This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball (2/26)

Feb. 26, 2001

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
The Pac-10 race continues to be up for grabs as the season heads into the final two weeks. No. 22 ARIZONA STATE (11-3) holds a slim half-game edge over WASHINGTON (11-4), but STANFORD (9-5) and No. 25 ARIZONA (8-6) are still in reach of the Pac-10 crown. This week, the Sun Devils and Wildcats travel to OREGON (7-8) and OREGON STATE (6-9), with Saturday's ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE game to be televised live on Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m. PT. STANFORD and CAL (7-7) host USC (4-10) and UCLA (3-11), with Saturday's UCLA at STANFORD game televised live on Fox Sports Bay Area at 7:30 p.m. This week's rivalry game has WASHINGTON STATE (6-9) traveling to Seattle to take on WASHINGTON.

REMAINING SCHEDULE (times listed are local to site)

Thu., Mar. 1
*ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m.
*ARIZONA STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m.
*USC at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
*UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 3
*ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*USC at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON ST. at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
*ARIZONA at OREGON, 1 p.m.
*UCLA at STANFORD, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Bay Area)

Thu., Mar. 8
*STANFORD at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at USC, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 10
*OREGON STATE at OREGON, 1 p.m.
*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 2 p.m.
*STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 2 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
*WASHINGTON STATE at USC, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at UCLA, 1 p.m.

Next Pac-10 Women's Basketball Online Chat:Megan Franza, Washington * Wed., Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m. PTat www.pac-10.org

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Feb. 22
WASHINGTON 78, CALIFORNIA 71
(WASH-Mendiola, Giu. 22 pts, CAL-Johnson 16 pts)

STANFORD 87, WASHINGTON STATE 78
(STAN-Yamasaki 25 pts/5 reb, WSU-Nyseth 24 pts/9 ast)

Fri., Feb. 23UCLA 70, OREGON 68
(UCLA-Jones 15 pts/9 reb, ORE-Craighead 17 pts/5 stl)

OREGON STATE 78, USC 68
(OSU-Funn 22 pts/8 reb, USC-Hoffman 18 pts/8 reb/2 stl)

Sat., Feb. 24WASHINGTON 95, STANFORD 87
(WASH-Franza 21 pts/5 ast, STAN-Yamasaki 34 pts/9 treys)

ARIZONA STATE 70, ARIZONA 67 OT
(ASU-Boardman 16 pts/8 reb/5 ast, ARIZ-James 22 pts/12 reb)

WASHINGTON ST. 74, CALIFORNIA 59
(WSU-Barrett 15 pts/5 treys, CAL-Johnson 21 pts, 6 ast/5 reb)

Sun., Feb. 25OREGON 74, USC 66
(ORE-Wolvert 25 pts, Meharry 15 pts, USC-Carter 12 pts/9 reb)

OREGON STATE 65, UCLA 57
(OSU-Ragland 31 pts/9 reb, Cook 12 pts, UCLA-Greco 22 pts)

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. Washington senior Megan Franza will drop by the chat room next -- Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 12:30 p.m. PT. Arizona senior Reshea Bristol will conclude the 2001 chats on Mar. 7 at 11 a.m. PT/12 p.m. MT.

PAC-10 IN THE RPI RATINGS
Where the Pac-10 schools rank in the Feb. 25 RPI report...
16. Washington, 26. Stanford, 31. Arizona State, 44. Arizona, 56. Oregon, 102. California, 120. USC, 124. Oregon State, 136. Washington State, 163. UCLA.

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

Where the Pac-10 ranks, by overall RPI:
1. SEC, 2. ACC, 3. Big 12, 4. Big Ten, 5. Big East, 6. Pac-10

YAMASAKI IS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

STANFORD guard/forward Lindsey Yamasaki has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Player of the Week for Feb. 19-25.

Yamasaki, from Oregon City, Ore., led the Cardinal to a road split at the Washington schools,
defeating Washington State and falling to Washington. For the week, Yamasaki averaged 29.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and two assists, and shot 58 percent from beyond the arc (14-for-26), 51 percent from the field (18-for-35) and 90 percent from the line (9-for-10).

