Wiese Goes For Pac-12 Women’s Basketball 3-Point Record
CALIFORNIA, COLORADO and UTAH are still undefeated heading into the final week of non-conference play. The Pac-12 is the only conference in the country with three unbeaten teams with only 10 teams, altogether, still boasting an unblemished record ... In ESPN’s latest Bracketology, Charlie Creme has 10 teams in the NCAA Tournament. 11 of the Pac-12 teams have RPI in the top 100, including five in the top 30 and one more just outside that at 31 ... Seven different Pac-12 teams are ranked in one or both polls this week, WASHINGTON leading the Conference at No. 9 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll. UCLA is also in the top 10 at No. 10 and STANFORD is at No. 14. The Buffs are No. 15 in the AP poll, while OREGON STATE is No. 15 in the coaches poll and No. 25 in the other. ARIZONA STATE is ranked in both polls, coming in at No. 21 and No. 19, respectively, while Cal is No. 20 in the coaches poll ... OSU’s Sydney Wiese was voted Pac-12 Player of the Week after posting a triple-double. She needs just three 3-pointers to break the Conference’s career record currently held by four-time All-American and former Cardinal Candice Wiggins. OREGON’s Ruthy Hebard is the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, the second Duck to receive the honor this season ... Seems like every week there is another triple-double performance. So far, there have been five instances of triple-doubles by four players, making it the most instances in a season in the Pac-12. Ionescu is tied for the nation’s lead with two triple-doubles this season.
In the latest ESPN Bracketology dated Dec. 12, ESPN’s Charlie Creme believes 10 Pac-12 teams would receive NCAA Tournament berths, if the season ended today. That is, by far, the most of any conference in the country with the SEC and ACC tying for seven each in the bracketology.
The Pac-12 currently has the No. 2 RPI in the country with 11 of 12 teams in the top 100.
PLUM BREAKS ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD
One of the most prolific scorers 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) 2782
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.
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. Sydney Wiese, OSU (2013-present) 293
3. Ashley Corral, USC (2009-12) 291
4. Lisa Griffith, ARIZ (1997-00) 285
5. Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ (2010-13) 274
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.
So far this season, there have been five instances of triple-double performances by four players this season. It ties for the most occurrences in a season in the Pac-12, which came in 2014. That season, former Cal standout Brittany Boyd had three triple-doubles, Colorado’s Lexy Kressl achieved the feat once, as did Oregon State’s Ruth Hamblin, who is the only player in Conference history to record a triple-double with points, rebounds and blocks.
This season, Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu has posted a pair of triple-doubles, with Washington’s Chantel Osahor, UCLA’s Jordin Canada and OSU’s Sydney Wiese each recording one.
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 Brittany 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.
Four players this season have posted triple-doubles, including Washington’s Chantel Osahor, UCLA’s Jordin Canada and Oregon State’s Sydney Wiese, in addition to Ionescu.
|Tuesday, December 20|
|#10/10 UCLA at North Carolina A&T||9 a.m.|
|RV/20 California vs. #20/21 Oklahoma||6:45 p.m.|
|#25/15 Oregon State vs. Quinnipiac||8 p.m.|
|Idaho at Oregon||Live Stream||12 p.m.|
|Wednesday, December 21|
|Washington State at #18/24 Kentucky||SECN+||9 a.m.|
|Holy Cross at #21/19 Arizona State||Live Stream||4 p.m.|
|RV/20 California vs. Arkansas State||9:15 PM|
|#14/14 Stanford at George Washington||A-10 Net||4 p.m.|
|#25/15 Oregon State vs. TBD||TBD|
|USC at UC Irvine||2 p.m.|
|Utah State at Arizona||Live Stream||5 p.m.|
|Wyoming at #15/- Colorado||Live Stream||6 p.m.|
|Northern Arizona at Utah||Live Stream||1 p.m.|
|Thursday, December 22|
|#9/9 Washington at BYU||BYUTV||1 p.m.|
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