This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Feb. 17, 2003

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STANFORD (20-3, 12-2 Pac-10) maintains a one and a half game lead over WASHINGTON (19-5, 11-4) in the Pac-10 standings, while no more than one game separates the second- through fourth-place teams entering this week... The Cardinal has four games remaining (USC, UCLA and at the Arizona schools next week), while the Huskies have three left (Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State)... In Pac-10 Tournament format, the top six seeds are rewarded by not having to play Friday night, Mar. 7... Although OREGON STATE and OREGON are tied in the current fight for sixth place, ARIZONA STATE is just a half-game back... The Cardinal will try to avenge a loss to USC last month in Los Angeles when the Women of Troy visit Maples Pavilion Thursday night... Stanford's game with UCLA on Saturday, a Noon tip, will be televised live on FOX Sports Net... The second-place Huskies travel to Oregon State and Oregon... Saturday night's contest in Eugene will be carried live on the Oregon Sports Network... Third-place ARIZONA (17-7, 10-5) hosts rival ASU this week, as the Wildcats attempt to win their seventh straight Pac-10 home game.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Feb. 20
UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
USC at STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 22
ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.
USC at CALIFORNIA, Noon
WASHINGTON at OREGON, 6 p.m., Oregon Sports Network
WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, Noon
UCLA at STANFORD, Noon, FOX Sports Net

All game times local to site.

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Feb. 22 - UCLA at STANFORD, Noon PT, FOX Sports Net
Feb. 22 - WASHINGTON at OREGON, 6 p.m., Oregon Sports Network
Mar. 1 - CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, Noon PT, FOX Sports Net
Mar. 1 - OREGON at UCLA, 2 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net
Mar. 9 - Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals, 12:30 & 3 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net
Mar. 10 - Pac-10 Tournament Championship, 7:30 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net

Feb. 17 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JR G Giuliana Mendiola, WASH (page 3)

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

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 Feb. 10-16.

Mendiola, from Lake Forest, Calif., averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds as the Huskies defeated No. 6 Stanford and California. On the weekend, she shot 66.7 percent from the field (12-of-18), 66.7 percent from three-point range (4-of-6) and 77.8 percent from the foul line (7-of-9).

Mendiola was Washington's high scorer in the 92-68 upset of Stanford (Feb. 13), scoring 20 points and adding team highs of seven assists and five rebounds. She shot a red-hot 72.7 percent from the field (8-of-11) and drained four of her five three-point attempts (80.0 percent) on the night. The 24-point margin of victory over the Cardinal was the second-largest for UW in the all-time series. The defeat was also Stanford's most lopsided since a 26-point loss to Oregon State on Mar. 9, 1991.

In the 74-54 win over California (Feb. 15), Mendiola scored 15 points and added four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Both victories extended the Huskies' home winning streak to 13 games and helped move them to within one and a half games of league leader Stanford.

The Player of the Week honor is the fourth for Mendiola, her third of the season and the 21st all-time selection for Washington.

ALSO NOMINATED: Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ; Leigh Gregory, CAL; Nicole Powell, STAN; Nikki Blue, UCLA; Ebony Hoffman, USC; 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; Jan. 20- Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ; Jan. 27-Rometra Craig, USC; Feb. 3- Giuliana Mendiola, WASH.

PROTECTING THE HOME COURT
Home is where it's at in the Pac-10 this season, as the league's top three teams in the Conference standings - Stanford, Washington and Arizona - post a combined 21-0 record in Pac-10 home games this year. Two of those squads - the Cardinal and Huskies - tout perfect overall home records in 2002-03, with 12-0 and 13-0 records, respectively. The Wildcats have suffered just one home loss on the season, a 78-71 overtime defeat at the hands of then-No. 3 LSU. Both Washington (3-4) and Arizona (4-5) are under-.500 in Pac-10 road games

Stanford's 23-game home winning streak, which dates to Dec. 28, 2001, is second in Division I behind Connecticut. The Cardinal's current streak includes 17 straight Pac-10 wins. Washington has won 13 straight in Seattle, eight in league play. Arizona is third in the league with 10 consecutive home wins.