In the Cardinal's 95-87 loss to Washington, Yamasaki tied the overall Pac-10 and Stanford
records for 3-pointers in a game with nine (9-of-16), meanwhile setting the new Pac-10 record for treys in a Conference game. Her 16 attempts was also a Pac-10 record. Yamasaki scored a career-high 34 points on 10-of-21 shooting against the Huskies, with three assists, two rebounds and one steal.

In Stanford's 87-78 win over Washington State, Yamasaki scored 25 points in 21 minutes,
grabbing five rebounds and going 5-of-8 from long range.

Stanford (15-9 overall, 9-5 Pac-10) has won eight of its last 10 games and returns home to host
USC and UCLA this week.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Yamasaki and Stanford's Pac-10 leading 40th
selection all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Betsy Boardman, ASU, Felicia Ragland, OSU, Kristee Porter, UCLA,
Giuliana Mendiola, WASH, 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, WASHF. 19	Courtney Johnson, CALF. 26	Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN

PONDERING THE POSTSEASON
Since the inception of Pac-10 play in 1986-87, here's how Pac-10 teams with league records of 12-6, 11-7, 10-8 and 9-9 fared when it came time for selection for postseason play:

	Conf. Record	Teams	NCAA	WNIT	No Postseason		12-6	10	9	0	1		11-7	8	5	2	1		10-8	12	4	3	5		9-9	10	3	0	7

Notes:
* In 14 years of Pac-10 play, every team that has posted a 13-5 Conference mark or better has received a bid into the NCAA Tournament.

* The Pac-10 has had a Conference champion finish with four Pac-10 losses only once (2000-Oregon). The champion has finished with three losses four times (1999-Oregon/UCLA, 1993-Stanford, 1992-Stanford, 1987-USC).

In Pac-10 history (13 years)
* 39 of 41 teams that posted 20-win seasons were invited to the NCAA Tournament (those that did not were invited to the WNIT: 1996-Arizona, 22-8, 1987-Cal, 21-10)
* 8 of 9 teams that won 19 games were invited to the NCAA Tournament (1988-UCLA, 19-8, is the exception)
* 3 of 4 teams that won 18 games were invited to the NCAA Tournament (1987-UCLA, 18-10, is the exception)
* 6 of 13 teams that won 17 games were invited to the NCAA Tournament

DETERMINING THE PAC-10 CHAMPION
The team with the highest won-loss percentage for all Conference games shall be the Conference champion and earn the Pac-10's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. If that percentage is shared by more than one team, a co-champion shall exist.

In the event of a percentage tie between more than one team for the Conference championship, the
following formula shall be used to determine the Conference's NCAA automatic qualifier:

(a) The record in regular-season Conference play of the tied teams will be determined against
the other team or teams with which it is tied.(b) If a tie still exists, the tied teams' record in regular-season Conference play against the next highest placed team(s) in the Conference standings will be determined. This procedure will continue through an evaluation of competitive records of the tied teams against all team in the Conference in the order of their placement in the standings until the tie is broken.(c) If a tie still exists, the automatic qualifier will be determined by a coin flip conducted by the Commissioner.

TRIPLE-DOUBLES
Nicole Powell, STAN (2/22) 1
(10 pts/10 reb/10 ast)

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Nicole Powell, STAN	7(1*)Felicia Ragland, OSU.	6Reshea Bristol, ARIZ	6*Ericka Cook, OSU	5Ami Forney, CAL	5Giuliana Mendiola, WASH.	5Melody Johnson, ASU.	4Veranda James, ARIZ .	4Andrea Lalum, WASH..	4Kristee Porter, UCLA	4Ebony Hoffman, USC	3Jenny Mowe, ORE	3LaKeisha Taylor, ARIZ.	3Kelley Berglund, WSU.	3Nicole Funn, OSU	2Brittney Hawks, WSU..	2Brianne Meharry, ORE	2Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ	2Angelina Wolvert, ORE	2Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL.	1Tysell Bozeman, ARIZ.	1Tashara Carter, USC	1Sara Dimson, STAN.	1Whitney Martindale, WSU	1Kellie O' Neill, WASH	1Jessica Ottmar, WSU	1LeAnn Sheets, 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)	34Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN (2/24)	34Courtney Johnson, CAL (12/10)	32Angelina Wolvert, ORE (2/15)	32Felicia Ragland, OSU (2/24)	31Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN (12/27)	30Felicia Ragland, OSU (2/8)	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)

