Stanford Could Get Tested in Women's Hoops

After the first week of conference play, Pac-12 Networks women’s basketball analyst Mary Murphy was asked to handicap the Pac-12 race. Specifically, is every team once again playing for second place behind Stanford, which has won 11 straight conference championships?

“I think we’re going to know in a week,” Murphy said.

Murphy was specifically referring to the two head-to-head showdowns between No. 5 Stanford and No. 7 Cal this week. The Cardinal took care of business in the first meeting between the teams, a 62-53 victory at Berkeley’s Haas Pavlion. Stanford and Cal will renew acquaintances Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion on ESPN2.

The Bears were the second-best Pac-12 team during the nonconference season, going 12-1 and defeating then-No. 19 Kansas and registering a quality win over Georgetown. But it’s been more than just the Cardinal and Bears in the conference this season.

UCLA began the week ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press top 25 with wins over then-No. 11 Oklahoma and then-no. 12 Texas. One of the Bruins’ two losses is at then-No. 5 Notre Dame. Colorado, meanwhile, is ranked No. 23 nationally with losses only to Cal and Stanford and a win over then-No. 8 Louisville.

“I think it’s going to be a year where people are going to get beat,” Murphy said. “The champions might have three or four losses.”


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