This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 11, 2002

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN

The 17th season of Pac-10 women's basketball season tips off officially this week, with USC hosting Northern Arizona in the first round of the Preseason WNIT, Friday, Nov. 15... Second round WNIT play continues Sunday, with teams and times TBA... Pac-10 teams have been represented in the Preseason WNIT three times since its inception in 1996... The remaining Pac-10 teams, including USC, continue their exhibition slates this week... Defending Pac-10 Champion STANFORD debuted at No. 6 in the preseason Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, while OREGON, WASHINGTON, USC and ARIZONA STATE, the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament Champion, each received votes.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Mon., Nov. 11
KCS Szekszard Hungary at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. (X)

Tue., Nov. 12
Love & Basketball at USC, 7 p.m. (X)

Wed., Nov. 13
Team Concept at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. (X)

Thu., Nov. 14
West Coast All Stars at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m. (X)
Team Concept at STANFORD, 7 p.m. (X)

Fri., Nov. 15
Southern Oregon at OREGON, 7 p.m.
Northern Arizona at USC, 7:15 p.m. (1)

Sat., Nov. 16
Mirabel Banska Bystrica at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. (X)

Sun., Nov. 17
Team Concept at ARIZONA, 2 p.m. (X)
LA All Stars at UCLA, 2 p.m. (X)
USC vs. San Francisco or Colorado State, TBA (1)

(X) - Exhibition game
(1) Preseason WNIT, campus sites to be announced
All game times local to site.

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sun., Nov. 24 -WASHINGTON at Texas Tech, 2 p.m. CST (FSN)
Sat., Nov. 30 - Georgia at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. MST (FSN)
Sat., Dec. 7 - Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE, Noon MST (FSN)

PAC-10 BASKETBALL PREVIEW SHOW

Tue., Nov. 12
Telstar 5, Transponder 15 (C-Band), Audio 6.2/6.8
Men's feed: 11 a.m. PT - Noon PT
Women's feed: Noon PT - 1 p.m. PT

Tue., Nov. 19
Telstar 5, Transponder 15 (C-Band)
Women's feed: 11 a.m. PT - Noon PT, Audio 6.2/6.8
Men's feed: Noon PT - 1 p.m. PT

RECENT RESULTS

Fri., Nov. 1
California 69, Team Concept 57 (X)
Ivanyi-15pts; Iwanaga-13pts/6 ast

Thu., Nov. 7
Oregon State 76, Horsholm BBC 42 (X)
Chapman-18pts/7-12 FG; Estavan-11pts

Fri., Nov. 8
Arizona State 101, Banksa Bystrica 57 (X)
Denson-19 pts/7 reb; Noe-18 pts/4 stl

Sat., Nov. 9
Oregon 100, Horsholm BBC 43 (X)
Williams-20 pts; Kraayeveld-14 pts/12 reb
Love & Basketball 77, UCLA 74 (X)
Greco-12 pts; Pitts-11 pts/7 reb; Blue-11 pts
Washington State 82, Lady Express 57
Fields-16 pts/10 reb; Egeland-12 pts/13 reb

Sun., Nov. 10
Washington 82, Bay Area Pro-Am 64 (X)
Giu. Mendiola-23 pts/6 reb/5 ast
Stanford 89, Love & Basketball 73
Thiel-15 pts/10 reb; Kimyacioglu-13 pts

PAC-10 MEDIA SERVICES: All Pac-10 press releases can be found online by accessing www.pac-10.org. Statistical information and standings are also available on the site, as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week and 2003 Pac-10 Tournament information.

WEEKLY E-MAIL LIST: If you would like to receive the weekly Pac-10 women's basketball release via e-mail, provide Julie Reuvers of the Pac-10 office with your e-mail address.

