This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Dec. 3, 2001

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No. 7 STANFORD (8-0), the lone unbeaten Pac-10 team, is off to its best start in five years and has won 13 straight nonconference home games dating back to December 1999... The Cardinal takes a two-week break for finals before hosting Tennessee Dec. 16... WASHINGTON (4-3) hosts the Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge at Bank of America Arena this weekend, as the Huskies and WASHINGTON STATE (2-4) square off against No. 16./No. 17 Michigan and Indiana Dec. 7 and 9... In other ranked action, No.10/No. 11 Colorado travels to UCLA for a Dec. 8 meeting, televised live on FOX Sports Net.

Tue., Dec. 4

Cal State Northridge at USC, 5 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 5
UCLA at San Diego, 4 p.m.
Kansas at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
San Francisco at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Idaho, 7 p.m.

Thu., Dec. 6
Portland at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 7
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Michigan, 6 p.m. (1)
Indiana at WASHINGTON, 8 p.m. (1)

Sat., Dec. 8
Colorado at UCLA, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
ARIZONA at Rice, 7 p.m.
Saint Mary's at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
Utah at OREGON, 7 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 9
USC at Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Indiana, 1 p.m. (1)
Michigan at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m. (1)
OREGON STATE at Kansas State, 3 p.m.

Tournament/Neutral Sites
(1) Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge, Seattle, Wash.

All times are local to site.


Mon., Nov. 26Texas Tech 72, OREGON 65
WASHINGTON STATE 55, Portland State 49

Tue., Nov. 27
New Mexico 75, ARIZONA 67
UCLA 73, Brigham Young 62
WASHINGTON 99, Boise State 50

Wed., Nov. 28
CALIFORNIA 62, Fresno State 55
STANFORD 103, San Francisco 72

Thu., Nov. 29
Utah 58, OREGON STATE 46
Brigham Young 75, USC 73-OT

Fri., Nov. 30
OREGON 75, St. John's 52
WASHINGTON 62, St. Mary's 55
STANFORD 75, Pepperdine 63
Holy Cross 83, ARIZONA 74

Sat., Dec. 1Utah 89, UCLA 42
CALIFORNIA 72, Central Conn. State 38
OREGON 67, Kansas 60
ARIZONA STATE 64, Fordham 40

Sun., Dec. 2
Pittsburgh 81, ARIZONA 80
ARIZONA STATE 59, Rutgers 56
Georgia 54, CALIFORNIA 48
OREGON STATE 77, New Mexico 61
STANFORD 94, Santa Clara 62
San Francisco 72, WASHINGTON 68

POWER RATINGS	Sagarin	CBN/RPI*WBCA/RPIARIZ	148	--	120ASU	102	--	71CAL	99	--	42ORE	103	--	96OSU	65	--	37STAN	3	--	2UCLA	87	--	59USC	62	--	137WASH	74	--	125WSU	202	--	188

* College Basketball News RPI ratings begin on Dec. 17, 2001.

The 2001-02 season ushers in a new era when, for the first time in Pac-10 women's history, the season culminates with the drama and excitement of a Conference Tournament. Slated for March 1-4, 2002, at McArthur Court, on the campus of the University of Oregon (Eugene, Ore.), this inaugural event promises to be history in the making. All 10 universities will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT TICKETSAll-session booklets to the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament may be purchased through one of the 10 member institutions' ticket offices. Each school determines its priority for selling tournament tickets. Ticket applications may also be submitted online, at Ticket booklets for the tournament cost $60 each, which includes all sessions. Everyone must have a ticket for admission, regardless of age.

STANFORD sophomore forward Nicole Powell has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

Powell, from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 21.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists as No. 7 Stanford improved to 8-0 with wins over San Francisco, Pepperdine and Santa Clara. On the week, Powell shot 54.5 percent from the field (18-of-33), 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-of-12) and was near-perfect from the foul line (21-of-22, .955).

Powell opened the week with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 103-72 home win over San Francisco Nov. 28. In the 75-63 win at Pepperdine Nov. 30, she notched 20 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. She went 10-of-10 from the foul line against the Waves to tie the Pac-10 and Stanford single-game free throw percentage record. Against Santa Clara Dec. 2, Powell recorded the third triple-double of her career, her second of the season and the fifth in Stanford history. She posted 29 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists against the Broncos while playing just 27 minutes.

Powell is the only player in both Pac-10 and Stanford history to record more than one career triple-double. She has posted one-third of the triple-doubles (3 of 9) in Pac-10 history. She leads the Conference in rebounding (9.6 avg.) and ranks second in assists (5.25 avg.).

The Player of the Week honor is the second of Powell's career and the 42nd all-time selection for Stanford.

ALSO NOMINATED: Amanda Levens, ASU, Shaquala Williams, ORE, Hollye Chapman, OSU, Michelle Greco, UCLA, Candace Fields, WSU.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEKNov. 26- Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ
Dec. 3- Nicole Powell, STAN
Dec. 10-
Dec. 17-
Dec. 23-
Jan. 7-
Jan. 14-
Jan. 21-
Jan. 28-
Feb. 4-
Feb. 11-
Feb. 18-
Feb. 25-

March 1-4, 2002
McArthur Court, Eugene, Ore.
Fri., Mar. 1

G1: Seed #7 vs. Seed #10, 6:30 p.m.
G2: Seed #8 vs. Seed #9, 8:45 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 2
G3: Seed #2 vs. Winner 7/10, 12 p.m.
G4: Seed #3 vs. Seed #6, 2:15 p.m.
G5: Seed #1 vs. Winner 8/9, 6 p.m.
G6: Seed #4 vs. Seed #5, 8:15 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 3
G7: Game 3 win vs. 3/6 Winner, 12:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
G8: Game 5 win vs. 4/5 Winner, 3 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

Mon., Mar. 4
G9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

All game times are Pacific.


