Women's Basketball

WBB: Cyclones picked 4th, Scott & Joens earn All-Big 12 honors in preseason polls

Earlier this week, the Big 12 released its preseason poll and all-league teams for the preseason.

For the ninth time in school history, the Baylor Bears have been picked to win the conference once again.

With all nine coaches not named Kim Mulkey (coaches can’t vote for their own team) picking the Bears to win, they easily took the top spot in the Big 12.

Iowa State came in at fourth behind Texas and West Virginia, barely squaring off Kansas State for the spot.

For comparison, the Cyclones were picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 last year and ended up taking the No. 2 seed in the conference.

The full poll can be seen below.

2019-20 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

1. Baylor (9) – 81
2. Texas (1) – 71
3. West Virginia – 66
4. Iowa State – 49
5. K-State – 47
6. Oklahoma State – 39
7. Oklahoma – 34
8. TCU – 27
9. Texas Tech – 26
10. Kansas – 10

The conference also released its all-Big 12 First Team as well as Honorable Mention notables.

The group of 21 players included two Cyclones in Kristin Scott – who made first team honors – and Ashley Joens ­– who was selected as an honorable mention.

Both Scott and Joens will be integral to the Cyclones success this season as the team tries to replace 2018-19 Big 12 Player of the Year Bridget Carleton.

Scott was included in the Big 12’s graphic, advertising some of the First Team players.

Kristin Scott was the lone Cyclone to earn Preseason All-Big 12 honors. Photo Credit to Big 12 Conference.

The conference’s First Team usually includes 10 players, but because of a tie in voting, it included 11 this year.

Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Lauren Cox – Baylor
Juicy Landrum – Baylor
NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
Kristin Scott – Iowa State
Peyton Williams – K-State
Ana Llanusa – Oklahoma
Vivian Gray – Oklahoma State
Joyner Holmes – Texas
Sug Sutton – Texas
Brittany Brewer – Texas Tech
Tynice Martin – West Virginia

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)

Te’a Cooper (Baylor), DiDi Richards (Baylor), Ashley Joens (Iowa State), Rachel Ranke (K-State), Kianna Ray (TCU), Charli Collier (Texas), Lashann Higgs (Texas),  Chrislyn Carr (Texas Tech), Kari Niblack (West Virginia) and Madisen Smith (West Virginia).  

The Cyclones will open their season on October 30 at Hilton Coliseum as they take on Missouri Western State. The game is slated to tip off at 6:30 p.m.

Connor Ferguson

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Connor will be covering women’s basketball for Cyclone Fanatic during the 2018-19 season. He is currently a junior enrolled at Iowa State and is studying journalism at Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism. Connor also covers a variety of sports around the state of Iowa, including Indoor football and motorsports for Last Word on Sports. He also appears on-air four times a week covering high school football for 1460 KXnO, college football for his own podcast, and professional sports for 88.5 KURE – Iowa State’s student radio station.