Media Picks Women's Hoops To Finish Third In Pac-10 Race

Oct. 29, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington women's basketball has been picked to finish third in the 2003-2004 Pac-10 Conference race, according to a poll of media members who regularly cover women's basketball in the league. The Preseason All-Conference team was also selected, with senior guard Giuliana Mendiola one of five returning All-Pac-10 players named to the squad.

Stanford, which finished 27-5 overall and 15-3 in Pac-10 play, was selected to win the conference crown, followed by Arizona, Washington, Arizona State, USC, Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, Cal and Washington State. The Cardinal garnered all 18 first-place votes and totaled 180 points as the media's undisputed pick to win it all. Washington tied with Arizona in last year's conference standings with a 13-5 mark. The Huskies, who finished at 22-8, and Wildcats both participated in the 2003 NCAA Championship.

The is the fourth straight year Stanford has been picked by the media as the conference preseason favorite, however, it marks the first time the Cardinal received every first-place vote since the 1997-98 season. The Pac-10 media poll has correctly predicted the conference champion in five of the last six seasons.

Mendiola, last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year, was joined on the Preseason All-Pac-10 Team by UCLA's Nikki Blue, USC's Ebony Hoffman, Arizona's Shawntinice Polk and Stanford's Nicole Powell.

The Huskies open the season hosting a pair of exhibition games with NWBL, Sun., Nov. 9, and Sun., Nov. 16, both at 4 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

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