Lady Bears Picked Third in League Hoops Poll

Oct. 12, 2007

Irving, Texas - The Baylor Lady Bears, with four starters returning off last season's 26-8 squad, were picked to finish third in the Big 12 Conference in the 2007-08 preseason poll voted on by the league's head coaches. Defending conference co-champion Texas A&M was picked to win its second consecutive league title after receiving seven of 12 first-place votes to edge ahead of Oklahoma, who also finished as co-champions last season. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

TAMU totaled 117 points while OU had 115. Baylor was chosen third followed by Texas in fourth and Oklahoma State fifth. The remainder of the poll included Iowa State sixth, Nebraska seventh, Kansas State and Texas Tech tied for eighth, Kansas 10th, Colorado 11th and Missouri 12th.

The preseason selection has won at least a share of the Big 12 title in five of the previous 11 seasons. A preseason poll was not conducted in the first year of the conference.

Last season's co-champions Texas A&M and Oklahoma competed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament and were joined by Baylor, Iowa State, Nebraska and Oklahoma State. Kansas State and Missouri made appearances in the WNIT.

Big 12 head coaches and selected student-athletes will tip-off the 2007-08 season at the annual Big 12 Basketball Media Day on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Kansas City - site of the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships.

2007-08 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

1. Texas A&M (7) - 117
2. Oklahoma (5) - 115
3. Baylor - 97
4. Texas - 86
5. Oklahoma State - 66
6. Iowa State - 64
7. Nebraska - 56
8. Kansas State - 54
Texas Tech - 54
10. Kansas - 43
11. Colorado - 29
12. Missouri - 11

(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)



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