1999-2000 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Final Release

May 9, 2000

The Pacific-10 Conference enjoyed another successful campaign in 1999-2000, as four teams advanced to the NCAA Championship (OREGON, ARIZONA, STANFORD, UCLA) for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons. In addition, two teams (USC, ARIZONA STATE) earned bids to the postseason Women's NIT.

OREGON captured its second straight Pac-10 title in '99-'00, and first outright crown, with a 14-4 Conference record. The Ducks posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the mid-1980's and earned their seventh straight NCAA Tournament bid. Once again, OREGON led the league in attendance, averaging 5,852 fans in McArthur Court, one of the top marks in the nation.

ARIZONA and STANFORD tied for second place in the Conference with 13-5 league records, while UCLA was one game back in fourth place. ARIZONA won a school-record 25 games this season and made its fourth straight NCAA appearnce, while STANFORD earned its 13th straight NCAA trip and UCLA went dancing for the third straight year. For only the second time ever, the Pac-10 placed two teams in the WNIT, as much-improved USC and ARIZONA STATE teams finished strong and extended their seasons.

Pac-10 Player of the Year: Shaquala Williams, Oregon, Guard,Pac-10 Freshman of the Year: Jamie Carey, Stanford, Guard,Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Judy Spoelstra, Oregon State, fifth season

POSTSEASON RESULTS

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Friday, March 17WEST REGION (Eugene, Ore.)No. 11 UAB 80, No. 6 OREGON 79 (OT)MIDEAST REGION (South Bend, Ind.)No. 7 George Washington 79, No. 10 UCLA 72

Saturday, March 18WEST REGION (Athens, Ga.)No. 9 STANFORD 81, No. 8 Michigan 74 (OT)

MIDEAST REGION (Knoxville, Tenn.)No. 8 ARIZONA 73, No. 9 Kent 61

Monday, March 20WEST REGION (Athens, Ga.)No. 1 Georgia 83, STANFORD 64

MIDEAST REGION (Knoxville, Tenn.)No. 1 Tennessee 75, ARIZONA 60

WOMEN'S NIT

Thursday, March 18at Colorado State 66, ARIZONA STATE 54USC 71, at Santa Clara 64

Saturday, March 20at Colorado State 66, ARIZONA STATE 56

POSTSEASON HONORS

KODAK ALL-AMERICAMaylana Martin, UCLA, honorable mentionShaquala Williams, Oregon, honorable mention

ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICAMaylana Martin, UCLA, honorable mention

NAISMITH ALL-AMERICAMaylana Martin, UCLA, finalist

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR WOMEN ALL-AMERICAMaylana Martin, UCLA, second team

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NEWS SERVICE FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICANicole Kaczmarski, UCLA, second teamLoree Payne, Washington, honorable mentionJamie Carey, Stanford

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL JOURNAL FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAJamie Carey, Stanford

GTE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA-DISTRICT VIIIMilena Flores, Stanford, first teamMegan Franza, Washington, first teamAlke Dietel, Washington State, second teamTheresa Jantzen, Arizona State, second teamPaige Bowie, California, third team

1999-2000 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

N. 29 Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZD. 6 Tatum Brown, ARIZD. 13 Maylana Martin, UCLAD. 20 Megan Franza, WASHJ. 3 Carolyn Moos, STANJ. 10 Kitch Kitchen, ASUJ. 17 Lisa Griffith, ARIZJ. 24 Maylana Martin, UCLAJ. 31 Shavaki Jackson, CALF. 7 Felecity Willis, ARIZF. 14 Rachel Holt, ASUF. 21 Tiffany Elmore, USCF. 28 Sissel Pierce, OSUM. 6 Shaquala Williams, OREM. 12 Nicole Kaczmarski, UCLA

