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Pac-12 Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Nov. 16, 2021

Nov 16, 2021
Arizona Athletics



  • Pac-12 teams combined to go 21-2 during the first week of the 2021-22 season. The Conference's .913 nonconference winning percentage is currently second to the Big 12's .947 (18-1). The lone Big 12 loss came when Colorado went on the road to beat Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 55-45. It was CU’s first season-opening matchup against a Power 5 team since 1984-85.
  • Against nonconference opponents in the regular season since 2015-16, the Pac-12 leads all leagues with an .805 winning percentage (595-144), ahead of the Big 12 (.793), ACC (.769), SEC (.760) and Big Ten (.738).
  • The Pac-12 boasts 41 total selections from 10 schools on watch lists for the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Naismith Starting 5 positional awards. The Conference’s 41 overall watch list candidates are tied for the most in the country (SEC) and are the most on a per membership basis (3.42/member). The Pac-12 has more players on the Wooden Award (10) and Naismith Trophy (9) watch lists than any other league.
  • Five Pac-12 teams remain ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25 in No. 7 Stanford, No. 9 Oregon, No. 11 Arizona, No. 15 Oregon State and No. 20 UCLA, which is tied for the most in the country (ACC, Big Ten). The Conference has more teams receiving votes than any other league (7), as Washington State and Colorado are both among a group of 10 other teams appearing on ballots.
  • Arizona was one of the poll’s biggest movers, jumping 11 spots to No. 11 following its 61-59 overtime victory over then-No. 6 Louisville at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Wildcats’ first regular-season, nonconference win over a top-10 team since beating No. 8 Georgia, 70-49, on Nov. 30, 2002.
  • Pac-12 programs signed 34 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, 20 of whom are in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100, including six in the top 10. Six of the nation’s top 10 classes have been put together by Conference programs in Oregon (No. 1), UCLA (No. 2), Oregon State (No. 3), Stanford (No. 5), Arizona (No. 6) and Washington (No. 10).


  • Following three games against Alliance programs during the season's first week, an additional two are on the calendar this week with the potential for a third. There are 17 scheduled and a possible 18 women's basketball contests between the Pac-12 and its Alliance partners from the ACC and Big Ten this season.
    • Nov. 12 - No. 22 Arizona 61 - No. 6 Louisville 59 (ot)
    • Nov. 12 - Minnesota 66 - Arizona State 59 (ot)
    • Nov. 14 - USC 65 - Virginia 48
    • Nov. 20 - No. 10 Louisville at Washington
    • Nov. 21 - Virginia at No. 20 UCLA
    • Nov. 22 - Oregon vs. TBD (Syracuse/Minnesota possible)
    • Nov. 25 - Washington State vs. Miami
    • Nov. 25 - Stanford vs. Indiana
    • Nov. 26 - Oregon State vs. Michigan
    • Nov. 26 - USC vs. Iowa
    • Nov. 27 - Washington vs. North Carolina
    • Nov. 27 - Washington State vs. NC State
    • Nov. 27 - Oregon State vs. Notre Dame
    • Nov. 27 - Arizona vs. Rutgers
    • Nov. 27 - Stanford vs. Maryland
    • Nov. 28 - Wisconsin at Colorado
    • Dec. 19 - Ohio State at UCLA
    • Dec. 21 - Oregon at Northwestern


  • Defending national champion Stanford was picked the unanimous favorite to win the regular season by in a preseason polling of both the league’s coaches and its media. The Cardinal received the 11 available first-place coaches votes and garnered all 26 first-place media votes. The coaches and media polls were nearly identical, with 2021 NCAA Tournament teams Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona and Washington State rounding out the top half of the predicted order of finish.


