Good morning from Arizona. This was a good weekend for the top teams in our power rankings. Picking the teams at the end of the poll was pretty tough. Who wants to be No. 10? Anyone?
Arizona State’s Kimberly Brandon goes up against Stanford’s Kayla Pedersen – Deb Gumbley photo
1. Stanford (12-2, 3-0). The Cardinal set a tone this weekend in the Pac-10. The Arizona schools had been playing well coming into Maples and Stanford swatted them away by a combined margin of 80 points. Guard Jeanette Pohlen continues to play the best basketball of her career, but the catalyst for the Stanford turnover has been the insertion of Lindy LaRocque into the lineup. LaRocque is a steady presence who knows the offense, doesn’t make many mistakes and should contribute more offensively as the season progresses.
2. UCLA (13-1, 3-0). The Bruins put some distance between themselves and the Women of Troy with a decisive 61-42 victory over the weekend. UCLA, which has won 11 straight conference games (dating back to last season) and three in a row over USC, should be back in the national top 10 this week. This is UCLA’s best start since 1976-77 when the Bruins went 18-1. The January 20 game at Stanford will be a very big one.
3. Cal (10-4, 2-1). The Bears are tough to figure. They played poorly at home against Stanford last week, but come back quickly to sweep the Arizona schools. They jumped out to early leads in both games and got 20 points from freshman Linsday Sherbert in the 20-point win over the Wildcats. Senior center Rama N’Diaye is getting increased moments and providing increased production for the Bears. She had her first career double-double against Arizona with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Joanne Boyle talked a lot of about energy and effort last week and it seemed to