This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 14, 2002

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FIRST HALF OF PAC-10 PLAY WINDS DOWN

As the first half of Pac-10 double round-robin play wraps up this week, the race for the top three spots is tightening up. The fourth-ranked STANFORD Cardinal (16-1, 6-0 Pac-10) holds a one and a half-game lead over ARIZONA STATE (14-4, 5-2) and USC (9-7, 5-2), with the Sun Devils and Women of Troy set to meet in Los Angeles on Saturday. Just one-half game separates OREGON (10-7, 5-3) and OREGON STATE (9-8, 5-3) from ASU and USC. The FOX Sports Net Pac-10 Game of the Week will feature the women's basketball version of the Civil War -- Oregon State at Oregon -- Saturday at 1 p.m. PT. The Stanford-Washington contest will be televised by FOX Sports Northwest, Saturday at 3 p.m. PT.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Jan. 14
UC Santa Barbara at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 16
UC Santa Barbara at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m.

Thu., Jan. 17
ARIZONA at USC, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 19
OREGON STATE at OREGON, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m. (FOX Sports Northwest)
ARIZONA at UCLA, 4 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at USC, 4 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.

All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Jan. 10
OREGON 65, CALIFORNIA 53
ORE: Williams-16 pts/6 ast, CAL: Forney-13 pts/8 reb
STANFORD 91, OREGON STATE 54
STAN: Powell-20 pts/13 reb/9 ast/4 3FG, Thiel-13 pts/9 reb, OSU: Ragland-20 pts/4 3FG
ARIZONA 107, WASHINGTON STATE 57
ARIZ: Warren-21 pts/12 reb, WSU: Martindale-14 pts/6 reb
ARIZONA STATE 66, WASHINGTON 61
ASU: Levens-20 pts/5 ast, WASH: Burt-15 pts/7-7 FT

Sat., Jan. 12
ARIZONA 83, WASHINGTON 69
ARIZ: Allen-25 pts/9-12 FG/2 bl, WASH: Autrey-14 pts/8 reb
ARIZONA STATE 68, WASHINGTON STATE 40
ASU: Boardman-16 pts/5 reb/5-6 FT, WSU: Field-12 pts
OREGON STATE 80, CALIFORNIA 52
OSU: Ragland-14 pts/4 ast, CAL: Iwanaga-10 pts

Sun., Jan. 13
STANFORD 91, OREGON 76
STAN: Powell-23 pts/21 reb**/7 ast, Thiel-19 pts/8 reb, ORE: Curry-19 pts/5-7 3FG
USC 67, UCLA 57
USC: Krause 14 pts/9 reb, UCLA: Nakase-21 pts/11-12 FT
**-new Stanford record

WHERE WERE WE A YEAR AGO?As teams enter the final week of the first half of Pac-10 play, here's a look at the league race at the halfway point last season:

	2002	2001Arizona	3-4	6-3Arizona State	5-2	7-2California	0-6	4-5Oregon	5-3	5-4Oregon State	5-3	3-6Stanford	6-0	6-3UCLA	2-5	2-7USC	5-2	3-6Washington 	4-3	6-3Washington State	0-7	3-6

2002 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
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 thewinner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT TICKETS
All-session booklets to the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament may be purchased by calling the University of Oregon Ticket Office at 541-346-4461. Ticket booklets for the tournament cost $60 each, which includes all sessions. Everyone must have a ticket for admission, regardless of age.

2002 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
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. 3G7: 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.

NICOLE POWELL NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
STANFORD sophomore forward Nicole Powell has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 7-13.

Powell, from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged a near triple-double as she helped the Cardinal to a home sweep over Oregon State and Oregon, averaging a near-triple double of 21.5 points, 17.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists on the weekend.

In the 91-76 win over Oregon Jan. 13, she inked her name in the Stanford record books as she grabbed 21 rebounds, besting the old mark of 20 set by both Kathy Murphy (1978) and Maggie Nelson (1977). She also added 23 points, seven assists and was 10-of-12 from the free throw line. Against the Beavers Jan. 11, she barely missed a triple-double finishing with 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in the 91-54 victory.

