Lindsay Sherbert and Cal rank just behind Stanford after falling to the Cardinal on Saturday.

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 5

No. 1: Stanford (18-1, 9-0) Even if Stanford had fallen in last weekend’s overtime thriller against Cal, the Cardinal would still top the Pac-12. The team is just too good. Led by the powerful and unpronounceable Ogwumike sisters, Stanford continues to sail right past inferior Pac-12 competition. The entire conference
Read More…

Conference Questions

How good is Arizona State? Just three weeks ago, Arizona State was on a three-game losing streak to open the Pac-12 season with a 1-3 record. Now, the Sun Devils are the hottest team in the conference not named Stanford or Cal. Arizona State won five straight games, leapfrogging over
Read More…

Freshman Brittany Boyd notched a career-high 19 points in Saturday’s game.

Bears fall short in overtime challenge

STANFORD, Calif. — In those final minutes, the home crowd in Maples Pavilion was deafening. The cacophony reflected a confidence palpable in both the cheers that exploded every time Stanford (18-1, 9-0 in the Pac-12) sank a shot and the slightly bored silence that descended upon the court whenever Cal
Read More…

annie.gerlach.online

The extreme nature of a winning streak

A winning streak stands out because it defies common logic. It draws attention because it’s so unnatural — we take something that we’ve deemed impossible and watch it come to fruition before our eyes. The numbers are there, in black and white, but with no explanation to back them up,
Read More…

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 4

No. 1: Stanford (17-1, 8-0) Perhaps there is a crack in Stanford’s near-invincible armor. In their last game against Washington, the Cardinal played miserably in the first half, shooting a fraction above 30 percent. Although Stanford turned it around in the second half to blow out the Huskies, 65-47, the
Read More…

Conference Questions

What does the USC-Oregon State game mean for the rest of the conference? The Trojans have the third-toughest schedule in the nation this year. Despite falling to most of its superior competitors earlier in the season, programs such as No. 5 Notre Dame or No. 7 Texas A&M presented undoubtedly gave
Read More…

seung.lee.onlinejpg

Bears change pace with winning streak

What a difference three weeks can make. Three weeks ago, the Cal women’s basketball team lost to UCLA, 60-55, in a frantic-paced game that came down to the last minute. On Sunday against Washington State, in a tilt that played eerily similar to the aforementioned contest, the Bears this time
Read More…