Husky Women Picked To Finish Third In Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Oct. 13, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - The Washington women's basketball team has been selected to finish third in this year's conference standings, according to the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches poll, announced today.

The Huskies, who made their second NCAA Championship appearance in three years last season, tied for second with Arizona in the 2002-03 conference standings with a 13-5 record and finished with an overall record of 22-8. Washington returns seven letterwinners and three starters, including 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year Giuliana Mendiola.

Stanford, who returns 11 letterwinners and all five starters from last season, was selected by the league's coaches to win the 2003-2004 conference title. Stanford received eight first place votes, while second-place pick, Arizona, received the other two.

In 2002-03, Stanford won the Pac-10 title with a 15-3 league mark, captured the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title and finished with a 27-5 overall record. The Cardinal advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Arizona was also an NCAA participant last season, reaching the tourney for the first time in three years.

This is the fourth year in a row and the fourth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the Conference title since the poll's inception in 1998-99. Following Washington in the preseason coaches' poll was Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Oregon State, Cal and Washington State.

(first-place votes in parentheses)
Team Points
1. Stanford (8) 80
2. Arizona (2) 72
3. Washington 61
4. Oregon 48
5. Arizona State 47
6. UCLA 45
7. USC 41
8. Oregon State 30
9. California 17
10. Washington State 9

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