LAS VEGAS, Nev. – At the annual West Coast Conference Basketball Tip-Off event at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Wednesday, the LMU women’s basketball team was predicted to finish fifth overall in the WCC women’s basketball preseason poll, as voted by the league’s 10 head coaches.
Gonzaga took the top spot in the poll as they racked up 79 points with a seven-point edge over the No. 2 ranking Saint Mary’s (72 points). BYU was slotted third (68 points) and San Diego (54 points) came in fourth. LMU totaled 48 points in the voting to secure fifth place. Santa Clara (6th, 39 points), San Francisco (7th, 36 points), Pacific (8th, 28 points), Pepperdine (9th, 14 points), and Portland (10th, 12 points) round out the WCC women’s basketball rankings.
LMU junior Cheyanne Wallace was voted to the 2017-18 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Basketball Team. The 10-player team is also voted by the WCC coaches. Wallace, a 6-foot guard-forward, earned 2017 All-Conference honorable mention following her strong sophomore season in 2016-17.
2017-18 WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM PRESEASON POLL
Rank, Team, First Place Votes
1. Gonzaga (8) - 79
2. Saint Mary's (2) - 72
3. BYU - 68
4. San Diego - 54
5. Loyola Marymount - 48
6. Santa Clara - 39
7. San Francisco - 36
8. Pacific - 28
9. Pepperdine - 14
10. Portland - 12
2017-18 ALL-WCC PRESEASON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
Name, Institution, Yr., Pos.
Jill Barta, Gonzaga, R-Jr., F
Stella Beck, Saint Mary’s, Sr., G
Cassie Broadhead, BYU, Sr., G
Maya Hood, San Diego, R-Sr., F
GeAnna Luaulu-Summers, Pacific, Sr., G
Sydney Raggio, Saint Mary’s, Jr., F
Yasmine Robinson-Bacote, Pepperdine, Jr., F
Anna Seilund, San Francisco, Sr., G
Laura Stockton, Gonzaga, Jr., G
Cheyanne Wallace, Loyola Marymount, Jr., G/F
LMU will open its season with an exhibition game against Occidental on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Gersten Pavilion and the team’s home-opener takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 21 vs. Arizona, also at 7 p.m.
Season tickets for the 2017-18 women’s basketball season are available here.
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