PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCE PREVIEW
1. Stanford: Only question is whether it can go undefeated again -- though loss of starting freshman Jasmine Camp weakens guard rotation.
2. Cal: First-year coach Lindsay Gottlieb has inherited a deep and talented team that appears to be headed back to NCAA tournament.
3. USC: Recent loss of senior guard Jacki Gemelos with fifth ACL tear in career put a dent in the Trojans' hopes of challenging Stanford.
4. UCLA: New coach Cori Close hopes return of 6-foot-1 Markel Walker (thumb injury) revives struggling Bruins (5-6).
5. Arizona State: Associate head coach Joseph Anders is filling in for coach Charli Turner Thorne, who has taken a nine-month voluntary leave.
6. Utah: Newcomer Utes likely to finish no better than in middle of weak league with only Stanford ranked in top 25.
7. Washington State: Cougars played a tough nonconference schedule that included losses to three ranked schools.
8. Oregon: High-scoring Ducks (80.4 ppg) have lost four of past six -- all to unranked teams.
9. Arizona: Wildcats (10-1) off to best start since the 1999-2000 season, but loss came against only quality opponent (BYU).
10. Washington: Regina Rogers leads the nation in field goal percentage (71.1 percent) for new coach Kevin McGuff.
11. Colorado: Buffaloes (11-0) completed second perfect nonconference season in school history by feasting on mediocre teams.
-- ELLIOTT ALMOND