This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball (12/11/00)

Dec. 11, 2000

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PAC-10 ACTION CONTINUES WITH MORE NON-LEAGUE GAMES

After posting a 40-23 record (.635) so far in non-conference action, Pac-10 teams will playjust seven games this week. OREGON STATE remains the lone undefeated Pac-10 team afterposting another victory last week.

This week, No. 22 STANFORD travels to No. 2 Tennessee, while No. 13 OREGON travels toNo. 11 Texas Tech and Utah...ARIZONA hosts Louisville and USC hosts Pepperdine, while a pairof West Coast Conference teams travel to the Northwest...WASHINGTON hosts St. Mary's andWASHINGTON STATE hosts Gonzaga.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wed., Dec. 13
OREGON at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 15
Pepperdine at USC, 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 16
OREGON at Utah, 3 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 17
St. Mary's at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at Tennessee (Fox Bay Area/Fox South), 3 p.m.
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.
Louisville at ARIZONA, 3 p.m.

Pac-10 Coaches/Media Teleconference Call

Wed., Dec. 13
9:30 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. PT
(Details on page 6 of this release)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Dec. 6
WASHINGTON 69, Nebraska 57
(Franza-21 pts/3 stl, Mendiola, Giu.-10 pts/11 reb/4 ast)
ARIZONA STATE 61, Northern Arizona 56
(Johnson-15 pts/9 reb, Levens-11 pts/9-10 FT/4 ast)
ARIZONA 91, Nevada-Las Vegas 74
(James-21 pts/7 reb/7-9 FG/4 stl, Pickney-20 pts/8-8 FG)

Fri., Dec. 8
Portland 68, WASHINGTON STATE 63
(Volkman-18 pts/7-9FG/6 ast, Nyseth-13 pts/4 stl)
ARIZONA 99, Bowling Green 43
(Pickney-20 pts/5 reb/2 bl, Bozeman-16 pts/7 reb/6 ast/4 stl)
CALIFORNIA 61, San Francisco 53
(Corley-20 pts/7 reb, Johnson-17 pts/5 reb, Ashbaugh-9 pts/8 reb)

Sat., Dec. 9
USC 87, Sacramento State 61
(Elmore-20 pts/5 reb, Hoffman-14 pts/9 reb/8 ast, Woods-14 pts)
Toledo 77, WASHINGTON STATE 61
(Berglund-15 pts/5 reb, Martindale-11 pts/5 reb/6 ast)
Texas 82, OREGON 58
(Wolvert-17 pts/6 reb, Craighead-11 pts/3 treys, Dion-10 pts)

Sun., Dec. 10
ARIZONA 92, Fresno State 55
(Pickney-21 pts/9 reb, Warren-19 pts, Bristol-19 pts/8 reb/5 ast)
OREGON STATE 65, St. Mary's 52
(Thomas-18 pts/5 ast, Ragland-17 pts/5 reb, Cook-12 pts/10 reb)
Santa Clara 77, CALIFORNIA 73
(Johnson-32 pts/5 stl/3 treys, Forney-15 pts/12 reb)
UCLA 86, Long Beach State 60
(Greco-34 pts/8-8 FT, Leatham-16 pts/8 reb/5 bl, Nakase-7 ast)

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA
The Wildcats set a new school record with a 56-point (99-43)
margin of victory over Bowling Green in the first game of the
Arizona Basketball Classic Dec. 8. UA has defeated its last
three opponents by an average of 36.7 points, and the Cats
currently pace the Pac-10 in scoring at 82.6 points per game. Junior
forward Elizabeth Pickney, sophomore wing Krista Warren and
freshman guard Aimee Grzyb were named to the Arizona
Basketball Classic All-Tournament Team, and senior guard
Reshea Bristol was chosen as the tournament MVP. UA head
coach Joan Bonvicini (490-177/.734) is only 10 wins away from
reaching the 500-victory mark for her career.

