Media Picks Stanford To Win 2002 PAC-10 Title
Nov. 1, 2001
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With three returning starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, the STANFORD Cardinal has been tabbed as the team to beat in the 2001-02 Pac-10 Conference season, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 women's basketball.
The poll was announced at the Conference's annual women's basketball media day, held Thursday at the Compaq Center at San Jose.
Stanford, which finished 19-11 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA West Regional last season, garnered 19 first-place votes in the preseason poll, while ARIZONA STATE earned two first-place votes. The Cardinal made its 14th straight NCAA Tournament appearance last season. Stanford was tabbed by the media as the Conference's preseason favorite last year as well.
Three returning All-Pac-10 players were named to the Preseason All-Conference Team - Michelle Greco of UCLA, Stanford's Nicole Powell and Felicia Ragland of Oregon State. USC forward Ebony Hoffman, a 2001 Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection, and 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year Shaquala Williams of Oregon were also named to the team.
The 2001-02 season will culminate with the first ever Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament. All 10 universities will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament. The team that finishes the season atop the Pac-10 standings, based on double round robin play, is the Conference Champion. The bracket of the Pac-10 women's tournament will be seeded according to to the final standings, with the league champion earning the top seed.
2001-02 PRESEASON PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL
First-place votes in parentheses
Team Pts. 1. Stanford (19) 206 2. Arizona State (2) 164 3. Washington 153 4. USC 131 5. Oregon 129 6. Arizona 127 7. Oregon State 85 8. UCLA 83 9. California 51 10. Washington State 26
2001-02 PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAM
Name School Pos Yr Ht Hometown Michelle Greco UCLA G Sr. 5-9 LaCrescenta, Calif. Ebony Hoffman USC F So. 6-2 Harbor City, Calif. Nicole Powell STAN F So. 6-2 Phoenix, Ariz. Felicia Ragland OSU G Sr. 5-9 Tulare, Calif. Shaquala Williams ORE G Jr. 5-6 Portland, Ore.