This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball (1/15/01)

Jan. 14, 2001

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD

After just two weeks of Conference play, No. 22 ARIZONA (4-0, 14-2)
and No. 20 OREGON (3-0, 10-3) stand as the league's remaining undefeated
teams. WASHINGTON (3-1, 10-4) is right behind the Wildcats and Ducks with
just one loss. It will be a battle in the Northwest this weekend, as OREGON
and OREGON STATE (1-2, 9-4) travel to face WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE
(2-2, 7-7).Saturday's rivalry game between STANFORD (1-3, 7-7) and CALIFORNIA
(1-3, 5-9) is also this week's Fox Sports/Pac-10 Game of the Week. It's a big
weekend in Los Angeles, with ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE (2-2, 10-6) visiting
UCLA (1-2, 2-12) and USC (0-3, 5-8).

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

Thu., Jan. 18
*ARIZONA at USC, 7 p.m.
*ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, 7 p.m.
*OREGON at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE,7 p.m.(Fox Northwest delayed to 1/19)

Sat., Jan. 20
*STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 12 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*ARIZONA at UCLA, 4 p.m.
*ARIZONA STATE at USC, 7 p.m.
*OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.(Fox Northwest delayed to 1/21)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Jan. 11
*ARIZONA 97, WASHINGTON STATE 58
*WASHINGTON 66, ARIZONA STATE 62
*OREGON 86, CALIFORNIA 56
*OREGON STATE 81, STANFORD 65

Sat., Jan. 13
*ARIZONA 88,WASHINGTON 72
*ARIZONA STATE 83, WASHINGTON STATE 70
*CALIFORNIA 79, OREGON STATE 72
*OREGON 72, STANFORD 54

Sun., Jan. 14
*UCLA 65, USC 53

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

Where the Pac-10 schools rank in the Jan. 13 RPI report...
8. Oregon, 10. Arizona, 14. Washington, 20. Stanford, 48. Arizona
State, 71. California, 86 Oregon State, 91. USC, 153. Washington
State, 176. UCLA.

Where the Pac-10 schools rank, by strength of schedule...
1. Stanford, 3. California, 11. Oregon, 16. Washington, 21. UCLA
28. USC, 29. Arizona, 45. Arizona State, 169. Oregon State, 195.
Washington State

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, 5. Big Ten.

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. UCLA junior guard Michelle Greco
will drop by the chat room next -- Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 4:30
p.m. PT. Fans may send in their questions for Greco now, and
they will be saved until the live chat begins. A full transcript of
each chat is posted weekly.

Here is the schedule of remaining chats:
Wed., Jan. 17 - Michelle Greco, UCLA, Wed., Jan. 24 - Nicole
Powell, 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 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 8-14
will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Happy Martin Luther King Jr.
Day!

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, ARIZ
J. 8 Reshea Bristol, ARIZ

ARIZONA

With its 14-2 record, Arizona has matched last year's team forthe best-ever start through the first 16 games of a season. UACoach Joan Bonvicini is just two wins away from reaching the500-victory mark for her career. Ten of Arizona's 15 wins thisyear have been by at least 10 points. Junior center LaKeishaTaylor averaged 20.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in asweep of the Washington schools schools last week. Seniorguard Reshea Bristol needs just nine points to become the ninthWildcat to reach the 1,000-point mark in career scoring. Bristoltied the UA record with 16 assists against UW last week.

ARIZONA STATE

The Sun Devils scored a season-high 83 points in the win overWashington State, including a season-best 49 points in the firsthalf. Their 50.9 field-goal percentage against the Cougars wasalso tops this season. ASU leads the league in scoring defense(58.8 ppg) and turnover margin (+5.12). Junior guard AmandaLevens is sixth in Pac-10 scoring (14.2 ppg), while junior centerMelody Johnson is seventh in scoring (14.2 ppg) and eighth inrebounding (6.4 rpg).

CALIFORNIA

Five players scored in double figures for the first time thisseason to lead Cal in its win over Oregon State. First-yearCoach Caren Horstmeyer's first Pac-10 win also snapped athree-game losing streak. The Bears, who led OSU at the half,had been 0-2 in Pac-10 games in which they held a lead at thebreak. Junior center Ami Forney is second in the Conference inrebounding (7.6 rpg) and is tied for the lead in offensive rebounds(3.23 avg.).

OREGON

Winners of six straight, the Ducks connected on a season-highnine three-pointers (9-of-15) against Stanford, going 5-for-7 inthe first half. The Stanford matchup attracted the seventh-largestcrowd in school history (7,602) to Mac Court. Junior guardJamie Craighead shot a combined 72.7 percent (8-of-11) fromthree-point range in the Ducks' two wins. She leads the leaguein average three-pointers (2.77 per game) and is second in three-pointpercentage (.480). Oregon paces the Pac-10 in field goalpercentage (.487), free throw percentage (.722), three-pointpercentage (.369) and rebounding defense (33.4 rpg).