ARIZONA (25-7, 13-5)Capitalizing on 10 returning letterwinners and all five starters from the '98-'99 team, the '99-'00 Wildcats utilized their depth and experience to roll to a 25-7 overall mark, setting a new school record for most wins in a season...Arizona posted a 13-5 conference record to finish in a tie for second , equaling the program's best Conference finish...Arizona opened the season with a nine-game win streak and went on to register an 11-1 mark in non-conference action. By winning their first Pac-10 game to improve to 12-1, the Cats tied the school record for the best start in the history of the program...the Wildcats made their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, bowing out in the second round to national runnerup Tennessee...the Wildcats won three tournaments in '99-'00, and broke the school record for average season attendance (2,556)...Arizona set or tied 23 school records this season, including most wins in a season (25), highest winning percentage (.781), most three-point field goals made in a season (162) and most points in a season (2,484). senior forward Tatum Brown and senior guard Felecity Willis were first team All-Pac-10 picks, while forward Krista Warren earned Pac-10 All-Freshman team honors...Brown led the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.590) and double-doubles this season (9), and ranks third in the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and ninth in scoring (12.4 ppg)...Willis ranked third in the Pac-10 in assists (5.28 apg)...senior forward Angela Lackey led the team and ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.8 ppg)...senior guard Lisa Griffith departs as the Pac-10 career leader in three-pointers made (285) and attempted (747).

ARIZONA STATE (14-15, 7-11)Arizona State posted a 14-15 mark in '99-'00, the most victories for the Sun Devils since the 1993 season...only two ASU teams won more games than this year's Sun Devils squad (14), the 1992 team (20) and the 1993 team (17)...ASU made its first postseason appearance since the 1991-92 season, and just the fifth ever appearance, with a berth in the Women's NIT, where they lost at Colorado State in the first round...ASU opened the season with an 11-4 record, one of the best starts in school history...Arizona State turned in an 11-3 mark at home this season, including six Pac-10 Conference victories, which ranks second on the ASU list for home victories in a season...sophomore forward Theresa Jantzen led the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and was second in rebounding (4.9 rpg), and earned Pac-10 honorable mention honors...Jantzen ranked 11th in the Pac-10 in scoring, fourth in field goal percentage (.524) and fourth in free throw percentage (.817)...senior Kristine Sand departs ranked third on the Arizona State career three-pointers list (91 treys)...Sand hit 34 three-pointers this season, which ties her for eighth on the ASU single-season chartsl...senior Rachel Holt was named to the All-Pac-10 team this season, and guard Sarah Allen earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors...Holt ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (0.90 bpg) and eighth in free throw percentage (.769)...Allen hit 28 treys this year, the second-best mark on the team, and turned in one of the best performances from three-point land in the Pac-10 this year, draining 6-of-8 treys at Washington on Jan. 13...Arizona State broke its single-game home attendance record with 5,271 fans, surpassing the mark of 4,203 set Feb. 8, 1997 vs. Arizona.

CALIFORNIA (11-17, 6-12)The Golden Bears finished the 1999-2000 season with an 11-17 record and a 6-12 Pac-10 mark, winning four of their final six games this year...junior guard Courtney Johnson led Cal in scoring (11.7), steals (3.2), assists (3.1) and free throw percentage (.756)...Johnson led the Pac-10 in steals after finishing second (2.7) as a sophomore, and now has 197 career steals, which is tied for sixth in school history...sophomore center Shavaki Jackson finished second on the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) and ranked second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.7 rpg)...Jackson posted a career-best 23 rebounds at Washington and 20 rebounds vs. Arizona State, giving her the distinction of being one of a handful of Pac-10 players to record 20 or more rebounds twice in a season...Jackson and Johnson each earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors this season...Cal's lone senior, Paige Bowie finished her career with 1043 points, which ranks 14th in school history...this season, she averaged 9.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg and earned her second-consecutive first team Pac-10 All-Academic team honors.

OREGON (23-8, 14-4)Oregon won its second straight Pac-10 title this season, and first outright crown (shared with UCLA in '98-'99)...the Ducks posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the mid-1980's...Oregon earned its seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and played host to NCAA first and second round games in McArthur Court for the first time since 1994...the Ducks were 11-3 at McArthur Court this season and averaged a Pac-10 leading 5,712 fans per game...sophomore guard Shaquala Williams was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, the first sophomore ever to be so honored, and the second Duck to ever win the award... Williams led the Conference in scoring (17.7 ppg), becoming the first Duck to ever lead the Pac-10 in scoring...she ranked fourth in the Conference in assists (4.32 apg), and fifth in free throw percentage (.814), and earned honorable mention Kodak All-America honors...junior forward Angelina Wolvert, also an All-Pac-10 pick, ranked second in the Pac-10 in FG% (.575), 13th in scoring (11.8 ppg) and 10th in rebounding (6.0 rpg)...junior center Jenny Mowe ranked second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (2.06 bpg)...the Ducks ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (62.8 ppg) and FT% (.729)...juniors Lindsay Dion and Brianne Meharry both earned Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors.

