World Financial Group Pac-10 fans have been enjoying this season of women’s basketball. It’s really no surprise considering that seven different players are listed in six NCAA Division-I statistical rankings and seven of the teams are ranked nationally in at least one statistical category. Shoot (sorry, bad pun), Stanford is tops in the nation in the rebound margin category, averaging +12.9 a game.
In last week’s action, Arizona State and Oregon State broke out their brooms and swept the greater Los Angeles universities and the Washington schools, respectively. Arizona lost at UCLA, but emerged victorious opposite USC. Washington State may have lost against Oregon State, but left the Oregon game as a winner. Oregon, however, came from behind to beat Washington. And Stanford had little trouble handling California on Valentine’s Day. Were any WFG members at any games this weekend? We’d love to know.
The polls agreed on two schools. Both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls show Stanford at number four and California at number six. But the AP also has room for one more Pac-10 school: Arizona State rounds out the top 25 at, well, number 25. In the ESPN/USA today poll, ASU received 16 votes (around 28th place). Maybe next week the Sun Devils can find themselves higher in both polls.
This week’s women’s hardwood action started on Thursday, February 19. And World Financial Group fans watched these games:
- The Oregon Ducks played the California Golden Bears in Berkeley. Oregon hoped to build on their one game win streak while California wanted to end their one game losing streak. This one wasn’t even close as California senior forward Ashley Walker led the Bears to an 84-42 victory with 24 points and eleven rebounds. Oregon shot just 30.6% from the floor all evening.
- The Oregon State Beavers also hit the road and visited the Stanford Cardinals. Both teams boasted win streaks of two and seven games, respectively. One streak had to fall, and it was Oregon State’s: Stanford won their 18th straight against the Beavers by a score of 72-43. Junior center Jayne Appel and freshman forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike each had 15 points. OSU’s Brittney Davis scored 12 for their team.
On Friday, February 20, WFG Pac-10 fans followed these hoop displays:
- The UCLA Bruins visited Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies. UCLA hoped to end their one game losing streak while Washington seeks to end its 12 game slide. Washington’s defense forced 23 turnovers as the Huskeis won by a score of 59-49. UCLA feshman guard Atonye Nyingifa had her first double-double of the season with 14 points and ten rebounds.
- The USC Trojans paid a visit to the Pacific Northwest to play the Washington State Cougars. Both teams hoped to end their slides of two games and one game, respectively. The Trojans, led by senior guard Camille LeNoir’s 15 points, eked out a 66-57 win. WSU’s senior center Ebonee Coates had 13 rebounds in the loss.
Saturday, February 21 saw a World Financial Group-sponsored Pac-10 intra-state rivalry. The Arizona State Sun Devils traveled to Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona State hopes to add to their 11 game win streak while Arizona hopes to build on their recent win against USC. This game was close, but ASU won 60-53 on junior guard Dymond Simon’s 18 point game. Arizona sophomore forward Ify Ibekwe had 20 rebounds in the loss.
Also playing on Saturday:
- Oregon visited Stanford and the Cardinals won 68-49. Cardinal junior center Jayne Appel is currently 7th place in all time blocked shots in the Pac-10. Oregon junior Micaela Cocks leads the Pac-10 this season in three point field goals made with 43% accuracy.
- Oregon State traveled to California for a game on FSN. The Golden Bears won 62-40. California senior center Ashley Walker became the first women’s Golden Bear to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. OSU player Cedes Fox-Griffin is second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage, hitting .879 from the charity stripe.
WFG fans will followed these games on Sunday, February 22:
- UCLA played Washington State, with UCLA winning 65-50
- USC visited Washington and won 77-43
For the fourth time this season, Stanford junior center Jayne Appel has earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. She shot 70% from the floor in the Cardinals win over California last week along with earning her 10th double-double of the season. Not to mention that she has helped Stanford win 25 straight games at home. Way to go, Jayne, from your friends at World Financial Group!