Graham Hays of ESPN hints that the Gonzaga women are a darkhorse to do the unthinkable - reach the Final Four and touts junior point guard Courtney Vandersloot. And Michelle Voepel of ESPN has five questions for the new season, one of which involves Tennessee and U-Hi grad Angie Bjorklund. Stanford is also part of the questions and there is one involving Baylor’s 6-foot-8 freshman, who dunked in an exhibition game. (By the way Baylor opens up at Tennessee on Sunday, ESPN2, 2 p.m., Idaho is at the Baylor Thanksgiving Tournament and GU sees Baylor in Vegas next month. WSU isn’t the only team facing Stanford, the Zags take a trip to Palo Alto at the end of the month)
The season opens this weekend. Here are the openers and home openers.
Friday: Gonzaga at last year’s mid-major power South Dakota State.
Saturday: Eastern at Portland
Sunday: UC Davis (and CV grad Heidi Heintz) at WSU
Monday: Gonzaga at Idaho.
Thursday: Idaho at Eastern; USC at Gonzaga.
It could be a great warmup season for 2010-11 when Spokane will spend two weekends in the postseason spotlight.
Keep reading for our preseason Top 25 and All-American team.
Here are the AP and coaches’ polls.
4. North Carolina
7. Notre Dame
12. Michigan State
13. Florida State
14. Arizona State
15. Georgia Tech
19. Mississippi State
F - , UConn
F - Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee State
C - Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
G - Monica Wright, Virginia
G - Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga