This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 25, 2002

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THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENTS ON TAP...

Pac-10 teams play more than 20 games this week as Thanksgiving tournaments highlight the schedules up and down the Pac-10 from Seattle to Phoenix... Three Conference teams host tourneys this week - ARIZONA STATE, STANFORD and WASHINGTON - while three more travel to various spots around the globe, from Las Vegas to Miami and the Virgin Islands... At least three games involve ranked opponents this week, with a possible fourth... They include: Notre Dame at USC (the Women of Troy's third Top-25 opponent of the young season); Louisiana State vs. WASHINGTON STATE in the Florida International Tournament; a possible meeting between STANFORD and Kansas State in the Cardinal's home tourney; and Georgia at ARIZONA (live on Fox Sports Net)... Pac-10 teams post a 9-6 non-conference mark (.600) against Division I schools entering the third week of the 2002-03 season, while the WBCA/Summerville RPI Rankings (through games played as of Nov. 24), lists the Pac-10 as No. 3, trailing only the Big 12 and Southeastern conferences.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Nov. 25
ARIZONA at Pepperdine, 7 p.m.
Northern Illinois at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Montana State, 7 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 26
OREGON at Wisconsin-Green Bay, 5 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Portland, 7 p.m.

Thu., Nov. 28
OREGON vs. South Carolina, 4:30 p.m. (1)

Fri., Nov. 29
Portland State at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m. (2)
Syracuse at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
OREGON vs. Boston College, 4:30 p.m. (1)
Tulane at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
Notre Dame at USC, 7 p.m.
St. Bonaventure at WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m. (3)
Princeton at STANFORD, 8 p.m. (4)
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Louisiana State, 4 p.m. (5)

Sat., Nov. 30
Georgia at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Oklahoma State or UW-Milwaukee at ARIZONA STATE, 4/6 p.m.
UCLA vs. Northwestern State, 1:30 p.m. (6)
Kentucky or Pacific at WASHINGTON, 5/7 p.m. (3)
Kansas State or Temple at STANFORD, 8 p.m. (4) (KRON-TV)
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Virginia Tech or Florida Internat'l, 2/4 p.m. (5)

Sun., Dec. 1
Seton Hall at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
Idaho State at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. UNLV or Texas-El Paso, 1:30/4 p.m. (6)

Tournament Sites
(1) Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
(2) Wells Fargo Holiday Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
(3) Seattle Times Classic, Seattle, Wash.
(4) Stanford Tournament, Stanford, Calif.
(5) Florida International Tournament, Miami, Fla.
(6) UNLV Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.

All game times local to site.

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sat., Nov. 30 - Georgia at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. MST (FSN)
Sat., Dec. 7 - Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE, Noon MST (FSN)
Sat., Dec. 14 - Tennessee at USC (Great Western Forum), 1:30 p.m. (FSN)

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.

ONLINE COLUMNS: Visit www.pac-10.org for weekly columns on Pac-10 women's basketball by long-time women's basketball writer Dick Rockne of the Seattle-Post Intelligencer and Fox Sports Net color analyst Mary Murphy. The schedule for the online column is: Nov. 6, Dec. 18 and every Wednesday afternoon from Jan. 8-Mar. 12.

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 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.

Call Schedule (PST)
9:30 a.m.---Moderator opens call
9:35 a.m.---Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona St.
9:40 a.m.---Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
9:45 a.m..---Sherri Murrell, Washington State
9:50 a.m..---June Daugherty, Washington
9:55 a.m..---Chris Gobrecht, USC
10:00 a.m..---Kathy Olivier, UCLA
10:05 a.m..---Judy Spoelstra, Oregon State
10:10 a.m..---Bev Smith, Oregon
10:15 a.m..---Caren Horstmeyer, California
10:20 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)

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THE COACHES: Pac-10 head women's basketball coaches have combined for 2,478 Division I wins, including 72 NCAA Tournament wins, and have guided teams to the NCAA Final Four seven times. Conference head coaches post a combined .616 overall winning percentage (2,478-1,544) and have won 58.1 percent (72-52) of NCAA Tournament games they have coached in. Eight of the 10 Pac-10 head coaches have spent at least 10 seasons at the helm of a program. At the top of the that roster are three mentors - Arizona's Joan Bonvicini, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and USC's Chris Gobrecht - each in their 24th seasons as collegiate head coaches. In addition, Cal's Caren Horstmeyer (15th year), OSU's Judy Spoelstra (14th year) and Washington's June Daugherty (14th year) have logged at least 13 seasons as head coaches.

NON-CONFERENCE SLATE: Pac-10 teams post a 9-6 record (.600) against non-conference foes entering the third week of the season. The league finished 61-46 last year (.570), its best non-conference record since going 66-42 (.611) in 1998-99. The league won a record 84 non-conference games in 1991-92 and posted a Pac-10 record .765 non-conference winning percentage (75-23) in 1990-91. Here's a year-by-year breakdown of the Pac-10's non-conference records:

	2001-02	61-46 (.570)	2000-01	66-50 (.569)	1999-00	64-53 (.547)	1998-99	66-42 (.611)	1997-98	56-41 (.577)	1996-97	73-34 (.688)	1995-96	72-33 (.686)	1994-95	77-33 (.700)	1993-94	69-33 (.676)	1992-93	68-33 (.676)	1991-92	84-28 (.750)	1990-91	75-23 (.765)	1989-90	76-38 (.667)	1988-89	66-46 (.589)	1987-88	71-41 (.634)	1986-87	79-30 (.725)

CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Nov. 24, 2002, the WBCA/Summerville RPI ranks the Conferences (RPI) as follows: 1. Big 12, 2. SEC, 3. Pac-10, 4. ACC, 5. Mountain West, 6. Big Ten.

PAC-10 ON FOX SPORTS NET: The Pac-10's 21-game television package with Fox Sports Net includes five non-conference games against Top-25 teams: WASHINGTON at No. 13 Texas Tech Nov. 24 (a 67-99 loss), No. 8/9 Georgia at ARIZONA on Nov. 30, No. 9/No. 12 Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE on Dec. 7, No. 2 Tennessee at USC on Dec. 14 and No. 23/No. 25 Oklahoma at STANFORD on Jan. 3.

NCAA 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.

ARIZONA: Third-ranked Louisiana State needed overtime to slip past the Wildcats, 78-71 in UA's season opener Nov. 22 in Tucson. FR C Shawntinice Polk paced Arizona with 29 points and 11 rebounds, connecting on 13 of her 16 field goal attempts. A jumper by SO G Dee-Dee Wheeler forced overtime. UA has beaten three of the last seven nationally ranked teams it's played. The Cats play their second game in four days Monday night, when they travel to Pepperdine. The Waves received votes in last week's AP poll and were ranked as high as No. 22 in preseason polls. UA leads the series with Pepperdine 4-2, with its last loss to the Waves coming on Jan. 8, 1985. The Cats host No. 8 Georgia on Nov. 30 in a contest that will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports Net.

ARIZONA STATE: FR G Jill Noe contributed her first career double-double (17 pts/10 reb) as the Sun Devils downed Chicago State 82-63 to open the season on Nov. 22. It marked ASU's ninth straight win at Wells Fargo Arena, just three away from tying the school record for consecutive home wins (12).The Sun Devils' true freshmen have made big contributions in both exhibition games and the opener. In addition to Noe, FR F Kristen Kovesdy notched 14 points against Chicago State (7-7 FG), adding three steals. SO F Alexis Tate will miss the 2002-03 season after suffering a torn meniscus and stretched ACL (left knee). This is the second season-ending knee injury for ASU, which lost top returning scorer and rebounder JR G/F Betsy Boardman on Oct. 13 (ACL tear). ASU will be without lone senior, G Rainy Crisp, for the first four games, a requirement for her NCAA appeal to regain a fourth year of eligibility. ASU faces Northern Illinois at home Nov. 25, then hosts the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic Nov. 29-30.

CALIFORNIA: JR C Timea Ivanyi, a Hungarian JC transfer, led Cal with 17 points and seven rebounds in the Nov. 24 season-opening loss to Rutgers (56-49). The loss snapped the Bears' 22-game winning streak in home openers. SO F Leigh Gregory added 14 points, including a team-high 10 in the first stanza. The Bears, who play the first nine games of 2002-03 in the Bay Area, host a pair of East Coast teams this week in Syracuse (Nov. 29) and Seton Hall (Dec. 1). Syracuse is one of five 2002 NCAA Tournament participants on the Cal docket this season, including Pac-10 foes Arizona State and Stanford. JR G Nihan Anaz will be available to play Dec. 8 in the Oakland Tribune Classic. According to an NCAA ruling. Anaz must miss the first five games as a result of prior ties to a professional team overseas.

