This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 13, 2003

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The Pac-10's top five teams play each other this week as streaking UCLA (10-4, 5-0 Pac-10) visits ARIZONA STATE (11-4, 3-3) and ARIZONA (10-4, 4-2), while red-hot STANFORD (12-1, 4-0) hosts WASHINGTON (12-2, 4-1)... Winners of 25 consecutive Pac-10 games and their last seven contests overall, the Cardinal returns to Maples Pavilion this week, where it posts a 7-0 home mark this season... Washington will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak to Stanford at Maples... Saturday's Huskies-Cardinal contest will be televised live on FOX Sports Net, with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action... The Bruins take to the desert, looking to end a four-game losing streak to the Sun Devils and win their first game since 1999-2000 at Arizona's Mckale Center... The women's basketball version of the Civil War is this week's traditional rival game in the Pac-10, as OREGON (6-9, 2-4) visits OREGON STATE (8-7, 2-4)... Both teams split with the Bay Area schools last week, defeating CALIFORNIA (5-8, 1-3) and falling to Stanford... The Beavers will try to halt the Ducks' six-game winning streak at Gill Coliseum.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Jan. 16
USC at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 18
UCLA at ARIZONA, 2 p.m.
USC at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. (AZ-TV)
OREGON at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. (Beaver Sports Network)
WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON at STANFORD, Noon (FOX Sports Net)

All game times local to site.

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Jan. 16 - UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m. (AZ-TV)
Jan. 18 - USC at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. (AZ-TV)
Jan. 18 - OREGON at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. (KVAL-TV)
Jan. 18 - WASHINGTON at STANFORD, Noon (FOX Sports Net)
Jan. 23 - ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m. (AZ-TV)
Jan. 25 - OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Feb. 1 - ARIZONA at OREGON, Noon (FOX Sports Net)

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.

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 weekly online column is posted every Wednesday afternoon through March 5.

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: 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

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT CREDENTIALS: Media credential applications for the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament are available now via the Conference website [www.pac-10.org]. Deadline for requesting credentials is 5 p.m. PT on Fri., Feb. 21. Media members should log on to www.pac-10.org and click 'Pac-10 Media' from the left-hand column of the front page. Links to credential applications for the Pac-10 men's and women's tournaments are visible, or the direct link to the women's application is: http://www.mediateamlink.com/credmanager/2003womenspac10bb. After submitting the completed credential request form, media members will receive an e-mail notification that their request has been submitted for review. Once we have reviewed the request for credentials, a follow up e-mail will notify the applicant that their credential request has been approved or denied.

UCLA'S MICHELLE GRECO NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

UCLA senior guard Michelle Greco has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 6-12.

Greco, from LaCrescenta, Calif., led UCLA to its sixth straight win with 28 points in a 72-64 victory over rival USC Jan. 12 at Pauley Pavilion. She shot 8-of-16 from the field (.500) and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line in 40 minutes of play. The Bruins have won five consecutive Pac-10 games, their best start since beginning the 1999-2000 Conferenc season at 6-0.

Greco posted seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot, and scored the Bruins' final eight points. With 1:41 left and UCLA leading 65-64, Greco made a layup, was fouled and connected on the free throw. After a USC miss, she was fouled with 33 seconds left and made both free throws to put the Bruins ahead, 70-64. Greco finished the scoring by draining two free throws with six seconds on the clock.

UCLA (10-4 overall, 5-0 Pac-10) hits the road this week for Pac-10 games at Arizona State (Jan. 16) and Arizona (Jan. 18). Entering the week, Greco, the 2001 Pac-10 scoring champion, paces the league with a 19.8 scoring average. Her 2.86 steals per game leads the Conference, and she ranks fifth in free throw percentage (.812).

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Greco's career, the 26th all-time selection for UCLA and the Bruins' first such honor since the 1999-2000 season.

ALSO NOMINATED: Kristen Kovesdy, ASU; Chelsea Trotter, STAN; Aisha Hollans, USC; Giuliana Mendiola, WASH; Bianca McCall, WSU.

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; Jan. 13- Michelle Greco, UCLA.

