This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball (2/12)
Feb. 12, 2001
A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
With just one month remaining in the season, the Pac-10 race still looks to be a race to the
wire. No. 23 WASHINGTON (8-3), No. 24 ARIZONA STATE (8-3) and STANFORD (8-3) are tied for first-place and hold a two-game lead over ARIZONA (6-5) and CALIFORNIA (6-5), rounding out the upper division. Hot on their heels are OREGON (5-6) and USC (4-6). It's shaping up to be a big weekend in the Bay Area, as the Cardinal entertain the Golden Bears, with big implications on the line in this week's rivalry game. In the state of Oregon, the Ducks and Beavers (3-8) play host to the Cougars (4-7) and Huskies, with Saturday's UW-Oregon game televised by Fox Sports Net.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE (times listed are local to site)
Thu., Feb. 15
*UCLA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*USC at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. (Cox TV)
*WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 16
*CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m. (Bay TV)
Sat., Feb. 17
*WASHINGTON at OREGON, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. (Cox TV)
*WASHINGTON ST. at OREGON ST., 7 p.m. (Fox Northwest delayed on 2/18)
Next Pac-10 Women's Basketball Online Chat:
Felicia Ragland, Oregon St. * Wed., Feb. 14, 1 p.m. PT
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Thu., Feb. 8
WASHINGTON 98, ARIZONA 88
ASU 74, WSU 72
STANFORD 63, OREGON 54
CALIFORNIA 72, OREGON STATE 60
Sat., Feb. 10
WASHINGTON STATE 93, ARIZONA 86
WASHINGTON 79, ARIZONA STATE 60
USC 61, UCLA 56
STANFORD 87, OREGON STATE 76
CALIFORNIA 68, OREGON 57
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. Oregon State junior guard Felicia Ragland will drop by the chat room next -- Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. PT.
PAC-10 IN THE RPI RATINGS
Collegiate Basketball News
Where the Pac-10 schools rank in the Feb. 11 RPI report...
17. Washington, 19. Stanford, 34. Arizona St., 36. Arizona, 39. Oregon, 83. California, 103. USC, 131. Oregon St., 141. Washington St., 163.UCLA.
Where the Pac-10 schools rank, by strength of schedule...
11. Stanford, 17. UCLA, 18. Washington, 28. Oregon, 36. California, 47. Arizona St., 56. Arizona, 57. USC, 106. Washington St., 143. Oregon St.
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 schools rank in the Feb. 11 RPI report...
16. Washington, 17. Stanford, 32. Arizona St., 40. Arizona, 46. Oregon, 89. California, 99. USC, 129. Oregon St., 140. Washington St., 160. UCLA.
Where the Pac-10 schools rank, by strength of schedule:
10. Stanford, 23. Washington, 25. Oregon, 35. California, 44. USC, 49. Arizona St., 66. Arizona, 129. Oregon St., 140. Washington St.
Where the Pac-10 ranks, by overall RPI...
1. SEC, 2. Big 12, 3. ACC, 4. Big Ten, 5. Pac-10.
FRANZA IS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WASHINGTON guard Megan Franza has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Player of the Week for Feb. 5-11.
Franza, from Leavenworth, Wash., averaged 23.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists
to lead the Huskies to victories over No. 22 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State, moving UW into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-10. On the week, Franza went 16-for-29 from the field (.551), was 7-of-15 from three-point range (.467) and connected on 8-of-10 free throws.
Franza scored 26 points on 9-of-14 (.643) shooting from the field, with three assists
in the win over Arizona. She played a key role in UW's Pac-10 record 16 treys, going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. In the win over Arizona State, Franza scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting (.467) from the field, including a 3-of-7 mark from three-point range.
Franza ranks fourth in Pac-10 scoring (15.5 ppg) and is averaging 16.9 points in
The Player of the Week honor is the second of Franza's career and the 17th all-time
selection for the Huskies.
ALSO NOMINATED: Melody Johnson, ASU, Kenya Corley, CAL, Felicia Ragland, OSU,
Lauren St. Clair, STAN, Denise Woods, USC, Katie Nyseth, 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, USCF. 5 Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZF. 12 Megan Franza, WASH
The Wildcats, who have dropped five of their last seven games, return home to host UCLA and USC this week. The Cats are 4-0 in Pac-10 play at the McKale Center this season, but have not won a Conference road game since a 68-65 win at Stanford on Jan. 6. Senior Reshea Bristol picked up her fifth points-assists double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 assists against WSU on Feb. 10. Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney (1,006 pts.) became the 10th UA player to reach the 1,000-point mark in career scoring Feb. 10 at Washington State.
