Women's Basketball Picked To Win Pac-10 Title In Preseason Coaches Poll

Oct. 10, 2001

Walnut Creek, Calif. - The Stanford women's basketball team, which returns three starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, has been tabbed by the Pac-10 women's basketball coaches as the team to beat in the 2001-02 season.

The Cardinal, which finished 19-11 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA West Regional last season, garnered nine first-place votes in the preseason poll (the maximum possible, coaches can not vote for their own school), while USC earned one first-place vote. Stanford made its 14th straight NCAA Tournament appearance last season.

This is the second time that Stanford has been selected by the coaches as the Conference preseason favorite since the poll's inception in 1998-99. The Cardinal was last picked to win the Pac-10 race by the media is 2000-01, and ended up tying for first place with Arizona State and Washington.

2001-02 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Coaches Poll
(first place votes in parentheses)

Team                     Points
1. Stanford (9) 81
2. Washington 65
3. USC (1) 63
4. Arizona State 58
5. Arizona 50
Oregon 50
7. Oregon State 39
8. California 19
10.Washington State 11
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