Utah selected as 2023-24 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball favorites in preseason polls

Utah has been selected as the preseason favorites to win the 2023-24 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball regular-season title in separate votes by the Conference’s head coaches and 27 media members who cover the league.

The Utes, who split the Pac-12 regular-season crown a season ago with Stanford, earned seven first-place votes and 116 total points in the coaches poll, and 12 first-place votes and 298 points in the media poll.

UCLA was tabbed to finish second in both polls, earning three first-place votes and 109 points in the coaches selection and 10 first-place votes and 284 points from the media. Stanford finished third in both polls, with 100 points in the coaches and 283 in the media, and Colorado was picked to finish fourth with 90 points in the coaches and 220 in the media.

Nos. 5-8 were also the same in both polls, with reigning Pac-12 Tournament Champion Washington State selected fifth and followed by USC, Arizona and Oregon. Washington was tabbed ninth in the coaches poll and 10th in the media selections, while Oregon State was selected 10th in the coaches and ninth in the media. California and Arizona State round out both polls in 11th and 12th, respectively.

The Pac-12 sent a league record-tying seven teams to the 2023 NCAA Tournament, with three advancing to the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in the last seven NCAA Tournaments. The Pac-12 leads all conferences with six teams on espnW’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 heading into the 2023-24 season in No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Utah, No. 16 Stanford, No. 18 USC, No. 22 Colorado and No. 25 Washington State.

Ten All-Conference selections, four All-Defensive and five All-Freshman team honorees are set to return for the 2023-24 season, including reigning Player of the Year Alissa Pili (UTAH), Defensive Player of the Year Cameron Brink (STAN) and Freshman & Sixth Player of the Year Raegan Beers (OSU).

A total of six women who played in the 2023 McDonald’s All American Game are slated to join the Pac-12 this upcoming season in Arizona’s Breya Cunningham and Jada Williams, Oregon’s Sofia Bell, Stanford’s Courtney Ogden, UCLA’s Amanda Muse and USC’s Judea “JuJu” Watkins. Pac-12 squads signed 20 student-athletes from the 2023 espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 who will be freshmen this fall, including three of the top 10 (No. 1 Watkins, USC; No. 8 Montaya Dew, ARIZ; and No. 10 Ogden, STAN).

2023-24 PAC-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL

Coaches may not vote for their own teams

RankTeam (First-Place Votes)Points
1.Utah (7)116
2.UCLA (3)109
3.Stanford (2)100
4.Colorado90
5.Washington State84
6.USC70
7.Arizona51
8.Oregon49
9.Washington46
10.Oregon State43
11.California22
12.Arizona State12

2023-24 PAC-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

RankTeam (First-Place Votes)Points
1.Utah (12)298
2.UCLA (10)284
3.Stanford (5)283
4.Colorado220
5.Washington State202
6.USC199
7.Arizona160
8.Oregon137
9.Oregon State121
10.Washington107
11.California52
12.Arizona State40


– Pac-12.com –