Stanford Picked By Coaches To Win Pac-10 Women's Basketball Title

Oct. 14, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Five-time defending Conference champion STANFORD, has been voted as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 women's basketball title, according to the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll. The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes as USC received the remaining first-place nod.

Ending the season with a NCAA second round appearance, USC tallied 70 points to place second. ARIZONA STATE was tabbed to finish third with 62 points, followed closely by UCLA with 60 points for the fourth-place slot. OREGON just beat out ARIZONA for fifth place with 43 points, while the Wildcats notched 42 for sixth place.

Last season, Stanford finished with a 17-1 league record and advanced to the Elite Eight for the second straight year, falling to eventual national finalist Michigan State in the Kansas City Regional final. It was the 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the Cardinal.

USC, the surprise team of the Pac-10 last season, was picked to finish seventh in both preseason polls, while blazing its way to a tie for second-place and its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1997. Under first-year head coach Mark Trakh, the Trojans finished 20-11 overall (12-6 Pac-10), notching their first 20-win season since 1997.

Arizona State secured its first Sweet Sixteen spot in 22 years, falling to No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Tempe Regional. The Sun Devils finished the season ranked No. 16 in the USA Today/ESPN WBCA coaches' poll, the highest ranking for ASU since the 1983-84 season.

Five Pac-10 teams competed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament (Stanford, Arizona State, USC, Oregon, Arizona), third-most among the major conferences, and those five teams each logged 20-win seasons. It was the first time in 13 years and second time in history that the Conference boasted five 20-win teams.

This is the sixth year in a row and sixth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the Conference title since the poll's inception in 1998-99.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes are in parentheses):


Ranking Team Points
1 Stanford (9) 81
2 USC (1) 70
3 Arizona State 62
4 UCLA 60
5 Oregon 43
6 Arizona 42
7 Washington 36
8 California 30
9 Washington State 16
10 Oregon State 10
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