OREGON STATE (14-16, 10-8)After a ninth place finish in the Pac-10 in '98-'99, head coach Judy Spoelstra turned OSU into one of the Pac-10's upper division teams with a 10-8 Conference mark this season, tying for fifth place...after opening the season at 4-10, the Beavers went on to win 10 of their next 13 games...OSU was the best defensive team and top rebounding team in the Pac-10, while starting three sophomores...Spoelstra, in her fifth season at OSU, was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, her first Coach of the Year honor...senior center Sissel Pierce and sophomore F/G Felicia Ragland earned All-Pac-10 honors and freshman Nicole Funn earned Pac-10 All-Freshman team honorable mention...Pierce and Ragland are the first OSU players to earn all-conference honors since Tina Lelas in 1997...Pierce led the Pac-10 and ranked second nationally in blocked shots (2.9 bpg), and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.9 ppg)...Pierce finished her career with 1,024 points and ranks 11th on the OSU career scoring list...Pierce owns all of the Beavers' records for blocked shots - career record (176), the single-season record (85), and the single-game record (8)...Ragland ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in assists (2.10 apg) and sixth in scoring (12.9 ppg)...Oregon State established a Pac-10 single game defensive record by holding California to 33 points (old record 36 pts) in its 52-33 victory February 10...Oregon State led the Pac-10 in scoring defense (61.0 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.389), blocked shots (4.9 bpg) and rebounding margin (+5.7 rpg).

STANFORD (21-9, 13-5)Stanford finished 21-9 and made its 13th straight NCAA Tournament appearance this season...the Cardinal advanced to the second round of the NCAA West Regional, defeating Michigan in OT before falling to fourth-ranked Georgia...Stanford won 20 games for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons...in Pac-10 play, Stanford went 13-5 to finish one game behind Oregon and tied for second place with Arizona...freshman guard Jamie Carey was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and senior guard Milena Flores earned All-Pac-10 honors for the second straight season...Carey, who averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 assists and shot an impressive 45.5 (81-of-178) percent from 3-point range, is only the third Cardinal player to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors...Carey's 81 three-pointers this season broke the Stanford school record (75), and ranks third on the Pac-10 single season charts...Flores, who became the first player in Pac-10 history to win three consecutive titles (5.93 apg this season), also became the first player in Pac-10 history to win back-to-back free throw shooting titles (.877 this season)...junior Carolyn Moos (12.4 ppg/5.5 rpg) and conference 3-point shooting champion Lauren St. Clair (.466) earned Pac-10 honorable mention honors...St. Clair finished ranked ninth nationally in three-point shooting percentage and Carey ranked 14th...Stanford ranked second in the nation in three-point shooting (.408), its 213 treys this season are both a Pac-10 and Stanford school record...on four occasions this season Stanford rallied from double-digit deficits to win, including a huge rally against Oregon Jan. 15, when Stanford came back from a 26-point first-half deficit to post a 78-62 victory...that marked the largest come-from-behind victory in Pac-10 history.

UCLA (18-11, 12-6)The senior-laden UCLA Bruins battled an injury-plagued season to post an 18-11 record, including 12-6 in the Pac-10...each of UCLA's non-conference losses came at the hands of a top 10 ranked team (No. 1 UConn, No. 2 Tennessee, No. 3 Louisiana Tech, No. 8 Rutgers)...the Bruins earned their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, falling to George Washington in the first round...Bruin head coach Kathy Olivier won her 100th career game earlier this season...senior forward Maylana Martin became just the third player in Pac-10 history to earn All-Pac-10 honors four straight seasons...this season, she led the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and ranked second in scoring (17.4 ppg), third in FG% (.547), and eighth in steals (1.93 spg)...Martin earned honorable mention Kodak All-America honors, and was a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year Award...with 2,101 career points, Martin became just the fifth player in UCLA basketball history (men or women) to hit the 2,000 point mark, she ranks sixth on the Pac-10 women's scoring charts...guard Nicole Kaczmarski was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team...she was the team's second-leading scorer (11.7 ppg) and ranked second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.841)...senior guard Erica Gomez, a two-time All-Pac-10 player, ranked second in the league in assists (5.39 apg), senior center Janae Hubbard ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.4 rpg), and sophomore guard Michelle Greco ranks third in the league in steals (2.2 spg)...Hubbard and Greco both earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors...the Bruins ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (74.4 ppg) and first in rebounding (41.7 rpg) and steals (11.07 spg).

