Regular-Season Champ, No. 1 Seed To Be Decided In Final Week
• It comes down to the final weekend where the Pac-12 Champion and Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament No. 1 seed is decided. No. 6/6 OREGON, No. 7/7 STANFORD and No. 9/8 OREGON STATE are all in the hunt for the regular-season league crown with the defending champion Ducks in control of their own fate. OSU is looking for its fourth title in five years while the Cardinal is looking for its first since 2014.
• A full slate of games is on the Pac-12 Networks as the regular season wraps up. The Ducks and Beavers travel to the desert for key games to face #21/20 ARIZONA STATE and ARIZONA, who is no stranger to upsets. Winner of eight of the last 10, No. 25/RV UCLA puts its new top-25 ranking on the line when it hosts UTAH and COLORADO. The Utes snapped a six-game losing skid and have won two in a row. CALIFORNIA also ended a losing skid and won two close games last weekend. The Bears look to carry that momentum to the state of Washington.
• Five Pac-12 teams earned spots in the Associated Press top 25 this week, the Bruins entering the poll for the first time this season. Oregon, Stanford and Oregon State have represented the Conference’s top teams in both the writer’s and the USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls, the three teams spending most of the season in the top 10 of either ranking. ASU has also spent its time in the top 25 since the third poll of the season. At least four Pac-12 teams have been ranked every week.
• Cal swept the Pac-12 weekly honors with Recee Caldwell earning her first-career Pac-12 Player of the Week nod, and the program’s 50th all-time, after leading the Bears to wins over Arizona State and Arizona with back-to-back 20-point performances. Teammate McKenzie Forbes was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the first time.
• OSU’s Aleah Goodman was cited as ESPNW’s National Player of the Week after helping the Beavs to three wins, including an upset of then-No. 2 Oregon and a sweep of the LA schools, making key offensive and defensive plays in the final minutes of each game.
• Oregon junior guard Sabrina Ionescu set a new Division I record for most triple-doubles in a single season on Sunday with seven. It also marks her 17th-career triple-double, already a NCAA men’s or women’s record. She also became the fifth player in Pac-12 history to record 700 assists. Oregon mentor Kelly Graves needs two victories for the 500th of his career.
• Arizona’s Aari McDonald is on the verge of becoming the 17 player in league history to score 700 points in a season. She just broke the UA single-season mark that was held by current head coach Adia Barnes.
• Oregon head coach Kelly Graves needs two wins for 500 Division I victories. That would put him among the top 35 active DI winningest coaches.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|Friday, March 1|
|#9/8 Oregon State at #21/20 Arizona State||P12N||5 p.m. PT|
|California at Washington||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|Colorado at USC||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|#6/6 Oregon at Arizona||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|#7/7 Stanford at Washington State||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|Utah at #25/RV UCLA||Live Stream||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, March 3|
|California at Washington State||P12N||12.m. PT|
|Colorado at #25/RV UCLA||P12N||12 p.m. PT|
|#6/6 Oregon at #21/20 Arizona State||P12N||12 p.m. PT|
|Utah at USC||P12N||12 p.m. PT|
|#9/8 Oregon State at Arizona||P12N||2 p.m. PT|
|#7/7 Stanford at Washington||P12N||2 p.m. PT|
2018-19 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
NANCY LIEBERMAN AWARD WATCH LIST (PG)
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (pre/finalist)
Destiny Slocum, Oregon State (pre/finalist)
Kennedy Leonard, Colorado (preseason)
ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST
Aari McDonald, ARIZ (finalist)
Kennedy Burke, UCLA (preseason)
Aliyah Mazyck, USC (preseason)
Amber Melgoza, Washington (preseason)
Kiana Williams, Stanford (pre/finalist)
CHERYL MILLER AWARD WATCH LIST
Borislava Hristova, Washington State (pre/finalist)
Katie McWilliams, Oregon State (pre)
Satou Sabally, Oregon (pre/finalist)
KATRINA MCCLAIN AWARD WATCH LIST
Ruthy Hebard, Oregon (pre/finalist)
Megan Huff, Utah (pre/finalist)
Kianna Ibis, Arizona State (pre)
Alanna Smith, Stanford (pre/finalist)
LISA LESLIE AWARD WATCH LIST (Center)
Kristine Anigwe, California (pre/finalist)
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 Tampa, 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.
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