Kenny Cox | Posted: 13 Oct 2021 | Updated: 20 Oct 2021

BYU picked to win 2021-22 WCC title, three named to preseason All-WCC team

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PROVO, Utah – The 2021-22 BYU women’s basketball team was picked to win the West Coast Conference championship with 80 total points and eight first-place votes in the annual WCC preseason poll.

BYU earned eight of the 10 first-place votes by the league’s head coaches to Gonzaga’s two first-place marks. WCC head coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

BYU (19-6, 13-3 WCC) returns nearly its entire roster one year removed from advancing to the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament where it took eventual NCAA Runner-Up Arizona to the brink. The Cougars look to return to the NCAA Tournament behind a veteran starting lineup guided by 2021 WCC Coach of the Year Jeff Judkins, who completed his 20th season in 2020-21.

In the 2021-22 preseason edition of Charlie Crème’s Bracketology, BYU is projected as a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the Spokane Region.

In addition to the preseason poll for order of finish, BYU landed three on the All-WCC preseason team, more than any other school in the conference.

Shaylee Gonzales, Lauren Gustin and Paisley Harding were named to the preseason team. Portland and San Diego both landed two players on the squad while Gonzaga, San Francisco and Santa Clara all had one representative.

Gonzales, the 2021 WCC Co-Player of the Year led the Cougars in scoring last season with 17.8 points per game. The Arizona product scored in double figures in 23 of 25 games and led the team in steals (2.4), and assists (3.6) per game.

Gustin, an AP All-America honorable mention, also earned All-WCC First-Team honors last year. The 6-foot-1 forward finished tops in the WCC and No. 6 nationally with 12.6 rebounds per game. She was No. 11 in the country with 15 double-doubles during the 2020-21 season.

Harding was BYU’s second-leading scorer with 14.1 points per game and earned All-ACC First Team accolades in 2020-21. She hit double digits in scoring in 19 of 25 games.

BYU will play a blue and white game on Oct. 28 followed by an exhibition contest against Westminster on Nov. 4 in Provo. The regular season officially begins Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Lipscomb at the Marriott Center.

View more details on the WCC Preseason poll and All-WCC preseason team.

2021-22 WCC Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

Pts.

1. BYU (8)

80

2.Gonzaga (2)

72

3. San Diego

66

4. San Francisco

53

5. Portland

51

6. Santa Clara

40

7. Saint Mary's

32

8. LMU

26

9. Pepperdine

16

10. Pacific

14

2021-22 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Basketball Team

Name

Year

Pos.

Institution

Haylee Andrews

Sr.

G

Portland

Jordyn Edwards

Sr.

G

San Diego

Shaylee Gonzales 

So.

G

BYU

Lauren Gustin

So.

F

BYU

Paisley Harding

Sr.

G

BYU

Melody Kempton 

Sr.

F

Gonzaga

Ionna Krimili

So.

G

San Francisco

Myah Pace

Sr.

G

San Diego

Merle Wiehl

Sr.

G

Santa Clara

Alex Fowler

Jr.

F

Portland