December 9, 2022 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Where does the Pac-12 stand?

Who is the No. 2 team in the Pac-12?

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. In this episode, host Natalie Heavren is joined by The Next’s Pac-12 reporter Michelle Smith to discuss all things Pac-12 through the first month of the 2022-23 season. They discuss Arizona (before the shocking upset Thursday night) and what teams could be the second-best team in the conference with Stanford being the clear No. 1.

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Michelle on USC and why they are an intriguing team early this season even if they aren’t in conversation for the No. 2 spot:

I voted for USC in the poll this week, by the way, because they’re 8-0 … they look pretty good. And they’re another team that I’m waiting for them to play [a quality opponent] so that I can get a little better barometer of where they stand and how they’ll roll into conference [play.] I think they’re one of those teams that could come in with a really good record and the struggle quickly … but Lindsay Gottlieb’s a good coach and she’s got some good players.

Michelle on Cameron Brink and her great start to the season:

Cameron Brink … she’s stepping out beyond the three-point line, she’s really expanding her game. I think that that the story with [Brink] is what it always is: If she can stay on the floor, she’s one of the best players in the country. I thought her game against South Carolina, was spectacular, even though they lost that game. I think she showed her [skills] really, really well in that game.

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