ROAD WOES
The league's eighth- through 10th-place teams are a combined 2-19 (.095) in Pac-10 road contests this season. The Pac-10's fifth- through 10th-place teams are a combined 7-35 (.167) in Conference road games. League-leading Stanford (5-2) and UCLA (4-2) are the only teams with winning records away from their home courts in Conference play. Including nonconference play, four teams (Stanford, Washington, Arizona, UCLA) are .500 or better on the road.

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.

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.

PAC-10 TEAMS IN THE AP POLL
Three Pac-10 teams were ranked among the AP Top-25 on Jan. 27 (No. 6 Stanford, No. 24 Arizona, No. 25 Washington), the first time that's happened since Nov. 6, 2001. That distinction lasted one week, as Arizona dropped out of the AP Top-25 on Feb. 3, following its Feb. 1 overtime loss at Oregon State. The Conference has had at least two teams ranked in the AP Top-25 for 11 straight weeks this season, since Arizona made its debut at No. 21 (Dec. 2, 2002).

ARIZONA WILDCATS
FR C Shawntinice Polk set a single-season school record, reaching 57 blocks over the weekend. The previous Arizona record of 53 was set in 1982 by Tonee Buntin and tied again in 1998 by Marte Alexander. Arizona is coming off its first season sweep of USC since the 1998-99 season. SO G Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 19 of her 23 points against USC in the second half and 14 of her 16 points in the second half against UCLA. UA's 47 points against USC Feb. 16 is its lowest point total since the Wildcats' game against Rutgers in the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Polk re-aggravated a right ankle sprain at the end of the first half against USC. She missed the first 10 minutes of the second half.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
SO G Carrie Buckner is averaging 13.0 points per game in the last three contests, including a career-best 16 points Feb. 16 at UCLA. The Sun Devils are looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since ending the 1999-00 season with three straight losses. ASU has lost four straight road games and has just a 1-7 record in Pac-10 road games this season. Arizona State takes on arch-rival Arizona Saturday in Tucson. The Sun Devils have won five of the last six games in the series with the Wildcats, including a 73-58 win Jan. 25 in Tempe.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
With four free throws made at Washington State Feb. 13, SO G Kristin Iwanaga became Cal's all-time leader in free throw percentage (.866). The qualifying mark is 100 made which she just surpassed (103-of-119). In addition, Iwanaga ranks first in the Pac-10 records in the same category, although that mark may not last long. The qualifying mark for the league is 2 made per game, and Iwanaga has played 51 career games, putting her just one ahead of qualification. Cal plays its final home games of the season this week, when UCLA and USC visit Berkeley. Playing their last games at Haas Pavilion Saturday will be Amber White and Audrey Watler, in addition to Luana Coloma. Coloma is a junior eligibility-wise, but a senior academically and will be graduating in June and not returning to play next year. Three of the Bears' last four losses have been by three points or fewer.

OREGON DUCKS
After a 13-game absence because of a staph infection in her right knee, JR F Cathrine Kraayeveld scored seven points and added a team-high nine rebounds and two blocks in the Ducks' 68-58 win over rival Oregon State. Kraayeveld, who averaged 16.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in nonconference play, returned to the court Feb. 15 with 13:47 left in the first half. Oregon picked up its second straight win, led by SO F Kedzie Gunderson's 12 points and career-high five assists. In their last three wins, the Ducks have held their opponents to an average of just 54.0 points. Oregon's defense has held an opponent to under 40.0 percent shooting five times this year, including Feb. 15 against OSU.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS
JR G Leilani Estavan paced the Beavers with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and five assists in the 68-58 loss at Oregon. Two other Beavers reached double figures in scoring - JR F Hollye Chapman (15 pts) and JR C Brina Chaney (10 pts). Oregon State has won four games in a row at Gill Coliseum, dating back to Jan. 11, and has dropped four consecutive road games. The Beavers are 5-2 in Pac-10 home games this season, 1-6 on the road. Overall, they have gone 10-2 at home this season and 2-9 away from Gill Coliseum. FR G Casey Bunn has earned three consecutive starts, averaging 6.3 points in that span. With 125 career blocks, Chaney needs four more swats to take sole possession of third place in the OSU record books. Estavan moved into seventh place on the school's career assists list over the weekend and now has 423 in her career.

