Shaking things up…
1. Stanford (5-0). The Cardinal head into the finals break in good shape after decisive wins over two major-conference opponents, South Carolina and No. 16 Texas. It gets harder from here. The next stretch after the finals break includes Fresno State, DePaul, Tennessee, USF, Xavier and UConn.
Stanford’s Kayla Pedersen – Deb Gumbley photo
2. UCLA (4-0). Darxia Morris, last week’s Pac-10 Player of the Week, had a strong game against Temple to lead the Bruins to another victory. UCLA rallied from a five-point deficit at home in the second half to win by double-digits.
3. Cal (5-1). The biggest challenge of the young season awaits the Bears in Saturday’s matchup with Texas A&M in College Station. But success so far should have Cal feeling confident.
4. Arizona (5-1). This team should be scaring the heck out of the Pac-10 right now. The ‘Cats lost 87-78 to Texas A&M on Friday in Cancun but gave the eight-ranked Aggies all they could handle. And they did it with Ify Ibekwe in foul trouble. Arizona shaping up to be the team that could shake up the conference race.
5. USC (3-2). The Women of Troy got a great win at home over Georgia and then stumbled against Princeton at the Vanderbilt Tournament This is the kind of inconsistency that USC can never seem to shake.
6. UC Davis (5-1). The Aggies posted their first-ever win over SEC opponent, defeating South Carolina at home this weekend.
7. Arizona State (3-2). The Sun Devils have moved through the toughest part of their non-conference schedule now with losses to Tennessee and Florida State.
8. Nevada (5-1). The Wolfpack are off to a strong start including wins over North Carolina State and a struggling San Diego State team in their tournament this weekend. Next up, a date against Arizona.
9. Fresno State (4-2). The Bulldogs rebounded from their loss at Oklahoma to defeat Pepperdine on Sunday. The next two weeks of the schedule include games against TCU and Stanford.
10. Oregon State (4-2). A shout out to the Beavers, who are not even close to the mess that people assumed they would be. They lost to Rutgers in the final game of the UNLV Tournament, but beat the host team and are playing some pretty respectable basketball.