Mar 31, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Bria Smith (21 shoots the ball behind her as Baylor Lady Bears center Brittney Griner (42) defends during the second half of the semifinals of the Oklahoma City regional of the 2013 NCAA womens basketball tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Cardinals beat the Lady Bears 82-81. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma Tapped As Women's Favorite In Big 12 Preseason Basketball Poll

Oklahoma is the favorite to capture the 2013-14 Big 12 women’s basketball title, according to a vote of the women’s coaches in the annual preseason basketball poll. The Sooners edged out the Baylor Lady Bears by four votes (74-70).

Coach Serri Coale’s Sooners, who have been voted the preseason favorite four times in the  Big 12 era, received the most first-place votes with five. Baylor had three first-place votes, and West Virginia, which placed third in the balloting, received two first-place votes.

Led by 6-8 All-America center Brittney Griner, Baylor was voted the preseason favorite the last four year’s running. The Lady Bears won the conference title in three of those years. Oklahoma was the last team other than Baylor to be voted No. 1 in the preseason, 2008-09.

West Virginia and Oklahoma State tied for third in the preseason poll. The Lady Longhorns of Texas came in fifth in the voting, followed by Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

The Big 12 women have ranked No. 1 in conference RPI in each of the past six seasons and have led the country in attendance for 14 consecutive years. Seventy percent of the league’s women’s teams participated in the NCAA Championship last season, and eight teams overall advanced to postseason play.

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