This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 20, 2003

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As the first half of Pac-10 double round-robin play wraps up this week, the race for league's top spots are tightening up... Two games separate the fourth-place team (Washington) from the fifth-place team (Oregon State)... STANFORD (14-1, 6-0 Pac-10) remains perfect in Conference play and will leave the comforts of Maples Pavilion this week for the L.A. schools... The Pac-10's top two teams -- Stanford and UCLA (11-5, 6-1) -- meet for the first time this season Friday night at Pauley Pavilion... Winners in seven of their last eight games, the Bruins are undefeated in Pac-10 home games this season... ARIZONA (12-4, 6-2), which snapped the Bruins' seven-game winning streak Jan. 18, heads to ARIZONA STATE (11-6, 3-5) to take on the rival Sun Devils, then closes out its nonconference slate Sunday at Wisconsin... The Wildcats seek their first win in Tempe since 1999-2000... WASHINGTON (13-3, 5-2), which boasts a perfect 8-0 slate at Bank of America Arena this season, hosts the Oregon schools this week... The Huskies and Ducks met four times last season, with Oregon winning three of those contests, including the Mar. 20 Postseason NIT matchup in Seattle (77-73).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Jan. 23
ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.
OREGON at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 24
STANFORD at UCLA, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at USC, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 25
OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

Sun., Jan. 26
CALIFORNIA at UCLA, Noon p.m.
STANFORD at USC, 1 p.m.
ARIZONA at Wisconsin, 1:30 p.m.

All game times local to site.

UPCOMING TV GAMES
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)
Feb. 8 - WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Feb. 8 - OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Feb. 15 - FOX Sports Net Wildcard game (TBA), Noon

JAN. 20 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SO G Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ (page 3)

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT MEDIA CREDENTIALS
Applications available now at www.pac-10.org. The application deadline is Feb. 21, 2003 (page 2)

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. 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 Friday, 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.

ARIZONA'S DEE-DEE WHEELER NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA sophomore guard Dee-Dee Wheeler has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 13-19.

Wheeler, from Chicago, Ill., averaged 25.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while leading 22nd-ranked Arizona to a sweep of the Los Angeles schools at home last week. Wheeler shot 64.5 percent (20-of-31) from the field, including a blazing 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from 3-point range on the weekend.

Against USC Jan. 16, Wheeler shot 10 for 16 from the floor on her way to a game-high 23 points as the Cats edged the Women of Troy, 79-76. She pulled down six rebounds in the game and scored 16 second-half points. During USC's 15-4 run in the final four minutes, Wheeler scored Arizona's only four points, back-to-back, and provided UA with the cushion to win the contest.

Wheeler knocked down 10 of her 15 shot attempts Jan. 18 against UCLA, including a 6-of-8 mark from 3-point range, to score a game-high 27 points in Arizona's 80-61 win over UCLA. The victory snapped the Bruins' seven-game win streak and gave them their first Pac-10 loss on the year. Wheeler also recorded a career-high tying nine rebounds in the contest and was key in stopping a comeback by UCLA. When the Bruins cut UA's lead to six points midway through the second half, Wheeler nailed her sixth 3-pointer of the game and added a lay-up immediately after that to put the Cats ahead by 11 points. UCLA never came closer than eight points the rest of the way.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Wheeler, the 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and the 27th all-time selection for Arizona.

ALSO NOMINATED: Timea Ivanyi, CAL; Hollye Chapman, OSU; Nicole Powell, STAN; Nikki Blue, 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; Jan. 13- Michelle Greco, UCLA.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SAYS
The January 20, 2003, issue of Sports Illustrated magazine touts Stanford junior All-American Nicole Powell and Arizona National Freshman of the Year candidate Shawntinice 'Polkey' Polk among an elite list of players 'Elevating the Game' of women's basketball. The five-person list also includes Connecticut's Diana Taurasi.

SAME TIME LAST YEAR
Here's a look at the league race as it neared the halfway point last year...

