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Some things don't change: Stanford tabbed Pac-12 favorite

 

The roster has changed over the years but there's been one constant this millennium: Stanford being voted the preseason favorite in Pac-12 Conference women's basketball coaches poll.

The Cardinal, which reached the Final Four last year, was named the favorite on Wednesday's Media Day at the Pac-12 Network Studios.

The 14-time defending conference champion was tabbed the favorite a 15th consecutive year.

"Every year has been hard," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "For as long as I remember, we've always had great players and great coaches. Do I expect a big battle this year? Yes, but I expect every year."

Stanford received seven first-place votes, while California, tabbed second, had three first-place votes. Oregon State had two first-place votes and was picked for third.

"Stanford is Stanford," said Oregon's first-year coach Kelly Graves, who spent the previous 14 years at Gonzaga. "They re-load with more All-Americans. Tara does an amazing job."

Most coaches agreed it is the deepest the conference has been in a long time.

"Our league may have a 2- or 3-loss champion," Washington coach Mike Neighbors said. "But they are still champions until someone knocks them off."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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