Stanford Picked First in Women's Basketball Coaches Poll
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Garnering the maximum number of points (81) and first-place votes (9) for the second-straight year, STANFORD is the coaches' pick to win the Pac-10 women's basketball title. Receiving one first-place vote and 73 points was UCLA to place second in the polling, its highest since being picked to win the league in 1998.
The 10-time defending Pac-10 regular-season champion Cardinal are coming off a third-straight trip to the NCAA Final Four, reaching the national title game for the second time in three years. Head coach Tara VanDerveer, who is entering her 25th season at Stanford, returns 11 letterwinners, including All-American and 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year JR F Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas). She also returns two more All-Pac-10 honorees in SR F Kayla Pedersen (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) and SR G Jeanette Pohlen (Brea, Calif.).
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