Texas's bench celebrates a score against TCU during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Women's Basketball

Texas women ranked No. 2 in Big 12 preseason poll

Defending conference champion Baylor earns 9 of 10 first-place votes

Posted October 12th, 2016

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  • The Longhorns are coming off a 31-5 record and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2015-16. Texas went 15-3 to finish second in the league and tied the school record for most Big 12 victories with 15.

The new-look Texas women’s basketball has been predicted to finish second in the Big 12 conference this season, according to a vote of the league’s 10 head coaches that was announced on Wednesday.

Led by Joyner Holmes, a 6-3 forward from Cedar Hill ranked as the top recruit in the nation by Blue Star Report, is among six new players wearing burnt orange.

Texas's bench celebrates a score against TCU during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas will enter the regular season ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 (behind Baylor). Those schools finished 1-2 last season. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Coach Karen Aston’s Longhorns are coming off a 31-5 record and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2015-16. Texas went 15-3 to finish second in the league and tied the school record for most Big 12 victories with 15. The Longhorns have appeared in back-to-back Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship games.

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Baylor received nine of 10 first-place votes and was selected as the league’s preseason favorite. Texas garnered the conference’s other first-place vote. That lone vote came from Baylor.

The Longhorns had four seniors graduate in May: Imani Boyette, Brady Sanders, Empress Davenport and Celina Rodrigo.

2016-17 BIG 12 CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

(parentheses indicate first-place votes)
1. Baylor (9)
2. Texas (1)
3. Oklahoma
4. West Virginia
5. Kansas State
6. TCU
T7. Iowa State
T7. Texas Tech
9. Oklahoma State
10. Kansas

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