This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball (2/5/01)

Feb. 5, 2001

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
After the first round of Pac-10 play, No. 23 ARIZONA STATE stands atop the Conference standings in sole possession of first place with a 7-2 league record. No. 22 ARIZONA, WASHINGTON and STANFORD are tied for second place with 6-3 Pac-10 records. The league's top three teams do battle in the state of Washington this week, as WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE (3-6) entertainARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE. OREGON (5-4) and OREGON STATE (3-6) open the second half ofplay with a visit to STANFORD (6-3) and CALIFORNIA (4-5), while USC (3-6) hosts UCLA (2-7) inthis week's rivalry game. The Pac-10/Fox Sports Net game of the week features the ARIZONA atWASHINGTON STATE contest Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT. In other televised action, Fox SportsNorthwest will air Saturday's ASU at WASHINGTON game on a tape-delay basis on Sunday, andBay TV will air Saturday night's OSU-STANFORD matchup at 7:30 p.m. PT.

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

Thu., Feb. 8
*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
*ARIZONA ST. at WASHINGTON ST., 7 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.
*OREGON at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 10
*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. (Fox Northwest delayed on 2/11)
*UCLA at USC, 2 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m. (Bay TV)
*OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.

Next Pac-10 Women's Basketball Online Chat:
Courtney Johnson, CAL * Wed., Feb. 7, 11 a.m. PT
at www.pac-10.org

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Feb. 1
ARIZONA 88, OREGON 76
ARIZONA STATE 58, OREGON STATE 51

Fri., Feb. 2
STANFORD 60, UCLA 52
CALIFORNIA 61, USC 55

Sat., Feb. 3
ARIZONA 83, OREGON STATE 73
ARIZONA STATE 73, OREGON 63
WASHINGTON 91, WASHINGTON STATE 71

Sun. Feb. 4
CALIFORNIA 58, UCLA 57
STANFORD 89, USC 75

WHERE WERE WE A YEAR AGO?
A look at the league race at the halfway point last season:

2001 2000 Diff.

Arizona State 7-2 4-5 +3Arizona 6-3 7-2 -1Washington 6-3 3-6 +3Stanford 6-3 7-2 -1Oregon 5-4 6-3 -1California 4-5 2-7 +2Oregon State 3-6 5-4 -2USC 3-6 3-6 0Washington State 3-6 1-8 +2UCLA 2-7 7-2 -5

PAC-10 IN THE RPI RATINGS
Where the Pac-10 schools rank in the Feb. 4 RPI report...

Collegiate Basketball News:
16. Washington, 19. Stanford, 28. Arizona, 32. Oregon, 33. ArizonaState, 94. USC, 99. California, 113. Oregon State, 155. UCLA, 156.Washington State.

WBCA/Summerville RPI:
19. Stanford, 22. Washington, 26. Arizona, 31. Arizona State, 33.Oregon, 90. USC, 103. California, 114. Oregon State, 153. UCLA,156. Washington State.

Where the Pac-10 schools rank, by strength of schedule...
10. Stanford, 15. UCLA, 25. Washington, 26. Oregon, 32. USC, 38.California, 51. Arizona State, 54. Arizona, 129. WashingtonState, 137. 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.

PICKNEY IS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ARIZONA forward Elizabeth Pickney has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Player of the Week for Jan. 29-Feb. 4.

Pickney, from Houston, Texas, averaged 22.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while leading
the Wildcats to a home sweep of the Oregon schools. On the week, Pickney shot 56.3 percent (18-of-32) from the floor and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the line.

Against 22nd-ranked Oregon on Feb. 1, she scored a career-high 26 points on 11 -of-18 shooting,
was 4-of-6 from the foul line and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. In the win over OSU on Feb. 3, Pickney posted her second double-double of the year with 19 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. She shot 7-of-14 from the field and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the line.

In a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-10, Arizona (6-3 Pac-10, 16-5 overall) snapped a
three-game losing skid and has won consecutive games heading into the second half of Conference play.

The Player of the Week honor is the second of Pickney's career, her second this season and the
22nd all-time selection for the Wildcats.

