Idaho State pegged to win Big Sky; Lady Griz picked to finish third

2012-10-17T15:53:00Z 2012-10-19T00:15:10Z Idaho State pegged to win Big Sky; Lady Griz picked to finish thirdMissoulian missoulian.com
October 17, 2012 3:53 pm  • 

Idaho State has been selected by the coaches and the media to win the Big Sky women’s basketball title again in 2012-13.

The polls were released on Wednesday. The Montana Lady Griz were picked to finish third.

Idaho State, which earned the Big Sky’s berth into the NCAA tourney last March, received eight first-place votes in the coaches’ poll for a total of 97 points. The media gave the Bengals 154 points and eight first-place votes.

Idaho State lost starter Chelsea Pickering but returns Kaela Oakes, Ashleigh Vella, Lindsey Reed and Cydney Horton. Oakes was named all-conference first team, while Vella were honorable mention. Reed and Vella were named to the Big Sky all-tournament team.

Northern Colorado was picked second by the media and coaches. The Bears are coached by Jaime White, who enters her seventh season. She helped lead UNC to the 2012 Women’s Basketball Invitational.

The Bears lost starter Kaisha Brown, but return their other four.

The Lady Griz received 77 points and two first-place votes from the coaches and 135 points and three first-place votes from the media. UM went into the Big Sky Tournament as the fifth seed last season and lost to Montana State in the quarterfinals.

Coach Robin Selvig enters his 35th season with the Lady Griz and has a 774-247 record. Selvig is tied with Villanova’s Harry Perretta as the nation’s longest-tenured Division I coach at the same school. Montana returns all five of its starters from a year ago, including all-conference first team post Katie Baker.

Big Sky preseason polls

Media

Team Pts.

1. Idaho State (8) 154

2. No. Colorado (4) 146

3. Montana (3) 135

4. Montana State 127

5. North Dakota 95

6. Sac State 83

7. Portland State 78

8. Eastern Wash. 65

9. No. Arizona 53

10. Southern Utah 26

11. Weber State 25

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Coaches

Team Pts.

1. Idaho State (8) 97

2. No. Colorado (1) 88

3. Montana (2) 77

4. Montana State 72

5. Portland State 63

6. North Dakota 53

7. Sac State 50

8. Eastern Wash. 40

9. No. Arizona 28

10. Weber State 17

11. Southern Utah 13.

(First-place votes in parentheses)

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