  • In a first for the Conference, the Pac-12 is coming off a season in which its top two regular-season finishers – Stanford and Arizona – met for the national championship. The 2021 title game was just the seventh time in women’s basketball history that two teams from the same league met for a championship and was the first to feature two schools from west of the Mississippi River since 1986 (Texas vs. USC).
  • Since the 2015-16 season, the Pac-12 leads all conferences in Final Four appearances (6), NCAA Tournament wins (70) and NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.707). 
  • In addition to the aforementioned success over the past seven seasons, the Pac-12 also leads all conferences in Final Four appearances since 2012-13 with eight. Those eight appearances have been spread across six different programs - Arizona (2021), California (2013, Oregon (2019), Oregon State (2016), Stanford (2021, 2017, 2014), Washington (2016) - which is two more than any other conference. Simply put, in an amazing display of depth, half of the Pac-12 has appeared in a Final Four in the past eight NCAA Tournaments. The ACC has had four different programs make the Final Four over the same span, the Big East three, the SEC two, and the Big Ten, Big 12 and American each one. There was no tournament in 2020 due to COVID-19.
  • In the first year using the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) for women’s basketball, four of the top 10 teams in the final NET rankings for 2021 were from the Pac-12 in Stanford (No. 1), Arizona (No. 7), UCLA (No. 8) and Oregon (No. 10), a total double any other league. The Pac-12 was also the nation’s top-rated conference by RPI in three of the final five seasons (2016, 2017, 2020) that metric was used by the committee.


  •  The first week of the NCAA women’s basketball season featured four different games featuring a pair of AP-ranked teams and two of those matchups involved Pac-12 programs. On Friday, then-No. 22 Arizona beat then-No. 6 Louisville in overtime at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., 61-59. Two days later, then-No. 25 Texas knocked off then-No. 3 Stanford in Maples Pavilion, 61-56.
  • Arizona’s victory was its first regular-season, nonconference win over a top-10 team since it beat No. 8 Georgia at home, 70-49, on Nov. 30, 2002. Following 52 consecutive losses to top-10 opponents in all games, including Conference play and the postseason, Arizona is now 8-6 in its last 14.
  • This week, No. 10 Louisville will face another Pac-12 opponent when it plays at Washington on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. PT. No. 9 Oregon is in the Bahamas and opens the Battle 4 Atlantis with Oklahoma on Saturday, while No. 1 South Carolina starts with Buffalo. Wins by both would set up a top-10 tilt on the tournament’s second day. The field also features No. 2 Connecticut on the other side of the bracket.


  • Pac-12 schools have signed 31 espnW HoopGurlz top-25 recruits since 2016, the second-highest total among all leagues (ACC – 36). 
  • But since 2016, the Pac-12 leads all conferences with 13 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Americans. Arizona’s Aari McDonald and Stanford’s Kiana Williams landed on the 10-member team in 2021, giving the Conference multiple WBCA All-Americans for the third consecutive season and fifth in the past six.
  • The Conference also boasts a NCAA-high 16 U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) first-, second- and third-team All-Americans since 2016, one more than the Big Ten (15) and two ahead of the SEC (14).


  • The Pac-12 will returns 11 of its 15 all-conference performers from 2020-21, or 73.3 percent, a ratio among the best in the nation. The Big Ten welcomes back 15 of its 20 all-conference selections (75.0 percent), the ACC 11 of 15 (73.3 percent), the Big 12 eight of 15 (53.3 percent) and the SEC nine of 17 (52.9 percent). Those totals do not include all-conference transfers from other leagues.
    • Mya Hollingshed, COLO
    • Lexie Hull, STAN
    • Haley Jones, STAN
    • Taylor Jones, OSU
    • Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
    • Charisma Osborne, UCLA
    • Te-Hina Paopao, ORE
    • Cate Reese, ARIZ
    • Endyia Rogers, ORE
    • Nyara Sabally, ORE
    • Sam Thomas, ARIZ


  • Watch lists for the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy were announced on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and feature a combined 24 Pac-12 entries among the early-season candidates for three of the most prestigious national player of the year awards in women’s college basketball. Eleven players from nine schools make up the Conference’s 24 selections and the Pac-12 has more players on the Wooden Award (10) and Naismith Trophy (9) watch lists than any other league.
  • When combined with the watch lists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Starting 5 positional awards, which were unveiled the week of Oct. 25 and featured an additional 17 Pac-12 selections, the Conference’s 41 overall watch list candidates are tied for the most in the country (SEC) and are the most on a per membership basis (3.42/member).
  • Five Pac-12 players appear on the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy watch lists in addition to the list for their particular positional award in Stanford’s Cameron Brink and Haley Jones, UCLA’s Charisma Osborne, Washington State’s Charlisse Leger-Walker and Oregon’s Nyara Sabally.


