Pac-12 WBB looks to build on opening-week success
• After a solid start to the 2018-19 campaign, the Pac-12 once again finds itself with five teams ranked in the Associated Press top 15, including three in the top 10. OREGON, STANFORD and OREGON STATE stayed put at Nos. 3, 7 and 8, respectively. The Ducks received one first-place vote. Making a move up one spot each were No. 22 ARIZONA STATE and No. 23 CALIFORNIA ... The USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll which was released prior to the start of the campaign also has the same three Pac-12 teams in the top 10 in nearly identical spots with OSU tabbed No. 9. UCLA is ranked at No. 23 ... Cal’s Kristine Anigwe was tabbed ESPNW’s National Player of the Week after opening the new season with a 37-point outing and a 20-point, 20-rebound game. She was also tabbed the Pac-12 Player of the Week. UTAH’s Dre-Una Edwards was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, leading the Utes to a 2-0 start to the season ... Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu also had standout opening game posting her 11th-career triple-double. Already the women’s NCAA record holder in the category, she needs just one more to match the NCAA men’s record ... Pac-12 Networks women’s basketball game coverage tips off with the Bruins hosting No. 14/13 Georgia on Wednesday ... Nine from the Pac-12 were named to the Naismith Trophy watch list, a national player of the year honor. A trio of Oregon Ducks (Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally) are among the 50 candidates, while Stanford features a pair (Alanna Smith and Kiana Williams). Six different league teams are represented on the list (California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, USC).
|Wednesday, Nov. 14|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff at #8 OREGON STATE||11 a.m. PT|
|#14 Georgia at UCLA||P12N||11a.m. PT|
|Colorado State at COLORADO||6 p.m. PT|
|#3 OREGON at Utah State||6 p.m. PT|
|Thursday, Nov. 15|
|San Francisco at #7 STANFORD||7 p.m. PT|
|UC Santa Barbara at USC||7 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Nov. 16|
|Seattle at ARIZONA||2 p.m. PT|
|Nebraska at WASHINGTON STATE||5:30 p.m. PT|
|Long Beach State at UTAH||6 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Nov. 17|
|Santa Clara at USC||2 p.m. PT|
|Saint Mary's (Calif.) at #8 OREGON STATE||6 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Nov. 18|
|North Carolina at COLORADO||12 p.m. PT|
|Ohio State at #7 STANFORD||P12BA||1 p.m. PT|
|UC Davis at WASHINGTON STATE||1 p.m. PT|
|Portland at ARIZONA||2 a.m. PT|
|Buffalo at #3 OREGON||2 p.m. PT|
|Pacific at #23 CALIFORNIA||2 p.m. PT|
|Hall at UCLA||2 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON at Tulane||1 p.m. PT|
|#22 ARIZONA STATE at Arkansas||SECN||5 p.m. PT|
|Monday, Nov. 19|
|Idaho State at UTAH||6 p.m. PT|
California’s Krstine Anigwe and Colorado’s Kennedy Leonard opened the 2018-19 campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with impressive outings, Anigwe tallying 37 points in the team’s opener vs. Houston. She also grabbed 13 rebounds inthe game. Leonard knocked down 30 points against instrastate rival Northern Colorado, one shy of her career high. Seven different student-athletes scored at least 21 points in their respective season openers last week.
With :38 seconds remaining in the first quarter Washington State’s three Molina sisters - Chanelle, Celena, and Cherilyn - appeared on the court together for the first time. The three sisters played 1:21 together on the floor. They are the only trio of active sisters in the Power-5.
Other sister acts in the Pac-12 include the Moore duo, Minyon and Mariya. The Trojans’ Desiree Caldwell older sister Recee is a member of the California Golden Bears and is pursuing a master’s degree in public health. The Sabally sisters also wear the same colored jersey in Eugene. Older sister Satou was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year last season but younger sister freshman Nyara will sit out this season because of an injury. Freshman twins Lacie and Lexie Hull are suiting up for the Stanford Cardinal this season.
Already the NCAA’s women’s record holder for career triple-doubles, Oregon junior Sabrina Ionescu wasted no time adding to her total. In the opening game of the season at Alaska Fairbanks, the preseason AP All-American posted the 11th of her career with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Ionescu needs one more triple-double to match the NCAA men’s record of 12 set by Kyle Collinsworth of BYU.
NCAA CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLES
1. SABRINA IONESCU*, OREGON 11
2. Suzie McConnell, Penn State (1985-88) 7
Louella Tomlinson, Saint Mary’s (2008-11) 7
* Pac-12 career record holder
NCAA ACTIVE LEADERS
Calfornia’s Kristine Anigwe is currently one of two players in the NCAA that has scored over 1,900 career points. She is looking to become just the 20th player in Pac-12 women’s basketball history to reach the 2k threshold. She leads active leaders in the country in free throws made and attempted.
For the third-straight year and just the fourth time ever, the Pac-12 had five teams ranked in the preseason Associated Press poll, including three in the top 10 for the first time ever. It was the most of any league in the country in the top 10.
Also for the first time ever, the Pac-12 had three teams in the top 10 of the WBCA Coaches poll and four total teams ranked. For a week-by-week listing of team rankings, go to page 2.
Pac-12 women’s basketball is in the midst of its most successful run, coming off a fifth-straight season with at least five NCAA Tournament bids. Since 2015-16, the Conference boasts the most NCAA Tournament wins (41) of any league and the best winning percentage among peer conferences (.695), posting double-digit NCAA Tournament victories in each of the last three seasons. The Pac-12 is the only conference to have at least two teams in the Elite Eight the last three years, placing at least four in the Sweet 16 during that time. Four Pac-12 teams appeared in the final Associated Press poll, the fourth- straight year the Conference had at least that many teams in the final ranking.
Ten of the 15 All-Pac-12 honorees return this season, including national award winners at their respective positions Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu (Nancy Lieberman Award winner) and Ruthy Hebard (Katrina McClain Award winner). Cal’s Kristine Anigwe was a three-time All-Pac-12 honoree, with Colorado’s Kennedy Leonard also earning a spot on the team the last two seasons. Also returning are UO’s Maite Cazorla, Wasington State’s Borislava Hristova, Utah’s Megan Huff, Arizona State’s Kianna Ibis, Washington’s Amber Melgoza and Stanford’s Alanna Smith.
In addition, three former national freshmen of the year dot the Pac-12 rosters. Anigwe and Ionescu both were honored with the award by the USBWA in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Redshirt sophomore Destiny Slocum was bestowed the honor by the WBCA in 2017 before transferring to Oregon State.
NEW FACES & FAMILIAR FACES
The Pac-12 welcomes a new face to the sidelines as Kamie Ethridge takes over the Washington State bench. Ethridge is one of the legendary figures in women’s basketball, earning a spot in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She recently spent four seasons at Northern Colorado, leading the team to the NCAA Tournament. The other 11 coaches return for the 2018-19 campaign.
ROAD TO TAMPA
Teams across the country will be focused on getting to Tampa this season, the site of the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 5 and 7. To get to Tampe, Fla., teams will have to go through regional sites in Albany, N.Y., Chicago, Greensboro, N.C., and Portland, Ore., where the Oregon State Beavers are hosts Regional play takes place from March 29-April 1, with specific dates to be announced. The first and second round of the tournament will take place on 16 campus sites with the top-16 seeds hosting, March 22-25, 2019. The top 64 teams will learn their fates in the broadcast of the annual selection show on Monday, March 18, 2019.