This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 8, 2001

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
Heading into the second week of Conference play, WASHINGTON (2-0) and WASHINGTON
STATE (2-0) head south to meet ARIZONA STATE (1-1) and No. 22 ARIZONA (2-0), the
third of four unbeaten teams in Pac-10 play. No. 24 STANFORD (1-1) and CALIFORNIA
(0-2) go north to play the Oregon schools, with Saturday's CALIFORNIA at OREGON
STATE (0-1) clash televised live on Fox Sports Net. In this week's rivalry game,
USC goes crosstown to meet UCLA Sunday in a nationally televised FOX Sports Net
showdown.

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

Thu., Jan. 11
*WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
*CALIFORNIA at OREGON, 7 p.m.
*STANFORD at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 13
*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 2 p.m.
*WASHINGTON ST. at ARIZONA ST., 7 p.m. (Cox TV)
*CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*STANFORD at OREGON, 7 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 14
*USC at UCLA, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

Pac-10 Women's Basketball Online Chats at www.pac-10.org
Jan. 10, 12:30 p.m. PT * Jenny Mowe, ORE
Jan. 17 * Michelle Greco, UCLA

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tue., Jan. 2
OREGON 67, Boise State 29

Thu., Jan. 4
*ARIZONA 79, CALIFORNIA 68
*STANFORD 92, ARIZONA STATE 64
*WASHINGTON STATE 79, USC 78
*WASHINGTON 73, UCLA 54

Fri., Jan. 5
*OREGON 71, OREGON STATE 67

Sat., Jan. 6
*ARIZONA STATE 58, CALIFORNIA 47
*WASHINGTON STATE 74, UCLA 52
*ARIZONA 68, STANFORD 65

Sun., Jan. 7
*WASHINGTON 91, USC 79-3OT

PAC-10 IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Pacific-10 Conference teams compiled a combined record of 60-44
(.577) in non-conference play this season, an improvement on last
year's 61-47 mark (.565).

PAC-10 IN THE RPI RATINGS
(http://www.rpiratings.com)

Where the Pac-10 schools rank in the Jan. 7 RPI report...
9. Oregon, 11. Arizona, 15. Stanford, 16. Washington, 50. Arizona
State, 81. USC, 82. Oregon State, 94. California, 146. Washington
State, 172. UCLA.

Where the Pac-10 ranks, by non-conference strength of schedule:
1. Pac-10, 2. Big Ten, 3. SEC.

Where the Pac-10 ranks, by overall RPI:
1. SEC, 2. Big 12, 3. ACC, 4. Pac-10.

COMING TO YOUR CAMPUS...PAC-10 NIGHT!
As part of the Pac-10's promotional efforts for women's
basketball, each institution will sponsor a 'Pac-10 Night' during
the 2000 Conference season, with free hats distributed to fans in
attendance. Here's a schedule of those promotional events:

Jan. 4 California, Stanford, WashingtonJan. 11 Arizona, OregonJan. 25 Oregon StateFeb. 2 UCLAFeb. 4 USCFeb. 8 Washington StateMar. 11 Arizona State

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ARIZONA guard Reshea Bristol has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Player of the Week for Jan. 2-8.

Bristol, from Omaha, Neb., averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 steals,
4.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in leading the Wildcats to a road sweep
of the Bay Area schools last weekend. She shot 90.9 percent (10-11)
from the line, 66.7 percent (4-6) from three-point range and
46.9 percent (15-32) from the floor.

Against California, Bristol hit 10-of-19 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the line
en route to a game- and career-high 30 points. She scored 22 of Arizona's 47
second-half points and contributed six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Against No. 21 Stanford, Bristol notched 14 points, two rebounds, eight
assists and five steals. She assisted six of the final seven Arizona baskets,
and hit a three-pointer to give UA a five-point lead with just four minutes left.
In the waning seconds, she had a crucial steal and connected on two free throws
to ice the game.

Arizona has won five straight and owns a 2-0 record (12-2 overall)
heading into the second week of Pac-10 play.

The Player of the Week honor is the third of Bristol's career and the 22nd
all-time selection for Arizona.

ALSO NOMINATED: Melody Johnson, ASU, Ami Forney, CAL,
Brianne Meharry, ORE, Felicia Ragland, OSU, Nicole Powell, STAN,
Ebony Hoffman, USC, Giuliana Mendiola, WASH, Brittney Hawks,
WSU.

2000-01 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

N. 27 Melody Johnson, ASUD. 4 Nicole Funn, OSUD. 11 Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZD. 18 Susan King, STANJ. 2 Reshea Bristol, ARIZJ. 8 Reshea Bristol, ARIZ

ARIZONA

Arizona is ranked 22nd in this week's AP poll, its first top25 ranking since ending the 1999-2000 season at 20th (coaches')and 21st (AP). The Cats swept their Pac-10 opening weekend forthe first time since the 1997-98 season last week. The victoryover the Cardinal marked the first time that the Cats havewon back-to-back games in Maples Pavilion. Arizona paces thePac-10 in scoring (81.9 ppg) and scoring margin (+16.4 ppg).Senior guard Reshea Bristol leads the league with a 6.54 assistsaverage, while junior center LaKeisha Taylor leads theConference in field goal percentage (.613). Four Wildcats rankamong the Pac-10's top 20 rebounders.

