This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Feb. 11, 2002

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Next Pac-10 Coaches Media Teleconference is Tuesday, Feb. 12, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. PT

STANFORD, WASHINGTON SQUARE OFF AT MAPLES
Cardinal Can Clinch Pac-10 Outright With Valentine's Day Victory

The No. 2-ranked STANFORD Cardinal (24-1, 14-0 Pac-10), which clinched no less than a share of its 11th Pac-10 title last week, can win the Pac-10 crown outright with a victory over second-place WASHINGTON (15-8, 10-4) Thursday night in Palo Alto... Winners of five straight, the Huskies are looking for their first win at Maples Pavilion since the 1998-99 season. USC (13-10, 9-5), just one game back of third-place ARIZONA STATE (19-7, 10-5), travels to the desert to take on the Sun Devils and Wildcats... The Sun Devils are on the verge of posting their second straight 20-win season for the first time since 1981-82 and 1982-83. This week's FOX Sports Net Game of the Week features OREGON (13-11, 8-7) at OREGON STATE (13-12, 9-6), Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Feb. 14UCLA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
USC at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 16
OREGON at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
USC at ARIZONA, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD, 3 p.m. (KRON)
UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.

All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tue., Feb. 5UCLA 77, Long Beach State 73
UCLA: Allen-20 pts, Leatham-11 pts/10 reb

Thu., Feb. 7
ARIZONA STATE 75, WASHINGTON STATE 56
ASU: Boardman-14pts/9 reb, WSU: Martindale-16 pts
OREGON STATE 74, CALIFORNIA 69 (OT)
OSU: Ragland-26 pts/7 reb/7 ast, CAL: Williams-15 pts/5 reb
STANFORD 77, OREGON 72
STAN: Yamasaki-24 pts/4-4 FT, ORE: Williams- 22 pts
WASHINGTON 77, ARIZONA 73
WASH: Payne-22 pts/4 ast, ARIZ: Taylor-16 pts/17 reb

Sat., Feb. 9
ARIZONA 106, WASHINGTON STATE 60
ARIZ: Brase -22 pts/6 reb, WSU: Hawks-20 pts/9 reb
OREGON 76, CALIFORNIA 43
ORE : Fredrick-15 pts/5-6 FT, CAL: Iwanaga-12 pts
STANFORD 89, OREGON STATE 67
STAN: Powell-23 pts/11 reb, OSU: Smith-18 pts
USC 71, UCLA 58
USC: Hollans-24 pts/6 reb, UCLA: Jones-21 pts/7 reb
WASHINGTON 68, ARIZONA STATE 50
WASH: Payne-20 pts, ASU: Johnson -13 pts/12 reb

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 1-800-WEB-FOOT. Ticket booklets for the tournament cost $60 each, which includes all sessions. Everyone must have a ticket for admission, regardless of age.

MEDIA CREDENTIAL REQUESTS
Pac-10 Tournament media credential request forms are available online or by contacting the Pac-10 Office (925/932-4411). Online forms may be obtained by visiting: www.pac-10.org. First, click on 'Pac-10 Tournament Information,' then click on the women's tournament logo. NOTE: Media members may contact the Pac-10 Office for the user ID and password necessary to gain access. Deadline for submitting credential requests is Feb. 12, 2002.

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 Feb. 4-10.

Powell, from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.5 steals as No. 2 Stanford posted its first road sweep of the Oregon schools since 1998, thereby clinching no less than a share of its 11th Pac-10 title. On the weekend, Powell shot 50.0 percent from the field (14-of-28), 45.5 percent from 3-point range (5-of-11) and 71.4 percent from the foul line (10-of-14).

In the 77-72 win over Oregon, Powell notched 20 points, adding six rebounds, six assists and three steals. It marked Stanford's first victory in Eugene since Mar. 5, 1998. In the 89-67 victory at Oregon State, she recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in 31 minutes. She shot 64.3 percent from the floor (9-of-14) and went 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

The Player of the Week honor is the fifth of Powell's career and the 46th all-time selection for Stanford.

ALSO NOMINATED: Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ, Leilani Estavan, OSU, Whitney Jones, UCLA, Aisha Hollans, USC, Loree Payne, WASH.

NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE...

ARIZONA: Junior Krista Warren (severe ankle sprain), is expected to return to action for this weekend's games. Senior center LaKeisha Taylor missed the Jan. 9 WSU game with an ankle injury, but is probable for this week. Senior guard Julie Brase led a contingent of six UA players in double figures against Washington State with a career-high 22 points. Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is averaging 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals over the last four contests. UA returns home to play its final three regular-season games in the McKale Center, starting with UCLA Thursday night.

