Pac-12 Women's Basketball prepares for final non-conference games

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Two top-20 matchups highlights the final week of non-conference action. 10th-ranked OREGON faces #19/20 Texas A&M in Las Vegas for the Duel in the Desert tournament. It is the second meeting between the teams, the Ducks winning the first in the semifinal of the WNIT a month ago ... A clash between two of the most storied women’s basketball programs takes place when #18/24 STANFORD hosts #7/7 Tennessee on Thursday on Pac-12 Network ... Five league teams continue to be ranked in the Associated Press poll. #11 UCLA, #17 OREGON STATE and #24 CALIFORNIA join the Ducks and Cardinal in the top 25. In the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll, UO is #10, Stanford is No. 24, the Bruins are 12th and OSU is No. 17. ARIZONA STATE and USC are receiving votes in both polls ... Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu was selected the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the third time after breaking the Pac-12 record and tying the NCAA record for career triple-doubles, recording her seventh 11 games into her sophomore campaign. COLORADO’s Annika Jank is the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second-straight week and third time this season ... Arizona State makes an appearance on Pac-12 Networks this week, hosting Arkansas on Thursday ... Seven Pac-12 teams have RPI in the top 50, with six appearing in the top 35.

Records Watch
With her third triple-double of the season and just 11 games into her sophomore campaign, OREGON’s Sabrina Ionescu broke the Pac-12’s all-time triple-doubles career mark and tied the NCAA record.

The 2016-17 Pac-12 women’s basketball season was all about chasing records and this season picked up where it left off last year with chasing down records. Ionescu kicked off the 2017-18 campaign posting a triple-double in the first game of the season to resume the chase.

Pac-12 in the RPI
Heading into the final week of non-conference play, seven Pac-12 teams have RPI in the top 50, including six in the top 35, as of Dec. 17. Leadng the way is OREGON with a RPI of No. 10. CALIFORNIA (No. 14) and UCLA (No. 20) are also in the top 20.

Climbing the Charts
UCLA’s Jordin Canada needs just two points to become the 38th player in league history to hit 1,700 points while CALIFORNIA’s Kristine Anigwe entered the league’s scoring lists, becoming the 65th player in Pac-12 history to score 1,500 points.

NCAA Stats Leaders
Although known for its defensive presence, OREGON STATE has been having a stellar offensive season so far. The Beavers lead the nation in field goal percentage (53.5) and second in three-point shooting by just .1 percent (44.5). And despite having to replace an All-American guard in Sydney Wiese, OSU is leading the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.88) while boasting an offense that ranks 18th in the nation (84.3 ppg). Defensively, the Beavs are still one of the best in the country ranking 10th in scoring defense (35.5), fourth in defensive shooting percentage (31.4) and 18th in opponent three-point shooting (25.4). Leading the way for her team from three-point range is Aleah Goodman who is currently the nation leader in three-point shooting (59.4).

Six Pac-12 players are ranked in the top 15 in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio. ARIZONA STATE’s Reili Richardson is fourth and tops in the Conference with a 4.50 ratio, followed by OSU’s Katie McWilliams (7th, 4.20), UTAH’s Erika Bean (8yh, 4.00), UCLA’s Jordin Canada (11th, 3.61), OSU’s Goodman (13th, 3.30) and OREGON’s Sabrina Ionescu (15th, 3.24).

Century Mark
On the opening day of the season, UCLA scored a school-record 129 points to defeat San Jose State (69) at home. That point total broke a school record and was just a bucket shy of the Pac-12 mark (131, Oregon vs. CS Bakersfield, Nov. 9, 2013). It was the most points scored by a league team since Oregon dropped 130 vs. Southern on Dec. 18, 2013.


UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Dec. 19    
Middle Tennessee vs. USC   2:30 p.m. PT
Wednesday, Dec. 20    
#11/12 UCLA at Fordham A10 4 p.m. PT
USC vs. UTRGV Live Stream 5 p.m. PT
UC Davis at #17/17 OREGON STATE Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
Southern Utah at ARIZONA Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
Seattle at WASHINGTON Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, Dec. 21    
#24/RV CALIFORNIA at Kentucky SEC 9 a.m. PT
#10/10 OREGON vs. #19/20 Texas A&M FloHoops 12 p.m. PT
Oral Roberts at UTAH Live Stream 12 p.m. PT
Arkansas ar ARIZONA STATE P12N 1 p.m. PT
Westminister (Mo.) at COLORADO Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
#7/7 Tennessee at #18/24 STANFORD P12N 6 p.m. PT
Friday, Dec. 22    
WASHINGTON STATE at Nebraska BTN Plus 11 a.m. PT
#10/10 OREGON vs. Hawai'i FloHoops 12 p.m. PT
 

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
USC 0-0 8-1
Oregon 0-0 9-2
Oregon State 0-0 8-2
Colorado 0-0 8-2
Utah 0-0 8-2
California 0-0 8-2
UCLA  0-0 8-2
Arizona State 0-0 8-3
Stanford 0-0 6-5
Washington State 0-0 6-5
Washington 0-0 5-5
Arizona 0-0 3-7
 
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