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Best of the West: West Coast Women's College Hoops Power Rankings

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Monday, November 28, 2011 at 9:41pm EST

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  1. Stanford (4-1).  A 10-point loss on the road to Connecticut exposed some things the Cardinal needs to work on in the next few weeks before Tennessee comes to town. One thing is clear, Nneka Ogwumike needs to stay on the floor. She has been dominant thus far.
  2. Arizona State (4-1). Falling just short against Rutgers proves that ASU might be ready to regain its place as the Pac-12’s No. 2. The Sun Devils’ next big challenge on the schedule doesn’t come until the Dec. 16 game at DePaul.
  3. Cal (4-2).  Beating Virginia and former coach Joanne Boyle – the program’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2009 – was a big way to end a Hawaiian tournament for the Bears. Layshia Clarendon posted her first double-double of the season in the win.
  4. Gonzaga (3-1). Katelan Redmon and Kayla Standish scored 47 of their team’s 99 points in Sunday’s win over Portland State. On Wednesday the Zags will take on Washington State for the first time in 10 years.
  5. USC (2-3). The Women of Troy finished up their brutal road run with a win over Gardner-Webb, but now have to come back to California and rebuild their resume and their confidence after losses to Nebraska, Georgia and Notre Dame. The next big challenge is Sunday’s road game against Gonzaga.
  6. UCLA (3-2). A 33-point loss to Baylor was humbling for Cori Close’s team, but the Bruins have big opportunities to get some momentum back with a Wednesday road game against San Diego State before a big December that includes games against LSU (and former coach Nikki Caldwell), Tennessee and the start of conference play against Cal and Stanford.
  7. UC Davis (5-0). The Aggies are 5-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Samantha Meggison has scored in double figures in every game so far. The biggest challenge of the preseason comes Wednesday night at Stanford.
  8. Arizona (4-0). The Wildcats are off to a strong start and have posted a 3-0 record on the road. BYU will provide Arizona a tough test in Hawaii on Thursday.
  9. Oregon (6-0). How do you rate a Ducks team that hasn’t played away from home, hasn’t played anyone that will truly challenge them, but keeps on winning? They are 6-0 for the first time since 2004-05. But Thursday’s road game against Fresno State should be a good barometer.
  10. San Diego State (4-1). This team has good wins over DePaul and Washington and the Pac-12 portion of the schedule has commenced. Next up is UCLA on Wednesday and Washington State on Friday. Courtney Clements, the transfer from Arizona, is leading the way at 19.2 points a game.

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