This week in Pac-12 women's basketball
• USC paces Pac-12 women’s basketball this week, boasting one of four undefeated records among league teams. Its eight victories ties for the most of any team in the country as of Dec. 4. Joining the ranks of the undefeateds are CALIFORNIA, OREGON and UTAH, each with 7-0 records ... Five teams are ranked in the national polls again. The Ducks have been holding steady at No. 3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls. OREGON STATE also remains in the top 10 at No. 8/8. STANFORD is No. 11/11, CALIFORNIA is No. 13/13 and ARIZONA STATE is No. 17/19. Cal’s ranking this week is its highest since December 2014 ... The Bears’ Kristine Anigwe became the 20th player in league history to tally 2,000-career points ... UO’s Sabrina Ionescu dished out a school-record 17 assists, the most in a game this season in the NCAA ... ARIZONA’s Aari McDonald was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week. She is second in the country in scoring, just .1 ppg behind the national leader (as of Dec. 4) ... COLORADO’s Peanut Tuitele is the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week ... In the midst of a six-game homestand, WASHINGTON hosts Ohio State on Wednesday, Dec. 5 on Pac-12 Networks. The Huskies are led by All-Pac-12 performer junior Amber Melgoza who has scored at least 20 points in five of eight games this season ... Oregon travels to face Michigan State on ESPN2 on Sunday, Dec. 9. The Ducks lead the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.03) and free throw percentage (85.0), boasting the second-best scoring average (94.7) and scoring margin (+38.1) in the country.
ANIGWE APPROACHES MILESTONES
California’s Kristine Anigwe eclipsed the 2,000 caree-point mark to become only the 20th player in Pac-12/10 history to reach the milestone. She now has her sights set on 1,000-rebound mark, needing just 34 more to reach the threshold. Only 22 players have grabbed 1,000 boards in league history. The All-America candidate is also looking to become just the 11th player in league history to both score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.
In ESPNW’s first bracket projection of the season, Charlie Creme has five teams seeded in the top 16 with California (No. 3 seed), Arizona State (No. 4), Oregon (No. 1 seed), Oregon State (No. 2) and Stanford (No. 3). The Pac-12 is the second-rated league by the RPI (behind the ACC, which has four teams among the top 16). Creme has seven total teams in the NCAA Tournament based on performances through Dec. 2, with Colorado and USC joining the field.
NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS
Cal’s Kristine Anigwe is getting off to a strong start in her senior campaign. She has posted a double-double in each of her team’s games so far, leading the nation in the category (7, as of Dec. 4). Her 24.3 points per game and 13.6 rebounds per game rank fifth in each category.
Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu leads the nation with a pair of triple-doubles, already owning the NCAA’s career mark. Her 8.6 assists average (3rd) and 3.53 assist-to-turnover ratio (13th) helps the Ducks post the best A/TO ratio in the country at 2.03. Five Pac-12 teams rank in the top 25 in the category.
Ionescu is among the five guards with assists average in the nation’s top 25. Behind the triple-double queen, Colorado’s Kennedy Leonard is fourth, dishing out 8.0 apg. Utah freshman Dru Gylten is 12th (6.7 apg), Washington State’s Chanelle Molina is 23rd (6.1 apg) and USC’s Minyon Moore is 24th (6.0 apg).
USC freshman Shalexxus Aaron continues to lead the nation with a blistering 70.4 three-point shooting percentage. Last week’s leader, Arizona’s Aari McDonald is just 0.1 points per game behind the national leader, averaging 26.6 ppg.
Four Pac-12 teams are among the 23 in the country that are still indefeated. USC’s eight wins so far ties for the most of any team (as of Dec. 4).
IONESCU OWNS TRIPLE-DOUBLE RECORDS
With her 12th triple-double on Nov. 18 against Buffalo, Oregon junior Sabrina Ionescu tied the NCAA men’s career record held by Kyle Collinsworth of BYU. She was already the NCAA’s women’s record holder heading into the season, wasting no time adding to her total by logging her first triple-double in the season opener at Alaska Fairbanks. See where she stacks up all-time in NCAA women’s basketball.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|Wednesday, Dec. 5|
|Montana at ARIZONA||10 a.m. PT|
|Ohio State at WASHINGTON||P12W||8 p.m. PT|
|Thursday, Dec. 6|
|San Jose State at COLORADO||6 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Dec. 7|
|Southern University at #17 ARIZONA STATE||5 p.m. PT|
|Fresno State at UCLA||7 p.m. PT|
|Saturday Dec. 8|
|#13 CALIFORNIA at Saint Mary's (Calif)||2 p.m. PT|
|BYU at UTAH||P12M||6 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Dec. 9|
|Navy at COLORADO||12 p.m. PT|
|#3 OREGON at Michigan State||ESPN2||12 p.m. PT|
|#17 ARIZONA STATE at Colorado State||1 p.m. PT|
|ARIZONA at Long Beach State||1 p.m. PT|
|Santa Clara at #8 OREGON STATE||2 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON STATE at #24/21 Gonzaga||2 p.m. PT|
|#8 STANFORD at Gonzaga||2 p.m. PT|
2018-19 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Player of the Week||Freshman of the Week|
|Nov. 12||Kristine Anigwe, CAL||Dre’Una Edwards,UTAH|
|Nov. 19||Aari McDonald, ARIZ||Dre’Una Edwards,UTAH|
|Nov. 26||Kristine Anigwe, CAL||Cate Reese, ARIZ|
|Dec. 3||Aari McDonald, ARIZ||Peanut Tuitele, COLO|
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
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