Dear West Coasters:
Stanford, UCLA and Gonzaga – this doesn’t apply to you.
The rest of you – It is time to step up, build some momentum, get on a roll. Splitting weekend series after weekend series isn’t going to get you where you want to go. Not to the NCAA Tournament, not to a better place in the conference standings.
1. Stanford (20-2, 11-0). The Cardinal tied a conference record with their 48th straight conference victory on Saturday in Tucson against the Wildcats. The record should fall Thursday against Washington State.
2. UCLA (19-2, 9-1). The Bruins got 20-point games from Darxia Morris and Jasmine Dixon in beating USC on the road. UCLA is now off to its best start since 1976-77.
3. Gonzaga (20-4, 8-0). That’s 18 wins in 19 game for the Bulldogs after beating Portland. Gonzaga closes the WCC schedule with four home games in their final six.
4. Arizona State (14-7, 6-5). The Sun Devils played Stanford as close as anyone in the Pac-10 and then got a miracle win over Cal on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. So ASU gets a bump this week into a No. 4 spot that could really be a toss-up with Cal and USC.
5. Cal (14-8, 6-5). The Bears were oh-so-close to an impressive sweep in Arizona, but the Sun Devils snuck out with a win and Cal
6. USC (13-8, 5-5). The Women of Tory have lost four of five games and are starting to put themselves in precarious NCAA position.
7. Fresno State (15-7, 6-2). There’s no shame in losing in overtime to Louisiana Tech in Ruston. But it puts Fresno State two games back in the WAC standings behind the Lady Techsters.
8. Cal Poly (13-8, 9-1). The Mustangs fell hard at UC Davis on Thursday and bounced back with win over UOP on Saturday to keep their hold on first place in the Big West.
9. St. Mary’s. (14-10, 6-3). The Gaels get the split on the road in Southern California, Louella Tomlinson narrowly missing a triple-double against LMU with 16 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.
10. Washington State (7-16, 5-6). The Cougars swept a Pac-10 home series for the first time since January 2001, beating Oregon and Oregon State. The five Pac-10 wins are the most for WSU this deep into a conference season since 1995-96.
Dear West Coasters: