Women’s basketball preparing for competitive Pac-12

The UCLA women’s basketball team is one of seven Pac-12 teams ranked in the AP top 25 this week after the polls came out Monday morning.

The No. 10 Bruins (9-2) start their Pac-12 schedule Friday against Utah at Pauley Pavilion (7 p.m.). Both of UCLA’s losses have come to top-10 teams (No. 3 Baylor and No. 6 South Carolina).

Pac-12 coaches picked the Bruins as the favorite to win the conference this season. Junior guard Jordin Canada leads UCLA in scoring with 17.6 points, which is fourth in the Pac-12. Junior forward Monique Billings is sixth in the conference in scoring (17.0 points) and third in rebounding (10.2 rebounds).

No. 9 Washington (12-1) leads the Pac-12 in the AP Poll, with Stanford (13), Arizona State (18) and Colorado (20) also checking in inside the top 20. No. 21 California and No. 22 Oregon State also cracked the rankings this week.

In the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, UCLA is ranked ninth, which leads all Pac-12 teams, followed by No. 10 Stanford and No. 11 Washington. Oregon State (15), Arizona State (21) and Cal (24) also appeared in the coaches’ poll.