STANFORD CARDINAL
With its 84-41 win at Washington State on Feb. 15, the Cardinal notched its 14th 20-win season in the last 16 years. Stanford has won 25 or more games 11 times in that span. In the road split against the Washington schools last week, JR F Nicole Powell averaged 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals. Powell recorded her 700th career rebound and 400th career assist in the 92-68 loss to the Huskies, Stanford's most lopsided Pac-10 loss since a 26-point defeat to Oregon State on Mar. 9, 1991. The Cardinal has won 33 of its last 35 Conference games dating back to March of 2001. Stanford concludes its 2002-03 regular-season home slate this week with USC and UCLA. The Cardinal looks to extend its 23-game home winning streak, the second-longest in NCAA Division I. Stanford is 12-0 at Maples Pavilion this season.

UCLA BRUINS
FR G Nikki Blue averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.0 assists as the Bruins defeated No. 24 Arizona and Arizona State last week. The wins marked UCLA's first back-to-back victories since Jan. 12 (USC) and Jan. 16 (Arizona State). Blue notched a team-high 13 points in the upset of UofA, then led all scorers with 20 points against the Sun Devils. Blue has six 20-point games on season, tying for fifth in the Conference. She has also logged a league-leading two 30-point games, one of just five Pac-10 players to have scored 30 or more points this season. The Bruins travel to Cal and Stanford this week, with Saturday's contest at Maples Pavilion to be televised live by FOX Sports Net at Noon.

USC WOMEN OF TROY
USC's win over Arizona State on Feb. 13 marked the program's 500th all-time victory. Beginning in 1977 with the first scholarship squad to ever play at Troy, the Women of Troy have collected a 500-288 overall record for a .635 winning percentage. JR F Ebony Hoffman averaged 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in USC's home split with the Arizona schools. USC has won six of its last eight contests. Hoffman recorded her 11th double-double of the season (27th career) with 25 points and 12 rebounds against UofA. SO F Rachel Woodward collected a career-high six assists against Arizona. JR G Aisha Hollans played 12 minutes against the Wildcats, her first game back since Jan. 24 when she tore her MCL. The game against No. 24 Arizona was the Women of Troy's 10th against a ranked opponent this season. USC has gone 2-8 against Top-25 teams.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES
The Huskies extended their home winning streak to a league-leading 13 games with wins over No. 6 Stanford and California last week. The 24-point margin of victory over Stanford marked UW's second largest in the all-time series and was the Cardinal's most lopsided Pac-10 loss since a 26-point defeat to Oregon State on Mar. 9, 1991. In the two wins, JR G Giuliana Mendiola averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds, finishing with 20 points, seven assists and five boards against Stanford. Mendiola has scored 20 or more points in five of the last six games, including a span of five consecutive games from Jan. 30-Feb. 15. In that span, Mendiola averaged 25.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists per contest. UW takes its final road trip of the 2002-03 regular season when it heads to Oregon State and Oregon this week.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
The Cougars snapped their 45-game losing streak, the second-longest in NCAA Division I history, with a 67-64 win over California Feb. 13. WSU's last Pac-10 win prior to Feb. 13 also came at the expense of the Golden Bears (Feb. 24, 2001). In the home split with Cal and Stanford over the weekend, JR F Bianca McCall averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. She has reached double digits in scoring in 17 of 23 games this season and has five 20-point games on the year, which ties for seventh in the Pac-10. After missing eight games with a stress fracture in her left foot, JR C Candace Fields has played in each of the last four games. On the weekend, Fields averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 24.0 minutes per game. Washington State's strength of schedule is listed as third in the nation in the Feb. 16 WBCA/Summerville RPI ratings.

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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