This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 6, 2003

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Winners of five in a row, the UCLA Bruins have reeled off four straight wins to open the Pac-10 slate, their best start since opening the Conference schedule with six wins in 1999-2000... The Bruins host cross-town rival USC Sunday at noon in this week's FOX Sports Net Pac-10 game of the week... UCLA has dropped three in a row to the Women of Troy but has won four of the last five meetings at Pauley Pavilion... After collecting a pair of non-conference wins and welcoming junior All-American Nicole Powell back into the lineup last week, STANFORD resumes Conference play at OREGON STATE and OREGON... Powell averaged 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in her 2003-02 debut weekend... Following a week in which starting guard Kayla Burt was hospitalized, WASHINGTON returns home to host two teams which are also in the top-half of the Pac-10 standings -- ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE... Saturday's Wildcats-Huskies game will be televised live on FOX Sports Northwest at 8 p.m.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Jan. 9
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at OREGON, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
USC at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 11
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 8 p.m. (FOX Sports Northwest)
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE 7 p.m.vCALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at OREGON, 7 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 12
USC at UCLA, Noon (FOX Sports Net)

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Jan. 11 - ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 8 p.m. (FOX Sports Northwest)
Jan. 12 - USC at UCLA, Noon (FOX Sports Net)
Jan. 16 - UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, TBA (AZ-TV)
Jan. 18 - USC at ARIZONA STATE, TBA (AZ-TV)
Jan. 18 - OREGON at OREGON STATE, TBA (KVAL-TV)
Jan. 18 - WASHINGTON at STANFORD, Noon (FOX Sports Net)
Jan. 23 - ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, TBA (AZ-TV)
Jan. 25 - OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ARIZONA STATE freshman guard Jill Noe has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 30-Jan. 5.

Noe, from Tualatin, Ore., averaged 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals as the Sun Devils posted home wins over Oregon and Oregon State. On the weekend, Noe shot 41.7 percent from the field (10-of-24), 42.9 percent from 3-point range (6-of-14) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (15-of-18). The victories extended Arizona State's Pac-10 home winning streak to 10 games.

In the 70-58 win over Oregon State, Noe paced ASU with a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double this season. She also posted a team-high six steals and shot 58.3 percent from the field (7-of-12). In the 78-63 win against Oregon, Noe scored 18 points and added team highs of nine rebounds and seven assists.

Arizona State (10-3 overall, 2-2 Pac-10), hits the road this week for Pac-10 games at Washington (Jan. 9) and Washington State (Jan. 11). Entering the week, Noe is ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.5 ppg). She is tied for the league lead in steals (2.92 spg), ranks second in free throw percentage (.841), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.446) and is seventh in assists (3.77 apg).

The Player of the Week honor is the second of Noe's career and the 26th all-time selection for Arizona State. Noe is the first true freshman to earn Player of the Week honors twice in one season since Stanford's Nicole Powell in 2000-01.

ALSO NOMINATED: Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ; Nicole Powell, STAN; Michelle Greco, UCLA; Ebony Hoffman, USC; Giuliana Mendiola, 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; Dec. 29- Kelley Suminski, STAN; Jan. 6- Jill Noe, ASU.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA: RS FR Shawntinice Polk averaged 17.0 points, 11. rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks as the Wildcats posted home wins against Oregon and Oregon State. Polk, who averaged just 23.0 minutes per game, shot an astounding 77.8 percent from the floor (14-of-18) as the Cats posted their first sweep of the Oregon schools in two years. Arizona held Oregon State to just 44 points on Jan. 4, its lowest point allowance in Pac-10 play since surrendering 44 points to Cal in January 1998. Six of Arizona's nine wins this season have been by 21 points or more. The Cats last four wins have come by an average scoring margin of 29.2 points. Having won six straight at home, the Wildcats head to the Washington schools this week. The Wildcats and Huskies have split their season series the last two years. The home team has prevailed in the last five meetings, and in 13 of the last 14 games dating back to 1995-96. The lone exception was an Arizona win in Seattle in 1999-2000. In the series with WSU, the Cats have won two in a row. Their last three victories over WSU have been by an average of 45.0 points.

