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Stanford women picked for second in Pac-12 basketball poll

 

The Stanford women's basketeball team was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 when the conference announced the results of the preseason coaches' poll on Wednesday morning at the league's annual Media Day in San Francisco.

The Cardinal totaled 104 points. Oregon State was the leading vote-getter, garnering 11 first-place votes and 121 points. Arizona State was third with one first-place vote and 102 points. California (88 points) and UCLA (88 points) tied for fourth while Washington (68 points) rounded out the top half of the poll in sixth.

The results snap Stanford's 15-year streak at the top of the preseason poll. Before Wednesday, UCLA was the last team to finish atop the preseason rankings, receiving the honor two straight years in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

The Cardinal finished third in the Pac-12 in 2014-15 with a 13-5 mark, but rallied through Seattle to claim the program's 11th Pac-12 Tournament championship in 14 tries and earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal, which has been to 28 consecutive tournaments, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the eighth straight year and with a 26-10 overall record, won at least 20 games for the 14th straight season.

USC (60 points), Oregon (52 points), Colorado (39 points), Washington State (30 points), Utah (23 points) and Arizona (17 points) rounded out the rest of the poll.

Stanford kicks off its regular-season at UC Davis on Nov. 13 and begins its home schedule on Nov. 21 when it hosts George Washington in Maples Pavilion. Highlighting the Cardinal's challenging nonconference slate is the continuation of its storied rivalry with Tennessee, which is scheduled to visit Maples on Wednesday, Dec. 16 in a game carried on ESPNU.

Football

Stanford junior tight end Austin Hooper has been named to the John Mackey Award midseason watch list, it was announced Wednesday. The 6-4, 248-pounder from San Ramon has 12 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns this season.

An ESPN.com All-Pac-12 preseason first team selection, Hooper had five receptions in the season-opener at Northwestern. He followed with four catches for 79 yards and a touchdown at USC, then hauled in two passes for 50 yards, including a 42-yard scoring pass at Oregon State.

Semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 16 and finalists on Nov. 24. The winner will be revealed on Dec. 5.

In other news, Stanford received a verbal committment on Tuesday from 3-star cornerback Chacho Ulloa of Centennial (Corona) High. The 5-11, 190-pounder is rated the No. 33 safety in the nation, No. 7 in the West and No. 6 in the state.

He picked Stanford over Notre Dame.

"They're both great schools and it was a tough decision," Ulloa told Scout Recruiting. "They both had the combination of athletics and academics that I was looking for, but I felt I fit in better at Stanford and fit in with their defense a little better.

"I like Coach Shaw a lot and Stanford being closer to home was another added bonus. Location wasn't really that big of a deal but it didn't hurt either. I just felt comfortable there, love the football program and all the opportunities a Stanford degree opens up after football is over."

— Stanford Athletics

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