Media Members Pick Stanford to Win Pac-12

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.— Both STANFORD and USC were unanimous picks for the media in the 2011 Pac-12 Preseason media poll after a polling of media members who cover the Pac-12 Conference, the Conference office announced today. The Cardinal were selected the top choice to win the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference title, while the Trojans were second in the balloting. Media members also selected a five-player Preseason All-Pac-12 team which featured a pair of Cardinals and Trojans, as well.

Earning preseason nods were Stanford forwards SR Nnemkadi Ogwumike and SO Chiney Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas), USC senior guards Ashley Corral (Vancouver, Wash.) and Briana Gilbreath (Katy, Texas), and ARIZONA's Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.). Chiney Ogwumike were the last three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year. Chiney was named last year's recipient, Gilbreath was selected in 2009 and Whyte earned the honor in 2010. A two-time All-American, Nnemkadi Ogwumike was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2010. Corral is a two-time all-conference selection.

The media were in agreement with the Pac-12 coaches in selecting the top half of the preseason poll. After making four-consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four, Stanford received every first-place vote to place first in the polling, USC, who advanced to the championship game of the WNIT last year, was second on every ballot, as well.

CALIFORNIA is under the direction of a new coach and was third with 107 points. Placing second in the Conference standings the last two years and also with a new coach, UCLA was fourth in the media poll with 96 points. ARIZONA STATE collected 79 points for fifth place and will have an interim coach calling the plays this year. League newcomer UTAH had 73 points for sixth. The Utes were the Mountain West Conference tournament champions last year.

The media's Nos. 7-12 deviated from the coaches. OREGON was picked to finish seventh with 59 points, Arizona was eighth with 58 points, WASHINGTON STATE collected 45 points for ninth place, WASHINGTON had 38 points for 10th place, OREGON STATE was 11th with 27 points, and COLORADO had 23 points for 12th.

The 2011-12 regular season tips off Friday, Nov. 11. The Pacific Life Pac-12 Basketball Tournament takes place March 7-10, 2012 in Los Angeles at the Galen Center and STAPLES Center. For the second-consecutive year, the men's and women's tournaments will be played in the same location. The first and second rounds of the women's tournament will take place at Galen Center on the campus of USC, then will join the men for the semifinals and championship games at STAPLES Center. Galen Center has played host to the women's tournament for the last three years.

The following are the results of the 2011 preseason media poll (points 12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-, first-place votes in parentheses).

1. Stanford (11) 131
2. USC 121
3. California 107
4. UCLA 96
5. Arizona State 79
6. Utah 73
7. Oregon 59
8. Arizona 58
9. Washington State 45
10. Washington 38
11. Oregon State 27
12. Colorado 23

Ashley Corral, USC, G
Briana Gilbreath, USC, G
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford, F
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford, F
Davellyn Whyte, Arizona, G

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