Women's Basketball chosen fourth in Big 12 preseason poll
IRVING, Texas -- The Texas women's basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2007-08 Big 12 Conference preseason poll, as announced Friday.
The Big 12 preseason poll is voted on by the league's head coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Defending conference co-champion Texas A&M was picked to win the Big 12 regular season title. The Aggies received seven of 12 first-place votes and totaled 117 points, edging out Oklahoma (115 points), who also finished as co-champions last season. Oklahoma picked up the other five first-place votes.
The Longhorns are coming off an 18-14 season which included a 6-10 mark in league action (tied for seventh).
Baylor was chosen third (97 points) followed by Texas (86). The remainder of the poll was: Oklahoma State fifth (66 points), Iowa State sixth (64), Nebraska seventh (56), Kansas State and Texas Tech tied for eighth (54 points each), Kansas 10th (43), Colorado 11th (29) and Missouri 12th (11).
The preseason selection has won at least a share of the Big 12 title in five of the previous 11 seasons. A preseason poll was not conducted in the first year of the conference.
Last season's co-champions Texas A&M and Oklahoma competed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament and were joined by Baylor, Iowa State, Nebraska and Oklahoma State. Kansas State and Missouri made appearances in the WNIT.
Big 12 head coaches and selected student-athletes will tip-off the 2007-08 season at the annual Big 12 Basketball Media Day on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Kansas City - site of the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships. The Big 12 women's tourney takes place at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, running March 11-13 and 15.