This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Feb. 24, 2003

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Entering the final weekend of regular-season Pac-10 play, STANFORD (22-3, 14-2) has locked up its third straight Pac-10 title and 12th in the last 17 years, ensuring the Cardinal the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament... What remains to be seen is who will grab the second seed, and virtually every other seed for that matter... It's still mathematically possible for WASHINGTON (20-6, 12-5), ARIZONA (18-7, 11-5) and UCLA (15-10, 10-6) to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-10 standings... A series of tie-breakers would break any tie(s) for tournament seedings (see Page 2)... The Huskies finish at home Saturday with rival WASHINGTON STATE... UW looks to extend its 13-game winning streak at Bank of America Arena... Arizona, with an 11-game home winning streak of its own, hosts Stanford and California to conclude the regular season... This week's FOX Sports Net telecasts will feature the Bears-Wildcats matchup (Noon PT, 1 p.m. MT) and Oregon at UCLA (2 p.m. PT).

Thu., Feb. 27
STANFORD at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.
OREGON at USC, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 1
CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 1 p.m., FOX Sports Net
OREGON STATE at USC, Noon
WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON, Noon
OREGON at UCLA, 2 p.m. , FOX Sports Net
STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 3 p.m., AZ-TV

All game times local to site.

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Mar. 1 - CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 1 p.m. MT, FOX Sports Net
Mar. 1 - OREGON at UCLA, 2 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net
Mar. 1 - STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 3 p.m., AZ-TV
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

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS/BRACKET
Available at www.pac-10.org Sat., Mar. 1 at approximately 6 p.m. PT

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT COMPOSITE MEDIA SCHEDULE
See Page 3 (PDF version)

Next Pac-10 Coaches Media Teleconference is Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
NOTE: Final Media Teleconfernce is Monday, Mar. 3

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT CREDENTIALS
The deadline for media credential applications for the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament was Feb. 21. For credential pickup hours and information, please see Page 3. Your credential approval e-mail notification included information on the media hotel, the media shuttle as well as credential pickup and press conference schedules. Please contact Julie Reuvers in the Pac-10 Office with any questions (925-932-4411).

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT BANQUET
Media members and/or members of the general public wishing to purchase a ticket to the State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament Banquet should contact Sandy Safford in the Pac-10 Office at 925-932-4411. The tournament banquet is Thursday, Mar. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the San Jose Tech Museum (201 South Market Street). Banquet tickets are $60 each.

TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS & PAIRINGS
Seedings and pairings will be determined following the final Conference regular season game on Saturday, March 1, 2003. The won-lost percentage record of the teams in regular season conference play will determine tournament seedings. Tie breaking procedures for determining all tournament seeding will be as follows:

Two-team tie
a. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.
b. Each team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.
d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

Multiple-team tie
a. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season among the tied teams.
b. If two or more teams are still tied, each of the tied team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.
d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

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 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament moves to San Jose, Calif., in 2003. 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: 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.

VISIT REAL-SPORTS.COM FOR: Tickets, special travel packages, fan hotel information or information on San Jose.

STANFORD JUNIOR NICOLE POWELL NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

STANFORD junior forward Nicole Powell has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 17-23.

Powell, from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged a double-double of 23.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals in home wins over USC and UCLA that clinched the Cardinal's third straight Pac-10 title. On the weekend, Powell shot .500 from the floor (18-of-36), .556 from 3-point range (5-of-9) and .833 from the foul line (5-of-6).

In the 63-55 win over the Women of Troy (Feb. 20), Powell recorded her 27th career double-double and seventh of the season with 22 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals. In the second half alone, she notched 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. In Stanford's Pac-10-clinching 79-61 victory over the Bruins (Feb. 22), Powell finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Powell scored 46 points in the two-game homestand to move into 15th place on the Stanford all-time list with 1,296 career points.

Stanford (22-3, 14-5 Pac-10), ranked ninth in the Feb. 16 Associated Press poll, travels to Arizona and Arizona State this week.

The Player of the Week honor is the sixth for Powell, her first of the season and the 48th all-time selection for Stanford. Only six players have ever received the honor more times than Powell.

ALSO NOMINATED: Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ; Leigh Gregory, CAL; Michelle Smith, OSU; Michelle Greco, UCLA; Aisha Hollans, USC; Loree Payne, 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; Jan. 20- Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ; Jan. 27-Rometra Craig, USC; Feb. 3- Giuliana Mendiola, WASH.

