This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball (1/2/01)

Jan. 2, 2001

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PAC-10 PLAY GETS UNDERWAY
The race to crown the 2001 Pac-10 Conference champion tips off this week,
with back-to-back defending champion OREGON ready to defend its title.
No. 21 STANFORD and CALIFORNIA open the conference season at home, hosting
ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE. The Sun Devils-Golden Bears match up Saturday at 1 p.m.
is this week's FOX Sports Net/Pac-10 Game of the Week. UCLA and USC travel to the
Northwest to take on WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE, while this week's rivalry game
features No. 24 OREGON at OREGON STATE. In separate preseason polls, both the Pac-10
head coaches and the Pac-10 media selected STANFORD as the favorite to win the 2000-01
Pac-10 title, prior to the Cardinal losing two point guards to injuries. OREGON was
tabbed second, USC was predicted third, and ARIZONA was picked fourth (full poll results
are on page six of this release).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE (times listed are local to site)

Tue., Jan. 2
Boise State at OREGON, 7 p.m.

Thu., Jan. 4
*ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
*ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
*USC at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
*UCLA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 5
*OREGON at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m. (Fox Sports Net-tape delay^)

Sat., Jan. 6
*ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
*ARIZONA at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m. (Bay TV)

Sun., Jan. 7
*USC at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Northwest)

^ - replay will air Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.

Pac-10 Women's Basketball Online Chats
Jan. 3, 10:30 a.m. PT * Katie Nyseth, WSU
Jan. 10, 12:30 p.m. PT * Jenny Mowe, ORE
(at www.pac-10.org - complete details on page six of this release)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Mon., Dec. 18
Denver 73, ARIZONA STATE 52
Old Dominion 86, UCLA 62
Utah 53, OREGON STATE 49

Tue., Dec. 19
Purdue 90, STANFORD 60
Auburn 69, ARIZONA 66

Wed., Dec. 20
Baylor 79, USC 55
ARIZONA 105, Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 41

Thu., Dec. 21
WASHINGTON 79, Loyola Marymount 52
ARIZONA STATE 80, CS Northridge 44
Ohio State 79, UCLA 57
ARIZONA 79, Nebraska 68
Portland 65, OREGON STATE 55

Fri., Dec. 22
WASHINGTON 73, James Madison 56
Texas Tech 85, USC 59
OREGON 81, UC Santa Barbara 60
San Diego State 63, CALIFORNIA 49

Wed., Dec. 27
Oklahoma 102, STANFORD 98 OT
Tennessee 67, ARIZONA STATE 63

Thu., Dec. 28
CALIFORNIA 66, San Jose State 64
Notre Dame 70, USC 61
Pepperdine 78, UCLA 56
OREGON STATE 75, New Mexico 64

Fri., Dec. 29
Colorado State 66, WASHINGTON 64
WASHINGTON STATE 76, Samford 49
ARIZONA 81, Kansas 73

Sat., Dec. 30
STANFORD 72, Utah 58
ARIZONA STATE 69 Wake Forest 54
Georgia 89, UCLA 55
Montana 80, WASHINGTON STATE 66
OREGON 92, San Francisco 65

Sun., Dec. 31
OREGON STATE 66, Boise State 55

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA guard Reshea Bristol has been named the Pac-10
Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 18-31.

Bristol, from Omaha, Neb., helped lead Arizona to a 3-1 mark
over the past two weeks. In the wins over Puerto Rico Mayaguez,
Nebraska and Kansas and the narrow loss to then-No. 9 Auburn,
she averaged 16.0 points, 5.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

Bristol notched a season-high 20 points to go with six assists, five
rebounds and four steals in the loss to Auburn. She recorded 14 points,
five assists, four rebounds and three steals in just 19 minutes
against host UPR-Mayaguez. In the win over Nebraska, she
made 10 of 14 free throws en route to a team-high 19 points and six
rebounds. Bristol posted her second double-double of the season in the
victory over Kansas, registering 11 points, 10 assists and four rebounds.

Arizona has won three straight and owns a 10-2 record heading
into the opening weekend of Pac-10 play.

The Player of the Week honor is the second of Bristol's career and
the 21st all-time selection for Arizona.

ALSO NOMINATED: Amanda Levens, ASU, Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL, Angelina Wolvert, ORE,
Felicia Ragland, OSU, Nicole Powell, STAN, Jessica Cheeks, USC, Giuliana Mendiola, WASH,
Kelley Berglund, WSU.

