This week in Pac-12 women's basketball
The Pac-12 continues to have three teams ranked in the top-25 led by No. 7 STANFORD, followed by No. 15 Oregon State and No. 18 California in the AP polls. The USA Today/Coaches poll has Stanford (No. 7), Oregon State (No. 14) and California (No. 17).
OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON are the Pac-12’s two hottest teams, having each won seven in a row to enter the week. OSU is the Conference’s last undefeated team (7-0), while the Huskies have won their last seven after a season opening 10-point loss to Oklahoma. The Beavers are also one of seven teams in the AP top-25 who remain undefeated.
18/17 CALIFORNIA saw its seven-game unbeaten streak end on Sunday with a loss at Kansas. The Bears will play at Long Beach State next Saturday. 7/7 STANFORD returns to action after a 13-day finals break to host Santa Clara on Pac-12 Networks on Sunday, December 14.
USC will host defending Big West Champion CSU Northridge on Tuesday to start a seven-game homestand. USC had won five straight prior to last week’s loss at Saint Mary’s. Washington State will host West Coast Conference Champion, Gonzaga, on Tuesday in Spokane.
COLORADO will travel to Missouri on Friday. The 17-win Tigers played in the WNIT last year and dropped a 12-point to decision to Cal earlier this year.
The Pac-12 features the nation’s leader in assists in Cal’s Brittany Boyd (9.1 assists per game), Washington’s Kelsey Plum and her 26.3 points per game (No. 2 nationally) and Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne, who ranks fourth in the NCAA in rebounding (13.6).