OREGON: SO G Brandi Davis came off the bench to record a team-high 18 points in the Ducks' 83-72 season-opening win over Gonzaga on Nov. 22. Davis' contributions came in just 20 minutes of play. JR F Cathrine Kraayeveld posted her sixth straight double-double (15 pts/11 reb) after finishing the 2001-02 season with five in a row. Kraayeveld finished '01-02 with 11 double-doubles, the most by a Duck in five seasons. Two other Ducks reached double figure scoring, SR G Shaquala Williams (17 pts) and SO C Andrea Bills (16 pts). In a pre-game ceremony, Oregon's 2002 Women's NIT championship banner was raised at McArthur Court. Oregon has won 80.3 percent of its games (102-25) at Mac Court since the 1993-94 season. Oregon heads out on a week-long road trip, to Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Thomas, V.I., for the Paradise Jam.

OREGON STATE:The Beavers rolled to a 59-37 win over Western Oregon in their Nov. 22 home opener. JR G Leilani Estavan notched a team-high 12 points, while JR transfer Krystal Turner added eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Ten of the 12 OSU players who entered the game scored. OSU dominated the boards, with a 41-28 advantage over Western Oregon. The Beavers posted a combined +19.5 rebounding margin in their two exhibition wins. OSU travels to Portland for a 7 p.m. contest Nov. 26, then hosts 2002 NCAA Tournament participant Tulane (Nov. 29) and Idaho State (Dec. 1). OSU looks to snap a two-game losing skid against the Pilots.

STANFORD: Stanford has posted a 2-0 start for the third time in four seasons, with wins over Rutgers and San Francisco. SO F Azella Perryman paced the Cardinal with 15 points in a 64-60 win over the Scarlet Knights (Nov. 22), while SO C Chelsea Trotter notched a team-high 14 points in 12 minutes as Stanford held off the Lady Dons, 59-57 (Nov. 24). All-American JR F Nicole Powell missed the Rutgers game due to a minor NCAA rules violation and did not play at USF because of a bulging disc in her lower back. Her status this week is day-to-day. Due to injuries, the Cardinal had just eight players in uniform for both games (2 redshirt sophomores, 4 sophomores, 2 freshmen). Head Coach Tara VanDerveer notched career win No. 550 against USF and is just two victories shy of logging win No. 400 at Stanford. The Cardinal returns home to host the Stanford Invitational Nov. 29-30. The field features No. 3/4 Kansas State, Temple - coached by former Olympian Dawn Staley - and Princeton.

UCLA: The Bruins went 1-1 at the Waikiki Marriott Resort Classic last week, falling to host Hawaii and defeating Sacramento State 106-43. The 63-point margin of victory was UCLA's greatest since downing UC Santa Barbara by the same margin (94-31) on Dec. 15, 1984. FR G Nikki Blue was one assist short of recording a triple-double against the Hornets and finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. SR G Michelle Greco averaged 19.5 points in the two games, while FR G Lisa Willis came off the bench to average a 16.0 points. Over the weekend, Greco surpassed Jackie Joyner ('81-83, '84-85) and Sandra VanEmbricqs ('87-90) and now ranks 13th on the UCLA career scoring chart with 1,197 points. Greco needs just 25 points to break into the Bruins' Top-10. UCLA travels to the UNLV tournament this week, facing Northwestern State Nov. 30. Head Coach Kathy Olivier, an All-American at UNLV, averaged a team-high 20.2 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels as a senior in 1981-82.

USC: Off to their best start (3-1) since the 1999-2000 season, the Women of Troy advanced to the Preseason WNIT semifinals, falling to No. 3/4 Kansas State on Nov. 20. No Pac-10 team had advanced past the second round of the preseason event in three previous tries. USC defeated New Mexico Nov. 22, led by JR F Ebony Hoffman's 18 points and career-high seven steals, her second career-best effort of the young season. She recorded a career-high 18 rebounds Nov. 15 against Northern Arizona. JR G Jessica Cheeks added 15 points against the Lobos. Hoffman has averaged 14.0 points and 4.5 steals in the last two games, shooting at a 47.6 percent clip from the field. SO F Rachel Woodward has averaged 12.0 points in the last two outings. USC Coach Chris Gobrecht is just one victory shy of career win No. 400. Gobrecht owns a 399-282 record (.586) in 24 years patrolling the collegiate sidelines. The Women of Troy have a week off before hosting a ranked Notre Dame squad Nov. 29 at the Sports Arena.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies open their home slate by hosting the Seattle Times Classic Nov. 29-30, with a field that includes UW opening-round opponent St. Bonaventure, Kentucky and Pacific. UW went 1-1 on the road last week, winning at Boise State and falling to No. 13 Texas Tech in Lubbock. JR G Giuliana Mendiola led the Huskies in scoring in both contests, with 15 and 17 points, respectively. JR F/C Andrea Lalum added 10 points against the Lady Raiders, while SR G Loree Payne and SR F Emily Autrey contributed nine points each. Payne grabbed sole possession of 10th place on the UW career scoring list and now has 1,269 points in her Husky career. Payne's 3-pointer in the opening minutes at Texas Tech was the 180th of her career, moving her past Kate Starbird (Stanford, '94-97) for eighth place on the Pac-10's career 3-point field goals made chart. Payne needs 12 treys to crack the Pac-10's all-time Top-5. Payne, who drained 72 treys in 2001-02, needs 32 3-pointers to surpass former teammate Megan Franza ('98-01) for No. 2 on the Pac-10 career list. Former Arizona player Lisa Griffith ('97-00) holds the league record with 285 treys.

WASHINGTON STATE: WSU was without the services of four players in its season-opening loss to Wyoming. The injured Cougars are: leading returning scorer, SO G Jessica Perry, who at out due to mononucleosis; SR G Sarah Barrett, with a sprained right ankle; top newcomer JR G Ravon Justice, torn right quadriceps; and SR G/F Jessica Ottmar, out indefinitely with a right knee injury. JR F Bianca McCall, a JC transfer, led Washington State against Wyoming with 18 points and a 19 boards, tying for the sixth-best rebounding performance in WSU history. Since the Pac-10 began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87, just 10 players have recorded 20 or more rebounds in a game, including WSU's Amy Saneholtz (vs. Arizona State, 3-2-95). JR G Lindsey Egeland also notched 18 points against Wyoming. The Cougars hit the road for their next three contests, playing at Montana State (Nov. 25) and in the Florida International/Herald Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 29-30), where they match up with Louisiana State in the opening round.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Nov. 20
#4/3 Kansas State 73, USC 61
Woodward-13 pts; Gnekow- 12 pts

Fri., Nov. 22
#3 Louisiana State 78, ARIZONA 71 (OT)
Polk-29 pts/11 reb/13-16 FG; Wheeler-14 pts
ARIZONA STATE 82, Chicago State 63
Noe-17 pts/10 reb; Kovesdy-14 pts/7-7 FG
OREGON 83, Gonzaga 72
Davis-18 pts/4-6 3FG; Williams-17 pts
WASHINGTON 73, Boise State 55
Giu. Mendiola-15 pts/7-9 FG; Lalum-14 pts
#5/6 STANFORD 64, Rutgers 60
Perryman-15 pts/9-11 FT; Thiel-10 pts/10 reb
Wyoming 82, WASHINGTON STATE 51
McCall-18 pts/19 reb; Egeland-18 pts

Sat., Nov. 23
Hawaii 70, UCLA 66
Greco-20 pts/5 ast; Willis-18 pts
USC 55, New Mexico 48
Hoffman-18 pts/7 stl; Cheeks-15 pts

Sun., Nov. 24
Rutgers 56, CALIFORNIA 49
Ivanyi-17 pts/7 reb; Gregory-14 pts
OREGON STATE 59, Western Oregon 37
Estavan-12 pts/4 stl/4 ast; Turner-8 pts/10 reb
UCLA 106, Sacramento State 43
Blue-24 pts/12 reb/9 ast; Greco-19 pts/7-13 FG
#7 Texas Tech 99, WASHINGTON 67
Giu. Mendiola-17 pts; Lalum-10 pts
#5/#6 STANFORD 59, San Francisco 57
Trotter-14 pts/12 min; Perryman-13 pts/16 reb

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Career # in parentheses
Nikki Blue, UCLA (1)----1
Ebony Hoffman, USC (13)----1
Cathrine Kraayeveld, ORE (12)----1
Jill Noe, ASU (1)----1
Azella Perryman, STAN (3)----1
Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ (1)----1
T'Nae Thiel, STAN (2)----1
Krista Warren, ARIZ s(6)----1

PAC-10 VS. OTHER CONFERENCES
Big East----1-1
Big Sky----2-0
Big 12----0-2
Mid-Continent----1-0
Mountain West----2-1
SEC----0-1
Western Athletic----1-1
West Coast----2-0
Total Division I----9-6 (.600)
Total All----10-6 (.625)

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