USC Pops Up In Preseason Polls, Picked No. 2 In Pac-10

Oct. 15, 2005

The USC women's basketball team is popping up on most everyone's radars for the upcoming 2005-06 season. Last season's 20-11 overall record, second-place finish in the Pac-10 and second-round NCAA Tournament appearance -- coupled with a daunting 10 returners back -- has translated into several preseason rankings for the Women of Troy, as well as a No. 2 pick in the Pac-10.

In the conference coaches' poll, USC drummed up 70 votes to sit behind top-picked five-time defending Pac-10 champion Stanford in this season's poll. The Women of Troy were picked No. 7 in last season's coaches' poll. Also for 2005-06, Arizona State received the third-place slot, just two points ahead of UCLA. Coming in at No. 5 is Oregon, with Arizona a point behind the Ducks in sixth. (Complete poll is below.)

In the larger 2005-06 scene, USC has also been chosen among the elite top 25 teams in the nation. The Women of Troy join five other Pac-10 schools in the national preseason polls. In the Athlon preseason poll, USC picked up its highest ranking at No. 16, while Lindy's has the 2005-06 Trojans at No. 21. (Complete national polls below.)

USC finished off the 2004-05 season ranked No. 22 in ESPN/USA Today's final poll.

2005-06 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES' POLL      Team                Points   1.    Stanford (9)        81   2.    USC  (1)            70   3.    Arizona State       62   4.    UCLA                60   5.    Oregon              43   6.    Arizona             42   7.    Washington          36   8.    California          30   9.    Washington State    16  10.   Oregon State        10

2005-06 LINDY's Preseason TOP-25           2005-06 ATHLON Preseason TOP-25         1.    Duke                        1.    LSU         2.    Tennessee                   2.    Duke         3.    Rutgers                     3.    Ohio State         4.    Georgia                     4.    Tennessee         5.    Baylor                      5.    Georgia         6.    North Carolina              6.    North Carolina         7.    Ohio State                  7.    Baylor         8.    Connecticut                 8.    Stanford         9.    Michigan State              9.    Michigan State         10.   LSU                        10.    Connecticut         11.   Stanford                   11.    Rutgers         12.   Texas                      12.    Texas         13.   Maryland                   13.    Maryland         14.   Purdue                     14.    Texas Tech         15.   Vanderbilt                 15.    Notre Dame         16.   UCLA                       16.    USC         17.   Texas Tech                 17.    North Carolina State         18.   Notre Dame                 18.    Arizona State         19.   Minnesota                  19.    Utah         20.   Oklahoma                   20.    Arizona         21.   USC                        21.    DePaul         22.   Utah                       22.    Minnesota         23.   Temple                     23.    Oklahoma         24.   Arizona State              24.    Purdue         25.   North Carolina State       25.    Florida State
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