ALSO NOMINATED: Melody Johnson, ASU, Kenya Corley, CAL, Nicole Powell, STAN, Ebony Hoffman,
USC, Megan Franza, WASH, Sarah Barrett, 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, ASUJ. 29 Ebony Hoffman, USC

ARIZONA
Arizona is ranked 22nd in this week's AP Top 25. With thevictory over OSU on Feb. 3, UA head coach Joan Bonvicinireached the 500-win mark for her career. She is one of only 17active Division I women's coaches with 500 or more career wins.The Wildcats are 15-0 this year when they score 70 or morepoints. Reserve center LaKeisha Taylor averaged 17.5 pointsand 6.5 rebounds off the bench in the weekend's contests, whilesenior guard Reshea Bristol posted 22.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0rebounds.

ARIZONA STATE
ASU is ranked 23rd in this week's AP Top 25, the Sun Devils'first ranking since the week of March 1, 1992, when they weretied for 25th. ASU's victory over Oregon on Feb. 3 markedCharli Turner Thorne's 100th career victory and her 60th atASU. Arizona State has won six consecutive games for the firsttime since the 1991-92 season. The Sun Devils are looking fortheir first win in Seattle since 1996. With a 15-6 overall record,ASU has already surpassed its overall wins total from lastseason (14) and matched its Pac-10 wins (7) from a year ago.

CALIFORNIA
The Golden Bears posted their first ever road sweep of the LAschools last weekend. Cal hosts the Oregon schools this weekand will be looking for its first season sweep of the Beavers since1991-92 and its first win against the Ducks since 1993 (15 games).With 251 steals, senior guard Courtney Johnson moved into theNo. 2 spot on the Cal career thefts chart. Senior guard KenyaCorley averaged 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in last weekend'stwo victories, including a game-high 25 points at UCLA.

OREGON
The Ducks' losses to Arizona and ASU last weekend marked thefirst time UO had been swept on a Pac-10 weekend since the1995-96 season. The ASU win ended an 11-game losing streak toOregon. The Ducks travel to the Bay Area schools this weekendfor their third and fourth consecutive road games. Seniorforward Brianne Meharry is just seven points shy of scoring 1,000in her career and would become the 15th Oregon player toaccomplish the feat (senior forward Angelina Wolvert reachedthe plateau Dec. 9, 2000, at Texas).

OREGON STATE
The Beavers travel to Cal and Stanford this week for theirsecond straight Pac-10 road trip and are 1-3 in Conference roadgames this season. Oregon State's trio of junior guard FeliciaRagland, sophomore guard Nicole Funn and junior center ErickaCook averages 43.1 points per game, nearly two-thirds of OSU'sscoring production. OSU is 7-2 when the 'Big Three' all reachdouble figures in scoring. In Conference games, Ragland isaveraging a Pac-10 leading 20.9 points per game. Cook needs justfour blocked shots to surpass Tina Lelas ('94-97) for ninth placein the OSU record books.

STANFORD
The Cardinal's Pac-10 road sweep of UCLA and USC lastweekend was its first since February of 1999, also at the LAschools. The Cardinal has won five straight to move from a tiefor eighth place to a tie for second in the Conference standings.Stanford plays its next three games in Maples Pavilion, whereit is 9-1 this season. Junior forward Lindsey Yamasaki came offthe bench against USC to score 28 points on 10-of-13 shootingand added eight rebounds and five assists. The Cardinal leadthe Pac-10 in free throw pct. (.716), three-point field goal pct.(.366), rebounding margin (+5.4) and blocked shots.

UCLA
USC leads the all-time series with UCLA, 18-11, but the Bruinshave won six of the last seven meetings, including a 65-53 winover the Women of Troy last month. Junior guard Michelle Grecoleads the Pac-10 in scoring (19.5 ppg) and free throw pct. (.885).UCLA leads the Pac-10 in steals (11.15 spg) and is second inturnover margin (+3.90). Sophomore guard Natalie Nakase andGreco are tied for fifth in Conference steals (2.00 spg).

