Week Four Pac-12 Power Rankings

1) Stanford (5-1)

Tara Vanderveer’s Cardinal bounced back from their split against California nicely with wins over then-No. 14 UCLA and a gritty USC team.

Chiney Ogwumike scores against USC (Credit: Michael Li)

Chiney Ogwumike scores against USC (Credit: Michael Li)

Up Next: Utah and Colorado

2) California (5-1)

Gennifer Brandon showed why she is the most dominate rebounder in the Pac-12 and perhaps the country, grabbing 26 in an overtime, come-from-behind win over USC. Brandon followed up on that performance by tallying a double-double (her ninth of the season) in the Bears’ win over UCLA.

Up Next: Colorado and Utah

3) UCLA (4-2)

The Bruins had their chances on the road against Cal after being blown out of the water by Stanford. UCLA failed to get defensive stops and key rebounds, and fell by five on the road.

Up Next: Arizona and Arizona State

4) Colorado (4-2)

Linda Lappe’s Buffs played perhaps their best game of the season on Sunday, demolishing Arizona 79-36. CU also turned in a strong performance on Friday, beating ASU 57-43.

Up Next: at California and Stanford

5) USC (4-2)

The Women of Troy could be much higher if they had closed out what seemed like a sure victory on the road against No. 7 California. Missed free-throws and box-outs down the stretch cost USC a chance at a signature road win.

Up Next: Arizona State and Arizona

6) Washington (4-2)

Kevin McGuff’s Huskies beat travel partner Washington State twice last week, the second edition in come-from-behind fashion on the road in Pullman, without the services of star guard Jazmine Davis for much of the second half.

Up Next: Oregon State and Oregon

7) Arizona State (2-4)

The Sun Devils took their lumps against Colorado and Utah after beating the Oregon schools in Tempe. ASU has struggled to score but they have played a tough, pressuring defense that Sun Devil fans have come to expect under Charli Turner-Thorne.

Up Next: at USC and UCLA

8) Oregon State (3-3)

OSU could easily be 5-1 at this point of Pac-12 play if they had caught some breaks early in Los Angeles. Next week should show whether or not Oregon State has what it takes to finish in the top half of the Pac-12.

Up Next: at Washington and Washington State

9) Utah (1-5)

Utah has been on the receiving end of some unfortunate scheduling early in Pac-12 play. The Utes’ first four conference games were all against ranked foes. Head coach Anthony Levrets was probably disappointed to split against the Arizona schools at home, considering up next is the toughest road trip they will face all season.

Up Next: at Stanford and California

10) Arizona (3-3)

It might be a little unfair to put Arizona beneath teams like Utah and Arizona State, but the Utes’ three conference wins came against foes with a combined two conference wins. Arizona managed to pull out a win in Salt Lake last week, but struggled mightily against Colorado, only scoring 36 points.

Up Next: at UCLA and USC

11) Washington State (1-5)

Wazzou had a chance to take down their rivals from Seattle, but they couldn’t manage to close the Huskies out down the stretch. Now with the Oregon schools coming to Pullman, the Cougars should be hoping for at least a split.

Up Next: Oregon and Oregon State

12) Oregon (0-6)

The clock has to be ticking on Paul Westhead in Eugene. The Ducks are 2-16 and have lost eight straight dating back to before Christmas.

Up Next: at Washington State and Washington


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