Cal Picked to Finish 3rd in Pac-10 in Preseason Coaches' Poll

Oct. 23, 2007

BERKELEY, Calif. - California has been voted to finish third in this year's Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll, which is the highest the Golden Bears have ever been slated in the 10-year history of the poll. Cal also received one first-place vote.

Prior to this season, the highest Cal had ever been picked in the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll was a tie for fourth in 2006-07.

Stanford has been voted as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10women's basketball title. The Cardinal received eight of 10 first-place votes, and Arizona State received the other first-place vote.

The Sun Devils, which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last year, tallied 71 points to place second. The Golden Bears were tabbed to finish third with 68 points, followed by USC with 56 in the fourth-place slot. UCLA grabbed 44 points to place fifth, while Washington took sixth-place with a total of 41 points. The Huskies were followed by Oregon (34), Arizona (31), Oregon State (16) and Washington State (10).

California, led by Pac-10 Coach of the Year Joanne Boyle and Pac-10Player of the Year Devanei Hampton, finished with a 12-6 conferencerecord that placed them third last year, while their 23-9 overall record earned them a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Four Pac-10 teams qualified for NCAA postseason Tournament play in 2006-07, marking the fourth consecutive season that four or more conference teams have advanced to the tournament.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll; coachesare not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes are in parentheses):


Team Points1. Stanford (8) 792. Arizona State (1) 713. California (1) 684. USC 565. UCLA 446. Washington 417. Oregon 348. Arizona 319. Oregon State 1610. Washington State 10

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