Stars to watch
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford:
The senior All-American is the nation’s third-leading scorer (27 points) and the Pac-12’s all-time leading rebounder (1,483). Ogwumike is 49 points from tying the conference all-time scoring record.
Washington guards: Pac-12 freshman of the year Kelsey Plum and All-Pac-12 junior Jazmine Davis rank among the conference’s top five in scoring, three-pointers made and minutes played.
Jillian Alleyne, Oregon: The sophomore leads the nation in rebounding (15.7) and double-doubles (26) while ranking third in the Pac-12 in scoring (21.6 points).
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#SwishSisters: Oregon State’s long-range shooters — sophomore Jamie Weisner (Clarkston High) and freshman Sydney Wiese — have been joined by freshman Gabriella Hanson, who leads the Pac-12 in three-point shooting percentage (44.3 percent).
Brittany Boyd, California: The junior finishes games all over your stat book, leading the Pac-12 in assists (5.8) and steals (2.9) while ranking in the top 15 in scoring (14.7) and rebounding (6.9).
USC coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke: Led the Trojans to NCAA titles as a player, finished her first season as coach at 18-12 overall, fifth in Pac-12 standings.
Washington coach Mike Neighbors: In his first season as a Division I head coach, Neighbors snagged wins against three ranked teams in his 17-12 debut.
Washington State junior guard Tia Presley: Missed her first two conference tournaments due to injuries. Ranks sixth in the conference in scoring (18.9).
Oregon State center Ruth Hamblin: Recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in a January win against Oregon.
California guard Brittany Boyd: Recorded triple-double with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a February victory over Washington State.
NCAA tournament hopes
No. 4 Stanford: Looking to win conference tournament title then claim one of the No. 1 overall seeds in NCAA tournament.
No. 20 California: Could end up at UW host site if it advances to conference tournament final.
Oregon State: Projected to make tournament; advancing to at least semifinals this week would strengthen its case.
USC: Listed as one of the “next four (teams) out” in tournament predictions; needs two wins this week to re-enter conversation.
Washington State: Has three wins against ranked opponents but would need to advance to the championship game to be a serious candidate.
Washington: Listed as one of the “first four (teams) out” in tournament predictions; needs to advance at least to semifinal round to have a shot.
Current WNBA connections
Jayne Appel, Stanford (2010), San Antonio
Layshia Clarendon, California (’13), Indiana
Briana Gilbreath, USC (’12), Phoenix
Julie Brase Hairgrove, Arizona (‘03), Phoenix assistant coach
Ebony Hoffman, USC (’04), Los Angeles
Briann January, Arizona State (’09), Indiana
Leilani Mitchell, Utah (’09), New York
Eshaya Murphy, USC (’07), Chicago
Nneka Ogwumike, Stanford (’12), Los Angeles
Shelley Patterson, Washington State (’83), Minnesota assistant coach
Kayla Pedersen, Stanford (’11), Connecticut
Jeanette Pohlen, Stanford (’11), Indiana
Nicole Powell, Stanford (’04), Tulsa
Noelle Quinn, UCLA (’07), Storm
Joslyn Tinkle, Stanford (’13), Storm
Davellyn Whyte, Arizona (’13), San Antonio
Candice Wiggins, Stanford (’08), Tulsa