Women's Hoops Tabbed Pac-10 Runner-Up in Preseason Poll

Oct. 10, 2001

Walnut Creek, Calif. - The Washington women's basketball team was picked as conference runner-up for the 2002 season in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll announced Wednesday.

Washington returns three starters and eight letterwinners from the team that advanced to the West Regional championship game last season. This year, a talented trio of local freshmen join the team that won a share of the Pac-10 title and posted the second-best turnaround in the country.

Stanford, which shared the conference title along with Washington and Arizona State, was tabbed as the league favorite to repeat as champions for the 2002 season. Last year, all three teams finished with a conference mark of 12 wins and six losses.

Stanford garnered nine first-place votes in the preseason poll, while USC earned one first-place vote. This is the second time that Stanford has been tabbed 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 in 2000-01.

Washington holds its first practice at 9:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 13, the first official day teams may begin training for the 2001-02 season. Practice will be held on the main floor of Bank of America Arena and is open to the public. The Huskies play a pair of exhibition games, Nov. 4 and No. 12, before opening the season No. 16 at Montana State.

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	5t.	Arizona 	50		Oregon	50	7.	Oregon State	39	8t.	California	19		UCLA	19	10.	Washington State	11
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