Stanford Tops 2021-22 Pac-12 Women’s Preseason Poll, Ducks Second

SAN FRANCISCO – Defending NCAA and Pac-12 champion Stanford has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2021-22 Pac-12 women’s basketball title in a voting of the Conference’s coaches.

The Cardinal, which won its third national championship and 24th Pac-12 regular-season title last season, collected every available first-place vote (11) and totaled 121 points to top the preseason poll.

Coming off its fourth consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, Oregon picked up the remaining first-place vote and was second with 108 points.

The Ducks are coming off of a Sweet Sixteen run when they finished 15-9 and 10-7 in Pac-12 play, coming in fourth in the league. Oregon returns its leading scorer and rebounder from a year ago in Nyara Sabally (12.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG) and assists leader Te-Hina Paopao (4.4 APG). Sedona Prince gives the Ducks another talented star in the frontcourt after averaging 10.4 points and 1.5 blocks per game while Sydney Parrish, Maddie Scherr and Kylee Watson all return after playing significant roles in their first collegiate seasons.

Oregon also welcomes in a talented group of newcomers made up of five transfers and two true freshmen. Endyia Rogers arrives in Eugene from USC, where she was an all-conference performer a year ago after averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 assists per game. The Ducks also bring in graduate transfers Shannon Dufficy and Ahlise Hurst Georgia State transfer Taylor Hosendove and junior college All-American Chanaya Pinto.

True freshman Taylor Bigby comes in as the No. 29 player in the Class of 2021 according to espnW in addition to being a two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year in Nevada as a junior and senior. Phillipina Kyei rounds out the group of newcomers and is the tallest player in program history at 6-foot-8.

The Ducks are the only team in the Pac-12 to have three 2021 all-conference performers on the roster in Paopao, Rogers and Sabally, while the four transfers who came from other Division I schools have a combined 331 career starts under their belts.

Oregon will host exhibition games against Saint Martin’s (Oct. 28, 6 p.m.) and Westmont (Nov. 6, TBA) before opening the regular season against Idaho State on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena.

UCLA came in third with 101 points, Oregon State fourth with 86 points, defending national runner-up Arizona fifth with 83 points and Washington State sixth with 70 points. The top six teams in the preseason poll all earned NCAA Tournament bids last season, marking the fourth consecutive occasion at least half of the Conference’s programs earned bids on Selection Monday and the seventh straight with five-or-more berths.

Colorado (65 points), Arizona State (47 points), USC (45 points), Utah (25 points), Washington (25 points) and California (16 points) rounded out the predicted order of finish.

Stanford topped the preseason poll for 15 consecutive years from 2000-01 through 2014-15. Oregon State led all preseason vote getters for the first time in 2015-16, while UCLA was the pick in 2016-17 and 2017-18, followed by Oregon in 2018-19 and 2019-20. The Cardinal was also the preseason favorite in 2020-21 after a run of five consecutive second-place finishes in preseason polling of the league’s coaches from 2015-16 through 2019-20.

Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.


Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Stanford (11) 121
2. Oregon (1) 108
3. UCLA 101
4. Oregon State 86
5. Arizona 83
6. Washington State 70
7. Colorado 65
8. Arizona State 47
9. USC 45
T10. Utah 25
T10. Washington 25
12. California 16

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