Basketball: Wahine picked third by coaches

Louisiana Tech is the preseason favorite of the WAC coaches.

The Western Athletic Conference coaches think the University of Hawaii Wahine basketball team will finish third in the 10 team league. That according to the preseason poll released today along with the all-WAC teams.


Defending regular season tournament champion Louisiana Tech is expected to repeat, receiving votes from nine of the ten coaches. Lady Techster Cheryl Ford is the preseason favorite for player of the year honors.


Louisiana Tech led the preseason All-WAC team with two selections. Hawaii had no first team selections, but had two second team players in guard April Atuaia and center Christen Roper.


The Wahine open their season Nov. 23rd against UCLA at home.


2002-2003 Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches poll


Rank                                          Points


1- Louisiana Tech (9)                   81

2- Rice (1)                                    72

3- HAWAII                                 64

4- Tulsa                                        55

5- San Jose State                          43

6- SMU                                        41

7- Fresno State                             39

8- Nevada                                    26

9- UTEP                                      18

10-Boise State                             11



            Roper                          Atuaia


Preseason All-WAC Teams:

First Team

Cheryl Ford, Sr. C, Louisiana Tech

Lindsay Logan, Sr. G, Fresno State

Amber Obaze, Jr. G, Louisiana Tech

Kate Smith, Sr. G/F, Nevada

Cricket Williams, Jr. G, San Jose State


Second Team

April Atuaia, Jr. G, Hawaii

Allison Curtin, Sr. G, Tulsa

Johnetta Hayes, Jr. C, Rice

Christian Roper, Sr. C, Hawaii

Alyssa Shriver, Sr. C, Tulsa


Player of the Year: Cheryl Ford, Louisiana Tech

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