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Kansas women ninth in Big 12 coaches poll

October 23, 2003

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Kansas University's women's basketball team has been picked to finish ninth in the Big 12 Conference in a preseason poll of league coaches.

Texas was the choice to win its second straight conference title. The Longhorns received 10 first-place votes and collected 120 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or players in the poll.

Kansas State was picked second with the other two first-place votes and 111 points. The Wildcats finished second in last year's conference race. Texas Tech's 99 points, Oklahoma's 87 and Colorado's 81 rounded out the top five.

Baylor was picked for sixth with 72 points, followed by Missouri (55), Iowa State (53), Kansas (40), Oklahoma State (35), Nebraska (20) and Texas A&M (19). KU tied for ninth last year with OSU and A&M.

Kansas State's Nicole Ohlde was chosen preseason Big 12 Player of the Year for the second straight year. The 6-foot-4 senior was Big 12 Player of the Year last year and a consensus All-American.

Ohlde is joined on the preseason All-Big 12 team by teammate Kendra Wecker, Texas' Stacy Stephens and Heather Schreiber, and Texas Tech's Jia Perkins.

Oklahoma State's Elizangela Gomes was named Newcomer of the Year. The 6-4 junior center is a transfer from Eastern Oklahoma College. Texas' Tiffany Jackson of Duncanville, Texas, was selected Freshman of the Year.

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