This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball (1/29/01)

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD

As the first half of Pac-10 double round-robin play wraps up this week,the race for the top spot has tightened up. The No. 22 OREGON Ducks (5-2) andARIZONA STATE Sun Devils (5-2) hold a half-game lead over WASHINGTON (5-3), withtwo other teams trailing by just one game. But several key matchups this weekendwill determine the league leader at the turn. Three of the top four teams in thestandings do battle in Arizona this weekend, as Oregon and OREGON STATE (3-4) visitARIZONA (4-3) and ASU. This week's rivalry game features the hardcourt version ofthe Apple Cup, with WASHINGTON (5-3) visiting WASHINGTON STATE (3-5) in a Fox SportsNet game at 1 p.m. Saturday. STANFORD (4-3) and CALIFORNIA (2-5) head to Los Angelesthis weekend to take on USC (3-4) and UCLA (2-5), Sunday's Stanford at USC game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

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

Thu., Feb. 1
*OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA ST., 7 p.m. (Cox TV)

Fri., Feb. 2
*STANFORD at UCLA, 7 p.m. (Fox Bay Area)
*CALIFORNIA at USC, 7 p.m. (1)

(1) Lyon Center

Sat., Feb. 3
*WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON ST., 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*OREGON at ARIZONA ST., 7 p.m. (Cox TV)

Sun., Feb. 4
*CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 3 p.m.
*STANFORD at USC, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

Next Pac-10 Women's Basketball Online Chat:
Amanda Levens, ASU * Wed., Jan. 31, 4 p.m. PT
at www.pac-10.org

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Jan. 25
*USC 55, OREGON 53 (USC-Hoffman 19 pts/17 reb, ORE-Meharry 12 pts)
*OREGON STATE 71, UCLA 58 (OSU-Ragland 23 pts/12 reb, UCLA-Greco 25 pts)
*CALIFORNIA 69, WASHINGTON ST. 56 (CAL-Johnson 18 pts/9 ast, WSU-Volkman 15 pts)
*STANFORD 76, WASHINGTON 68 (STAN-Powell 20 pts/9 reb, WASH-Lalum 19 pts)

Sat., Jan. 27
*OREGON 54, UCLA 43 (ORE-Shreve 11 pts/6 reb, UCLA-Greco 17 pts/ 5 reb)
*USC 69, OREGON STATE 67 OT (USC-Hoffman 12 pts/14 reb, OSU-Ragland 29 pts/13 reb)
*ARIZONA STATE 67, ARIZONA 57 (ASU-Levens 15 pts, ARIZ-Bristol 16 pts/8 ast)
*STANFORD 84, WASHINGTON ST. 67 (STAN-Izidor 22 pts/7 reb, WSU-Volkman 19 pts)
*WASHINGTON 69, CALIFORNIA 68 (WASH-Franza 30 pts/6 treys, CAL-Forney 27 pts/14 reb)

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

Where the Pac-10 schools rank in the Jan. 28 RPI report...17. Stanford, 19. Washington, 21. Oregon, 32. Arizona, 40. Arizona State, 71. USC, 91. California, 104. Oregon State, 141. UCLA, 156. Washington State.

Where the Pac-10 schools rank, by strength of schedule...4. Stanford, 12. UCLA, 13. California, 21. Washington, 23. USC, 38. Oregon, 60. Arizona State, 65. Arizona, 141. Washington State, 187. 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.

PAC-10 HOOPS ON-LINE CHATS
Each Wednesday during Conference play, a Pac-10 women's basketball player will stop by to 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 web site, www.pac-10.org. ASU junior guard Amanda Levens will drop by the chat room next -- Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. PT. Fans may send in their questions for Levens now, and they will be saved until the live chat begins.

