Oct. 16, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - California has been voted to tie for fourth this year in the Pac-10 Conference, according to the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll released today. This marks the highest the Golden Bears have been voted in the nine-year history of the poll.
Prior to this season, the highest Cal had ever been picked in the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll was eighth on three occasions, including last season.
Cal, which has been slated as high as No. 12 nationally in an ESPN.com preseason poll, finished last season with an 18-12 record and placed sixth in the Pac-10 at 10-8, signifying the first time the Bears posted winning overall and conference records since 1992-93. Cal also earned its first NCAA Tournament bid in 13 years in 2005-06.
Six-time defending Conference champion Stanford has been voted as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 women's basketball title. The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes for 81 points, as Arizona State (1) received the remaining first-place nod.
The Sun Devils tallied 70 points to place second. USC was tabbed to finish third with 63 points, followed by California and Washington with 53 points for a tie for the fourth-place slot. UCLA grabbed 46 points to place sixth, while Arizona took seventh-place with a total of 32 points. The Wildcats were followed by Oregon (22), Washington State (16) and Oregon State (14).
A record six Pac-10 teams qualified for NCAA postseason Tournament play in 2005-06, as five at-large berths were awarded to the league, in addition to UCLA, which earned the automatic qualification by virtue of a 2006 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament win.
This is the seventh year in a row and seventh time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the Conference title since the poll's inception in 1998-99.
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):
2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES' POLL Team Points 1. Stanford (9) 81 2. Arizona State (1) 70 3. USC 63 4. California 53 Washington 53 6. UCLA 46 7. Arizona 32 8. Oregon 22 9. Washington State 16 10. Oregon State 14