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Arizona Women Picked Sixth in Preseason Coaches' Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/14/2005
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. ?- The Arizona women’s basketball team has been selected to finish sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference, according to the Pac-10 preseason coaches’ poll. The Wildcats garnered 42 points, just one point behind fifth-place Oregon.

Five-time defending conference champion Stanford was voted as the favorite to win this year’s Pac-10 title. The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes, with USC receiving the remaining first-place nod. USC tallied 70 points to place second, while Arizona State was tabbed to finish third with 62 points, followed closely by UCLA with 60 points for the fourth-place slot. Oregon just beat out Arizona for fifth place with 43 points, while the Wildcats notched 42 points for sixth place.

Rounding out the poll were Washington (36), California (30), Washington State (16) and Oregon State (10).

Five Pac-10 teams competed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament (Stanford, Arizona State, USC, Oregon and Arizona), third-most among the major conferences, and those five teams each logged 20-win seasons. It was the first time in 13 years and second time in history that the conference boasted five 20-win teams.

This is the sixth year in a row and sixth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the Conference title since the poll’s inception in 1998-99.

 

2005-06 Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll

Rank   Team              Points 
  1.   Stanford (9)      81 
  2.   USC (1)           70 
  3.   Arizona State     62 
  4.   UCLA              60 
  5.   Oregon            43 
  6.   Arizona           42 
  7.   Washington        36 
  8.   California        30 
  9.   Washington State  16 
 10.   Oregon State      10
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