PAC-12 Women's PREVIEW
1. Stanford: The Cardinal (11-1) goes for its 13th consecutive league title behind junior forward Chiney Ogwumike (21.5 points, 12.8 rebounds per game). But No. 4 Stanford got exposed in a 26-point defeat to Connecticut and plays the league's best teams in seven of its first eight games.
2. Cal: This could be the Bears' year with all starters scoring in double figures and the only defeat coming at No. 3 Duke. Seventh-ranked Cal (10-1) plays host to Stanford on Tuesday in a Pac-12 showdown.
3. UCLA: Senior forward Markel Walker and 6-foot-3 Tennessee transfer Alyssia Brewer lead the No. 16 Bruins (9-2), who have been impressive except for a 77-72 home defeat to Cal State Northridge.
4. Colorado: All-Pac-12 guard Chucky Jeffery is getting help from redshirt freshman Arielle Roberson (15.7 ppg) as the No. 20 Buffaloes opened 11-0 for the second consecutive season.
5. Utah: The Utes (9-2) should be tough in Salt Lake City while relying on post play from 6-3 junior Taryn Wicijowski (16.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and 6-4 junior Michelle Plouffe. But questions remain after they lost at home Saturday to 5-6 North Dakota.
6. Arizona State: Coach Charli Turner Thorne returned for her 16th season after a yearlong sabbatical, and the Sun Devils (8-4) enter league play with five-game win streak.
7. Washington: The Huskies' (8-3) backcourt is formidable with former Valley Christian-San Jose star Jazmine Davis (19.5 ppg) teamed with redshirt senior Kristi Kingma, who missed last season with an injury.
8. Arizona: The Wildcats went 8-3 in the nonconference season, but they didn't get a quality victory while losing to decent BYU, Texas El Paso and Long Beach State teams.
9. Washington State: The Cougars (4-7) could make a dramatic leap in the coming months with the improvement of six freshmen, especially after upsetting Gonzaga on Saturday.
10. USC: The Trojans (3-8) have lost six in a row and need someone to help 6-2 junior Cassie Harberts (16.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg) inside.
11. Oregon State: The season has blown up on coach Scott Rueck, as the Beavers (6-6) lost senior point guard Sage Indendi to an ankle surgery and 6-7 senior center Thais Pinto to a knee injury.
12: Oregon: The Ducks (2-10) couldn't wait for the return of 6-1 sophomore Liz Brenner, who helped Oregon reach the NCAA championship in volleyball. Coach Paul Westhead's team has had a rash of injuries to spoil any chance of success.
-- Elliott Almond