Women's basketball opens Pac-12 slate this weekend
Pac-12 women’s basketball teams wrapped up the non-conference season on Monday night, while USC and UCLA tipped off Pac-12 play. No. 24/25 ARIZONA STATE upset No. 20 Syracuse to highlight the evening’s games, while the Women of Troy pulled out a two-point victory over its crosstown rivals ... Four teams are ranked in this week’s polls, with STANFORD leading all league squads at No. 4/4. COLORADO got back in the win column after suffering its first regular-season non-conference loss in 33 games, staying at No. 12 in the writers’ poll and No. 14 in the coaches polling. CALIFORNIA is ranked 23rd in the AP and 21st in the coaches poll ... UCLA’s Nirra Fields was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday morning after she scored a career-high 36 points on a career-best five three-pointers in a non-conference victory over Cal Poly. OREGON’s Chrishae Rowe was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season ... For the second-straight year, the Pac-12 boasts some of the nation’s top rebounders with four individuals ranking in the top-20 in the country. UO’s Jillian Alleyne is owning the boards again this year, ranking second nationally with an average of 14.3 rpg. UTAH’s Michelle Plouffe ranks 14th, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumuke is 16th and WASHINGTON’s Aminah Williams comes in at No. 19 ... The Ducks, who have scored in the 100s in seven of their 11 games this season, are the country’s scoring leader, netting an average of 105.3 points per game ... There is a full slate of women’s basketball games on the Pac-12 Networks this week. Four of the six Pac-12 matchups on Friday are being televised, while all six games on Sunday are being broadcast live. Check listings for channel and times.