USC
The Women of Troy were swept at home by the Bay Areaschools last weekend for the first time since the 1989-90 season.Guard Ryane Alexander earned her first start Feb. 4 againstStanford, becoming the fourth freshman to start for USC thisyear. Freshman forward Ebony Hoffman paced the Women ofTroy over the weekend, averaging 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and2.5 blocks per game. Hoffman is second in Pac-10 rebounding (8.2rpg), as she and Stanford's Nicole Powell bid to become the firstfreshman to ever win the league rebounding title.

WASHINGTON
In a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-10 standings, theHuskies open the second half of Pac-10 play at home withArizona (tied for 2nd) and Conference leader Arizona State.UW is a combined 27-3 against the Arizona schools in Seattle,but has dropped two in a row to the Wildcats. Senior guardMegan Franza, who led UW with 15 points last week at WSU,has scored in double figures in all but five games this year.Franza has hit 14 three-point baskets over the last four games(3.5 avg.) and has started 104 of UW's last 106 games.

WASHINGTON STATE
Junior guard Sarah Barrett recorded a season-high tying 17points and added six assists in the loss to UW last week. Barrettleads the Cougars with 27 three-point field goals. Sophomorecenter Kelly Berglund posted her second double-double of theseason with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against theHuskies. For the second consecutive Saturday, a WSU homegame will be televised live on Fox Sports Net when the Cougarshost Arizona at 1 p.m. The crowd of 1,231 that witnessed theFeb. 3 UW-WSU game was the largest to see a Cougar gamesince Jan. 20, 1996 (also against the Huskies).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Nicole Powell, STAN.................................6Felicia Ragland, OSU.................................6Reshea Bristol, ARIZ*............................... 4Giuliana Mendiola, WASH.....................4Ericka Cook, OSU.......................................4Ami Forney, CAL.........................................4Veranda James, ARIZ ................................3Melody Johnson, ASU............................... 3Jenny Mowe, ORE.......................................3LaKeisha Taylor, ARIZ............................3Kelley Berglund, WSU...............................2Nicole Funn, OSU........................................2Brittney Hawks, WSU...............................2Ebony Hoffman, USC`................................2Andrea Lalum, WASH...............................2Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ.......................... 2Kristee Porter, UCLA................................ 2Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL............................ 1Tysell Bozeman, ARIZ...............................1Tashara Carter, USC................................. 1Sara Dimson, STAN................................... 1Whitney Martindale, WSU......................1Kellie O' Neill, WASH...............................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).............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 mediaonly teleconference number for the live teleconference. The phone number for the taped replay is402-222-9927. Audio clips from each teleconference can also be accessed on the Pac-10's officialweb site, www.pac-10.org.

TELECONFERENCE DATES:
Tue., Jan. 30
Tue., Feb. 6
Tue., Feb. 13
Tue., Feb. 20
Tue., Feb. 27
Tue., Mar. 6

SCHEDULE (times are Pacific)
9:30 - Moderator opens call
9:35 - Charli Turner Thorne, ASU
9:40 - Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
9:45 - June Daugherty,Washington
9:50 - Jenny Przekwas, WSU
9:55 - Chris Gobrecht, USC
10:00 - Kathy Olivier, UCLA
10:05 - Judy Spoelstra, Oregon St.
10:10 - Jody Runge, Oregon
10:15 - Caren Horstmeyer, Cal
10:20 - 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 HOOPS ON-LINE CHATS
Each Wednesday during Conference play, a Pac-10 women'sbasketball player will stop by to chat and take questions on theconference 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. Cal senior guard Courtney Johnson will drop bythe chat room next -- Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. PT.

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 these remainingpromotional events: Feb. 8 - Washington State, Mar. 11 - ArizonaState.

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 isgoing on around the Conference. In their second year as columnistsare Fox Sports Net analyst Mary Murphy and MarinIndependent Journal Sports Editor Holly Woolard. The weeklycolumns can be found at www.pac-10.org.

ON THE WEB
The official Pacific-10 Conference web site can be accessed byvisiting: www.pac-10.org. Statistical information, standings andnews 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 web site 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 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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