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Women’s Basketball: Oregon State picked to finish 5th in the Pac-12

Coaches disrespect the Lady Beavs in preseason poll.

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The coaches released their preseason Pac-12 poll this morning and they picked Oregon State to finish fifth in the conference. Check out full results from the coaches poll.

Pac-12 women's basketball preseason coaches poll

  1. UCLA
  2. Stanford
  3. Washington
  4. Arizona State
  5. Oregon State
  6. California
  7. Oregon
  8. Utah
  9. USC
  10. Washington State
  11. Colorado
  12. Arizona

Oregon State reached the final four last season, which punctuated their best season in program history. They won the Pac-12 tournament and shared the regular-season title with Arizona State.

Despite their many accolades the coaches are expecting a sharp drop-off from a team that won 32 games last season. The Beavers have to replace Pac-12 Player of the Year (Jamie Weisner) and two-time Defensive Player of the Year (Ruth Hamblin). They also have to replace three other seniors from last season’s team.

Head Coach, Scott Rueck, has turned Oregon State into a recruiting destination though. The Beavers latest recruiting class includes Mikayla Pivec, Kat Tudor, and Maddie Washington. All three of whom were ESPN top-100 recruits.

The Pac-12 was considered by many to be the top conference in the nation last season. But, the Beavers will hope to prove the coaches pre-season rankings wrong as they compete for their second consecutive Pac-12 regular season title and build off last season’s historic run.