USC Women Picked Third In Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Oct. 16, 2006

As the USC basketball and volleyball programs set up to move into the new Galen Center, the USC women's basketball team has opened the 2006-07 season with appearances in several polls around the country. Most recently, the Women of Troy have been slotted at No. 3 in the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Coaches Poll. The Trojans received 63 points to come in behind top pick and six-time defending conference champ Stanford (81 points) and No. 2 Arizona State (70). Tied up in fourth place with 53 points are California and Washington, with UCLA coming in at No. 6 with 46 points.

USC finished the 2005-06 season tied for fourth place with Washington at 11-7 and reached the NCAA Second Round to wind up the year with a 19-12 overall record. The Trojans have graduated just one player from that team, and return top scorer and Kodak All-American honorable mention recipient Shay Murphy along with six other seniors for the 2006-07 campaign. Murphy has already received preseason accolades as a member of the Wade Watch list and a honorable mention honoree from Street & Smith.

With that hefty load of returning talent in tow, the Women of Troy have popped up on several national rankings charts, weighing in at No. 15 according to ESPN.com and No. 25 according to Street & Smith. One of five Pac-10 teams to receive a preseason top-25 rank from ESPN.com, the Women of Troy were also tabbed as one of ESPN's 'Three Programs On the Rise.'

A record six Pac-10 teams reached the NCAA Tournament in 2006. Conference champ Stanford went 15-3 in Pac-10 play and advanced to the Elite Eight. A step behind Stanford in the Pac-10 race was Arizona State, which went 14-4 in conference action and finished at 25-7 after reaching the NCAA Second Round. USC, Washington (19-11) and UCLA (21-11) also reached the NCAA Second Round in 2006, while California ended up 18-12 after an NCAA First Round appearance.

2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES' POLL

      Team          		Points1.    Stanford (9)		812.    Arizona State (1)		703.    USC	       	 	634.    California		53      Washington		536.    UCLA	        	467.    Arizona	        	328.    Oregon	        	229.    Washington State		1610.    Oregon State		14
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