CALLING ALL COACHES: Pac-10 head women's basketball coaches will be available on a media teleconference each week during Conference play, with an additional preseason call scheduled in December. Each coach is scheduled to be on the line for five minutes with the calls starting at 9:30 a.m. PST. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 4 p.m. PST following the call and will be available until the next call. Media members may call the Pac-10 office or any Pac-10 SID office to receive the media-only number for both the live teleconference and taped replay. Teleconferences are scheduled for: Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, Mon., Mar. 3. Following is the schedule for the teleconferences:

		Call Schedule (PST)9:35 a.m.	Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona State9:40 a.m.	Joan Bonvicini, Arizona9:45 a.m.	Sherri Murrell, Washington State9:50 a.m.	June Daugherty, Washington9:55 a.m.	Chris Gobrecht, USC10:00 a.m.	Kathy Olivier, UCLA10:05 a.m.	Judy Spoelstra, Oregon State10:10 a.m.	Bev Smith, Oregon10:15 a.m.	Caren Horstmeyer, California10:20 a.m.	Tara VanDerveer, Stanford

2003 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
Mar. 7-10, 2003 * HP Pavilion at San Jose

Fri., Mar. 7
Game 1: No. 7 Seed vs. No. 10 Seed, TBA
Game 2: No. 8 Seed vs. No. 9 Seed, TBA

Sat., Mar. 8
Game 3: No. 2 Seed vs. Winner 7/10, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Seed vs. Winner 8/9, 5 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed, 7:15 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 9
Game 7: Game 3 win vs. 3/6 win, 12:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Game 8: Game 5 win vs. 4/5 win, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

Mon., Mar. 10
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

Tickets: www.real-sports.com or www.pac-10.org

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA/All-PAC-10 TEAMS/LISTS

NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Preseason Nominees (30)
Ebony Hoffman, USC
Nicole Powell, Stanford

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Preseason All-America
Nicole Powell, Stanford

ESPN.COM
Best Point Guards (5)
Shaquala Williams, ORE

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NEWS SERVICE
Preseason All-America
Nicole Powell, Stanford, First Team
Michelle Greco, UCLA, Second Team
Nikki Blue, UCLA, All-Freshman Team

MEDIA PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAM
Michelle Greco, UCLA
Ebony Hoffman, USC
Loree Payne, WASH
Nicole Powell, STAN
Shaquala Williams, ORE

HERE WE GO: The 17th season of Pac-10 Women's Basketball tips off this week, as USC plays its first regular-season game in the Preseason WNIT, Friday, Nov. 15. The remaining Pac-10 teams, including USC, continue their exhibition slates this week. The 2002-03 Pac-10 rosters feature 32 starters from a year ago, among 82 total returning letterwinners. In other words, 64 percent of last year's starters are back. WASHINGTON and CALIFORNIA lead the league with 11 letterwinners apiece, while UCLA boasts 10 returnees. All five of the Huskies' starters return, while three teams -- ARIZONA, UCLA and USC -- welcome four starters back. All told, eight of the 10 programs return at least three starters from the 2001-02 season.

YOUTH ABOUNDS: Young teams rule the Pac-10 this season, where more than 55 percent of the league's players are freshmen or sophomores. Defending Pac-10 Champion STANFORD is void of seniors, while reigning Pac-10 Tournament Champion ARIZONA STATE has just one senior on its 2002-03 roster.

FOR THE STAT RATS: Just four Pac-10 teams return their leading scorers from the 2001-02 season, while four teams regain their leading rebounders. Three teams -- OREGON, USC and WASHINGTON -- return both of those leaders. In terms of point production, USC's Aisha Hollans (17.6 ppg), Oregon's Shaquala Williams (16.3 ppg), Washington's Loree Payne (14.3 ppg) and UCLA's Whitney Jones (9.5 ppg) are back. On the boards, Stanford's Nicole Powell (9.3 rpg - the Pac-10 leader in 2001-02), USC's Ebony Hoffman (8.9 rpg), Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld (8.3 rpg) and Washington's Andrea Lalum (5.8 rpg) return.

