Women's Basketball Picked To Win Pac-10 Title

Oct. 17, 2006

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    STANFORD, Calif.- For the seventh year in a row, six-time defending conference champion Stanford has been voted as the favorite to win the 2006-07 Pac-10 women's basketball title, according to the preseason coaches poll.

    The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes in the poll, tallying 81 points overall. In 2005-06, Stanford finished 26-8 overall and 15-3 in the Pac-10, while advancing to the Elite Eight for the third straight year before falling to LSU in the San Antonio Regional final. Under the direction of head coach Tara VanDerveer, the Cardinal return 10 letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad.

    Arizona State was picked as the runner-up, receiving one first-place vote and totaling 70 points. The Sun Devils were second in league play last year at 14-4 and tied the school-record for victories with 25. USC, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, was voted third with 63 points.

    California and Washington tied for fourth overall, earning 53 points. UCLA checked in fifth with 46 points. All three of those schools qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2005-06, giving the Pac-10 a total of six teams.

    Arizona (32 points), Oregon (22), Washington State (16) and Oregon State (14) round out the final four spots in the poll. The Beavers qualified for the Postseason WNIT last year.

    The preseason coaches' poll follows a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 format, and coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.

    Stanford kicks off the 2006-07 season on Nov. 2, hosting Chico State in the first of two exhibition contests. The regular season opener is scheduled for Nov. 9, as the Cardinal host Loyola Marymount in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT.

    2006-07 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll(first place votes in parantheses)

    (1) Stanford (9).......81

    (2) Arizona State (1)..70
    (3) USC................63
    (4) California.........53
    (6) UCLA...............46
    (7) Arizona............32
    (8) Oregon.............22
    (9) Washington State...16
    (10) Oregon State......14

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