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This week in Pac-12 Women's Basketball - Feb. 24, 2021

Feb 24, 2021
Erin Chang / Stanford Athletics

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• #4 STANFORD clinched its 24th Pac-12 regular-season title on Monday after topping #9 Arizona. The Cardinal will now be the top seed in the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by New York Life, which tips off on Wednesday, March 3 at Michelob ULTRA Arena (Mandalay Bay Events Center) in Las Vegas. STANFORD has earned a top-four seed in every Pac-12 Tournament since its start in 2002.

• The regular season wraps up this weekend with rivalry battles starting on Friday with No. 10 UCLA hosting USC at 5 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. MT and continuing on Sunday with #9 ARIZONA visiting Arizona State at 11 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.
 
• STANFORD is #2 in the latest NET Rankings, followed by #7 OREGON, #9 UCLA, #12 ARIZONA, #34 OREGON STATE, #42 WASHINGTON STATE, #49 COLORADO and #68 USC for eight teams in the top 70. The four teams in the top 12 are the most of any other conference. STANFORD comes in at #4 in the latest AP poll and is followed by #9  ARIZONA, #10 UCLA and #14 OREGON, and the four teams in the top 14 are the most of any other league.
 
• #9 ARIZONA’s Aari McDonald is one of ten semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Players of the Year. McDonald was a finalist for the award last season.
 
• The Pac-12 boasts five McDonalds All-Americans, with OREGON STATE signee Greta Kampschroeder (G #14), STANFORD recruits Brooke Demetre (#3 W) and Okikiola Iriafen (F #4), and USC’s Clarice Akunwafo (P #2) and Rayah Marshall (G #10) earning the distinction.
 
• Charlie Creme’s latest 2021 NCAA Tournament 64-team bracket prediction has six Pac-12 teams going dancing, including STANFORD as the top seed and followed by ARIZONA as a two-seed, UCLA as a three-seed, OREGON as a five-seed, and OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON STATE as 11-seeds. COLORADO is tabbed as a next four out. The updated bracket can be found here.
 

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#4 Stanford 18-2 21-2
#9 Arizona 13-3 15-3
#10 UCLA 11-4 13-4
#14 Oregon 10-6 13-6
Colorado 8-8 10-9
Oregon State 6-6 8-6
USC 8-9 10-10
Washington State 8-10 10-10
Arizona State 5-9 10-9
Utah 4-15 5-15
Washington 3-12 6-12
California 1-11 1-14

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, February 26    
USC at #10 UCLA Live Stream 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 28    
#9 Arizona at Arizona State P12N 12 p.m. MT
Colorado at Utah P12MT 12 p.m. MT
Washington at Washington State P12WA 1 p.m. PT
California at #4 Stanford P12N 1 p.m. PT
Oregon State at #14 Oregon P12N 3 p.m. PT

PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week of Player Freshman
Nov. 30 Charisma Osborne, UCLA Tameiya Sadler, WASH
Dec. 7 Haley Jones, STAN Sasha Goforth, OSU
Dec. 14 Brynna Maxwell, UTAH Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Dec. 21 Aari McDonald, ARIZ Sydney Parrish, ORE
Dec. 28 Jordan Sanders, USC Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Jan. 4 Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Jan. 11 Natalie Chou, UCLA Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Jan. 18 Mya Hollingshed, COLO  Frida Formann, COLO
Jan. 25 Charisma Osborne, UCLA Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Feb. 1  Endyia Rogers, USC Sasha Goforth, OSU 
Feb. 8 Alissa Pili, USC Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Feb. 15 Cate Reese, ARIZ Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Feb. 22  Aleah Goodman, OSU Talia von Oelhoffen, OSU
March 1