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Arizona Picked to Finish Seventh In Pac-10 Media Poll
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 07, 2006
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Walnut Creek, Calif. ?- The University of Arizona women’s basketball team was selected to finish seventh in the Pac-10 Conference, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 women's basketball on Tuesday.  With four returning starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, the Stanford Cardinal was tabbed as the team to beat in the 2006-07 Pac-10 Conference season, according to the poll.


Stanford, which finished 26-8 overall and advanced to its third-consecutive Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament last season, garnered 11 first-place votes in the preseason poll. This is the sixth-straight year that Stanford has been picked by the media as the Conference preseason favorite.


Arizona State finished second in the poll with 97 points, followed by USC (76 points), California (75 points), and Washington (69 points).

UCLA was selected sixth in the poll (61 points) ahead of Arizona, as Oregon (29 points), Oregon State (26 points), and Washington State (19 points) rounded out the poll.


Five returning All-Pac-10 players were named to the Preseason All-Conference Team - Shay Murphy of USC, Noelle Quinn of UCLA, Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins of Stanford and Emily Westerberg of Arizona State.


First-place votes in parentheses

Team                                      Pts.

1.         Stanford (11)             110

2.         Arizona State             97

3.         USC                            76

4.         California                   75

5.         Washington                69

6.         UCLA                                     61

7.         Arizona                       39

8.         Oregon                       29

9.         Oregon State             26

10.       Washington State     19


Name, School

Shay Murphy, USC
Noelle Quinn, UCLA
Brooke Smith, Stanford
Emily Westerberg, Arizona State
Candice Wiggins, Stanford
WB Welcome Coach Barnes