ARIZONA STATE: ASU has won 16 of its last 17 home games and extended its Pac-10 home winning streak to 10 games with two wins last week. FR G Jill Noe averaged 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals in a pair of wins over the Oregon schools. Noe recorded a career-high 23 points against OSU, while SO G Kylan Loney led ASU with a career-high 21 points versus Oregon. The Jan. 4 win over the Ducks marked head coach Charli Turner Thorne's 100th victory at Arizona State (100-89). The Sun Devils outrebounded Oregon and Oregon State by an average of 13.0 boards per game and is averaging 45.0 rebounds in their last two games. ASU returns to the road this week, where it has played four of its last six. The Sun Devils have won 10 in a row over the Cougars. AS U has dropped three of its last four to the Huskies and split last year's series as the home teams prevailed.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears return to Pac-10 action this week after splitting a pair of non-conference games at Mercer and Georgia. Against Georgia, SO F Kiki Williams came off the bench to provide a season-high-tying 15 points and game-high seven rebound. FR walk-on Lexie Helgerson hit three treys to finish with her first career double-figure scoring effort of 10 points. Helgerson, who had made just one three-pointer on one attempt through the team's first nine games, is now 5-for-7 from beyond the arc in the last two games and 6-for-8 (.750) on the season from long range. Head coach Caren Horstmeyer cleared her 16-player bench for the first time this season against the Bulldogs. Cal takes on Oregon Thursday night and Oregon State Saturday night. The Bears have dropped 17 of their last 18 to the Ducks, including two in a row. Cal will try for its first win at Mac Court since the 1992-93 season. In the series with OSU, Cal has dropped two in a row to the Beavers.

OREGON: The Ducks, who have just nine players in uniform, dropped a pair of road games at Arizona and Arizona State. Oregon was outrebounded for the fourth and fifth straight games. The Ducks remain without the services of JR F Cathrine Kraayeveld, who averaged nearly 17 points and 12 rebounds per game before suffering a staph infection in her right knee. Kraayeveld is expected to miss at least five more weeks. SO G Brandi Davis led UO with 18 points against ASU. The Ducks return home to host California and Stanford this week. Oregon has won nine straight over the Bears in Eugene, and 17 of the last 18 in the all-time series. The Ducks have dropped three in a row to Stanford, however, Oregon has beaten the Cardinal in three of the last four meetings in Eugene.

OREGON STATE: Coming off road losses at Arizona State and Arizona, the Beavers return home to host Stanford and California this week. A pair of freshmen paced Oregon State in scoring last week, as Casey Bunn notched 13 points at Arizona State and Mandy Close recorded 11 at Arizona. OSU outrebounded Arizona, the second-best rebounding team in the Pac-10, 38-33. However, ASU held a 40-24 advantage on the boards against OSU. Thursday night's game between Oregon State and Stanford features the league's stingiest defenses. The Beavers pace the league in scoring defense (56.8 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.373) while the Cardinal ranks second in both categories (57.1 ppg, .377 FG% defense). The Beavers have dropped four in a row to the Cardinal, including the Pac-10 Tournament semifinal loss Mar. 3, 2002, in Eugene, Ore. Oregon State has won two in a row against the Golden Bears.

STANFORD: The Cardinal wrapped up its non-conference slate with wins over No. 19 Oklahoma and Pepperdine last week. All-American JR F Nicole Powell made her 2002-03 debut Jan. 3 against the Sooners after missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back. The Oklahoma victory was Stanford's third over a ranked opponent this season, second straight (No. 21 Arizona, No. 19 Oklahoma) and gave the Cardinal its first back-to-back wins over ranked teams since 1996-97. Stanford is 7-0 at Maples Pavilion this season and extended its home winning streak to 18 games, the fifth-longest in the nation. In the Pepperdine win, Powell paced the team with 19 points and 16 rebounds, going 13-of-15 from the free throw line. Stanford made 41 of its 48 free throw attempts, both school records. Stanford takes to the road this week, at Oregon State and Oregon. The Cardinal has won four straight over the Beavers, including the Mar. 3, 2002, Pac-10 Tournament semifinal in Eugene. In the series with Oregon, Stanford has won three in a row but has dropped three of its last four at Mac Court.

UCLA: Winners of five in a row, the Bruins are one of just two Pac-10 teams (along with Stanford) still undefeated in Conference play. UCLA is coming off home wins over Washington and Washington State to improve to 4-0 in the Pac-10, its best Conference start since the 2000 team started off 6-0 in league action. UCLA held the Huskies (46) and Cougars (51) to all-time low point totals in the respective series and snapped UW's eight-game winning streak. FR G/F Lisa Willis scored a combined 32 points in two games last week, adding a career-high five steals against WSU. SR G Michelle Greco averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds in the wins and shot a combined 70.0 percent from the field. The Bruins remain home to host cross-town rival USC Sunday at noon. The Bruins have dropped three in a row to the Women of Troy, but UCLA has won four of the last five in Pauley Pavilion.

