Buffs 11th In Big 12 Preseason Poll
BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's basketball team was picked to finish 11th in the annual Big 12 Conference Coaches Preseason Poll, the league office announced on Tuesday
Colorado received 26 points, an improvement from the 14 points received a year ago when the Buffaloes were picked to finish last. The Buffaloes were 9-21 overall in 2005-06 and finished 11th in the Big 12 race with a 3-13 mark. CU returns three starters and eight letterwinners to this year's squad including its top two scorers from 2005-06 in junior Jackie McFarland (17.2 ppg) and senior Jasmina Ilic (14.8 ppg) and its starting center from 2004-05 in Kara Richards. The Buffaloes also welcome seven newcomers headlined by junior guard Susie Powers and freshman guard Bianca Smith who are now eligible after NCAA mandated redshirt years last season.
Defending league champion Oklahoma was picked to repeat its title receiving all 11 possible first place votes for a total of 121 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Big 12 Southern Division teams dominated the upper half of the poll, taking the top four spots. Texas A&M was picked second with 107 points, followed by Texas (101) and Baylor (94).
Iowa State came in fifth with 68 points, just edging out Nebraska which was picked sixth with 66. Kansas State and Texas Tech tied for seventh with 57 points followed by Missouri (43), Kansas (36), CU (26) and Oklahoma State (16).
2006-07 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma (11) 121
2. Texas A&M (1) 107
3. Texas 101
4. Baylor 94
5. Iowa State 68
6. Nebraska 66
7. Kansas State 57
7. Texas Tech 57
9. Missouri 43
10. Kansas 36
11. Colorado 26
12. Oklahoma State 16
(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)