  • A pair of Pac-12 programs are under new leadership in 2021-22. At USC, former California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb returns to the Conference after working on staff for the Cleveland Cavaliers. She became just the seventh female NBA assistant when she was hired in June of 2019, and the first NCAA women’s head coach to be hired by an NBA team. 
  • Tina Langley was hired at Washington after guiding Rice to five consecutive 20-win seasons, a WBI championship, a WNIT title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in her six years on the job. When she took over her first head coaching gig in Houston, the Owls had just one winning season over the previous eight and hadn’t been to the NCAA Tournament in 10 years.
  • Led by Tara VanDerveer’s NCAA-record 1,126 career victories, Pac-12 head coaches have combined for 3,642 Division I coaching wins.
  • Eleven of the 12 current Pac-12 head coaches have guided programs to postseason play, with nine earning Division I NCAA Tournament berths, including seven advancing to the Elite Eight (Barnes, Turner Thorne, Graves, Rueck, VanDerveer, Close, Gottlieb). 
  • Five of the Conference’s head coaches have led a team to the Final Four in Arizona’s Adia Barnes, Oregon’s Kelly Graves, Oregon State’s Scott Rueck, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer and USC’s Lindsay Gottlieb, who took California in 2013.
  • Of the country’s 15 active NCAA head coaches who have led a Division I team to the Final Four, five are from the Pac-12, which is tied with the SEC for the most among all leagues. 
  • However, the Pac-12’s five have all coached a team from their own Conference in a national semifinal, while only two of the SEC’s five have done so (Dawn Staley – South Carolina; Gary Blair – Texas A&M).


  • Two first-round picks highlighted five overall selections from the Pac-12 in the 2021 WNBA Draft. The Conference has had multiple first-round selections in each of the past five drafts and at least four overall picks in the past eight drafts, active streaks which lead all leagues by three years. The SEC has had multiple first rounders in two consecutive drafts and the Big 12 has had at least four total selections in the past two.
  • Aari McDonald (Arizona) was first off the board, going to the Atlanta Dream with the No. 3 overall pick and Michaela Onyenwere (UCLA) was selected by the New York Liberty at No. 6. Kiana Williams (Stanford) went to the Seattle Storm with the sixth pick in the second round (18th overall) and was followed by Trinity Baptiste (Arizona), who was taken with the final pick in the second round (24th overall) by the Indiana Fever. Aleah Goodman (Oregon State) rounded out the Pac-12 selections when she was chosen by the Connecticut Sun with the sixth pick in the third round (30th overall).
  • Onyenwere’s debut season with the Liberty garnered her WNBA Rookie of the Year honors. The first Bruin to earn the award, she joined Stanford's Nneka (2012) and Chiney Ogwumike (2014) as other Pac-12 alumnae to earn the honor. Onyenwere is the first UCLA basketball player, men’s or women’s, to be named Rookie of the Year since Jamaal Wilkes in 1975.
  • The WNBA’s landmark 25th season featured 23 Pac-12 alumnae on opening-day rosters and 14 former standouts from six Conference schools on each of the eight teams in the WNBA Playoffs - Oregon (4), UCLA (3), California (2), Stanford (2), Washington (2), Arizona State (1). Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard ultimately won a WNBA Championship with the Chicago Sky.


