Week 5 Pac-12 Power Rankings

1) Stanford (7-1)

The Cardinal remain ahead of their rivals across the bay on the virtue of their strong performances against Utah and Colorado last weekend.

Last Week: 1

Up Next: at Oregon and Oregon State

2) California (7-1)

The Bears fell behind by 16 points at home against Colorado, only to storm back to win by three. They didn’t make it through the weekend unscathed, as Gennifer Brandon and Reshanda Gray suffered minor injuries.

Last Week: 2

Up Next: at Oregon State and Oregon

3) UCLA (6-2)

The Bruins were led by their freshmen in their sweep of the Arizona schools. Kari Korver heled stretch the zone against the Wildcats, while Nirra Fields led the way for UCLA against Arizona State.

Last Week: 3

Up Next: Colorado and Utah

4) Colorado (4-4)

The unbalanced schedule has not blessed Colorado with an easy start. CU faced the Bay Area schools for the second time so far this season, dropping a heartbreaker to California, as Brittany Wilson missed a game-tying three at the buzzer. The Buffs looked good at times against Stanford, but they made way too many mental errors to win at Maples. Things don’t get much easier, as Colorado travels to Los Angeles to face UCLA and USC.

Last Week: 4

Up Next: at UCLA and USC

5) Washington (6-2)

Without the services of super sophomore Jazmine Davis, the Huskies came through with a huge, come-from-behind, overtime win against Oregon State. They backed it up with a nice win over an Oregon team that just tasted victory for the first time in conference play.

Last Week: 6

Up Next: at Arizona and Arizona State

6) USC (5-3)

The Trojans missed a golden opportunity to be 6-2 before facing Utah and Colorado. USC led Arizona State by 16 at halftime, only to be outscored by 23 in the second half, losing 60-53. The Trojans managed to split, picking up a big win against a struggling Arizona team.

Last Week: 5

Up Next: Utah and Colorado

7) Oregon State (3-5)

OSU could easily have five or six conference wins, but little mistakes (like fouling Kristi Kingma, allowing Washington to send Friday’s game into OT) have cost the Beavers. Now, Stanford and California will provide Oregon State with their toughest test to date.

Last Week: 8

Up Next: California and Stanford

8) Arizona State (3-5)

Most Pac-12 teams will be happy to split games with UCLA and USC, and that’s exactly what Arizona State did last weekend, mounting a huge second half comeback to beat the Trojans in Los Angeles, giving coach Charli Turner-Thorne her 300th victory at Arizona State.

Last Week: 7

Up Next: Washington State and Washington

9) Utah (1-7)

Yes, Utah is 1-7 in conference play, but six of those seven conference losses are to top 20 teams. After this weekend, Utah won’t see Colorado, Stanford, California or UCLA until the Pac-12 tournament.

Last Week: 9

Up Next: at USC and UCLA

10) Arizona (3-5)

Niya Butts has to be happy to have Kama Griffitts back in the lineup, giving the Wildcats a threat from behind the three-point line. The Wildcats return home for the first time in two weeks after a tough road swing to the Mountains and Los Angeles.

Last Week: 10

Up Next: Washington and Washington State

11) Oregon (1-7)

This was a difficult choice. Washington State has two conference wins, but Oregon did beat WSU on the road last weekend. Time will tell whether Oregon or Washington State will finish in the basement of the Pac-12.

Last Week: 12

Up Next: Stanford and California

12) Washington State (2-6)

The Cougars split with the Oregon schools, but not in the way one might have expected. Falling to Oregon, only to rebound well against OSU is a good sign for Wazzou going forward.

Last Week: 11

Up Next: at Arizona State and Arizona

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