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Cal Picked No. 2 and No. 8 in Preseason Polls
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/20/2008

Oct. 20, 2008

BERKELEY - The California women's basketball team was selected as the No. 2 team in the nation in the Athlon Sports preseason poll and No. 8 according to Lindy's preseason top-25 poll. The No. 2 ranking is the highest the Golden Bears have received under fourth-year head coach Joanne Boyle and is likely the highest ranking in the history of the Cal program.

The Bears were ranked as high as No. 8 for several weeks last season. Cal set a school record for wins in a season with a 27-7 overall mark and earned its first NCAA Tournament victory since the 1993 season. The Bears finished with a school-record 15-3 mark in the Pac-10.

The Bears were also predicted by USA Today to advance to the 2009 NCAA Sweet 16. Cal's 2008 NCAA Tournament selection was a school record third consecutive playoff berth. This year's schedule for the Bears features six teams that competed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and three WNIT selections.

Led by first-team All-Pac-10 choices Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton, Cal returns all of its 2007-08 starters this season. Walker and Hampton were named to the 2008-09 preseason watch list for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year award, as well as selected as preseason All-Americans by the Sporting News.

Overall, Cal returns nine letterwinners and welcomes freshmen Angelei Aguirre and Casey Morris. Aguirre, a 5-11 guard, averaged 20.9 ppg and 10.2 rebounds pre game during her senior season at White Plains HS in White Plains, N.Y. Morris is a 5-9 point and shooting guard hailing from Piedmont HS, and was nationally ranked No. 35 ranked by Blue Star Report and No. 51 by HoopGurlz.com

Cal has two home exhibitions - Chico State on Nov. 5 and Vanguard on Nov. 9 - before tipping off the 2008-09 season on Nov. 14 by hosting Albany.

2008-09 Athlon Preseason Top-25 Poll
1. Connecticut
2. California
3. Stanford
4. Texas A&M
5. Duke
6. Maryland
7. Oklahoma
8. Arizona State
9. Tennessee
10. Louisville
11. Rutgers
12. North Carolina
13. Ohio State
14. Texas
15. Old Dominion
16. Vanderbilt
17. Oklahoma State
18. Virginia
19. Kansas State
20. Florida State
21. Xavier
22. Auburn
23. Michigan State
24. Utah
25. Pittsburgh

2008-09 Lindy's Preseason Top-25 Poll
1. Connecticut
2. Stanford
3. Maryland
4. Tennessee
5. Rutgers
6. North Carolina
7. Duke
8. California
9. Louisville
10. Oklahoma
11. Texas A&M
12. Oklahoma State
13. LSU
14. Texas
15. Virginia
16. Baylor
17. Ohio State
18. Vanderbilt
19. Auburn
20. Notre Dame
21. Arizona State
22. Florida State
23. USC
24. Pittsburgh
25. Marquette

2008-09 USA Today Preseason Sweet 16
Arizona State
Baylor
California
Connecticut
Duke
Louisville
Maryland
North Carolina
Notre Dame
Oklahoma
Rutgers
Stanford
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Virginia
Xavier

*(listed alphabetically)


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