  • Twelve Pac-12 women’s basketball players from eight schools represented seven National Olympic Committees at the 2020 Summer Games. The Conference’s 12 women’s basketball Olympians in Tokyo were more than any other league.
  • This coming season, Pac-12 fans will be able to watch Arizona’s Shaina Pellington and UCLA’s Angela Dugalic, as both are back on campus for their respective teams.
      • Ify Ibekwe – Nigeria
      • Shaina Pellington – Canada
      • Promise Amukamara – Nigeria
    • OREGON
      • Maite Cazorla – Spain
      • Ali Gibson – Puerto Rico
      • Alanna Smith – Australia
    • UCLA
      • Angela Dugalic – Serbia
      • Nirra Fields – Canada
      • Atonye Nyingifa – Nigeria
    • UTAH
      • Kim Gaucher – Canada
      • Leilani Mitchell – Australia
      • Kelsey Plum – USA (3x3) *Gold*


Cameron Brink, Stanford 
Haley Jones, Stanford
Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State
Charisma Osborne, UCLA
Nyara Sabally, Oregon

Cameron Brink, Stanford 
Lexie Hull, Stanford
Haley Jones, Stanford
Taylor Jones, Oregon State
Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State
Nancy Mulkey, Washington
Charisma Osborne, UCLA
Alissa Pili, USC
Nyara Sabally, Oregon
Sam Thomas, Arizona

Cameron Brink, Stanford 
Mya Hollingshed, Colorado
Lexie Hull, Stanford
Haley Jones, Stanford
Taylor Jones, Oregon State
Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State
Charisma Osborne, UCLA
Te-Hina Paopao, Oregon
Alissa Pili, USC
Nyara Sabally, Oregon

Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year
Gina Conti, UCLA
Dru Gylten, Utah
Te-Hina Paopao, Oregon

Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard of the Year
Taylor Chavez, Arizona
Lexie Hull, Stanford
Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State
Charisma Osborne, UCLA
Sydney Parrish, Oregon

Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year
Haley Jones, Stanford
Sam Thomas, Arizona

Katrina McClain Power Forward of the Year
Cameron Brink, Stanford
Taylor Jones, Oregon State
Alissa Pili, USC
Nyara Sabally, Oregon

Lisa Leslie Center of the Year
Francesca Belibi, Stanford
Nancy Mulkey, Washington
Bella Murekatete, Washington State


Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#11 Arizona 0-0 3-0
California 0-0 2-0
Colorado 0-0 2-0
#9 Oregon 0-0 2-0
USC 0-0 2-0
Utah 0-0 2-0
Washington 0-0 2-0
Washington State 0-0 2-0
#15 Oregon State 0-0 1-0
#20 UCLA 0-0 1-0
Arizona State 0-0 1-1
#7 Stanford 0-0 1-1


Tuesday, Nov. 16    
Saint Mary's at Utah Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
Portland at #7 Stanford P12N 7 p.m. PT
Utah State at California Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Wednesday, Nov. 17    
Arizona State at BYU BYUTV 10 a.m. PT
California Baptist at #15 Oregon State Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, Nov. 18    
CSUN at #20 UCLA Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Western Michigan at USC Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Friday, Nov. 19    
Marist at #11 Arizona Live Stream 5:30 p.m. PT
Cincinnati at Utah Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
Marquette at Colorado Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
Saturday, Nov. 20    
CSU Bakersfield at #15 Oregon State Live Stream noon PT
#10 Louisville at Washington Live Stream 2 p.m. PT
Missouri State at USC Live Stream 2 p.m. PT
#9 Oregon vs. Oklahoma (Battle 4 Atlantis) FloHoops 2 p.m. PT
California at UC San Diego ESPN+ 4 p.m. PT
Sunday, Nov. 21 TV Time (PT)
#9 Oregon vs. #1 South Carolina or Buffalo (Battle 4 Atlantis) FloHoops TBD
Marist at Arizona State Live Stream noon PT
#7 Stanford at Gonzaga SWX 1 p.m. PT
Washington State at Idaho   2 p.m. PT
Virginia at #20 UCLA P12N 3 p.m. PT
Monday, Nov. 22    
Oregon vs. TBD (Battle 4 Atlantis) FloHoops TBD
Samford at Colorado Live Stream 5 p.m. PT


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