Women's Basketball chosen second in Big 12 preseason poll
DALLAS -- The Texas women's basketball team was picked second in the 2005-06 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll, released Thursday, as voted on by the league coaches.
Defending NCAA champion and league champion Baylor was picked first in the poll, gathering 113 points and six-first place votes.
Texas was just edged out by the Lady Bears, as Jody Conradt's squad gained 110 points, including two first-place votes. Last year, UT was the runnerup in the Big 12 race, posting a 13-3 mark in league play.
Texas won back-to-back Big 12 regular season titles in 2003 and 2004, winning outright in 2003 and tying with Kansas State the next year.
In the 2005-06 preseason poll, 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.
Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas Tech enter the 2005-06 season rated in the Top 25 of several national preseason publications. The Longhorns are ranked No. 11 by Street & Smith; No. 12 by Athlon; and No. 12 by Lindy's Basketball Annual.
Last year, six Big 12 teams competed in the 2005 NCAA Championship: Baylor, Texas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. In addition, Nebraska and Texas A&M competed in the WNIT.
2005-06 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll