This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 27, 2003

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Winners of three in a row, USC (9-11, 4-5 Pac-10), travels to the Pacific Northwest and takes on second-place WASHINGTON (15-3, 7-2) Thursday night... The Huskies outlasted the Women of Troy Jan. 5 in Los Angeles, winning 83-81 in overtime... The two teams have played to overtime four times in the last seven meetings, including once in each of the last four seasons... UW looks to avenge a 72-46 loss UCLA (11-7, 6-3) on Jan. 3, a game that was played just days after Kayla Burt's heart stopped beating and she was hospitalized... League leader STANFORD (15-2, 7-1) plays rival CALIFORNIA (7-10, 3-5) twice this week; the Cardinal host the Bears Wednesday night before traveling to Berkeley for a 2 p.m. Saturday matchup... In other action, the Arizona schools travel to the Oregon schools... Tied at 6-3 in Pac-10 play, ARIZONA (13-5, 6-3) and UCLA are jockeying for sole possession of third place.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wed., Jan. 29
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Thu., Jan. 30
ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m.
UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
USC at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 1
ARIZONA at OREGON, Noon (FOX Sports Net)
ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
UCLA at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
USC at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

All game times local to site.

UPCOMING TV GAMES
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 - OREGON STATE at OREGON, Noon (FOX Sports Net)
Feb. 22 - FOX Sports Net Wildcard Game (TBA), Noon

JAN. 27 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JR G Rometra Craig, USC (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 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.

USC JUNIOR ROMETRA CRAIG NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
USC junior guard Rometra Craig has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 20-26.

Craig, from Portola Valley, Calif., led the Women of Troy to wins against No. 5 Stanford and California for their first Pac-10 sweep of the season. The victory over Stanford snapped the Cardinal's 28-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak. On the weekend, Craig averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists. She shot a combined 41.4 percent from the field.

In an 83-62 win over California (Jan. 24), Craig notched 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

In the 75-72 upset of Stanford (Jan. 26), Craig scored nine of her 19 points in the final six minutes and gave USC the lead for good on a three-point basket with 5:56 to play. She added five rebounds and five assists as the Women of Troy won their season-high third straight game. It marked USC's first win over Stanford in Los Angeles since 1994 and its second win over a ranked opponent this season.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Craig, who transferred to USC from Duke University and became eligible in December. It is the 29th all-time selection for the Women of Troy.

ALSO NOMINATED: Jill Noe, ASU; Nihan Anaz, CAL; Nicole Powell, STAN; Michelle Greco, UCLA; 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.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Here's a look at the league race at the half-way mark last season, listed according to the standings as they appeared a year ago...

	2002	2003
1. Stanford 8-0 7-1
2. Arizona State 6-3 4-5
USC 6-3 4-5
Oregon State 6-3 4-5
5. Oregon 5-4 3-6
Washington 5-4 7-2
Arizona 5-4 6-3
8. UCLA 2-7 6-3
9. California 1-7 3-5
10. Washington State 0-9 0-9

