Oregon women picked 2nd in PAC-12 pre-season poll, Oregon St. 4th

The Oregon women's basketball team has been picked second in the 2017-18 Pac-12 women's basketball preseason coaches poll, the league announced Wednesday morning at its annual media day.

Posted: Oct 13, 2017 3:05 AM
Updated: Oct 13, 2017 3:05 AM

SAN FRANCISCO - The Oregon women's basketball team has been picked second in the 2017-18 Pac-12 women's basketball preseason coaches poll, the league announced Wednesday morning at its annual media day.

The Ducks and Stanford tied for second with 108 points in the poll behind first place UCLA. A first place vote is given 12 points while a last place vote earns one point. 

This is the highest preseason league poll ranking for the Ducks since also being picked second in 2000-01. Oregon has been selected second four times in the preseason poll but has never been picked first.

The Ducks won conference titles in 1999-00 and 2000-01 after being picked second in both preseason polls.

Oregon was picked seventh in the preseason poll last season and finished sixth (23-14, 8-10 Pac-12) before earning a bid in the NCAA Tournament and reaching both the program's first ever Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. The Ducks return all five starters from last season's team, including all-Pac-12 selections Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. Ionescu, who tallied a NCAA-best four triple-doubles last season, was also named the ESPNW and USBWA national freshman of the year in addition to Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2016-17. Hebard led the Pac-12 and ranked 15th in the nation, shooting 58.8 percent from the field last year. The forward averaged a team-high 14.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

2017-18 Pac-12 Women's Basketball
Preseason Coaches Poll

#

Team (1st Place Votes)

Points

1

UCLA (7)

115

T2

Oregon (3)

108

T2

Stanford (2)

108

4

Oregon State

85

5

California

83

6

Arizona State

74

7

Washington State

61

8

USC

47

9

Utah

40

10

Colorado

38

11

Arizona

20

12

Washington

13

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