|2008-09 Women's Basketball Coaches Pre-Season Poll:|
|School||(1st)||Pts.||2007-08 All||2007-08 NWC|
|Lewis & Clark (Ore.)||(1)||60||14-12||10-6|
|Puget Sound (Wash.)||56||23-5||14-2|
|George Fox (Ore.)||(1)||52||25-5||14-2|
|Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)||42||14-11||7-9|
(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis).
Whitman and Whitworth Lead 2008-09 NWC Women's Poll
Spokane, Wash. - A changing of the guard is expected for 2008-09 in Northwest Conference women's basketball, as neither Puget Sound or George Fox - co-champions each of the last two seasons - top this year's coaches poll. Whitman edged Whitworth in the voting.
Whitman picked up four first place votes and 80 points in the poll. The Missionaries tied for fourth in last years standings with Whitworth, but return Second Team All-NWC forward Michelle Krall, along with Jenele Peterson, who earned honorable mention All-NWC recognition as a freshman last winter.
Whitworth is second in the poll with three first place votes and 68 points. The Pirates return First Team All-NWC forward Alida Bower, the only first team honoree returning this season. Honorable mention guard Natalie Orrell also returns for Whitworth.
Lewis & Clark, last season's third place finisher, is third in the poll with 60 points and one first place vote. The Pioneers graduated First Team All-NWC guard Crystal Castle and Second Team All-NWC forward Allison Farr. L&C will look to junior point guard Kim Kittell to lead the way.
Puget Sound (56 points) is fourth in the poll, just ahead of George Fox (52), despite the fact that George Fox picked up the final first place vote. The Both teams lost two First Team All-NWC selections to graduation. For the Loggers it was center Marissa Cain and guard Laura Hirsch, while the Bruins said goodbye to 2008 NWC Player of the Year Katy Campbell and post Melissa Marek-Farris.
Pacific Lutheran is sixth in the poll with 42 points. The Lutes will rely on senior guard Trinity Gibbons, who was honorable mention All-NWC last season, but will miss Second Team All-NWC guard Kyle Haag.
Linfield is seventh in the poll (28 points). The Wildcats graduated their starting back court in honorable mention All-NWC honorees Brihtani Lassiter and Casey Stepan.
Pacific is eighth in the poll (18 points), while Willamette is ninth (17 points). Both must replace their leading scorers from a year ago.
The Northwest Conference will use a conference tournament to decide the automatic (Pool A) bid to the NCAA tournament.
The season officially gets underway on Saturday, November 15th.