PRESEASON WNIT: The USC Women of Troy begin competition in the Preseason WNIT on Friday, Nov. 15. USC is the fourth Pac-10 team to compete in the preseason event since its inception in 1996. Conference teams are 3-3 all-time in the Preseason WNIT, as Oregon State (2001-02), Oregon (1998-99) and Arizona (1996-97) each compiled identical 1-1 records.

PAC-10 ON FOX SPORTS NET: The Pac-10's 21-game television package with Fox Sports Net includes five non-conference games against preseason Top-25 teams: WASHINGTON at No. 7 Texas Tech on Nov. 24, No. 9 Georgia at ARIZONA on Nov. 30, No. 10/No. 12 Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE on Dec. 7, No. 2 Tennessee at USC on Dec. 14 and No. 22/No. 19 Oklahoma at STANFORD on Jan. 3.

ARIZONA: The Cats return seven letterwinners, including four starters, from last year's 14-14 squad. Two redshirt freshmen, two transfers and a pair of true freshmen comprise this year's class of eight newcomers. The 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Dee-Dee Wheeler (12.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg) is the anticipated starter at point. A 2001 first team prep All-American, redshirt freshman Shawntinice Polk makes her long-awaited UA debut. Arizona will be tested early, with No. 3/No. 4 Louisiana State (AP/USA Today) and No. 9/No. 9 Georgia on the docket in November.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils open the regular season Nov. 22 against Chicago State as part of a double-header with the ASU men's team. The Sun Devils play their first seven games at Wells Fargo Arena, where they won a school-record 13 games last season. ASU brings an eight-game home winning streak into the 2002-03 season. The school record for consecutive home victories is 12, accomplished in 1981-82 and 1982-83. ASU returns just one starter (point guard Kylan Loney) and seven letterwinners from the 2001-02 Pac-10 Tournament Champion squad. Junior guard Betsy Boardman was lost for the season after suffering an ACL tear on Oct. 13.

CALIFORNIA: The newest development for the Golden Bears is two-week-old Kylie Joy Horstmeyer, born to Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer and husband Bill on Oct. 28. Cal's regular season tips off Nov. 24 at home against Rutgers. Eleven letterwinners return, led by returning starters JR G LaTasha O'Keith (9.2 ppg), SO point guard Kristin Iwanaga (7.1 ppg, 2.9 apg) and SR F Amber White (5.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg). JC transfers Nihan Anaz (5-9 G) and Timea Ivanyi (6-4 C) look to add scoring punch to a Cal team that finished third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (63.2 ppg) but averaged just 56.8 points per game (9th) last season.

OREGON: The Ducks return eight letterwinners, including three starters, from last year's WNIT Champion squad that went 22-13. Behind the leadership of SR G Shaquala Williams, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and two-time All-American, Oregon was picked to finish third in the Pac-10 by league coaches and media. ESPN.com tabbed Williams as one of the top five points guard in the country entering the 2002-03 season. With Williams in the lineup, the Ducks have an overall record of 70-27 and a Pac-10 record of 39-15. JR F Cathrine Kraayeveld (10.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg) notched 11 double-doubles last season, third in the Pac-10.

OREGON STATE: Seven players return from last year's 17-15 squad that made the postseason WNIT for the second straight season. JR G Leilani Estavan, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick last year, leads the Beavers after averaging 8.9 points and 5.4 assists. Estavan paced the league in assist-turnover ratio (2.19). JR F Hollye Chapman is OSU's leading returning scorer (9.5 ppg) and rebounder (5.3 rpg). Oregon State's non-conference schedule includes three games against NCAA Tournament teams, headlined by No. 7 Texas Tech, Dec. 17 in Lubbock, Texas. For the second straight year, OSU was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 by the league coaches (8th by media). The Beavers' fourth-place finish in 2001-02 was their highest since 1995-96.

