Pac-12 Women's Basketball conference action begins this week
Dec 1, 2020
• League play tips off this week starting on Friday with reigning Pac-12 Champion #10 Oregon hosting Colorado at 2 p.m. PT. #7 ARIZONA hosts #9 UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network, giving fans a highly-anticipated top-ten matchup on the first day of conference action.
• The Pac-12 once again has five teams ranked in the AP Top-25 poll, with #2 STANFORD, #7 ARIZONA, #9 UCLA and #10 OREGON maintaining their rankings in the week one poll while #17 OREGON STATE moved up one spot. The four teams in the top-ten are the most of any conference in the country.
• ARIZONA’s Aari McDonald, STANFORD’s Lexie Hull and Kiana Williams and UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere have been named to the prestigious John R. Wooden Preseason Top 30 Watch List this week. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college basketball, which has been bestowed to a Pac-12 student-athlete in three of the past four seasons (OREGON’s Sabrina Ionescu in 2020 and 2019 and WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum in 2017).
• Pac-12 Women’s Basketball started strong in non-conference play, going 12-2 (.857) against countable NCAA Division I opponents to begin the 2020-21 campaign. The Conference of Champions has posted an .800-or-better non-conference win percentage in three of the last four seasons, leading to the Pac-12 being the No. 1 RPI league in three of the past five years.
• #2 STANFORD head coach Tara VanDerveer is just three victories away from tying Pat Summitt for most career victories in NCAA women’s basketball history. VanDerveer is beginning her 42nd season as a head coach and has 1,095 total wins, and four more than UConn’s Geno Auriemma.
• ESPN’s Charlie Creme’s preseason bracketology had seven Pac-12 teams in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, tied for the second most selections of any other league. Creme has STANFORD earning the No. 1 seed, ARIZONA tabbed as a No. 2 seed, and OREGON and UCLA each at No. 3. OREGON STATE is selected as a No. 5 seed (College Park), ARIZONA STATE as a No. 7 seed (Sarkville), and USC at No. 9 (Storrs). If it holds, the No. 1 seed would be the first for the Conference since 2013, and the seven selections would be the tied for the most ever in league history (The Pac-12 had seven teams in the 1995, 1997, 1998, 2006 and 2017 tournaments).
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
|Teams||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|
|#17 Oregon State||0-0||1-0|
PAC-12 WEEKLY SCHEDULE (All games, tip times & TV broadcasts are subject to change)
For the most up-to-date schedules, visit Expanded Schedule
|Friday, December 4||TV||Time (PT)|
|Colorado at #10 Oregon||P12N||2 p.m. PT|
|Washington State at #2 Stanford||P12BA & P12WA||4 p.m. PT|
|USC at RV Arizona State||P12N||5 p.m. MT|
|Washington at California||P12BA & P12WA||6 p.m. PT|
|#9 UCLA at #7 Arizona||P12N||7 p.m. MT|
|Sunday, December 6|
|Utah at #10 Oregon||P12N||11 a.m. PT|
|USC at #7 Arizona||Live Stream||1 p.m. MT|
|Washington at #2 Stanford||P12BA & P12WA||1 p.m. PT|
|#9 UCLA at RV Arizona State||P12AZ & P12LA||2 p.m. MT|
|Washington State at California||TBD||TBD|
|Colorado at #17 Oregon State||P12MT & P12OR||5 p.m. PT|
|Tuesday, December 8|
|Denver at Colorado||TBD||6 p.m. PT|
|Portland State at #10 Oregon||TBD||TBD|
|Utah at #17 Oregon State||TBD||TBD|
PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Nov. 30||Charisma Osborne, UCLA||Tameiya Sadler, WASH|