With three weeks to go, Pac-12 women's basketball race is still wide open
• Five Pac-12 teams are nationally ranked this week, WASHINGTON, STANFORD and OREGON STATE leading the way at Nos., 9, 10 and 11, respectively, in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls. UCLA is No. 18 in the AP polling and No. 16 by the coaches, while the coaches’ poll has ranked ARIZONA STATE No. 23.
• Just two weeks remain of the regular season and the Huskies, Beavers and Cardinal sit at the top of the Pac-12 standings in a tie for first. Each of them are on the road at least once this week and will be tested.
• The Bay Area and desert schools look ahead to the rivalry series this week. The Cardinal heads over to CALIFORNIA first on Thursday and ASU opens the series at ARIZONA. Both series wrap up on the others’ home court on Sunday. All four games are televised on Pac-12 Network.
• The Huskies’ big test is on Friday when they travel to Pauley Pavilion where the Bruins have not lost a game in two season. The top-25 clash features three of the Pac-12’s top-four scorer’s, as well as two of the league’s top-two rebounders.
• Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu swept the Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Week awards after she posted her fourth triple-double of the season. She is just the second player to sweep the honors all-time. The NCAA’s leader in the category, she is one shy of the Pac-12 single-season record. She was also named the National Player of the Week by the USBWA.
• WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum is third on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list with 3,241 points just 42 points behind former Baylor All-American Brittney Griner (3,283) and is 152 points behind record-holder SW Missouri State’s Jackie Stiles holds the all-time record with 3,393 points.
• Three Pac-12 student-athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 team. ASU’s Sophie Brunner (education studies), Stanford’s Erica McCall (psychology) and OSU’s Sydney Wiese (speech communications) were voted to the six-person squad that is voted on by the nation’s sports information directors. The trio are eligible to earn a spot on the Academic All-America team.
|Thursday, February 16|
|#10/10 Stanford at California||P12N||8 p.m.|
|Friday, February 17|
|#RV/23 Arizona State at Arizona||P12N||6 p.m.|
|Washington State at USC||P12N||6 p.m.|
|#9/9 Washington at #18/16 UCLA||P12N||8 p.m.|
|#11/11 Oregon State at Colorado||P12N||7 p.m.|
|Oregon at Utah||P12N||5 p.m.|
|Sunday, February 19|
|Arizona at #RV/23 Arizona State||P12N||3 p.m.|
|#9/9 Washington at USC||P12N||3 p.m.|
|Washington State at #18/16 UCLA||P12N||11 a.m.|
|California at #10/10 Stanford||P12N||5 p.m.|
|Oregon at Colorado||P12N||11 a.m.|
|#11/11 Oregon State at Utah||P12N||1 p.m.|
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