This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball (2/19/01)

Feb. 19, 2001

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Next Pac-10 Coaches Teleconference is Tuesday, February 20, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. PT

A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD

With just three weeks remaining in the season, Pac-10 title hopes remain alive and well for
several teams. ARIZONA STATE (10-3) holds a slim, one-game edge over WASHINGTON (9-4). Right behind are a trio of teams still in the thick of things, with STANFORD (8-4), ARIZONA (8-5) and CALIFORNIA (7-5) rounding out the upper division. Three of the Pac-10's top five teams see action in the state of Washington this week, as WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE (5-8) entertain the Cardinal and Golden Bears. Saturday's UW-Stanford game will be televised by Fox Sports Net. This week's rivalry game will be a battle in the desert, as ARIZONA hosts ARIZONA STATE with big implications on the line. In Los Angeles, USC (4-8) and UCLA (2-10) play host to OREGON (6-7) and OREGON STATE (4-9), with Sunday's Oregon-USC game televised by Fox Sports Net.

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

Thu., Feb. 22
*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
*STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 23
*OREGON at UCLA, 7 p.m. (ESPN Reg.)
*OREGON STATE at USC, 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 24
*STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 4 p.m.
*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON ST., 6 p.m. (Fox Northwest)

Sun., Feb. 25
*OREGON at USC, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*OREGON STATE at UCLA, 2 p.m.

Next Pac-10 Women's Basketball Online Chat:
Ebony Hoffman, USC * Wed., Feb. 21, 1:15 p.m. PT
at www.pac-10.org

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Feb. 15
ARIZONA 89, UCLA 79
ARIZONA STATE 67, USC 67
WASHINGTON STATE 77, OREGON 76
WASHINGTON 77, OREGON STATE 70

Fri., Feb. 16
CALIFORNIA 82, STANFORD 73

Sat., Feb. 17
OREGON 64, WASHINGTON 60 OT
ARIZONA STATE 78, UCLA 60
OREGON ST. 94, WASHINGTON ST. 60

Sun., Feb. 18
ARIZONA 77, USC 61

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. USC freshman forward Ebony Hoffman will drop by the chat room next -- Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 1:15 p.m. PT. The remaining schedule is: Feb. 28 - Megan Franza, WASH, Mar. 7 - Reshea Bristol, ARIZ.

PAC-10 IN THE RPI RATINGS

Collegiate Basketball News
Where the Pac-10 schools rank in the Feb. 18 RPI report...
17. Washington, 25. Stanford, 36. Arizona St., 41. Arizona, 45. Oregon, 82. California, 113. USC, 127. Oregon St., 145. Washington St., 164.UCLA.

Where the Pac-10 schools rank, by strength of schedule...
12. Stanford, 13. UCLA, 20. Washington, 30. Oregon, 41. California, 47. USC, 66. Arizona St., 86. Arizona, 110. Washington St., 151. 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.

WBCA/Summerville RPI
Where the Pac-10 schools rank in the Feb. 18 RPI report...19. Washington, 24. Stanford, 36. Arizona St., 41. Arizona, 50. Oregon, 87. California, 110. USC, 125. Oregon St., 142. Washington St., 163. UCLA.

Where the Pac-10 schools rank, by strength of schedule:
10. Stanford, 22. Washington, 30. Oregon, 33. USC, 45. California, 78. Arizona St., 99. Arizona, 108. Washington St., 157. Oregon St.

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

CAL'S JOHNSON IS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CALIFORNIA guard Courtney Johnson has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player
of the Week for Feb. 12-18.

Johnson, from Antioch, Calif., scored a career-high 34 points to lead California to an 82-73 win
over Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Feb. 16. She also contributed five assists, five rebounds and six steals, with just one turnover. Johnson shot 60.0 percent from the floor (12-of-20), was 2-of-3 from three-point range (.667) and connected on 8-of-12 free throws (.667).

The Golden Bears' fifth straight win was their first over Stanford since 1993 and marked their
first Pac-10 victory at Maples Pavilion, as the Bears' last road win over the Cardinal was in 1986.

