This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Feb. 18, 2002

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Next Pac-10 Coaches Media Teleconference is Tuesday, Feb. 19, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. PT
FINAL CALL: Monday, Feb. 25, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. PT

TEAMS JOCKEY FOR PAC-10 TOURNAMENT PLACEMENT

Although No. 2 STANFORD (26-1, 16-0 Pac-10) has wrapped up the top seed in the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament March 1-4 at Oregon, just one-and-a-half games separate the league's second- through fourth-place teams: ARIZONA STATE (21-7, 12-5), WASHINGTON (16-9, 11-5) and USC (14-11, 10-6). OREGON (14-11, 9-7) and OREGON STATE (13-13, 9-7) hold a half-game lead over ARIZONA (13-13, 9-8) in the battle for fifth place. This week's nationally televised FOX Sports Net contests include the Sun Devils-Wildcats duel, Saturday at 2 p.m. MT and the California-USC matchup, Sunday at 1 p.m. PT.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Feb. 21
OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 22CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 23
OREGON at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 2 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
OREGON ST. at WASHINGTON ST., 1 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 24
CALIFORNIA at USC, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
STANFORD at UCLA, 2 p.m.

All times are local to site.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS/PAIRINGS
available at www.pac-10.org * Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. PT

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Feb. 14
ARIZONA 77, UCLA 62
ARIZ: Pickney-19 pts/9 reb, UCLA: Jones-24 pts/10 reb
ARIZONA STATE 67, USC 60
ASU: Johnson-21 pts/6 reb/10-14 FG,USC: Woodward-14 pts
STANFORD 81, WASHINGTON 65
STAN: Powell*-21 pts/10 reb/12 ast, WASH: Lalum-18 pts
* - Fourth career triple-double, third this season
CALIFORNIA 76, WASHINGTON STATE 63
CAL: Iwanaga-18 pts/10-11 FT, WSU: Martindale-15 pts/5 ast

Sat., Feb. 16
OREGON 84,OREGON STATE 83 (OT)
ORE: Williams-20 pts/7-7 FT, OSU: Chapman-24 pts/10 reb
WASHINGTON 64, CALIFORNIA 53
WASH: O'Neill, Ke.-14 pts/5 reb, CAL: Williams-12 pts
USC 71, ARIZONA 64
USC: Hollans-19 pts/6 reb, ARIZ: Wheeler-21 pts
ARIZONA STATE 64, UCLA 42
ASU: Levens-13 pts/9 ast/5 reb, UCLA: Bradley-8 pts
STANFORD 76, WASHINGTON STATE 50
STAN: Yamasaki-18 pts/8-11 FG, WSU: Hawks-16 pts/10 reb

PAC-10 CHAMPIONS
With its 81-65 victory over Washington on Feb. 14, the Stanford Cardinal clinched the 2001-02 Pac-10 title and the top seed in the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament March 1-4 in Eugene, Ore. The title is Stanford's 11th in 16 seasons. Here's a look at the league's annual champions:

1986-87 USC
1987-88 Washington
1988-89 Stanford
1989-90 Stanford/Washington
1990-91 Stanford
1991-92 Stanford
1992-93 Stanford
1993-94 USC
1994-95 Stanford
1995-96 Stanford
1996-97 Stanford
1997-98 Stanford
1998-99 UCLA/Oregon
1999-00 Oregon
2000-01 Arizona State/Stanford/Washington
2001-02 Stanford

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.

DID YOU KNOW?
Stanford is the only Pac-10 team, men's or women's, to make it through Conference play with an unblemished 18-0 record. The 2001-02 Cardinal are two wins away from going 18-0 for the fourth time in school history. 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.

KRAAYEVELD NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
OREGON sophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 11-17.

Kraayeveld, from Kirkland, Wash., scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and recorded three assists and one blocked shot in Oregon's 84-83 overtime win at Oregon State on Feb. 16. Kraayeveld shot 8-of-13 from the floor (.615) and contested Felicia Ragland's potential game-winner in regulation.

Kraayeveld ranks first on the squad in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (.514) and third in scoring at 9.2 ppg. In Pac-10 games, she is averaging 10.9 points and 9.6 rebounds (3rd) per game.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Kraayeveld's career and the 27th all-time selection for Oregon.

ALSO NOMINATED: Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ, Amanda Levens, ASU, Felicia Ragland, OSU, Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN, Whitney Jones, UCLA, Rachel Woodward, USC.

NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE...

ARIZONA: Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler has averaged 17.2 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game over the last six contests. The Wildcats have already equaled last year's Pac-10 win total (9), despite a worse overall record than this time last season. Arizona's 13 losses this season marks the Cats' most since losing 19 games during the 1994-95 season. Senior forward Elizabeth Pickney has tied former Cats Adia Barnes and Lisa Griffith as UA's all-time leaders in games started, with 110.

ARIZONA STATE: Winners of five of their last six, the Sun Devils (21-7, 12-5 Pac-10) climbed back into second place in the Pac-10 standings, one-half game ahead of Washington. The Sun Devils have won three straight over rival Arizona heading into this week's contest. ASU has surpassed its overall win total from last season (20) and posted the program's first back-to-back 20-win seasons since '81 and '82. The school record for wins in a season is 25, put up by the 1981-82 Sweet 16 squad (25-7). With a 13-2 record at Wells Fargo Arena this year, ASU has set the new school mark for home wins. Senior center Melody Johnson notched a season-high 21 points in ASU's win over USC Feb. 14.