The fourth-ranked Cardinal (16-1, 6-0 Pac-10) travel to Washington State and Washington this week.

The Player of the Week honor is the fourth of Powell's career and third this season. This is the 44th all-time selection for Stanford.

ALSO NOMINATED: Candice Allen, ARIZ, Natalie Nakase, UCLA, Brittney Hawks, WSU.

2001-02 TRIPLE DOUBLES

N. Powell, STAN	2*

* - only player in Pac-10 history to record more than one triple-double, has three career.

NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE...

ARIZONA: After a stretch of six games where they averaged 60.3 points per game, the `Cats averaged 95.0 ppg against the Washington schools last weekend. UA's 107 points against WSU on Jan. 11 was its highest point total in four years and the most by a Pac-10 team this season. Sophomore guard Candice Allen, who was sidelined for a month due to a concussion suffered on Nov. 30, averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocks last weekend. Junior wing Krista Warren has posted six double-figure rebounding totals on the season and has averaged 10.6 boards per game over the last eight games.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils begin a stretch of four straight Pac-10 road games when they travel to UCLA and USC this week. A win over either school would give ASU its longest winning streak in either series in school history. The Pac-10's leading scorer, senior guard Amanda Levens, missed the first game of her ASU career Jan. 12 against WSU with a sprained ankle. With a 14-4 record through 18 games, the Sun Devils are two games ahead of the pace of last year's 20-11 Pac-10 Tri-Champion squad. ASU has outrebounded 16 of its 18 opponents this season and leads the Pac-10 in rebounding defense (32.1 rpg) and scoring defense (58.3 ppg).

CALIFORNIA: The Bears look to break a nine-game Pac-10 losing streak dating back to last season when they travel to Washington and Washington State this week. Cal's last Pac-10 victory came against UCLA (83-59), March 1, 2001, in Berkeley. The Bears rank second in the league in scoring defense (59.7 ppg), after surrendering a season-high 80 points to Oregon State on Jan. 12. Cal's previous opponent season high was 69 points (twice) by USC (Dec. 28) and Cal Poly (Nov. 20).

OREGON: The Ducks return to Mac Court for their next three Pac-10 games, where they are averaging 4,373 fans this season. Oregon is 3-8 in its last 11 Pac-10 road games. The dynamic duo of guards Shaquala Williams and Edniesha Curry combined for 64 points in the Bay Area road split last weekend. Williams ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.8 ppg) and Curry ranks 13th (12.1 ppg). Since being inserted into the starting lineup Dec. 28 vs. Washington, sophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld has led UO in rebounding in each game, including a career-high 14 boards at Stanford Jan. 13.

OREGON STATE: Winners of three of their last four, the Beavers improved to 6-0 on the year when scoring at least 70 points. OSU notched 80 points Jan. 12 at Cal, the most for a Golden Bear opponent in 2001-02. Senior forward Ericka Cook notched a career-high eight assists against Cal. Sophomore Leilani Estavan averages a Pac-10-best 6.24 assists per game, while senior guard Felicia Ragland is second in scoring (19.9 ppg).

STANFORD: The Cardinal is off to its best Pac-10 start since going 18-0 in 1996-97, and now owns an all-time Pac-10 record of 233-43 (.844). Sophomore forward Nicole Powell averaged a near triple-double of 21.5 points, 17.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists against the Oregon schools last week. In the win over Oregon, she grabbed a Stanford-record 21 rebounds to shatter the old mark of 20 set by both Kathy Murphy (Jan. 6, 1978) and Maggie Nelson (Feb. 18, 1977). The Cardinal leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.479) and has outshot its opposition from the floor in each of its 16 victories this season. Freshman forward T'Nae Thiel notched a career-high 19 points against the Ducks, and is averaging 14.3 points over the last four games. Stanford has won eight games in a row for the second time this season.