USC (16-14, 10-8)USC posted its first winning season since head coach Chris Gobrecht took over the program in 1997-98, as the team went 16-14 overall...the Women of Troy finished tied for fifth in the Pac-10 this season (10-8), winning seven of their last nine regular season games...USC made its first Women's NIT appearance, and first postseason appearance since the 1996-97 season, winning at Santa Clara in the first round before falling at Colorado State in round two...USC was the only Conference team to sweep Pac-10 champion Oregon this season...three USC players earned Pac-10 honorable mention honors this season - sophomore guard Tiffany Elmore, junior forward Tashara Carter, and senior forward Danielle Golay...Golay led the team in scoring (11.5 ppg) and averaged 5.3 rebounds per game, while Elmore averaged 10.5 ppg...junior forward Tiffany Washington led the team and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.5 rpg), while junior forward Denise Woods led the team with 44 blocked shots, which ranks third in the Pac-10 (1.47 bpg)...USC made notable improvement in free throw shooting this season, hitting 70.1 percent from the line this season, as opposed to 64.5 percent the previous season, and also improved its assist average from 8.7 apg to 12.27 apg this season.

WASHINGTON (8-22, 4-14)A young Washington team, with nine freshmen and sophomores, finished the year with a record of 8-22 overall and 4-14 in the Pac-10, marking the first losing season in school history...a bright spot for the Huskies was the high-scoring backcourt tandem of freshman Loree Payne (17.4 ppg) and junior Megan Franza (17.2 ppg)...the duo ranked third and fourth, respectively, on the Pac-10 scoring charts, marking the best single season scoring performances by teammates in Conference history (previous best was second and fifth place)...Franza earned All-Pac-10 honors this season, Payne was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team and forward Emily Autrey earned honorable mention All-Freshman team honors...Franza posted two of the top three single game scoring marks in the league this season, with a career-high 35 points vs. Idaho and a 33-point effort in UW's upset of No. 24 Stanford...Payne, a starter in every game her first season as a Husky, was one of only two freshmen to rank among the league's top 15 scorers and was also among the league's free throw percentage leaders, ranking third (.826)...Payne broke Washington's single season freshman scoring record (521 points) that had stood since 1978-79, and also ranks seventh on the UW single season scoring charts... Autrey, a versatile guard/forward, came on strong down the stretch of her freshman season and started 14 games, including the last seven...Autrey scored a career-best 14 points at Washington State and followed that with a career-best 13 rebounds against USC...Autrey finished the year averaging 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game...during the renovation of their on-campus Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the Huskies split their home games between Key Arena and Mercer Arena in downtown Seattle, averaging a total of 2,338 fans per game, the fifth-best mark in the Pac-10.

WASHINGTON STATE (8-22, 4-14)Under first year head coach Jenny Przekwas, Washington State posted an 8-22 overall record, and 4-14 in the Pac-10 this season...seniors Alke Dietel and junior Victoria Harrod earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in '99-'00, and Kelley Bergland earned All-Freshman team honorable mention...Dietel led WSU with 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, and her scoring average ranked fifth in the Pac-10...Dietel, a 6-4 center, also ranked third in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage (.422)...senior guard Jen Kerns was second among the Cougars in scoring with10.9 ppg and led the team with 4.07 assists per game, which was fifth-best in the Conference...despite breaking her right arm in the first game of the season, Harrod returned a month later and went on to earn 12 starts during Pac-10 play, finishing the season with 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game...as a team, the Cougars led the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.744), and ranked third in three-point shooting percentage (.351).

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