As the Pac-10 Women’s basketball season continues, My World Financial Group (WFG) co-workers and I are keeping apace with all the ladies action on the hardwood. At the top of the WFG-sponsored Pac-10 teams are the California Golden Bears with Stanford right behind them. The Arizona Wildcats are still seeking their first Pac-10 victory. Could it happen this week?
But before we get to that, let’s recap what’s been happening. Both the Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinals took a game each from both Oregon State and Oregon. The USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins won two at home opposite both Washington and Washington State. The City of Angels had angels on the hardwood, it seems! In a contest for the state of Arizona, the Arizona State Sun Devils handed the Arizona Wildcats a loss by a score of 75-38. Finally, in non-conference action, the Oregon Ducks won against the University of Portland pilots.
The national polls feature two Pac-10 teams this week. California sits at number 7 in the AP poll and number 6 in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. Stanford isn’t far behind in the AP, coming in at number 9 (again, no showing of that famous Borg from Star Trek: Voyager amongst the pollsters). However, ESPN/USA Today can’t share the top ten love, ranking the Cardinals at number 11. And we at World Financial Group can’t overlook Arizona State receiving two votes in the AP poll.
The action this week starts on Thursday, January 29. These four games will take the hardwood:
- Arizona, still seeking that first Pac-10 win, traveled to the Bank of America Arena in Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies. Both teams hope to snap losing streaks of seven and six games, respectively. The Wildcats have improved on their free throw percentage from last season. Washington freshman standout Kristi Kingma scored a career high 25 games against UCLA last week. And Arizona won by a score of 65-51!
- Continuing the Pac-10 basketball in Washington, the Arizona State Sun Devils went to Washington State for a 7 PM PT game. The Sun Devils wee working a five game win streak while the Cougars hoped to snap their three game losing streak. Arizona State was second in the nation in 3 point percentage, converting 40.9% of their shots from beyond the arc. Washington State’s Katie Appleton, though, has a total of 142 in 3 pointers, second in the conference. Arizona State, though, had the better day on the hardwood. They won 66-47
- WFG will also looked at the UCLA Bruins play at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, where the California Golden Bears call home. California was working on an 8 game win streak to UCLA’s 3. California junior guard Natasha Vital scored 14 of the team’s last 20 points against Oregon State. UCLA probably wishes they were playing this game at home, having won 11 of their last 12 at Pauley Pavilion. California proved to be the victor by a score of 64-48
- The USC Trojans traveled to Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto to take on the Stanford Cardinals. Both teams were working on a two game win streak, which meant one would end after this game. Stanford standout Jayne Appel was fourth in the nation in field goal percentage, with 63.3%. USC junior guard Heather Oliver scored a career-high five 3 point throws against Washington. In the end, the Cardinals were too powerful for the Trojans by a score of 81-53
The World Financial Group-sponsored Pac-10 action continues on Saturday, January 31 with four games:
· The Oregon State Beavers visited Eugene, OR to face the Ducks in McArthur Court. Both teams hoped to snap their two game losing streak. Oregon State senior guard Brittney Davis led in points with 24 against California last week. Oregon junior guard Taylor Lilley led in points against California with 17. Oregon State won this battle for Oregon by a score of 61-42
· Arizona State beat Washington 80-64 on FSN
· Arizona lost to Washington State 68-58
· USC lost a heartbreaker to California 73-71
And the first day of February saw one contest. UCLA visited Stanford, but lost a close one 68-51 on FSN. Pac-10 Player of the Week honors go to Stanford junior Jayne Appel. She averaged a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds against the Oregon based schools. Congratulations to Jayne from all of us at WFG.