Johnson leads the Conference in steals (3.09 spg) and averages 3.33 thefts in Pac-10 games.
She ranks sixth on the Pac-10 career steals list with 265.

California (7-5 Pac-10, 11-11 overall) has won five straight, six of its last seven, and is tied
for fourth in the Pac-10.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Johnson's career and the 19th all-time selection
for the Golden Bears.

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, WASHF. 19	Courtney Johnson, CAL

ARIZONA
Senior guard Reshea Bristol averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists in a sweep of the LA schools last weekend. Bristol is just one point away from moving into the No. 6 spot on Arizona's all-time scorers list. Bristol's 178 assists this season is the third-highest single-season total in school history. The Wildcats are just two wins away from their fifth 20-win season in the last six years. The Cats have used seven different starting lineups this season, with eight out of the team's 10 current player starting at least three games.

ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils completed their first Pac-10 season sweeps of USC and UCLA last weekend. Arizona State has achieved 10 Pac-10 wins for just the third time in school history and first time since finishing 10-8 in 1993. The Sun Devils have never won a Pac-10 title, while the team's best finish in the Conference standings was a tie for fourth in 1993. ASU's most league wins (11) came in 1992. Arizona State leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense (60.6 ppg) and rebounding defense (33.8 ppg). Junior Amanda Levens ranks third in three-point shooting in Conference games (.455).

CALIFORNIA
The Golden Bears' fifth straight win was their first over Stanford since 1993 and their first Pac-10 win at Maples Pavilion. The Bears' last road win over the Cardinal was in 1986 (prior to the start of Pac-10 play). Senior guard Courtney Johnson scored a career-high 34 points in the Stanford win, the most by a Cal player since Jennifer Bennett's 39 points on Mar. 20, 1987. With 265 career thefts, Johnson ranks second on the Cal career steals list and sixth on the Pac-10 career chart. Johnson needs 41 points to eclipse the 1,000-point career scoring plateau.

OREGON
Oregon snapped a five-game losing streak with the overtime win over Washington on Feb. 17, its 11th in a row over the Huskies. The Ducks, who have appeared in seven straight NCAA Tournaments, must win three of their last five to avoid their first under-.500 conference season since 1992-93. Senior forward Angelina Wolvert recorded two double-doubles last weekend, notching a career-high 17 rebounds against UW. Junior Jamie Craighead went 7-for 12 from long range against the Washington schools.

OREGON STATE
With their 94-60 win over Washington State on Feb. 17, the Beavers snapped a six-game losing skid. Junior guard Felicia Ragland scored 38 points on the weekend to move into the No. 11 spot on the OSU career scoring chart (1,040 pts.). Ragland, the Conference scoring leader in Pac-10 games (21.7 ppg) has reached double figures in scoring in 21 of 23 games this season. Ragland needs just one more three-pointer to move into second place in OSU's career record book for three-pointers made.

STANFORD
The Cardinal travels to the state of Washington this week, having won eight of its last nine. Stanford has won 10 of its 12 games at Maples Pavilion this season and will play four of its last six on the road, including contests at UW (Feb. 24) and ASU (Mar. 10). The Cardinal's loss to Cal on Feb. 16 snapped a season-long seven-game winning streak. Stanford's 123 blocked shots this year is already the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. The 2001 Cardinal needs just two more denials to rank third on the school's all-time list.

UCLA
Sophomore forward Kristee Porter, the 2000 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year, paced UCLA in scoring in both contests last weekend, notching a career-high 25 points against Arizona and following with 16 points at ASU. UCLA leads the Conference in steals (11.35 spg) and turnover margin (+3.65). Junior guard Michelle Greco paces the Pac-10 in scoring (19.97 ppg) and free throw pct. (.882) and is tied for seventh on the UCLA all-time chart for career three-pointers with 54.

