IRVING, Texas Baylor has been selected as the preseason favorite for the eighth time in Conference history to win the Big 12 women’s basketball regular season title in 2018-19 in a vote of the league’s head coaches.
The Lady Bears were also picked at the top of the preseason rankings in 2006, 2009-13 and 2016-17. They have won or tied for nine regular-season crowns, including the last eight, as well as captured the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship trophy.
Baylor received eight of 10 first-place votes (coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams). Second-place Texas received the other two first-place votes, while West Virginia was chosen third. TCU and Oklahoma rounded out the top five. Iowa State was picked sixth, while Oklahoma State was seventh and K-State was eighth, followed by Kansas and Texas Tech.
The 2018-19 season gets underway on Tuesday, November 6 with three non-conference games. League action begins on Wednesday, January 2. The Big 12 Tipoff event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Dallas at St. Philip’s School and Community Center.
2018-19 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Baylor (8) 80
2. Texas (2) 72
3. West Virginia 65
4. TCU 49
5. Oklahoma 47
6. Iowa State 44
7. Oklahoma State 34
8. K-State 29
9. Kansas 21
10. Texas Tech 9
(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)