ARIZONA STATE

Coming off their first win in Berkeley since the 1991-92 season,the Sun Devils are still looking to string together consecutivewins for the first time since opening the season at 4-0. ASU leadsthe league in turnover margin (+4.93), is second in scoring defense(57.4 ppg) and ranks third in rebounding defense (34.3 rpg) andassist-turnover ratio (0.83). Junior guard Amanda Levens is sixthin Pac-10 scoring (13.9), while junior center Melody Johnson is11th in rebounding (6.4 rpg).

CALIFORNIA

The Golden Bears look to post their first Pac-10 win of theseason as they travel to the Oregon schools this week. Rated ashaving the 10th-toughest schedule in the nation in the latestRPI report, Cal has dropped four of its last five contests. Juniorcenter Ami Forney leads the Conference in rebounding (8.1 rpg)and offensive rebounds (3.45 avg.), while senior forward LaurenAshbaugh is seventh in rebounding (6.5 rpg).

OREGON

Oregon is ranked 20th in this week's AP Top 25. The Ducksare 81-17 (.827) at home since the start of the Jody Runge era in1993. Senior forward Brianne Meharry came off the bench toscore a season-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the Ducks'win over Oregon State last week. It was the second game backfor Meharry, who missed the Dec. 22 and Dec. 30 games due to aseverely sprained ankle. Oregon leads the Pac-10 in field goalpercentage (.483) and rebounding defense (32.7 rpg). Junior guardJamie Craighead paces the Conference in three-point percentage(.438) and three-pointers per game (2.55 avg.).

OREGON STATE

The Beavers, in the midst of the three-game home stand to startPac-10 play, host the Bay Area schools this week. OSU's four-pointloss to Oregon Jan. 5 marked the closest Cival War game inexactly five years, since the Beavers' win over the Ducks Jan. 5,1996. Junior guard Felicia Ragland scored 24 points and grabbeda season-high 11 boards against UO for her third double-doublethis season. OSU paces the league in scoring defense (56.7 ppg)and three-point percentage defense (.268). Ragland leads thePac-10 in steals (3.27 spg).

STANFORD

Stanford is ranked 24th in this week's AP Top 25. In the winover ASU, Stanford matched its sixth-best single-game three-pointpercentage (.667/10-15) behind a career-high five treysfrom junior guard Lindsey Yamasaki. Stanford was blanked fromthe free throw line for the first time ever in the loss to Arizona.Freshman guard Nicole Powell is among the Pac-10 leaders inseven of 12 statistical categories. The Cardinal rank second inPac-10 scoring (76.8 ppg) and lead the league in free throwpercentage (.712), three-point percentage (.380), blocked shots(5.58 bpg), assist-turnover ratio (0.96) and three-point fieldgoals (6.33 avg.).

UCLA

The Bruins host crosstown rival USC on Jan. 13, as both squadssearch for their first Pac-10 win. Junior guard Michelle Grecomaintains her hold on the Pac-10 scoring lead, averaging 18.8points per contest. Greco also leads the league in free throwpercentage (.912). The Bruins pace the Pac-10 in steals (11.1 38spg), led by Greco (2.17 spg) and freshman guard GenniferArranaga (1.92 spg).

USC

USC's Pac-10 season-opening loss to WSU was its first since the1996-97 season, when it fell to Washington in Seattle, also on alast-second shot. Freshman forward Ebony Hoffman paced theTrojans in their two road losses, averaging 17.5 points and 6.0rebounds. A pair of freshmen - Hoffman and guard AishaHollans - have led the team in scoring and rebounding in each ofthe last four games. USC ranks second in the Pac-10 in blockedshots (4.58 bpg) and steals (10.67 spg). Senior center DeniseWoods paces the league in blocked shots (1.75 bpg).

WASHINGTON

One of four undefeated teams in Pac-10 play, Washington wonthe first triple-overtime game in school history Jan. 7 vs. USC.The contest marked the second straight game in which theHuskies and Trojans have gone into overtime. Washingtonposted 57 rebounds against USC, while freshman guard GiulianaMendiola notched her Pac-10-leading fourth double-double ofthe season (12 pts/10 reb). Washington paces the Conference inrebounding (46.4 rpg), rebounding margin (+8.2 rpg) and assists(16.67 apg). Three Huskies rank among the league's top 20rebounders.

