Kansas Women Picked Sixth in Preseason Poll

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Kansas women's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 by a vote of the league's coaches in the 2005-06 preseason poll. The pick is the highest for the Jayhawks since 2000-01 when KU was selected to finish fifth.

“We don’t place a lot of emphasis on preseason polls, but it is a good feeling to receive that type of respect from the coaches in our league,” KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “I think it says something about how far we’ve come to be picked two spots higher than we finished last year, but it won’t mean anything if we don’t go out and prove it on the floor.”

Defending NCAA champion Baylor was picked to win its second consecutive Big 12 Conference women’s basketball title. The Lady Bears received six first place votes and totaled 113 points to edge out second place Texas with two first place nods and 110 points.

Texas Tech was a close third with the four remaining first place votes and 108 points. Oklahoma (91 points), Nebraska (70 points), Kansas (66 points), Texas A&M (59 points), Kansas State (56 points), Iowa State (45 points), Missouri (37 points), Oklahoma State (23 points) and Colorado (14 points) round out the poll.

The Preseason All-Big 12 Team will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The annual Big 12 Basketball Media Days will be conducted Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 19 and 20, in Dallas.

2005-06 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

1. Baylor (6) 113
2. Texas (2) 110
3. Texas Tech (4) 108
4. Oklahoma 91
5. Nebraska 70
6. Kansas 66
7. Texas A&M 59
8. Kansas State 56
9. Iowa State 45
10. Missouri 37
11. Oklahoma State 23
12. Colorado 14

(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)

Preseason Poll History

Season Preseason Selection -- Big 12 Champion
1996-97 Poll Not Conducted -- Kansas
1997-98 Texas Tech -- Texas Tech
1998-99 Kansas -- Texas Tech
1999-00 Iowa State -- Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma
2000-01 Iowa State -- Oklahoma
2001-02 Oklahoma -- Oklahoma
2002-03 Texas Tech -- Texas
2003-04 Texas Texas -- Kansas State
2004-05 Texas -- Baylor
2005-06 Baylor --

Kansas’ Pick By Year

1996-97 --
1997-98 4th
1998-99 1st
1999-00 2nd
2000-01 5th
2001-02 11th
2002-03 11th
2003-04 9th
2004-05 11th
2005-06 6th

Story courtesy: KUAC


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