Women’s Basketball picked second in Big 12 preseason poll – TexasSports.com

IRVING, Texas — The University of Texas women’s basketball team is picked to finish in second place in the Big 12 Conference in a preseason vote of the league coaches, the conference office announced Thursday. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

Baylor claimed the top spot in the poll, earning nine first-place votes and 81 points in polling for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The Longhorns received one first-place vote and 73 points in the poll.

Rounding out slots three thru 10 in the poll in descending order were: Iowa State (69), Kansas State (50), West Virginia (45), Texas Tech (36), Oklahoma (33), Oklahoma State (26), TCU (23) and Kansas (14).

A pair of returning players were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Awards teams on Wednesday. Junior forward/center Charli Collier was a unanimous selection to the 10-person Preseason All-Big 12 Team, while sophomore guard Celeste Taylor was one of 10 players to claim a spot on the Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention team. The Longhorns posted a 19-11 mark (11-7, third in Big 12) last year prior to the season being canceled on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas native and two-time National Coach of the Year Vic Schaefer begins his first season at the helm of the Women’s Basketball program. Over the last eight years as head coach at Mississippi State, Schaefer led the Bulldogs to a 221-62 (.781) record and five NCAA Tournament berths, including two NCAA Championship Game appearances.

2020-21 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll (coaches)

Rank

Team (First-Place Votes)

Points

1.

Baylor (9)

81

2.

TEXAS (1)

73

3.

Iowa State

69

4.

Kansas State

50

5.

West Virginia

45

6.

Texas Tech

36

7.

Oklahoma

33

8.

Oklahoma State

26

9.

TCU

23

10.

Kansas

14

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