Here’s the Northwest 11 weekly power ranking. The qualifying regional Division I schools are Washington, Washington State, Seattle U, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Idaho and Boise State. Idaho State will not be included due to Pocatello’s more eastern location.
NORTHWEST 11 WEEK 4
(Rank/Last Week/ School/Record: Comment)
1. (1) Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1 WCC): The No. 20 Zags scored in triple-digits for the first time this season, defeating San Francisco 101-66 on Saturday. The 35-point margin is Gonzaga’s second-largest in a win in West Coast Conference play. Junior G Lindsay Sherbert, a transfer from Cal, led with a career-high 23 points. GU moved up in the AP poll after the win. Here are the highlights:
2. (2) Idaho (15-7, 8-0 WAC): ESPN’s latest “Bracketology” has the Vandals as a No. 14 seed in the NCAA tournament and playing at Alaska Airlines Arena in the opening round. The Zags are also part of the field of four teams projected to play at the UW host site. IU is on its best winning streak since the 1985-86 season when the team started the season at 10-0.
3. (3) Oregon State (13-9, 5-5 Pac-12): Sophomore G Jamie Weisner (Clarkston HS) is questionable due to an injury suffered in a loss at Arizona State last week.
4. (5) Washington (12-9, 5-5 Pac-12): Junior G Jazmine Davis scored 25 points in a win against USC on Sunday to surpass 1,500 career points (1,521) and move into the UW’s all-time top 10 in points scored. The effort also sealed Washington’s first sweep of the LA schools since 2002.
5. (8) Boise State (12-8, 7-2 Mountain West): The Broncos’ win streak has stretched to six, putting Boise State a game behind Colorado State (16-4, 8-1) for the MWC lead. Boise State has made eight or more 3-pointers in its past five games.
6. (6) Portland (12-10, 5-6 WCC): Same story — win one, lose one…
7. (4) Washington State (12-10, 6-4 Pac-12): The Cougs split the weekend road trip in LA, tying itself with No. 23 Cal (14-7, 6-4) for fourth place in Pac-12 standings. WSU hosts Cal on Sunday but plays No. 4 Stanford first. The Cougs are 0-53 against the Card all-time.
8. (7) Seattle U (10-11, 5-3 WAC): The Redhawks raised more than $2,000 for women’s cancer research at Saturday’s benefit during the SU loss to Idaho. I probably would have chipped in $100 to not see coach Joan Bonvicini get pied after the disappointing game against the Vandals. But a bet’s a bet.
9. (9) Eastern Washington (9-10, 5-5 Big Sky): Junior G Lexie Nelson was named by the school as its scholar-athlete for the month of February. Nelson is an exercise science major with a 3.71 GPA. EWU’s 52-51 win at Northern Colorado on Saturday was the first road victory of the season. Nelson had nine points.
10. (10) Oregon (12-9, 3-7 Pac-12): Sophomore F Jillian Alleyne had back-to-back 20-20 games last week. UO defeated Arizona and lost to No. 11 Arizona State. Alleyne had 29 points and 20 rebounds (10 offensive) in the 84-72 win at Arizona. She tied a school record by going 11 of 11 at the free-throw line.
11. (10) Portland State (5-14, 3-7 Big Sky): According to reports, the Vikings were saved from being posterized by an Emily Evers dunk in a 69-44 loss at North Dakota on Saturday.