FIVE SCHOOLS SET NEW ATTENDANCE MARKS: Five Pac-10 teams posted 2002-03 single-game attendance marks last weekend, led by UCLA with a crowd of 6,172 at Pauley Pavilion Jan. 12 for its Lexus Gauntlet matchup with USC. In addition to the Bruins, Oregon drew a crowd of 5,253 fans that rocked Mac Court during the Ducks' Jan. 11 game versus No. 6 Stanford. In Seattle, 5,458 fans moved the turnstiles at Bank of America Arena that same day, as the Huskies edged No. 18 Arizona, 60-59, and Kayla Burt cheered from the UW bench. Oregon State hung former Beaver Felica Ragland's jersey Jan. 11, and the Ragland hype attracted a season-high 1,052 fans to Gill Coliseum.

ARIZONA: The Wildcats return home to host USC and UCLA this week, taking a brief break from the road. Arizona is 6-1 in Tucson this season, 2-0 in Pac-10 play. Seven of UA's wins this season have been by 21 points or more, including the 86-65 victory at Washington State Jan. 9. In their last five wins, the Cats boast an average margin of victory of 27.6 points per game. RS FR C Shawntinice Polk continues to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.3 rpg) and ranks second in scoring (18.6 ppg). Polk is the lone post player to rank among the league's Top-10 in assists (3.57 apg, 10th). SR F Krista Warren paces the Conference in FG perecentage (.661) while Polk ranks third (.620). Warren has moved up to No. 9 on the UA career rebounding list with 522 boards. In the series with USC, the two squads have split in the last three seasons. Arizona has won two of the last three overall and four of the last five at the McKale Center. UA has won three straight against the Bruins by an average of 12.0 points.

ARIZONA STATE: Coming off a road split versus the Washington schools, the Sun Devils return to Wells Fargo Arena briefly to host UCLA and USC. ASU is 8-1 at home this season (2-0 Pac-10) and has won 16 of its last 17 home contests dating back to 2001-02. FR F Amy Denson tied a career high with 18 points in the Jan. 9 loss at Washington, while FR G Jill Noe notched a game-high 23 points Jan. 11 at Washington State. ASU shot a combined 37.8 percent from the field (44-123) against the Washington schools, a mark well below its season average of 42.6 percent. The Sun Devils posted 22 steals on the weekend and rank second in the Pac-10 with 11.73 swipes per contest. FR F Kristen Kovesdy ranks second in the league in FG percentage (.633), while Noe is second in steals (2.73 spg) and third in FT percentage (.821). In the series with UCLA, the Sun Devils have won the last four in a row. Since the inception of Pac-10 women's basketball in 1986-87, ASU has nine wins (32 games) against the Bruins, with four coming under Charli Turner Thorne. Likewise, five of ASU's seven Pac-10 wins over USC are under Turner Thorne, including five wins in the last seven meetings. In Tempe, the Sun Devils have won the last three in a row over USC by an average of just 4.3 points, including one overtime win.

CALIFORNIA: Coming off four consecutive road games, the Bears look to snap a three-game losing skid when Washington and Washington State visit Berkeley. Cal fell 70-67 at Oregon and 68-37 at Oregon State last week. Despite shooting at a stellar .737 clip in the first half Jan. 9 at Oregon, the Bears made just 4-of-28 field goals in the first half Jan. 11 at Oregon State. JR G Nihan Anaz scored a game-high 22 points against the Ducks, the second time a Bear has eclipsed the 20-point plateau this season. Eleven of 16 players average at least 10.0 minutes per game for California. The Bears have dropped four in a row to Washington, including the last two contests at Haas Pavilion. In their last four meetings in Berkeley, Cal has held UW to an average of just 59.5 points per game, including 56 points last season and 49 points in 1999-2000. in the series with Washington State, the Bears have won five of the last seven games, including two consecutive. At Haas Pavilion, Cal has beaten the Cougars four times in a row.

