Coaches Tab Lady Raider Basketball Fifth In Preseason Big 12 Poll
Oct. 19, 1999
DALLAS - The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball squad, coming off two straight years of winning the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles, was chosen to finish fifth in a preseason poll voted on by the league's head coaches and released Wednesday by the conference office.
The Iowa State Cyclones were picked to win their first Big 12 Conference women's basketball title and ISU senior Stacy Frese was tabbed as Player of the Year.
The Cyclones received 10 of 11 first-place votes as head coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or players. The team finished second in the Big 12 last season with a 12-4 conference mark and 25-8 overall record. ISU advanced to the finals of the Big 12 Conference tournament, marking its first appearance in a conference tournament championship game and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight."
Iowa State returns its entire starting lineup, including senior Stacy Frese who was picked by the coaches as Big 12 Conference Preseason Player of the Year. The 5-8 guard averaged 17.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 4.3 apg in 1998-99, and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, the All-Big 12 Tournament Team and the NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team. Kansas was picked to place second in the Big 12 after finishing 23-10 overall last season and third in the Big 12 with an 11-5 record. The Jayhawks return four starters from last year's NCAA Tournament squad including senior guard/forward Lynn Pride, a preseason all-conference and 1999 first team all-conference selection. In addition the Jayhawks welcome back Suzi Raymant, a starter who was forced to redshirt last season after a knee injury.
Nebraska, which also returns four starters and welcomes a talented group of newcomers, was picked to finish third, followed by Texas in fourth and Texas Tech in fifth. The Huskers, a 1999 NCAA Tournament team, compiled a 21-12 overall mark last season and tied for fifth in the Big 12 with an 8-8 record. Senior guard Nicole Kubik is a preseason All-Big 12 selection and was named to the all-conference second team a year ago.
Senior forward Edwina Brown headlines Texas' four returning starters. Brown is a preseason all-conference pick and was named to the All-Big 12 first team last season. In addition she and Pride played on the United States Pan American Games Team over the summer. The Longhorns finished fourth in the Big 12 in 1999 with a 10-6 mark and 16-12 overall record, including an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Texas Tech lost three starters off last year's team, including Big 12 Player of the Year Angie Braziel. The Lady Raiders won the 1999 crown with a 14-2 conference record and finished 30-4 overall after advancing to the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
Oklahoma is picked to finish sixth in the conference race, followed by Kansas State in seventh, Colorado eighth, Missouri ninth, Oklahoma State 10th, Baylor 11th, and Texas A&M 12th.
OU returns all five starters, including preseason and 1999 All-Big 12 first team performer Phylesha Whaley, a senior forward.
Three players tied for preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors: Iowa State's Gintare Cipinyte (Seward County (Kan.) Community College), Oklahoma State's Tari Cummings (Westark (Ark.) College) and Texas A&M's Jaynetta Saunders (Belleville (Ill.) Area College). Cipinyte and Saunders were both NJCAA First Team All-Americans last season while Cummings was fourth in the nation in scoring average.
Colorado's Sabrina Scott was named preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year. The Lake Oswego, N.Y., native was a WBCA and Parade All-American at Lakeridge High School.
1999-2000 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Iowa State (10) 121 2. Kansas 102 3. Nebraska 92 4. Texas (1) 90 5. Texas Tech 83 6. Oklahoma 74 7. Kansas State 59 8. Colorado 54 9. Missouri 49 10. Oklahoma State 31 11. Baylor 19 12. Texas A&M 18
1999-2000 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Team
Stacy Frese, Iowa State G 5-8 Sr Cedar Rapids, Iowa Lynn Pride, Kansas G/F 6-2 Sr Arlington, Texas Edwina Brown, Texas F 5-10 Sr Lockhart, Texas Nicole Kubik, Nebraska G 5-10 Sr Cambridge, Neb. Phylesha Whaley, Oklahoma F 5-10 Sr Slaton, Texas
(Others Receiving Votes: Megan Taylor, Iowa State, Julie Helm, Missouri, Nicky Ramage, Kansas State, Prissy Sharpe, Texas A&M)
Player of the Year:
Newcomer of the Year (three-way tie):
Freshman of the Year: