This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Dec. 22, 2002

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The race to crown the 2003 Pac-10 Champion tips off this week, as STANFORD gets ready to defend its title... For the second consecutive year, teams begin Pac-10 play with a Conference Tournament waiting for them come March... CALIFORNIA and STANFORD open the Conference season at home, as ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE travel to the Bay Area... UCLA and USC will also hit the road, facing OREGON and OREGON STATE at home, while WASHINGTON heads east to take on in-state rival, WASHINGTON STATE... Three of these games will be televised, stations listed below.

Fri., Dec. 27ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)UCLA at OREGON, 7 p.m.USC at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 28WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports NW)

Sun., Dec. 29ARIZONA at STANFORD, 2 p.m. (KRON-TV)ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.UCLA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.USC at OREGON, 1 p.m.

All game times local to site.

PAC-10 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: An abbreviated Pac-10 women's basketball report, including standings, statistics and Player of the Week, will be distributed on Sun., Dec. 22 (through games played as of Dec. 22). A complete Pac-10 women's basketball release, including statistics, will be produced late on Sun., Dec. 29 (through games played as of Dec. 29). The Conference Office will be open on Mon., Dec. 23, Thu., Dec. 26 and Fri., Dec. 27. The offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

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, 2003.

Tues., Dec. 17Texas Tech 67, OREGON STATE 51	Chapman-18 pts/9 reb; Estavan-12 pts/8 ast

Wed., Dec. 18ARIZONA 70, New Mexico 61 Polk-26 pts/11 reb; Grzyb-13 pts/4 rebARIZONA STATE 64, Kent State 48 Denson-17 pts/5 reb; Noe-17 pts/5 reb/4 astTennessee 71, STANFORD 56 Kimyacioglu-18 pts; Perryman-14 pts/8 reb

Thu., Dec. 19OREGON 65, Montana 60 Kraayeveld-18 pts/22 reb/5 ast; Steen-14 ptsBaylor 89, UCLA 77 Blue-26 pts; Greco-16 pts/4 reb/4 astUSC 80, Southern Methodist 58 Woodward-18 pts/4 reb/3 stl; Craig-18 pts/6 stl

Fri., Dec. 20ARIZONA STATE 82, Akron 46 Noe-17 pts/5 ast/4 stl; Loney-15 ptsOREGON STATE 49, SW Missouri State 42 Chapman-18 pts/8-13 FG/12 reb; Chaney-16 ptsWASHINGTON 83, San Francisco 55 Payne-16 pts/7-11 FG; Autrey-16 pts/2 stl

Sat., Dec. 21Saint Mary's 71, CALIFORNIA 64 Anaz-12 pts; Sanchez-10 pts/7 rebUCLA 88, Cal State Northridge 49 Greco-22 pts/4 reb/3 stl; Willis-11 ptsColorado 93, USC 86 Hoffman-23 pts/12 reb; Craig-19 pts/3 stlSTANFORD 69, Boston University 55 Trotter-16 pts/5 reb; Thiel-10 pts/15 rebUtah 85, WASHINGTON STATE 50 Fields-10 pts/3 reb; Dugan-9 pts/2 stl

Sun., Dec. 22ARIZONA 101, UNLV 73 Wheeler-19 pts/6 reb; Polk-17 pts/18 rebTexas Christian 76, OREGON 70 Davis-20 pts/5-10 3FG; Kraayeveld-15 pts/13 rebWASHINGTON 64, Iowa State 63 Lalum-23 pts/3 reb; Giu. Mendiola-12 pts/6 reb

ARIZONA FRESHMAN SHAWNTINICE POLK NAMEDPAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- ARIZONA freshman center Shawntinice Polk has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 16-22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Polk, from Hanford, Calif., averaged 21.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.0 assists in the Wildcats' two wins over No. 25 New Mexico and UNLV. For the week, Polk shot 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the field, including a 70.0 percent clip (7-of-10) against the Lady Rebels. In the 101-73 win over UNLV, Polk scored 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half, and notched season-highs in rebounding (18) and blocked shots (6).

Against New Mexico, currently ranked 25th in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA top-25 poll, Polk scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to halt a Wildcat two-game losing skid against the Lobos. Polk was 12-of-19 from the field (.632) and added three assists, two blocks and a steal to secure the 70-61 Arizona win.

Finishing up the non-conference season with a 6-2 mark, the Wildcats take to the road to face Conference opponents, California (Dec. 27) and Stanford (Dec. 29).

The Player of the Week honor is the second of Polk's career and the 26th all-time selection for Arizona. Wither her previous player of the week selection earlier this season, Polk became the first freshman to garner Pac-10 Player of the Week honors since Stanford's Nicole Powell in 2000-01, and the first Wildcat freshman to receive such distinction since Lisa Griffith in 1996-97.

ALSO NOMINATED: Kristen Kovesdy, ASU; Cathrine Kraayeveld, ORE; Hollye Chapman, OSU; Sebnem Kimyacioglu, STAN; Michelle Greco, UCLA; Ebony Hoffman, USC; Andrea Lalum, WASH.

2002-03 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:Dec. 2- Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ; Dec. 9- Giuliana Mendiola, WASH; Dec. 16- Jill Noe, ASU; Dec.22-Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ.

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