A once-promising season for Washington stumbled across an obstacle this week. F Marjorie Heard suffered a torn left ACL during practice on Monday.
Heard’s minutes were previously part of debate as fans questioned why she wasn’t playing much after a strong freshman season. In a deep rotation up front, she had to learn the system and break back into the rotation.
Heard appeared to be doing that, first with some quality minutes in the loss to Oregon and definitely after her defensive play in an overtime loss to Utah on Saturday. Both times she was given minutes because of foul trouble and injury by seniors Regina Rogers and Mackenzie Argens.
With Heard out for the remainder of the season, what first-year coach Kevin McGuff will do to fill those voids in the future is unknown. Rogers is suffering from a hamstring injury and is questionable to play in Saturday’s rivalry against Washington State. Argens has a nagging quad injury, but also fouled out against Utah. Meanwhile senior Mollie WIlliams hasn’t been offensively productive, averaging 1.5 points in four Pac-12 games.
It won’t drop Washington (9-5, 1-3 Pac-12) in the rankings. But that nearly two-decade long winning streak against WSU (9-7, 3-1)? Yeah, that might be in trouble without a solid front line.
Below is how the teams rank after two weeks of conference play. For this week’s playing schedule, click here.
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Ranking (Last Week) Team (Record): Comment
1. (1) Stanford (13-1, 4-0): First trip to play Rocky Mountain newbies, 11-0 v Utah, 5-4 v Colorado.
2. (2) USC (8-6, 3-1): PG Ashley Corral (Prairie HS) avg. 15.5 points, 5 assists in Desert sweep.
3. (3) Colorado (13-1, 2-1): Had 12-game win streak snapped at Washington on Thursday.
4. (7) California (11-5, 2-2): Leads the nation in rebounding margin (+18.3).
5. (4) WSU (9-7, 3-1): Hosts UW in basketball’s Apple Cup on Saturday, 7:30pm, ROOT Sports.
6. (6) Arizona (12-3, 1-2): Ranks eighth in NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (38.3).
7. (9) UCLA (7-8, 2-2): Hosts USC on Saturday in battle of LA. Bruins have won past four, though.
8. (5) ASU (10-4, 1-2): As expected, lack of offense hurts, averaging 52 points in Pac-12 play.
9. (8) OSU (10-5, 1-3): Cheers to having folks belting “Defend Maples!” in near Stanford upset.
10. (10) Oregon (9-7, 1-3): F Amanda Johnson (thumb) still out, Ducks 2-5 without her.
11. (11) Washington (9-5, 1-3): Paging Wetmore (2-for-13 past 2 games), please report to court.
12. (12) Utah (7-5, 1-2): Hosts California on Sunday at 1:30pm PST on ROOT Sports.
The Players of the Week:
Pac-12 POW: Stanford senior F Nnemkadi Ogwumike.
WCC POW: San Diego senior G Dominique Conners.
Big Sky POW: Idaho State junior G Kaela Oakes and Portland State sophomore G Kate Lanz (CC HS).
WAC POW: San Jose State senior G Sara Plavljanin.
My Golden Apple: Nebraska PG Lindsey Moore (Kentwood HS) is helping the Huskers wreak havoc in its inaugural year in the Big Ten. She scored 16 of her final 22 points in the second half of a 77-72 win over Iowa on Sunday. No. 15 Nebraska is 3-0 in conference play.
Play it Back: Here’s a video montage of WCC men’s and women’s play, including No. 23 Gonzaga women. But check out the shots of San Diego, which also is getting votes in national polls.