Huskies Picked To Finish Seventh In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll

Oct. 24, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Washington women's basketball team was projected to finish seventh in the 2008-09 conference standings according to the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, released Friday.

Eight-time defending Pac-10 champion and 2008 NCAA Championship finalist Stanford was tabbed to win the 2008-09 crown according to a vote of the league's coaches. Stanford received six first-place votes and 78 points, edging California who received four first-place votes and 76 points.

Rounding out the top five were Arizona State (65 points), USC (55) and UCLA (48). Oregon was picked to finish sixth (40), followed by the Huskies (27), Oregon State (25), Washington State (20) and Arizona (16).

Last year, Washington compiled an overall record of 13-18 and finished sixth in the Pac-10 with an 8-10 league mark. The Huskies return seven players from that team, led by junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb (11.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 apg). UW also welcomes eight newcomers including five freshmen and three transfers.

The Huskies will play a pair of exhibition tune-ups to get ready for their challenging schedule when they host Love & Basketball, Tuesday, Nov. 4 (7 p.m.) and Corban College, Monday, Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) at Bank of America Arena. Washington will make its official debut hosting Gonzaga, Sunday, Nov, 16, at 2 p.m.

2008-09 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
Place Team (First place votes) Points

1. Stanford (6) 78
2. California (4) 76
3. Arizona State 65
4. USC 55
5. UCLA 48
6. Oregon 40
7. Washington 27
8. Oregon State 25
9. Washington State 20
10. Arizona 16

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