In a preseason poll of the Western Athletic Conference women's basketball coaches, Utah was selected as the favorite to win the Mountain Division for the second-consecutive year and caputure the WAC championship.
Utah collected 12 of the 16 first-place votes and 117 points in being predicted to win the division. The Utes garnered 11 of the 16 votes as the favorites to win the WAC Tournament championship game over Colorado State (3 votes) and Hawai'i (2).
Colorado State was picked to finish second in the Mountain Division, collecting 108 points and the remaining four first-place votes. New Mexico was picked third (90 points), followed by Brigham Young (77), Wyoming (65), UTEP (50), UNLV (39) and Air Force (22).
Hawai'i was chosen as the preseason favorite in the Pacific Divsion with 110 points and 10 first-place votes. The remainder of the Pacific Division was predicted as follows: San Diego State (100), Rice (95), SMU (86), TCU (68), Fresno State (50), San Jose State (31) and Tulsa (28).
This season the WAC schedule will feature a 14-game format. Each school will play a cross-over series with a team from the other division, but it will not count in the WAC standings as opposed to last year. The 1998 WAC Tournament will feature 12 teams-the top six from each division-and will be contested March 2-7 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.