Make that five weeks in a row that the Arizona women’s basketball team is ranked No. 18 in the AP Top 25 poll, released this morning.
The Wildcats (13-1 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) are in the rankings for the seventh straight week, their longest appearance since the program was ranked 15 times in the 2002-03 season.
Adia Barnes’ team is coming off its first loss of the season yesterday at UCLA after beating ASU and USC on the road to open the Pac-12 season.
The Wildcats host No. 3 Oregon State (14-0, 2-0) on Friday night at 8 and No. 2 Oregon (12-1, 2-0) on Sunday at noon. Arizona has won 13 straight games at McKale dating to last season when the Beavers beat the Wildcats 65-60 in double-overtime on March 3.
Barnes has mentioned that a crowd of 8,000 to 9,000 for the games this weekend is realistic given the caliber of the opponents and how Arizona has performed to this point.
Oregon State is one of four remaining unbeaten teams in the country along with No. 1 UConn (12-0), No. 8 UCLA (14-0) and No. 9 North Carolina State (14-0).
Stanford (13-1, 2-0) is the other Pac-12 that is ranked. The Cardinal is No. 5.
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