MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women’s basketball team is tied for seventh out of 12 teams in the 2006-07 Big 12 Conference coaches’ pre-season poll.
K-State received 57 points in the poll, the same number as Texas Tech and nine points behind sixth place Nebraska (66). Defending conference champion Oklahoma was picked to win its second consecutive Big 12 women’s basketball title. The Sooners received all 11 possible first place votes for a total of 121 points.
Texas A&M was selected second with 107 points, followed by Texas in third (101), Baylor fourth (94) and Iowa State fifth (68). Rounding out the poll were Missouri (43), Kansas (36), Colorado (26) and Oklahoma State (16).
Kansas State was one of eight Big 12 teams to advance to the postseason last year. Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas A&M advanced to the NCAA Tournament while Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska competed in the WNIT with the Wildcats winning the championship in front of a sell-out crowd in Bramlage Coliseum.
With one of the youngest teams in the Big 12 Conference, K-State posted a 24-10 overall record and went 8-8 in league play in 2005-06. The Wildcats turned in their fifth consecutive 20-win season and made their fifth-straight appearance in the postseason (four NCAA and one WNIT). They also placed in the top half of the Big 12 Conference for the fifth-straight year.
Each Big 12 head coach and selected student-athletes will tip-off the 2006-07 season at the annual Big 12 Basketball Media Day on Wednesday, Oct. 18th in Oklahoma City - site of the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships. Head coach Deb Patterson will be joined by senior Claire Coggins and sophomores Marlies Gipson and Shalee Lehning at the media day for Kansas State.
2006-07 BIG 12 CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL 1. Oklahoma (11) 121 2. Texas A&M (2) 107 3. Texas 101 4. Baylor 94 5. Iowa State 68 6. Nebraska 66 7. Kansas State 57 7. Texas Tech 57 9. Missouri 43 10. Kansas 36 11. Colorado 26 12. Oklahoma State 16 (first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)