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As usual, Baylor and Texas are 1-2 in preseason women’s poll

Longhorns garner two first-place votes from league coaches in preseason poll

Posted October 11th, 2018

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  • Texas takes the court Oct. 28 for an exhibition game vs. West Texas A&M

The road to a Big 12 championship will go through Waco — again.

The Texas women’s basketball has been picked to finish second in the Big 12 Conference in 2018-19 according to a vote of the league’s 10 head coaches that was released Thursday. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

Baylor was selected as the favorite to win the Big 12 Conference, garnering eight first-place votes, while the Longhorns earned two first-place votes.

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The Longhorns are coming off a 28-7 record in 2017-18 in which they advanced to their fourth consecutive NCAA Sweet 16. It was the first time Texas had made four Sweet 16 appearances in a row since progressing to eight consecutive NCAA Regional Semifinals from 1983-90. The Longhorns finished second in the Big 12 Conference with a 15-3 tally and advanced to the championship game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. It marked the fourth year in a row in which Texas won 24 or more games, and the fifth consecutive 20-win season for the Longhorns.

Texas takes the court on Sunday, October 28 for an exhibition game with West Texas A&M, while the Longhorns begin their 2018-19 regular season on Thursday, November 8 when they play host to Duquesne. Both games will be played at the Frank Erwin Center.

2018-19 BIG 12 CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

1. Baylor [8]

2. Texas [2]

3. West Virginia

4. TCU

5. Oklahoma

6. Iowa State

7. Oklahoma State

8. Kansas State

9. Kansas

10. Texas Tech

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