ARIZONA STATE
ASU travels to Denver Dec. 18 looking for its third road victory of
the season, which would equal its road win total from 1999-2000.
Juniors Amanda Levens (15.2 ppg) and Melody Johnson (14.1 ppg)
have both scored in double figures in five of ASU's six games and
rank eighth and 10th, respectively, among Pac-10 scoring
leaders. Last week, Arizona State sold the 10,000th ticket for
the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic. The Sun Devils
will attempt to break the Pac-10 single-game attendance mark
of 9,738, set March 8, 1996, at McArthur Court (Oregon State at
Oregon). The McArthur Court total currently stands as the Pac-10
record for both Conference and nonconference games.

CALIFORNIA
The Golden Bears are idle this week. Senior guard Courtney
Johnson averaged 24.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.5
assists in Cal's games against San Francisco and Santa Clara
last week. Johnson tallied a career-high 32 points, adding five
steals, two assists and two rebounds versus the Broncos. She
also went 3-for-4 from three-point range. Johnson leads the
Bears in scoring (15.9 ppg), steals (3.4) and assists (2.7 apg).

OREGON
Oregon is ranked 13th in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches
poll. The Ducks remain away from Mac Court, taking on No. 11
Texas Tech (5-1) in Lubbock, and facing Utah in Salt Lake City
this week. In the loss at No. 25 Texas, the Ducks surrendered
the most points (82) since giving up 82 points to Stanford on
March 4, 1999. Senior Angelina Wolvert, who led Oregon with
17 points and six rebounds, eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau
against the Longhorns. Wolvert is tied for second in Pac-10
scoring (19.0 ppg), while senior center Jenny Mowe (.588) and
Wolvert (.569) rank third and fifth, respectively, in Pac-10
field goal percentage.

OREGON STATE
The Beavers, the sole remaining undefeated Pac-10 team, are
idle this week. OSU's lone senior, guard Syesha Thomas, led
the Beavers to victory against St. Mary's last week with a
career-high 18 points. She added three rebounds and five
assists. Oregon State leads the Pac-10 with a +19.5 scoring
margin, and is holding its opponents to conference low 52.7 points
per game. Two Beavers rank among the league's top-five
scorers: junior guard Felicia Ragland (19.0 ppg/2nd) and
sophomore guard Nicole Funn (18.0 ppg/4th).

STANFORD
Stanford is ranked 22nd in this week's ESPN/USA Today
coaches poll. The Cardinal begins the first leg of three straight
road games against top-25 opponents (Tennessee, Purdue,
Oklahoma) with a Dec. 17 matchup against the second-ranked
Lady Vols. Stanford is second in Pac-10 scoring (79.5 ppg) and
paces the Conference in field goal percentage (.468), free throw
percentage (.703), blocked shots (5.83 bpg), assists (18.67 apg)
and three-point field goals (5.83 avg.).

UCLA
UCLA is one of four Pac-10 teams that are idle this week. Junior
guard Michelle Greco exploded for a career-high 34 points in
the Bruins' 86-60 win over Long Beach State last week. Greco
shot 50.0 percent (12-for-24) from the floor and was a perfect 8-
for-8 from the line. Her 12 field goals and 8-for-8 free throw
shooting tie Pac-10 season highs. Greco also became the 16th
Bruin to join the 30-point club.

USC
The Women of Troy host Pepperdine this week and are currently
riding a four-game winning streak after starting the season 0-2.
USC has won its last four games by an average of 20.0 points.
Freshman forward Ebony Hoffman contributed 14 points, nine
rebounds and eight assists in the Trojans' win over Sacramento
State last week. She helped guide USC to the sixth-highest
single-game assist total in program history (32) in the win. The
Women of Troy lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+6.67) and
rank second in blocked shots (4.67 bpg).

WASHINGTON
In the midst of a seven-game homestand, the Huskies attempt to
record their fourth straight win when St. Mary's visits Bank of
America Arena this week. Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola
posted 10 points and 11 rebounds -- her second straight double-double
-- in UW's 69-57 win over Nebraska last week.
Washington, which ranks third in the Pac-10 in rebounding
margin (+5.3), held a 53-46 rebounding advantage over the
Cornhuskers. Sophomore Kellie O'Neill paces the Huskies in
scoring (13.0 ppg), while Mendiola leads UW on the glass (7.3
rpg).

