Media Picks Stanford to Win 2007-08 Pac-10 Title
Oct. 29, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- With three returning starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, the seven-time defending Conference champion STANFORD Cardinal have been tabbed as the team to beat in the 2007-08 Pac-10 Conference season, according to a poll of media members who cover women's basketball.
ARIZONA STATE came in second with 154 points and one first-place vote, while CALIFORNIA just trailed the Sun Devils with 150 points for third place. USC was picked to finish fourth with 117 points, while WASHINGTON grabbed 101 points to place fifth, and UCLA took sixth-place with a total of 98 points. The Bruins were followed by OREGON (74), ARIZONA (53), OREGON STATE (43) and WASHINGTON STATE (21).
Stanford, which finished 29-5 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, garnered 17 first-place votes in the preseason poll. The Cardinal made their 20th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance last season. This is the eighth-straight year that Stanford has been picked by the media as the Conference preseason favorite.
Arizona State, which journeyed the deepest into the postseason among Pac-10 teams last season, broke the single-season school record for wins (25) with 31 overall victories. Under 11th-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne, ASU has posted 20 or more wins five times in the last seven seasons.
California, led by Pac-10 Coach of the Year Joanne Boyle and Pac-10 Player of the Year Devanei Hampton, finished with a 23-9 overall record last season while advancing to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
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 media poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes are in parentheses). The results of the preseason all-conference team will be released Tues., Oct. 30.
2007-08 PRESEASON PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL
1. Stanford (17) 179
2. Arizona State (1) 154
3. California 150
4. USC 117
5. Washington 101
6. UCLA 98
7. Oregon 74
8. Arizona 53
9. Oregon State 43
10. Washington State 21