BYU women’s basketball picked to win the West Coast Conference title

Three Cougars players made the All-WCC preseason team.

(Photo courtesy of WCC Sports) BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales (2) slowly moves up the court in the first half of the WCC Championship game against Gonzaga.

The BYU women’s basketball team had a winning percentage of more than 80% last season and an undefeated home record. So expectations would understandably be high for the 2021-22 season.

Enter the West Coast Conference preseason poll.

The Cougars are picked to win the WCC championship this season by the league’s head coaches, garnering 10 of the 12 available first-place votes. Gonzaga picked up the other two.

Additionally, Shaylee Gonzales, Lauren Gustin and Paisley Harding all made the All-WCC preseason team. BYU’s three represent the highest number of players named to an All-WCC preseason team of any other school in the conference.

The Cougars ended last season with a 19-6 record (13-3 WCC). The team will play a blue-and-white game on Oct. 28, followed by an exhibition against Westminster on Nov. 4 in Provo. The regular season officially begins Nov. 9 against Lipscomb at the Marriott Center.