We at World Financial Group (WFG) have been following the action on the hardwood as January has turned into February in the women’s Pac-10. Eventually, February will turn into March, which is supposed to get really mad. Everyone talks about “March Madness,” but how do you experience it? When I figure it out, I’ll let you know. On average, the women of the WFG-sponsored Pac-10 have played twenty games so far this season. On average, nine games remain for each team until the tournament starting March 12. Last week’s action proved to be quite exciting. California and Stanford took games from USC and UCLA, extending their win streaks to ten and four games, respectively (oh, I must resist any trucker puns). Arizona State swept the Washington schools while on its seven game win streak, but Washington State was able to pull to win at home against Arizona. Meanwhile, in a battle for Oregon Hoops Supremacy, Oregon State topped Oregon by nineteen points. In the polls, two Pac-10 teams have taken up space in the top ten. California finds itself at number 3 in the AP and number 5 in the ESPN/USA Today top 25. Stanford comes in at 7 (AP) and 8 (USA Today). World Financial Group congratulates these two fine times and hope to see more WFG-sponsored Pac-10 teams in these polls soon. The week’s action began on Thursday, February 5.
In the first game, the Oregon Ducks traveled to Arizona State to take on the Sun Devils. Oregon sophomore forward Ellie Manou had 12 points against Oregon State and a team best five rebounds. Arizona State senior guard Dymond Simon scored 14 points against Washington State and another 17 against Washington. Arizona State’s home hardwood proved lucky for the Sun Devils as they won 68-56
The second game that day has the Oregon State Beavers visiting the Arizona Wildcats. Oregon State senior guard Brittney Davis scored 16 points against Oregon. Arizona junior guard Ashley Frazier has averaged 39.8 minutes of playing time this season. Oregon State was victorious by a score of 63-55
On Friday, February 6, WFG and other Pac-10 sports fans followed these games:
The California Golden Bears paid a visit to Seattle to play the Washington Huskies. California senior forward/center Devanei Hampton had a double-double against UCLA last week with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Washington junior guard Christina Rozier had her first career double-double against Arizona with 12 points and 11 rebounds. California dominated all evening and left Seattle with a 70-40 win
The Stanford Cardinals traveled to Pullman to take on the Washington State Cougars. Stanford defense has limited opponent’s shooting to 33% or less ten times this season. Washington State senior guard Katie Appleton scored her 1,000th career point last week, becoming the 12th WSU player to do so. Washington State held their ground and handed Stanford a 76-46 loss
On Saturday, February 7, Oregon visited Arizona for a game televised on FSN. Arizona won 68-44. Oregon State took on Arizona State on FSN This game was a little closer, but Arizona State took this one 65-44. Sunday, February 8 saw Stanford visit Washington on FSN. Stanford won 76-54. California visited Washington State and won 77-57.
That leaves UCLA and USC. Did they play this past week? They most certainly did. Their lone game was against each other on Sunday. Both teams looked to snap their respective two game losing streaks. Bruin sophomore guard Doreena Campbell scored 13 points against California and another 11 against Stanford. Trojan senior guard Camille LeNoir scored 18 points opposite California. And USC has earned the right to be called “the leaders of Los Angeles”. They won 87-76
The WFG-sponsored Pac-10 Player of the Week is Arizona State junior guard Dymond Simon. In addition to her performance last week against the Washington teams, she has also lead Arizona State in scoring for the last five games averaging 17.2 points a game. And we at World Financial Group have to mention that she’s a double major in communication and sociology. Way to go Dymond!