Melissa Jones is one of four returning starters for the Lady Bears.
Oct. 7, 2010
IRVING, Texas - For the second straight year and the third time in Conference history, Baylor, in a vote of the league's head coaches, was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2010-11 Big 12 women's basketball regular season title.
The Lady Bears received all of the possible 11 first-place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team). Texas A&M, winner of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship, was picked second and nabbed the other first-place vote. Oklahoma was chosen third followed by Texas in fourth, Iowa State in fifth and Kansas sixth. Nebraska, last year's regular season champion, was selected seventh, followed by Oklahoma State in eighth, Kansas State listed ninth, Texas Tech in 10th, Missouri 11th and Colorado 12th.
Seven Big 12 squads competed in the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship with Baylor and Oklahoma advancing to the Women's Final Four. The Lady Bears returns four starters to its 2010-11 club, including Brittney Griner. The 6-8 sophomore post averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds during her rookie season while earning USBWA and Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Her 223 blocks as a freshman rank sixth on the Big 12 career list while it eclipsed the NCAA Division I record for blocks in a season.
The Conference brings back 13-of-30 leading scorers and 12-of-20 top rebounders in 2010-11 with Griner topping both categories. The regular season gets underway on Friday, Nov. 12.
Head coaches and select student-athletes will convene in Kansas City on Oct. 20 for the annual Big 12 Women's Basketball Media Day. Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium will serve as the site of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship March 8-9 & 11-12.
|2010-11 Big 12 Preseason Poll
||Texas A&M (1)
(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)