This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Feb. 25, 2002
2001-02 Final Pac-10 Standings
IT'S TOURNEY TIME!
Inaugural Pac-10 Tournament Tips Off Mar. 1 at Oregon
The STANFORD CARDINAL (28-1, 18-0 Pac-10) is the No. 1 seed in the 2002 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 1-4 at McArthur Court, on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore. The Cardinal, ranked second in the nation, locked up the No. 1 seed with its Valentine's Day win over Washington, clinching its second consecutive Pac-10 title and 11th overall. Stanford finished the regular season at 18-0 in Pac-10 play for the fourth time in school history.
The WASHINGTON Huskies (17-10, 12-6) grabbed the No. 2 seed by breaking a 12-game losing streak against Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 23 to tie for second place with ARIZONA STATE (21-8, 12-6). Washington edged ASU for the No. 2 seed by a series of tie-breakers. UW posted a combined 3-1 record against USC and Oregon State, while ASU finished 2-2 against those two teams. The Sun Devils tied for second place in the Pac-10 with Washington and received the No. 3 seed. USC (15-12, 11-7) tied forfourth place in the Pac-10 with the OREGON STATE Beavers (15-13, 11-7). The Women of Troy are the No. 4 seed, while Oregon State, which lost to USC twice this season, is the No. 5 seed.
Host OREGON (15-12, 10-8) and ARIZONA (14-13, 10-8) tied for sixth place in the Pac-10, with the Wildcats winning both meetings between the two squads this season. The Wildcats earned the No. 6 seed, while the Ducks are the No. 7 seed. UCLA, California and Washington State garnered the No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10 seeds, respectively.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
McArthur Court EUR Eugene, OR
Fri., Mar. 1
Game 1: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 Washington St, 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 UCLA vs. No. 9 California, 8:45 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 2
Game 3: No. 2 Washington vs. Winner 7/10, 12 noon
Game 4: No. 3 Arizona St vs. No. 6 Arizona, 2:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. Winner 8/9, 6 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 USC vs. No. 5 Oregon St, 8:15 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 3
Game 7: Game 3 win vs. 3/6 win, 12:30 p.m. (FSN)
Game 8: Game 5 win vs. 4/5 win, 3 p.m. (FSN)
Mon., Mar. 4
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
All times are Pacific.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Sun., Feb. 24
USC 69, CAL 58 (USC: Hoffman-24 pts/14 reb/4 ast, CAL: Gregory-17 pts/5 reb)
STANFORD 98, UCLA 80 (STAN: Yamasaki-33 pts/11-17 FG, UCLA: Arranaga-21 pts)
Sat., Feb. 23
WASHINGTON 88, OREGON 80 (WASH: Mendiola, Giu.-31 pts/8 reb, ORE: Bills-16 pts/11 reb)
ARIZONA 72, ARIZONA STATE 66 (ARIZ: Grzyb-16 pts/6 ast, ASU: Levens-18 pts/6 reb/6 ast)
OREGON STATE 74, WASHINGTON STATE 52 (OSU: Ragland-17 pts/7 reb, WSU: Hawks-14 pts/10 reb)
Fri., Feb. 22
UCLA 58, CALIFORNIA 48 (UCLA: Arranaga-14 pts/7 reb, CAL: O'Keith-9 pts)
STANFORD 78, USC 60 (STAN: Powell-36 pts/13-17 FG, USC: Hoffman-14 pts/8 reb)
Thu., Feb. 21
OREGON 88, WASHINGTON STATE 47 (ORE: Williams-24 pts/9-9 FG,WSU: Martindale-13 pts)
OREGON STATE 73, WASHINGTON 71 (OSU: Ragland-25 pts/6 reb/6 ast, WASH: O'Neill, Ke.-16 pts)
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:
2000-01 Arizona State/Stanford/Washington
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.
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 finished 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 four times times: 1989, 1996, 1997 and 2002.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
This week's Pac-10 Player of the Week will be announced Monday afternoon, Feb. 25.
NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE...
ARIZONA: Finishing the regular season with their best Conference mark (10-8) since going 13-5 during the 1999-2000 season, the Cats secured the No. 6 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament and will face rival ASU Saturday, March 2. UA's win against the Sun Devils on Feb. 23 solidified the first season split between the Arizona schools since 1991. Arizona needs to make three 3-point field goals to set the new UA single-season record. The current mark is 162, set by the 2000 team, and the Cats have 160this year. Senior forward Elizabeth Pickney needs just five more free throws to become Arizona's career leader in that category. With her start against ASU Feb. 23, Pickney is now Arizona's career leader in games started, with 111. Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is the Pac-10's leading freshman scorer with 12.6 points per game.
ARIZONA STATE: Winners of five of their last seven games, the Sun Devils earned the No. 3 seed in the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament, where they will face rival Arizona for the second time in seven days. ASU has won three of its last four against the Wildcats, with last weekend's loss inTucson creating the first season split in the in-state rivalry since 1991. Senior guard Amanda Levens ranks fourth in the league in scoring (17.1 ppg), fifth in assists (4.68) and fifth in 3-point field goals per game (1.79 avg.). Senior center Melody Johnson is shooting 55.1 percent from the floor, second in the Pac-10. Arizona State has posted the team's first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1982 and 1983. The school record for wins in a season is 25, set by the 1982 NCAA Sweet Sixteen squad.