ARIZONA
The Wildcats have dropped three in a row for the first time since the 1995-96 season. Arizona's loss to ASU on Jan. 27 was its first defeat by the Sun Devils since 1993. The loss also ended a 14-game win streak in the series for the Cats. Arizona is shooting 72.7 percent from the line in Pac-10 play, led by senior Reshea Bristol, who is 23-for-25 (.920) from the charity stripe in Conference action. The Wildcats lead the league in scoring (79.5 ppg), scoring margin (+13.6 ppg) and assists (16.63 apg).

ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils' four consecutive Pac-10 wins are the most since the 1992-93 season, when ASU rattled off five straight league wins. ASU is looking to snap an 11-game losing skid to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon is the only Pac-10 team that Coach Charli Turner Thorne has not defeated in four-plus seasons in Tempe. ASU's Jan. 27 win over Arizona marked the squad's first victory over a ranked opponent since downing No. 7 Washington on Jan. 8, 1998. A crowd of 5,379 set ASU's single-game attendance record for Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 27, surpassing the crowd of 5,271 that attended the Arizona game last season.

CALIFORNIA
The Golden Bears' last two losses have been by an average of just four points. Senior guard Courtney Johnson has reached double digits in scoring in five straight games and averaged 7.5 assists in a home split against the Washington schools. With 245 career thefts, Johnson needs just five steals to claim the No. 2 spot on the Cal career chart. Junior center Ami Forney averaged 19.0 points and 10.5 rebounds last week.

OREGON
The Ducks are ranked 23rd in this week's AP Top 25. It marks the 12th straight week Oregon has been ranked in the AP poll, the best mark under Jody Runge, and second only to the 1980-81 squad which was ranked in the Top 25 for 18 straight weeks. Oregon's loss to USC on Jan. 25, its second in a row, marked its first back-to-back Pac-10 losses since the 1995-96 season. Sophomore point guard Kourtney Shreve suffered a mild concussion Jan. 27 against UCLA, but is expected to play this weekend. Senior forward Angelina Wolvert, who missed two games with a sprained ligament in her left knee, came in off the bench to score seven points in 17 minutes against the Bruins.

OREGON STATE
The Beavers travel to the Arizona schools this weekend looking for their first Pac-10 win in the Grand Canyon state since a victory over ASU in 1995-96. Oregon State has dropped five of its last six to the Sun Devils and looks to end a seven-game losing streak to UA. Junior guard Felicia Ragland continues her assault on Conference opponents, notching her fifth 20-point Pac-10 game of the season against USC on Jan. 27. Ragland finished with career highs of 29 points and 13 rebounds for her third straight double-double.

STANFORD
Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer became the first coach in Pac-10 women's basketball history to record 200 career Conference victories with the win over Washington on Jan. 25. VanDerveer owns a career Pac-10 record of 201-40 (.834). Stanford is 9-1 at home this season and has won 20 of its last 22 at Maples Pavilion, dating back to December of 1999. Freshman point guard Nicole Powell, the Pac-10 leading rebounder (8.4 rpg), is bidding to become the first freshman and first Cardinal to ever win the Conference rebounding title.

UCLA
With their loss to Oregon on Jan. 27, the Bruins were assured of their first under-.500 season since going 13-14 in 1996-97. Junior guard Michelle Greco averaged 21.0 points at the Oregon schools last week, maintaining her hold on the Pac-10 scoring lead. The Bruins host Stanford and Cal this weekend, looking for their first consecutive wins against the Cardinal since 1987-88. UCLA recorded a 64-61 win over Stanford in the last meeting, Mar. 3, 2000. California has won in three of the last five meetings.

USC
The Women of Troy have won three of their last four, with two wins against ranked opponents. A pair of close victories last week over the Ducks and Beavers earned USC its first Pac-10 sweep in the state of Oregon since 1993-94. The win in Eugene was the team's first road victory since Dec. 9 at Sacramento State and marked the squad's first win outside the state of California this season. The Women of Troy's scoring, rebounding and steal leaders remain freshmen: Ebony Hoffman (8.2 rpg, 2nd Pac-10), Aisha Hollans (12.5 ppg) and Jessica Cheeks (1.9 spg).