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
The Wildcats are in the midst of a stretch that has them playing six of eight games on the road. Arizona won at Wisconsin without the services of starter JR G Aimee Grzyb, who had to return to Tucson after the ASU game because of illness. With 311 points this season, FR C Shawntinice Polk already has the seventh-best points total of any freshman in UA history. Her 201 rebounds is the third-highest total ever for a freshman. She has 13 double-doubles, just two away from tying the school record for most double-doubles in a season (15). Her 39 blocked shots is fifth on the UA single-season top 10 list in that category. UA is 6-0 this season when SO G Dee-Dee Wheeler scores 20 points or more. With 550 career boards, SR F/G Krista Warren has moved up to No. 6 on the UA career rebounding list.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
ASU heads to Oregon and Oregon State this week, beginning a stretch in which it plays five of its next seven away from Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils will try for their third straight win over the Ducks at McArthur Court. ASU is 4-0 in its last four games at Mac Court after winning the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament. ASU looks to end a three-game losing skid at Oregon State and post its first win at Gill Coliseum since 1998-99. SO Carrie Buckner posted her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds Jan. 23 vs. Arizona. It marked ASU's ninth double-double performance of the season and first by someone other than one of the sqaud's three true freshmen. Buckner, from Corvallis, Ore., has averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds over the last four contests.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
JR G Nihan Anaz averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the Bears split at the L.A. schools. Anaz scored a team-high 17 points in the win over UCLA, shooting .533 from the floor (8-of-15) with four assists and three steals. The victory was Cal's first on the road in the Pac-10 this season. JR C Timea Ivanyi (13 pts/10 reb) and FR F Renee Wright (12 pts/11 reb) both posted double-doubles against UCLA. It is the first of each player's career and marked the first double-doubles for any Cal players this season. The Bears recorded a season-high 18 steals against UCLA and held the Bruins to a season-low 29.0 percent field goal shooting. Cal has limited its last five opponents to 25.0 percent or less shooting from 3-point range. The Bears take on rival Stanford twice this week Jan. 29 in Palo Alto and Feb. 1 in Berkeley. Stanford swept Cal last season but the Bears won the second meeting of 2001, 82-73 at Maples Pavilion.

OREGON DUCKS
The Ducks won at Washington State Jan. 25 to pick up their first victory away from McArthur Court since defeating Montana on Dec. 19. It also marked Oregon's first Pac-10 road win since it topped WSU last February. FR C Carolyn Ganes averaged 21.5 points on the weekend, including a 24-point effort in the loss to Washington. Ganes recorded her first career double-double (19 pts/10 reb) at Washington State. It was her fifth straight game in double-digit scoring and eighth in the last nine. SO G Brandi Davis notched a career-high 24 points against the Cougars,including 19 in the first half. Oregon hosts the Arizona schools this week, looking to avenge losses to both schools earlier this month. UO looks to snap a four-game losing streak to the Sun Devils. The Ducks have won two in a row over the Wildcats at Mac Court.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS
Coming off a road split at the Washington schools, the Beavers prepare to host Arizona and Arizona State this week. OSU defeated Washington State behind a team-high 16 points from JR Hollye Chapman, Chapman scored 10 points in the game's final seven minutes. In the loss at Washington, JR G Leilani Estavan led all scorers with 24 points, including buzzer-beating shots at the end of each half. Oregon State, which entered last week first in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (55.6 ppg) allowed the Huskies 82 points, including 11 3-pointers. Chapman leads the Pac-10 with 44 blocked shots on the season and has tallied five or more swats in four different games. Following three consecutive season-high shooting performances, including 55.1 percent Jan. 18 vs. Oregon, the Beavers shot just 36.1 percent from the field at WSU.

STANFORD CARDINAL
JR F Nicole Powell averaged 28.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals last week as the Cardinal defeated UCLA and fell to USC. The loss to the Women of Troy snapped Stanford's 10-game winning streak and 28-game Pac-10 winning streak. Against UCLA, Powell gave the Cardinal an 80-78 win by sinking a six-footer with just 2.3 seconds remaining . She finished with 23 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Against USC, Powell recorded her 24th career double-double with a season-high 34 points to go along with 15 rebounds. Powell moved to No. 8 on the all-time school rebounding list (661) and 19th on the all-time school scoring list (1,175). The Cardinal meet up with rival California twice this week, Jan. 29 at home and Feb. 1 in Berkeley. Stanford swept Cal last season and has won in 17 of the last 18 meetings dating back to the 1993-94 season.

