This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball (1/22/01)

Jan. 22, 2001

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD

The ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils (4-2, 12-6), riding a Conference-leading three-game winning streak,host the ARIZONA Wildcats (4-2, 14-4) in this weekend's rivalry game. Sitting atop the Pac-10standings with just one loss, OREGON (4-1, 11-4) hosts USC (1-4, 6-9) and UCLA (2-3, 3-13), with both Los Angeles schools coming off upset wins over Arizona. The UCLA-Oregon game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net as the Pac-10 Game of the Week. WASHINGTON (4-2, 11-5) and WASHINGTON STATE (3-3, 8-8) head to the Bay Area to take on STANFORD (2-3, 8-7) and CALIFORNIA (1-4, 5-10).

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

Thu., Jan. 25*USC at OREGON, 1 p.m.*UCLA at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m.*WASHINGTON ST. at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.*WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 27*UCLA at OREGON, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)*USC at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.*WASHINGTON ST. at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m. (Bay TV)*ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.

Next Pac-10 Women's Basketball Online Chat:Nicole Powell, Stanford * Wed., Jan. 24, 9 a.m. PTat www.pac-10.org

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Jan. 18*USC 81, ARIZONA 67(USC-Cheeks 18 pts/4 stl, ARIZ-Taylor 17 pts)

*ARIZONA STATE 78, UCLA 68(ASU-Levens 15 pts/7 reb, UCLA-Greco 22 pts)

*OREGON 67, WASHINGTON 53(ORE-Craighead 16 pts, WASH-Payne 14 pts)

*OREGON STATE 64, WASHINGTON STATE 46(OSU-Funn 17 pts/8 reb, WSU-Ottmar 11 pts)

Sat., Jan. 20*STANFORD 63, CALIFORNIA 56(STAN-Powell 19 pts/12 reb/4 ast, CAL- Corley 18 pts)

*UCLA 59, ARIZONA 56 OT(UCLA-Greco 29 pts/45 min., ARIZ-Bozeman 17 pts)

*ARIZONA STATE 66, USC 59ASU-Levens 15 pts/8-8 FT, USC-Hoffman 19 pts/4 bl)

*WASHINGTON STATE 67, OREGON 67(WSU-Berglund 14 pts/5 reb, ORE-Meharry 17 pts/8 reb)

*WASHINGTON 69, OREGON STATE 67(WASH-Franza 28 pts/4 treys, OSU-Ragland 12 pts/10 reb)

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

Where the Pac-10 schools rank in the Jan. 21 RPI report...11. Oregon, 16. Washington, 20. Stanford, 26. Arizona, 54. ArizonaState, 85. California, 82. Oregon State, 104. USC, 139.Washington State, 144. UCLA.

Where the Pac-10 schools rank, by strength of schedule...1. Stanford, 9. California, 14. Oregon, 16. UCLA, 17. Washington,35. USC, 62. Arizona, 77. Arizona State, 117. Washington State,128. Oregon State.

Where the Pac-10 ranks, by non-conference strength of schedule:1. Pac-10, 2. Big Ten, 3. SEC, 4. Big East, 5. ACC.

Where the Pac-10 ranks, by overall RPI:1. SEC, 2. Big 12, 3. ACC, 4. Big Ten, 5. Pac-10.

PAC-10 HOOPS CHATS ON-LINEEach Wednesday during conference play, a Pac-10 women'sbasketball player will drop in for a special chat and takequestions on the conference race, women's hoops and the collegebasketball scene. The chats are featured on the Pac-10's officialwebsite, www.pac-10.org. Stanford freshman guard NicolePowell will drop by the chat room next -- Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 9a.m. PT. Fans may send in their questions for Powell now, andthey will be saved until the live chat begins. A full transcript ofeach chat is posted weekly.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEKARIZONA STATE junior guardAmanda Levens has been namedthe Pac-10 Women's BasketballPlayer of the Week for Jan. 15-21.

Levens, from Belvidere, Ill.,averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 reboundsand 2.5 assists in leading ArizonaState to its first ever road sweepover the Los Angeles schools andits first Pac-10 road sweep since1992-93. On the week, Levens shot40.0 percent from three-point range(4-of-10) and was a perfect 12-for-12from the free throw line.

Against USC, Levens notched ateam-high 15 points and recordeda game-high four assists. Shematched that effort with 15 pointsat UCLA, adding a career-highseven rebounds in a career-best 34minutes of play. She has hit 10 ofher last 20 attempts from three-pointland and already ranks 10thon ASU's single-season chart with30 treys this year.

The Player of the Week honor isthe first of Levens' career and the19th all-time selection for ArizonaState.

ALSO NOMINATED: CourtneyJohnson, CAL, Brianne Meharry,ORE, Nicole Funn, OSU, NicolePowell, STAN, Michelle Greco,UCLA, Ebony Hoffman, USC,Megan Franza, WASH, VictoriaHarrod, 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, ARIZJ. 15 Jamie Craighead, OREJ. 22 Amanda Levens, ASU

ARIZONAArizona is 25th in this week's coaches' poll. Head Coach JoanBonvicini seeks career win No. 499 Saturday at Arizona State.She owns a 498-180 (.735) career record. Senior guard ResheaBristol joined UA's Thousand-Point Club at USC Jan. 18. Shenow ranks eighth on Arizona's all-time scoring list with 1,010points. The Wildcats lead the league in scoring (80.8 ppg),scoring margin (+14.9 ppg), free throw pct. (.705), assists (16.56apg) and assist-turnover ratio (0.86).

