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.
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.