Associated Press and the WBCA, in 1998. Following the 1997-98 season, Arizona (9th, 9th), Stanford (15th, 5th) and UCLA (20th, 25th) closed out the year ranked in the WBCA and AP final polls, respectively.

NCAA Tournament participants OREGON (21-10, 12-6) and ARIZONA (20-12, 11-7) also received votes in the 2005 final USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

The final coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, is as follows:

TOP 25 (Final - April 6)

1. Baylor (40) 33-3
2. Michigan State 33-4
3. LSU 33-3
4. Tennessee 30-5
5. STANFORD 32-3
6. North Carolina 30-4
7. Rugers 28-7
8. Duke 31-5
9. Ohio State 30-5
10. Connecticut 25-8
11. Minnesota 26-8
12. Texas Tech 24-8
13. Georgia 24-10
14. Vanderbilt 24-8
15. Notre Dame 27-6
17. Texas 22-9
18. Temple 28-4
19. Kansas State 24-8
20. DePaul 26-5
21. Liberty 26-7
22. USC 20-11
23. Boston College 20-10
24. Maryland 22-10
25. Iowa State 23-7