Western Athletic Conference announces preseason women's basketball polls
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The UTSA women’s basketball team was selected to finish eighth by the media and ninth in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) coaches poll, the league announced on Wednesday.
The Roadrunners, who return 11 players from last year’s squad, received 59 points in the media poll to rank ahead of New Mexico State (56 points) and UT Arlington (53 points). Meanwhile, the Birds registered 26 points in the coaches poll.
Both polls predict that Utah State will win the league, as the Aggies received 165 points and nine first-place tallies in the media poll and seven of 10, respectiely, from the coaches.
Louisiana Tech (three first-place votes/75 points), Denver (55 points), Seattle (48 points), Idaho (47 points), Texas State (41 points), San Jose State (36 points), New Mexico State (27 points), UTSA and UT Arlington (17 points) followed Utah State in the coaches poll.
Meanwhile, the media poll mirrored the coaches at the top and picked Texas State to finish fifth, followed by Idaho, San Jose State, UTSA, New Mexico State and UT Arlington.
In addition, Utah State’s Devyn Chrstensen was selected as the league’s Preseason Player of the Year.
UTSA will host McMurry in an exhibition contest on Saturday, Nov. 3, before opening its regular season with a Nov. 9 home contest against Texas Pan-American. The Roadrunners will open WAC play at Utah State on Dec. 29.