BYU Women’s Basketball Picked First In 2021-22 WCC Preseason Poll

Oct 13, 2021, 2:05 PM
BYU Women's Basketball - Shaylee Gonzales...
BYU Women's Basketball star Shaylee Gonzales. (Credit BYU Photo)
(Credit BYU Photo)

PROVO, UtahΒ – BYU women’s basketball is the favorite to win the West Coast Conference in 2021-22.

On Wednesday, the WCC coaches released their preseason poll and tabbed Jeff Judkins’ squad as the preseason pick to take home the title.

BYU brings back a potential Top 25 team led by Shaylee Gonzales, Lauren Gustin, and Paisley Harding. All three players were selected as First Team All-WCC selections.

Last year’s BYU team finished second in the WCC with a 13-3 league record in the regular season, and a heartbreaking loss in the WCC Tournament Championship game to Gonzaga. Despite the loss in the conference tournament, BYU received an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament and was able to win a game, taking down No. 6 seed Rutgers in the first round, before falling to National Runner-Up Arizona 52-46.

BYU landed eight of the ten first-place votes from WCC coaches. Coaches can’t vote for their own team, so Judkins and one other WCC coach voted for Gonzaga with the two other first-place votes.

BYU opens the 2021-22 season against Lipscomb at the Marriott Center on Tuesday, November 9. The Cougars have a non-conference schedule that features six games against Power Five opponents, with two of those teams coming to the Marriott Center.

BYU Women’s Basketball picked No. 1 in WCC preseason Coaches Poll

1. BYU (8 first-place votes)

2. Gonzaga (2)

3. San Diego

4. San Francisco

5. Portland

6. Santa Clara

7. Saint Mary’s

8. LMU

9. Pepperdine

10. Pacific

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Football, Utah State, Wagon Wheel...
Mitch Harper

BYU Football Makes Funny Hype Video For Utah State Game

Rock me momma like a wagon wheel.
5 hours ago
BYU Football - Darrell Funk...
KSL Sports

A Coach’s Journey: BYU O-Line Coach Darrell Funk

BYU's offensive line coach Darrell Funk had a long path to the Cougars, with stops at some prestigious universities.Β 
1 day ago
Zach Wilson, New York Jets...
Kyle Ireland & Trevor Allen

Zach Wilson Medically Cleared To Play, Could Start On Sunday Against Steelers

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh announced that former BYU QB Zach Wilson is medically cleared to play and could start on Sunday.
1 day ago
NFL Draft, Jaren Hall, BYU QB...
Mitch Harper

NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay Weighs In On BYU QB Jaren Hall

BYU QB Jaren Hall is an intriguing prospect for the 2023 class in the NFL draft.
2 days ago
BYU Football, LES, LaVell Edwards Stadium...
Mitch Harper

BYU Football Adds FCS Team To Open 2024 Schedule

Pieces are coming together for BYU's future non-conference schedules as a Big 12 member.
2 days ago
Blake Anderson - Utah State Aggies...
Trevor Allen

USU HC Blake Anderson: I Hate To See The BYU Rivalry Game Go

Utah State head coach Blake Anderson is sad to see the rivalry game with BYU go but it is giving him and his team more motivation going into Provo.
2 days ago
BYU Women’s Basketball Picked First In 2021-22 WCC Preseason Poll