Stanford tops Pac-12 women's basketball coaches poll, Arizona fifth
SAN FRANCISCO — Defending NCAA and Pac-12 champion Stanford is the preseason favorite to win the 2021-22 women’s basketball title in a voting of the conference’s coaches.
The vote was released in conjunction with Pac-12 Media Day at the conference headquarters.
The Cardinal (31-2, 19-2 in 2020-21), which won its third national championship and 24th Pac-12 regular-season title last season, garnered every available first-place vote (11) and totaled 121 points.
Oregon (15-9, 10-7), coming off its fourth consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, picked up the remaining first-place vote and was second with 108 points. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.
UCLA (17-6, 12-4) came in third with 101 points.
Arizona (21-6, 13-4), riding the momentum of an NCAA runner-up finish, was fifth with 83 points. Several key players return, but All-American Aari McDonald is one of the departures.
Arizona State (12-12, 6-9) was pegged eighth with 47 points.
The top six teams in the preseason poll all earned NCAA Tournament bids last season, marking the fourth consecutive occasion at least half of the conference’s programs earned bids on Selection Monday and the seventh straight with five-or-more berths.
Monday, the Pac-12 announced television broadcast details for the 2021-22 women’s basketball season. Every Pac-12 league game will be televised as part of a package that includes 125 total games on Pac-12 Networks and another six on ESPN networks.
2021-22 PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Team (First-Place Votes) Points
1.Stanford (11) 121
2.Oregon (1) 108
4.Oregon State 86
6.Washington State 70
8.Arizona State 47