This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball (12/18/00)

Dec. 18, 2000

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE PAC-10!

Eight Pac-10 institutions are in action this week, and with the holiday break approaching, no one seems to be taking a breather...Those teams in action will face a formidable slate of opponents...No. 14 STANFORD travels to No. 8 Purdue...OREGON STATE, the lone undefeated Pac-10 team, looks to extend its best start in six years with games against No. 25 Utah and Portland...UCLA takes to the road to face Old Dominion and Ohio State...ARIZONA travels to the Puerto Rico Tournament, where it opens with No. 9 Auburn...USC is at Baylor and No. 11 Texas Tech, while ARIZONA STATE takes a shot at Cal State Northridge...No. 23 OREGON hosts UC Santa Barbara, WASHINGTON hosts the Seattle Times Classic, and CALIFORNIA heads south to San Diego State.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULEALMon., Dec. 18ARIZONA STATE at Denver, 7 p.m.UCLA at Old Dominion, 7:30 p.m.Utah at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m.

Tue., Dec. 19STANFORD at Purdue, 7 p.m.ARIZONA vs. Auburn (1), 9 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 20USC at Baylor, 7 p.m.ARIZONA vs. Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (1), 9 p.m.

Thu., Dec. 21Loyola Marymount at WASHINGTON (2), 8 p.m.CS Northridge at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.UCLA at Ohio State, 7 p.m.ARIZONA vs. Nebraska (1), 9 p.m.OREGON STATE at Portland, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 22James Madison or Western Michigan at WASHINGTON (2), 6/8 p.m.USC at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.UC Santa Barbara at OREGON, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA at San Diego State

(1) Puerto Rico Tournament, San Juan, PR(2) Seattle Times Classic, Seattle, Wash.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Dec. 13Texas Tech 79, OREGON 75 OT (Mowe-16 pts/7 reb/7-8 FG, Craighead-12 pts/4 ast/4 treys)

Fri., Dec. 15USC 78, Pepperdine 60 (Elmore-22 pts, Hollans-14 pts/6 reb, Hoffman-11 reb/3 bl)

Sat., Dec. 16Utah 63, OREGON 48 (Craighead-13 pts/3-4 3FG, Dion-8pts)

Sun., Dec. 17WASHINGTON 73. St. Mary's 61 (Franza-15 pts/5 reb, Pimley-14 pts, O'Neill-13 pts/8 reb)Tennessee 63, STANFORD 58 (King-21 pts/5 reb/3 treys, Powell-9 pts/6 reb, St. Clair-9 pts)WASHINGTON STATE 74, Gonzaga 56 (Hawks-19 pts/8 reb, Barrett-17 pts/4 ast/5 reb, Harrod-15 pts)ARIZONA 90, Louisville 60 (James-16 pts/7 reb/5-6 FG, Bozeman-15 pts, Bristol-14 pts/9 ast)

PAC-10PLAYER OF THE WEEK

STANFORD freshman guard Susan King has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 11-18.

King, from Richfield, Minn, led all scorers with a career-high 21 points in No. 15 Stanford's 63-58 loss to No. 2 Tennessee Dec. 17. Playing point guard against the Lady Vol press, King shot 50.0 percent from the field (7-of-14), notching a career-high three 3-pointers. She added five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 39 minutes of play before a crowd of 9,246 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

King, who sustained a concussion in practice last week, did not practice with the team until Dec. 16. She is second in scoring (11.6 points) for the 5-2 Cardinal and paces the team with 5.43 assists per game (2nd Pac-10).

This is King's first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Stanford's 39th Player of the Week honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Veranda James, ARIZ, Aisha Hollins, USC, Jill Pimley, WASH, BrittneyHawks, WSU.

2000-01 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:N. 27 Melody Johnson, ASUD. 4 Nicole Funn, OSUD. 11 Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZD. 18 Susan King, STAN

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONARiding a six-game win streak, the Wildcats are in the midst of a stretch that will see them play four games in five days. Arizona opens the Puerto Rico Tournament against No. 9 Auburn. UA shot season-best 53.4 percent (31-of-58) from the field against Louisville. For the first time in school history, the Cats have put together a string of four straight games scoring 90 points or more. Senior guard Reshea Bristol moved up to the No. 5 spot on Arizona's career steals chart (189), and needs just two thefts to reach the No. 4 spot. She flirted with a triple-double last week versus Louisville (14 pts/8 reb/9 ast).

ARIZONA STATEWith two contests remaining before the Dec. 27 AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic against Tennessee, ASU is looking for its third road victory of the season at Denver Dec. 18. That number would equal ASU's total from 1999-2000. The Sun Devils rank second in the Conference in scoring defense (53.4 ppg), the eighth-best mark nationwide a week ago. Arizona State paces the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage defense (.196) and rebounding defense (32.9 rpg).

