Pac-10 Women's Basketball Season Wrap-Up
May 2, 2002
2001-02 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON WRAP-UP
STANFORD RUNS AWAY WITH REGULAR SEASON CROWN;
ARIZONA STATE WINS INAUGURAL PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
Oregon captures WNIT title
The Pacific-10 Conference ushered in a new era with the inception of the 2002 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament, the league's first on the women's side. The ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils won the inaugural tournament trophy, and with it the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth. ASU defeated then-No. 2 STANFORD 70-63 in the championship game and went on to tie the school record for wins in a season (25). The Cardinal finished the regular season at 18-0 in Pac-10 play for the fourth time in school history, capturing its second consecutive Conference title and 11th overall. Stanford racked up an impressive 32-3 overall record and was ranked as high as second in the nation.
For the third year in a row, six Pac-10 teams saw postseason action, however, just two were part of the 'Big Dance.' It marked the first time since 1995-96 that the Conference sent fewer than four teams to NCAA Tournament play. STANFORD advanced to the NCAA West Regional Semifinals, while ARIZONA STATE reached the NCAA Second Round, playing in the Midwest Region.
Four Pac-10 teams accepted invites to the Women's NIT, playing with a vengeance. WASHINGTON, USC, OREGON STATE and OREGON won their first-round games by an average of 16 points each. Making their third WNIT appearance and first since 1988-89, the Ducks reeled off five straight wins to capture the tournament championship.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nicole Powell, Stanford, Guard/Forward
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Dee-Dee Wheeler, Arizona, Guard
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Tara VanDerveer, Stanford
2002 POSTESEASON RESULTS
Saturday, March 16
MIDWEST REGION (Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 9 ARIZONA STATE 73, No. 8 Wisconsin 70
WEST REGION (Palo Alto, Calif.)
No. 2 STANFORD 76, No. 15 Weber State 51
Monday, March 18
MIDWEST REGION (Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 1 Vanderbilt 61, No. 9 ARIZONA STATE 35
WEST REGION (Palo Alto, Calif.)
No. 2 STANFORD 77, No. 10 Tulane 55
Saturday, March 23
WEST REGIONAL(Boise State Pavilion, Boise, Idaho)
No. 3 Colorado 62, No. 2 STANFORD 59
Wednesday, March 13
USC 72, San Francisco 53
OREGON 72, St. Mary's 61
Thursday, March 14
WASHINGTON 82, North Texas 61
OREGON STATE 62, Hawaii 50
Sunday, March 17
WASHINGTON 97, USC 87
OREGON 50, OREGON STATE 48
Wednesday, March 20
QUARTERFINALS (Bank of America Arena, Seattle)
OREGON 77, WASHINGTON 73
Saturday, March 23
SEMIFINALS (McArthur Court, Eugene, Ore.)
OREGON 65, Michigan State 54
Wednesday, Mar. 26
CHAMPIONSHIP (McArthur Court, Eugene, Ore.)
OREGON 54, Houston 52
PAC-10'S WNIT SUCCESS
Pac-10 teams posted a 4-0 record in first round WNIT games, before squaring off against each other in second-round games (WASHINGTON vs. USC, OREGON vs. OREGON STATE) and quarterfinal action (WASHINGTON vs. OREGON). All four teams posted double-digit victories in their first-round NIT games, winning by an average of 16 points each.
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. The win over then-No. 2 Stanford was the highest ranked opponent the Sun Devils had defeated since downing No. 2 USC, 53-51, 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
Name School Pos Yr Ht HometownEnjoli Izidor STAN G Sr. 6-0 Seattle, WAMelody Johnson ASU C Sr. 6-2 Colorado Springs, COAmanda Levens ASU G Sr. 5-9 Belvidere, ILNicole Powell STAN G/F So. 6-2 Phoenix, AZFelicia Ragland OSU G Sr. 5-9 Tulare, CAShaquala Williams ORE G Jr. 5-6 Portland, OR
Most Outstanding Player: Nicole Powell, Stanford
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RECAP
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.
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 second straight and 11th in 16 seasons. 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, the Cardinal women have accomplished the feat four times times: 1989, 1996, 1997 and 2002.
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
Name School Pos Yr Ht HometownEbony Hoffman USC F So. 6-2 Harbor City, Calif.Aisha Hollans USC G So. 5-10 Berkeley, Calif.Amanda Levens* ASU G Sr. 5-9 Belvidere, Ill.Giuliana Mendiola WASH G So. 5-7 Lake Forest, Calif.Loree Payne WASH G Jr. 6-0 Havre, Mont.Elizabeth Pickney* ARIZ F Sr. 6-4 Houston, TexasNicole Powell* STAN G So. 6-2 Phoenix, Ariz.Felicia Ragland** OSU G Sr. 5-9 Tulare, Calif.Shaquala Williams** ORE G Jr. 5-6 Portland, Ore.Lindsey Yamasaki STAN G/F Sr. 6-1 Oregon City, Ore.
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree; ** three-time All-Pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes): Edniesha Curry (ORE, Sr., G), Bethany Donaphin (STAN, Sr., F/C), Leilani Estavan (OSU, So., G), Ami Forney (CAL, Sr., F/C), Brittney Hawks (WSU, Sr., C), Melody Johnson (ASU, Sr., C), Andrea Lalum (WASH, So., F/C), Natalie Nakase, (UCLA, Jr., G), LaTasha O'Keith (CAL, So., G).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name School Pos Ht HometownKristen O'Neill WASH G 6-1 Lynwood, Wash.Kelley Suminski STAN G 5-9 Chester, N.J.T'Nae Thiel STAN F 6-1 Weatherford, TexasDee-Dee Wheeler ARIZ G 5-6 Chicago, Ill.Rachel Woodward USC F 6-3 Murrietta, Calif.
HONORABLE MENTION (Received Votes): Andrea Bills (ORE, C), Sebnem Kimyacioglu (STAN, G/F), Kylan Loney (ASU, G), Francine McCurtain (WSU, G), Juleen Smith (OSU, G).
PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
First Team Year GPA MajorJen Albert, ASU So. 3.85 Elementary EducationJessica Collins, WSU Grad. 3.68 BusinessLeah Combs, ASU Sr. 3.96 Broadcast CommunicationsBethany Donaphin, STAN Sr. 3.38 Public PolicyLoree Payne, WASH Jr. 3.68 Psychology
Second Team Year GPA MajorBetsy Boardman, ASU So. 3.44 CommunicationsLindsey Egeland, WSU So. 3.82 UndeclaredCarmen Krause, USC Sr. 3.46 Health PromotionsAndrea Lalum, WASH So. 3.44 Pre-MajorLauren St. Clair, STAN Sr. 3.38 Science, Technology & Society
HONORABLE MENTION (Received Votes): Emily Autrey, Jr., WASH; Brina Chaney, So., OSU; Hollye Chapman, So., OSU; Luana Coloma, So., CAL; Ericka Cook, Sr., OSU; Jamie Craighead, Sr., ORE; Janet Franey, Sr., CAL; Cathrine Kraayeveld, So., ORE; Giuliana Mendiola, So., WASH; Kellie O'Neill, Jr., WASH; Jessica Ottmar, Jr., WSU; Kourtney Shreve, Jr., ORE; Ndidi Unaka, Sr., ORE; Michelle Wald, Jr., CAL; Krista Warren, Jr., ARIZ; Kiki Williams, RS Fr., CAL; Shaquala Williams, Jr., ORE.
NAISMITH COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST
Tara VanDerveer, Stanford
NAISMITH AWARD FINALIST (Top-20)
Nicole Powell, Stanford
ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICANS
Nicole Powell, Stanford
Amanda Levens, Arizona State
Felicia Ragland, Oregon State
Shaquala Williams, Oregon
Lindsey Yamasaki, Stanford
Nicole Powell, 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
Leah Combs, ASU (3.95 GPA)
Loree Payne, WASH (3.68 GPA)
Bethany Donaphin, STAN (3.38 GPA)
PAC-10 PLAYERS IN THE 2002 WNBA DRAFT
28. F. Ragland, OSU---Sacramento
29. L. Yamasaki, STAN---Miami
41. E. Curry, ORE---Charlotte
49. L. Taylor, ARIZ----Indiana
50. M. Johnson, ASU---Portland
58. C. Enghusen, STAN---Houston
60. E. Pickney, ARIZ---Sacramento
ARIZONA (14-14, 10-8)
The Wildcats finished the 2001-02 season with a 14-14 overall and 10-8 Pac-10 records, their worst overall mark since the 1994-95 team went 11-19. Despite that, the Cats earned their best Pac-10 mark since 2000, finishing at 10-8 to tie for sixth place, a one-game improvement over last season. Arizona earned the #6 seed in the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament, falling to #3 seed Arizona State in the tourney quarterfinals. The loss ended a string of six consecutive postseason appearances for UA. The Cats defeated ASU one week earlier to end the regular season by winning three of their last five. Senior forward Elizabeth Pickney earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors, while Dee-Dee Wheeler was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Pickney led the Wildcats and finished seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.1 ppg). Wheeler 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. Wheeler paced the team in steals (57) and assists per game (3.32) and finished as the squad's second-leading scorer (12.2 ppg), ranking 13th in the Conference to lead Pac-10 freshmen. Wheeler reached double digits in scoring in 19 games, the highest number of double-digit performances for a Wildcat freshman since Pickney tallied 19 in 1998-99. Junior wing Krista Warren paced Arizona in rebounding, averaging 8.1 rpg. Pickney finished a close second (8.0 rpg), as the duo finished fourth and fifth in the Pac-10. As a team, Arizona led the league in free throw percentage (.740), finished second in 3-point percentage and third in scoring (74.1 ppg), field goal percentage (.432) and 3-pointers made per game (5.75 avg). The Wildcats set a new school record for most 3-point field goals made in Pac-10 play, with 102 treys in Conference action. Pickney ended her career as Arizona's leader in games started, with 112. She surpassed Barnes and Lisa Griffith ('97-00), who both started 110 games in their UA careers. Pickney also closed out her career as the school's all-time blocked shots leader, with 147.
ARIZONA STATE (25-9, 12-6)
The inaugural Pac-10 Tournament Champion, ASU won four of its last five games en route to posting a school-record tying 25 overall wins. The Sun Devils reached the second round of the NCAA Midwest Regional, falling to #1 seed and host Vanderbilt. With its victory over Wisconsin in the first round, ASU posted its first NCAA Tournament win in 19 years and tied the school record for wins in a season, set by the 1981-82 squad. The Sun Devils earned the league's NCAA automatic berth by capturing the Pac-10 Tournament title with a 70-63 win over No. 2 Stanford. The NCAA appearance was ASU's second consecutive, and the Sun Devils posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since '81-82 and '82-83. Charli Turner Thorne became the second-winningest coach in Arizona State history in 2001-02, and now posts a 90-86 (.511) record in Tempe. ASU paced the Conference in scoring defense, allowing just 59.1 points per game, a new single-season Pac-10 record. ASU finished the season ranked in the top three in the Pac-10 in five other defensive categories: 3-point FG pct. defense (1st), rebounding defense (1st), turnover margin (2nd), scoring margin (3rd) and rebounding margin (3rd). Senior guard Amanda Levens, an Associated Press honorable mention All-American, was named to the All-Pac-10 Team. Senior center Melody Johnson was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention, while guard Kylan Loney garnered honorable mention All-Freshman accolades. Levens concluded her ASU career 12th on the school scoring charts with 1,020 points. She is just the third player in ASU history to amass 1,000 points in only two seasons. Levens scored 550 points this season, good for fifth on the ASU single-season charts. She scored at least 20 points 12 times in 2001-02, including a game-high 22 points in the Pac-10 Tournament final. Johnson finished as ASU's career leader in field goal percentage (.562) and ranked second in the Pac-10 this season at 55.2 percent. She led the team in rebounding and was second in scoring, averaging 12.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. With a 13-2 home mark, the Sun Devils set the new ASU single-season record. ASU closed out the season by winning their last eight games at Wells Fargo Arena and turned in an 8-1 Pac-10 home mark.
CALIFORNIA (7-21, 2-16)
The Golden Bears experienced growing pains in 2001-02, but that was to be expected from a team that featured nine newcomers on its opening day roster, including six true freshmen. California went 2-16 in Pac-10 play to finish in ninth place. Senior center Ami Forney, Cal's lone returning starter from 2000-01, paced the team in scoring (11.6 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and blocked shots (0.4 bpg). Forney received honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition and finished her career with 741 points, 537 rebounds and 14 double-doubles. Two freshmen earned starting roles for the Bears: forward Leigh Gregory (26.2 min.) and point guard Kristin Iwanaga (31.3 min). A combined seven freshmen and sophomores averaged at least 10 minutes per contest for Cal in 2001-02, which should pay dividends next year. As a team, the Bears finished third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (63.2 ppg), second in 3-point FG pct. defense (.316). Junior forward Amber White served as the catalyst for the pesky Cal defense, which limited non-conference opponents to just 54.2 points per game. The Bears held 10 teams to less than 60 points, including then-No. 13 Georgia, which notched just 54 points against California on Dec. 2, 2001. Cal tied the school record for 3-point percentage Feb. 14 against Washington State, going 8-for-11 from beyond the arc (.727). The Bears made 95 treys this season, the most since the 1998-99 squad drained 101 three-pointers. The young Bears went 2-7 in games decided by eight or fewer points, including an overtime loss to Oregon State on Feb. 7. Attendance has continued its steady climb for the Bears since Coach Caren Hosrtmeyer took the reins of the program. Cal finished the 2001-02 season averaging 1,079 fans per game, after averaging a four-year high of 1,171 fans in 2000-01, Horstmeyer's first season in Berkeley.
OREGON (22-13, 10-8)
Under the tutelage of first-year head coach Bev Smith, the Ducks made their ninth straight postseason appearance and captured the Women's NIT Championship with a 54-52 win over Houston. Oregon concluded the season winning 10 of its last 12 games and seven of its last eight. The Ducks played a school-record 35 games in 2001-02, going 6-1 in postseason games that included the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament at Mac Court. The WNIT appearance was the Ducks' third overall and their first since 1989, when they won it all. Oregon finished 10-8 in Pac-10 regular-season play and tied for sixth place with Arizona. The Ducks reached the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals, falling to eventual champion Arizona State. Junior guard Shaquala Williams was named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team and received All-Pac-10 First Team recognition for the third time. Her backcourt mate, senior Edniehsa Curry, was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention, while center Andrea Bills was named Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention. Williams set the new Pac-10 single-season record for free throw percentage (.908), connecting on 108 of her 119 attempts. Williams finished the season fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.7 ppg) and now ranks sixth on the Oregon career scoring chart, with 1,436 points. Curry finished third on the team with 9.8 points and dished out 3.3 assists per game. She led the Ducks with 1.9 steals per game. Sophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld notched five consecutive double-doubles during the postseason to finish with 11 on the season, third in the Pac-10. Kraayeveld led the team with 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots, along with 10.2 points. She led UO with a 51.1 percent mark from the floor. Bills led the Oregon freshmen with 7.5 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game, second on the squad.
OREGON STATE (17-15, 11-7)
Despite opening 2001-02 with a schedule ranked among the Top-10 toughest in the nation, the Beavers' put together their most successful season in six years. OSU finished in fourth place in the Pac-10 for the first time since 1995-96, while its 17 wins were the most for the team since going 19-9 that same season. Oregon State went 1-1 in the postseason WNIT, defeating Hawaii and losing to rival Oregon, the eventual WNIT champ. The Beavers maintained one of the league's stingiest defenses in 2001-02, finishing second in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage defense (.314) and third in field goal percentage defense (.397). The team ranked third in assist-turnover ratio (0.88). Three players garnered All-Pac-10 accolades, led by senior guard Felicia Ragland, the league's leading scorer in 2001-02 (19.9 ppg). Sophomore point guard Leilani Estavan was named to All-Pac-10 honorable mention, while Juleen Smith was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen squad. Ragland, a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree and the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, was the lone Pac-10 player to score 30-plus points more than twice this year, doing so four times. A two-time honorable mention Associated Press All-American and two-time Kodak District 8 All-American, Ragland led the Beavers in scoring, rebounding (6.6 rpg), steals (2.5 spg) and three-point field goals (69). She is one of just three Oregon State players to score at least 1,600 points (1,803) and pull down at least 600 rebounds (739). Estavan paced the Pac-10 in assist-turnover ratio (2.32) and finished second in assists (5.44 apg). Ragland and senior Ericka Cook concluded their Oregon State careers as the only Beavers to play four seasons in which the team's record improved each year: 1998-99 (11 wins), 1999-2000 (14 wins), 2000-01 (16 wins), 2001-02 (17 wins).
STANFORD (32-3, 18-0)
Making its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance and 15th in a row, the Cardinal advanced to the NCAA West Regional Semifinals, falling to Colorado in Boise, Idaho. It marked the 11th Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history and the first since 1996-97. Ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation this season, the Cardinal won the regular-season Pac-10 title with a perfect 18-0 record. Stanford's 32 wins tied for the second-most in school history, and the team won 22 straight games from Dec. 19-Mar. 3. The Cardinal received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling to Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament final. Stanford advanced to the Sweet Sixteen by posting opening-round home wins over Weber State and Tulane. Sophomore guard/forward Nicole Powell was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and garnered Most Outstanding Player honors at the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament. An Associated Press Second Team All-American, Powell was also named to the 10-player Kodak All-America Team and was a Naismith Award finalist. Powell averaged a near triple-double of 16.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists. She recorded five triple-doubles on the season, including back-to-back such efforts in the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Powell also led the Pac-10 in rebounding and assists to become the first player in the history of the Conference to accomplish that feat, both overall or in the same season. Senior forward Lindsey Yamasaki closed out her career second in Stanford history and tied for fourth in Pac-10 annals with 192 three-pointers. The Associated Press honorable mention All-American finished her career with 1,497 points, good for ninth on the Stanford career scoring list, and ranks 19th on the all-time rebounding list with 531 boards. Yamasaki averaged a team-high 17.2 points in 2001-02, with 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. She scored in double figures in 28 of her 32 outings. Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, her fifth such honor and first since 1996-97. VanDerveer, inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April, is 548-156 (.778) in 22 seasons on the collegiate sidelines. In 16 seasons on The Farm, she is 396-105 (.790) with a Pac-10 record of 227-43 (.841).
UCLA (9-20, 4-14)
Personnel losses kept the Bruins on their toes all season. UCLA was dealt a huge blow in mid-December, losing leading scorer Michelle Greco (23.6 ppg) for the season due to a history of mild concussions. Then in January, junior forward Kristee Porter left UCLA to pursue professional and U.S. national team opportunities in volleyball. Porter, the UCLA and Pac-10 career kills record-holder, averaged 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in 2001-02. Without two of their most talented players, the Bruins struggled to an eighth-place finish in the Pac-10, with a 9-20 overall mark. In non-conference action, UCLA knocked off eventual NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant BYU, 73-62 on Nov. 27. Senior center Malika Leatham paced the team on the boards with 5.9 rebounds per game, 11th in the Pac-10. Senior forward Shalada Allen was 15th with 5.7 rpg. Junior Natalie Nakase, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, finished third in the Conference in assists (5.10 apg) and fourth in assist-turnover ratio (1.45). Nakase averaged 7.9 points (9.2 in Pac-10 play), while starting all 29 games. The Bruins finished second in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (16.10 avg.), third in steals (9.86 spg) and fourth in turnover margin (+1.79).
USC (16-14, 11-7)
The Women of Troy made their 16th postseason appearance and first in two years, advancing to the second round of the Women's NIT. The Trojans finished with a winning record and posted more than 15 victories for the first time since 1999-2000, when they also reached the second round of the WNIT. After defeating USF on the road, USC fell to Washington 97-87 in Seattle. The Trojans finished in a fourth-place tie with Oregon State in the Pac-10, their highest finish since 1996-97. USC suffered a narrow 79-78 loss to OSU in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals. Sophomores Ebony Hoffman and Aisha Hollans were named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, while freshman Rachel Woodward received Pac-10 All-Freshman accolades. The first team honors were the first for USC players since 1998-99. Hoffman tied for the Pac-10 lead with 12 double-doubles this season and now has 15 in her career. She finished eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring (14.9 ppg), third in rebounding (8.9 rpg), second in steals (2.9 spg) and third in blocked shots (1.25 bpg). Hollans notched more than 20 points 11 times in 2001-02, and finished as the league's second-leading scorer (17.6 ppg). She scored a career-high 34 points in USC's WNIT loss at Washington on Mar. 17. Hollans averaged 6.2 rebounds to rank 10th in the Pac-10. Woodward was the third Trojan to average double figures in scoring this season (11.3 ppg). USC averaged a Conference-leading 10.10 steals and 17.00 offensive boards per contest. Coach Chris Gobrecht remains the second-winningest coach in Pac-10 women's basketball history with a 171-99 (.633) mark, and she has amassed a 396-281 (.585) career record in 22 seasons. USC played in front of two 3,000-plus crowds in 2001-02 (Jan. 19 and Feb. 9), marking the highest single-game attendance totals in nearly 20 years. The Women of Troy averaged 1,254 fans per contest this season.
WASHINGTON (19-12, 12-6)
The Huskies made their fifth postseason appearance in the last six years, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Women's NIT where they fell 77-73 to eventual champion Oregon. The meeting was the fourth between the Pac-10 rivals this season, including two regular-season matchups and a meeting in the Pac-10 Tournament. The #2 seed in the Conference tournament, Washington was ousted by Oregon 78-64 in the tourney quarterfinals on the Ducks' home court. The Huskies went 7-2 in their final nine regular-season Pac-10 games, propelling them to a second-place tie with Arizona State. Three Huskies averaged double figures in scoring: junior guard Loree Payne (14.3 ppg), sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola (12.5 ppg) and sophomore center Andrea Lalum (11.4 ppg), while UW finished third in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (74.1 ppg), second in scoring margin (+7.3) and steals (10.06 spg) and third in free throw percentage (.723). Payne became the 17th Husky player to reach the 1,000-point plateau Jan. 4 against UCLA. She has 1,235 career points to rank 11th on the UW all-time scoring chart. Payne tied the Washington single-game record for three-pointers, with seven against then-No. 16 Michigan on Dec. 9. She notched six 20-point games this season and led the Pac-10 in three-pointers made (72) in 2001-02. Payne currently ranks 10th on the Pac-10 career list for treys made (179) and fourth for treys attempted (540). The Huskies posted a 12-4 record at Bank of America Arena, including a 7-2 record in Pac-10 regular-season games. Coach June Daugherty notched Washington career victory No. 100 Mar. 17 against USC in the WNIT's second round. In six seasons in Seattle, she sports a 100-78 (.562) record, while her 13-year career mark stands at 223-151 (.596). Washington averaged 3,246 fans per home game, third-most in the Pac-10 this season.
WASHINGTON STATE (2-27, 0-18)
The Cougars struggled to an 0-18 Pac-10 record in 2001-02, the first time a Conference team has gone winless in league play. The team's trying season did not subdue the intensity of senior center Brittney Hawks, however, who tied for the Pac-10 lead with 12 double-doubles. Hawks averaged near a double-double this season with 13.4 points (10th in Pac-10) and 9.3 rebounds (2nd in Pac-10). She posted six consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 5 to Dec. 28. Hawks grabbed 269 rebounds this season to finish second on the Washington State single-season charts, while her 7.3 career rebounding average is the fourth-best mark in WSU history. Francine McCurtain, a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection, shot 35.8 percent from beyond the arc to pace the Cougars. She finished ninth in the Pac-10 in three-point percentage and eighth in three-pointers made (1.6 avg.). McCurtain's 49 treys this season ranked No. 6 on the Washington State single-season list. The Cougars recorded 106 blocked shots in 2001-02, which set a new WSU single-season record and ranked third in the Pac-10. Sherri Murrell, who coached the University of the Pacific to four consecutive winning seasons (1998-2002), was hired at WSU's new head coach on Mar. 19. In 2001-02, Murrell guided the Tigers to a 19-11 record and the Big West Tournament final. In her four years at the helm, she coached Pacific to a 68-46 overall record (.596) and a 40-20 conference mark (.667).
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