ASU is ranked 24th in this week's AP Top 25, marking the first time the Sun Devils have been ranked in consecutive weeks since the 1982-83 season. ASU plays host to USC and UCLA this week and looks to complete its first ever Pac-10 season sweeps of the LA schools. The Sun Devils' loss at Washington on Feb. 10 snapped the team's seven-game winning streak, the longest Pac-10 streak in school history. Arizona State is 9-3 at home this year and needs just two wins to match its 11-3 home record last season. Junior guard Amanda Levens' 42 treys already rank sixth on the ASU single-season chart. Levens needs 14 more to tie that school record of 56, set by Crystal Cobb in 1990-91.
The Golden Bears have won four straight Conference games for the first time since 1991-92 and are coming off their first sweep of the Oregon schools in nine years. Cal travels across the Bay to Stanford this week, looking for its first ever Pac-10 win in Palo Alto. The backcourt of senior Courtney Johnson and junior Kenya Corley combined for 39 points in the Feb. 10 victory over Oregon. Corley averaged 21.0 points on the week, with 40 of her 42 points coming in the second half.
The Ducks return to Eugene this week to host Washington and Washington State, marking their first home games since Jan. 25 and 27. Oregon has dropped four straight, including six of its last seven, after opening Pac-10 play with a 4-0 record. The Ducks' loss to Cal on Feb. 10 ended a 15-game win streak against the Bears, Oregon's longest against a Pac-10 foe. Senior forward Lindsey Dion played in her 100th game on Feb. 10 at Cal.
The Beavers look to snap a five-game losing skid with home games against Washington State and Washington this week. Oregon State has won three straight over WSU, and is 11-3 against the Cougars in Corvallis. Junior guard Felicia Ragland averaged 23.0 points and buried 12-of-20 three-pointers in the Beavers' losses at Cal and Stanford last weekend. In Conference games, Ragland is averaging a Pac-10 leading 22.2 points per game. Junior center Ericka Cook needs just three blocked shots to move into ninth place on the OSU career chart.
The Cardinal has won seven straight, its longest winning streak since reeling off seven straight wins in 1998-99. Stanford entertains Cal at Maples Pavilion this weekend, where it has won 22 of its last 24 games and is 11-1 this year. The Cardinal boasts an all-time Pac-10 home record of 123-9. Stanford tied the school record for 3-pointers made (14) and attempted (30) in its Feb. 10 win over OSU. Senior forward Lauren St. Clair averaged 19.0 points last weekend and went 10-of-17 (.588) from 3-point range. Junior Enjoli Izidor is averaging 11.5 points since breaking into the starting lineup on Feb. 2.
Still searching for their first Pac-10 road win of the season, the Bruins travel to the desert for rematches with UA and ASU. UCLA has won five straight against Arizona, including last month's 59-56 overtime victory, and has won three in a row over ASU in Tempe. UCLA leads the Conference in steals (11.33 spg) and turnover margin (+3.52). Junior guard Michelle Greco paces the Pac-10 in scoring (19.9 ppg) and averages 21.2 points in Conference games.
The Women of Troy snapped a two-game losing skid with their win over UCLA on Feb. 10. USC travels to the desert looking for its first Pac-10 season sweep of Arizona since the 1994-95 season. Prior to the Feb. 10 win over UCLA, a freshman had paced the Trojans in scoring and/or rebounding in 12 consecutive games. Senior center Denise Woods and junior guard Tiffany Elmore each notched 13 points against UCLA. Woods also contributed a career-high five blocked shots and five rebounds in the win.
Washington breaks into the AP Top 25 at No. 23 this week. The Huskies look to even their Pac-10 series with Oregon (UO leads 15-14) and snap a 10-game losing streak to the Ducks. Washington is 10-4 in Corvallis and leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 22-7. The Huskies posted a pair of wins over ranked opponents last weekend, their first after an 0-3 start against top-25 foes this year. Senior guard Megan Franza has scored 20 or more points in four of the last six games, while freshman forward Andrea Lalum has notched double digits in scoring in five of the last six contests.