UCLA: For the second consecutive year, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 in steals, averaging 10.47 per game. UCLA also paces the league in turnover margin (+5.53) and ranks second in offensive rebounds (16.40 rpg). Junior guard Natalie Nakase ranks third in assists (5.27 apg), while senior forward Malika Leatham ranks eighth in rebounding (6.5 rpg). Nakase scored a game-high 21 points against USC Jan. 13, her second straight 20-point game.

USC: The Women of Troy play five of their next seven contests at home, beginning with Arizona on Jan. 17. USC is averaging a Conference-best 17.81 offensive rebounds per game and is second in the league in rebounding margin (+7.2) and blocked shots (4.25 avg.). Sophomore Aisha Hollans ranks third in the Pac-10 at 18.3 ppg and is averaging 7.1 rebounds per game (7th), top among Pac-10 guards. Rometra Craig, a 2000 consensus prep All-American who spent the 2001 season at Duke as a key freshman reserve, transferred to USC in January. The 5-10 guard/forward out of Archbishop Mitty HS in Portola, Calif., will become eligible at Troy on Dec. 19, 2002.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies return home to Bank of America Arena, where they are 3-0 in Pac-10 games this season and 6-2 overall. A pair of freshmen -- Kayla Burt and Kristen O'Neill -- paced Washington at ASU last week, with 15 and 14 points, respectively. O'Neill followed with 11 points in the loss to UA. Junior Emily Autrey came off the bench to contribute a team-high 14 points at Arizona. The Huskies average 74.1 points per game, second in the Pac-10, while their 7.00 three-point field goals per game also ranks second. Junior Loree Payne, third in the league with 2.25 three-pointers per game, already ranks No. 3 on the UW career charts (141 treys).

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars trail Stanford 30-0 in the series since Pac-10 play began in 1986-87. However, WSU has defeated Cal in each of the last five meetings in Pullman, dating back to the 1996-97 season. Senior center Brittney Hawks is averaging a double-double (12.7 pts/10.1 reb) and ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding only to Stanford's Nicole Powell. Hawks has posted a Conference-leading nine double-doubles this season. Freshman Francine McCurtain averages a Pac-10 second-best 2.35 treys per game.

2001-02 DOUBLE-DOUBLES
(points-rebounds)

B. Hawks, WSU 	9N. Powell, STAN (incl. 2 trip.-doub)	8E. Hoffman, USC	8A. Hollans, USC	4A. Forney, CAL	3A. Lalum, WASH	3E. Pickney, ARIZ	3H. Chapman, OSU	2M. Johnson, ASU	2C. Kraayeveld, ORE	2F. Ragland, OSU	2K. Warren, ARIZ	2L. Yamasaki, STAN 	2C. Carvalho, ASU 	1B. Chaney, OSU	1B. Donaphin, STAN	1C. Enghusen, STAN	1C. Fields, WSU	1A. Fredrick, ORE	1M. Leatham, UCLA	1L. Taylor, ARIZ	1J. Veasley, UCLA	1R. Woodward, USC	1

30-POINT CLUB

F. Ragland, OSU (12/6)	37    (12/9)	32    (12/22)	32M. Greco, UCLA (11/17)	36S. Williams, ORE (1/6)	31A. Levens, ASU (11/17)	30

PAC-10 COACH/MEDIA TELECONFERENCES

Remaining dates:
Tue., Jan. 15
Tue., Jan. 22
Tue., Jan. 29
Tue., Feb. 5
Tue., Feb. 12
Tue., Feb. 19
Mon., Feb. 25

Media members should contact the Pac-10 office for the phone number to participate. A taped replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 4 p.m. PT following the teleconference, and is available anytime up until the next scheduled call. The phone number for the taped replay is 402-222-9927.

Schedule (times are Pacific):
9:30 - Moderator opens call
9:35 - Charli Turner Thorne, ASU
9:40 - Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
9:45 - Jenny Przekwas, WSU
9:50 - June Daugherty, Washington
9:55 - Chris Gobrecht, USC
10:00 - Kathy Olivier, UCLA
10:05 - Judy Spoelstra, Oregon State
10:10 - Bev Smith, Oregon
10:15 - Caren Horstmeyer, California
10:20 - Tara VanDerveer, Stanford


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