Coaches tab UConn, media picks Tennessee, Duke

Updated: October 30, 2003, 4:26 PM ET
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Coaches around the country are casting their votes for their respective conference races. Included below are some of the preseason conference polls released so far (with first-place votes in parentheses and total points; will update as more become available). For results on preseason all-league teams, click here.

2003-04 PRESEASON LEAGUE POLLS
BIG EAST
SEC*
 
1. Connecticut (13), 169 1. Tennessee (14), 266  
2. Rutgers (1), 156 2. LSU (6), 247  
3. Notre Dame, 139 3. Georgia (3), 236  
4. Virginia Tech, 124 4. Vanderbilt (1), 186  
5. Boston College, 120 5. Auburn, 179  
6. Miami, 115 6. Mississippi State, 157  
7. Villanova, 103 7. Arkansas, 131  
8. West Virginia, 80 8. Florida, 124  
9. Georgetown, 66 9. South Carolina, 117  
10. Seton Hall, 65 10. Kentucky, 92  
11. Syracuse, 61 11. Alabama, 78  
12. Pittsburg, 30 12. Mississippi, 59  
13. St. John's, 28    
14. Providence, 18    

2003-04 PRESEASON LEAGUE POLLS
BIG TEN
ACC*
 
1. Penn State 1. Duke (36)  
2. Purdue 2. North Carolina  
3. Minnesota 3. Virginia  
MEDIA SELECTIONS 4. Georgia Tech  
1. Purdue 5. Florida State  
2. Penn State 6. N.C. State  
3. Minnesota 7. Clemson  
  6. Maryland  
  9. Wake Forest  

2003-04 PRESEASON LEAGUE POLLS
BIG 12
C-USA
SUN BELT
1. Texas (10), 120 1. TCU EASTERN DIVISION
2. Kansas St. (2), 111 2. DePaul 1. W. Kentucky (5), 49
3. Texas Tech, 99 3. Cincinnati 2. Middle Tenn. (5), 46
4. Oklahoma, 87 4. Charlotte 3. Fla. Int'l (1), 36
5. Colorado, 81 5. Houston 4. Arkansas State, 23
6. Baylor, 72 6. Tulane 5. Ark.-Little Rock, 11
7. Missouri, 55 7. Louisville WEST DIVISION
8. Iowa State, 53 8. Marquette 1. New Mex. St. (6), 56
9. Kansas, 40 9. Memphis 2. S. Alabama (4), 54
10. Oklahoma State, 35 10. Saint Louis 3. North Texas (1), 43
11. Nebraska, 20 11. East Carolina 4. Denver, 34
12. Texas A&M, 19 12. Southern Miss 5. New Orleans, 33
  13. UAB 6. La.-Lafayette, 11
  14. USF  

2003-04 PRESEASON LEAGUE POLLS
PAC-10
MOUNTAIN WEST*
HORIZON
1. Stanford (8), 80 1. Utah (19), 152 1. UW-Green Bay (13), 219
2. Arizona (2), 72 2. BYU (1), 120 2. UW-Milwaukee (13), 212
3. Washington, 61 3. New Mexico, 119 3. Loyola, 158
4. Oregon, 48 4. Colorado State, 98 4. Cleveland State, 127
5. Arizona State, 47 5. UNLV, 85 5. UIC, 125
6. UCLA, 45 6. San Diego State, 57 6. Detroit, 122
7. USC, 41 7. Wyoming, 54 7t. Butler, 82
8. Oregon State, 30 8. Air Force, 28 7t. Youngstown St., 82
9. Cal, 17   9. Wright State, 45
10. Washington State, 9    

Note: * ACC and SEC voting conducted by media members; Mountain West balloting conducted by league's eight head coaches and select media members.

PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS, PLAYER OF YEAR HONORS
Voted by league coaches, unless otherwise noted
SEC: Tan White, Mississippi State; Seimone Augustus, LSU; Jenni Benningfield, Vanderbilt; Shyra Ely, Tennessee; Vanessa Hayden, Florida. Second Team: Christi Thomas, Georgia; Temeka Johnson, LSU; Shameka Christon, Arkansas; Natasha Brackett, Auburn; Loree Moore, Tennessee; Kara Braxton, Georgia; Le'Coe Willingham, Auburn. Player of year: Augustus. (Selected by SEC media members.)
Big 12: Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State, F/C, 6-4, Sr.; Kendra Wecker, Kansas State, F, 5-11, Jr.; Stacy Stephens, Texas, F, 6-1, Sr.; Heather Schreiber, Texas, F, 6-2, Jr.; Jia Perkins, Texas Tech, G, 5-8, Sr. Player of year: Olde. Newcomer of year: Elizangela Gomes, Oklahoma State, C, 6-4, Jr. (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Eastern Oklahoma College). Freshman of Year: Tiffany Jackson, Texas, F, 6-3, Fr.
Big East: Jacqueline Batteast, Notre Dame, Jr., F; Rebekkah Brunson*, Georgetown, Sr., F; Tamara James, Miami, So., G/F; Ieva Kublina*, Virginia Tech, Sr., F/C; Cappie Pondexter*, Rutgers, Jr., G; Diana Taurasi*, Connecticut, Sr., G. ( Indicates unanimous selection.) Second Team: Jessalyn Deveny, Boston College; Julie McBride, Syracuse; Courtney Mix, Villanova; Ann Strother, Connecticut; Barbara Turner, Connecticut. Player of Year: Taurasi. Co-Freshmen of Year: Crystal Erwin, Notre Dame; Liz Sherwood, Connecticut.
ACC: Alana Beard, Duke; Iciss Tillis, Duke; Fallon Stokes, Georgia Tech; Brandi Teamer, Virginia; Nikita Bell, North Carolina. Player of Year: Beard. Rookie of Year: Ivory Latta, North Carolina. (Selected by ACC media members.)
Big Ten: Kelly Mazzante, Penn State, Sr., G; Janel McCarville, Minnesota, Jr., C; Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota, Sr., G; Shereka Wright, Purdue, Sr., F; Tanisha Wright, Penn State, Jr., G. Co-Players of Year: Mazzante, Whalen. Media all-conference team: Jennie Lillis, Iowa, Sr., F; Mazzante; Whalen; S. Wright; T. Wright. Media Player of Year: Mazzante.
Horizon: Maria Viall, UW-Milwaukee, C, 6-2, Sr.; Ashley Schrock, Cleveland State, F, 5-11, Sr.; Jen Perugini, Youngstown State, F, 6-2, Jr.; Ciara Henderson, Loyola, G, 5-8, Jr.; Nancy Bowden, Butler, G, 5-2, Sr. Player of Year: Viall.
Conference USA: Chandi Jones, Houston, Sr., G/F; Jenni Dant, DePaul, Jr., G; Sandora Irvin, TCU, Jr., F; Valerie King, Cincinnati, Sr., G; Debbie Merrill, Cincinnati, Jr., C. Player of Year: Houston.
Mountain West: Kim Smith, so., F, Utah; Shona Thorburn, so., G, Utah; Danielle Cheesman, jr., F, BYU; Mandi Moore, jr., G, New Mexico; Sherry McCracklin, jr., F/C, UNLV. Top returning player: Kim Smith, Utah. Top newcomer: Jenny Shetters, jr., C, New Mexico. (Team selected by league's eight head coaches and select members of the media.)
Sun Belt: Sinnamonn Garrett, Sr., G, New Mexico State; Kim Blanton, Sr., F, North Texas; Sara Carter, Sr., G, South Alabama; Patrice Holmes, Jr., G, Middle Tennessee; Leslie Logsdon, Sr., G, Western Kentucky; Tiffany Porter-Talbert, So., G, Western Kentucky. Player of Year: Garrett.

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