		2002	2003Stanford	6-0	6-0UCLA		2-5	6-1Arizona		3-4	6-2Washington	4-3	5-2Oregon State	5-3	3-4Arizona State	5-2	3-5California	0-6	2-4USC		5-2	2-5Oregon		5-3	2-5Washington St.	0-7	0-7

PAYNE MOVES UP PAC-10 CAREER LISTS
Washington senior All-America candidate Loree Payne drained three treys last week to move into the No. 2 spot on the Pac-10's career 3-point field goals list (213). Payne now owns the Washington school record, surpassing former teammate Megan Franza (211). Former Arizona player Lisa Griffith (1997-2000) owns the Pac-10 career record with 285 treys. Payne also ranks fourth on the Pac-10 career 3-point field goal attempts list, with 642.

PAC-10 CAREER 3-POINT FG MADE 1. Lisa Griffith, ARIZ (`97-00) 285 2. Loree Payne, WASH (`00-pres.) 213 3. Megan Franza, WASH (`98-01) 211 4. Vanessa Nygaard, STAN (`95-98 210

PAC-10 CAREER 3-POINT FG ATTEMPTS 1. Lisa Griffith, ARIZ (`97-00) 747 2. Megan Franza, WASH (`98-01) 708 3. Jamie Redd, WASH (`99-99) 675 4. Loree Payne, WASH (`00-pres.) 642

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 WILDCATS
SO G Dee-Dee Wheeler averaged 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while leading Arizona to a sweep of the L.A. schools at home last week. Wheeler has scored 20 points or more in three of her last four games. UA is 11-1 this season when holding opponents to 73 points or less and is 9-0 when scoring 75 points or more. The Cats are also 10-1 when four or more players reach double digits in scoring. Eight of Arizona's 12 wins this season have been by 19 points or more. The Wildcats have won eight games in a row at home, their longest home win streak since getting nine in a row during the 2000-01 season. Arizona will head to Arizona State this week looking for its first win in Tempe since the 1999-2000 season.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
With their losses to UCLA and USC last week, the Sun Devils dropped two in a row at home for the first time since December 2001. FR G Jill Noe recorded her fifth career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to the Bruins. This week against Arizona, ASU will be looking for its third straight home win over the Wildcats and its fifth win in six games in the series. The Sun Devils are also looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since the team ended the 1999-00 season with three losses.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
JR C Timea Ivanyi averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game last week as the Bears fell to Washington and defeated Washington State. In the Jan. 18 win over WSU, the California bench scored 50 of the team's total 73 points, shooting .586 (17-of-29) from the field. Ivanyi scored a season-high 24 points Jan. 16 against Washington, the most points by a Cal player this year. SO F Leigh Gregory grabbed a career-high 10 boards against WSU, the first Cal player to reach double digits in rebounding this season. Shooting at a .556 clip for the season, the Bears have won two of the last three meetings with the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion.

OREGON DUCKS
Following their first loss at Oregon State since 1996, the Ducks remain on the road for a pair of games at Washington and Washington State. Oregon is 7-14 in Pac-10 road games since the 2000-01 season, not including last year's postseason NIT win at Washington. The Ducks and Huskies met up four times last season, with the Ducks going 3-1. UO has won two in a row over UW. Oregon has been outrebounded in seven of its last eight games to slip to 10th in the Pac-10 (33.6 rpg). FR C Carolyn Ganes is averaging 15.1 points in Pac-10 play (9th), while SO F Andrea Bills is averaging 6.6 rebounds in Conference games (11th).