2000-01 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
N. 27 Melody Johnson, ASU
D. 4 Nicole Funn, OSU
D. 11 Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ
D. 18 Susan King, STAN
J. 2 Reshea Bristol

ARIZONA

The Wildcats have won 12 of their last 13 home games,including seven straight this season. The Cats are 30-6 on theirhome court over the last three seasons. UA finished regularseason non-conference play with a 10-2 record and holds a 60-14record against non-conference opponents over the last six yearscombined. The Cats are averaging 86.8 points per game in theirwins this season and are outscoring opponents by an average of24.9 points in those 10 victories.

ARIZONA STATE

The Sun Devils look to open the Pac-10 slate with a win for thesecond consecutive season and just the third time in schoolhistory. ASU upset Stanford in its league opener last season.With 16,782 fans in attendance at the AstraZeneca Hoops forthe Cure Classic Dec. 27, ASU shattered its own single-gameattendance record of 5,271. The crowd was also the largest in thenation for a college women's game this season and broke the Pac-10single-game record of 9,738 (set in '96 OSU at Oregon). Theevent marked the first outdoor college game for either gender.

CALIFORNIA

Having just concluded a non-conference schedule that saw themplay seven of 10 games away from Haas Pavilion, the GoldenBears open the Pac-10 season at home for the first time since the1997-98 season. Cal also opens league play coming off a win forthe first time in five years. The Bears are surrendering just 64.2points per game, a five-year low for the program. Senior guardCourtney Johnson continues to lead the Bears in scoring with acareer-best 13.6 average, and senior forward Lauren Ashbaugh issecond in scoring (11.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg).

OREGON

Oregon is ranked No. 24 in this week's AP Top 25. The back-to-backdefending Pac-10 Champions begin defense of their Pac-10crown this week, with a short drive to Oregon State. If theseason ended today, senior center Jenny Mowe's .661 mark fromthe field would break the Oregon single-season record of .614.The Pac-10 record is held by former Duck Stefanie Kasperski(.606). Senior forward Angelina Wolvert leads the Ducks with14.0 points per game and is third with 4.8 rebounds per game. InOregon's wins over UC Santa Barbara and San Francisco,Wolvert scored a combined 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

OREGON STATE

The Beavers enter conference play coming off a pair of come-from-behind victories. After trailing New Mexico 36-34 at thehalf, OSU outscored the Lobos 51-28 in the second stanza torecord the win. The Beavers trailed Boise State by as much as 13in the first half before storming back for the win. Junior guardFelicia Ragland notched her second double-double of the seasonagainst the Bronocs (16 points/11 rebounds), finishing with sixsteals and five assists. Sophomore Nicole Funn added 18 pointsand a career-high 11 boards.

STANFORD

Stanford is ranked 21st in this week's AP Top 25. The Cardinal,undefeated at home (6-0) and winless on the road (0-4), open thePac-10 schedule at home having won 17 of its last 18 in MaplesPavilion. The Cardinal back court was dealt another blow lastweek, as freshman point guard Susan King suffered a torn ACL(right knee) at Oklahoma and is out for the season. Freshmanguard Nicole Powell averaged 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3assists and 2.3 steals in three games against No. 8 Purdue, No. 22Oklahoma and No. 23 Utah. The Cardinal finished non-conferenceplay above .500 for the 14th time in the last 16 years.

UCLA

The Bruins look to snap a four-game losing streak this week atthe Washington schools. Junior guard Michelle Greco maintainsher hold on the Pac-10 scoring lead, averaging 18.7 points percontest. Greco also leads the league in free throw percentage(.912). The Bruins pace the Pac-10 in steals (11.1 steals pergame), led by freshman guard Gennifer Arranaga (2.18 spg) andGreco (2.09 spg).

USC

USC dropped its final three games of non-conference play toteams with a 28-1 combined record (Baylor, No. 10 Texas Tech,No. 3 Notre Dame). Freshmen continue to make a big impact forthe Women of Troy this season, and rookies have paced theteam in points and/or rebounds in all 10 games. USC shot 57.1percent from long range against Texas Tech (4-for-7), the Trojans'10th-best single-game mark ever. Freshman guard AishaHollans is averaging 13.5 points per game after just fourappearances, while freshman Ebony Hoffman leads the teamwith 7.9 boards per game.