STANFORD: The Cardinal, coming off a 32-3 season and a second straight Pacific-10 Conference Championship, is ranked sixth in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN preseason polls. Stanford returns eight letterwinners and three starters, led by 2001-02 Naismith Player of the Year Finalist and Kodak All-American JR F Nicole Powell as well as 2001-02 Pac-10 All-Freshman selections Kelley Suminski (5-9 G) and T'Nae Thiel (6-1 F). Stanford was tabbed to 'three-peat' as Pac-10 Champion by the Pac-10 coaches and media. Powell will sit out the team's Nov. 22 opener against Rutgers due to a minor NCAA rules violation. Powell will make her 2002-03 debut when San Francisco visits The Farm Nov. 24.

UCLA: The Bruins open the regular season Nov. 23-24 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic hosted by Hawaii, UCLA's first opponent. SR G Michelle Greco, who sat out last season after leading the Pac-10 in scoring in 2000 (concussions), returns along with four starters from a year ago. Five newcomers join the troops in Westwood, headlined by all-everything guard Nikki Blue, regarded by several publications as the top combo guard in the country. SR point guard Natalie Nakase (7.9 ppg, 5.1 apg) has started UCLA's last 58 games.

USC: Picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 by the league coaches and media, the Women of Troy boast the second-toughest non-conference schedule in the nation, according to the WBCA/Summerville RPI. Led by All-America candidates JR F Ebony Hoffman (a preseason Naismith nominee) and JR G Aisha Hollans, USC will take on the likes of Tennessee, Colorado, Notre Dame, Pepperdine and New Mexico in 2002-03. The Women of Troy open the regular season Friday, Nov. 15, by hosting Northern Arizona in the Preseason WNIT. USC is the fourth Pac-10 team to participate in the event. Conference teams have gone a combined 3-3 in the preseason WNIT.

WASHINGTON: All five starters return for the Huskies, picked to finish second in the league by the coaches and media. UW received votes in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today preseason polls, while three preseason publications list the Huskies among the Top-25 in the nation. SR G Loree Payne (14.3 ppg), one of the most prolific three-point shooters in Pac-10 history (179 3FG, t9th) is a preseason All-Pac-10 selection. Washington kicks off the 2002-03 Pac-10 Television package with the Nov. 24 game at Texas Tech. A pair of freshmen are sidelined due to injury: F Jill Bell (sprained thumb) and G Angie Jones (ACL) although Bell should be available in three to four weeks.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are utilizing a pair of exhibition games to continue learning their new system under first-year coach Sherri Murrell. Leading returning scorer SO G Jessica Perry (6.8 ppg) is one of eight letterwinners that return. However, SR G/F Jessica Ottmar, one of two seniors on the squad, is out indefinitely due to a right knee injury and could be lost for the season. Washington State opens the regular season Nov. 22 at home with Wyoming. Five newcomers include a pair of JC transfers, G Ravon Justice and F Bianca McCall. Justice is nursing an injured toe.

PAC-10 BASKETBALL PREVIEW SHOW: The 2002-03 Pac-10 Men's and Women's Basketball Preview will be distributed via satellite on Tue., Nov. 12 and Wed., Nov. 19. Here is the satellite feed information:

Tue., Nov. 12
Telstar 5, Transponder 15 (C-Band), Audio 6.2/6.8
Men's feed: 11 a.m. PT - Noon PT
Women's feed: Noon PT - 1 p.m. PT

Tue., Nov. 19
Telstar 5, Transponder 15 (C-Band)
Women's feed: 11 a.m. PT - Noon PT, Audio 6.2/6.8
Men's feed: Noon PT - 1 p.m. PT

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COMMITTEE CONTACT: Washington Associate Athletic Director Marie Tuite is currently in her second year as a member of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee. The 10-member committee selects and seeds the 64-team field NCAA Tournament. Media members wishing to speak with Tuite should contact the University of Washington Media Relations Office at 206-543-2230.

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