WALNUT CREEK, Calif. ?-The Arizona women’s basketball team has been selected to finish second in the Pacific-10 Conference in a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches. Arizona, which shared its first-ever regular-season Pac-10 title last season, received 72 points and one first-place vote.
Stanford, which shared last year’s conference title with the Wildcats, was tabbed to win the title in 2004-05 with eight first-place votes and 79 points.
UCLA, which finished at 17-13 overall a year ago, earned the league’s other first-place vote and was picked to finish third with 68 points.
Arizona State was tabbed fourth with 50 points, followed by Oregon with 46 points in fifth place and Washington in sixth place with 42 points. Rounding out the poll were USC, California, Oregon State and Washington State, with 38, 24, 22 and nine points, respectively.
This is the fifth year in a row and fifth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the conference title since the poll’s inception in 1998-99.
2004-05 PAC-10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES’ POLL
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Points
1. Stanford (8) 79
2. Arizona (1) 72
3. UCLA (1) 68
4. Arizona State 50
5. Oregon 46
6. Washington 42
7. USC 38
8. California 24
9. Oregon State 22
10. Washington State 9