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Pac-12 Women's Basketball Weekly Release - Feb. 15, 2022

Feb 15, 2022
Oregon State Athletics

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PAC-12 RUNDOWN

  • Winners of 13 in a row and unbeaten in Pac-12 play (12-0), No. 2 Stanford needs one more victory to clinch the program’s second consecutive and 25th overall regular-season conference championship. The Cardinal is off to its best Pac-12 start since 2011-12 (18-0) and its 3.5-game lead in the standings is the largest among any Power 6 conference. Stanford has won 27 consecutive games against Pac-12 opponents, including the postseason, which is the third-longest active streak in the country (Princeton, Ivy - 35; Jackson State, SWAC - 30).
  • With the shift to a 68-team field this season, ESPN’s Charlie Creme has seven Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament in his latest Bracketology (No. 1 seed Stanford, No. 2 seed Arizona, No. 5 seed Oregon, No. 8 seed Utah, No. 11 seed Arizona State, No. 11 seed Colorado, No. 12 seed Oregon State), and Washington State among the first four out. At least half of the conference has earned berths in each of the past four NCAA Tournaments, including a league-record seven in 2017.
  • Three Pac-12 programs - No. 3 Stanford, No. 11 Oregon, No. 12 Arizona - are in the top 12 of the NET rankings and eight of the conference’s 12 teams (66.7 percent) are in the top 60, a ratio that is second among all leagues (SEC - 78.6 percent). The Cardinal (No. 1 seed - Spokane Region), Wildcats (No. 2 seed - Wichita Region) and Ducks (No. 4 seed, Greensboro Region) also appeared in the Committee’s most recent in-season, top-16 reveal on Feb. 10.
  • In the midst of playing four straight on the road from Feb. 13 - 20, Arizona State is one of only six major conference programs to play four true road games in an eight-day span since 1999-2000 and the second from the Pac-12 to do it this season (Oregon). [Arizona State's Feb. 16 game at California has been canceled and the Sun Devils will now play three games in eight days.] 

MOST ROAD GAMES PLAYED IN EIGHT-DAY SPAN – MAJOR CONFERENCES SINCE 1999-00

School Games Dates
Northwestern 4 Dec. 10 - Dec. 17, 2000
Georgetown 4 Dec. 4 - Dec. 11, 2010
Providence 4 Nov. 28 - Dec. 5, 2020
Xavier 4 Jan. 28 - Feb. 4, 2022
Oregon 4 Feb. 4 - Feb. 11, 2022
  • Speaking of tough stretches, Oregon State’s game on Friday against No. 2 Stanford will be its fifth consecutive against an AP Top 25 opponent. In records dating back to 1999-2000, the Beavers will have the Pac-12’s longest streak of consecutive games against ranked opponents in a single season (regular season only). They will be the fourth Division I team to have a streak that long since 2017-18.

STREAKS OF GAMES VS AP-RANKED OPPONENTS - DIVISION I SINCE 2017-18

School Games Dates
Florida 6 Jan. 25 - Feb. 15, 2018
Oregon State 5 Feb. 6 - Feb. 18, 2022
Florida 5 Jan. 20 - Feb. 6, 2022
Iowa State 5 Jan. 17 - Jan. 30, 2018
  • Winners of six of its last eight, Washington State is currently fourth in the conference standings (8-5) and has matched its 1990-91 squad for the program’s best record through 13 Pac-12 games. That 1990-91 Cougar team finished 10-8 in conference and set the program record for Pac-12 wins. WSU tied for fourth in the league in both 1989-90 and 1990-91, but has not finished in the top half since, topping out at No. 6 of 10 in 1994-95 and 1995-96 (tied).

NATIONAL AWARDS CANDIDATES

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

NAISMITH TROPHY NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Midseason Team
Cameron Brink
, Stanford 
Haley Jones, Stanford
Charisma Osborne, UCLA
Cate Reese, Arizona

Watch List
Lexie Hull, Stanford
Taylor Jones, Oregon State
Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State
Nancy Mulkey, Washington
Alissa Pili, USC
Nyara Sabally, Oregon
Sam Thomas, Arizona

NAISMITH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Watch List

Cameron Brink, Stanford 
Nancy Mulkey, Washington

WOODEN AWARD NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Late Season Top 20
Cameron Brink
, Stanford
Haley Jones, Stanford
Charisma Osborne, UCLA

Watch List
Mya Hollingshed
, Colorado
Lexie Hull, Stanford
Taylor Jones, Oregon State
Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State
Te-Hina Paopao, Oregon
Alissa Pili, USC
Nyara Sabally, Oregon

DAWN STALEY AWARD
Late Season Watch List

Jayda Curry, California
Haley Jones, Stanford

NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Watch Lists

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 (Late Season Top 10)
Charisma Osborne, UCLA (Late Season Top 10)
Sydney Parrish, Oregon

Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year
Haley Jones
, Stanford (Late Season Top 10)
Sam Thomas, Arizona

Katrina McClain Power Forward of the Year
Cameron Brink
, Stanford (Late Season Top 10)
Taylor Jones, Oregon State
Alissa Pili, USC
Nyara Sabally, Oregon (Late Season Top 10)

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

SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Finalists

Lexie Hull, Stanford
Sam Thomas, Arizona

Top 30 Candidates
Dru Gylten
, Utah

CONFERENCE NOTEBOOK

STUNNING SUCCESS OF LATE

  • 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.
  • Against nonconference opponents in the regular season since 2015-16, the Pac-12 leads all leagues with an .794 winning percentage (670-174), ahead of the Big 12 (.786), SEC (.771), ACC (.766) and Big Ten (.725). 
  • 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.

NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN

  • 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.
  • Rosters for the 2022 McDonald’s All American Games were revealed on ESPN on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and of the 24 women selected to play in the showcase, nine have signed National Letters of Intent to join Pac-12 programs next season, the highest total among all conferences (Oregon/Oregon State/Stanford/UCLA - 2; Arizona - 1). The McDonald’s All American Girls Game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
  • The regular signing period for the Class of 2022 runs from April 13 - May 18, 2022.

THE CONFERENCE OF TRIPLE-DOUBLES

  • 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).

OTHER PERFORMANCES OF NOTE

  • 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.
  • Arizona State’s Jade Loville put up 34 points in a 79-60 win at San Diego on Dec. 18, the highest total for a Pac-12 player in a nonconference road game since Aari McDonald had 44 for Arizona in an 83-58 win over then-No. 22 Texas on Nov. 17, 2019. Loville’s 34 points are the most for a Pac-12 player in a game this season.
  • Also on Dec. 18, Stanford’s Haley Jones put up 18 points, 19 rebounds and six assists in a 74-63 victory over then-No. 7 Tennessee in Knoxville, becoming the ninth player this century with 15 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in an AP top-10 matchup. Three of those nine performances are from the Cardinal, including Cameron Brink in the aforementioned game against then-No. 4 Indiana (21 points, 22 rebounds, five assists). Jones is only the second player of the nine to have that line in a true road game, joining Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, who had 21 points, 19 rebounds and five assists in a 73-60 win for the then-No. 1 Cardinal at No. 10 Tennessee on Dec. 22, 2012.
  • At Washington Sate on Jan. 2, Jones put together her fourth double-double of the season with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting (.714) and 16 rebounds to go along with three assists. One of four players in the country this season to have a game with 24 points, 16 rebounds and three assists, she is the only one to do it while shooting 70.0 percent from the floor, and the only one to do it on the road. It was the eighth 24-point, 16-rebound, three-assist performance by a Pac-12 player in a true road game since 1999-00 and just the second done while shooting at least 70.0 percent. Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne had 29 points on a perfect 11-for-11 shooting, 20 rebounds and three assists in an 84-72 win at Arizona on Jan. 31, 2014.

WATCH LIST WATCH

LEARNING FROM THE BEST

  • 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).

TOP TALENT THRIVES OUT WEST

  • 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).

PAC-12 IN THE PROS

  • 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.

#OLYMPIANSMADEHERE


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#2 Stanford 12-0 21-3
Oregon 9-4 16-8
#8 Arizona 8-4 18-4
Washington State 8-5 16-8
Utah 6-5 15-8
UCLA 6-6 11-8
Arizona State 4-4 12-9
Oregon State 5-6 12-9
Colorado 5-7 16-7
USC 3-10 10-13
California 1-6 10-8
Washington 0-10 5-13
Oregon forfeit win over UCLA reflected in Conference standings per Pac-12 policy, not overall records per NCAA policy.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Full Schedule)

Wednesday, Feb. 16    
Arizona State at California* -- Canceled
UCLA at Oregon P12N 4 p.m. PT
Friday, Feb. 18    
Arizona State at Washington State* P12N 7 p.m. PT
#8 Arizona at Washington* P12N 7 p.m. PT
California at Oregon* P12N 7 p.m. PT
Colorado at UCLA* P12N 7 p.m. PT
#2 Stanford at Oregon State* P12N 7 p.m. PT
Utah at USC* P12N 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, Feb. 20    
Arizona State at Washington* P12N noon PT
#8 Arizona at Washington State* P12N noon PT
California at Oregon State* P12N noon PT
Utah at UCLA* P12N noon PT
Colorado at USC* P12N 1 p.m. PT
#2 Stanford at Oregon* ESPN2 1 p.m. PT

PAC-12 PERFORMANCE AWARDS PRESENTED BY NEXTIVA

  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
Dec. 20 Haley Jones, STAN Jayda Curry, CAL
Dec. 27 Evelien Lutje Schipholt, CAL Gianna Kneepkens, UTAH
Jan. 3 Haley Jones, STAN Kiki Iriafen, STAN
Jan. 10 Jaylyn Sherrod, COLO Rayah Marshall, USC
Jan. 17  Cameron Brink, STAN Jenna Johnson, UTAH
Jan. 24 Charisma Osborne, UCLA Gianna Kneepkens, UTAH
Jan. 31 Cameron Brink, STAN Gianna Kneepkens, UTAH
Feb. 7 Cameron Brink, STAN Jayda Curry, CAL
Feb. 14 Jordyn Jenkins, USC Gianna Kneepkens, UTAH
Feb. 21    
Feb. 28    

NATIONAL WEEKLY HONORS

Week of Award - Recipient
Dec. 19 USBWA National Player of the Week - Haley Jones, Stanford
Jan. 11 USBWA National Player of the Week - Jaylyn Sherrod, Colorado
Feb. 8 Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week - Cameron Brink, Stanford