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NATIONAL HONORS: WASHINGTON’s Ali Aguilar was named Louisvile Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week. She hit .444 (8-for-18) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, 15 RBI and nine runs scored.

RACE TO WRIGHT’S RECORD: Odds are Arizona head coach Mike Candrea will break Margie Wright’s NCAA record as the all-time leader in career victories at some point this season. Margie Wright won 1,457 games from 1980-2012 coaching for Illinois State and Fresno State. Candrea’s 1,436 career victories are 21 shy of Wright’s mark. However, Candrea will likely not be the only one to get there. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins holds 1,440 career victories, four more than Candrea.

BATTING PROWESS: Three Conference teams rank in the top-10 in batting average, and no other league has more.  Oregon State paces the league at .407 and ranks fourth nationally. Arizona ranks seventh at .397, and Washington  lands at No. 9 at .380.

SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATES: Seniors Allexis Bennett of UCLA and Kayla Bonstrom of STANFORD are two of the 30 candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. 

MARY NUTTER II: Seven Conference teams are off to the second weekend of the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Pac-12 teams will square off against top opponents, including five games featuring top-10 foes: 

#11/10 UCLA vs #1/1 Florida
#9/8 Washington vs #1/1 Florida
#9/8 Washington vs #2/2 Michigan
#11/10 UCLA vs #8/9 Georgia
Utah vs #1/1 Florida

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Expanded Schedule)

Thursday February 25  
California at St. Mary's (California) (1) 3 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs Oklahoma (1) 12:30 p.m. PT
Stanford vs Missouri (1) 3:30 p.m. PT
UCLA vs Florida (1) 5:30 p.m. PT
Utah vs Oklahoma (1) 3 p.m. PT
Utah vs Cal State Fullerton (1) 6 p.m. PT
   
Friday, February 26  
Arizona vs Marshall (2) 12 p.m. CT
Arizona vs Alabama (2) 6 p.m. CT
Arizona State vs Minnesota (3) 4:30 p.m. MT
Arizona State vs Houston (3) 7:30 p.m. MT
California vs North Carolina State (4) 3:30 p.m. PT
Oregon vs Nebraska (1) 10 a.m. PT
Oregon vs Cal State Northridge (1) 12:30 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs Northwestern (1) 10:30 a.m. PT
Oregon State vs Loyola Marymount (1) 3 p.m. PT
Stanford vs San José State (1) 5:30 p.m. PT
UCLA vs Georgia (1) 12:30 p.m. PT
UCLA vs BYU (1) 3 p.m. PT
Utah vs Long Beach State (1) 6 p.m. PT
Washington vs Florida (1) 3 p.m. PT
Washington vs Oklahoma State (1) 5:30 p.m. PT
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