WASHINGTON
The Huskies travel to Washington State this weekend for the hardcourt version of the Apple Cup. Washington owns a 26-2 edge in the all-time series, including a 13-1 mark in Pullman. Senior guard Megan Franza recorded her third career 30-point game at California Jan. 27, with 22 points coming in the first half. Franza finished with six treys to tie her own school record (shared with three others). Franza now ranks eighth on the Washington career scoring list (1,361 career points).

WASHINGTON STATE
WSU enters Saturday's game against Washington looking to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Huskies. The Cougars are 5-2 at Friel Court this season. Ten different Cougars have been part of the starting line-up in 2000-01, while senior guard Katie Nyseth and sophomore guard Jessica Ottmar are the only players to start all 18 games. Four players are averaging more than 8.0 points, led by senior forward Yvonne Volkman (9.8 ppg). Volkman averaged 17.0 points in two games last week, and she was trailed closely by sophomore center Kelly Berglund, who averaged 14.0 points as Washington State dropped games at Cal and Stanford.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Nicole Powell, STAN.................5Felicia Ragland, OSU................ 5Reshea Bristol, ARIZ*............... 4Giuliana Mendiola, WASH........4Ericka Cook, OSU.......................3Ami Forney, CAL........................3Veranda James, ARIZ ................ 3Melody Johnson, ASU................. 3Jenny Mowe, ORE........................3LaKeisha Taylor, ARIZ............. 3Nicole Funn, OSU....................... 2Brittney Hawks, WSU............... 2Andrea Lalum, WASH............... 2Kristee Porter, UCLA................. 2Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL...............1Kelley Berglund, WSU...............1Tysell Bozeman, ARIZ................1Tashara Carter, USC..................1Sara Dimson, STAN................... 1Ebony Hoffman, USC`.................1Whitney Martindale, WSU........1Kellie O' Neill, WASH............. 1Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ............1Krista Warren, ARIZ................. 1

* - points/assists

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).................. 30Megan Franza, WASH (1/27).............30PAC-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'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 these remaining promotional events:

Feb. 2 UCLA Feb. 4 USC Feb. 8 Washington State Mar. 11 Arizona State

PAC-10 WOMEN'S HOOPS ON-LINE COLUMN
Stop by the Pac-10 web site each Thursday 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 are Fox Sports Net analyst Mary Murphy and Marin Independent Journal Sports Editor Holly Woolard. The weekly columns can be found at www.pac-10.org.

ON THE WEB
The official Pacific-10 Conference web site can be accessed by visiting: www.pac-10.org. Statistical information, standings and news releases for all men's and women's sports are updated frequently. News releases are provided in both Adobe Acrobat PDF format, as well as viewable HTML pages. Links to daily stories about Pac-10 teams and institutions can be found in the Pac-10 web site Newsstand, on the front page.

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

		Team	Points	1.	Stanford (9)	90	2.	Oregon (1)	78	3.	USC	70	4.	Arizona	66	5.	Arizona State	57	6t.	UCLA	49		Washington	49	8.	Oregon State	34	9.	California	29	10.	Washington State	18

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

		Team	Points	1.	Stanford (16)	187	2.	Oregon (3)	161	3.	USC	149	4.	Arizona	119	5.	UCLA	101	6.	Arizona State	95	7.	Washington	80	8.	California	62	9.	Oregon State	57	10.	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 3/8/96 2. 9,530 USC at UCLA 1/23/99 3. 9,418 Stanford at Oregon State 1/20/96 4. 9,078 Oregon State at Oregon 3/10/00 5. 8,260 Oregon State at Oregon 1/29/99 6. 7,900 Stanford at Washington 3/11/95 7. 7,881 Oregon at Oregon State 1/5/96 8. 7,861 Arizona at Oregon 2/21/99 9. 7,787 USC at UCLA 1/16/00 10. 7,704 Stanford at Washington 2/10/90

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