Oct. 26, 2008
BERKELEY - The California women's basketball team was predicted to finish second in the Pac-10 Conference, according to the preseason coaches' poll released Friday. The Golden Bears had four first-place votes and 76 total points to place second. This is the highest that Cal has ever been slated to finish since the poll's inception in 1998-99.
Stanford, the national runner-up, earned six first-place votes to take first place in the poll. Arizona State was picked to finish third after advancing to the postseason in 2007-08 for the fourth straight season. USC, followed by UCLA, rounded out the top-10.
Last season, the Bears finished a program all-time best of second with a school-record 15-3 record. Cal led or held a share of first place in the conference until the Bears lost the regular-season final at Washington, 74-66, on March 2.
The Pac-10 had three teams earn NCAA Tournament bids last year, the sixth consecutive year at least three league teams earned invites.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches' poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes are in parentheses).
2008-09 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
Team (First Place) Points
1. Stanford (6) 78
2. California (4) 76
3. Arizona State 65
4. USC 55
5. UCLA 48
6. Oregon 40
7. Washington 27
8. Oregon State 25
9. Washington State 20
10. Arizona 16