The UCLA women’s basketball program has the respect of the Pac-12 coaches. The Bruins were voted first in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll for the second year in a row.
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The poll was released as part of Pac-12 media day, which took place on Wednesday. UCLA received seven first place votes and collected a total of 115 points.
Oregon and Stanford tied for second in the poll, each with 108 points. Oregon received three first place votes, while Stanford drew two.
Oregon State (85 points), California (83) and Arizona State (74) rounded out the top half of the poll. A record seven Pac-12 programs received NCAA tournament bids in the 2016-2017 season.
The returning duo of Jordin Canada and Monique Billings will aim to lead the Bruins deep into the tournament once again. UCLA is coming off back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in program history.
Oregon is returning all five of its starters from last season, in which they made the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
Stanford also returns a strong crop of players from last year’s Final Four team — the 13th Final Four appearance for the program.
At least one Pac-12 team has reached the Final Four in nine of the last ten seasons. Who do you like to make a deep run into the tournament this season?
Visit the Pac-12 website for more from media day and see the polling results in full here:
2017-18 PAC-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES’ POLL
|Team (First Place)||Points|