ARIZONA
Arizona's loss to Arizona State on Feb. 24 ended a 13-game home win streak for the Wildcats. Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney has moved up to the No. 2 spot on UA's career blocked shots list with 103 blocks. She needs just 19 more blocked shots to become the Cats' career leader in that category. Senior guard Reshea Bristol logged her sixth points-assists double-double of the season on Feb. 24 (10 pts/14 ast). Bristol had 10 of those assists in the first half. Freshman forward Veranda James has averaged 15.3 points and 9.3 rebounds over the last three contests, since returning from her second concussion. The Cats had a season-high crowd of 4,453 against Arizona State.

ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils have won three in a row and 10 of their last 11. The team's win at Arizona last weekend marked the first season sweep of the Wildcats since 1992-93 and first win in Tucson in eight years. ASU is 7-3 on the road this season and is in the midst of the three-game road swing as it heads to Oregon. The Sun Devils are aiming for their fifth 20-win season in school history, and first since the 1991-92 NCAA Tournament squad finished 20-9. ASU looks to snap a seven-game losing skid to the Ducks at McArthur Court. ASU has won seven of its last eight against OSU. With 47 treys this year, junior guard Amanda Levens needs just nine more 3-pointers to move into the No. 5 spot on the ASU single-season chart.

CALIFORNIA
The Golden Bears shoot for their first ever season sweep of UCLA and USC this week. Cal has twice swept the season series from USC ('89 and '90) but has never swept the season series from UCLA. The Bears must win three of the final four games to finish at the .500 mark. Senior guard Courtney Johnson moved into the No. 4 spot on the Pac-10 career steals chart with 275. Johnson is just four points shy of the 1,000-point plateau. She would become the 16th Cal player to reach the 1,000-point scoring milestone.

OREGON
The Ducks play their final three games at McArthur Court, where they are 10-2 this season and average a Pac-10 leading 4,777 fans per game. Senior center Jenny Mowe has played in 120 career games at Oregon, tying the school record set by Lauri Landerholm (1982-87). Senior forward Brianne Meharry played in her 100th and 101st career games last weekend, joining Mowe, forward Angelina Wolvert and forward Lindsey Dion as Duck seniors who have reached 100-plus games this season. With 1,240 career points, Wolvert needs seven points to move into the No. 9 spot on the UO career scoring list. Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 in field goal pct. (.459) and second in scoring defense (62.1 ppg). The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in field goal pct. defense (.307).

OREGON STATE
After picking up their first Pac-10 sweep of the season last weekend, the Beavers have won three straight, their longest win streak since reeling off six consecutive wins to start the season. Junior guard Felicia Ragland (7.1 rpg) inches closer to 500 rebounds, with a career total of 489 heading into this week. Ragland has reached double figures in scoring in 23 of 25 games this season, and her 1,084 career points rank 10th in the OSU record book. Oregon State ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+6.5 ppg), field goal pct. defense (.403), three-point field goal pct. defense (.307) and rebounding defense (34.0 rpg). Three Beavers rank in the league's Top 15 in both scoring and rebounding: Ragland (19.6 ppg/2nd, 7.1 rpg/5th), junior center Ericka Cook (12.6 ppg/13th, 6.5 rpg/8th) and sophomore guard Nicole Funn (12.4 ppg/14th, 5.6 rpg/12th).