OREGON STATE

The Beavers leave the state of Oregon for just the second timethis season as they head to the Washington schools. Last week.OSU snapped an 11-game skid to Stanford that dated back tothe 1994-95 season. The Beavers' full-court pressure forced aschool-record tying 30 turnovers by Stanford. OSU is second inthe Pac-10 in scoring defense (59.1 ppg) and three-pointpercentage defense (.281). Junior center Ericka Cook is sixth inPac-10 rebounding (6.9), 11th in scoring (12.8), seventh in fieldgoal percentage (.512) and fourth in blocks (1.23).

STANFORD

The Cardinal, which has dropped three straight Pac-10 gamesfor the first time since 1986-87, heads across the Bay to faceCalifornia this week. Stanford is looking to snap a six-gameroad slide that includes five losses to ranked teams. FreshmanNicole Powell, who has been thrust into the point guard role,paced the team with 12 points and nine rebounds at Oregon.Powell leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.9) and defensiverebounds (5.36) and is third in assists (4.07). Stanford paces theleague in blocked shots (5.43) and is second in scoring (74.4), freethrow percentage (.717) and three-point field goals (6.07 avg.).

UCLA

Junior guard Michelle Greco scored a game-high 23 points,dished out four assists and posted three steals to lead UCLA toits first Pac-10 victory of the season, a 65-53 win over USC. ThePac-10's leading scorer (19.1 ppg), Greco is averaging 21 points inConference games. UCLA continues to hold the league lead insteals (11.36 spg) and is forcing its opponents to commit 23.1turnovers per game, most in the Pac-10.

USC

USC hosts the Arizona schools this weekend, searching for itsfirst Pac-10 win of the season. Freshmen Aisha Hollans andEbony Hoffman paced the Trojans in the loss to UCLA, scoring 14and 13 points, respectively. The rookie tandem has led the teamin scoring and rebounding in four of its last five games. USC istied for second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (4.38 bpg) and issecond in steals (10.23 spg). Hoffman is third in Pac-10rebounding, (7.5), a category in which three of the top fiveplayers are true freshmen. Senior center Denise Woods leads theleague in blocked shots (1.75).

WASHINGTON

The Huskies' win at ASU last week marked their first victoryin the Grand Canyon State in nearly four years -- since aFebruary 1, 1997, win over the Sun Devils. Washington hosts theOregon schools this weekend, and Thursday night's tilt withthe Ducks features the top shooting (Oregon/.487 FG%) andrebounding (Washington/45.4 rpg) teams in the Conference.Freshman center Andrea Lalum recorded her first career double-double(13 pts/10 reb) last week against Arizona, in just 20minutes of play.

WASHINGTON STATE

The Cougars return home to host the Oregon schools this week,coming off road losses to Arizona and Arizona State. Seniorguard Katie Nyseth scored a career-high 20 points in the loss tothe Sun Devils. She shot 7-of-10 from the field, including a 3-of-5effort from three-point territory. Nyseth also added sevenrebounds and six assists. Turnovers plagued the Cougars onceagain, as they committed more than 20 miscues for the third andfourth straight games. WSU is second in the Pac-10 in three-pointpercentage (.362).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

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

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)

COMING TO YOUR CAMPUS...PAC-10 NIGHT!

As part of the Pac-10's promotional efforts for women'sbasketball, each institution will sponsor a 'Pac-10 Night' duringthe 2000 Conference season, with free hats distributed to fans inattendance. Here's a schedule of the remaining promotionalevents:

Jan. 25 Oregon StateFeb. 2 UCLAFeb. 4 USCFeb. 8 Washington StateMar. 11 Arizona State

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 lastyear's 61-47 mark (.565).

CALLING ALL COACHES

Media Members may call theConference office or any Pac-10SID office to receive the mediaonly teleconference number for thelive teleconference. The phonenumber for the taped replay is402-222-9927.

PAC-10 TELECONFERENCE DATES:Tue., Jan. 16Tue., Jan. 23Tue., Jan. 30Tue., Feb. 6Tue., Feb. 13Tue., Feb. 20Tue., Feb. 27Tue., Mar. 6

SCHEDULE (times are Pacific)9:30 - 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

PAC-10/FOX SPORTS NET TELEVISION SCHEDULE

The 2000-01 Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball televisionpackage features 19 regular-season contests telecast nationallyon FOX Sports Net. Additional regional and local women'stelecasts may be arranged by the institutions. Here is theremaining television schedule for January:

Date Game Time (PT) ChannelThu., 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 NetSat., 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

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 isgoing on around the Conference. In their second year as columnistsfor Pac-10.org are Fox Sports Net analyst Mary Murphy andMarin Independent Journal Sports Editor Holly Woolard. Theweekly columns can be found at http://www.pac-10.org.

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 YrJamie 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.

ALL-TIME TOP 10 ATTENDANCE FIGURES
(PAC-10 CONFERENCE GAMES ONLY - WOMEN)

1. 9,738 Oregon State at Oregon 3/8/962. 9,530 USC at UCLA 1/23/993. 9,418 Stanford at Oregon State 1/20/964. 9,078 Oregon State at Oregon 3/10/005. 8,260 Oregon State at Oregon 1/29/996. 7,900 Stanford at Washington 3/11/957. 7,881 Oregon at Oregon State 1/5/968. 7,861 Arizona at Oregon 2/21/999. 7,787 USC at UCLA 1/16/0010. 7,704 Stanford at Washington 2/10/90
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