CALIFORNIAFollowing a 12-day break for finals, California visit San Diego State Dec. 22, its first meeting with the Aztecs since 1995-96. The Golden Bears are playing .500 basketball over their last six games. Three of their five losses have been by a combined 11 points, including a 77-73 loss at home to Santa Clara in their last outing (Dec. 10). The Bears, who play seven of 10 non-conference games away from Haas Pavilion, do not return home until Jan. 4 for their Pac-10 opener against Arizona.

OREGONThe 23rd-ranked Ducks return to the friendly confines of McArthur Court to host UC Santa Barbara following a tough 0-3 road trip that included two losses last week. The Ducks have lost three in a row just three times in seven-plus seasons under Jody Runge. Undefeated Utah held Oregon leading scorer Angelina Wolvert to zero points while holding the Ducks to a season-low 35.0 percent shooting from the field. UO has not dropped four in a row since the 1995-96 season.

OREGON STATEThe undefeated Beavers will try their hand at No. 25 Utah before traveling to Portland for a Dec. 21 matchup. The game against the Utes will feature two of the nation's stingiest defenses, as Utah led the nation in scoring defense (48.8 ppg) and Oregon State ranked fourth (52.7 ppg/1st Pac-10) last week. Guards Felicia Ragland (19.0 ppg) and Nicole Funn (18.0 ppg) rank second and third, respectively, among Pac-10 scorers, while Funn is second in rebounding (8.0 rpg).

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 CLUBNicole Funn, OSU (11/30)) 35Michelle Greco, UCLA (12/8) 34Courtney Johnson, CAL (12/10) 32

PAC-10 VS:ACC	3-1Atlantic-10	2-1Big East	0-3Big Ten	2-1Big 12	2-3Big West	6-1Big Sky	3-0Colonial	1-0Conference USA	3-0ECAC	1-0Ivy League	1-0MAAC	0-1Mid-American	2-1Missouri Valley	0-2Mountain West	2-5SEC	0-2Southland	2-0Sun Belt	1-1WAC	3-0West Coast	10-4

Total 44-26 (.629)

STANFORDThe 14th-ranked Cardinal continues its rugged three-game road swing at No. 8 Purdue before breaking for the holidays. Stanford, coming off a loss at No. 2 Tennessee, will then prepare for a Dec. 27 contest at No. 20 Oklahoma. The three-game stretch marks the first time since the conclusion of the 1995-96 season that Stanford has played three straight ranked opponents. The Cardinal has won five of the last seven meetings with the Boilermakers, including the 73-72 upset of eventual national champion and then-No. 1 Purdue on Nov. 21, 1998, at Maples Pavilion.

UCLAThe Bruins head East this week for a pre-Christmas trip at Old Dominion and Ohio State. Junior guard Michelle Greco (20.1 ppg) took over the Pac-10 scoring lead following her 34-point performance against Long Beach State Dec. 10. She is tied for second in Pac-10 free throw percentage (.864) and ranked 27th nationally in scoring last week.

USCThe Women of Troy hit the road with games at Baylor and No. 11 Texas Tech this week. USC is riding a five-game win streak, its longest since a five-game streak during the 1996-97 season. USC's last three victories have come by an average of 19.3 points. After missing the team's first six games due to back injuries, freshman Aisha Hollans played against Pepperdine, contributing 14 points and a team-high six rebounds in 20 minutes of play. Two other freshmen reached doubles figures against the Waves, as Jessica Cheeks notched 10 points and Ebony Hoffman posted 11 rebounds.

WASHINGTONThe Huskies conclude their seven-game homestand by hosting the Seattle Times Classic this week. UW has posted four straight victories heading into the Loyola Marymount contest. Senior guard Jill Pimley scored a career-high 14 points, going 7-for-9 from the free throw line, in Washington's win over St. Mary's. Pimley, who scored 11 second-half points, notched a 3-pointer in the win. Senior guard Megan Franza leads the Huskies in scoring (15.1 ppg), while freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola paces UW on the glass (7.4 rpg). UW is averaging a Pac-10-best 6.14 treys and 28.14 defensive rebounds.

WASHINGTON STATEThe Cougars take an 11-day break before they meet Samford in the Lady Griz Holiday Classic hosed by Montana (Dec. 29). WSU evened its record at 4-4 and equaled last year's win total with the victory over Gonzaga. With 298 career assists, senior Katie Nyseth moved to seventh place on the Cougar all-time list. Nyseth needs nine assists to move to the No. 6 spot, and is currently third in the Pac-10 with 5.12 assists per game. Junior guard Brittney Hawks scored a season-high 19 points in the win over Gonzaga, and now leads the Cougars in scoring (9.9ppg).

CALLING ALL COACHESMedia 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: 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

RAISING BREAST CANCER AWARENESSArizona 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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