EDIT: Stanford moved up to No. 3 in the AP rankings released on Monday. An earlier version of this blog post had the Cardinal at its previous No. 4 standing.
Stanford narrowly defeated Washington State 77-69 on Friday. The Cougs were only down 74-69 with 33 seconds remaining in the game in Pullman.
It’s WSU’s 54th Pac-12 regular-season loss to Stanford.
Seven games are slated to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks this weekend. No. 4 Stanford will visit Washington on Sunday for a game that will be broadcasted on ESPNU at 12:30pm (PT). Up first, however, is Stanford’s matchup at Washington State at 6pm Friday on Pac-12 Networks.
The series has a dubious reputation for being the longest current losing streak in NCAA women’s hoops.
The Cougs (12-10, 6-4 Pac-12) haven’t defeated the Card (21-1, 10-0) in 53 meetings. Given Stanford still has an Ogwumike in its lineup, it’s doubtful the streak will end Friday…until you consider WSU broke a 36-game losing streak against Washington in January, sweeping the Huskies, and has defeated three ranked teams this season.
Stanford senior F Chiney Ogwumike had to carry her team earlier this season but is now getting support from the young roster. She is averaging 27 points, which ranks third in the country, and is ninth in the nation in rebounding (12) with 16 double doubles this season.
“(One) of the better, premier front lines in the world,” Cougs coach June Daugherty said at her weekly press conference on Tuesday. “In the past, at times, we’ve played (Stanford) very well…we look forward to the challenge.”
WSU split its games in Los Angeles last week. The Cougs have lost four of its past five games overall.
In other WSU news, senior F Hana Potter was selected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to be part of its “So You Want To Be A Coach?” program. The three-day introduction to what it actually means to be a basketball coach will be held at the women’s Final Four in Nashville in April.
Here is the full TV schedule for the conference this weekend. Pac-12 teams are in the home stretch of league play. Only Arizona (4-18, 0-11) is out of contention for one of the coveted first-round byes in the Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena in March. Stanford is en route for the No. 1 seed. WSU is currently tied with No. 23 Cal (14-7, 6-4) for fourth in the conference while UW (12-9, 5-5) is a game behind in conference standings.
PAC-12 TV SCHEDULE
Friday, February 7#3/3 Stanford at Washington State, 6 p.m. PT P12NUtah at Oregon, 7 p.m. PT Live Stream#23/22 California at Washington, 8 p.m. PT P12NColorado at Oregon State P12N 8 p.m. PTSaturday, February 8UCLA at USC, 3 p.m. PT P12NSunday, February 9Utah at Oregon State, 12 p.m. PT P12N#11/16 Arizona State at Arizona, 1 p.m. MT P12N#3/3 Stanford at Washington, 12:30 PT ESPNU#23/22 California at Washington State, 2 p.m. PT P12NColorado at Oregon, 2 p.m. PT Live Stream* game times local to site; Live stream of games is available at pac-12.com.P12N indicates televised match on Pac-12 Networks.