Due to a lot of news, including some key deaths, we were unable to run a full story about Washington senior Regina Rogers being named Pac-12 Player of the Week. We did have a note in Tuesday’s newspaper and I’ll begin this week’s power rankings with what I wrote earlier:
Washington C Regina Rogers fought through double teams and a debilitating virus to help her team continue its 17-year win streak against Washington State on Sunday.
The 6-foot-3 senior finished with 21 points and nine rebounds in the 60-56 win despite being too ill to practice last week. For her effort, she was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday. It’s the first nod of Rogers’ career and first for a Husky this season, 30th overall.
With the win, the Huskies’ winning streak over the Cougars was extended to 34 games, tied for the seventh-longest in the country. UW’s 15 wins so far this season are the most since winning 18 in 2007.
Rogers was overwhelmed at the end of the game, presented with a game-ball by first-year UW coach Kevin McGuff to mark her 1,000th career point. She achieved that feat last week in a win at Arizona.
“No matter what happens, I think we’ve had a great season so far,” said Rogers, who averages a team-leading 16.2 points on 60.4 percent shooting from the field. “I hope we just continue that.”
No. 2 Stanford (first) and California (second) have locked up the top positions for next-week’s Pac-12 tournament in Los Angeles. The remaining of the seedings could be a jumbled mess depending on outcomes to close the regular-season this week — Washington possibly playing a part in who gets the coveted fourth and final bye.
The Huskies host the LA schools, playing Southern California first on Thursday. The Trojans, Oregon State, and UCLA are one-game apart from third and fourth place — spots that get a bye in the first round of the tourney.
Washington is currently seeded seventh and even if it swept its final two games, moving up to sixth is the only possibility since it was swept this season by Oregon State and Arizona State. And even securing sixth place for UW would be hard without the help of Washington State defeating UCLA and Arizona beating Arizona State. Those scenarios appear to be unlikely given the Cougars are on a seven-game losing streak and the Wildcats have lost 11 of their past 12.
If Washington did sweep the LA schools and WSU did help, giving UW and UCLA matching 9-9 conference records, the Huskies would have to defeat the Bruins by more than six points to win the tiebreaker. UCLA beat UW 79-73 in overtime earlier this month.
It’s been a crazy season for women’s basketball. Anything is possible. Here’s the complete schedule for this week. And here’s the final power ranking for the regular season:
Ranking (Last Week) Team (Record): Comment
1. (1) Stanford (26-1, 17-0): Hosts Seattle U on Wednesday in first-ever meeting at 7pm.
2. (2) California (22-7, 13-4): Hosts No. 2 Stanford on ROOT Sports at 6pm Sunday.
3. (4) USC (16-11, 10-6): On glittery 4-game win streak, but 1-5 this season v top-25.
4. (5) OSU (18-9, 9-7): Second-year coach Scott Rueck will get Coach of the Year nods.
5. (3) ASU (18-10, 9-8): After USC loss, needs run in conference tourney for NCAA bid.
6. (8) UCLA (14-13, 9-7): Get 10 Pac-12 wins w ASU, OSU and conference 1st since ’06.
7. (9) Washington (15-11, 7-9): C Regina Rogers fine after suffering from flu Sunday.
8. (6) Oregon (14-14, 6-10): On three-game losing streak, ends play on road where 2-8.
9. (7) Utah (13-14, 6-10): Senior PG Janita Badon leads league in assists (5.7).
10. (10) Colorado (16-11, 5-11): Better conference road record (3-6) than home (2-5).
11. (11) WSU (10-18, 4-12): Has lost nine games this season by nine points or fewer.
12. (12) Arizona (14-15, 3-14): Only hope is playing spoiler to ASU’s tourney hopes.
The Players of the Week:
Pac-12: Washington C Regina Rogers.
WCC: Gonzaga senior F Katelan Redmon.
Big Sky: Sacramento State sophomore G Alle Moreno.
WAC: San Jose State senior F Brittany Johnson.
My Golden Apple(s): There were a lot of standout performances last week in addition to Rogers. A nod goes to No. 22 Gonzaga for winning its eighth consecutive WCC title and for having four players rep the school in all-conference honors. Former Seattle Prep grad Kari Luttinen, a Portland G, was named to the All-WCC freshman team while junior G Lindsey Moore (Kentwood HS) helped No. 24 Nebraska upset then-No. 8 Ohio State 71-57. Moore was named All-Big Ten second team this week, averaging 15.4 points, 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals this season.
Play it back: It’s the final day of Black History Month. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate some of the people who’ve made strides for black people, like Washington usher George Hickman. He’s 87 and is a former Tuskegee Airman who works the tunnel where the Huskies take the court. He was featured by KING-5 and in case you missed it, here’s the clip: