Preseason Poll-Wildcats Picked Third
WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON BIG 12 COACHES POLL
– Defending Big 12 Conference co-champion Kansas State was picked third behind Texas and Baylor in a preseason women's basketball coaches poll released by the league office Wednesday.
Last season, the Wildcats tied the Longhorns for a share of the conference regular season title with identical 14-2 marks in Big 12 play. Both teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament along with Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas Tech. Of the top five selected teams in the coaches poll, all have received top 25 billing by several major publications in the preseason.
Led by senior All-America and National Player of the Year candidate Kendra Wecker (5-11, F, Marysville, Kan.), the Wildcats return three of their five starters from last year's championship squad including senior All-America candidate Laurie Koehn (5-8, G, Hesston, Kan.) and senior Megan Mahoney (6-0, F/G, Sturgis, S.D.). Wecker, Koehn and Mahoney were All-Big 12 selections a year ago.
Texas received 11 first-place votes with 121 points, while Baylor was picked second with 107 points. K-State received the other first-place vote and finished third in the poll with 99 points followed by Texas Tech (92), Oklahoma (84), Iowa State (68), Colorado (59), Missouri (45), Nebraska (43), Texas A&M (35), Kansas (24) and Oklahoma State (15).
The Big 12 Preseason Team will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The annual Big 12 Conference Basketball Media Days will be conducted on Oct. 27-28, in Kansas City, Mo.
2004-05 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Texas (11) 121
2. Baylor 107
3. Kansas State (1) 99
4. Texas Tech 92
5. Oklahoma 84
6. Iowa State 68
7. Colorado 59
8. Missouri 45
9. Nebraska 43
10. Texas A&M 35
11. Kansas 24
12. Oklahoma State 15
(First-place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)
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