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Pac-12 Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Dec. 14, 2021

Dec 14, 2021
Stanford Athletics



  • Four Pac-12 programs - No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona, No. 15 Oregon, No. 16 Utah - are in the top 16 of the NET rankings for games played through Dec. 13, which is tied with the ACC for the most among all leagues. The Pac-12 is the only conference that has each of its programs in the top 100.
  • Arizona and Colorado are two of 10 unbeaten teams remaining in the country. The Wildcats are 9-0 for the fourth time in program history (1995-96; 1999-00; 2019-20), while the Buffs are 9-0 for the sixth time in 11 seasons and eighth time overall. The Pac-12 is one of three conferences with two remaining unbeaten teams (ACC - Duke, North Carolina; SEC - South Carolina, Tennessee).
  • No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 Arizona are in the top four of the Associated Press Top 25 released Dec. 13. It’s the first time in 26 polls the Conference has had two top-four teams (Feb. 24, 2020 - No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Stanford). Arizona’s No. 4 ranking is its best in program history. 
  • The Pac-12 has a national-best seven programs receiving AP poll votes, as Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, Oregon State and UCLA also appeared on ballots last week. With No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 Arizona as the Conference’s ranked teams, Monday’s Associated Press Top 25 was the first since Nov. 16, 2015 that did not feature at least four Pac-12 programs, snapping a 118-week streak of polls that included four or more league squads.
  • Utah is off to a 7-2 start behind an offense that is third in the nation in scoring (88.7), second in assists (20.1) and 3-point makes per game (12.1), and ninth in field goal percentage (.479). The Utes take on the nation’s top scoring offense in Oklahoma (89.7) on Tuesday, Dec. 21 in Norman. At 9-1, the Sooners’ only loss this season was to Oregon, 98-93, on Nov. 20.
  • Five ranked opponents await Pac-12 teams this week, including true road games for Washington State at No. 20 BYU, No. 3 Stanford at No. 7 Tennessee and the Cardinal again at No. 1 South Carolina. The Conference leads the nation in winning percentage in true road games this season (.778; 14-4).
  • Other challenging matchups feature No. 4 Arizona facing No. 11 Texas in the inaugural Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge in Las Vegas, and UCLA hosting No. 24 Ohio State and Oregon at Northwestern in the league’s final Alliance contests.


Nov. 10 - COLORADO 55, at Oklahoma State 45
Nov. 12 - #22 ARIZONA 61, #6 Louisville 59 [OT] (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Nov. 13 - at UTAH 106, Xavier 71
Nov. 14 - USC 65, at Virginia 48
Nov. 19 - at COLORADO 69, Marquette 53
Nov. 20 - #9 OREGON 98, Oklahoma 93 (Paradise Island, Bahamas)
Nov. 21 - at #20 UCLA 69, Virginia 57
Nov. 25 - #9 ARIZONA 48, Vanderbilt 46 (St. Thomas, USVI)
Nov. 25 - USC 79, Seton Hall 65 (Cancun, Mexico) 
Nov. 25 - #7 STANFORD 69, #4 Indiana 66 (Nassau Bahamas)
Nov. 25 - WASHINGTON STATE 62, Miami 47 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Nov. 26 - #9 ARIZONA 75, DePaul 68 (St. Thomas, USVI)
Nov. 27 - #9 ARIZONA 80, Rutgers 44 (St. Thomas, USVI)
Nov. 27 - #7 STANFORD 86, #2 Maryland 68 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Nov. 28 - at COLORADO 67, Wisconsin 51
Nov. 28 - #19 UCLA 73, St. John’s 65 (Estero, Fla.)

Nov. 12 - #22 ARIZONA 61, #6 Louisville 59 [OT] (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Nov. 25 - #7 STANFORD 69, #4 Indiana 66 (Nassau Bahamas)
Nov. 27 - #7 STANFORD 86, #2 Maryland 68 (Nassau, Bahamas)

Nov. 10 - COLORADO 55, at Oklahoma State 45
Nov. 13 - CALIFORNIA 70, at San Francisco 41
Nov. 14 - USC 65, at Virginia 48
Nov. 14 - COLORADO 58, at Air Force 53
Nov. 20 - CALIFORNIA 64, UC San Diego 54
Nov. 21 - WASHINGTON STATE 73, at Idaho 59
Nov. 21 - #7 STANFORD 66, at Gonzaga 62
Nov. 27 - UTAH 73, at Hawaii 57
Dec. 4 - WASHINGTON STATE 71, at UC Davis 49
Dec. 4 - #18 OREGON 62, at Portland 59
Dec. 7 - #25 COLORADO 71, at Southern Utah 47
Dec. 8 - WASHINGTON STATE 51, at Gonzaga 49
Dec. 10 - #23 OREGON STATE 72, at Monmouth 58
Dec. 10 - WASHINGTON 77, at Seattle U 59

