Nov. 8, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - The California women's basketball team earned a No. 21 ranking in The Associated Press preseason poll that came out today. This is the Golden Bears' first ranking in The Associated Press poll since the week of Feb. 16, 1993, when Cal was No. 23. Cal's highest AP ranking was No. 20 in the first poll of the 1982-83 season.
Defending NCAA champion Maryland is ranked No. 1.
The Bears are also tabbed at No. 21 in the WBCA-USA Today-ESPN Top 25 Preseason Coaches' Poll.
In 2005-06, Cal posted an 18-12 record and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, marking the program's first winning record and NCAA selection since 1992-93.
Yesterday, Cal was also picked to finish fourth in the 2006-07 Pac-10 Conference season, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 women's basketball. Stanford garnered 11 first-place votes and 110 points to top the media poll.
The Bears, who had a 10-8 Pac-10 record to finish sixth in the conference last season, collected 75 points in the media poll to finish one point behind Southern California, which was selected to finish third in the conference.
In October, the Pac-10 coaches' poll slated Cal and Washington to tie for fourth place (53 points each).