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Picked to Win

STANFORD, Calif. - Already tabbed the preseason No. 2 team in the country, Stanford was picked to win the Pac-12 Conference by both the coaches and media, announced Tuesday.

This is the first time Stanford has been picked to win the league since 2014-15, as the Cardinal was tabbed second each of the last five seasons. Stanford had topped the rankings for 15 consecutive years beginning in 2000-01.

The Cardinal totaled 120 points and 10 first-place votes in the coaches' poll, followed by a tie for second place between Arizona and Oregon (103 points), with the Wildcats earning the other two first-place votes. UCLA (88), Oregon State (83) and USC (69) rounded out the top half of the league.

The media poll saw similar results, with Stanford picking up 19 of the 21 possible first-place votes.

Additionally, Haley Jones, Lexie Hull and Kiana Williams were each named to the Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Team by the media. Both Hull and Williams earned All-Pac-12 status last season while Jones was a three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week before suffering a season-ending injury in January.

The Cardinal returns over 84 percent of its scoring output from a team that finished last season tied for second in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally before the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament. 

Stanford opens its season on Wednesday, Nov. 25, vs. Cal Poly at 11 a.m. in Maples Pavilion.

2020-21 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches' Poll

RankSchoolPoints
1Stanford120 (10)
t2Arizona103 (2)
t2Oregon103
4UCLA88
5Oregon State83
6USC69
7Arizona State61
8Utah52
9Colorado43
10California31
11Washington24
12Washington State15

2020-21 Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll

RankSchoolPoints
1Stanford248 (19)
2Arizona225 (1)
3Oregon201
4UCLA200
5Oregon State174 (1)
6Arizona State135
7USC130
8Utah94
9California76
10Colorado75
11Washington53
12Washington State27