Nov. 8, 2011
TUCSON - In the Pac-12 preseason media poll released on Tuesday, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball team was picked to finish eighth in the team standings. For the first time in her career, junior guard Davellyn Whyte was one of five preseason All-Pac-12 selections
The Stanford Cardinal were selected the top choice to win the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference title while the USC Trojans were second in the balloting. California, under the direction of a new head coach, 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 head coach calling the plays this year. League newcomer Utah had 73 points for sixth.
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.
Earning preseason nods were Stanford forwards senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike and sophomore Chiney Ogwumike, USC senior guards Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath and Arizona's Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.). Whyte was the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and is a two-time first-team all-conference selection. She returns with her 15.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game from a year ago.
The Wildcats will officially open the season with non-conference matchups at Georgia Southern on Nov. 11 and at Georgia State on Nov. 13. The home opener is scheduled for Nov. 17 against Wichita State. For tickets to the women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.