ARIZONA STATEASU is looking to snap a 14-game losing streak to Arizona thisweekend in Tempe. The Sun Devils' wins at UCLA and USCmarked the program's first Pac-10 road sweep since 1992-93, aswell as its first three-game Conference winning streak since thatseason. ASU's five road victories are the most for the team sincethe 1992-93 squad finished the season 7-5 on the road. The teamhas never before won games at California, USC and UCLA in asingle season. ASU is tied for the Conference lead in reboundingdefense (34.0 rpg) and leads in turnover margin (+4.61). Juniorcenter Melody Johnson is ranked seventh in Pac-10 scoring (13.9ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg).

CALIFORNIAThe Golden Bears' 63-56 loss to Stanford Jan. 20 was thenarrowest margin of defeat in the rivalry in nearly nine years -since a two-point Cardinal victory on Mar. 13, 1992. Senior guardCourtney Johnson paced the Bears with 17 points and a game-highsix steals. Johnson needs two more thefts to move into theNo. 3 career spot in California steals. Junior center Ami Forney issecond in Pac-10 rebounding (7.4) and offensive boards (3.21).

OREGONThe Ducks are 20th in this week's coaches' poll. Oregon sufferedthe loss of two starters in the Jan. 18 win at Washington - juniorforward and leading scorer Angelina Wolvert (knee sprain) andsenior guard/forward Lindsey Dion (ankle sprain). Dion islisted as probable for this weekend's contests while Wolvert isdoubtful. The loss at WSU snapped Oregon's 30-game winningstreak against it's Northwest Pac-10 foes: Washington,Washington State and Oregon State. Oregon paces the Pac-10 infield goal pct. (.479) and field goal pct. defense (.386) and is tiedfor the lead in rebounding defense (34.0 rpg).

OREGON STATESophomore guard Nicole Funn contributed 29 points in two gamesas OSU split at Washington and Washington State last week.Oregon State leads the Conference in scoring defense (58.9 ppg)and three-point pct. defense (.281). Junior guard Felicia Raglandhas posted three double-doubles over the last four games. Sheranks second in Pac-10 scoring (17.5), second in steals (3.20),second in three-point pct. (.459), second in three-point FGs (1.87avg.), fourth in defensive rebounds (4.27) and is eighth inrebounding (6.5).

STANFORDHead Coach Tara VanDerveer will shoot for career Pac-10victory No. 200 Thursday against Washington. VanDerveer'scareer Pac-10 record stands at 199-40 in 13-plus seasons. TheCardinal snapped a seven-game road losing streak with the Jan.20 win at California. The victory was also the 15th straightover the Golden Bears. Freshman Nicole Powell recorded herfourth double-double of the season (19 pts/12 reb) and isaveraging 15.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in Conference play. TheCardinal is 30-0 all-time against Washington State headinginto Saturday's meeting at Maples Pavilion.

UCLAJunior guard Michelle Greco totaled 51 points, seven reboundsand was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in a homesplit against the Arizona schools last week. Greco led theBruins to a 59-56 overtime victory over then-No. 19 Arizona Jan.20, scoring a game-high 29 points to go along with four rebounds,two assists and one steal. She added 22 points in the loss toASU, collecting three rebounds and two assists. The Pac-10'sleading scorer upped her season average to 19.9 points per gameand is averaging 23.3 points in Conference games.

USCUSC picked up its second straight win over a ranked Wildcatssquad last week, coupled with a defeat of then-No. 15 Arizonaon Feb. 17, 2000. Freshman Jessica Cheeks recorded a breakoutperformance against UA with 18 points and four steals.Sophomore Tennille Grant played a career-high 31 minutesagainst Arizona and tied a career mark with 10 points in thegame.

WASHINGTONOne of three teams tied at 4-2 in Pac-10 play, Washington hasalready equaled its Conference win total from 1999-2000. TheHuskies travel to the Bay Area schools this weekend and are22-6 all-time against California and 9-19 against Stanford.Against OSU Jan. 20, senior guard Megan Franza helped rallythe Huskies from a 10-point deficit in the second half, hittingthe game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds left. Franza notched aseason-high 28 points, the third-highest scoring mark of hercareer.

WASHINGTON STATEThe Cougars' upset victory over No. 18 Oregon was their firstwin over a ranked opponent since Jan. 8, 1998, against then-No.10 Arizona. In the win over the Ducks, senior forward VictoriaHarrod scored 10 points and pulled down a career-high 12rebounds. With her three treys against Oregon, senior JoannaSmith increased her career three-point total to 133, tying herwith Heather Norman (1989-92) for first on the WSU all-timelist. Smith's third trey came with 16 seconds remaining and putthe Cougars ahead 65-64. She currently ranks third in WSUcareer three-point pct. (.390).

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

30-POINT CLUBNicole 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)

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES TELECONFERENCEThe media only teleconference number for the live teleconferenceis 913-981-5507. The phone number for the taped replay, availablebeginning at 4 p.m. PT, is 402-222-9927.

TELECONFERENCE DATES:Tue., 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 NUMBERSARIZONA............ 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 SCHEDULEThe 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) ChannelSat., Jan. 27 UCLA at OREGON 1 p.m. Fox Sports NetWASH. ST. at STANFORD 7:30 p.m. Bay TV

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'during the 2000 Conference season, with free hats distributed tofans in attendance. Here's a schedule of the remainingpromotional events:

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

PAC-10 WOMEN'S HOOPS ON-LINE COLUMNStop 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.

ON THE WEBThe official Pacific-10 Conference website can be accessed byvisiting: www.pac-10.org. Statistical information, standingsand news releases for all men's and women's sports are updatedfrequently. News releases are provided in both Adobe AcrobatPDF format, as well as viewable HTML pages. Links to dailystories about Pac-10 teams and institutions can be found in thePac-10 website Newsstand, on the front page.

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 TEAMName 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,dueto 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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