ARIZONA STATE: ASU needs one more victory to match its number of overall wins from the 2000-01 season (20) and post its first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1981-82 and 1982-83. The Sun Devils host USC and UCLA this weekend in their final regular-season home games. ASU has won its last six home games, dating back to a Dec. 23 win over California. Senior center Melody Johnson turned in back-to-back double-doubles last week at the Washington schools, her fourth and fifth of the season. She averaged 13.0 points and 11.0 rebounds on the weekend. Kylan Loney has posted an ASU freshman record 85 assists on the year.

CALIFORNIA: Freshman forward Kiki Williams averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds last week at the Oregon schools, shooting 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line. Cal fell to Oregon State 74-69 in overtime, only its third loss on the season when scoring at least 60 points. The Bears host Washington State and Washington this week and are aiming for a season sweep against the Cougars.

OREGON: The Ducks play their three final regular-season games away from Mac Court, starting with the Civil War game Saturday in Corvallis. Oregon fell to Stanford by just five points on Feb. 7, the Cardinal's second-smallest margin of victory this season and smallest in Pac-10 play. The Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak Feb. 9 against Cal, shooting 53.4 percent (31-of-58) from the floor. It marked the third time this year they have shot at least 50.0 percent from the floor. Junior Shaquala Williams scored 33 points last week to move into 10th place (1,275 pts) on the Oregon all-time scoring list.

OREGON STATE: Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan averaged 15.0 points and 3.5 assists in Oregon State's home split against the Bay Area schools last week. Estavan has posted double figures in scoring in each of the last five games. The Beavers host Oregon this week in the women's basketball version of the Civil War. OSU snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Ducks with its 61-53 victory Jan. 19 at McArthur Court. The Beavers are looking for their first win over UO in Gill Coliseum since 1996.

STANFORD: The Cardinal, which clinched no less than a share of its 11th Pac-10 title Feb. 9 in Corvallis, can clinch the title outright with a win over Washington on Thursday. Stanford will also be shooting for its first season sweep over UW since 1997-98. The Cardinal is four games away from going undefeated in Conference play for the fourth time in school history. In the midst of a 16-game winning streak, Stanford defeated Oregon 77-72 on Feb. 7 to post its first win in Eugene since Mar. 5, 1998. Senior Lindsey Yamasaki scored 38 points last week, bringing her career total to 1,360 points, which ties for 13th in school history (with Meg Metzger '79-83). Sophomore Nicole Powell now ranks 20th on the Stanford career rebounding charts with 501, and needs five more boards to tie Kate Starbird ('93-97) for 19th place.

DID YOU KNOW?Stanford is the only Pac-10 basketball team, men's or women's, to make it through Conference play with an unblemished 18-0 record. Since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87, and since the current men's alignment in 1978-79, the Cardinal women have accomplished the feat three times: 1989, 1996, 1997.

UCLA: Sophomore forward Whitney Jones averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in the Bruins' two games last week. She notched a career-high tying 21 points at USC, with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Junior point guard Natalie Nakase has converted 35 of her last 40 free throws over the last 11 games to move into seventh place in the Pac-10 (78.9 percent). UCLA has lost two in a row to Arizona and three straight against Arizona State. The Bruins are looking for their first wins in Tucson or Tempe since 2000.

USC: The Women of Troy downed rival UCLA 71-58 on Feb. 9 to secure their first season sweep against the Bruins since 1997, and first under head coach Chris Gobrecht. Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans paced USC with 24 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. Hollans has scored more than 20 points in nine games this season, and ranks second in Pac-10 scoring with 17.5 ppg. Senior guard Tiffany Elmore returned to the USC lineup last week -- her first action since suffering a severe ankle sprain Jan. 6 at Washington. Elmore was ranked 15th in the league in scoring (11.7 ppg) at the time of her injury.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies' home sweep of the Arizona schools last week vaulted them into second place in the Pac-10, one-half game ahead of Arizona State. Junior guard Loree Payne averaged 21.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in Washington's two victories, draining seven 3-pointers on the week. Payne is averaging 21.0 points over the last three games. The Huskies are 8-0 this season when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points, and the average margin of victory in those games is 26.6 points. UW boasts a 6-1 Pac-10 home record at Bank of America Arena. Washington Coach June Daugherty is just three victories away from win No. 100 in her six-year tenure in Seattle.

WASHINGTON STATE: Senior center Brittney Hawks scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds Feb. 9 in Washington State's loss to Arizona. It was Hawks' 18th game reaching double figures in scoring and her fourth 20-point effort of the season. She ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and 10th in scoring (13.3 ppg). The Cougars travel to the Bay Area schools this week, with Cal on the docket Thursday night. WSU is searching for its first win in Berkeley since 1998.

PAC-10 WOMEN'S HOOPS ONLINE COLUMNStop 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 Feb. 13, 2002.

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