Only Top-25 women’s basketball matchup headed to The Farm
• All eyes will be on The Farm this week as No. 11/11 STANFORD hosts No. 3/4 Baylor on Saturday for the only top-25 matchup in the country this week. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network ... Five Pac-12 teams are ranked again, including two in the top 10. OREGON continues to lead the way, despite slipping to No. 7 in the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls, while OREGON STATE remains put at No. 8/8. The Cardinal had the week off and stayed at No. 11/11 and CALIFORNIA did not make a move either and is at No. 13/13. The writers have ARIZONA STATE at No. 17 and the coaches put it at No. 19 ... Cal, UTAH and USC are undefeated with identical 8-0 records. Only 18 teams in the country are still perfect on the season as of Dec. 11 ... The Utes swept the Pac-12 weekly honors with Megan Huff taking home Pac-12 Player of the Week nods for the first time in her career and Dru Gylten was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. Gylten is the nation’s freshman leader in assists per game (6.9) and ranks in the top 10 among all players ... Though still early in the season, the Pac-12 is averaging 76.00 points per game, the best collective average of any conference and 7.0 points per game better than last season due, in part, to four teams owning scoring averages that rank in the top 25 in the country, including the Ducks who are averging a nation’s-best 93.1 ppg ... Cal’s Kristine Anigwe needs just 22 rebounds to become the 11th player in league history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. She owns the Pac-12’s single-game high with 22 rebounds on Nov. 11. She has posted a double-double in all eight of her team’s games this season to lead the country in the category.
ANIGWE APPROACHES MILESTONES
California’s Kristine Anigwe eclipsed the 2,000 career-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-rebounds, needing just 22 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 collect 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.
PAC-12 SCORING IS UP
As a collective group as of Dec. 11, the Pac-12 boasts the best scoring average among all conferences at 76.00 points per game. It is also posting the best collective field goal percentage (45.68), 3-point field goal percentage (34.95) and free throw percentage (71.67) of all leagues. Compared to 2017-18, the Conference’s numbers are up in each of those categories though, admittedly, it is early in the season. Its scoring average is up the most dramatically, recording 7.0 ppg better than a year ago when it average 69.00 ppg for seventh-best among the leagues. In 2017-18, Pac-12 teams were shooting 42.95 pct. (3rd), 33.77 pct. from long range (4th) and 71.16 from the charity stripe (9th).
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 in RPI (behind the ACC, which has four teams among the top 16). Creme has seven total Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament based on performances through Dec. 2, with Colorado and USC in the projected 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 (8, as of Dec. 11). Her 24.3 points per game and 13.4 rebounds per game rank fifth and fourth, respectively, in each category.
Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu leads the nation with a pair of triple-doubles, already owning the NCAA’s career mark. Her 8.1 assists average (3rd) leads six league distributor among the top 25. Colorado’s Kennedy Leonard ranks 4th (8.0) and Utah’s Dru Gylten is eighth (6.9). Gylten has the best average among all freshmen in the country.
USC freshman Shalexxus Aaron continues to lead the nation with a blistering 70.4 three-point shooting percentage. Arizona’s Aari McDonald is just 0.1 points per game behind the national leader, averaging 25.7 ppg.
Four Pac-12 teams are among the 23 in the country that are still indefeated. With Ionescu leading the way, Oregon has the best scoring average (93.1 ppg), free throw percentage (84.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.93) in the country. Cal, Utah and USC are also three of 18 remaining undefeated teams in the NCAA. All stats are as of Dec. 11.
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.
NCAA CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLES
1. SABRINA IONESCU, OREGON 12
2. Suzie McConnell, Penn State (1985-88) 7
Louella Tomlinson, Saint Mary’s (2008-11) 7
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|Wednesday, Dec. 12|
|#7/7 OREGON at South Dakota State||ESPN3||5 p.m. PT|
|Prairie View A&M at COLORADO||6 p.m. PT|
|Friday, Dec. 14|
|Eastern Washington at #8/8 OREGON STATE (1)||9:30 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Dec. 15|
|#3/4 Baylor at #11/11 STANFORD||P12N||12 p.m. PT|
|Montana at WASHINGTON||1 p.m. PT|
|Weber State at UTAH||1 p.m. PT|
|Texas A&M at #8/8 OREGON STATE (1)||9:30 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, Dec. 16|
|CSUN at USC||2 p.m. PT|
|Kansas State at #17/19 ARIZONA STATE (2)||2 p.m. PT|
|Oklahoma State at UCLA||2 p.m. PT|
|UC Santa Barbara at #13/13 CALIFORNIA||4 p.m. PT|
|St. Francis (Pa.)/Boise St. at WASHINGTON (3)||4 p.m. PT|
|Monday, Dec. 17|
|UTEP at ARIZONA||5:30 p.m. PT|
P12N indiciates broadcast on Pac-12 Networks; ESPN3 indicates ESPN live stream
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