Pac-12 women's basketball faces top teams at Thanksgiving tournaments
Five Pac-12 women’s basketball teams are ranked in this week’s polls, including OREGON, who is the No. 1 team in the nation in the Associated Press and USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls for the third week in a row. ARIZONA is ranked in the AP polling for the first time in 15 years coming in at No. 24 and No. 22 in the coaches poll. The Conference boasts three in the coaches’ top five with STANFORD holding at No. 3 and OREGON STATE at No. 5. The Cardinal are in the same spot in the AP and OSU is No. 7. UCLA is No. 11 in both polls, as well, while ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA are receiving votes ... Thanksgiving week is highlighted by several tournaments, including the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. The Ducks are slated for a top-10 clash with No. 8/9 Louisville, while WASHINGTON STATE takes on two of the last three NCAA Champions - 2019 champion No. 2/2 Baylor and 2017 champion No. 5/6 South Carolina, before closing out the week with No. 17/23 Indiana ... The Beavers travel across the country for a top-25 clash, while Stanford could potentially meet ranked teams in Victoria, B.C. ... The Bruins look to continue their perfect start to the season with a game against Yale on Pac-12 Networks ... The Golden Bears’ Jaelyn Brown received national attention after leading her squad to an upset of then-No. 20 Arkansas last week, en route to earning ESPN.com National Player of the Week honors. It marks the third-straight week the national weekly honoree hails from the Pac-12. She, along with her teammate Evelien Lutje Schipholt were voted the Pac-12’s weekly winners, as well ... Seven Pac-12 teams are still undefeated heading into the week. League teams have combined for a 49-9 record so far, and a .845 winning percentage, second among all conferences ... Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is two assists away from breaking the Pac-12’s all-time assists mark held by former Bruin Jordin Canada (831).
Ionescu EYES ASSISTS RECORD: Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu has already set several triple-double records and is looking to become the first player with 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds. She also has her sights set on the Pac-12’s all-time assists record which is currently owned by WNBA standout Jordin Canada, who dished out 831 during her career at UCLA from 2015-18. Ionescu reached the 800-assist milestone in Oregon’s win over Utah State and joins Canada as the only players in league history to collect 800 assists. Ionescu is now just two assists away from setting the all-time mark, currently sitting at 830. When Canada broke the all-time mark in 2018, she broke a record which had stood for 27 years.
ESPN.COM Top 25 Players of 2019-20: Over one third of the student-athletes named to ESPN.com’s Top 25 Players of 2019-20 are from the Pac-12. Altogether, nine from the Pac-12 were listed in the top 20, led by Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu. Oregon had three recognized in the top 10 and Oregon State’s Destiny Slocum came in at No. 9. Spots Nos. 8-15 were all occupied by a Pac-12 student-athlete except one. Five different schools were also represented on the list.
|Tuesday, Nov. 26|
|Yale at #11/11 UCLA||P12N||7 p.m. PT|
|Thursday, Nov. 28|
|#1/1 OREGON vs. Oklahoma State (3)||4:15 p.m AT|
|#3/3 STANFORD vs. California Baptist (5)||7:30 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON vs. Iona (8)||2 p.m. AT|
|WASHINGTON STATE vs. #2/2 Baylor (3)||6:45 p.m. AT|
|Friday, Nov. 29|
|UC Riverside at #24/22 ARIZONA||Live Stream||4 p.m. MT|
|ARIZONA STATE vs. Maine (1)||6 p.m. ET|
|N.C. Central at CALIFORNIA (2)||Live Stream||1 p.m. PT|
|#1/1 OREGON vs. UT Arlington||4:15 p.m. AT|
|#7/5 OREGON STATE at #19/18 Miami (Fla.)||2 p.m. ET|
|#3/3 STANFORD vs. #18/16 Syracuse/Houston (5)||TBD|
|USC vs. Nebraska (7)||5:45 p.m. PT|
|UTAH at BYU||7 p.m. MT|
|WASHINGTON vs. Howard (8)||2 p.m. AT|
|WASHINGTON STATE vs. #5/6 South Carolina (3)||9 p.m. AT|
|Saturday, Nov. 30|
|ARIZONA STATE vs. Drake/Purdue (1)||TBD|
|Penn State/Long Beach at CALIFORNIA||Live Stream||1/3:15pm PT|
|#1/1 OREGON vs. #8/9 Louisville (3)||4:15pm AT|
|#7/5 OREGON STATE vs. Liberty (4)||2 p.m. ET|
|#3/3 STANFORD vs. TBD (5)||TBD|
|#11/11 UCLA vs. UCF (6)||4:30 p.m. ET|
|USC vs. Alabama (7)||8 p.m. PT|
|WASHINGTON vs. Iowa||2 p.m. AT|
|WASHINGTON STATE vs. #17/23 Indiana (3)||6:45 pm AT|
|Sunday, Dec. 1|
|ARIZONA STATE at TBD (1)||TBD|
|#11/11 UCLA at Virginia||6:30 p.m. MT|
|Monday, Dec. 2|
|Monmouth at #24/22 ARIZONA|
* Game times local to site; Live streams of matchups available at pac-12.com. (1) Florida Gulf Coast Showcase, Estero, Fla.; (2) Cal Classic, Berkeley, Calif.; (3) Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, V.I.; (4) Miami Thanksgiving Classic, Coral Gables, Fla.; (5) Victoria Invitational, Victoria, Canada; (6) Cavalier Classic, Charlottesville, Va.; (7) South Point Shootout, Las Vegas, Nev.; (8) Puerto Rico Classic, San Juan, P.R.
Road to New Orleans: Teams across the country will be focused on getting to New Orleans this season, the site of the 2020 NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 3 and 5. To get to New Orleans, teams will have to go through regional sites in Greenville, S.C., Fort Wayne, Ind., Portland, Ore., and Dallas, Texas. Oregon State hosts the Portland Regional for the second year in a row from March 27-March 30, 2020, 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 19-22, 2020.. The top 64 teams will learn their fates in the broadcast of the annual selection show on Monday, March 16, 2020.