WASHINGTON

Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola was named MVP of theSeattle Times Husky Classic, helping UW to the tournamenttitle on Dec. 22. Mendiola, Washington's leading scorer in fiveof its last six contests, contributed 37 points and 15 rebounds inthe two games. Washington paces the Pac-10 in reboundingoffense (45.0 rpg) and defensive rebounds (28.0 rpg). Seniorguard Megan Franza paces the Huskies and is tied for sixth inPac-10 scoring (14.0 ppg), while Mendiola is paces UW on theglass and is fourth among Pac-10 rebounders (7.8 rpg).

WASHINGTON STATE

WSU's 76-49 victory over Samford was the Cougars' fifth of theyear, surpassing last year's win total by one. Against Montana,sophomore center Kelley Berglund paced the team with acareer-high 23 points and added 10 rebounds for her first careerdouble-double. With 305 assists, senior Katie Nyseth ranksseventh on the Cougars' all-time list. She is just two assists shyof sixth place. Nyseth is averaging 7.3 points and 3.5 reboundsper game. She paces the Pac-10 in assists (4.8) and is tied for thethree-point field goal percentage lead (.500).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
(points-rebounds)

Ericka Cook, OSU.......................3Giuliana Mendiola, WASH........3Tysell Bozeman, ARIZ................2Veranda James, ARIZ ................ 2Ami Forney, CAL........................2Nicole Funn, OSU....................... 2Jenny Mowe, ORE........................2Felicia Ragland, OSU................ 2Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL...............1Kelley Berglund, WSU...............1Tashara Carter, USC..................1Sara Dimson, STAN................... 1Melody Johnson, ASU................. 1Whitney Martindale, WSU........1Krista Warren, ARIZ................. 1(points-assists)Reshea Bristol, ARIZ.................230-POINT CLUBNicole Funn, OSU (11/30))........35Michelle Greco, UCLA (12/8)....34Courtney Johnson, CAL (12/10)..32Lindsey Yamasaki (12/27)........30

PAC-10 VS:

ACC........................................ 4-1Atlantic-10..............................2-1Big East...................................0-3Big Ten.................................... 2-2Big 12...................................... 4-5Big West................................. 8-1Big Sky................................... 4-1Colonial.................................. 2-0Conference USA....................... 3-0ECAC...................................... 1-0Ivy League...............................1-0MAAC.....................................0-1Mid-American......................... 2-1Missouri Valley.......................0-2Mountain West........................ 4-7SEC......................................... 0-4Southland............................... 2-0Sun Belt...................................1-1Trans America......................... 1-0WAC.......................................4-0West Coast............................ 12-6Total.......................... 57-36 (.613)

PAC-10 COACHES POLL
(first place votes in parentheses)

Team Points1. Stanford (9)................... 902. Oregon (1)......................783. USC.............................. 704. Arizona......................... 665. Arizona State................ 576t. UCLA............................49Washington...................498. Oregon State..................349. California..................... 2910. Washington State..........18

PAC-10 MEDIA POLL
(first place votes in parentheses)

Team Points1. Stanford (16)................1872. Oregon (3).................... 1613. USC.............................1494. Arizona....................... 1195. UCLA.......................... 1016. Arizona State................ 957. Washington...................808. California..................... 629. Oregon State..................5710. Washington State..........24

PAC-10 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Name School Pos Yr

Jamie Carey* STAN G So.Megan Franza WASH G Sr.Carolyn Moos STAN C Sr.Felicia Ragland OSU G Jr.Angelina Wolvert ORE F/C Sr.


* - Carey announced the end of her collegiate career in early November,
due to recurrent concussions.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ONLINE CHATS
Each Wednesday during conference play, a Pac-10 women's
basketball player will drop in for a special chat and take
questions on the conference race, women's hoops and the college
basketball scene. The chats will be featured on the Pac-10's
official website, www.pac-10.org. Washington State senior
point guard Katie Nyseth kicks off the series of 2001 chats on
Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m. PT. Fans may send in their
questions for Nyseth now, and they will be saved until the live
chat begins. A full transcript of each chat will be posted weekly.

2001 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Chat Schedule

Wed., Jan. 3 - Katie Nyseth, WSU (10:30 a.m. PT)Wed., Jan. 10 - Jenny Mowe, Oregon (12:30 p.m. PT)Wed., Jan. 17 - UCLA*Wed., Jan. 24 - Stanford*Wed., Jan. 31 - Arizona State*Wed., Feb. 7 - California*Wed., Feb. 14 - Oregon State*Wed., Feb. 21 - USC*Wed., Feb. 28 - Washington*Wed., Mar. 7 - Arizona*


* - Featured student-athletes and exact times will be announced at least
one week prior to each chat.

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