1. Stanford (16-2, 7-0). Michael Cooper paid the Cardinal a huge compliment Saturday when he said he thought his team just got beat by the future national champion. At this point, the way Stanford is playing, it’s hard to argue. Will back-to-back road trips to the Oregons and the Arizonas be a challenge? Not looking like it.
2. UCLA (16-2, 6-1). The Bruins took it on the chin against Stanford, but came back and beat Cal in Berkeley. The Stanford game is going to push Nikki Caldwell to make her team better.
UCLA’s Jasmine Dixon guarded by Stanford’s Kayla Pedersen and Chiney Ogwumike – Deb Gumbley photo
3. Gonzaga (17-4, 5-0). The Bulldogs have won 15 out of 16 games. Thursday’s road game against St. Mary’s will present one of the bigger challenges of the WCC season.
4. Cal (11-7, 3-4). The Bears continue to show signs of life with a good split against the LA schools, beating USC and playing close against UCLA. Now all they need to show is some consistency.
5. USC (4-3, 12-6). The Women of Troy get swept in the Bay Area, losing consecutive games for the first time all season. This is still a team with a good shot at the NCAA Tournament, but if 20 wins is the target, there’s work to be done.
6. Arizona State (12-5, 4-3). The home loss to Washington State on Thursday could be costly for ASU. But if the Sun Devils can figure things out offensively, a strong finish is plausible.
7. Fresno State (12-6, 3-1). The Bulldogs have won four of five games heading into Monday night’s home game against Hawaii.
8. Arizona (4-3, 13-5). The Wildcats are, for the most part, winning games they should win and that will keep them in the top half of the Pac-10 standings.
9. St. Mary’s (12-8 4-1). The Gaels have won four in a row – a season-high – and seven of eight in the lead-up to Thursday’s home game against Gonzaga.
10. Cal Poly (11-7, 7-0). The Mustangs are the team with the 7-0 record so far in the Big West.