Six Pac-10 Schools Ranked Among Top-25 in WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Preseason Poll

Nov. 1, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Six Pac-10 women's basketball teams -- STANFORD, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, USC, UCLA and WASHINGTON -- are ranked among the Top-25 teams in the nation, according to today's 2006-07 preseason WBCA/USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.

Stanford, the six-time defending Pac-10 Champion, is ranked fourth in the poll, as the Cardinal finished with a 15-3 league record last season, while advancing to the Elite Eight for the third time in as many years, before falling to LSU in the San Antonio Regional final.

Arizona State was tabbed to finish 12th nationally, while California came in at No. 21. Right behind Cal, were USC, picked to finish 22nd and UCLA, selected as the No. 23 team. Rounding out the Top-25 was Washington in the 25th position.

A record six Pac-10 teams qualified for NCAA postseason Tournament play in 2005-06, as five at-large berths were awarded to the league, in addition to UCLA which earned the automatic qualification by virtue of a 2006 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament win.

Pac-10 women's basketball officially tipped-off last night, as California claimed an 81-55 win over Melbourne Roos in exhibition play.

2006-07 WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top-25
1. Maryland
2. North Carolina
3. Oklahoma
5. Tennessee
6. Duke
7. Ohio State
8. Connecticut
9. Georgia
10. LSU
11. Rutgers
13. Purdue
14. Texas A&M
15. Vanderbilt
16. Kentucky
17. Michigan State
18. Baylor
19. DePaul
20. New Mexico
22. USC
23. UCLA

24. BYU

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