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Pac-12 women’s basketball report: Colorado escapes Arizona by 1 point, Stanford beats WSU

The Pac-12 women’s basketball season is getting off the ground. We’re now in conference play. Weekend after weekend, contentious and interesting basketball games will shape the race in America’s most competitive and cutthroat conference.

Friday night, the top teams in the Pac-12 survived tough tests. You know that USC beat Oregon State by two points. It wasn’t any easier for Colorado.

The Buffaloes, like USC, are ranked in the top 10. They escaped Tucson with a 75-74 win over Arizona. When we look back on this Pac-12 season, there are likely to be a lot of close-shave moments which make the difference between being Pac-12 champion and a third-place team, between being a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and being a No. 3 seed. Colorado just gained the kind of win which could mean a lot to the Buffaloes in March.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Stanford joined Colorado at 2-0 in league play with a win over Washington State. The Cougars are 11-4 on the season but 0-2 in the Pac-12. Stanford, UCLA, and Colorado are the only three teams which are 2-0 through two conference games.

Cal beat Washington, 70-57. Washington lost its second game of the season.

Utah handled Arizona State, 58-41. UCLA hammered Oregon, 75-49.

Six more games will be played on Sunday afternoon. The toughest conference in women’s college basketball has two more months of contentious competition.

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Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire