This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

March 19, 2002

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STANFORD MOVES ON TO SWEET 16

For the 19th time in 21 years, the Pacific-10 Conference will be represented in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, as the STANFORD Cardinal (32-2, 18-0) advanced to the West Regional semifinals with a pair of victories over #15 seed Weber State and #10 seed Tulane at the West subregional in Palo Alto, Calif.... With the wins, the Cardinal reaches the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1996-97 and the 11th time in Stanford history... The Cardinal has notched 32 wins for just the second time in program history and first time since the 1990 National Championship team did so... Stanford sophomore Nicole Powell recorded back-to-back triple-doubles in the team's first and second round NCAA Tournament wins, the fifth and sixth of her career... The #2 seed Cardinal will take on #3 seed Colorado (23-9), Saturday at 7 p.m., while #1 seed Oklahoma (29-3) and #4 seed Texas Tech (20-11) will do battle at 9:30 p.m.... The winners square off Monday night at 7:30 p.m. for the chance at a Final Four berth.

THIS WEEK'S NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 23
WEST REGIONAL
(Boise State Pavilion, Boise, Idaho)
No. 3 Colorado vs. No. 2 STANFORD, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 4 Texas Tech vs. No. 1 Oklahoma, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Monday, March 25
WEST REGIONAL
(Boise State Pavilion, Boise, Idaho)
Colorado/STANFORD winner vs. Texas Tech/Oklahoma winner, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

WOMEN'S NIT QUARTERFINALS
Wednesday, March 20

OREGON at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
All times are local to game sites.

NCAA NOTES

* A Pac-10 team has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 19 of 21 NCAA Tournaments
* A Pac-10 team has reached the Elite Eight in seven of 20 NCAA Tournaments, including Washington in 2001.
* The Pac-10 has posted a 98-72 record (.576) in the NCAA Tournament.
* Every Pac-10 team made a trip to the Big Dance in the 90s, while six different teams have been invited to the NCAA Tournament in the past three seasons.
* In the 1990s, Pac-10 teams made six Final Four appearances and Stanford captured two NCAA titles ('90, '92).
* A Pac-10 team has reached the Final Four in nine of the 20 NCAA Tournaments.

WNIT NOTES

* Pac-10 teams have posted a 28-17 record (.622) in the Women's NIT.
* Pac-10 teams have won four WNIT titles (Oregon State in '80 and '82, Oregon in '89, Arizona in '96) and captured two runner-up finishes (ASU in '81, California in '87).

LAST WEEK'S NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Monday, March 18
MIDWEST REGION (Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 1 Vanderbilt 61, No. 9 ARIZONA STATE 35
Johnson- 13 pts/7 reb, Boardman- 7 pts/3 bl

WEST REGION (Palo Alto, Calif.)
No. 2 STANFORD 77, No. 10 Tulane 55
Powell*- 16 pts/10 reb/10 ast, Yamasaki-24 pts, Donaphin-21 pts
* - sixth career triple-double, second consecutive, fifth this season.

Saturday, March 16
MIDWEST REGION (Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 9 ARIZONA STATE 73, No. 8 Wisconsin 70
Carvalho- 24 pts/8 reb, Johnson- 18 pts/8-12 FG, Levens-14 pts

WEST REGION (Palo Alto, Calif.)
No. 2 STANFORD 76, No. 15 Weber State 51
Powell- 20 pts/11 reb/10 ast, Enghusen- 15 pts/12 reb/5 bl

LAST WEEK'S WNIT RESULTS

Wednesday, March 13
USC 72, San Francisco 53
Hoffman-14 pts/7 reb/6 stl, Elmore-14 pts
OREGON 72, St. Mary's 61
Bills-17 pts, Kraayeveld-15 pts/11 reb

Thursday, March 14
WASHINGTON 82, North Texas 61
Payne-14 pts, Autrey-12 pts/6 reb
OREGON STATE 62, Hawaii 50
Ragland-24 pts/7 reb, Chaney-12 pts/10 reb

Sunday, March 17
WASHINGTON 97, USC 87
UW: Mendiola, Giu.-18 pts, Payne-18 pts, USC: Hollans-34 pts
OREGON 50, OREGON STATE 48
ORE: Kraayeveld-12 pts/10 reb, OSU: Ragland-11 pts/14 reb

2002 NCAA FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE
Hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio
Friday, March 29 & Sunday, March 31
Alamodome * San Antonio, Texas

National Semifinals - Friday, March 29
Game one, 6 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Game two, approx. 8:30 p.m. CT (ESPN)

National Championship - Sunday, March 31
Game time 7:30 p.m. CT, (ESPN)

PAC-10's WNIT SUCCESS
Pac-10 teams posted a 4-0 record in first round WNIT games, before squaring off against each other on Sunday, Mar. 17... USC, OREGON STATE, OREGON and WASHINGTON all posted double-digit victories in their first-round NIT games Mar. 13 and 14, winning by an average of 16 points... Oregon defeated Oregon State, 50-48, while Washington downed USC, 97-87, to advance to the Women's NIT Quarterfinals.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT CHAMPS
The Arizona State Sun Devils won the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament trophy, and with it the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth. ASU downed Stanford 70-63 in the tourney final, Mar. 4 at Eugene, Ore. The win over second-ranked Stanford was the highest ranked team that the Sun Devils defeated since downing No. 2 USC, 53-51, in Tempe on Feb. 15, 1982. Senior guard Amanda Levens scored 22 points in the Pac-10 Championship Game, with her 22nd point marking the 1,000th point of her ASU career.

PAC-10 ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Most Outstanding Player: Nicole Powell, SO G, Stanford
Enjoli Izidor, SR G, Stanford
Melody Johnson, SR C, Arizona State
Amanda Levens, SR G, Arizona State
Felicia Ragland, SR G, Oregon State
Shaquala Williams, SR G, Oregon

PAC-10 REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
With its 81-65 victory over Washington on Feb. 14, the Stanford Cardinal clinched the 2001-02 Pac-10 regular season title. The title is Stanford's 11th in 16 seasons. Here's a look at the league's annual regular-season 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

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 schoolhistory. 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.

2001-02 ALL-PAC-10 HONORS...
PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Nicole Powell, So., G, Stanford

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Dee-Dee Wheeler, G, Arizona

COACH OF THE YEAR
Tara VanDerveer, Stanford

STATE FARM PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Mar. 1-4, McArthur Court * Eugene, Ore.

Mon., Mar. 4 - Final
#3 Arizona State 70, #1 Stanford 63

Sun., Mar. 3 - Semifinals
#3 Arizona State 64, #7 Oregon 58
#1 Stanford 71, #5 Oregon State 55

Sat., Mar. 2 - Quarterfinals
#7 Oregon 78, #2 Washington 64
#3 Arizona State 66, #6 Arizona 58
#1 Stanford 96, #8 UCLA 61
#5 Oregon State 69, #4 USC 68

Fri., Mar. 1
#7 Oregon 85, #10 Washington State 67
#8 UCLA 46, #9 California 42

Tournament Attendance = 27,415 (5 sessions), 5,483 per session.

NAISMITH COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST
Tara VanDerveer, Stanford

NAISMITH AWARD FINALIST (Top-20)
Nicole Powell, Stanford

ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICANS
Second Team,

Nicole Powell, Stanford
Honorable Mention
Amanda Levens, Arizona State
Felicia Ragland, Oregon State
Shaquala Williams, OregonvLindsey Yamasaki, Stanford

KODAK DISTRICT 8 ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Nicole Powell, Stanford
Felicia Ragland, Oregon State
Shaquala Williams, Oregon
Lindsey Yamasaki, Stanford

VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL DISTRICT 8 TEAM
Second Team

Leah Combs, ASU (3.95 GPA)
Loree Payne, WASH (3.68 GPA)
Third Team
Bethany Donaphin, STAN (3.38 GPA)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR, NICOLE POWELL
A 6-2 sophomore guard, Powell has been instrumental in leading STANFORD to a 32-2 overall record, a perfect 18-0 mark in Pac-10 play and the NCAA West Regional semifinals. She is the second sophomore to ever earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, the other being Oregon's Shaquala Williams in 1999-2000. A two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Powell is the eighth Cardinal player to receive player of the year distinction. She is the Pac-10's leader in assists (6.29 apg) and rebounds (9.4 rpg). Although just a sophomore, she has 574 career rebounds, good for 16th on Stanford's all-time list. She ranks first in Cardinal history in career rebounds per game (9.0), which is good for seventh on the Pac-10's all-time list. An all-around player, Powell's most impressive statistic may be her six career triple-doubles, including back-to-back efforts in the NCAA first and second rounds, Mar. 16 and 18. She has notched five triple-doubles this season and owns six of Stanford's all-time total of eight. She has recorded six of the 12 triple-doubles in Pac-10 history, and owns the distinction as the only Pac-10 player ever to record more than one. Powell was a four-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection this year. She is one of 20 finalists for the 2002 Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year award.

PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR, DEE-DEE WHEELER
The ARIZONA guard, a native of Chicago, Ill., became just the second player in Wildcat history to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining Adia Barnes (1994-95) on that elite list. She led Arizona in steals (57) and assists per game (3.32) and finished as the squad's second-leading scorer (12.2 ppg). Wheeler reached double digits in scoring in 19 games this season, marking the highest number of double-digit performances for a Wildcat freshman since Elizabeth Pickney tallied 19 in her rookie season (1998-99). Among Pac-10 players, Wheeler ranks fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.404), sixth in steals (2.04 spg) and eighth in assists (3.32 apg). She ranks 13th in the Conference in scoring (12.2 ppg) to lead Pac-10 freshmen.

PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR, TARA VANDERVEER
In her 15th-plus season on The Farm, has guided the Cardinal to a 32-2 overall record, a perfect 18-0 mark in Pac-10 play and the NCAA West Regional semifinals. VanDerveer, who won her 10th Pac-10 title this season and second in a row, has coached Stanford to a school second-best 32 victories and the fifth 30-win season in school history. The Cardinal is the only Pac-10 team, men's or women's, to make it through regular-season Conference play with an unblemished 18-0 record, accomplishing the feat four times ('89, '96, '97, '02). VanDerveer will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this year and is one of 20 finalists for the Naismith Women's Basketball Coach of the Year Award. The Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the fifth of her career. The NCAA second round contest against Tulane Mar. 18 marked her 500th game at Stanford. In 22-plus years as a collegiate coach, she is 548-155 (.799). She posts a 396-104 record at Stanford (.792), and has coached the Cardinal to a 228-43 mark (.841) in Pac-10 games.

SEE YOU IN SAN JOSE...
Compaq Center at San Jose will be the site of the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament, Mar. 7-10. The 10-team postseason tournament, which just completed its inaugural run at the University of Oregon's McArthur Court, will move to a neutral site beginning next year. San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales will serve as honorary chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the tournament, while former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer will chair the LOC. Fill out your 2003 ticket application today by logging on to www.pac-10.org (click on 'women's basketball').

THE SWEET 16 AND BEYOND...
For the 19th time in 21 seasons and second year in a row, a Pac-10 team has reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. At least one Pac-10 team has advanced to the Round of 16 in 14 of the last 15 years, while at least two teams have advanced eight times. Here's a year-by-year listing of Pac-10 teams advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond:

	Year	Team	Round	1982:	Arizona State	Sweet Sixteen		USC	Elite Eight	1983:	Arizona State	Sweet Sixteen		Oregon State	Sweet Sixteen		USC.	NCAA Champions	1984:	USC	NCAA Champions	1985: 	UCLA	Sweet Sixteen		USC.	Sweet Sixteen	1986: 	USC	Final Four	1988:	Stanford	Sweet Sixteen		USC	Sweet Sixteen		Washington	Sweet Sixteen	1989:	Stanford	Elite Eight	1990: 	Stanford	NCAA Champions		Washington	Elite Eight	1991:	Stanford.	Final Four		Washington	 Sweet Sixteen	1992: 	Stanford	.NCAA Champions		UCLA	Sweet Sixteen		USC	Elite Eight	1993: 	Stanford.	Sweet Sixteen		USC.	Sweet Sixteen	1994: 	Stanford	Elite Eight		USC...	Elite Eight	1995: 	Stanford	Final Four	1996: 	Stanford..	Final Four	1997: 	Stanford	Final Four	1998: 	Arizona.	Sweet Sixteen	1999: 	UCLA	Elite Eight	2001: 	Washington	Elite Eight	2002:	Stanford	Sweet Sixteen

