IRVING, Texas – The West Virginia women’s basketball team was predicted to finish in a tie for third place this season in the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll, as voted by the league’s head coaches.
Oklahoma was selected as the preseason favorite for the fourth time in conference history to win the 2013-14 Big 12 women’s basketball regular-season title.
The Sooners were also picked at the top of the preseason rankings in 2001-02, 2006-07 and 2008-09. They won or shared the Big 12 championship in each of those seasons and have claimed six conference regular-season trophies overall.
OU tallied five first-place votes for a total of 74 points. Baylor, winner of the past three Big 12 regular and postseason titles, received three first-place nods and 70 points. West Virginia and Oklahoma State tied for third with 63 points. The Mountaineers were awarded the final two first-place votes. Texas was next at No. 5, followed by Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
The Big 12 has ranked No. 1 in conference RPI for the past six seasons and has led the nation in attendance 14 consecutive years. The Big 12 topped all leagues with 70 percent of its teams in the 2013 NCAA Championship and 80 percent in postseason play. It marked the second consecutive year for the Conference to lead in both categories.
2013-14 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma (5) 74
2. Baylor (3) 70
3. West Virginia (2) 63
Oklahoma State 63
5. Texas 49
6. Iowa State 47
7. Kansas 26
8. TCU 23
9. K-State 20
10. Texas Tech 15
(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)
Preseason Poll History
Season, Preseason Selection, Big 12 Champion
1996-97, Poll Not Conducted, Kansas
1997-98, Texas Tech, Texas Tech
1998-99, Kansas, Texas Tech
1999-00, Iowa State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma
2000-01, Iowa State, Oklahoma
2001-02, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
2002-03, Texas Tech, Texas
2003-04, Texas, Texas, Kansas State
2004-05, Texas, Baylor
2005-06, Baylor, Oklahoma
2006-07, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma
2007-08, Texas A&M, Kansas State
2008-09, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
2009-10, Baylor, Nebraska
2010-11, Baylor, Baylor
2011-12, Baylor, Baylor
2012-13, Baylor, Baylor