Pac-12 Women's Hoops Power Rankings (Feb. 14)
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 02:02
1. No. 4 Stanford (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12): The Cardinal are outscoring their opponents this season by an average of 18.1 points and have not lost in over a month. They are one of the top teams in the nation, and for good reason.
2. No. 6 California (21-2, 11-1 Pac-12): Perhaps just as talented as Stanford, the Golden Bears have had a handful of close games. Their most recent contest was a 91-86 shootout against Arizona, but this team doesn’t know how to lose.
3. No. 15 UCLA (19-4, 10-2 Pac-12): UCLA has won its last six games, but they face Cal and Stanford this weekend. The Bruins have lost once to each team already, and will need to play well to prove they are in the same class as the other California teams.
4. Washington (17-6, 9-3 Pac-12): Winning seven of their last eight games is nothing to scoff at, but the Huskies’ loss to the Bruins for the second time this season was tough to swallow. It is clear who the top three teams in this conference are, and Washington is not among them.
5. No. 21 Colorado (18-5, 7-5 Pac-12): Making a run at a fourth-place conference finish, Colorado has won three in a row. The Buffaloes play Washington in a little under two weeks in a game that will answer some questions.
6. Utah (13-10, 4-8 Pac-12): Without a doubt, the Utes had the most difficult schedule to begin conference play. On the other side of that, though, they have one of the easiest remaining schedules. The best 3-point shooting team in the league could reel off multiple victories over the last month of play.
7. Washington State (9-14, 5-7 Pac-12): A loss to UCLA ended a somewhat surprising four game winning streak for the Cougars. They will have to respond to that loss as they embark on a road trip that begins in Corvallis this Friday.
8. USC (8-15, 5-7 Pac-12): USC has lost its last four games and they haven’t won since January, but the losing streak is still the shortest of the next four teams on this list.
9. Arizona State (11-13, 3-9 Pac-12): The Sun Devils’ streak is at five, but they nearly took one from UCLA on Jan. 27 in a 54-50 loss. Additionally, the Sun Devils had to play Stanford and California last weekend. They may be able to get a win over this next week.
10. Arizona (11-12, 3-9 Pac-12): The Wildcats came close to upsetting California, but came up short. They have the lowest field goal percentage in the league aside from Oregon, and have not won in seven games.
11. Oregon State (9-15, 3-9 Pac-12): Overtime losses to Washington and Washington State began what is now a six-game losing streak. The Beavers will play both teams this weekend, but the season has already been dedicated to the development of OSU’s freshman class.
12. Oregon (3-21, 1-11 Pac-12): The Ducks’ scoring margin on the season is minus 14.8, which tells you pretty much everything there is to know about the team.