Oct. 20, 2011
The California women's basketball team received 98 points in the 2011-12 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, with the head coaches of the conference teams predicting a third-place finish for the Bears in their first season under head coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
"We are all about exceeding expectations," said Gottlieb. "No matter how highly people think of us or how much they dismiss us, we want to go out there and exceed people's expectations."
The Stanford Cardinal, who have won the conference title each of the last 11 years, are ranked at the top of the poll, garnering 11 first-place votes. USC, who advanced to the WNIT Championship last season, earned the final first-place vote and finished second in the poll, their highest pre-season poll ranking since being picked second in 2006-07.
Coach Gottlieb's squad is the highest ranking among the teams with new coaches this season. UCLA, with first-year head coach Cori Close, is fourth in the polling with 83 points. Arizona State, with interim head coach Joseph Anders, is fifth with 68 points. Washington, with former Xavier head coach Kevin McGuff, has been picked tenth. Conference newcomer Utah is picked to finish sixth with the other newcomer, Colorado, coming in 11th.
Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Stanford (11) 121 2. USC (1) 111 3. California 98 4. UCLA 83 5. Arizona State 68 6. Utah 61 7. Washington State 59 8. Oregon 51 9. Arizona 48 10. Washington 38 11. Colorado 36 12. Oregon State 18