WASHINGTON STATE
Coming off a pair of losses in its own Cougar Shootout in
Spokane, Washington State hosts intra-state rival Gonzaga
this week. The loss to Portland marked WSU's first loss when it
has led at the half. On the season, the Cougars are outscoring
their opponents 205-201 in the first stanza, but have been
outscored 261-235 in the second period. The Cougar Shootout
marked WSU's first games in Spokane Arena, where University
will host the NCAA West Regional this season. Senior forward
Yvonne Volkman averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 assists and shot 50.0
percent (9-of-18) in two games last week.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ARIZONA junior forward Elizabeth Pickney has been named
the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 4-11.


Pickney, from Houston, Texas, averaged 20.3 points, 7.0 rebounds
and 1.7 blocks per game while leading the Wildcats to a 3-0
record for the week. In the three home victories, she shot a
combined .489 from the floor (23-for-47), .824 from the line (14-for-17)
and hit her first career three-pointer. Against UNLV, Pickney shot a
perfect 8-for-8 from the floor en route to 20 points, seven rebounds
and two blocks. She led the Cats to the title of their own Arizona
Basketball Classic and was named to the all-tournament team.
Against Bowling Green, Pickney posted a game-high 20 points, five
rebounds, two blocks and two steals. In the victory over Fresno
State, she led all scorers with a season-high 21 points while
grabbing nine rebounds. She also knocked down her first career
three-pointer and was 6-of-6 from the line.


This is Pickney's second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor
and Arizona's 20th Player of the Week honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Courtney Johnson, CAL, Syesha Thomas,
OSU, Michelle Greco, UCLA, Ebony Hoffman, USC, Giuliana
Mendiola, WASH, Yvonne Volkman, WSU.

2000-01 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
N. 27 Melody Johnson, ASU
D. 4 Nicole Funn, OSU
D. 11 Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
(points-rebounds)

Veranda James, ARIZ ................ 2Tysell Bozeman, ARIZ................2Ericka Cook, OSU.......................2Ami Forney, CAL........................2Giuliana Mendiola, WASH........2Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL...............1Tashara Carter, USC..................1Sara Dimson, STAN................... 1Nicole Funn, OSU....................... 1Melody Johnson, ASU................. 1Jenny Mowe, ORE........................1Felicia Ragland, OSU................ 1Krista Warren, ARIZ................. 1(points-assists)Reshea Bristol, ARIZ.................1

30-POINT CLUB

Nicole Funn, OSU(11/30 at Ohio)................. 35 ptsMichelle Greco, UCLA(12/8 vs. Long Beach St).... 34 ptsCourtney Johnson, CAL(12/10 vs. Santa Clara)..... 32 pts

PAC-10 VS.:

ACC........................................ 3-1Atlantic-10..............................2-1Big East...................................0-3Big Ten.................................... 2-1Big 12...................................... 2-2Big West................................. 6-1Big Sky................................... 3-0Colonial.................................. 1-0Conference USA....................... 2-0ECAC...................................... 1-0Ivy League...............................1-0MAAC.....................................0-1Mid-American......................... 2-1Missouri Valley.......................0-2Mountain West........................ 2-4SEC......................................... 0-1Southland............................... 2-0Sun Belt...................................1-1WAC.......................................3-0West Coast.............................. 7-4

Total.......................... 40-23 (.635)

CALLING ALL COACHES
Media Members may call the Conference office or any Pac-10
SID office to receive the media only teleconference number for the
live teleconference. The phone number for the taped replay is
402-222-9927.

TELECONFERENCE DATES:

Wed., Dec. 13Tue., Jan. 9Tue., Jan. 16Tue., Jan. 23Tue., Jan. 30Tue., Feb. 6Tue., Feb. 13Tue., Feb. 20Tue., Feb. 27Tue., 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

RPI RANKINGSIn the Dec. 9 Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Rankings, six Pac-10
teams are listed among the top 50 teams in the nation, while four
Pac-10 teams have schedules listed among the 15 toughest in the nation.
Oregon is playing the nation's toughest schedule, according to the
publication, and the Ducks rank second in RPI behind Tennessee.
Here are the latest RPI and strength of schedule rankings for each
Pac-10 team:

Team RPI Sched.ARIZ 7 10ASU 47 81CAL 91 14ORE 2 1OSU 43 211STAN 20 44UCLA 201 58USC 80 134WASH 14 5WSU 171 182

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.

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