OREGON STATE BEAVERS
JR F Hollye Chapman scored 16 points (on 7-of-10 shooting), grabbed eight rebounds and posted a career-high eight assists as the Beavers defeated rival Oregon last week. FR G Casey Bunn added a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds. The win was OSU's first over Oregon in Corvallis since 1996, while the 16-point margin of victory was the largest for the Beavers in the series since 1993-94. On the season, Chapman is shooting .497 from the field and paces the Beavers at 11.4 points per game. Her .386 clip from 3-point range leads the squad, while her 43 assists rank second. Over the last three games, Chapman has buried 23 of 37 field goals (.622) and is averaging 16.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

STANFORD CARDINAL
Winners of 27 straight Pac-10 games, the Cardinal has also won nine games in a row and 13 consecutive Pac-10 home games dating back to the end of the 2000-01 season. Stanford swept the Washington schools at home last week, led by a pair of double-doubles from junior All-America Nicole Powell. On the weekend, Powell averaged 21.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists off the bench. She recorded a 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and four steals in 27 minutes against Washington State. Owners of the second-longest home winning streak in the nation, the Cardinal heads back on the road this week for Pac-10 contests at UCLA and USC.

UCLA BRUINS
The Bruins saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end Jan. 18 at No. 22 Arizona, completing a road split against the Arizona schools. The last time UCLA won as many games in a row was a seven-game span during the 1999-2000 season. FR G Nikki Blue paced the team on the weekend, averaging 24.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Blue notched her first career 30-point game Jan. 16 at ASU, finishing with 30 points on 12-of-23 shooting. Blue's point total was just three shy of the UCLA freshman single-game record. She scored 21 second-half points at ASU, including the Bruins' final 14 points. UCLA is averaging a league second-best 74.6 points in 2002-03, up from 59.0 points per game last season. The Bruins allowed Arizona to score 80 points Jan. 18, this first time in nine games the squad has surrendered more than 70 points. The Bruins host Stanford (Jan. 24) and Cal (Jan. 26) this week at Pauley Pavilion, where they are 5-1 this season, including a perfect 3-0 Pac-10 mark.

USC WOMEN OF TROY
JR F Ebony Hoffman averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks on the weekend, as the Women of Troy posted a road split against the Arizona schools. USC's 58-53 win at Arizona State snapped a four-game losing streak and gave the squad its first Pac-10 road win of the season. Hoffman and JR G Aisha Hollans both scored 21 points and added 10 boards in the loss at Arizona -- Hoffman's eighth and Hollans' fourth double-doubles of the season. Hoffman ranks second in the Pac-10 in steals (2.56 spg) and is the lone non-guard ranked in the Top-10 in that category. USC is second in the Conference in offensive rebounds (15.39 avg.) and ranks third in steals (11.28) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.306). USC hosts California (Jan. 24) and Stanford (Jan. 26) this week to mark its first home games since Jan. 5.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Coming off a road split at California and Stanford, the Huskies return to Bank of America Arena this week to host Oregon and Oregon State. UW has won four of its last five games and 12 of its last 14. SO Kristen O'Neill, who has started the last six games, registered a career-high 18 points at Cal. O'Neill posted a new career-high point total for the second consecutive contest, after scoring 17 vs. Arizona Jan. 11. Senior All-America candidate Loree Payne drained three treys on the weekend to set the new Washington record and move into the Pac-10's No. 2 spot with 213 career 3-pointers. Payne surpassed former teammate Megan Franza (211) on both lists. Washington and Oregon met four times in 2001-02, including twice in the Pac-10 regular season, once in the Pac-10 Tournament and once in the postseason NIT. The Huskies went 1-3 against the Ducks last year and have dropped two in a row to Oregon.

WASHINGTON STATE
JR F Bianca McCall posted a pair of double-doubles last week at Stanford and California as the Cougars went 0-2. McCall ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with five double-doubles on the season. She notched a season-high 24 points at Cal, while SO G Jessica Perry scored a career-high 25 points at No. 6 Stanford, the highest point total by a Cougar this season. Perry has started all 13 games since recovering from a bout of mononucleosis and has posted two 20-point games. Perry ranks seventh in the league with 3.69 assists per game. McCall is eighth in scoring (13.1 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (8.5 rpg). The Cougars host Oregon State and Oregon this week, looking for their first win over the Beavers since 1999-2000 and their first over the Ducks since 2000-01.

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

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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