Three Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Teams Undefeated, Six Teams Ranked
Three teams are still undefeated heading into this week, including COLORADO which earned its first Associated Press ranking in two seasons, coming in at No. 21. To put in perspective, the Buffs won just seven games all of last season ... Six teams are ranked this week in at least one poll, UCLA continuing in the top 10 with a No. 9 ranking in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll and No. 10 in the AP. STANFORD is No. 11 and WASHINGTON is No. 13 in both. OREGON STATE is sitting at No. 24 in the writer’s poll and No. 18 in the coaches’, while ARIZONA STATE is No. 24 in the latter ... At 5-0 to start the week, UTAH takes on two intra-state rivals at home, while CALIFORNIA, 6-0 so far this season, puts its record on the line late this week at Nebraska ... USC has a tough matchup at No. 25/19 Texas A&M on Wednesday and ASU could host a potential top-25 clash against No. 19/23 Florida at the Sun Devils’ home tournament ... WASHINGTON’s Chantel Osahor was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week after recording the program’s first-ever triple-double, and OREGON’s Sabrina Ionescu was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second-straight week after leading the Ducks to an upset of then-No. 24 Michigan State with a triple-double of her own ... Needing just two points to move into second on the Pac-12’s all-time scoring list, UW’s Kelsey Plum is averaging a nation’s-leading 29.9 points per game and is just 111 points away from breaking the all-time scoring mark. The Huskies play three games in seven days starting Dec. 1.
WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum is already one of the most prolific scorer’s in Pac-12 history. The fastest in league history to 2,000-career points, she is only the third player in Conference history to scored at least 2,500 points. Having scored over 700 points in each of her three years, she needs just over 100 to break the all-time scoring mark. Her name in the top five all-time is among elite company, with two WNBA Rookies of the Year, two No. 1 WNBA picks, four WNBA first-round picks, two WNBA Most Valuable Players and a pair of WNBA Champions occupying the four other spots.
1. Chiney Ogwumike, STAN (2011-14) 2737
2. Candice Wiggins, STAN (2005-08) 2629
3. Kelsey Plum, WASH (2014-present) 2627
4. Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN (2009-12) 2491
5. Lisa Leslie, USC (1991-94) 2414
Plum’s total scoring is impressive, but it does not end there. Entering the season, Plum was averaging 23.3 points per game for her career, which would have been good enough for the Pac-12 record. She already owns the record for career free throws made and will shatter the mark previously held by former Oregon State standout Tanja Kostic (1993-96, 608). Plum is the only player in league history to make over 700 free throws in a career.
Plum is not the only one looking to break records. Oregon State’s Sydney Wiese is among the top-five all-time in Conference history in three-point field goals made. She has netted at least 66 in each of her first thre seasons, knocking down 112 in her freshman campaign.
1. Candice Wiggins, STAN (2005-08) 295
2. Ashley Corral, USC (2009-12) 291
3. Lisa Griffith, ARIZ (1997-00) 285
4. Sydney Wiese, OSU (2013-present) 279
5. Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ (2010-13) 274
VANDERVEER NEARING 1,000
In her 31st season on the bench at Stanford, Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer has accumulated a 986-226 record in her 37+ years as a collegiate head coach and an 834-175 mark on The Farm, nearing the 1,000-win mark. Only the late Pat Summitt of Tennessee has won 1,000 women’s basketball games and three coaches in men’s and women’s basketball in total have reached the milestone. VanDerveer’s teams have won 20 or more games 31 times, including each of the last 15 seasons. In 2013, she became just the fifth college women’s basketball coach to win 900 career games.
Canada Nearly posts back-to-back triple doubles
UCLA’s Jordin Canada recorded the 23rd triple-double in Pac-12 history and sixth triple-double in UCLA history when she had 11 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists in a home win over Southern on Nov. 18. She nearly had the first back-to-back triple-double in UCLA history and the first in the Pac-12 since 2002 but finished one assist shy with 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a home win over Cal Poly on Nov. 20. She is one of four Bruins all-time to record a triple-double. In that game versus Southern, Canada also became the 32nd Bruin to reach 1,000-career points.
NCAA Active Career Leaders
WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum’s and OREGON STATE’s Sydney Wiese’s impact on their respective programs can be seen in the NCAA’s active career leaders list. Plum leads all active players in career points and is out in front by nearly 600 points, and is the leader in made free throw attempts with over 700. The next player has under 500 to their credit. Plum’s effectiveness at the free throw line is not just getting there, but also making them, currently boasting the best career free throw percentage (88.0). She is also tops in field goals made and free throw attempts. Her career scoring average is second among the active leaders, just over a point behind the leader.
Wiese is the active leader in career three-pointers made and ranks in the top five in total assists, three-point field goals per game, three-point percentage and three-point attempts.
UCLA’s Jordin Canada’s career assists average is also in the top five among the active players.
|Wednesday, November 30|
|USC at #25/19 Texas A&M||SEC+||11 a.m. MT|
|Southern Utah at Utah||Live Stream||7 p.m. MT|
|SE Louisiana at #21/RV Colorado||Live Stream||12 p.m. MT|
|Thursday, December 1|
|#13/13 Washington at Grand Canyon||Live Stream||7 p.m. MT|
|#11/11 Stanford at CSU Bakersfield||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|Florida Atlantic at Arizona||Live Stream||7 p.m. MT|
|Friday, December 2|
|San Diego at Washington State||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|#24/18 Oregon State vs. Idaho||Live Stream||6:30 p.m. HT|
|Saturday, December 3|
|Boston University at #RV/24 Arizona State||Live Stream||12 p.m. PT|
|#24/18 Oregon State vs. BYU||Live Stream||6:30 p.m. HT|
|USC at Sacramento State||Live Stream||7:35 p.m. PT|
|Idaho State at #21/RV Colorado||Live Stream||6 p.m. MT|
|Utah State at Utah||Live Stream||2 p.m. MT|
|Sunday, December 4|
|Boise State at Washington State||Live Stream||2 p.m. PT|
|California at Nebraska||Live Stream||1 p.m. PT|
|Long Beach St./#19/23 Florida at Arizona State||Live Stream||2 p.m. PT|
|Fresno State at #13/13 Washington||Live Stream||2 p.m. PT|
|UC Davis at #11/11 Stanford||Live Stream||2 p.m. PT|
|Arizona at New Mexico State||Live Stream||1 p.m. MT|
|Hawai’i at #10/9 UCLA||Live Stream||2 p.m. PT|
|Vanguard at Oregon||Live Stream||2 p.m. PT|
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