This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Feb. 3, 2003
The third-place ARIZONA Wildcats (14-6 overall, 7-4 Pac-10) play host to the Washington schools this week, including a matchup with second-place WASHINGTON (17-3, 9-2) Thursday night... The Huskies won last month's meeting, knocking off then-No. 18 Arizona 60-59... STANFORD (17-2, 9-1), which owns the second-longest home winning streak in NCAA Division I (21 games), will attempt to extend that streak when OREGON (8-12, 4-7) and OREGON STATE (12-8, 6-5) visit Maples Pavilion... The Cardinal has not lost at home since Dec. 28, 2001... The Beavers swept the Arizona schools in Corvallis last weekend, the third straight season they have done so... OSU also picked up its first win over a ranked opponent in nearly two years by downing the Wildcats... This week's traditional rival contest features UCLA at USC, Saturday at 4 p.m.... UCLA defeated the Women of Troy Jan. 12 in Westwood but has dropped its last three in a row across town at the Sports Arena.
Thu., Feb. 6
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
OREGON at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 8
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m., FOX Sports Net
OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m., FOX Sports Net
OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 2 p.m.
UCLA at USC, 4 p.m.
All game times local to site.
UPCOMING TV GAMES
Feb. 6 - WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m. (AZ TV)
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 PT/1 p.m. MT
Mar. 1 - FOX Sports Net Wildcard Game (TBA), Noon PT/1 p.m. MT
Mar. 1 - FOX Sports Net Wildcard Game (TBA), 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT MEDIA CREDENTIALS
Applications available now at www.pac-10.org. The application deadline is Feb. 21, 2003.
WASHINGTON JUNIOR GIULIANA MENDIOLA NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WASHINGTON junior guard Giuliana Mendiola has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 27-Feb. 2.
Mendiola, from Lake Forest, Calif., led the 25th-ranked Huskies to a home sweep of the L.A. schools, averaging a near triple-double of 32.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals. On the weekend, she shot a combined 72.7 percent from the field (24-of-33), 58.3 percent from 3-point range (7-of-12) and 90.9 percent from the line (10-of-11).
In the 111-77 win over UCLA (Feb. 1), Mendiola scored a school-record 43 points, adding a career-high tying 12 rebounds and seven assists. She became the first-ever Husky to score 40 at least points in a game, surpassing the mark of 39 points set by Shaunda Greene (Nov. 30, 1991). Mendiola was 6-of-9 (.667) from beyond the arc, helping UW to a school single-game record of 60.0 percent 3-point field goal shooting (15-of-25). She also made 7-of-8 foul shots. Mendiola accounted for more than one-third of Washington's 111 points, a mark which broke the school's Pac-10 single-game scoring record. It was just three points shy of the school overall record.
Two days earlier, Mendiola paced Washington with 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 94-76 win over USC. She was 9-of-13 from the field (.692), 1-of-3 from long range and made all three of her free throw attempts.
The Player of the Week honor is the third for Mendiola, her second this season and the 20th all-time selection for the Huskies.
ALSO NOMINATED: Hollye Chapman, OSU; Nicole Powell, STAN; Nikki Blue, UCLA; Jessica Cheeks, USC.
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; Jan. 20- Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ; Jan. 27-Rometra Craig, USC; Feb. 3- Giuliana Mendiola, WASH.
THE YEAR OF THE FRESHMAN
Freshmen are making perhaps their biggest impact ever this season in the Pac-10 Conference, where rookies rank first, second or third in the league in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and free throw percentage.
Entering the week, three freshmen are ranked among the Top-10 in scoring and three dot the Top-10 in rebounding. Since the Pac-10 began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87, no two freshmen, redshirt or true, have ever finished in the league's Top-10 in scoring in the same season. In fact, only eight freshmen have ever completed their inaugural season ranked among the Pac-10's Top-10 in scoring (all were true freshmen):
Pac-10 Finish Player/Year Scoring Avg. 3rd Loree Payne, WASH ('99-00) 17.4 4th Lisa Leslie, USC ('90-91) 19.4 4th Tanja Kostic, OSU ('92-93) 18.2 5th Maylana Martin, UCLA ('96-97) 17.9 8th Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN ('98-99) 14.0 10th Adia Barnes, ARIZ ('94-95) 15.5 10th Nicole Powell, STAN ('00-01) 14.1 10th Teresa Palmisano, CAL ('87-88) 14.0
THE LAST TIME...
