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Buffs 11th In Big 12 Preseason Poll

Oct 17, 2006

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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)