NEW YORK – DePaul is the women's basketball coaches' pick to win the first season of the new Big East.
The Blue Demons have three starters back, including preseason player of the year Brittany Hrynko, and received eight of the 10 first-place votes and 79 points on Wednesday.
Conference newcomer Creighton is second, picking up the other two first-place votes and 67 points. The Bluejays went 25-8 last season making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. They were followed by St. John's, Villanova, Marquette, Georgetown, Butler, Providence, Xavier and Seton Hall.
Butler and Xavier join Creighton as newcomers to the basketball-centric conference.
The new league has already had some upheaval with both Georgetown and Xavier losing their coaches in the last week.