In this year of talented Pac-10 freshmen, keep the following factoids close at hand:
* A freshman (true or redshirt) has never won the Pac-10 scoring title.
* A freshman (true or redshirt) has captured the Pac-10 rebounding title only once, when Stanford JR F Nicole Powell did so in 2000-01 (8.5 rpg).
* UCLA's Maylana Martin was the last rookie to finish the season ranked first in the league in field goal percentage, shooting at a .539 clip (171-of-306) in 1996-97.v
TRACKING THE ROOKIES
Entering the week, Arizona RS FR Shawntinice Polk ranks second in scoring (17.6 ppg) and leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and field goal percentage (.615). UCLA FR G Nikki Blue is third in scoring (17.0 ppg), fourth in steals (2.15 spg) and seventh in assists (3.50 apg). Arizona State FG G Jill Noe ranks seventh in scoring (14.9 ppg), third in steals (2.20 spg), fifth in free throw percentage (.811), sixth in 3-pointers made (1.55 avg.) and ninth in 3-point percentage (.383). Oregon FR C Carolyn Ganes leads the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.849), is 13th in scoring (11.9 ppg) and 10th in field goal percentage (.487). Arizona State's Amy Denson (6.2 rpg) and Kristen Kovesdy (6.2 rpg) rank 10th and 11th in rebounding, respectively. UCLA's Lisa Willis averages a 10th-best 1.85 steals per game.
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's win at Oregon Feb. 1 gave the Wildcats a season sweep of the Ducks for the first time in the program'shistory. The Wildcatshave played nine of their last 13 games on the road, including the last four straight. The game against Washingtonthis Thursday will be Arizona's first home contest in nearly three weeks. With 14 wins, Arizona has alreadyequaled last season's victory total. FR C Shawntinice Polk picked up two more double-doubles over the weekend to move her season total to a Pac-10-leading 15, tying the school record for most double-doubles in a season. That mark was set during the 1981-82 season by then-freshman Tonee Buntin. Polk's 44 blocked shots this year is No. 4 on the UA single-season list, and her 227 rebounds is No. 9. Her rebounds total is also the third-best ever for a UA freshman, andher 352 points is the fourth-highest total ever scored by an Arizona freshman.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
The young Sun Devils have dropped four of their last five games and look to snap a two-game losing skid when the Washington schools visit Tempe this week. Arizona State is 9-3 at home this season and has won 17 of its last 20 at Wells Fargo Arena, including 11 of 13 Pac-10 games. SO G Kylan Loney scored a team-high 16 points, including three 3-pointers, in the loss at Oregon. FR G Jill Noe added a team-high 12 points in the loss at Oregon State. Arizona State scored a season-low 45 points Feb. 1 at OSU and shot just 25.0 percent (13-of-52) from the field.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
Coming off a pair of back-to-back losses against rival Stanford, the Golden Bears host Oregon and Oregon State this week. In the three-point loss to the Cardinal Feb. 1, FR G Sarah Pool's three-point attempt to tie the game bounced right at the buzzer sounded to end the game. The Bears limited Stanford to a season-low 53 points. SO G Kristin Iwanaga averaged 10.0 points and 2.5 assists in the two games against Stanford. She was 2-of-5 from three-point range in the Feb. 1 game. Head coach Caren Horstmeyer is three wins away from career victory No. 250.
Featuring a roster with just nine healthy players, the Ducks have won two of their last three contests, including a five-point loss to No. 24 Arizona on Feb. 1. The Ducks snapped a four-game losing streak to Arizona State last week, winning the rebounding battle (38-32) for the first time since Dec. 19 against Montana, a span of 10 games. Oregon is 4-0 this season when outrebounding its opponent. FR C Carolyn Ganes averaged 14.0 points on the weekend and has reached double-figure scoring in seven straight games and 10 of the last 11. SO G Brandi Davis led the Ducks against Arizona with 21 points. In the win over Arizona State, Oregon held the Sun Devils to just 36.7 percent shooting from the field, the second-lowest by a UO opponent this season Oregon has dropped three in a row to Stanford at Maples, but lost by just five points (77-72) in 2002.
