The Pac-12 conference features some of the best women’s basketball schools in the entire nation.
Year after year, programs like Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, and now with the rise of the Arizona schools, each season of women’s hoops on the west coast seems to get tougher and tougher.
This 2020-2021 season is no exception even with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
To open up the 2020-2021 season, there are five Pac-12 teams ranked in the AP Poll Top 25, four of which are inside the Top 10: No. 2 Stanford, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 Oregon and No. 18 Oregon State.
With non-conference play beginning on Wednesday, November 25 and the Pac-12 conference schedule already out, it’s time for the preseason coaches poll, media predictions and preseason all-conference honors.
On Tuesday, the No. 10 Oregon Ducks were picked to finish second (tied with Arizona) behind the preseason favorite Stanford Cardinal in the coaches poll and third in the preseason media poll behind Stanford and Arizona.
6’2” senior guard Erin Boley and 6’7” redshirt sophomore forward Sedona Prince were also named to the all-conference team. Taylor Chavez, Taylor Mikesell and Jazzer’s Shelley were honorable mentions.
See the full Pac-12 all-conference team list here.
Boley returns as the sole starter from last year’s Pac-12 championship and Pac-12 tournament championship team. The sharp-shooter was electric from three-point range hitting 44.1% from downtown and averaged 9.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game last season. Boley was named to the Cheryl Miller preseason award watch list for the nation’s top small forward.
Prince has been waiting her turn to make her collegiate debut. She suffered a season-ending injury at Texas her freshman year and then transferred to Oregon but was denied eligibility by the NCAA to play right away and was forced to sit another year. Now, head coach Kelly Graves is excited to finally unleash Prince and what she can do on both ends of the court.
It’s quite an honor to not have played a game in the Pac-12 conference just yet and still be named to the all-conference team.