OREGON: SR G Alissa Edwards finished with a career-high 17 points and added six assists, five rebounds and did not committ a turnover in 37 minutes of play as the Ducks fell to Stanford (75-74) Jan. 11. A Mac Court crowd of 5,253 saw Stanfod escape with its smallest margin of victory since a one-point win at USC on Feb. 14, 1999 (60-59). Stanford outrebounded Oregon 41-28, the sixth time in seven games UO has lost the battle of the boards. However, the Ducks shot 50.8 percent from the floor (31-of-61) and 47.4 percent from 3-point range (9-of-19). Oregon defeated California 70-67 Jan. 9, led by FR Carolyn Ganes' 18 points. The Ducks remain without leading scorer and rebounder, JR F Cathrine Kraayeveld (16.7 ppg/11.7 rpg), who has a staph infection in her right knee. Kraayeveld was hospitalized for five days after the infection appeared Dec. 26. The Ducks rank seccond in the Pac-10 in 3-point FG percentage (.373) an d blocked shots (3.80 bpg). Ganes is shooting .838 from the free throw line, the second-best mark in the league. Oregon travels to Oregon State Saturday for the women's basketball version of the Civil War. The Ducks have won 13 of the last 14 against OSU, including six straight at Gill Coliseum. The last two meetings were decided by a combined three points, including Oregon's 84-83 overtime victory last season.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers posted a split against the Bay Area schools for the eighth straight season last week, falling to Stanford 62-51 and downing Cal 68-37. The win over Cal snapped a four-game losing streak, OSU's first in nearly two years. The Beavers shot a season-high 51.7 percent from the floor (30-of-58) against the Bears. Oregon State, which is shooting at a .391 clip from the field on the season, shot a combined .505 (53-of-105) versus Stanford and Cal.JR F Hollye Chapman tallied a season-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting against the Cardinal Jan. 9. Chapman became the first Beaver player to surpass the 20-point barrier this season. Against the Bears, JR C Brina Chaney notched game highs of 13 points (on 6-of-10 shooting), 13 boards and four blocks. The Beavers have outrebounded their opponents in 10 of 15 games this season. OSU is averaging 19.7 turnovers per game in Pac-10 play. This week, the Beavers look to snap a two-game losing skid to rival Oregon and end a six-game losing streak to the Ducks at Gill Coliseum. OSU came up on the short end in last year's 84-83 overtime thriller in Corvallis.

STANFORD: The Cardinal returns to Maples Pavilion this week to host Washington State (Jan. 16) and Washington (Jan. 18). Stanford has won 25 straight Pac-10 games dating back to Mar. 3, 2001, including 12 straight at home. The Huskies-Cardinal match up will be televised live on FOX Sports Net (Saturday at Noon), with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action. RS SO C Chelsea Trotter averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals off the bench as Stanford won at Oregon State (Jan. 9) and Oregon (Jan. 11) last week. Trotter shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the floor and was 8-of-9 from the line. Stanford had four players in double figures for the fourth and fifth times this season at the Oregon schools. JR F/G Nicole Powell contributed a career-high six steals in 20 minutes off the bench at OSU. Powell also hit a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left to give Stanford the win at Oregon. The Cardinal has never lost to Washington State, owning a 34-0 edge in the all-time series. In the series with Washington, Stanford has won four of the last five, including the last three games at Maples Pavilion.

UCLA: The red-hot Bruins posted their sixth straight win while snapping a three-game losing streak to rival USC Jan. 11. SR G Michelle Greco led all players with 28 points and seven boards, scoring UCLA's final nine points in the 72-64 win. It marked Greco's 30th career 20-point game and seventh this season, while her 12-of-12 free throw shooting performance tied the school and Pac-10 records. This is the best Pac-10 start for the Bruins since winning their first six Conference games in 1999-2000. UCLA leads the Pac-10 at 79.2 points per game, up from a 59.0 average last season. Greco paces the league in scoring at 19.8 points per game, while FR G Nikki Blue is eighth (14.1 ppg). Saturday's UCLA-Arizona matchup features the league's top two offenses, in regards to scoring and field goal percentage. The Bruins look to snap a four-game losing streak to Arizona State, all double-digit losses. In the series with Arizona, UCLA has lost three straight, including two in a row at the McKale Center.

