This week in Pac-12 women's basketball
For the seventh-consecutive week, the Pac-12 has had five teams in the Associated Press poll, making it the longest stretch of weeks that five member schools appeared in the AP top 25 in Conference history. Four continue to also be ranked in the USA Today/WBCA poll ... ARIZONA STATE is the last undefeated team in Pac-12 play, moving up to No. 10 in the AP poll, while USC earns its first ranking since the 2014 campaign, coming in at No. 25. In the coaches poll, OREGON STATE leads four ranked teams at No. 10 ... A top-15 clash closes out this week’s action when No. 11/12 STANFORD visits the No. 12/10 Beavers on Sunday. It will be a test of will as both teams are fairly evenly matched, each averaging just over 70.0 points per game, while both also boast a defense that ranks in the top-three in the country. That game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks ... CALIFORNIA’s Kristine Anigwe tied the Conference record for most Pac-12 freshman weekly honors after she was named the freshman of the week for the seventh time this season. USC’s Temi Fagbenle was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week ... OREGON’s Jillian Alleyne continues to move towards the all-time Pac-12 rebounding record, needing just 22 to tie the mark set by former Stanford All-American Chiney Ogwumike (1,567) ... Also moving up the record books is WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum, who is nearing the 2,000-point career mark. Only 16 players in Pac-12 history have reached the 2,000-point plateau ... The Pac-12 continues to own the best RPI in the country with five teams owning top-16 ratings, the most in the country.
|Friday, January 15|
|Colorado at #10/13 Arizona State *||Live Stream||11 a.m. MT|
|#17/23 UCLA at Washington *||PAC12||6 p.m. PT|
|Utah at Arizona *||7 p.m. MT|
|#11/12 Stanford at Oregon *||PACBA/PACOR||6 p.m. PT|
|California at #12/10 Oregon State *||PACBA/PACOR||8 p.m. PT|
|#25/RV USC at Washington State *||PACWA/PACLA||8 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, January 17|
|Utah at #10/13 Arizona State *||PAC12||12 p.m. MT|
|#17/23 UCLA at Washington State *||PACLA/PACWA||12 p.m. PT|
|Colorado at Arizona *||PAC12||2 p.m. MT|
|#25/RV USC at Washington *||PACLA/PACWA||2 p.m. PT|
|California at Oregon *||Live Stream||2 p.m. PT|
|#11/12 Stanford at #12/10 Oregon State *||PAC12||6 p.m. PT|
|Friday, January 22|
|#10/13 Oregon at Colorado *||PACMT/PACOR||6 p.m. MT|
|Arizona at #10/13 Arizona State *||PACAZ||7 p.m. MT|
|#12/10 California at #17/23 UCLA *||PAC12||6 p.m. PT|
|#12/10 Oregon State at Utah *||PACOR/PACMT||8 p.m. MT|
|#11/12 Stanford at #25/RV USC *||PAC12||8 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, January 23|
|Washington State at Washington *||PACWA||2 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.||1545|
|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.
QUICKLY AROUND THE LEAGUE
Five Pac-12 teams have been ranked in the AP poll since Nov. 30, 2015. Prior to this season, the last time that had happened on Nov. 13, 2006. It was the only two weeks five teams were ranked prior to this season ... The Pac-12 concluded non-conference play with the top RPI in the nation. The Conference’s 79.7 winning percentage in non-conference regular-season play is the top mark since the league sponsored the sport in 1986-87 ... Now in league play, the Conference owns the top RPI in the country at .6126, according to the NCAA index. Five Pac-12 teams land in the top 20, four ranking in the top 15, the most of any conference in the country ... Alleyne needs 23 boards to break Ogwumike’s Conference rebounding record ... Of the 14 women averaging double-doubles in the nation, the Pac-12 is the only league with three players achieving the feat including Alleyne, WASHINGTON’s Chantel Osahor and UTAH’s Emily Potter.
The Pac-12 boasts three of the nation’s statistical leaders, as of Jan. 12. WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum is averaging a NCAA-best 27.3 points per game. One of the most prolific scorer’s in Pac-12 history, the junior is on the verge of reaching the 2,000-point plateau for her career.
OREGON STATE senior Jamie Weisner is taking advantage of her freebie opportunities, knocking down a nation’s-best 94.1 percent of her free throw attempts.
OREGON senior Jillian Alleyne has recorded double-doubles in the majority of the games she has played in her career. Her 13 double-doubles this season ties for the most in the country.
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 seven times already this season, is the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, averaging 21.9 ppg, and ranks 12th among all players in the NCAA. WASHINGTON STATE’s Borislava Hristova ranks 89th in the country with a 16.9 ppg average. Both players are also in the top 10 in the Pac-12 in scoring.
Also making an impact this season is OREGON’s Maite Cazorla. Leading the Pac-12 in assists per game at 6.5 apg, she owns the highest assists average among freshmen in the country and ranks in a tie for 11th among all players. No other freshman ranks in the top 25 in the category.
Both USC and OREGON got off to strong starts this season, with the Ducks starting the season at 11-0 and the Trojans posting a 12-0 mark before registering their first loss. It was the Ducks’ best start to a season since 1978-79. USC’s best start dates back to when current head coach and Hall of Famer Cythina Cooper-Dyke was a sophomore on campus in 1982-83.