2016-17 Women’s Basketball Campaign Tips off This Weekend

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• The 2016-17 women’s basketball gets underway this weekend, the Conference looking to build off a historic campaign that was 2015-16 where the Pac-12 boasted the No. 1 RPI in the country for the majority of the season, earned five NCAA Tournament bids and two teams advanced to the NCAA Women’s Final Four for the first time ever.
• Five Pac-12 teams start the season ranked in the preseason in the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA polls. UCLA (9/9) is in the top-10 for both, while STANFORD (11/10), WASHNGTON (17/15), ARIZONA STATE (18/16) and ORGON STATE (25/17) also appear in the polling
• The Bruins were picked by the coaches and the media to win the regular season. It was the first time since 1999-2000 UCLA was voted to win the league.
• The Huskies’ Kelsey Plum was voted to the AP’s Preseason All-America team, while UCLA’s Jordin Canada also received votes. One of the most prolific scorer’s in Pac-12 history, Plum is just 319 points from tying the Conference’s all-time scoring record set by former Stanford great Chiney Ogwumike (2011-14). Canada was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List, recognizing the nation’s top collegiate point guard.
• Eight All-Pac-12 honorees from a year ago return this season, including USBWA National Freshman of the Year Kristine Anigwe from CALIFORNIA
•The season officially opens on Friday and seven teams are hosting contests. The marquee matchups of the weekend both take place on Monday with the Bruins traveling to #2/4 Baylor, while the Cardinal host #8/6 Texas.
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