1. Stanford (5-0). Yes the Cardinal were idle, but it means they could do no wrong. Finals week is up and Stanford is back in action on Sunday against Fresno State, which will likely be win No. 799 in the career of coach Tara VanDerveer. After that, things get really fun. De Paul. Tennessee. USF. Xavier. Connecticut. Buckle up.
2. UCLA (7-0). The Bruins continue to cruise along and will take on St. Mary’s next Sunday before heading to the Big Island for the a tournament in Hilo. UCLA hasn’t played the toughest schedule – the win at Notre Dame was undoubtedly big – but there’s little doubt the Bruins are a very good team and they are rising in the national rankings.
3. USC (5-3). The Women of Troy are proving they can play with anybody after a tough loss to Xavier and a victory over North Carolina State in Raleigh. Briana Gilbreath had a great week with back-to-back performances with at least 20 points. USC’s tough schedule is proving its mettle, but it also needs to yield enough wins to keep the Women of Troy in good NCAA shape come March.
4. Cal (5-2). The Bears lost their second road game of the season in College Station against No. 7 Texas A&M. Guard Layshia Clarendon had 19 points in defeat and she had the ball in her hand ALOT in that game. More post touches would be very beneficial to the Bears.
5. Arizona State (5-2). The Sun Devils defeated New Mexico to win the championship game of its tournament this weekend. Point guard Dymond Simon is finding her legs, after scoring 18 points against New Mexico.
6. UC Davis (6-1). The Aggies have won 12 in a row at home after defeating St. Mary’s last week and take a break until Dec. 14, when they will travel to face Wichita State.
7. Arizona (5-2). The Wildcats stumbled with a road loss in Nevada and have a very tough challenge coming up Tuesday night in The Pit against New Mexico.
8. Fresno State (6-2). Saturday’s 75-72 win over TCU, the favored team in the Mountain West was one of the best wins of the season so far. Stanford’s coming up on Sunday.
9. Gonzaga (6-3). Courtney Vandersloot has scored 60 points in the last two games, not coincidentally victories for the Zags, who have won four in a row. Next up is a four-game homestand and a chance to boost the win total, starting with Washington State on Friday.
10. Nevada (6-2). The Wolfpack came up big with an overtime win over Arizona, and then tripped up in their first-ever trip to Pullman against Washington State. Nevada is still off to one of the best starts in school history. The don’t play again until Dec. 16th against Portland State.