Women's Hoops Picked Third In Pac-10 Coaches' Poll

Oct. 14, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Arizona State women's basketball team has been picked to finish third the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll, it was announced Friday by the league office.

Five-time defending Conference champion STANFORD has been voted as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 women's basketball title. The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes as USC received the remaining first-place nod.

Ending the season with a NCAA second round appearance, USC tallied 70 points to place second. ASU was tabbed to finish third with 62 points, followed closely by UCLA with 60 points for the fourth-place slot. OREGON just beat out ARIZONA for fifth place with 43 points, while the Wildcats notched 42 for sixth place.

Arizona State secured its first Sweet Sixteen spot in 22 years last year, falling to No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Tempe Regional. The Sun Devils finished the season ranked No. 16 in the USA Today/ESPN WBCA coaches' poll, the highest ranking for ASU since the 1983-84 season.

Five Pac-10 teams competed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament (Stanford, Arizona State, USC, Oregon, Arizona), third-most among the major conferences, and those five teams each logged 20-win seasons. It was the first time in 13 years and second time in history that the Conference boasted five 20-win teams.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes are in parentheses):

2005-06 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES' POLLRanking Team Points1 Stanford (9) 812 USC (1) 703 Arizona State 624 UCLA 605 Oregon 436 Arizona 427 Washington 368 California 309 Washington State 1610 Oregon State 10
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