The final preseason predictions are being announced across the nation, the Pac-12 releasing its media poll on Tuesday. Washington junior guard Jazmine Davis was named to the five-player, preseason all-conference team. Already a two-time All-Pac-12 player, Davis’ squad highlights two high school All-Americans and is projected to finish fourth by media. Washington State was predicted to finish 10th.
UW is encouraged by its preseason predictions, aiming to advance to the NCAA tournament where its home court, Alaska Airlines Arena, was selected as one of the 16 sites for opening-round play. Some in WSU’s camp are irked. The Cougs only lost one starter and talented SG Tia Presley is back from a torn ACL suffered during conference play last season.
My preseason predictions are below. Although I’m eager to see the Cougs compete, sophomore Lia Galdeira being an early favorite player to watch, WSU has a gaping hole in the paint. C Carly Noyes, the program’s record-holder in blocks (158), graduated and junior Shalie Dheensaw is the projected replacement. A 6-foot-4 post, Dheensaw averaged 2.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 29 games off the bench last year.
“You would think we’re all mad and everything but it doesn’t matter until we actually start playing,” said Galdeira, whose team’s season-opener is Sunday against Syracuse at Beasley Coliseum. It’s WSU’s third annual Native American Appreciation Game. “At least it doesn’t matter to me until something really happens.
The Seattle Times began its college previews on Tuesday. Washington was up first. More on WSU is slated for Wednesday’s publication.
My Preseason Pac-12 Poll
7. Arizona State
8. Washington State
9. Oregon State
My All-Pac-12 Preseason Team
F Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
F Gennifer Brandon, Cal
C Cassie Harberts, USC
G Brittnay Boyd, Cal
G Jazmine Davis, Washington