STANFORD
Freshman guard Nicole Powell recorded just the third triple-double in school history (7th in Pac-10 history) Feb. 22 against Washington State, with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Powell joins Jennifer Azzi (1/15/87) and Sonja Henning (3/26/91) in Cardinal triple-double company. Junior forward Lindsey Yamasaki's nine treys against Washington on Feb. 24 tied the overall Pac-10 and Stanford single-game records, meanwhile setting the new Pac-10 record for treys in a Conference game. The Cardinal drained 16 treys against UW, tying the Pac-10 record set earlier this year (Feb. 8) by the Huskies. Stanford seniors Sarah Dimson and Carolyn Moos will play in their final career home games Saturday night against UCLA. The Cardinal paces the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (.714), 3-point pct. (.375) and blocked shots (5.75 bpg). Powell is ranked among the league's Top 10 in eight of 12 statistical categories.

UCLA
Sophomore forward Kristee Porter has notched double figures in scoring in each of the last seven games, with consecutive double-doubles last weekend against Oregon (13pts/13 reb) and Oregon State (19 pts/11 reb). Junior guard Michelle Greco sat out the Feb. 22 Oregon game for precautionary reasons after suffering a blow to the head Feb. 17 at ASU. Greco returned to score 22 points against Oregon State on Feb. 24, her 13th 20-point game of the season. With two 3-pointers against OSU, Greco moved into a tie for sixth place on UCLA's career list with 56 treys. Three Bruins posted career highs against the Ducks: freshman forward Whitney Jones (15 pts), sophomore guard Natalie Nakase (7 ast) and freshman forward Jamila Veasley (9 pts/11 reb).

USC
Looking to snap a four-game losing streak, the Women of Troy visit Stanford and California this week. Senior center Denise Woods, the Pac-10's third-leading shot blocker (1.70 bpg) registered five blocked shots to go along with six points and nine rebounds against Oregon State on Feb. 22. Three Trojans reached double figures in scoring against Oregon, senior forward Tashara Carter (12 pts.), freshman guard Jessica Cheeks (12 pts.) and freshman guard Aisha Hollans (10 pts.). Freshman forward Ebony Hoffman is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.0 rpg). USC leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.04 avg.), and is second in blocked shots (5.75 bpg) and steals (10.12 spg).

WASHINGTON
Just one-half game behind leader Arizona State, the Huskies have won seven of their last eight games entering this week's matchup with rival Washington State. Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola and senior forward LeAnn Sheets each recorded double-doubles against Stanford on Feb. 24. Senior guard Megan Franza averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in UW's wins last weekend. Washington Coach June Daugherty posted career victory No. 200 with the win over Stanford. The Huskies set a new Bank of America Arena record with a crowd of 6,714 against Stanford. Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (43.0 rpg), rebounding margin (+4.7 rpg), assist-turnover ratio (0.91), defensive rebounds (26.36 rpg) and 3-pointers made per game (7.24 avg.).

WASHINGTON STATE
Senior guard Katie Nyseth averaged 19.0 points, 7.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds in a home split against Stanford and Cal last weekend. Nyseth contributed a career-high 24 points against Stanford (22 in the second half) on 9-of-8 shooting from the field. The Cougars have garnered their most Pac-10 wins (6) since the team finished 6-12 in Pac-10 play in 1997-98. WSU has not posted eight Conference wins since the 1995-96 season. The Cougars have drained at least seven three-pointers in seven of their last eight games. Junior Sarah Barrett leads the Cougar long-range attack, making 42-of-101 (.416) shots from beyond the arc. Sophomore center Kelley Berglund leads the squad with 12 double-figure scoring games on the season.

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.

PREVIOUS PAC-10 CHAMPIONS

1986-87	USC1987-88	Washington1988-89	Stanford1989-90	Stanford/Washington1990-91	Stanford1991-92	Stanford1992-93	Stanford1993-94	USC1994-95	Stanford1995-96	Stanford1996-97	Stanford1997-98	Stanford1998-99	UCLA/Oregon1999-00	Oregon

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 taped replay is available at 402-222-9927 Audio clips are also available at www.pac-10.org.

TELECONFERENCE DATES:
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

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

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