In nine games before tearing a knee ligament, Zdenek averaged 8.1 points.
No UCI women were on the six-player preseason all-conference team.
Defending champion UC Riverside was picked atop both polls, followed by UC Santa Barbara. Riverside received nine of 10 first-place votes in the media poll and eight of nine in the coaches’ poll. Santa Barbara received one first-place vote in each poll.
The media poll went as follows: UC Riverside (89), UCSB (81), Cal Poly (56), Long Beach State (53), UC Davis (53), Cal State Fullerton (43), Northridge (30), UCI (25) and Pacific (20).