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Arizona women’s basketball picked to finish 10th in Pac-12

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Expectations for the Arizona Wildcats are higher this season, but not that much higher depending who you ask.

Pac-12 coaches have picked the Wildcats to finish 10th in the conference, just one spot higher than they finished last year when they went 2-16 in league play.

Here is how the entire preseason coaches poll shakes out:

Arizona added a bevy of talent this season, including a highly-touted recruiting class that features forward Cate Reese, the program’s first-ever McDonald’s All-American.

Additionally, transfers Aarion McDonald (Washington), Dominique McBryde (Purdue) and Tee Tee Starks (Iowa State) will be eligible to play after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.

McDonald, a point guard, and McBryde, a forward, are expected to start, while Starks is regarded as one of Arizona’s top perimeter defenders.

Arizona also returns sophomore forward Sam Thomas, who was a member of the Pac-12 All-Freshman team last season, and two-year starter Lucía Alonso, the team’s top 3-point shooter.

As a whole, the Wildcats have much more depth, size and talent. People within the program believe they can finish as high as sixth in the Pac-12, though clearly the conference’s coaches are a bit more skeptical.