WVU Women Picked Third In Big 12 Preseason Poll
West Virginia’s women’s basketball team has been picked third in the Big 12’s preseason coaches’ poll.
The Mountaineers were picked in a tie for second prior to the 2012-13 season, but other than that poll, this year’s No. 3 ranking equals the best preseason slot for WVU since it entered the league seven years ago. WVU was selected fourth last year, and it has twice been in the No. 3 preseason spot (2015-16 and 2014-15).
West Virginia battled through a myriad of injuries last year, including losing all-Big 12 first-team guard Tynice Martin for the full season with a foot injury, but still managed to post a 25-12 record that included a run to the WNIT semifinals. Martin is expected back in WVU’s lineup this year.
Baylor was selected as the preseason favorite for the eighth time in conference history to win the Big 12 women’s basketball regular season title in 2018-19.
The Lady Bears were also picked at the top of the preseason rankings in 2006, 2009-13 and 2016-17. They have won or tied for nine regular-season crowns, including the last eight. They also captured the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship trophy.
Baylor received eight of 10 first-place votes (coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams). Second-place Texas received the other two first-place votes, while West Virginia was chosen third. TCU and Oklahoma rounded out the top five. Iowa State was picked sixth, while Oklahoma State was seventh and K-State was eighth, followed by Kansas and Texas Tech.
The 2018-19 season gets underway on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with three non-conference games. League action begins on Wednesday, January 2.
2018-19 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
- Baylor (8) 80
- Texas (2) 72
- West Virginia 65
- TCU 49
- Oklahoma 47
- Iowa State 44
- Oklahoma State 34
- K-State 29
- Kansas 21
- Texas Tech 9
(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)
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