USC: JR G Aisha Hollans averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games last week as USC fell at No. 22 UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. She shot a combined 54.5 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the line. Hollans posted her third double-double of the season (eighth of her career) with 17 points and 10 boards in the loss to UCLA. Despite averaging 22.0 turnovers per game (9th Pac-10), USC ranks third in the Conferece with 11.38 steals per contest. The Women of Troy are fourth in turnover margin (+2.88) and lead the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (15.62 avg.). JR F Ebony Hoffman is second in the league in rebounding (9.9 rpg) and is tied for third in scoring (15.5 ppg) and third in steals (2.62 spg). The Women of Troy have split with Arizona in eac h of the last three seasons. USC has dropped two of the last three and four of the last five in Tucson. In its series with Arizona State, USC looks to snap a three-game losing skid in Tempe and has dropped five of the last seven overall contests with ASU.

WASHINGTON: JR G Giuliana Mendiola averaged 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists as the Huskies swept the Arizona schools at home last week. On her 21st birthday, Jan. 9 against ASU, she posted 22 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double this season. The win was an emotionally-charged one for the Huskies, playing their first home game since learning that teammate Kayla Burt had been diagnosed with a career-ending heart condition. Burt was on the bench after being released from the hospital Jan. 7. The Huskies, who hit the road this week to face California and Stanford, remain undefeated at home this season with a 7-0 record at Bank of America Arena. UW has won two of its last three Pac-10 games on last-second shots. In the series with California, Washington has captured four straight wins and two in a row at Haas Pavilion. In their last four visits to Berkeley, the Huskies have averaged just 59.5 points per game. UW looks to snap a three-game losing streak to Stanford at Maples Pavilion and has dropped four of its last five in the overall series. Washington's last win at Stanford was Feb. 18, 1999 (74-62).

WASHINGTON STATE: JR G Bianca McCall averaged 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in two games last week as the Cougars fell to Arizona and Arizona State at home. She posted her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 boards against ASU Jan. 11. McCall has 10 double-figure sccoring games this season, including the last four in a row. The injury bug has struck WSU again as the Cougars have lost JR G Kim Dugan for the season (left wrist fracture) and JR C Candace Fields is out for 2-5 weeks (left foot stress fracture). Fields, the Cougars' second-leading scorer (8.3 ppg) and rebounder (6.1 rpg) has started 10 of 11 games and averages nearly 31 minutes per contest. Dugan averaged 15.7 minutes per game and had played in nine contests prior to leaving the USC game Jan. 3. The Cougars will try for their first win in 35 meetings with Stanford. WSU notched a series-high 78 points against Stanford in Feb. 22, 2001 in Pullman and logged its smallest margin of defeat in the series (5 points) on Feb. 24, 2000 (78-73) at Maples. In its series with California, Washington State has lost two straight and four in a row at Haas Pavilion. The Cougars' last win at Cal was Jan. 24, 1998 (72-65).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Jan. 9
OREGON 70, CALIFORNIA 67
ORE: Ganes-18 pts; Bills-13 pts; CAL: Anaz-22 pts
STANFORD 62, OREGON STATE 51
STAN: Trotter-17 pts/6-10 FG; OSU: Chapman-22 pts
UC Santa Barbara 72, USC 57
Hoffman-17 pts/7 reb; Hollans-14 pts/4 reb
ARIZONA 86, WASHINGTON STATE 65
UA: Wheeler-20 pts/5 reb; WSU: McCall-17 pts/8 reb
WASHINGTON 69, ARIZONA STATE 56
UW: Giu. Mendiola-22 pts/10 reb; ASU: Denson-18 pts

Sat., Jan. 11
WASHINGTON 60, ARIZONA 59
UW: Giu. Mendiola-14 pts; UA: Polk-20 pts
ARIZONA STATE 66, WASHINGTON STATE 58
ASU: Noe-23 pts; Kovesdy-15 pts; WSU: Perry-20 pts
OREGON STATE 68, CALIFORNIA 37
OSU: Chaney-13 pts/13 reb; CAL: Iwanaga-6 pts
STANFORD 75, OREGON 74
STAN: Thiel-18 pts/8 reb; ORE: Edwards-17 pts/6 ast

Sun., Jan. 12
UCLA 72, USC 64
UCLA: Greco-28 pts/7 reb; USC: Hollans-17 pts/10 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. 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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