ARIZONA: The Wildcats (3-3) look to snap their nine-game road losing skid when they play at Rice on Dec. 8. UA lost in the first round of its own tournament for the first time ever last week, going 0-2 in the Arizona Basketball Classic. Against Holy Cross, sophomore guard Candice Allen suffered a grade three concussion. Senior guard Julie Brase sprained her lower back against Pittsburgh. Freshman guard Dee Dee Wheeler notched season highs of 20 points, six rebounds and six steals against the Panthers and was named to the all-tournament team.

ARIZONA STATE: Winners of four straight, the Sun Devils (6-2) play their final nonconference home game this week, facing Kansas Wednesday at 7 p.m. Senior guard Amanda Levens was named MVP of the ASU Holiday Classic, while fellow senior Melody Johnson joined her on the all-tournament team. Levens averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as ASU won its own tournament for the 11th time in 22 years. Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne (71-79, 6 years) needs just five more wins to become the second winningest coach in Arizona State history and surpass Maura McHugh (75-65, 1979-87).

CALIFORNIA: The Bears (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season to 13th-ranked Georgia, 54-48, in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic. Cal outscored the Bulldogs 12-0 to begin the contest and maintained a six-point halftime lead. Senior center Ami Forney and sophomore guard LaTasha O'Keith were named to the all-tournament team. The Bears are giving up just 54.0 points per game. Cal will take on a pair of local West Coast Conference teams this week, hosting San Francisco on Wednesday and Saint Mary's on Saturday.

OREGON: Winners of the Kansas Jayhawk Classic, the Ducks (3-3) defeated host Kansas 67-70 in the championship game. Junior guard Shaquala Williams was selected the tournament MVP, while senior forward Alyssa Fredrick scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed a team high eight boards against KU. Senior guard Jamie Craighead joined Williams on the all-tournament team, going 8-for-11 from three-point territory in the two games. Williams is 23 points from becoming the 16th UO player to score 1,000 career points. Oregon hosts Utah Saturday night at 7:00.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers (3-3) handed New Mexico a 77-61 defeat in front of 8,500-plus fans at 'The Pit' Dec. 2, just two days after the Lobos downed No. 8/No. 9 Texas Tech. Sophomores Hollye Chapman and Leilani Estavan combined for 50 points in the win, connecting on 7-of-11 shots from three-point range. Chapman broke into the starting lineup Nov. 29 against Utah, after sophomore center Brina Chaney sprained an ankle in practice Nov. 27. Oregon State hosts Portland Thursday night before taking on Kansas State Sunday.

STANFORD: Sophomore forward Nicole Powell recorded the third triple-double of her career, her second of the season and the fifth in Stanford history Dec. 2 against Santa Clara. Powell posted 29 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists while playing just 27 minutes. She has scored in double figures in all eight games this season, pulling down 10 or more rebounds four times. Powell has posted one-third of the triple-doubles (3 of 9) in Pac-10 history. Stanford (8-0), off to its best start in five years with eight double-digit victories, has won 14 straight nonconference games dating back to Dec. 18, 1999. The Cardinal is outscoring its opponents by an average of 22.1 points (87.9ppg-65.8ppg). Stanford takes a two-week break for finals before hosting Tennessee on Dec. 16.

UCLA: Senior guard Michelle Greco led the Bruins (3-2) in both games last week, with 23 points against BYU and 13 versus Utah. Greco has scored at least 20 points in seven of the last eight games and has scored in double figures in the last 29 straight games. The Bruins managed a second-half comeback for the second straight game in the win over BYU. Junior Natalie Nakase is averaging 5.20 assists per game, third in the league.

USC: The Women of Troy (2-4) look to snap a two-game losing skid, as they host Cal State Northridge Tuesday night and travel to Notre Dame for a Sunday matchup with the defending NCAA champions. Five if its first seven games of the season, including the Dec. 9 Notre Dame contest, have been on the road. Senior center Tiffany Elmore paced USC in scoring in the loss to BYU Nov. 29. Elmore finished with 17 points, while three players -- Ebony Hoffman, Aisha Hollans and Rachel Woodward -- grabbed 10 rebounds apiece. Hollans ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring, averaging 20.7 points per game.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies (4-3) host the Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge this weekend, as UW and Washington State take on No. 16/No. 17 Michigan and Indiana. Washington is coming off a 2-1 record last week, including its first loss to USF since 1981. Sophomore forward Andrea Lalum is averaging 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over the last two games. UW ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (72.3 ppg) and notched a season-high 99 points against Boise State Nov. 27. It was the third 80-plus point game for the Huskies this year.

WASHINGTON STATE: Senior center Brittney Hawks recorded her fifth double-double with a career-high 23 points and career-high tying 14 rebounds in the win over Gonzaga Nov. 29. The Cougars (2-4) lead the Pac-10 in three-point percentage (.465) and are 33-of-71 on the season. Freshman Francine McCurtain is the leader among WSU's long-range threats, shooting at a .531 clip (17-of-32), fourth in the Pac-10. She averages a Conference-best 2.83 treys per contest.

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