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.
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.
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)
4. West Virginia
5. Kansas State
T7. Iowa State
T7. Texas Tech
9. Oklahoma State