Pac-12 women's basketball teams begin to jockey for tournament seedings
Pac-12 women’s basketball teams are passed the mid-point of the Conference season and with the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament just a month away, wins and losses begin to take on more weight. Additionally, teams in NCAA Tournament contention are looking to finish strong and nab one of the higher seeds, while teams on the bubble have four more weeks to improve their resume ... Rivalry matchups set for this week are between ARIZONA and No. 11/16 ARIZONA STATE, while UCLA and USC wrap up its series this week ... The Sun Devils’ No. 11 Associated Press ranking this week is their highest since being ranked No. 10 in the final poll of the 2006-07 season. They are also ranked No. 16 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll. Also ranked this week is STANFORD, who rises to No. 3 for the marking the highest ranking since the first couple of weeks of the season. CALIFORNIA is at No. 23/22, making it 34 consecutive-weeks the Golden Bears have been in the polls ... Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for a Conference-record seventh time this season. She continues to have a stellar campaign as she wraps up her collegiate career, averaging 27.1 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game, which rank third and ninth, respectively, in the country. Her 63.3 percent shooting accuracy is second-best in the nation, as well. OREGON’s Chrishae Rowe was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for a league-record sixth time this season. Rowe continues to be the top-scoring freshman in the country, averaging 22.3 ppg for the Ducks, who continue to boast the best scoring average in the country at 95.3 ... Speaking of the Ducks, Rowe’s teammate, Jillian Alleyne, is the nation’s rebounding leader at 15.5 rpg ... Eight games are slated to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks this week, with th Wildcats visiting the Sun Devils on Tuesday night to kick off the week. Stanford will visit Washington on Sunday for a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU.