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Wildcat Women Picked to Tie for Pac-10 Basketball Crown
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 27, 2004
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - For the first time ever, the Arizona women's basketball team has picked to finish in a tie for first place with Stanford in the 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference race, according to a poll of media members who regularly cover the league. The Wildcats and Cardinal finished with identical 14-4 records last season to share the Pac-10 women's basketball title, the first such crown in Wildcat history.

The Cardinal garnered eight first-place votes in the poll, while Arizona received the remaining seven. Both teams totaled 140 points. It marks the first time there has been a tie for the first-place spot since the poll's inception in 1997-98. In fact, the poll's top two teams had never been separated by fewer than 17 points. The Wildcats' highest previous projection was second in 1997-98. The Pac-10 media poll has correctly predicted the Conference champion in six of the last seven seasons. The full poll is listed below.

In addition, Arizona's Dee-Dee Wheeler and Shawntinice Polk were two of the five players named to the media's Preseason All-Pac-10 Team. The full team is listed below.

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank  Team              Points
1. Stanford (8) 140
Arizona (7) 140
3. UCLA 122
4. Arizona State 100
5. Washington 83
6. Oregon 78
7. USC 61
8. Oregon State 45
9. California 34
10. Washington State 22

Name                School      Pos.  Yr.   Ht.   Hometown
Nikki Blue UCLA G Jr. 5-8 Bakersfield, Calif.
Shawntinice Polk Arizona C Jr. 6-5 Hanford, Calif.
Noelle Quinn UCLA G So. 6-0 Los Angeles, Calif.
Kelley Suminski Stanford G Sr. 5-9 Chester, N.J.
Dee-Dee Wheeler Arizona G Sr. 5-6 Chicago, Ill.
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