This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball (11/27/00)
Nov. 27, 2000
PAC-10 TEAMS CONTINUE TO POST IMPRESSIVE WINS
The Pac-10, which boasts two teams in this week's Top 25, has posted
an impressive 21-14 record (.600) in the opening weeks of the 2000-01 season...
In this week's action, No. 12 OREGON faces Santa Clara at The Rose Garden...
OREGON STATE, the league's otheer undefeated team, travels to Ohio University
and Marquette...ARIZONA STATE, which began the season with four wins for the
first time in nine years, hosts the ASU Basketball Classic, while No. 22 STANFORD
hosts San Francisco and Massachusetts.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Mon., Nov. 27
WASHINGTON at Boise State, 7 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 28
San Francisco at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
San Diego at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Rice at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 30
Brigham Young at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Ohio University, 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 1
ARIZONA STATE vs. LaSalle, 5 p.m. (1)
Sat., Dec. 2
USC at San Diego, 4 p.m.
UCLA at Colorado, 2 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
OREGON vs. Santa Clara, 6 p.m. (2)
OREGON STATE at Marquette, 1 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. (3)
Sun., Dec. 3
WASHINGTON at Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.
Massachusetts at STANFORD, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Kent or UC Santa Barbara at ARIZONA STATE, 1/3 p.m. (1)
Florida International or Loyola Marymount at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. (3) (FOX Bay Area)
(1) ASU Basketball Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
(2) Papï¿½ Jam, Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.
(3) Oakland Tribune Classic, Berkeley, Calif.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Mon., Nov. 20
Notre Dame 95, ARIZONA 65
(Warren-13 pts/8 reb, Bristol-12 pts/10 ast, Pickney-10 pts)
STANFORD 85, Santa Clara 57
(St. Clair-13 pts/5 reb, Izidor-12 pts, King-9 pts/9 reb)
Tue., Nov. 21
WASHINGTON STATE 59, American 52
(Hawks-18 pts/9 reb, Martindale-11 pts)
Fri., Nov. 24
Connecticut 100, WASHINGTON 54
(O'Neill-27 pts/7 reb, Franza-6 pts/5 ast, Sheets-7 reb)
STANFORD 79, St. Joseph's 72 (OT)
(Donaphin-23 pts/6 reb/2 bl, St. Clair-18 pts, King-13 pts)
ARIZONA STATE 67, Stephen F. Austin 45
(Levens-28 pts/9 reb/3 ast, Johnson-16 pts/8 reb/7-10 FG)
USC 60, UC Santa Barbara 56
(Woods-16 pts/5 reb/3 bl, Elmore-14 pts/4 stl, Hoffman-12 pts)
OREGON 80, Portland 56
(Shreve-15 pts, Unaka-12 pts/4 reb/5 stl, Meharry-11 pts)
OREGON STATE 69, Princeton 33
(Ragland-19 pts/5 reb/8 stl, Funn-17 pts/6 reb, Chaney-10 pts)
Alabama 76, CALIFORNIA 63
(Johnson-27 pts/4 stl, White-6 pts/7 reb, Forney-6 pts/7 reb)
Sat., Nov. 25
ARIZONA STATE 67, Hawaii 61
(Johnson-23 pts/10 reb, Boardman- 17 pts, Levens-15 pts)
Brigham Young 68, UCLA 53
(Greco-24 pts/8 reb, Leatham-7 pts/5 reb)
George Washington 76, WASHINGTON STATE 62
(Hawks-18 pts/5 reb, Nyseth-12 pts/7 ast, Barrett-12 pts)
OREGON STATE 72, Wyoming 55
(Cook-20 pts/9 reb, Ragland-13 pts/10 reb, Funn-12 pts/7 reb)
CALIFORNIA 70, South Alabama 59
(Corley-22 pts, Ashbaugh-15 pts/8 reb, Forney-7 pts/9 reb)
Sun., Nov. 26
STANFORD 73, Pacific 65
(Powell-26 pts/8 reb/5 stl, King-16 pts/6 ast, Dimson-13 reb)
North Carolina State 54, ARIZONA STATE 51
(Boardman-16 pts, Johnson-12 pts/5 reb/3 bl, Levens-13 pts)
USC 66, St. Joseph's 55
(Carter-14 pts/10 reb/4 bl, Hoffman-14 pts/4 reb,Woods-11 pts)
WASHINGTON STATE 69, Vermont 47
(Volkman-12 pts/6 ast, Bragg-12 pts, Nyseth-8 pts/6 reb)
ARIZONA 71, UC Santa Barbara 63
(Pickney-20 pts/8 reb, James-16 pts/9 reb, Bristol-9 pts/5 ast)
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA STATE junior center Melody Johnson has been named the Pac-10 Women's
Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 20-27.
