UCLA Women's Basketball Team Picked Fourth In Pac-10 Coaches' Poll

Oct. 14, 2005

The UCLA women's basketball team has been chosen by the league's coaches to place fourth in the Pac-10 Conference. Defending league champion Stanford is the favorite for the sixth-straight year, followed by USC, Arizona State and UCLA.

The Bruins, who are also ranked No. 16 in Lindy's pre-season poll, received 60 points overall, finishing just behind third-place Arizona State (62). Stanford received nine first place votes and 81 points overall. USC received the other first place vote and had 70 points.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Oregon (43), Arizona (42), Washington (36), California (30), Washington State (16) and Oregon State (10).

The Bruins return all five starters from last year, including honorable mention AP All-American Nikki Blue, pre-season Wooden Award candidate Noelle Quinn and 2005 World University Games gold medalist Lisa Willis. UCLA will kick off its season with an exhibition game against Love and Basketball on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2:00 pm. Official practices start this Saturday, Oct. 15.

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):

(first-place votes in parentheses)

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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