Oregon State is picked to finish fifth in Pac-12 women’s basketball this season, as voted by the media and coaches in separate preseason polls.
The Beavers also have three players on the 15-player all-conference team in post Taylor Jones, guard Aleah Goodman and forward Kennedy Brown.
Oregon State had 174 points and one of the 21 first-place votes in the media poll. The Beavers were picked to finish behind Stanford, Arizona, Oregon and UCLA. Stanford had 19 first place votes, while Arizona had one.
In the coaches’ poll, OSU had 83 points, five points behind fourth-place UCLA. Stanford had 10 of the 12 first-place votes, with Arizona gaining the other two.
The last time Oregon State was picked to finish fifth was 2016-17, when the Beavers won their third consecutive Pac-12 title.
Goodman, a senior guard, is among the school’s greatest three-point shooters. Last season Goodman averaged 8.8 points and 3.4 assists a game.
Jones and Brown are coming off successful freshmen campaigns. The 6-4 Jones landed on the conference all-freshman team after averaging 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. Jones set an OSU record for blocked shots.
Brown, who had her season cut short after 23 games with a knee injury, averaged 6.3 points and 7.3 rebounds last season.