PAC-10 TEAMS IN THE AP POLL
Three Pac-10 teams were once again ranked among the AP Top-25 on Feb. 16 (No. 9 Stanford, No. 23 Washington, No. 25 Arizona), the second time this season the league has fielded three ranked squads. Those same teams were ranked in the Jan. 27, 2003 AP Poll(No. 6 Stanford, No. 24 Arizona, No. 25 Washington) -- the first time the Pac-10 had three ranked teams since Nov. 6, 2001. The Conference has had at least two teams ranked in the AP Top-25 for 12 straight weeks this season, since Arizona made its debut at No. 21 (Dec. 2, 2002).

20-POINT SCORERS
The Washington Huskies have had five different players reach the 20-point plateau this season and are one of just eight Division I teams to claim that same distinction this season. UW is the lone Pac-10 team in that grouping. JR G Giuliana Mendiola leads the Huskies with nine 20-point games, followed by SR G Loree Payne (6), SR G Emily Autrey (2), JR F/C Andrea Lalum (2) and SR F Kellie Dalan (1). Three Pac-10 teams have had four players reach 20 points this season -- Arizona, UCLA and USC. Teams with five or more 20-point scorers this season include: Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, Notre Dame (6), Oklahoma, South Florida, Valparaiso, WASHINGTON, Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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 24-0 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 14-0 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 Arizona are under-.500 with identical 4-5 records in Pac-10 road games this year.

Stanford's 25-game home winning streak, which dates to Dec. 28, 2001, is second in Division I behind Connecticut. The Cardinal's current streak includes 19 straight Pac-10 wins. Washington has won 13 straight in Seattle, eight in league play. Arizona is third in the league with 11 consecutive home wins, the Cats' longest home win streak since the 2000-01 team won 13 in a row.

ROAD WOES
The league's eighth- through 10th-place teams are a combined 2-22 (.083) in Pac-10 road contests this season. League-leading Stanford (5-2) and UCLA (5-4) are the only teams with winning records away from their home courts in Conference play. Including nonconference play, just three teams (Stanford, Washington and Arizona) 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.

ARIZONA WILDCATS
Arizona's 11 Conference wins qualifies as its highest Pac-10 win total since getting 13 league victories in 1999-2000. FR C Shawntinice Polk's 437 points and 273 rebounds are the second-best totals in both categories for any freshman to ever play at the UA. Polk needs just 11 more rebounds to tie the UA single-season record for most boards. Polk has extended her school-record double-doubles total to 18 in just 25 career games. As a team, Arizona has 22 double-doubles on the season, the most since the 1981-82 team recorded 22 on on the year.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
True freshmen Jenny Thigpin and YoVanna Rosenthal each scored a career-high 10 points in ASU's loss at Arizona. The Sun Devils return home this weekend for the first time since Feb. 8 after playing three straight and five of their last seven games on the road. ASU is looking to snap its first three-game losing streak since dropping three consecutive games to end the 1999-00 season. The Sun Devils have won their last three home games and 11 of 14 overall this year at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU has won its last three home games against Cal and four of the last five games in the series with the Golden Bears. On Saturday against Stanford, the Sun Devils will honor their lone senior, Rainy Crisp, and try for their fourth win over a ranked team this year.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
In the second half of the Feb. 22 game against USC, Cal held the Trojans to just six baskets and .250 shooting, both season bests for the Bear defense. USC was held to just .339 shooting for the game, the third-lowest total by a Cal opponent this year. The Bears are 9-1 this season when holding their opposition to .420 or lower from the field. Over the last five games, SO F Leigh Gregory has reached double-figures in scoring and has shot .539 from the field and .839 from the free throw line. SO G Kristin Iwanaga is currently the Pac-10's all-time leader in career free throw percentage with an .870 mark (107-123). Cal's lone remaining chance for a season sweep of an opponent is with a win at ASU Thursday. That's a tough chore, as the Bears have not won in Tempe since 1999. That year also was the last time that Cal swept the season series from the Sun Devils.