USC
USC hosts the Oregon State and Oregon this weekend. The Women of Troy look to string together their first pair of back-to-back wins since a road sweep of the Oregon schools Jan. 25-27. Freshman forward Ebony Hoffman leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and notched her third double-double at UA (11 pts/10 reb). Freshman guard Ryane Alexander made her second and third starts of the season last weekend, contributing a season-high eight points at UA.

WASHINGTON
Washington Coach June Daugherty will try for career wins No. 199 and No. 200 this week as California and Stanford visit Seattle. Daugherty owns a career record of 198-137 (.591) over 12 seasons. UW continues its dramatic turnaround from last season: through 13 Pac-10 games last year, the Huskies were 3-10 (8th place) and 7-16 overall. Freshman forward Andrea Lalum notched her fourth double-double (10 pts/10 reb) Feb. 15 at Oregon State. UW leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (43.1 rpg), 3-point pct. defense (.297), assists (17.04 apg), assist-turnover ratio (0.92) and 3-point field goals (7.26 avg.).

WASHINGTON STATE
The Cougars have already recorded five times as many Pac-10 wins (5) as last season. With a 10-13 overall record, WSU is aiming for its first non-losing season since 1995-96. With the win over the Ducks on Feb. 15, WSU posted its first road win over Oregon since 1992-93. The victory also gave the Cougars their first Pac-10 season sweep since 1997-98 and snapped an 18-game Conference road losing streak. WSU's 16-point comeback against the Ducks marked the second-biggest comeback in program history. Senior Joanna Smith drained four three-pointers last weekend and is the new WSU career 3-point leader (137 treys).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Nicole Powell, STAN	7(1*)Felicia Ragland, OSU.	6Reshea Bristol, ARIZ	5*Ericka Cook, OSU	5Ami Forney, CAL		5Melody Johnson, ASU.	4Andrea Lalum, WASH..	4Giu. Mendiola, WASH.	4Ebony Hoffman, USC	3Veranda James, ARIZ .	3Jenny Mowe, ORE		3LaKeisha Taylor, ARIZ.	3Kelley Berglund, WSU.	2Nicole Funn, OSU	2Brittney Hawks, WSU..	2Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ	2Kristee Porter, UCLA	2Angelina Wolvert, ORE	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 CLUB

Nicole Funn, OSU (11/30))	35Michelle Greco, UCLA (12/8)	34Courtney Johnson, CAL (2/16)	34			(12/10)	32Angelina Wolvert, ORE (2/15)	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.

REMAINING TELECONFERENCE DATES:

	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 TELEVISION SCHEDULE
The 2000-01 Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball television package features 19 regular-season contests telecast nationally on Fox Sports Net. Additional regional and local women's telecasts may be arranged by the institutions. Here is the remaining television schedule:

Date	Game		Time (PT)	ChannelFri., Feb. 23	OREGON at UCLA			7 p.m.	OSN/ESPN Reg.Sat., Feb. 24	STANFORD at WASHINGTON	1 p.m.	FSN		CALIFORNIA at WASH. ST.	6 p.m.	FNWSun., Feb. 25	OREGON at USC			1 p.m.	FSNSat., Mar. 3	ARIZONA ST. at OREGON ST.	1 p.m.	FSNSat., Mar. 10	TBA					1 p.m.	FSN

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)	Campus Sites

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 St.	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 St.	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 WolvertORE		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-pres.)	185*

THREE-POINT FG ATTEMPTS 1. Lisa Griffith, ARIZ (1997-2000) 747 2. Jamie Redd, WASH (1996-99) 675 3. Megan Franza, WASH (1998-pres.) 644*

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 5t. Lauren St. Clair, STAN (1999-pres.) .424* Jonni Gray, WSU (1987-89) .424 Laura Moore, WASH (1990-93) .424

BLOCKED SHOTS 1. Stefanie Kasperski, ORE (1987-90) 402 2. Lisa Leslie, USC (1991-94) 321 4. Jenny Mowe, ORE (1997-pres.) 210* 3. Val Whiting, STAN (1989-93) 201 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-pres.) 265*

* - Active players.

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