Nov. 12 - #22 ARIZONA 61, #6 Louisville 59 [OT] (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Nov. 12 - at WASHINGTON 57, San Diego 51
Nov. 16 - at #7 STANFORD 77, Portland 55
Nov. 19 - at COLORADO 69, Marquette 53
Nov. 20 - #9 OREGON 98, Oklahoma 93 (Paradise Island, Bahamas)
Nov. 21 - #7 STANFORD 66, at Gonzaga 62
Nov. 25 - #9 ARIZONA 48, Vanderbilt 46 (St. Thomas, USVI)
Nov. 25 - #7 STANFORD 69, #4 Indiana 66 (Nassau Bahamas)
Nov. 25 - WASHINGTON STATE 62, Miami 47 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Nov. 26 - #9 ARIZONA 75, DePaul 68 (St. Thomas, USVI)
Nov. 27 - ARIZONA STATE 58, Fordham 43 (Cancun, Mexico)
Nov. 27 - #7 STANFORD 86, #2 Maryland 68 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Dec. 4 - #18 OREGON 62, at Portland 59
Dec. 8 - WASHINGTON STATE 51, at Gonzaga 49
Dec. 11 - at OREGON 68, Long Beach State 59



  • 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.
  • Pac-12 teams have combined to go 75-27 (.735) during the first five weeks of the 2021-22 season. Against nonconference opponents in the regular season since 2015-16, the Pac-12 leads all leagues with an .793 winning percentage (649-169), ahead of the Big 12 (.788), SEC (.768), ACC (.767) and Big Ten (.724).
  • Not including the pandemic-impacted season of 2020-21, which featured inconsistent nonconference scheduling, the Pac-12 owns two of the three best regular-season, nonconference winning percentages in women’s college basketball since 1999-00.
    • 1. Big 12 - 2011-12 - .861 (99-16)
    • 2. Pac-12 - 2016-17 - .848 (117-21)
    • 3. Pac-12 - 2019-20 - .839 (115-22)
  • 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.


  • Pac-12 programs signed 35 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, 21 of whom are in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 (60.0 percent), including six in the top 10. Six of the nation’s top 14 classes have been put together by Conference programs, including each of the top three and five of the top eight - No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Oregon State, No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona and No. 14 Washington.
  • In available data dating back a dozen years, no conference has finished a recruiting cycle with as many programs (five) boasting top 10 classes according to espnW HoopGurlz. Since 2007, only one other conference has signed as many top-10 individuals (six) in the espnW HoopGurlz rankings (SEC - 2019).
  • Pac-12 programs also signed three top-10 classes in each of the previous three years, totals which led or tied for the national lead each cycle. The Conference’s 15 total espnW HoopGurlz top-10 recruiting classes from 2016-21 were the most in the country.
  • The regular signing period for the Class of 2022 runs from April 13 - May 18, 2022.


  • Stanford’s Haley Jones put together the Pac-12’s 54th all-time triple-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 77-55 victory over Portland on Nov. 16 and first since UCLA’s Charisma Osborne had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against USC on Feb. 26, 2021.
  • Per ESPN Stats & Info, a Pac-12 player has now had a triple-double in 11 consecutive seasons, the longest streak by a conference in DI history. Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is the NCAA record holder in career triple doubles with 26, which is 17 more than second-place Chastadie Barrs of Lamar (9).


  • In a 69-66 victory over then-No. 4 Indiana on Nov. 25, Stanford’s Cameron Brink had 21 points, a career-high 22 rebounds, five assists and five blocks. It is just the third 20-point, 20-rebound, five-assist, five-block performance in women’s college basketball since 1999-2000 and the first against a ranked team (Jasmine Joyner, Chattanooga - Jan. 9, 2016 vs. Furman; Anna Strickland, Houston Baptist - March 10, 2016 vs. Lamar).
  • UCLA beat San Jose State, 112-33, on Dec. 5 behind 32 points from IImar’I Thomas and a career-high 31 from Natalie Chou, the third time since 1999-00 that two Pac-12 players from the same team scored 30+ in a game. Washington State’s Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley each had 31 in a 107-100 victory over Oregon on March 6, 2014 and Arizona beat the Ducks, 119-112, on Jan. 16, 2010 behind 36 points from Davellyn Whyte and 32 from Ify Ibekwe.
  • Utah freshman Gianna Kneepkens poured in 29 points off the bench against No. 21 BYU on Dec. 4. Tied for the ninth-best scoring output for a Pac-12 player off the bench since 1999-00, it’s the best since Minyon Moore had 32 as a sub for USC against Washington State on Feb. 17, 2017.
  • Three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Jayda Curry of California is the nation’s leading freshman scorer, and 29th overall, averaging 19.6 points per game.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Three Pac-12 standouts were among the 30 candidates announced for the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award on Dec. 7 in Dru Gylten (Utah), Lexie Hull (Stanford) and Sam Thomas (Arizona). To be eligible, a student-athlete must be classified as a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. 


