This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Feb. 23, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Down to the final two weeks of the season, all Pac-10 teams are in action as all 10 teams are jockeying for position in the Pac-10 standings. The top two teams in the Conference, No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 California hit the road for USC and UCLA. The matchup between the Bears and the Bruins on March 1 will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net.
Oregon State faces its final non-conference foe, traveling to Santa Barbara to prepare for the second game of the 'Civil War' in Corvallis, Ore., later in the week. No. 24 Arizona State has won 12-straight and faces Washington and Washington State. The Huskies and Cougars will also battle Arizona.
PAC-10 IN THE RANKINGS
With a couple more wins each, both California and Stanford move up to the top five in the Associated Press national rankings, with the Cardinal inching up to No. 3, aftering extending its home-court win streak over the weekend to 27 games, the third-longest active streak in the nation. The Golden Bears, after getting back to its winning ways, move up to No. 5. Arizona State, who has been on a tear lately, inched up to No. 24 after winning its 12th-straight game.
Earlier this season, both UCLA and Oregon State were receiving votes in one or both of the polls.
When the poll was released on Nov. 24, it was the first time two Pac-10 teams have been ranked in the top five in the same week since the final poll in 1989-90. That year, Stanford was No. 2 and Washington was No. 3. Cal also achieved a first in that Nov. 24 poll, appearing in the top five in the ranking for the first time ever.
Pac-10 Conference teams are dominating the boards so far this season. Through 264 games, there have been 119 individual double-figure rebounding performances. Thirteen players have recorded at least three double-digit rebounding outings, with Arizona’s Ify Ibekwe's leading the league with 14 double-digit rebounding efforts, including two 20-rebounding performances. Stanford's Jayne Appel is second with 11 double-doubles so far this season.
Ibekwe has the top five single-game best rebounding performances, to date, hauling down 20 against Boise State on Dec. 29 and against Arizona State on Feb. 21, topping her previous season-highs of 19 and 18.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
Oregon State at UC Santa Barbara • 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, Feb. 26
*Washington at Arizona State • 6:30 p.m. MT
*Washington State at Arizona • 7 p.m. MT
Friday, Feb. 27
*California at USC • 7 p.m. PT
*Stanford at UCLA • 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, Feb. 28
*Oregon at Oregon State • 7 p.m. PT
*Washington at Arizona • 1 p.m. MT
*Washington State at Arizona State • 4 p.m. MT
Sunday, Mar. 1
*California at UCLA (FSN) • Noon PT
*Stanford at USC • Noon PT
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