Pac-12 teams look to build on successful opening week
Pac-12 women’s basketball got off to a strong, going 16-1 through Monday’s games. The wins included two road upsets as then-unranked CALIFORNIA defeated then-No. 8 Louisville and OREGON upended then-No. 22 North Carolina ... A couple of top-25 squads visit Pac-12 campuses this week. No. 15/10 STANFORD hosts George Washington on Saturday and 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four participant and second-ranked South Carolina travels to UCLA on Sunday on Pac-12 LA. COLORADO also has a big test on Sunday, traveling to No. 13 Kentucky ... The Golden Bears entered the polls after the big upset, earning a No. 21 ranking in the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls. OREGON STATE is the highest-ranked Conference team, moving up to No. 9 and 7 after making its first-ever top-10 preseason appearance. No. 18/18 ARIZONA STATE and the Cardinal round out the Pac-12 teams in the polling. UCLA and the Ducks are receiving votes in both polls ... Cal swept the weekly honors as Courtney Range was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week and Kristine Anigwe was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week ... UO’s Jillian Alleyne is just over 200 rebounds away from breaking the all-time Pac-12 record. She has led the Pac-12 in rebounding the last two seasons, also ranking in the top two in the country those years, as well ... Head coach Linda Lappe is just one win from No. 100 at Colorado. ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne and UO head coach Kelly Graves are both approaching career No. 400, with Turner Thorne needing six wins and Graves four to reach the milestone.
OREGON’s Jillian Alleyne has been one of the Conference’s top rebounders since arriving on campus in 2012-13, leading the Pac-12 in rebounding the last two seasons. It is not surprising then that she ranks among the great Pac-12 rebounders of all time and is second only to former three-time All-American and 2014 John R. Wooden Award winner Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).
|1. Chiney Ogwumike, STAN (2011-14) 1567|
|2. Jillian Alleyne, ORE (2012-pres.) 1357|
|3. Kayla Pedersen, STAN (2008-11) 1266|
|4. Jayne Appel, STAN (2007-10) 1263|
|5. Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN (2009-12) 1226|
Alleyne’s total numbers are impressive, but her career average is as well. Having averaged at least 11.9 rpg every season, her career average of 14.5 rpg through three seasons would break the all-time record currently held by former UCLA standout Natalie Williams who maintained a 12.8 rpg in her career from 1991-94.
Coming off a season where five Pac-12 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids for the second-straight season, the Conference looks to be as competitive as ever thanks, in part, to the return of eight of the 15 All-Pac-12 honorees from 2014-15. Defending regular-season Pac-12 Champion OREGON STATE has the most all-Conference honorees returning, welcoming back three, including the 2014-15 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in SR C Ruth Hamblin.
Eight of the Conference teams return its leading scorer from a year ago eight also welcome back its top rebounder, including the Pac-12’s leading scorer and rebounder in SR F Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford.
Last year, the Pac-12 had five of the nation’s top 25 rebounders and they are all back this season (stats are final from the 2012-13 season): Ogwumike (12.9), Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne (11.9), California’s Gennifer Brandon (11.1), Washington’s Aminah Williams (10.8) and Utah’s Michelle Plouffe (9.4).
NEW FACES & FAMILIAR FACES
The 2015-16 campaign welcomes a new face. New to the Conference is Utah’s head coach Lynne Roberts. Roberts landed in Salt Lake City by way of the University of the Pacific. Last year she was named Co-West Coast Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 21-10 record.
Roberts joins an impressive cast of coaches across the 12 schools with a collective 146 years of experience. Leading the way is Hall of Fame head coach Tara Van Derveer, who will be on the Stanford sideline for her 30th season and 37 years for her career. ARIZONA STATE’s Charlie Turner Thorne also boasts over 20 years of experience, entering her 22nd season as a head coach and 19th with the Sun Devils. WASHINGTON STATE head coach June Daugherty is logging her 27th season as a head coach, nine of which have been spent in Pullman. Just shy of 20 years of coaching is OREGON’s Kelly Graves, who has been on the sidelines for 19 seasons, including two in Eugene.
ROAD TO INDIANAPOLIS
Teams across the country will be focused on getting to Indianapolis this season, the site of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Four. To get to Indy, teams will have to go through regional site at Bridgeport, Conn., Dallas, Lexington and Sioux Falls, S.D. The first and second round of the tournament will take place on 16 campus sites with the top-16 seeds hosting.
THIS WEEK IN PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
|Tuesday, Nov. 17||TV||Time|
|Lamar at Utah||7 p.m. MT|
|Wednesday, Nov. 18||TV||Time|
|Howard at Arizona||Live Stream||7 p.m. MT|
|Seattle U at Washington||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|Thursday, Nov. 19||TV||Time|
|Hampton at Oregon||Live Stream||6 p.m. PT|
|Northern Colorado at Colorado||Live Stream||7 p.m. MT|
|Friday, Nov. 20||TV||Time|
|UC Riverside at #21/21 California||11:30 a.m. PT|
|Washington State vs. Nevada||4:30 p.m. HT|
|George Mason at Utah||7 p.m. MT|
|James Madison at UCLA||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|Washington at Fresno State||7 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Nov 21||TV||Time|
|#18/18 Arizona State at SMU||12 p.m. CT|
|#20/20 GWU at #15/10 Stanford||Live Stream||12 p.m. PT|
|Arizona at San Diego||5 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Nov. 22||TV||Time|
|Colorado at #13/13 Kentucky||1 p.m. CT|
|UCSB at Oregon||Live Stream||12 p.m. PT|
|#2/2 South Carolina at UCLA||PAC12||1 p.m. PT|
|Cal Poly at #21/21 California||2 p.m. PT|
|UC Riverside at #9/7 Oregon State||2 p.m. PT|
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