OREGON DUCKS
SO C Andrea Bills averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over the weekend as the Ducks recorded a home split against the Washington schools. In the 85-52 win over Washington State, Oregon had six players in double figures in scoring -- a feat that had not been accomplished since before the start of the Jody Runge Era in 1993 -- led by SO G Brandi Davis' 17 points. JR F Cathrine Kraayeveld made her first starts since the TCU game on Dec. 22. On the weekend, Kraayeveld played 24.0 minutes per game, averaging 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. SR G Kourtney Shreve played in her 100th and 101st games during the final regular-season home contests of her career.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS
SR G Michelle Smith led the Beavers in scoring in the home sweep of the Washington schools, averaging 16.1 points and 5.1 rebounds, four times her season averages for both categories. Oregon State's 100-86 upset of No. 23/No. 25 Washington marked its second win over a ranked opponent this season and second in less than a month after downing then-No. 22/No. 24 Arizona on Jan. 30. OSU's 52 first-half points against the Huskies were more than the Beavers had scored in seven games this season. Oregon State shot a season-high .589 from the field (33-of-56). OSU reached the 100-point plateau for the ninth time in school history and for the first time since a 100-54 victory against Eastern Washington University on Nov. 27, 1998. The Beavers finish up the regular season with games at UCLA and USC this week.

STANFORD CARDINAL
With home wins over USC and UCLA last week, the Cardinal clinched its third straight Pac-10 title and 12th in the last 17 years. Stanford also improved its career Conference mark to 259-45 (.851) in winning its 24th and 25th consecutive home games. The streak is the second-longest in Division I and the Cardinal are 326-76 overall at Maples Pavilion. JR F Nicole Powell averaged a double-double of 23.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals in the two wins. Powell notched a total of 46 points on the weekend to give her 1,296 for her career. Powell moved from 18th to 15th on the Stanford career scoring chart, surpassing Julie Zeilstra, Vanessa Nygaard and Rachel Hemmer. Stanford concludes the regular season with games at Arizona and Arizona State this week.

UCLA BRUINS
SR G Michelle Greco averaged 23.0 points as the Bruins split on the road in the Bay Area last week. Greco has notched a league-leading 12 20-point games this season. Against California, she scored a game-high 28 points on 13-of-19 shooting (.684), including 13 points during a 15-6 run that lasted less than six minutes. Her two steals over the weekend moved her into a tie for fourth place on the Pac-10 career charts, with 276 thefts. Greco needs five more to surpass Stanford's Sonja Henning (`88-91) and 11 to move in front of Cal's Courtney Johnson (`97-01).

USC WOMEN OF TROY
JR G Aisha Hollans averaged 12.0 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds as USC dropped both games of its Bay Area trip. It marked Hollans' first full weekend back since suffering a partially-torn MCL (right knee) Jan. 24 versus Cal, and she averaged 24.5 minutes per game. The game at ninth-ranked Stanford on Feb. 22 marked the Women of Troy's 11th against Top-25 competition this season. Among the 11, six games have been against Top-10 opponents. USC is 2-9 in those contests. For the first time in her career, JR F/C Ebony Hoffman is averaging a double-double (16.0 ppg/10.0 rpg). Hoffman, who has posted a league-second best 11 double-doubles this year, is tied with Stanford's Nicole Powell for the most career double-doubles among active Pac-10 players (27).

WASHINGTON HUSKIES
With its road split at the Oregon schools last week, Washington notched its first ever 20-win regular season under Coach June Daugherty. The Huskies finished 22-10 under Daugherty in 2000-01, the year they advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, and had 19 wins heading into the postseason that year. SR G Loree Payne averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the weekend and shot .586 (17-of-29) from the field. Payne has scored in double-figures in six of the last seven games, including two straight 20-point games. Over the weekend, Payne moved into sixth place on the UW all-time scoring chart with 1,644 career points. She needs 38 points to tie for fifth with Yvette Cole. SR F Kellie Dalan scored a season-high 23 points Feb. 22 at Oregon, the league-leading fifth member of her team to reach the 20-point plateau this season. UW is one of just eight NCAA Division I teams with five or more 20-point scorers this year. Washington hosts WSU this week, as the Huskies attempt to extend their 13-game home winning streak. UW owns a 4-5 Pac-10 road mark, having lost four of its last five outside Seattle.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
SO G Jessica Perry averaged 11.5 points as the Cougars fell at Oregon State and Oregon last week. Perry notched a team-high 12 points in the loss at OSU and followed with 11 points against the Ducks. The Cougars outrebounded the Beavers 46-42, the fifth time this season they have done so. JR F Bianca McCall ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.7 ppg) and third in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and blocked shots (1.40 bpg). McCall's 3.60 offensive rebounds per game average is second-best in the league, trailing only Arizona's Shawntinice Polk (3.84 avg.). The Cougars look to snap a 15-game losing streak to rival Washington this weekend, as they try for their first win over UW in Seattle since 1992-93.

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