The Cougars travel to the Oregon schools looking for their first win in Eugene since 1992-93. They also look to snap a three-game losing skid to the Beavers. WSU's win over then-No. 22 Arizona on Feb. 10 marked the first time in six years that the team has downed two ranked opponents in the same season. The Cougars scored a season-high 93 points in the win over Arizona, their highest point total since posting 94 points in November of 1998. Senior guard Katie Nyseth averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 assists and 3.5 steals in WSU's to wins last week.
DOUBLE-DOUBLESNicole Powell, STAN 7(1*)Felicia Ragland, OSU. 6Reshea Bristol, ARIZ 5*Giuliana Mendiola, WASH. 4Ericka Cook, OSU 4Ami Forney, CAL 5Veranda James, ARIZ . 3Melody Johnson, ASU. 3Andrea Lalum, WASH.. 3Jenny Mowe, ORE 3LaKeisha Taylor, ARIZ. 3Kelley Berglund, WSU. 2Nicole Funn, OSU 2Brittney Hawks, WSU.. 2Ebony Hoffman, USC 2Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ 2Kristee Porter, UCLA 2Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL. 1Tysell Bozeman, ARIZ. 1Tashara Carter, USC 1Sara Dimson, STAN. 1Whitney Martindale, WSU 1Brianne Meharry, ORE 1Kellie O' Neill, WASH 1Yvonne Volkman, WSU 1Krista Warren, ARIZ 1* - points/assists
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) 30Megan Franza, WASH (1/27) 30Felicia Ragland, OSU (2/8) 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. Audio clips from each teleconference can also be accessed on the Pac-10's official web site, www.pac-10.org.
Tue., Feb. 13
Tue., Feb. 20
Tue., Feb. 27
Tue., 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 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.
2001 NCAA TOURNAMENT
1st/2nd Rounds (Mar. 16 & 18/Mar. 17 & 19)
Regionals (Mar. 24 & 26)
East - Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Host: Duquesne University
Mideast - Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, AL
Host: Southeastern Conference
Midwest - Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Host: University of Colorado
West - Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
Host: Washington State University
Final Four (Mar. 30 & Apr. 1)
Savvis Center - St. Louis, MO
Host: Missouri Valley Conference
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
UPDATED PAC-10 CAREER LEADERS
THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE 1. Lisa Griffith, ARIZ (1997-2000) 285 2. Vanessa Nygaard, STAN (1995-98) 210 3. Jamie Redd, WASH (1996-99) 192 4. Jennifer Azzi, STAN (1987-90) 191 5. Brenda Pantoja, ARIZ (1993-96) 190 6. Missy Croshaw, ORE (1991-94) 189 7. Megan Franza, Wash (1998-present) 181 8. Kate Starbird, STAN (1994-97) 179 9. Molly Goodenbour, STAN (1990-93) 178 10. Jennifer Self, CAL (1989-92) 159
THREE-POINT FG ATTEMPTS 1. Lisa Griffith, ARIZ (1997-2000) 747 2. Jamie Redd, WASH (1996-99) 675 3. Megan Franza, WASH (1998-present) 629
THREE-POINT PG PERCENTAGE 1. Rosalind Moore-Senior, ASU (1987-89) .494 2. Chris Holten, CAL (1987-90) .467 3. Jennifer Azzi, STAN (1987-90) .452 4. Michelle Eble, ORE (1987-90) .443 5. Lauren St. Clair, STAN (1999-present) .433
BLOCKED SHOTS 1. Stefanie Kasperski, ORE (1987-90) 402 2. Lisa Leslie, USC (1991-94) 321 3. Val Whiting, STAN (1989-93) 201 4. Jenny Mowe, ORE (1997-present) 198 5. Sissel Pierce, OSU (1997-2000) 175 6. Renae Fegent, ORE (1995-98) 169 7. Michelle Campbell, USC (1994-1997 162 8. Marte Alexander, ARIZ (1995-98) 121 9t. Tina Thompson, USC (1994-97) 103 9t. Ingrid Dixson, CAL (1991-94) 103 11. Carolyn Moos, STAN (1997-present) 100
STEALS 1. Tammy Story, USC (1989-92) 309 2. Sonja Henning, STAN (1988-91) 280 3. Margo Evashevski, OSU (1990-93) 276 4. Nicole Anderson, UCLA (1989-93) 274 5. Jennifer Azzi, STAN (1987-90) 271 6. Courtney Johnson, CAL (1997-present) 259