STANFORD (32-2, 18-0)
The second-seeded CARDINAL will face #3 seed Colorado Saturday night in the NCAA West Regional semifinals in Boise, Idaho (Boise State Pavilion)... Stanford advanced by defeating #15 seed Weber State (76-51) and #10 seed Tulane (77-55) in first and second round games at Maples Pavilion... with the wins, the Cardinal reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1996-97 - when it made it all the way to the Final Four - and the 11th time in Stanford history... the Cardinal has notched 32 wins for just the second time in program history and first time since the 1990 National Championship team did so... Stanford sophomore Nicole Powell recorded back-to-back triple-doubles in the team's first and second round wins, the fifth and sixth of her career... she has six of the eight triple-doubles in Stanford history, six of the 12 in Pac-10 history, and is the only Pac-10 player to record more than one... the Pac-10 regular-season champion, Stanford is making its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance (36-13 all-time record) and 15th straight, including six Final Four appearances and two NCAA titles (1990, 1992)... Powell, the 2002 Pac-10 Player of the Year and the Pac-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, is one of 20 finalists for the 2002 Naismith Player of the Year Award... she averaged 23.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in the Cardinal's three Pac-10 Tournament games... the team's leading scorer, senior guard/forward Lindsey Yamasaki (17.3 ppg), underwent a laparoscopic appendectomy Feb. 26 at Stanford Hospital and was sidelined for the Pac-10 Tournament... she returned to action Mar. 16 in the first round... Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer, who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, was named the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.... she coached her 500th game at Stanford Mar. 18 in the NCAA second round and her 700th career game Mar. 3 in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals... in 22-plus seasons on the collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is 548-155 (.779)... in 15-plus seasons on The Farm, she is 396-104 (.792) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1990 & 1992) and five Final Four appearances.

OREGON (19-13, 10-8)
Aside from a first round WNIT matchup against St. Mary's, the Ducks' 2002 postseason has been an on-going Pac-10 Tournament... Oregon advanced to the NIT quarterfinals by defeating Oregon State, 50-48, on Mar. 17... the Ducks take on Washington Wednesday night in Seattle, the third meeting between the two teams in less than a month... Oregon and Washington split during the Pac-10 regular season, while the Ducks won on their home court in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals... the home team has prevailed in each of the last four meetings... sophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld posted back-to-back double-doubles in the Ducks' two NIT games (15 pts/11 reb vs. St. Mary's, 12 pts/10 reb vs. Oregon State) and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in reobunding (7.9 rpg)... Kraayeveld is third in the Conference in field goal percentage (.513)... Oregon is making its ninth straight postseason appearance and third WNIT appearance (first since '89)... Oregon is 7-1 all-time in WNIT play... the Ducks last went to the WNIT in 1989, when they won it all, defeating San Diego State 67-64 in the tourney final... Oregon finished in a tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 and advanced to the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals with a first-round win over WSU and a win over Washington in the quarterfinals... junior guard Shaquala Williams, a member of the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team, leads the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.906) and is the league's fourth-leading scorer (16.9 ppg).... Williams is a three-time All-Pac-10 selection... in her first year as a collegiate head coach, Bev Smith posts a 19-13 career record (.594)... the former coach of the Canadian National Team, as well as an Olympic athlete and coach, Smith was an All-American at Oregon in 1981 and 1982... she holds the school's career records for rebounding, assists and steals... the Ducks are averaging 4,439 fans at McArthur Court this season to lead the Pac-10 for the fourth straight year.

WASHINGTON (19-11, 12-6)
One year after advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight, the Washington Huskies have posted back-to-back WNIT wins and will host Pac-10 rival Oregon in the tournament's quarterfinals... Washington meets the Ducks Wednesday night at Bank of America Arena, with UW looking to avenge a Mar. 2 loss to UO in Eugene, Ore., in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals... the two squads split during the Pac-10 regular season and Wednesday night's tilt marks their second postseason matchup this year... the home team has prevailed in each of the last four meetings... sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola notched 18 points and five assists as UW defeated USC in the second round of the NIT Mar. 17... junior guard Loree Payne added 18 points, going 4-for-6 from long range as the Huskies made 10 of 19 3-pointers and shot 54.1 percent from the field... this marks the Huskies' second WNIT appearance, and Washington is 3-1 in WNIT postseason play... the Huskies last played in the WNIT in 1999, defeating Portland 67-63 at home before falling at New Mexico, 63-68... propelled by a strong second half of the Conference season, UW emerged from a tight Pac-10 race to finish tied for second with Arizona State... the #2 seeded Huskies fell to #7 seed and host Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals, but have won nine of their last 12 games... four Huskies are averaging double figures in scoring, the only Pac-10 scoring combination to do so -- Payne (14.3 ppg), Giuliana Mendiola (12.3 ppg), sophomore center Andrea Lalum (11.0 ppg) and junior forward Emily Autrey (10.0 ppg)... Payne leads the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (2.30 avg.), while Mendiola ranks second in assist/turnover ratio and fourth in assists (4.90 apg)... the Huskies feature the Pac-10's second most potent offense (74.2 ppg) and have notched 80 or more points eight times this season, going 8-0 in those contests... the WNIT second round win over USC marked the 100th victory for UW Coach June Daugherty at Washington... she owns a mark of 100-77 at UW (.565)... her 13-year career record stands at 223-151 (.596).

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