Oklahoma was selected as the preseason favorite for the fourth time in Conference history to win the 2013-14 Big 12 women’s basketball regular season title, in a vote of the league’s head coaches.
The Sooners were also picked at the top of the preseason rankings in 2001-02, 2006-07 and 2008-09. They won or shared the Big 12 championship in each of those seasons and have claimed six Conference regular season trophies overall.
OU tallied five first-place votes for a total of 74 points. Baylor, winner of the past three Big 12 regular and postseason titles, received three first-place nods and 70 points. West Virginia and Oklahoma State tied for third with 63 points. The Mountaineers were awarded the final two first-place votes. Texas was next at No. 5, followed by Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
The Big 12 has ranked No. 1 in conference RPI for the past six seasons and has led the nation in attendance 14 consecutive years. The Big 12 topped all leagues with 70 percent of its teams in the 2013 NCAA Championship and 80 percent in postseason play. It marked the second consecutive year for the Conference to lead in both categories.
2013-14 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
|3.||West Virginia (2)||63|
(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)
Preseason Poll History
|Season||Preseason Selection||Big 12 Champion|
|1996-97||Poll Not Conducted||Kansas|
|1997-98||Texas Tech||Texas Tech|
|1999-00||Iowa State||Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma|
|2003-04||Texas||Texas, Kansas State|
|2006-07||Oklahoma||Texas A&M, Oklahoma|
|2007-08||Texas A&M||Kansas State|