UCLA BRUINS
SR G Michelle Greco averaged 25.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.5 steals as the Bruins fell to Stanford and Cal at home last week. Greco scored a game-high 28 points against the Cardinal, including 16 in the first half. She added a career-high eight steals and made 10-of-10 free throws. Against Cal, she added her first career double-double (23 pts/10 reb). She also had five steals and set the new school record for consecutive free throws, with 32 after hitting her first nine free throws of the contest. Greco ended up just one shy of the Pac-10 record of 33 consecutive free throws. The Bruins travel to the Washington schools this week and will attempt to complete season sweeps of both teams. The Bruins have won four in a row over the Cougars, but have dropped two of their last three to the Huskies. UCLA's last win in Seattle was during the 1999-2000 season.

USC WOMEN OF TROY
USC extended its win streak to three games for the first time this season with wins over Cal and No. 5 Stanford, its first Pac-10 sweep of the season. JR G Rometra Craig scored nine of her 19 points in the final six minutes in the 75-72 upset of the Cardinal. On the weekend, Craig averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists. She shot a combined 41.4 percent from the field. The Stanford win came without the services of starter JR G Aisha Hollans, who injured her right knee (sprain) against Cal. The win was USC's second over a ranked opponent and first over a Top-10 team this season. A season-high six players scored in double figures against California. Despite a 9-11 overall record, the Women of Troy have outscored their opponents 722 to 701 in the second half. USC travels to the Washington schools this week and will try to complete a season sweep of Washington State. USC fell to the Huskies Jan. 5 in Los Angeles, 83-81 in overtime. It marked the fourth time in seven games the two teams have played to overtime. Head Coach Chris Gobrecht posted a 243-89 record (.732) in 11 years as the Washington head coach, including a 142-50 mark (.740) in Pac-10 play. She led the Huskies to a 12-9 record in nine NCAA Tournament appearances.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES
In the midst of their longest homestand of the season (4 games) and riding a nine-game home winning streak, the Huskies host the L.A. schools this week. UW is a perfect 9-0 at home this season, including a 4-0 mark in Conference games. Washington posted its first home sweep of Oregon schools since 1992-93 last week, led by JR G Giuliana Mendiola's 13.0 points, 8.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds per contest. On the weekend, Mendiola shot a combined 55.0 percent from the floor (11-of-20). She dished out 19 assists, one-half of UW's team total. Against OSU, she posted a career-high 13 assists, tying the school single-game assist record. Over the weekend, Mendiola became the 18th player in UW history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau and now has 1,015 career points. SR G Loree Payne notched a season-high 29 points against Oregon, going 6-of-10 from 3-point range. SR F Kellie Dalan returned to the lineup last week (stress fracture). The Huskies drained a Pac-10 season-high 11 3-pointers in the win over OSU, scoring 82 points against a defense that was limiting opponents to just 55.6 points per game. UW has won six of its last seven games and 14 of its last 16.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
JR G Bianca McCall averaged 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds as the Cougars fell to Oregon State and Oregon last week. She recorded her fourth consecutive double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds against the Beavers. McCall just missed her fifth consecutive double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds against the Ducks. McCall has now reached the 20-point plateau in three consecutive games and double-figures in points in eight consecutive contests. Washington State has had a player score at least 20 points in five consecutive games. Prior to McCall's current three-game streak, SO G Jessica Perry scored 20 and 25 points against Arizona State and Stanford,respectively. The Cougars host the L.A. schools this week as they look to end a three-game losing streak to USC and a four-game streak to UCLA.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., Jan. 23
ARIZONA STATE 73, #22 ARIZONA 58
WASHINGTON 79, OREGON 60
OREGON STATE 65, WASHINGTON STATE 62

Fri., Jan. 24
STANFORD 80, UCLA 78
USC 83, CALIFORNIA 62

Sat., Jan. 25
OREGON 73, WASHINGTON STATE 69.
WASHINGTON 82, OREGON STATE 56

Sun., Jan. 26
CALIFORNIA 69, UCLA 61
USC 75, STANFORD 72
ARIZONA 62, Wisconsin 55

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, 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 Seed vs. No. 9 Seed, 8:45 p.m.

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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