  • 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 (including Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer, who is taking a leave of absence in 2021-22), 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).


  • 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).


  • 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.



  • On Aug. 24, the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announced an historic alliance that will bring 41 world-class institutions together on a collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and scheduling. The alliance – which was unanimously supported by the presidents, chancellors and athletics directors at all 41 institutions – will be guided in all cases by a commitment to, and prioritization of, supporting student-athlete well-being, academic and athletic opportunities, experiences and diverse educational programming. More details at


  • After having the planned 2020 quadrupleheader canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference will launch the Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge in 2021 – a unique non-conference scheduling event designed to provide opportunities for its programs against quality opponents in marquee markets around the country. More details at

2021 Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge
Sunday, Dec. 19 - T-Mobile Arena - Las Vegas
12:00 p.m. PT - Stanford vs. #17 Texas (men) - ABC
2:30 p.m. PT - #4 Arizona vs. #11 Texas (women) - ESPN


Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#4 Arizona 0-0 9-0
Colorado 0-0 9-0
Washington State 0-0 8-1
California 0-0 7-2
Utah 0-0 7-2
#3 Stanford 0-0 6-2
Oregon 0-0 6-3
Oregon State 0-0 5-3
UCLA 0-0 5-3
USC 0-0 5-3
Arizona State 0-0 5-5
Washington 0-0 3-3


Wednesday, Dec. 15    
CSUN at USC Live Stream noon PT
UC Davis at #3 Stanford Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, Dec. 16    
Texas Southern at UCLA Live Stream 7 p.m. PT
Friday, Dec. 17    
#4 Arizona at Northern Arizona ESPN+ 3 p.m. PT
SMU at Colorado P12N 5 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. Idaho (Lahaina, Hawaii) 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, Dec. 18    
Washington State at #20 BYU BYUtv 11 a.m. PT
Arizona State at San Diego WCC Network 1 p.m. PT
Utah Valley at Utah Live Stream 1 p.m. PT
Eastern Washington at Washington Live Stream 2 p.m. PT
Texas Southern at USC Live Stream 2 p.m. PT
#3 Stanford at #7 Tennessee ESPN2 2:15 p.m. PT
Cal Poly at California Live Stream 3 p.m. PT
Oregon at Kansas State ESPN+ 4:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, Dec. 19 TV Time (PT)
Washington State at Cornell ESPN+ noon PT
#4 Arizona vs. #11 Texas (Las Vegas, Nev.) ESPN 2:30 p.m. PT
#24 Ohio State at UCLA P12N 5 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. Northern Iowa (Lahaina, Hawaii) 7 p.m. PT
Monday, Dec. 20 TV Time (PT)
San Francisco at Colorado Live Stream noon PT
Nevada at Washington Live Stream 2 p.m. PT
Tuesday, Dec. 21 TV Time (PT)
UC Irvine at Arizona State Live Stream 11 a.m. PT
CSU Bakersfield at UCLA Live Stream 1 p.m. PT
Saint Mary's at California Live Stream 1 p.m. PT
#3 Stanford at #1 South Carolina ESPN2 4 p.m. PT
Utah at Oklahoma Bally Sports Oklahoma 4 p.m. PT
Oregon at Northwestern BTN 6 p.m. PT
USC at Long Beach State ESPN+ 7 p.m. PT


  Player of the Week Freshman of the Week
Nov. 15 Cate Reese, ARIZ Jayda Curry, CAL
Nov. 22 Nyara Sabally, ORE Jayda Curry, CAL
Nov. 29 Cameron Brink, STAN Jayda Curry, CAL
Dec. 6 Natalie Chou, UCLA Gianna Kneepkens, UTAH
Dec. 13 Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU Jenna Johnson, UTAH
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