Women Picked to Finish Second in WCC Poll

Kristen Riley named to the 2011-12 WCC Preseason Team (Photo by Ryan Faulkner)

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – BYU’s women’s basketball team was picked to finish second in its first year as a member of the West Coast Conference, as voted by the league coaches.

The Cougars return seven letterwinners from a team that won its third and final Mountain West Conference regular season title and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the postseason WNIT.

Senior center Kristen Riley was one of 10 players selected to the Preseason All-WCC Team.

BYU received one first-place vote for a total of 52 points. Gonzaga was picked to finish first, getting eight first-place votes for 64 points. Pepperdine follows the Cougars in third place with 50 points.

The Cougars have two exhibition games this week on Thursday and Friday and officially open the year hosting Duke on Fri., Nov. 11.

2011-12 WCC Preseason Poll  
Team (First Place Votes)   Points
1. Gonzaga (8)   64
2. BYU (1)     52
3. Pepperdine   50
4. Loyola Marymount   36
5. St. Mary's   34
6. Portland     32
7. San Diego   26
8. Santa Clara   22
9. San Francisco   8

 

2011-12 Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team
Player   School Year Position
Kristen Riley BYU Sr. C
Dominique Conners San Diego Sr. G
Alex Cowling LMU RS.-Jr G/F
Natalie Day   Portland Sr. G/F
Jazmine Jackson Pepperdine Sr G
Katelan Redmon Gonzaga Sr. G/F
Alyssa Shoji   Santa Clara Sr. G
Jasmine Smith Saint Mary's RS-Sr. G
Kayla Standish Gonzaga Sr. F
ReZina TecleMariam Portland Sr. G