CALIFORNIA: The No. 9 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, the Bears open postseason play when they meet No. 8 seed UCLA on Friday, Mar. 1. The Bears' most consistent offensive threat of late has been redshirt freshman forward Kiki Williams. She has tallied double figures in scoring in five of the last seven games. Freshman Leigh Gregory posted a career-high 17 points Feb. 24 at USC. Cal ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 63.9 points per game. The Bears are second in 3-field goal percentage defense (.315). Head coach Caren Hortsmeyer is no stranger to Conference tournaments, having guided Santa Clara to the West Coast Conference Tournament Championship twice (1992, 1998).
OREGON: No. 7 seed Oregon will meet No. 10 seed Washington State in Game 1 of the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament, Friday, Mar. 1 at 6:30 p.m. PT. The Ducks lead the all-time series 41-9, and defeated the Cougars 88-47 last week in Pullman. Junior guard Shaquala Williams ranks second in theleague in overall scoring (18.1 ppg) and averages a Conference-leading 18.4 points in Pac-10 games. Williams scored 40 points last week to move into ninth place on the Oregon career scoring charts with 1,335 pts. Julie Cushing ranks eighth with 1,392 points. Freshman Andrea Bills ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with a .513 field goal mark in Conference games. With 137 rebounds, Bills is on pace to record the most rebounds by an Oregon rookie since Debbie Sporcich had 275 in 1990-91. The UO record is held by head coach Bev Smith, who posted 323 in 1978-79.
OREGON STATE: Oregon State went 2-0 last week to finish 11-7 in the Pac-10 (15-13 overall) and tie for fourth place with USC. Both the 11-7 record and fourth-place finish are the best for the Beavers since the 1995-96 season, when they won 11 games and finished second. OSU handed Washington only its second loss in Bank of America Arena this season with the 73-71 win on Feb. 21. Senior guard Felicia Ragland leads the Conference in scoring with 20.0 points per game, and ranks second in Pac-10 games with 18.1 ppg. She averages a Pac-10-best 2.25 3-point field goals per game. Sophomore Leilani Estavan ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists (5.61 apg) and leads the league in assist-turnover ratio (2.38).
The No. 5 seed Beavers will meet No. 4 seed USC Mar. 1 at
STANFORD: With its win over UCLA on Feb. 24, the Cardinal recorded the fifth 20-game win streak in school history, as well as the program's second-best regular-season record (28-1), behind only the 30-1 record in 1996-97. Stanford has won 21 straight Pac-10 games dating back to March3, 2001. Stanford clinched the Pac-10 Championship and No. 1 seed in the Conference Tournament on Feb. 14. Sophomore Nicole Powell, one of 20 finalists for the Naismith Award, leads the league in assists (6.10 apg) and ranks second in rebounding (9.3 rpg). She could become the first player in Pac-10 history, men's or women's, to lead the league in both rebounding and assists. Powell and Senior Lindsey Yamasaki each eclipsed the 30-point mark last week. Powell notched a career-high 36 points Feb. 22 at USC, while Yamasaki drained 33 points Feb. 24 at UCLA. The Cardinal averages Pac-10-leading 81.6 points per game.
UCLA: Sophomore guard Gennifer Arranaga averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while leading the Bruins to a split against the Bay Area schools in the final weekend of regular-season play. Against No. 2 Stanford, Arranaga notched a career-high 21 points (on 8-of-14 shooting) andpulled down a career-high eight rebounds in 23 minutes of action off the bench.
The No. 8 seed Bruins will face No. 9 seed California on Friday, Mar. 1 at 8:45 p.m. UCLA has won two straight against the Bears. The Bruins rank second in the Pac-10 in steals (9.89 spg) and offensive rebounds (16.22 avg).
USC: The Women of Troy received the No. 4 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament and take on Oregon State Saturday, Mar. 2 at 8:15 p.m. Sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman averaged 19.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals in two games last week, notching her 11th double-double of the season Feb. 24against Cal. Hoffman posts a Conference-leading 9.8 rebounds per game in Pac-10 contests. Sophomore Aisha Hollans ranks first among Pac-10 guards in rebounding (6.4 rpg). USC leads the Pac-10 in steals (10.19 spg) and offensive boards (17.63 avg.). The Women of Troy rank second in rebounding margin (+5.3) and blocked shots (3.70 bpg). Forward Rachel Woodard is the second-leading freshman scorer in the league, with 11.7 ppg.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies tied for second place with Arizona State and earned the No. 2 seed in the inaugural Conference Tournament by virtue of a series of tie-breakers. The Huskies finished a combined 3-1 against USC and Oregon State to ASU's 2-2 record against those two teams. Washingtonwill face the winner of the Oregon-Washington State play-in game, Saturday, Mar. 2 at 12 noon PT. The Huskies broke a 12-game losing streak against Oregon with a 88-80 win over the Ducks Feb. 23 at Bank of America Arena. Washington had not beaten Oregon sine Jan. 13, 1996, in Seattle. Sophomore Giuliana Mendiola poured in a career-high 31 points and junior Loree Payne added 22. Washington Coach June Daugherty needs two more wins to reach 100 in her tenure at UW. Her record in Pac-10 games is 60-48during her six seasons in Seattle.
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are the No. 10 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, which pairs them with host Oregon in the first play-in game Friday, Mar. 1 at 6:30 p.m. PT. Washington State has dropped two in a row to the Ducks, but posted a 77-76 win over Oregon at McArthur Court last season, on Feb. 15, 2001. Prior to that, the Cougars last win at The Pit was during the 1992-93 season. Senior center Brittney Hawks (9.3 rpg) continues her quest to become the first Washington State player to lead the league in rebounding. Hawks holds a narrow edge over Stanford's Nicole Powell heading into the Pac-10 Tournament. Hawks ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.9 ppg), ninth in blocked shots (0.93 bpg). The Cougars average 3.57 blocks per game, third in the league.