Johnson, from Colorado Springs, Colo., averaged 17.0 points and 7.3 rebounds
in leading the Sun Devils to a 2-1 record and second-place finish at the Asahi
Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. A transfer from Colorado, Johnson recorded her
first double-double as a Sun Devil by scoring a career-best 23 points and grabbing
10 boards in a 67-6 win over host Hawaii. She followed that performance by posting
12 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots in the championship game, as ASU
fell 54-51 to No. 22 North Carolina State.
Johnson contributed 16 points and eight rebounds in a 67-45 opening-round win over
Stephen F. Austin. She shot 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from the field against the Ladyjacks.
Johnson is averaging 14.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, while shooting 62.0 percent (31-of-50)
from the field. She has started all five games for the 4-1 Sun Devils this season.
This is Johnson's first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Arizona State's
18th Player of the Week honor all-time.
ALSO NOMINATED: Veranda James, ARIZ, Ndidi Unaka, ORE, Felicia Ragland, OSU,
Bethany Donaphin, STAN, Michelle Greco, UCLA, Ebony Hoffman, USC, Kellie O'Neill, WASH,
Katie Nyseth, WSU.
After Tuesday's home contest against Rice, UA will have a week's break in action
before playing host to UNLV on Dec. 6...The Wildcats have made it to the free throw
line 108 times already this season, scoring 70 points from the line...Arizona is
outrebounding its opponents by an average of 6.0 boards per game...Freshman forward
Veranda James leads the team in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and is second in scoring (12.0 ppg).
With its 4-0 record to start the year - before falling to North Carolina State in the
Rainbow Wahine Classic Championship game - ASU won its first four games for the first
time since 1991-92...Four of the Sun Devils' top five scorers are newcomers, led by
junior guard Amanda Levens (15.2 ppg), a transfer from ODU...Arizona State opponents
are shooting just 13.3 percent from three-point range.
Senior guard Courtney Johnson was named to the 2000 Illinois-Chicago Home Run Inn
Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team...Johnson scored a career-high 27 points in Cal's 76-63
loss to Alabama...Senior guard Kenya Corley rebounded from a scoreless game against Alabama
to lead the Golden Bears with a career-high 22 points in the win over South Alabama.
The Ducks are ranked 12th in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll...Senior forward
Angelina Wolvert is just 29 points shy of scoring 1,000 in her Oregon career...She would
become the 14th player in Oregon history to reach the milestone and first since Renae Fegent
in 1996-97...Junior forward Ndidi Unaka came off the bench against Portland to post career
highs in points (12), steals (5), assists (3) and blocks (3) in just 21 minutes of play.
Oregon State takes to the road this week, looking to extend its perfect 3-0 record at Ohio
University and Marquette...Junior guard Felicia Ragland was named MVP of the Beaver Classic
last week, posting 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 steals in wins over Princeton and
Wyoming...Ragland recorded a tournament record eight steals against Princeton and notched
her sixth career double-double (13 pts/10 reb) against Wyoming...She was joined on the all-
tournament team by junior center Ericka Cook and sophomore guard Nicole Funn.
Stanford is ranked 22nd in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll...Cardinal head coach
Tara VanDerveer recorded her 500th career win Nov. 26 against Pacific...VanDerveer is 500-
143 (.778) and became just the 17th coach in Division I women's basketball history to record
500 wins...Junior forward Bethany Donaphin averaged 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals
in Stanford's three home wins last week...Donaphin also shot 50.0 percent (21-of-
42)...Freshman phenom Nicole Powell contributed 26 points, eight rebounds and five steals in
VanDerveer's historic 500th victory.
Still in search of their first win, the Bruins host San Diego and travel to Colorado...UCLA
tips off the Pac-10 television package with a Dec. 2 tilt versus the Buffaloes on FOX Sports
Net...Junior guard Michelle Greco scored a game-high 24 points and posted a career-high
tying eight rebounds in the loss at BYU.
