Utah Women’s Basketball Picked To Finish 8th In Pac-12 Preseason Polls

Nov 17, 2020, 11:29 AM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah women’s basketball team was picked to finish 8th in the Pac-12 preseason media and coaches polls.

The Utes finished the 2019-20 season with a 14-17 record before falling to Oregon in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Entering her sixth season at the helm, Lynne Roberts returns a ton of talented players including Brynna Maxwell, Dru Gylten, Andrea Torres, Lola Pendande, Niyah Becker and Kemery Martin among others. Roberts has also recruited very well and will bring in a talented 2020 class, which includes Kennady McQueen, Peyton McFarland, Kelsey Rees and Donna Ntambue.

Maxwell was named to the preseason media All-Pac-12 team, while Gylten received honorable mention recognition.

Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll

  1. Stanford Cardinal (10 first place votes) – 120 points
  2. Arizona Wildcats (2 first place votes) – 103 points
  3. Oregon Ducks (tied for second) – 103 points
  4. UCLA Bruins – 88 points
  5. Oregon State Beavers – 83 points
  6. USC Trojans – 69 points
  7. Arizona State Sun Devils – 61 points
  8. Utah Utes – 52 points
  9. Colorado Buffaloes – 43 points
  10. California Golden Bears – 31 points
  11. Washington Huskies – 24 points
  12. Washington State Cougars – 15 points

Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll

  1. Stanford Cardinal (19 first place votes) – 248 points
  2. Arizona Wildcats (1 first place vote) – 225 points
  3. Oregon Ducks – 201 points
  4. UCLA Bruins – 200 points
  5. Oregon State Beavers (1 first place vote) – 174 points
  6. Arizona State Sun Devils – 135 points
  7. USC Trojans – 130 points
  8. Utah Utes – 94 points
  9. California Golden Bears – 76 points
  10. Colorado Buffaloes – 75 points
  11. Washington Huskies – 53 points
  12. Washington State Cougars – 27 points

Pac-12 Preseason Media All-Conference Team

  • Erin Boley, Oregon
  • Kennedy Brown, Oregon State
  • Aleah Goodman, Oregon State
  • Lexie Hull, Stanford
  • Haley Jones, Stanford
  • Taylor Jones, Oregon State
  • Brynna Maxwell, Utah
  • Aari McDonald, Arizona
  • Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA
  • Charisma Osborne, UCLA
  • Alissa Pili, USC
  • Sedona Prince, Oregon
  • Cate Reese, Arizona
  • Sam Thomas, Arizona
  • Kiana Williams, Stanford

Honorable Mentions:

  • Francesca Belibi, Stanford
  • Taylor Chavez, Oregon
  • Jazlen Green, California
  • Dru Gylten, Utah
  • Mya Hollingshed, Colorado
  • Taylor Mikesell, Oregon
  • Endyia Rogers, USC
  • Jaz Shelley, Oregon
  • Jaylyn Sherrod, Colorado

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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Utah Women’s Basketball Picked To Finish 8th In Pac-12 Preseason Polls