This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 20, 2002

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STANFORD REMAINS PERFECT AS SECOND ROUND BEGINS,
One Game Separates Next Six Teams

Although the fourth-ranked STANFORD Cardinal (18-1, 8-0 Pac-10) maintains a comfortable two-and-a half game lead over the rest of the pack, the race to squeeze into the second- through fifth-place slots in the Pac-10 women's basketball standings could not get any tighter. Just one game separates the next six teams, with a three-way tie for second place between ARIZONA STATE (15-5, 6-3), USC (10-8, 6-3) and OREGON STATE (10-9, 6-3) -- and a three-way tie for fifth place between OREGON (10-8, 5-4), WASHINGTON (10-8, 5-4) and ARIZONA (9-9, 5-4). This week's FOX Sports Net Game of the Week will feature Saturday's Sun Devils-Cardinal matchup, live from Maples Pavilion at 1 p.m. PT.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Jan. 24
ARIZONA at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
USC at OREGON, 7 p.m.
UCLA at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 25WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON ST., 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Northwest)

Sat., Jan. 26
ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
USC at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
UCLA at OREGON, 7 p.m.

All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Mon., Jan. 14
UC Santa Barbara 94, ARIZONA 80
ARIZ: Pickney- 16 pts/9 reb/6-6 FT, Brase- 17 pts/2 bl

Wed., Jan. 16
UC Santa Barbara 79, OREGON STATE 73
OSU: Ragland-36 pts/7 3FG, Rukstelyte-10 pts/9 reb

Thu., Jan. 17
ARIZONA 78, USC 74
ARIZ: Grzyb-15 pts/6-7 FG, USC: Krause-21pts/11 reb
ARIZONA STATE 70, UCLA 57
ASU: Carvalho-13 pts/7 reb, UCLA: Jones-15 pts/7 reb
STANFORD 104, WASHINGTON STATE 57
STAN: Enghusen- 24 pts/11-15 FG, WSU: Hawks-21 pts
WASHINGTON 85, CALIFORNIA 46
WASH: Ke. O'Neill-12 pts/2 bl, CAL: O'Keith-10 pts

Sat., Jan. 19
OREGON STATE 61, OREGON 53
OSU: Ragland-16 pts/11 reb, ORE: Williams-15 pts
STANFORD 75, WASHINGTON 67
STAN: Yamasaki-19 pts/6 reb/4 ast, WASH: Payne-19 pts
ARIZONA 71, UCLA 60
ARIZ: Grzyb-19 pts/5-7 3FG, UCLA: Naksase-10 pts/11 ast
USC 68, ARIZONA STATE 49
USC: Hollans-16 pts, Hoffman-13 pts/12 reb, ASU: Johnson-16 pts
CALIFORNIA 62, WASHINGTON STATE 50
CAL: Iwanaga-12 pts/4 ast, WSU: Hawks -19 pts/7 reb

WHERE WERE WE A YEAR AGO?
A look at the league race at the halfway point last season:

		2002	2001	Diff.Stanford	8-0	6-3	+2 1/2Arizona State	6-3	7-2	-1USC		6-3	3-6	+3Oregon State	6-3	3-6	+3Oregon		5-4	5-4	--Washington 	5-4	6-3	-1Arizona		5-4	6-3	-1UCLA		2-7	2-7	--California	1-7	4-5	-2 1/2Washington State0-9	3-6	-3

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 the winner 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. 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.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Jan. 14-20 Pac-10 Player of the Week will be announced on Monday, Jan. 21, 2002.

NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE...

ARIZONA: After a stretch which saw them lose four of five games from Dec. 16 to Jan. 6, the Wildcats have won four of their last five and four consecutive Pac-10 contests. Sophomore Aimee Grzyb paced UA last week with 15 and 19 points at USC and UCLA, respectively. The Pac-10 road wins were Arizona's first in more than a year -- since Jan. 6, 2001, at Stanford. In the series against Stanford, the visitor has won in the last five meetings, including a 81-57 Cardinal victory in Tucson earlier this season. The 'Cats have won 13 straight over Cal dating back to the 1995-96 season, and 18 of the last 19.

ARIZONA STATE: In the midst of a four-game Pac-10 road stretch, Arizona State looks to bounce back following a loss at USC Jan. 19. ASU has won four of its last five and six of its last eight. Following a seven-week absence, the Sun Devils returned to the national Top 25 last week with a No. 23-ranking by the Associated Press. Senior forward Cian Carvalho led five Sun Devils in double figures at UCLA, with 13 points, while senior center Melody Johnson notched a team-high 16 points at USC. ASU has won three straight over Cal, and four of the last five. In the series against Stanford, the Sun Devils are winless at Maples Pavilion since Pac-10 play began in 1986-87 (15 tries).

CALIFORNIA: Coming off a win at Washington State to snap their four-game losing streak, the Bears return home to host No. 23 Arizona State and Arizona. Five players scored in double-figures at WSU, a first for the squad this season, led by freshman point guard Kristin Iwanaga's 12 points. Cal looks to snap a three-game losing streak to the Sun Devils and a 13-game streak at the hands of Arizona. Thursday's game pits the Pac-10's two stingiest defenses: Arizona State leads the league, giving up just 58.8 ppg, while Cal is second at 60.6 ppg.

