Media tabs Oregon as the favorite to win the Pac-12 2018-19 regular-season crown

SAN FRANCISCO – Media members who cover  Pac-12 women’s basketball voted Oregon as the favorite to win the 2018-19 regular-season crown in a preseason poll. This is the first time that the Ducks landed in first place. Stanford is second with two first-place votes compared to 19 for Oregon. The media agreed with the Pac-12 women’s basketball coaches who voted Oregon to win the Pac-12 title earlier this month.

2018-19 Pac-12 Media Poll

Team (First Place) Points
1 Oregon (19) 259
2 Stanford (2) 237
3 Oregon State (1) 218
4 California 181
5 Arizona State 178
6 UCLA 155
7 USC 133
8 Utah 108
9 Colorado 79
10 Arizona 75
11 Washington State 50
12 Washington 43

Media also voted for a five-person Preseason All-Pac-12 team.

2018-19 Preseason All-Pac-12

Name School Position Year Hometown
Kristine Anigwe California F Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.
Ruthy Hebard Oregon F Jr. Fairbanks, Alaska
Sabrina Ionescu* Oregon G Jr. Walnut Creek, Calif.
Destiny Slocum Oregon State G R-So. Meridian, Idaho
Alanna Smith Stanford F Sr. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

* unanimous selection

The Pac-12 is in the midst of its most successful run with the most NCAA Tournament wins of any conference over the last three years (41) . The Pac-12 garnered six NCAA Tournament bids in 2017-18, marking the fifth-consecutive year at least five teams have received berths. Three teams made the NCAA Elite Eight last year, also marking the third-straight year at least four teams have made it to the round of 16.

The 2018-19 regular season tips off on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament is moving to Las Vegas from Seattle’s KeyArena to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, March 7-10, 2019.

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