Women's Hoops Picked To Finish Sixth In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll

Oct. 22, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Washington women's basketball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 according to the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, the conference office announced Monday.

Stanford was voted to win the conference crown and received eight first-place votes, while Arizona State was projected to finish second and California third. Both ASU and Cal received the other two first-place votes. USC was tabbed to finish fourth, followed by UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Oregon State and Washington State.

The Huskies, under the direction of first-year head coach Tia Jackson, return two starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that posted an 18-13 record and finished fourth in the Pac-10 with an 11-7 league record. UW was one of four Pac-10 teams to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, but suffered a first round defeat to Minnesota.

It marks the eighth year in a row and eighth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the conference title since the poll's inception in 1998-99.

The Huskies will open their season with a pair of exhibition games at Bank of America Arena starting with a contest with Love & Basketball, Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. UW will also host Seattle Pacific, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. Washington will make its official 2007-08 debut at Kansas State, Saturday, Nov. 10.

Team (first-place votes) Points

1. Stanford (8) 79
2. Arizona State (1) 71
3. California (1) 68
4. USC 56
5. UCLA 44
6. Washington 41
7. Oregon 34
8. Arizona 31
9. Oregon State 16
10. Washington State 10

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