USC: The Women of Troy recorded a home split against the Washington schools, taking the Huskies to overtime for the fourth time in the last seven meetings. Having already played five Top-25 teams on the season, USC travels to No. 22 UC Santa Barbara Thursday and plays at UCLA Sunday. JR TR Rometra Craig notched a team-high 23 points in the win over Washington State and added a career-high seven steals. In the 83-81 overtime loss to Washington, JR F Ebony Hoffman recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Women of Troy scored a season-high 92 points against the Cougars, shooting 51.1 percent from the field. USC has won three in a row over the Bruins and four of the last five. However, the Women of Troy have lost four of the last five contests at Pauley Pavilion.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies posted a road split in Los Angeles last week, defeating USC 83-81 in overtime on JR G Giuliana Mendiola's jumper with 17 seconds left. It marked the fourth time in the last seven meetings the two teams have played to overtime. SO G Kayla Burt was hospitalized Dec. 31 for undisclosed medical reasons and was upgraded from intensive care on Jan. 4. Burt had started all 10 games prior to last weekend. She is the second starter to go down for UW this season, along with SR F Kellie Dalan, who developed a stress fracture (right foot) and has missed the last four games. At UCLA and USC, Mendiola averaged 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists. The Huskies hosts ASU and Arizona this week. In the series with the Sun Devils, Washington has won three of the last four meetings. In the last two games in Seattle, UW has won by an average of 18.5 points. The Huskies and Wildcats have recorded series splits in the last two seasons. The home team has won the last five games and 13 of the last 14, dating back to 1995-96.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are coming off a pair of road losses to USC and UCLA. JR F Bianca McCall paced the team in scoring in both games, with 12 points against the Women of Troy and 15 points against the Bruins. Washington State ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (3.36 bpg), led by JR C Candace Fields (4th, 1.27 bpg) and McCall (t7th, 1.00 bpg). McCall also checks in at sixth in the league in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and is averaging a Pac-10 second-best 3.91 offensive boards per game. Washington State is playing the third-toughest schedule in the nation according to the Jan. 5 WBCA/Summerville RPI report, and the seventh-toughest according to the Jan. 5 College Basketball News RPI. This week Washington State looks to snap a 10-game losing skid to the Sun Devils. The Cougars have dropped two in a row and seven of their last eight to the Wildcats.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Jan. 2
ARIZONA 90, OREGON 65
UA: Warren-18 pts; Polk-16 pts/11 reb; UO: Ganes-19 pts
ARIZONA STATE 70, OREGON STATE 58
ASU: Noe-23 pts/11 reb/6 stl; OSU: Bunn-13 pts/5 reb
CALIFORNIA 69, Mercer 60
CAL: Gregory-12 pts/9 reb; White-12 pts/4 reb/4 ast

Fri., Jan. 3
UCLA 72, WASHINGTON 46
UCLA: Willis-17 pts/7-14 FG; UW: Giu. Mendiola-14 pts/10 reb
USC 92, WASHINGTON STATE 44
USC: Craig-23 pts/7 stl/10-16 FG; WSU: McCall-12 pts4 reb
STANFORD 58, Oklahoma 38
Perryman-14 pts/14 reb/7-11 FG

Sat., Jan. 4
ARIZONA 72, OREGON STATE 44
UA: Polk-18 pts/11 reb/4 ast; OSU: Close-11 pts
ARIZONA STATE 78, OREGON 63
ASU: Loney-21 pts/5 ast; ORE: Davis-15 pts
Georgia 94, CALIFORNIA 61
Williams-15 pts/7 reb; Helgerson-10 pts

Sun., Jan. 5
UCLA 93, WASHINGTON STATE 61
UCLA: Greco-23 pts/7 stl/10-13 FG; WSU: McCall-15 pts/9 reb
WASHINGTON 83, USC 81 OT
UW: Giu. Mendiola-23 pts/8 ast; Payne-17 pts; USC: Hoffman-21 pts/12 reb
STANFORD 91, Pepperdine 58
Powell-19 pts/16 reb/13-15 FT; Suminski-17 pts/6 reb

2003 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
Mar. 7-10, 2003 * HP Pavilion at San Jose
Fresh off its inaugural run and gaining in popularity, the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament moves to San Jose, Calif. HP Pavilion at San Jose will serve as home to the five-session, nine-game event.

Eugene, Ore., was the site of the first-ever Pac-10 tournament in 2002, setting the stage for the league's premier women's sporting event. The total tournament attendance was 27,415 for an average of 5,483 per session. All 10 Pac-10 teams participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Tournament. The tournament seeds and Conference Champion will be determined by the 18-game regular-season Pac-10 schedule.

Tickets for the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament are available now at www.pac-10.org, www.real-sports.com or by calling (800) 650-0122 or (408) 924-7434.

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. 8Game 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. 9Game 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. 10Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

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