UCLA Picked To Finish Third in Pac-12

Oct. 22, 2012

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SAN FRANCISCO -- UCLA was picked to finish third (100 points) in the Pac-12 in 2012-13 by the Pac-12 women's basketball coaches, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today at Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Day held at the Pac-12 Networks Studios in San Francisco. Collecting a maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11), the Stanford Cardinal was named the preseason favorite for the 12th year in a row. Receiving one first-place vote and picked to finish second in the polling was California (109).

Under the direction of 27-year head coach and Naismith Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer, the Cardinal has won the Conference's regular-season crown in each of the last 12 years. Coming off a fifth-consecutive NCAA Final Four appearance, VanDerveer welcomes back another talented squad, led by All-American junior Chiney Ogwumike.

The Golden Bears return nearly every starter from last season's squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This year's senior class was ranked the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation four years ago and now looks to wrap up a successful collegiate campaign.

Led by second-year head coach Cori Close, UCLA suffered through several key injuries last year and looks to improve upon a fifth-place showing with the help of senior forward Markel Walker, an All-Pac-12 performer, as well as redshirt senior Jasmine Dixon, who missed all of last year with an injury.

USC is fourth in the coaches polling, tallying 91 points. The Trojans have not finished lower than fourth over the last five years. Arizona State and Oregon State tied for fifth with 67 points each to round out the top half of the poll. The Sun Devils welcome the return of head coach Charli Turner Thorne, while the Beavers look to build off a successful season that saw them record their highest finish in the standings in four years.

Returning their top-two scorers and rebounders, Utah garnered 56 points, good for seventh place in the poll. Washington, led by the 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jazmine Davis, collected 54 points for eighth. Colorado (49) is ninth in the polling. The Buffs will be led by senior Chucky Jeffery, a versatile player that posted a triple-double on the final day of the season.

With 40 points, Washington State was 10th in the polling, followed by Oregon with 20 points, and Arizona collected 18 points. The Cougars have three starters back and look to bounce back from an injury-plagued season. The Ducks will have a young team and are faced with the task of replacing an All-Pac-12 performer. The Wildcats also welcome back three-time all-conference honoree senior Davellyn Whyte.

A Pac-12 preseason coaches' poll has been administered since the 1998-99 season. Following are the results of the 2012 Pac-12 preseason coaches' poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points: 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses).

Team (First Place) Points
1. Stanford (11) 121
2. California (1) 109
3. UCLA 100
4. USC 91
5. Arizona State 67
5. Oregon State 67
7. Utah 56
8. Washington 54
9. Colorado 49
10. Washington State 40
11. Oregon 20
12. Arizona 18

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Friday, Nov 13
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 58
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28
vs. Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
L, 84 - 92 (OT)
Saturday, Dec 05
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 82 - 68
Sunday, Dec 13
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 86 - 77
Wednesday, Dec 16
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 48
Friday, Dec 18
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
W, 109 - 76
Monday, Dec 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 104 - 108 (2OT)
Monday, Dec 28
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
W, 70 - 56
Wednesday, Dec 30
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 78 - 73
Saturday, Jan 02
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 80 - 69
Monday, Jan 04
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 71 - 51
Sunday, Jan 10
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 68 - 71
Friday, Jan 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 56 - 64
Sunday, Jan 17
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
W, 75 - 73
Friday, Jan 22
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 75 - 56
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 56 - 36
Friday, Jan 29
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
W, 82 - 64
Sunday, Jan 31
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 69 - 63
Friday, Feb 05
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
L, 61 - 65
Sunday, Feb 07
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 73 - 39
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Feb 26 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 03 - All Day PST
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Seattle, WA
Friday, Mar 04 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Mar 05 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Friday, Mar 18 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
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vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Mar 25 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
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Indianapolis, IN
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