WASHINGTON STATE

The Cougars swept the LA schools for the first time in six yearsand are off to a 2-0 Pac-10 start for the first time since 1991-92.With 16 games left on the Conference slate, WSU has alreadysurpassed last year's Pac-10 win total (1). Junior center BrittneyHawks averaged 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in the two winslast week. WSU leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentagedefense (.367) and assists (16.67) and is second in three-pointpercentage (.353) and three-point percentage defense (.281).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

(points-rebounds)Giuliana Mendiola, WASH........4Ericka Cook, OSU.......................3Felicia Ragland, OSU................ 3Tysell Bozeman, ARIZ................2Ami Forney, CAL........................2Nicole Funn, OSU....................... 2Veranda James, ARIZ ................ 2Jenny Mowe, ORE........................2Nicole Powell, STAN.................2Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL...............1Kelley Berglund, WSU...............1Tashara Carter, USC..................1Sara Dimson, STAN................... 1Brittney Hawks, WSU............... 1Melody Johnson, ASU................. 1Whitney Martindale, WSU........1Kellie O' Neill, WASH............. 1LaKeisha Taylor, ARIZ............. 1Krista Warren, ARIZ................. 1(points-assists)Reshea Bristol, ARIZ.................2

30-POINT CLUB

Nicole Funn, OSU (11/30)).................. 35Michelle Greco, UCLA (12/8)............34Courtney Johnson, CAL (12/10)........32Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN (12/27).... 30Reshea Bristol, ARIZ (1/4).................. 30

PAC-10 VS:

ACC........................................ 2-2America East........................... 1-0Atlantic-10..............................4-1Big East...................................0-4Big Ten.................................... 2-3Big 12...................................... 4-6Big West................................. 9-1Big Sky................................... 5-1Colonial.................................. 2-1Conference USA....................... 3-0Ivy League...............................1-0MAAC.....................................0-1Mid-American......................... 2-1Missouri Valley.......................0-2Mountain West........................ 5-8SEC......................................... 0-5Southland............................... 2-0Sun Belt...................................1-2Trans America......................... 1-0WAC.......................................4-0West Coast............................ 12-6Total.......................... 60-44 (.577)

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:

Tue., 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 call9:35 - Charli Turner Thorne, ASU9:40 - Joan Bonvicini, Arizona9:45 - June Daugherty,Washington9:50 - Jenny Przekwas, WSU9:55 - Chris Gobrecht, USC10:00 - Kathy Olivier, UCLA10:05 - Judy Spoelstra, Oregon St.10:10 - Jody Runge, Oregon10:15 - Caren Horstmeyer, Cal10:20 - Tara VanDerveer, Stanford

PRESS ROW PHONE NUMBERS

ARIZONA............ 520-621-5291ASU...................... 480-965-7274CAL...................... 510-642-3098OREGON.............. 541-346-4497OSU...................... 541-737-2410STANFORD.......... 650-723-4418UCLA....................310-825-1899USC.............. 213-741-1341, 0174WASH..........206-543-2230, 2231WSU..................... 509-335-2684

PAC-10/FOX SPORTS NET TELEVISION SCHEDULE
The 2000-01 Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball television package
features 19 regular-season contests telecast nationally on FOX Sports Net.
Additional regional and local women's telecasts may be arranged by the
institutions.

Here is the remaining television schedule for January:

Date Game Time (PT) ChannelSat., Jan. 13 CALIFORNIA at OREGON ST. 1 p.m. Fox Sports Net
WASH ST. at ARIZONA ST. 6 p.m. Cox

Thu., Jan. 18 OREGON ST. at WASH ST. 7 p.m. Fox Northwest
(tape delay-1/19/01 at 2 p.m.)

Sun., Jan. 14 USC at UCLA 1 p.m. Fox Sports Net

Sat., Jan. 20 STANFORD at CALIFORNIA 12 p.m. Fox Sports Net
OREGON ST. at WASHINGTON 2 p.m. Fox Northwest(tape delay-1/21/01 at 2 p.m.)

Sat., Jan. 27 UCLA at OREGON 1 p.m. Fox Sports Net
WASH. ST. at STANFORD 7:30 p.m. Bay TV

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 are featured on the Pac-10's official website, www.pac-10.org.
Oregon senior center Jenny Mowe will drop by the chat room
next - Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 12:30 p.m. PT. Fans may send in their
questions for Mowe now, and they will be saved until the live chat
begins. A full transcript of each chat will be posted weekly.

Here is the schedule of remaining chats:
Wed., Jan. 10 - Jenny Mowe, Oregon (12:30 p.m. PT), Wed., Jan. 17
- Michelle Greco, 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).

PAC-10 WOMEN'S HOOPS ON-LINE COLUMN
Stop by the Pac-10 website each Wednesday to check out Pac-10.org's
women's basketball columnists' inside look at what is going on around the
Conference. In their second year as columnists for Pac-10.org are Fox Sports Net
analyst Mary Murphy and Marin Independent Journal Sports Editor Holly
Woolard.
The weekly columns can be found at http://www.pac-10.org.

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