Pac-12 Women's Basketball Power Rankings
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2013 01:01
1. Stanford: Stanford’s recent win over Cal places them firmly as No. 1 in the conference. The Cardinal beat most of their preseason opponents by a margin of 15 or more and is currently the team to beat thus far in the Pac-12.
2. UCLA: The Bruins had a challenging nonconference schedule, facing three ranked teams, and proved themselves a formidable force with an overall record of 11-2. They came out on top of both Oregon schools last weekend to give them a four-game winning streak.
3. Cal: Cal had a good nonconference, with a 12-2 record overall. They had two wins two weekends ago in conference play, but fell to Stanford last weekend, making them 2-1 in conference play.
4. Washington: Washington had a strong nonconference, including a 4-2 record on the road and a 10-3 record overall. They are now 2-0 in conference, beating both Arizona schools.
5. USC: With two Pac-12 wins after six straight losses, USC earned the No. 5 spot for their turnaround in time for conference play. The Trojans’ game-winning buzzer beater against the Beavers kept them in the top five in the conference.
6. Colorado: Colorado’s 12-2 overall record lands them in the middle of the pack, because of their 1-2 conference record. They lost to Stanford by only a three-point margin, placing them as a middle-of-the-road contender in the Pac-12 thus far.
7. Washington State: The Cougars are 1-1 in conference play, having beat Arizona at home. With a 5-8 overall record, WSU’s show against Arizona gave hope for a better future.
8. Arizona: Arizona is also 1-1 in conference play, and had won four games in a row before falling to Washington State. The loss to a lower-ranked team moved them to No. 8 in the ranks.
9. Oregon State: OSU lost its first two conference games, which made them 6-8 overall. But, they lost one at the buzzer and held UCLA for most of the game, almost pulling off an upset. They also looked to be a completely different team on offense, suggesting an upward swing for conference play.
10. Arizona State: Although they are 0-2 in conference play, the Sun Devils came in riding a five-game winning streak.
11. Utah: Although the Utes are 0-3 in conference play, they made a better showing in nonconference than the Ducks with an overall record of 9-5, earning them the No. 11 spot in the rankings.
12. Oregon: With a record of 2-12 overall, including two conference losses, the Ducks are clearly bottom-dwelling thus far this season.