This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
March 2, 2009
Though there is only one more week left to the season, the Pac-10 standings are far from being decided. This week's games will determine the regular-season champion, as well as the rest of the seedings.
No. 2 Stanford, who has a 27-game home win streak, the third-longest in the nation, will try to maintain its position at the top, hosting Arizona and No. 18 Arizona State. The Cardinal's matchup with the Sun Devils on Saturday, March 7 will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net.
The Wildcats and ASU will also make a stop at the home of No. 9 California. UCLA, who just had a big upset over the Golden Bears, travels to Oregon and Oregon State, as does USC. Washington and Washington State will clash for its final games of the season in Pullman.
PAC-10 IN THE RANKINGS
After taking sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 standings over the weekend, Stanford moved up to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press rankings, meanwhile California remains in the top 10 falling to No. 9 and Arizona State continues to inch up, coming in at 18. In last week's ESPN.com/USA Today Coaches poll, Stanford was No. 2 and Cal was No. 4. The coaches poll is released on Tuesdays.
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 IN NATIONAL STATISTICS
Entering the week, six different Pac-10 women's basketball players are listed among the top 25 in six statistical rankings. Arizona State and Stanford claim two players in the top 25, with SR G Briann January appearing in two categories, including 3-point field goal percentage (2nd, 46.3) and assist-to-tunover ratio (13th, 2.10). California's Ashley Walker is also ranked nationally in two categories and has been for most of the season - scoring (15th, 19.9 ppg) and field goal percentage (17th, 55.3).
Six of the 10 Conference teams are among the top 25 in at least one statistical category with Stanford appearing in the top 25 in 10 different categories, including boasting the nation's best rebounding margin (+12.3). Cal is second in the Pac-10, ranking in the top 25 in seven categories each and ASU is ranked six times.
Thursday, Mar. 5
*Arizona at Stanford 7 p.m. PT
*Arizona State at California 7 p.m. PT
*UCLA at Oregon 7 p.m. PT
*USC at Oregon State 7 p.m. PT
Friday, Mar. 6
*Washington at Washington State (FSNNW) 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, Mar. 7
*Arizona at California 12:30 p.m. PT
*Arizona State at Stanford (FSN) 12:30 p.m. PT
*UCLA at Oregon State 12:30 p.m. PT
*USC at Oregon 12:30 p.m. PT