OREGON STATE BEAVERSOregon State's two wins over No. 24 Arizona and Arizona State last week marked its first Pac-10 sweep of the season and marked the third consecutive year OSU has swept the Arizona schools in Corvallis. The Beavers' 71-65 overtime win over Arizona marked their first win over a ranked opponent since knocking off then-No. 22 Arizona State on Mar. 3, 2001. Oregon State's 71 points against the Wildcats was a season-high. On the weekend, JR Hollye Chapman averaged 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. She shot a combined 70.8 percent from the field (17-of-24) and 80.0 percent from 3-point range (4-of-5) in the two games. Chapman scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Arizona for her sixth career double-double and third this season.
Following a short trip across the Bay for the Feb. 1 California game, the Cardinal returns to Maples Pavilion this week to host Oregon and Oregon State. Stanford owns the second-longest Division I home winning streak in the nation, having won 21 straight dating back to Dec. 28, 2001. The Cardinal is 10-0 at Maples Pavilion this year. JR F Nicole Powell averaged a double-double of 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in back-to-back wins over rival Cal last week. In the Feb. 1 win at Cal, Powell had nine points, two assists and one blocked shot during a 13-0 run that put the Cardinal ahead 51-46 with 1:57 left in the game. Her 10 rebounds on Feb. 1 gave her 681 for her career and moved her into sixth on the all-time school list head of Anita Kaplan (672; 1991-95).
After reeling off seven straight wins from Dec. 21-Jan. 16, the Bruins have dropped four of their last five games. UCLA travels across town for a Lexus Gauntlet matchup with arch-rival USC Saturday at 4 p.m. UCLA has lost three in a row at USC, but defeated the Women of Troy (72-64) at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 12. FR G Nikki Blue averaged 30.5 points in two games last week as the Bruins won at Washington State and fell at No. 25 Washington. Blue scored a UCLA freshman record 35 points in the 111-77 loss to the Huskies, her Pac-10-leading second 30-point effort on the season. She also tied the school single-game record for field goal attempts with 32.
USC WOMEN OF TROY
Coming off a road split with the Washington schools, USC returns home to host arch-rival UCLA Saturday at 4 p.m. The Women of Troy have won three straight at home against the Bruins, but fell 72-64 to UCLA Jan. 12 at Pauley Pavilion. USC's 53-point margin of victory over Washington State on Feb. 1 is its largest of the season. USC held the Cougars to just 36 points, a USC opponent season low. On the weekend, JR G Jessica Cheeks shot 64.3 percent from the field. FR F Meghan Gnekow tied her career high with 17 points against Washington State. JR F Ebony Hoffman tied her career-high with 27 points in the loss at Washington. JR G Aisha Hollans, a three-year starter for the Women of Troy, is out three to six weeks with a partially-torn MCL (right knee). Hollans suffered the injury Jan. 24 against California and will not undergo surgery.
JR G Giuliana Mendiola put together perhaps the finest individual performance in UW history Feb. 1 against UCLA, scoring a school-record 43 points, tying a career-high 12 rebounds and adding seven assists. She became the first-ever Husky to score at least 40 points in a game, surpassing the old mark of 39 points (Shaunda Greene, 11/30/91). Mendiola was 6-of-9 from long range against the Bruins, helping UW to a school single-game record of 60.0 percent 3-point field goal shooting (15-of-25). In the Huskies' wins over USC and UCLA, Mendiola averaged 32.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and shot 72.7 percent (24-of-33) from the field. A crowd of 8,408 was on hand for the Feb. 1 UCLA game, setting the new women's basketball record at Bank of America Arena. Washington's 111 points against the Bruins broke the school's scoring record in Pac-10 games and was just three points shy of the overall record. Coming off its longest homestand of the season, Washington travels to the desert to take on Arizona and Arizona State.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
JR F Bianca McCall recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds in WSU's loss to UCLA Jan. 30. It marked McCall's fourth straight 20-point performance, a streak that was halted Feb. 1 against USC. Five Cougars scored in double figures against the Bruins - SO G Jessica Perry (14 pts), JR F Holly Harris (11 pts), SO F Jami Clevenger (11 pts) and JR G Lindsey Egeland (10 pts). Having lost 43 straight games, the Cougars look to put an end to the third-longest losing streak in NCAA Division I history when they travel to Arizona State and Arizona this week. The NCAA record is 58 by Long Island University (1986-89).
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.
Fri., Mar. 7Game 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. 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. 10
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
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