CALIFORNIA: With their victory over Washington State on Feb. 14, the Bears posted their first home win since Dec. 1, 2001, and completed the season sweep of the Cougars. It marked the first season sweep of WSU since the 1992-93 campaign. Senior forward Ami Forney posted a pair of double-doubles on the weekend, averaging 11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds against the Washington schools. Forney has posted six double-doubles this season and has 13 in her career.

OREGON: The Ducks survived the 67th Civil War game, edging Oregon State 84-83 in overtime, and were led by junior Shaquala Williams' 20 points. Senior guard Edniesha Curry, who nailed the game-winning basket, scored five of her nine points in overtime. Williams has 1,295 career points, which ranks 10th on the all-time Oregon scoring chart. She needs 11 points to surpass former Duck Angelina Wolvert ('97-01, 1,305 pts) for ninth place. In the last 10 games, sophomore Catherine Kraayeveld has averaged 11.3 rebounds, while her five double-doubles this season have all come in Pac-10 play.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers were 2-0 in overtime games this season before the OT loss to Oregon on Feb. 16. Oregon State has seen three of its last five games go an extra frame. With the loss to the Ducks, OSU has dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season. With 1,682 career points, senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into 14th place on the Pac-10's all-time scoring list. Ragland notched her fourth consecutive double-double against the Ducks with 23 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and a career-high tying seven assists. Sophomore forward Hollye Chapman led all scorers with 24 points against the Ducks, adding 10 rebounds in a reserve role.

STANFORD: The Cardinal is two wins away from going 18-0 in the Pac-10 for the fourth time in school history. Sophomore Nicole Powell is one of 20 finalists for the 2001-02 Naismith Award, with the winner to be honored in Atlanta on April 5, 2002. Powell recorded her third triple-double of the season and the fourth of her young career, with 21 points, a career-high 12 assists and 10 rebounds Feb. 14 against Washington. The win gave Stanford its 11th Pac-10 title in 16 seasons. The Cardinal's 18-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in school history. Powell leads the Conference in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and could become the first player in Pac-10 history, men's or women's, to pace the league in rebounding and assists. Freshman Azella Perryman grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in just 22 minutes Feb. 16 against WSU.

UCLA: Sophomore forward Whitney Jones recorded a game- and career-high 24 points in UCLA's loss to Arizona Feb. 16. Jones went 6-of-10 from three-point range and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double on the season. For the second consecutive year, the Bruins lead the Conference in steals and enter the week averaging 10.08 steals per game. UCLA ranks third in turnover margin (+2.36). Junior Natalie Nakase ranks third in assists (5.32 apg).

USC: Freshman forward Rachel Woodward averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in USC's road split against the Arizona schools. Woodward is third on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.1 rpg). Nine of USC's 11 losses this season have been by 10 or fewer points, including the Feb. 14 loss at Arizona State (67-60). Two have been in overtime. With two regular-season Pac-10 games to play, the Women of Troy (14-11, 10-6 Pac-10) are in fourth place, just one game behind Washington (16-9, 11-5). The last time USC finished higher than fifth in the Pac-10 was 1996-97, when they finished third.

WASHINGTON: Head coach June Daugherty is two wins away from victory No. 100 in her tenure at Washington. The Huskies host the Oregon schools in the final weekend if regular-season play. UW boasts a 6-1 Pac-10 home record at Bank of America Arena this season. Washington has won three straight against the Beavers and looks to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Ducks. UW last defeated Oregon in 1995-96 in Seattle. Sophomore center Andrea Lalum paced the Huskies at Stanford with 18 points, while senior Kellie O'Neill came off the bench to notch a team-high 14 points at Cal.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars will try to avoid becoming the first team to go winless in the Pac-10 when they host Oregon and Oregon State this weekend. Sophomore forward Candace Fields scored a career-high 19 points at Cal Feb. 14, while senior center Brittney Hawks led WSU with 16 points and 10 rebounds at Stanford. Hawks has posted 11 double-doubles this season to lead the Pac-10, and is attempting to become the first WSU player to ever lead the league in rebounding. She is second in the Pac-10 with 9.3 rpg, trailing Stanford's Nicole Powell by just 0.3 rpg.

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.

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 Feb. 20, 2002.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT TIE-BREAKER
Seedings and pairings will be determined following the final Conference regular-season game on Sunday, February 23, 2002. The won-lost percentage record of the teams in regular season conference play will determine tournament seedings. Tie breaking procedures for determining all tournament seeding will be as follows:

1. Two-team tie
a. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.
b. Each team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings,and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record againstthe collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tie-breaking procedure), rather than theperformance against individual teams.

c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.
d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

2. Multiple-team tie
a. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season among the tied teams.
b. If two or more teams are still tied, each of the tied team's record vs. the team occupying the highestposition in the regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one teagains an advantage.

When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record againstthe collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tie-breaking procedure), rather than theperformance against individual tied teams.

c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.
d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

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