The Women of Troy evened their 2000-01 record at .500 with a pair of wins over UC Santa
Barbara and St. Joseph's...Freshman forward Ebony Hoffman averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds
and 1.5 blocks on the week...USC, which led the Pac-10 in opponent turnover ratio the last
two seasons, forced 35 turnovers against the Gauchos and 25 against the Hawks...For the
week, the Women of Troy averaged 13.5 miscues while forcing 30.0.
After opening their new arena against UConn, the Huskies hit the road again for a Nov. 27
game at Boise State, where UW Coach June Daugherty spent seven years prior to her arrival at
Washington...This is the fourth year in a row that Daugherty will meet her former assistant
coach, Trisha Stevens, who was named her successor when Daugherty came to Washington in
1996...Sophomore forward Kellie O'Neill scored a career-high 27 points in the loss to
Connecticut, while senior guard Megan Franza, UW's leading scorer, was limited to six
The Cougars take on BYU Nov. 30 in their home opener...The BYU Cougars are one of seven NCAA
Tournament teams on WSU's slate this season...Senior guard Katie Nyseth earned All-
Tournament Team recognition at the Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic and was the recipient of the
Coca-Cola Classic Scholar Athlete Award...Nyseth, who carries a 3.86 GPA in biological
systems engineering, averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals in the
CALLING ALL COACHES
The Pac-10 will conduct 10 coaches/media teleconference calls during
the 2000-01 season. The teleconferences will feature five minutes
with each head coach.
TELECONFERENCE DATES: Wed., Dec. 13 Tue., Jan. 9 Tue., Jan. 16 Tue., Jan. 23 Tue., Jan. 30 Tue., Feb. 6 Tue., Feb. 13 Tue., Feb. 20 Tue., Feb. 27 Tue., Mar. 6
SCHEDULE (times are Pacific)9:30 - 9:35 a.m.Moderator opens call
9:35 - 9:40 a.m.Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona St.
9:40 - 9:45 a.m.Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
9:45 - 9:50 a.m.June Daugherty, Washington
9:50 - 9:55 a.m.Jenny Przekwas, Washington St.
9:55 - 10:00 a.m.Chris Gobrecht, USC
10:00 - 10:05 a.m.Kathy Olivier, UCLA
10:05 - 10:10 a.m.Judy Spoelstra, Oregon St.
10:10 - 10:15 a.m.Jody Runge, Oregon
10:15 - 10:20 a.m.Caren Horstmeyer, California
10:20 - 10:25 a.m.Tara VanDerveer, Stanford
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
The Pac-10 welcomes one new head coach for the 2000-01 season, as the California Golden
Bears hired Caren Horstmeyer from Santa Clara. Horstmeyer posted a 221-124 record in 12
seasons at Santa Clara, and led her teams to six West Coast Conference titles and four NCAA
PAC-10 IS ON THE AIR
The 2000-01 Pac-10 Conference women's basketball television package features 19 regular-
season contests telecast to national and regional audiences on Fox Sports Net. Additional
regional and local women's telecasts will be arranged by the institutions.
RAISING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Arizona State will take on NCAA runner-up Tennessee Dec. 27, 2000, at Bank One Ballpark in
Phoenix. Proceeds from the first outdoor NCAA basketball game, dubbed the AstraZeneca Hoops
for the Cure Classic, will go toward breast cancer research, treatment and education.
Television and film star Rosie O'Donnell is the national honorary spokesperson for the
AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic.
TOUGH SCHEDULES, TOP OPPONENTS
This season's Pac-10 non-conference schedule features at least 19 games against teams that
are ranked in Top 25. Those opponents include Connecticut, Tennessee, Duke, Georgia, Notre
Dame, Rutgers, UC Santa Barbara, Texas Tech, Old Dominion, Auburn, North Carolina State,
Purdue, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
PAC-10 COACHES BY THE NUMBERS
The Pac-10 boasts an outstanding group of head coaches at the helm of its women's basketball
teams. Here's a look at the combined success of these 10 coaches across the board:
2391 Career Victories 127 Years of Head Coaching Experience 66 NCAA Tournament Victories 61 Trips to the NCAA Tournament 7 Trips to the NCAA Final Four 5 National Coach of the Year honors 3 Coaches With 20+ Years Experience 3 NCAA Titles 2 AIAW Titles 1 WNIT Title