OU Unanimous Pick to Win Big 12

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 17, 2006

IRVING, Texas -- Defending conference champion Oklahoma was picked to win its second consecutive and fifth overall Big 12 Conference women’s basketball title in the 2006-07 preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches. The Sooners received all 11 possible first place votes for a total of 121 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

“When coaches make preseason conference predictions, typically their chief criterion is the number of returning starters,” said OU head coach Sherri Coale.  “Since we return five, it’s no big surprise that we were a unanimous selection to win the league.  However, last year we were picked to finish fourth, so we understand how flimsy pre-conference postulations can be.  You have to play the games.”

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Texas A&M was selected second (107 points), followed by Texas in third (101 points), Baylor fourth (94 points) and Iowa State fifth (68 points). Rounding out the poll were Nebraska (sixth, 66 points), Kansas State (tie seventh, 57 points), Texas Tech (tie seventh, 57 points), Missouri (ninth, 43 points), Kansas (10th, 36 points), Colorado (11th, 26 points) and Oklahoma State (12th, 16 points).

OU became the first women’s team to go undefeated in conference play last season and currently has a 17-game win streak in regular season Big 12 games, dating back to the 2004-05 season. The Sooners are ranked as high as second nationally in preseason publications. Texas A&M, Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, Kansas State and Texas Tech have also received recognition in preseason polls.

Oklahoma and Baylor advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2005-06 and were joined in the NCAA Tournament by Texas A&M and Missouri. Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska competed in the WNIT with Kansas State winning the championship.

Last week OU sophomore center Courtney Paris was chosen as the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

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The first chance to catch the 2006-07 team will be at the Baseline Bash Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.  The preseason event is part of the homecoming festivities leading up to the Colorado football game on Oct. 21.  Admission is free and the doors will open at 6 p.m.

OU opens its season by hosting the State Farm Tip-Off Classic at the Lloyd Noble Center Nov. 12. OU will play DePaul at 2:30 p.m., while Rutgers and Georgia will meet in the early game at Noon Central.  All four teams reached the Sweet 16 last season.

General admission season tickets still remain for the 2006-07 season, although reserved level tickets have sold out.  Fans interested in season ticktes can call the OU Ticket Office at (405) 325-GoOU or purchase them online.

Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma (11) - 121
2. Texas A&M (1) - 107
3. Texas - 101
4. Baylor - 94
5. Iowa State - 68
6. Nebraska - 66
7. Kansas State - 57
7. Texas Tech - 57
9. Missouri - 43
10. Kansas - 36
11. Colorado - 26
12. Oklahoma State - 16

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

Big 12 Regular Season Champions
1996-97 - Kansas
1997-98 - Texas Tech
1998-99 - Texas Tech
1999-00 - Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma
2000-01 - Oklahoma
2001-02 - Oklahoma
2002-03 - Texas
2003-04 - Texas, Kansas State
2004-05 - Baylor
2005-06 - Oklahoma




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