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Originally published October 15, 2009 at 10:51a.m., updated October 16, 2009 at 12:00a.m.

KU women picked to tie for second in Big 12

Kansas women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson and the Jayhawks are picked to finish in a tie for second in the Big 12 conference.

Kansas women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson and the Jayhawks are picked to finish in a tie for second in the Big 12 conference.

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Women's basketball near top in conference

The KU women's basketball team is tied for second on top of the preseason conference standings. The Jayhawks look to continue the success of late last season.

High expectations have translated to a high selection for Kansas University in the Big 12 Conference preseason women’s basketball poll.

Baylor was tapped the preseason favorite in the coaches’ balloting, with Kansas and Texas tied for second.

The Jayhawks, who finished in a tie for seventh in the league standings last year, received three first-place votes in the voting announced Thursday by the league office.

It’s the highest pick for a KU team in a decade, or since then-coach Marian Washington’s 1999-2000 team was also predicted to finish second.

Kansas’ stock received a boost from its runner-up finish in the WNIT in March and the emergence of Danielle McCray, who was chosen by league coaches last week as the preseason player of the year.

“We have our work cut out for us,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said.

It was a tight race for the top three spots, with Kansas and Texas falling just three points behind the Bears. The first-place votes were spread among four teams, as Baylor earned five, KU and UT three each and fourth-place Texas A&M; one.

“I think this year, in particular, there is a lot of depth and talent all over the league,” Henrickson said, “so several teams should be starting the season feeling like they truly have a chance of winning a championship. We feel like we are one of those teams.”

Oklahoma, last year’s preseason favorite and regular-season champion, was picked to finish fifth, followed by Nebraska in sixth, Iowa State seventh, Kansas State eighth, Oklahoma State ninth, Texas Tech 10th, Colorado 11th and Missouri 12th.

The complete poll is below.

2009-10 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll

  1. Baylor (5) 109

T2. Kansas (3) 106

T2. Texas (3) 106

  1. Texas A&M; (1) 87
  2. Oklahoma 86
  3. Nebraska 80
  4. Iowa State 59
  5. Kansas State 44
  6. Oklahoma State 41
  7. Texas Tech 38
  8. Colorado 22
  9. Missouri 15

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

Comments

sevenyearhawk 10 years, 3 months ago

Outstanding ...

raised expectations all around - can't beat that! :D

justanotherfan 10 years, 3 months ago

It's interesting how little is thought of the rest of the north, other than the Lady Hawks. 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 is pretty sad. That by itself could make KU the #2 by themselves.

Home and home's with basically the lower half of the league, and only one game against the upper half. That's a good scheduling break. Now if they can stay healthy...

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 3 months ago

It's impressive that the coaches think so highly of the Lady Hawks. I just hope that we can handle the high expectations. It's strange to think of KU in the top tier of women's basketball in the Big 12. There's been so many good teams in our conference in recent years, but this poll has us in the breakaway group with Baylor and Texas and we're way ahead of the pack.

MinnesotaJay 10 years, 3 months ago

Great. Now go validate this acknowledgement on the court!

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