NCAAW Pac-12: Alissa Pili, No. 8 Utah Utes remain unbeaten

Conference play is warming up and we have actually had Oregon State disturbing UCLA, Stanford ruling supreme and Utah remaining unbeaten. Here is where every group in the Pac-12 stands at the start of 2023:

1) No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (15-1, 3-0)

Stanford is as excellent as marketed. They’ve won 10 in a row, are unbeaten in the Pac-12 and all their crucial gamers are carrying out well. Their next huge test will protest No. 12 UCLA next week, however up until now Stanford has actually shown to be head and shoulders above the rest.

2) No. 8 Utah Utes (14-0, 3-0)

If Stanford is as excellent as marketed, the Utah Utes are much better than marketed. They are unbeaten and Alissa Pili has actually been spectacular, leading the group in points and rebounds. Gianna Kneepkens has actually struck her stride, balancing 14.1 points a night on 25.5 minutes, and with 4 gamers scoring double digits in points, Utah is as strong as any group in the nation. They are still flying under the radar, however that will certainly alter if they win their mid-January matches versus No. 15 Arizona and No. 2 Stanford.

3) No. 12 UCLA Bruins (13-2, 2-1)

Will the genuine Bruins please stand? Are they the group beat No. 17 Oregon a week back and went toe-to-toe with South Carolina previously this season, or are they the group that simply lost to Oregon State 77-72? We’ll understand quickly enough with a rematch versus USC today and a video game versus Stanford next week.

4) No. 15 Arizona Wildcats (12-2, 2-1)

Their current loss to Stanford may have you down on the Wildcats, however they still have the trio of Shaina Pellington, Jade Loville and Cate Reese. I would not count them out yet and with video games versus No. 18 Oregon and No. 8 Utah showing up, they’ll have lots of possibilities to rise the AP rankings.

5) No. 18 Oregon Ducks (11-3, 2-1)

Oregon has actually been evaluated greatly over the previous 2 weeks. They’ve played 3 Top 25 groups and beat a reputable USC group. Ranked at No. 18 appears proper for the Ducks and with simply one difficult match meeting No. 15 Arizona, they must have the ability to acquire some wins this month.

6) Colorado Buffaloes (12-3, 2-1)

Not a ranked group however the very best of the rest, the Colorado Buffaloes have actually begun 2-1 in the conference, losing to simply Utah, however they did lose in blowout style. Quay Miller will need to continue leading the charge. She’s balancing 14.2 points and 7.7 rebounds a video game leading the Buffaloes in both classifications.

7) USC Trojans (11-3, 1-2)

Are the Women of Troy back? A worthy effort versus UCLA and a strong win versus Oregon State definitely reveal indications of guarantee for USC. Still, they’ll require to win the rematch versus the Bruins today if they wish to show they are legitimate competitors to end up Top 5 in the conference.

8) California Golden Bears (10-4, 1-2)

Cal is having a hard time in the Pac-12. They are 1-2 and 3 of their next 4 video games protest ranked challengers. The silver lining? Watching Jadya Curry score as much as possible. She leads the group in points and stood apart versus Stanford, scoring 20 in the loss. I’m not exactly sure the number of wins the Golden Bears will have this year however enjoying Curry play sure is enjoyable.

9) Washington Huskies (9-4, 1-2)

These are difficult times for the Huskies. They’ve lost back-to-back video games and with the Pac-12 being as stacked as it is, there will not be numerous winnable video games showing up. One winnable video game is their match versus Washington State on Sunday. If they can’t win that video game, January might get unsightly quick.

10) Oregon State Beavers (9-5, 1-2)

The Beavers stunned the college basketball world by beating UCLA last weekend. Can they manage another disturbed versus Arizona on Friday? If they do, Talia Von Oelhoffen will be a huge reason. She’s balancing 16.6 points per video game and even when she’s having an off night as she had versus the Bruins, she discovers a method to be an element.

11) Washington State Cougars (10-4, 0-3)

Still winless in the conference, things are looking rough for the Cougars. Charlisse Leger-Walker is having an excellent season, however she’ll require her fellow guards Tara Wallack and Johanna Teder to lighten the scoring load and center Bella Murekatete to be dominant on the glass.

12) Arizona State Sun Devils (7-7, 0-3)

The Sun Devils have actually been at the bottom of these rankings all season. Unfortunately very little wish for Arizona State this year. Tyi Skinner has actually been a container however besides that, it’s been 6 losses in 7 video games and each loss by double digits.

What is perhaps the very best conference in America has lots of marquee matches today. Two video games I’d make sure not to miss out on are UCLA vs. USC and Oregon vs. Arizona. These video games make certain to be competitive and the winners will certainly go up in the rankings. It might still be early in the Pac-12 season, however a lot is currently at stake.

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