[BIG 12: Women] West Virginia, which won the 2012 Big 12 regular-season title with a 7-0-1 record in its inaugural season in the conference, is picked to claim the top spot in 2013. The Mountaineers, who return nine starters, earned seven first-place votes to finish ahead of Texas Tech and Baylor.
Five WVU players named to the All-Big 12 preseason team: defender Jess Crowder, midfielderKara Blosser, midfielder Ashley Lawrence, forward Kate Schwindel and forward Frances Silva.
Texas Tech’s duo of forward Janine Beckie and defenderJaelene Hinkle, who both earned All-Big 12 first team recognition last season after leading the Red Raiders to a third-place conference finish and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, are also on the All-Big 12 preseason team.
Big 12 Preseason Poll:
1. West Virginia (7) 63
2. Texas Tech (2) 55
3. Baylor 52
4. Oklahoma State 40
5. Kansas 33
6. Texas 31
7. TCU 21
8. Oklahoma 19
9. Iowa State 10
Preseason All-Big 12 Team:
Pos. Name School Year Hometown
G Abby Smith Texas So. Plano, Texas
D Bobbi Clemmer TCU So. Decatur, Texas
D Jaelene Hinkle Texas Tech Jr. Denver, Colo.
D Jess Crowder West Virginia Jr. Cary, N.C.
M Bri Campos Baylor So. Centennial, Colo.
M Kat Ludlow Baylor Sr. Colleyville, Texas
M Kristen Kelley Oklahoma State Sr. Tulsa, Okla.
M Kara Blosser West Virginia Sr. Spotsylvania, Va.
M Ashley Lawrence West Virginia Fr. Toronto, Ontario
F Janine Beckie Texas Tech So. Highlands Ranch, Colo.
F Kate Schwindel West Virginia Jr. Livingston, N.J.
F Frances Silva West Virginia Sr. Overland Park, Kan.