Gotta say, the Pac-10 is making this a tough exercise this week…
- Stanford (20-1, 10-0). The Cardinal have built a three-game lead in the conference standings after ending a four-game Pac-10 homestand. Next up a road trip to Washington and likely more of the same – dominating wins. Unsung hero for the Cardinal right now – fifth-year senior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude.
USC’s Jacki Gemelos and Stanford’s JJ Hones – Deb Gumbley photo
- Gonzaga (19-4, 8-0). Portland had the Zags down at the half on the road, but Gonzaga rallied for the win. The Zags will take a 10-game winning streak to St. Mary’s on Thursday night with sole possession of first place
- UCLA (15-7, 8-3). The Bruins got a predictable split on the Bay Area trip and won a defensive battle against Cal on Saturday in Berkeley. They should have the momentum going into this weekend’s rematch with USC, which will determine sole possession of second place in the Pac-10.
- Fresno State (18-5, 9-0). The Bulldogs are the midst of their best start since the 1986-87 season. Saturday’s win over Hawaii was FSU’s 10th in a row, a school record.
- USC (13-8, 7-3). After getting swept this weekend in the Bay Area, the Women of Troy go home to regroup for next weekend’s game against UCLA. Jacki Gemelos made big contributions for USC this weekend. That bodes well for the stretch run. USC needs at least five more wins to be in solid NCAA shape.
- St. Mary’s (17-7, 8-1). This is the best conference start for St. Mary’s since the 1989-90 season. Louella Tomlinson tied the single-game rebounding record in the WCC with 24 rebounds against USF. And now she needs three blocks to break the NCAA Division I career record. Now the fun begins, Thursday night’s home game against Gonzaga.
- Cal (12-10, 6-5). The Bears got a big win over USC and then came Saturday’s unwatchable loss to UCLA in which they scored eight points at the half. The Bears need more offensive balance with Alexis Gray-Lawson cooling off. But Washington is a good place to get back on track.
- San Diego State (14-7, 6-3). The Aztecs lost at home in a conference game for the first time since the 2008 and dropped into a tie for second in the Mountain West Conference standings after losing at home to a rolling New Mexico team.
- Oregon (14-8, 5-5). The Ducks played their last Civil War game in Mac Court and won, 82-62. The 20-point margin was Oregon’s largest in the Pac-10. Next up a tough homestand against the Arizona schools.
- Arizona State (14-8, 6-5). This was a tough weekend in Tempe. The Sun Devils are absorbing their loss to Washington State on Saturday, the Cougars first win of the Pac-10 season.