OREGON: Sophomore Cathrine Kraayeveld pulled down a career-high 16 boards in the loss to Oregon State. Kraayeveld has paced UO on the glass in its last seven games. The loss was Oregon's first to OSU at McArthur Court in nine years, before a season-high crowd of 6,193. The Ducks have won five of the last six against UCLA, including a 76-67 win in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 2001. Oregon has won three straight over the Bruins at McArthur Court. The Ducks are tied for third in the Pac-10 with USC in rebounding defense (36.1 rpg) and rank third in blocked shots (3.83 bpg), just behind USC's 4.17 avg.

OREGON STATE: Winners of four of their last five Pac-10 games, the Beavers are 6-3 in the Conference heading into the second round of double-round robin play -- a three-game improvement from the same juncture last season. OSU's win at Oregon on Jan 19 was its first Civil War win in 12 tries and fist victory at McArthur Court in nine years. Senior guard Felicia Ragland averaged 26.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games last week, posting 36 points against UC Santa Barbara for her fourth 30-point performance on the year. Sophomore Leilani Estavan leads the Pac-10 with 6.00 assists per game and an assist/turnover ratio of 2.19. The Beavers have won four in a row against UCLA and four of their last six against USC.

STANFORD: Winners of 10 straight, the fourth-ranked Cardinal is off to its best start since the 1996-97 season (18-0 Pac-10) as it opens a three-game homestand this week. Stanford has started 18-0 or 17-1 just three other times in school history. Junior center Cori Enghusen averaged 18.5 points on 70.8 percent shooting (17-of-24) in the Cardinal's two victories last week. Senior Lindsey Yamasaki contributed a team-high 19 points in the win at Washington, Stanford's first in Seattle in three seasons. Sophomore Nicole Powell leads the league in rebounding (10. 1 rpg) and is the only Pac-10 player to average a double-double (15.4 ppg). In 16 minutes of action at Washington State, Powell registered 10 assists and five rebounds.

UCLA: The Bruins look to improve on their 2-2 Pac-10 road record when they venture to Corvallis and Eugene this week. UCLA has lost four straight to Oregon State and three in a row at the Ducks' McArthur Court. Junior Natalie Nakase contributed 10 points and a career-high 11 assists in the loss to Arizona. Sophomore forward Whitney Jones averaged 16.0 points in two games last week, including four treys against Arizona. The Bruins have added 6-1 freshman forward Brittany Ringel to their roster. Ringel is also a member of the UCLA volleyball team and played a reserve role at outside hitter last season.

USC: The Women of Troy notched their second win over a Top 25 opponent this season with the Arizona State victory on Jan. 19. In the Jan. 17 loss to Arizona, USC played without starting forward Ebony Hoffman and starting guards Tiffany Elmore and Aisha Hollans. Elmore is recovering from a sprained ankle suffered Jan. 6, while Hoffman (ejection) and Hollans (violation of team rules) were serving one-game suspensions. Against ASU, Hoffman recorded her ninth double-double of the season (13 pts/12 reb), while Hollans posted her 15th double-figure scoring performance (16 pts) in 16 games. The Women of Troy have won four of the last five meetings with Oregon, including two straight at Mac Court. USC played before a season-high crowd of 3,808 Jan. 19 against ASU -- its best attendance since 1983.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies' narrow, eight-point loss to No. 4 Stanford last week marked the Cardinal's smallest margin of victory since a 50-46 win at Rutgers Jan. 2, and its closest Pac-10 loss on the season. With the Jan. 19 loss to Stanford, UW saw an end to its nine-game home winning streak in Pac-10 games, dating back to Jan. 18, 2001. Sophomore center Andrea Lalum scored 17 points, going 9-of-11 from the free throw line, and grabbed eight rebounds against Stanford. Lalum averages a team-high 6.4 rebounds (9th Pac-10) and is second on the squad in scoring (11.9 ppg). Junior guard Loree Payne leads the Huskies in scoring (13.8 ppg) and averages a Pac-10 second-best 2.22 three-pointers per game. The Huskies have won 13 straight against WSU, dating back to the 1994-95 season.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars have dropped a school-record 14 straight games and are winless in league play heading into this weekend's game with rival Washington. Senior center Brittany Hawks recorded her 15th game scoring in double figures this season, and 12th in the last 13 contests, with a game-high 19 points against California Jan. 19. Hawks turned in a 21-point performance against Stanford earlier last week. Freshman Francine McCurtain averages 2.16 treys per game, third in the Pac-10 behind Oregon State's Felicia Ragland (2.74 avg) and Washington's Loree Payne (2.22 avg.). WSU ranks third in the Conference in defensive rebounds (25.05 avg.).

PAC-10 WOMEN'S HOOPS ONLINE COLUMN
Stop by the Pac-10 website Wednesday afternoons to check out Pac-10.org's women's basketball columnists' inside look at what's going on in the Conference. FOX Sports Net analyst Mary Murphy and long-time Seattle Times sports writer Dick Rockne have the scoop on all the Pac-10 teams. The next column appears Jan. 23, 2002.

PAC-10 CHAMPION
The team that finishes the regular season atop the Pac-10 standings, based on double round robin play, is the Conference Champion. All Pac-10 teams will participate in the Pac-10 Tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament bracket will be seeded according to the final standings, with the league champion earning the top seed.

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