Lady Raiders Tabbed Third In Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll
Oct. 18, 2000
DALLAS -- The Iowa State Cyclones were picked to win the 2001 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship in a preseason poll voted on by the league's head coaches and released by the conference office Wednesday.
The top three picks were decided by a narrow margin. ISU garnered five first-place votes and had a total of 113 points. Oklahoma was chosen second with 109 points and received three first-place votes. Texas Tech grabbed the third spot with 104 points and received four first-place votes. All three schools tied for the 2000 regular season title with 13-3 records in conference action.
Texas and Kansas rounded out the top five with the Longhorns picked to finish fourth and the Jayhawks fifth. The remainder of the preseason poll included: 6. Colorado, 7. Nebraska, 8. Missouri, 9. Kansas State, 10. Baylor, 11. Oklahoma State, and 12. Texas A&M.
Iowa State's Angie Welle was chosen the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year. The 6-4 junior center is the league's returning leading scorer and rebounder after averaging 15.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg last season. She was a member of the 2000 All-Big 12 Conference second team and an Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection while leading the nation in field goal percentage at 64.7 percent.
Joining Welle on the preseason All-Big 12 team were: teammate Megan Taylor, Oklahoma's Stacey Dales, Texas Tech's Plenette Pierson, and Missouri's Amanda Lassiter. Dales was a member of the 2000 All-Big 12 second team while Taylor and Lassiter were on the third team. Pierson was the 2000 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Baylor's Sheila Lambert was named preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. The 5-7 junior guard transferred to Baylor from Grayson (Texas) Community College where she averaged 23.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 7.9 apg as a sophomore. Lambert was a two-time first team NJCAA All-American and two-time NJCAA Region 5 Player of the Year.
Kansas State's Laurie Koehn was honored as preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year. The 5-8 guard averaged 37 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.4 apg and 5.2 spg as a senior at Moundridge High School in Hestor, Kan. Last summer she was the third-leading scorer (12.4 ppg) on the gold medal-winning USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team.
The Big 12 Conference begins exhibition play on Nov. 2 and opens the
regular season on Nov. 10 when Texas hosts Wichita State in the Preseason
WNIT. The league's annual Women's Basketball Media Day will be held
Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Kansas City, Mo.