After advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, the BYU women’s basketball team returns almost its entire roster.  

So it came as little surprise that the Cougars were picked to win the West Coast Conference championship by the league’s coaches Wednesday.

BYU received eight of the 10 first-place votes, while Gonzaga, picked to finish second, earned the other two first-place votes.

The Cougars also placed three players on the preseason all-conference team — Shaylee Gonzales, Lauren Gustin and Paisley Harding

Gonzales was named the 2021 WCC Co-Player of the Year after averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game. She also led the team in assists (3.6) and steals (2.4). 

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Gustin led the WCC and was No. 6 nationally in rebounding, averaging 12.6 boards per game last season and she also tallied 15 double-doubles. Harding averaged 14.1 points per game and was named to the All-WCC first team last season. 

In the preseason edition of Charlie Crème’s Bracketology, BYU is projected as a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the Spokane Region.

BYU will hold a Blue and White scrimmage Oct. 28 and play an exhibition contest against Westminster on Nov. 4 in Provo. 

The Cougars tip off the regular season Nov. 9 against Lipscomb at the Marriott Center. Coach Jeff Judkins is entering his 21st season at the helm.

View more details on the WCC Preseason poll and All-WCC preseason team.