Oklahoma picked to repeat
DALLAS (AP) -- Defending Big 12 women's basketball champion Oklahoma and its top player, last year's league player of the year Stacey Dales, have been picked to repeat their titles this season.
Oklahoma is the overwhelming choice to win the 2001-02 title, according to the preseason poll by the league's coaches released Thursday.
The Sooners got eight first-place votes, five more than predicted league runner-up Texas Tech. Iowa State got the last first-place vote and is third in the preseason poll. The rest of the teams, in order, are Colorado, Texas, Baylor, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Kansas and Texas A&M.
Dales, a 6-foot senior guard, was a consensus All-American and led the Big 12 last season in assists (7.29 apg). She ranked eighth in scoring (16.0 ppg) and steals (2.41 spg).
Joining Dales on the preseason All-Big 12 team are senior center Angie Welle of Iowa State, Texas Tech junior forward/center Plenette Pierson of Texas Tech, and the Baylor senior duo of guard Sheila Lambert and forward Danielle Crockrom.
Both the newcomer of the year and freshman of the year are from Nebraska: junior guard Keasha Cannon, a transfer from Penn Valley Community College in Missouri, and freshman forward Katie Robinette from South Sioux City, Neb.