Eight Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Teams Ranked This Week
Three Pac-12 teams are still undefeated with identical 9-0 records. CALIFORNIA, COLORADO and UTAH have unblemished records to this point, making them three of just 12 undefeated teams left in the country ... The Golden Bears and OREGON join the list of ranked league teams this week, the Ducks earning their first ranking since 2003. UO is No. 25 this week in the Associated Press poll, while the Bears debuted this season at No. 24 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll. UCLA, STANFORD and WASHINGTON have been steady at Nos. 9, 10 and 11, respectively, in both polls. ARIZONA STATE is 23 in the AP and No. 21 in the coaches poll. The Buffs have moved up to No. 15 in the writers’ poll, while OREGON STATE takes its spot at No. 16 in the coaches. In all, eight teams are ranked in one or both polls ... Pac-12 Player of the Week UW’s Kelsey Plum is coming off a historic game where she broke the Conference’s all-time scoring record, just 11 games into her senior campaign. Cal’s Kristine Anigwe also had a historic outing, becoming only the second player n league history to score 50 points in a game, tying the Pac-12 mark set in 1989 ... UW’s Aarion McDonald was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week ... 18 games are on the schedule this week, three taking place in against SEC teams. The Ducks put their new ranking on the line traveling to Mississippi on Wednesday (ESPN3). The week wraps up with two storied programs going-head-to-head as Stanford battles Tennessee on Sunday (SECN), while No. 2 South Carolina hosts the Bruins on ESPN2 on Sunday, as well.
PLUM BREAKS ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD
One of the most prolific scorer’s in Pac-12 history, Washington’s Kelsey Plum broke the Pac-12’s all-time scoring record in just the 11th game of her senior campaign, surpassing 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford. The fastest in league history to 2,000-career points, she is only the third player in Conference history to score at least 2,500 points, having scored over 700 points in each of her three seasons. Her name in the top five all-time is among elite company, with two WNBA Rookies of the Year, two No. 1 WNBA picks, four WNBA first-round picks, two WNBA Most Valuable Players and a pair of WNBA Champions occupying the four other spots.
1. Kelsey Plum, WASH (2014-present) 2759
2. Chiney Ogwumike, STAN (2011-14) 2737
3. Candice Wiggins, STAN (2005-08) 2629
4. Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN (2009-12) 2491
5. Lisa Leslie, USC (1991-94) 2414
Plum’s total scoring is impressive, but it does not end there. Entering the season, Plum was averaging 23.3 points per game for her career, which would have been good enough for the Pac-12 record. She already owns the record for career free throws made and is shattering the mark previously held by former Oregon State standout Tanja Kostic (1993-96, 608). Plum is the only player in league history to make over 700 free throws in a career.
ANIGWE TIES ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD
California’s Kristine Anigwe, last year’s USBWA National Freshman of the Year, netted 50 points to tie the Pac-12’s all-time single-game scoring record on Dec. 8 against Sacramento State, making her only the second player in Conference history to score 50 points. Anigwe was 19-for-23 from the floor in that game, also going 12-for-19 from the free throw line.
The original record was set nearly 28 years ago on March 10, 1989 by USC’s Cherie Nelson against the Golden Bears. Since then, the record was only threatened twice (USC’s Tina Thompson, 49 points, Jan. 27, 1996; Cal’s Alexis Gray-Lawson, 47 points, Jan. 23, 2010), until Anigwe tied the mark.
WIESE APPROACHING 3-POINT RECORD
Plum is not the only one looking to break records. Oregon State’s Sydney Wiese is among the top-five all-time in Conference history in three-point field goals made. She has netted at least 66 in each of her first thre seasons, knocking down 112 in her freshman campaign.
1. Candice Wiggins, STAN (2005-08) 295
2. Ashley Corral, USC (2009-12) 291
3. Lisa Griffith, ARIZ (1997-00) 285
4. Sydney Wiese, OSU (2013-present) 283
5. Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ (2010-13) 274
IONESCU TRIPLE DOUBLES
In a span of 16 days over three games, Oregon freshman Sabrina Ionescu has recorded triple-double performances twice, not only tying her for the most in the nation this season but also making her just the third player in Pac-12 history to post multiple triple-doubles in a career and in a season.
Stanford’s Nicole Powell, who is serving as the Ducks’ assistant coach under Kelly Graves, notched three triple-doubles during the 2001 and 2002 campaign to set the season record. She also has the career record with six. California’s Britty Boyd had three triple doubles in 2014, the only ones of her career, tying her with Powell for the season record and putting her second on the career list.
Three players this season have posted triple-doubles, including Washington’s Chantel Osahor and UCLA’s Jordin Canada, in addition to Ionescu.
Upcoming Schedule (all times PST)
|Tuesday, December 13|
|#23/21 Arizona State at Middle Tennessee||Live Stream||4:30 p.m.|
|Grambling State at Arizona||Live Stream||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, December 14|
|#9/9 UCLA at UC Santa Barbara||Live Stream||7 p.m.|
|UC Davis at Oregon State||Live Stream||11 a.m.|
|#25/RV Oregon at Mississippi||Live Stream||6 p.m.|
|Friday, December 16|
|Grambling State at USC||Live Stream||6 p.m.|
|Saturday, December 17|
|Oral Roberts at #23/21 Arizona State||Live Stream||1 p.m.|
|#15/RV Colorado at Mississippi Valley||Live Stream||1 p.m.|
|Arizona at Kansas||Live Stream||10 a.m.|
|Weber State at Utah||Live Stream||12 p.m.|
|Portland State vs. # 25/RV Oregon||Live Stream||5 p.m.|
|Sunday, December 18|
|#9/9 UCLA at #6/6 South Carolina||ESPN2||11 a.m.|
|Washington State at Saint Louis||Live Stream||12 p.m.|
|#10/10 Stanford at Tennessee||SEC Network||12 p.m.|
|SMU/ #5/5 Mississippi State at USC||Live Stream||11 a.m./1 p.m.|
|Savannah State at # 11/11 Washington||Live Stream||2 p.m.|
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