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Maya Moore and the Huskies were tabbed the Big East favorites.

Maya Moore and the Huskies were tabbed the Big East favorites.

A day after the men's basketball team was voted the preseason conference favorite, the women's basketball team followed suit.

The Huskies were picked to finish first in the conference by the annual preseason Big East coaches' poll today in New York, receiving 14 of the 16 first-place votes. Rutgers and Louisville each received a first-place vote, and finished second and third, respectively, in the standings (see below).

UConn sophomore Maya Moore was unsurprisingly named the preseason player of the year, a season after winning the actual award as well as rookie of the year as just a freshman. Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles were also named to the preseason All-Big East team.

Further coverage here.

2008-09 Preseason BIG EAST Coaches' Poll

1. Connecticut (14)

224

2. Rutgers (1)

201

3. Louisville (1)

200

4. Notre Dame

182

5. Pittsburgh

162

6. Syracuse

156

7. Marquette

147

8. DePaul

132

9. West Virginia

109

10. Villanova

85

11. Georgetown

77

12. USF

76

13. St. John's

66

14. Seton Hall

40

15. Cincinnati

33

16. Providence

30

(-) - Indicates first-place votes