Women's Basketball Picked Second In BIG 12 Preaseason Poll
Nov. 6, 2000
DALLAS -- Big 12 Conference media representatives agreed with the league's head coaches by picking Iowa State to win the 2000 Big 12 Conference women's basketball title in a media poll conducted in conjunction with Big 12 Basketball Media Days.
The Cyclones received eight of a possible 14 first-place votes and accumulated 159 points. The battle between second and third place was decided by one point. Texas Tech was picked to finish second with one first-place vote and 148 total points. Oklahoma was chosen third with five first-place votes and 147 points. Texas and Kansas rounded out the top five with 123 and 107 points, respectively.
The remaining seven spots were as follows: 6. Nebraska, 87 points, 7. Colorado, 85 points, 8. Missouri, 81 points, 9. Kansas State, 49 points, 10. Baylor, 44 points, 11. Oklahoma State, 33 points, and 12. Texas A&M, 25 points.
The media and coaches disagreed on places two, three, six and seven. The coaches picked Oklahoma second with Texas Tech in third by a narrow five-point margin. The coaches also had sixth and seventh place reversed from the media with Colorado sixth and Nebraska seventh.
Last season Iowa State was also picked to win the league title in both polls. In arguably the Big 12's most exciting regular season race, the Cyclones finished in a three-way tie for the top spot with Oklahoma and Texas Tech as the conference crowned tri-champions for the first time in its four-year history.
Iowa State's Angie Welle was picked in both polls as 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 points and 8.6 rebounds last season. She is joined on the media preseason All-Big 12 Team by teammate Megan Taylor, Texas Tech's Plenette Pierson, Oklahoma's Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield, and Missouri's Amanda Lassiter. Taylor and Caufield tied for the fifth position on the team. Welle, Taylor, Dales, Pierson and Lassiter were also on the coaches' preseason All-Big 12 Team.
Baylor's Sheila Lambert was named preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and Kansas State's Laurie Koehn was named preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year by both the media and coaches. Lambert, a 5-7 junior guard, transferred to Baylor from Grayson College where she averaged 23.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.9 assists as a sophomore.
Koehn, a 5-8 guard from Heston, Kan., averaged 37 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.4
assists and 5.2 steals as a senior at Moundridge High School.