This week in Pac-12 women's basketball

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This week got off to an exciting start with No. 22/21 ARIZONA STATE recording an upset of top-10-ranked Florida State on Monday, followed by a league preview of sorts when No. 19/RV UCLA and No. 21/18 CALIFORNIA battled in a thrilling non-conference tilt that needed double-overtime and a combined 212 points before being decided, setting up the Pac-12 season to be an intriguing one ... League teams are taking a break from the action after Tuesday’s contests before getting back into the full swing of the season next week, including tipping off the Pac-12 slate with a pair of games ... Five Pac-12 teams are ranked again this week in the Associated Press poll, OREGON STATE again leading the charge at No. 11. The Beavers lead four ranked league teams in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll at No. 9. Eight different Conference teams are receiving votes in one or both polls in all ... OSU’s Scott Rueck and WASHINGTON STATE’s June Daugherty knocking on the door of 100 wins - 100 Division I victories, all at OSU, for Rueck, and 100 at WSU for Daugherty - eaching needing just one victory. Rueck gets his first opportunity for the milestone victory on Monday and, should he get it, it would be a big win. The Beavers take on third-ranked Notre Dame on Monday in South Bend ... STANFORD’s Lili Thompson was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after leading the Cardinal to a win over perennial powerhouse Tennessee last week. OREGON’s Maite Cazorla, who ranks sixth in the country in assists per game, was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.


Monday, December 21 TV Time/Result
Arizona vs. Gardner Webb   ARIZ, 79-60
#10/13 Florida State at #22/21 Arizona State ESPNU ASU, 68-56
#19/RV UCLA at #21/18 California P12BA CAL, 108-104 (2OT)
Colorado at Wyoming   WYO, 77-68
Cal Poly at #11/9 Oregon State   OSU, 80-43
Weber State at Washington   WASH, 69-56
Tuesday, December 22    
CSU Bakersfield at #12/12 Stanford Live Stream  
Utah at Utah State   UTAH, 64-61
Monday, December 28    
CS Northridge at #22/21 Arizona State Live Stream 3 p.m. MT
Seattle U. at Oregon Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
#11/9 Oregon State at #3/3 Notre Dame Live Stream 7 p.m. ET
Chattoonaga at #12/11 Stanford Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
#19/RV UCLA at UC Riverside Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
UC Irvine at USC Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Tuesday, December 29    
Geroge Mason at Arizona Live Stream 2 p.m. MT
UC Davis at Utah Live Stream 7 p.m. MT
Washington at Washington State * P12WA 8 p.m. PT

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.) 1486
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.

With Pac-12 coaches hauling in some of the nation’s top talents, the promise of potential that can make immediate impacts are beginning to show. Two of the nation’s top-scoring freshmen are in the Pac-12. CALIFORNIA’s Kristine Anigwe, who has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times already this season, is the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, averaging 21.4 ppg, and ranks 19th among all players in the NCAA. WASHINGTON STATE’s Borislava Hristova ranks 62nd in the country with a 18.2 ppg average also making her the fourth-highest scoring freshman in the country.

Also making an impact this season is OREGON’s Maite Cazorla. Leading the Pac-12 in assists per game at 7.1 apg, she owns the highest assists average among freshman in the country and ranks sixth among all players. She is the only freshman in the nation to rank in the top 14 overall.

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