USF women's basketball team picked second in AAC
Count the American Athletic Conference coaches among those who believe the USF women's basketball team is poised for its best season ever.
The Bulls, who return all five starters and 12 letter winners from last season's 27-8 team, were picked to finish second by the coaches in the AAC preseason poll released at the conference women's basketball media day Monday in Orlando.
Coaches weren't permitted to vote for their own teams. Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, whose team seeks its fourth consecutive national title this year, gave the Bulls his first-place vote. UConn received the other 10.
Bulls seniors Alisia Jenkins and Courtney Williams, both on the cusp of statistical immortality at USF, joined three UConn players on the preseason All-AAC first team. Williams and UConn's Breanna Stewart, the two-time Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award winner and the unanimous preseason player-of-the-year choice, were the only unanimous first-team picks.
Williams, last year's conference scoring leader (20.1 ppg), appears on pace to become the first Bulls player ever to finish with 2,000 points, 800 rebounds and 300 assists in her career. Jenkins needs only 113 rebounds to break Wanda Guyton's 26-year-old USF career mark (1,077).