This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

March 12, 2003

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The top-seed STANFORD Cardinal defeated third-seeded ARIZONA 59-49 to capture its first Pac-10 Tournament title Mar. 10 at HP Pavilion at San Jose... The Cardinal have posted 12 Pac-10 regular season titles including the last three in a row... Although the Pac-10 Tournament crown assures Stanford the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth, the rest of the Conference must await its fate, revealed Sunday, Mar. 16... The NCAA Selection Show airs live at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET on ESPN... Two Pac-10 teams - Stanford and Arizona State - were among the field of 64 last season, while four teams received invites to the WNIT... Stanford's Nicole Powell was named Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-10 Tournament, averaging 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals in the Cardinal's three tournament wins... Powell was 9-of-18 from three-point range in the tournament... She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by UCLA FR G Nikki Blue (21.0 ppg/7.5 spg in Pac-10 Tournament), FR C Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ (14.0 ppg/9.3 rpg); SO G Kelley Suminski, STAN (10.3 ppg); SR F Krista Warren, ARIZ (14.7 ppg/.731 FG%) and SO G Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ (14.0 ppg/3.0 apg).

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP

Fri., Mar. 7
USC 53, WASHINGTON STATE 46
CALIFORNIA 46, ARIZONA STATE 38

Sat., Mar, 8 - Quarterfinals
WASHINGTON 64, USC 63
ARIZONA 70, OREGON STATE 56
STANFORD 60, CALIFORNIA 35
UCLA 71, OREGON 58

Sun., Mar. 9 - Semifinals
ARIZONA 74, WASHINGTON 51
STANFORD 69, UCLA 64

Mon., Mar. 10 - Championship
STANFORD 59, ARIZONA 49

2003 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
JR F Nicole Powell, STANFORD

2003 PAC-10 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
FR G Nikki Blue, UCLA
FR C Shawntinice Polk, ARIZONA
JR F Nicole Powell, STANFORD
SO G Kelley Suminski, STANFORD
SR F Krista Warren, ARIZONA
SO G Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZONA

2003 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JR G Giuliana Mendiola, WASHINGTON

2003 PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
C SHAWNTINICE 'POLKEY' POLK, ARIZONA

2003 PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
Tara VanDerveer, STANFORD

NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SELECTION SHOW
Sunday, Mar. 16, 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET, ESPN

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT CHAMPS: The STANFORD Cardinal captured the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament title, and with it the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Ninth-ranked Stanford downed No. 21 Arizona 59-49, Mar. 10 at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Stanford JR F Nicole Powell was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, averaging 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals in the Cardinal's three tournament wins. Powell scored 19 points and posted five assists and four rebounds in the Championship Game.

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Most Outstanding Player: Nicole Powell, JR F, STANFORD
Nikki Blue, FR G, UCLA
Shawntinice Polk, FR C, ARIZONA
Kelley Suminski, SO G, STANFORD
Krista Warren, SR F, ARIZONA

Dee-Dee Wheeler, SO G, ARIZONA

PAC-10 REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS: The STANFORD Cardinal (15-3 Pac-10) also clinched its third straight regular season Conference crown on Feb. 22, with a 79-61 win over UCLA. The title is Stanford's 12th in 17 seasons. Here's a year-by-year look at the league's regular season champions...

1986-87 USC
1987-88 Washington
1988-89 Stanford
1989-90 Stanford/Washington
1990-91 Stanford
1991-92 Stanford
1992-93 Stanford
1993-94 USC
1994-95 Stanford
1995-96 Stanford
1996-97 Stanford
1997-98 Stanford
1998-99 UCLA/Oregon
1999-00 Oregon
2000-01 Arizona State/ Stanford/Washington
2001-02 Stanford
2002-03 Stanford

2003 PACIFIC-10 CONFERNCE HONORS

ALL-PAC-10 TEAM

Name School Pos Yr Ht Hometown
Nikki Blue UCLA G Fr. 5-8 Bakersfield, Calif.
Leilani Estavan OSU G Jr. 5-7 Los Angeles, Calif.
Michelle Greco* UCLA G Sr. 5-9 LaCrescenta, Calif.
Ebony Hoffman* USC F Jr. 6-2 Harbor City, Calif.
Giuliana Mendiola* WASH G Jr. 5-7 Lake Forest, Calif.
Loree Payne* WASH G Sr. 6-0 Havre, Mont.
Shawntinice Polk ARIZ C Fr. 6-5 Hanford, Calif.
Nicole Powell** STAN G Jr. 6-2 Phoenix, Ariz.
Kelley Suminski STAN G So. 5-9 Chester, N.J.
Dee-Dee Wheeler ARIZ G So. 5-6 Chicago, Ill.

*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree; ** three-time All-Pac-10 honoree

HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes)
Carrie Buckner (ASU, So., G), Hollye Chapman (OSU, Jr., F), Rometra Craig (USC, Jr., G), Alissa Edwards (ORE, Sr., G), Carolyn Ganes (ORE, Fr., C), Cathrine Kraayeveld (ORE, Jr., F), Andrea Lalum (WASH, Jr., F) Bianca McCall (WSU, Jr., F).

PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Name School Pos Ht Hometown
Nikki Blue UCLA G 5-8 Bakersfield, Calif.
Amy Denson ASU G 6-1 Central Point, Ore.
Carolyn Ganes ORE C 6-3 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Jill Noe ASU G 5-10 Tualatin, Ore.
Shawntinice Polk ARIZ C 6-5 Hanford, Calif.

HONORABLE MENTION (Received Votes)
Meghan Gnekow (USC, G), Natalie Jones (ARIZ, G), Kristen Kovedsy (ASU, F), Casey Bunn (OSU, G).

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Giuliana Mendiola, JR G, WASHINGTON
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Shawntinice Polk, C, ARIZONA
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Tara VanDerveer, STANFORD

PAC-10 POSTSEASON STREAKS
Stanford 15 ('88-02 NCAA)
Oregon 9 ('94-01 NCAA)
('02 NIT)
Arizona State 3 ('01-02 NCAA)
('00 NIT)
Oregon State 2 ('01-02 NIT)
Washington 2 ('01 NCAA)
('02 NIT)
USC 1 ('02 NIT)

PAC-10 IN THE NCAATOURNAMENT
(since current alignment in '86-87)
5 teams '98, '97, '95, '94, '92
4 teams '01, '00, '99, '93, '91, '90
3 teams '96, '88, '87
2 teams '89, '02

NCAA NOTES
* A Pac-10 team has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 19 of 21 NCAA Tournaments.
* A Pac-10 team has reached the Elite Eight in seven of 21 NCAA Tournaments, including Washington in 2001.
* The Pac-10 has posted a 98-73 record (.573) in the NCAA Tournament.
* Every Pac-10 team made a trip to the Big Dance in the 90s, while six different teams have been invited to the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons.
* In the 1990s, Pac-10 teams made six Final Four appearances and Stanford captured two NCAA titles ('90, '92).
* A Pac-10 team has reached the Final Four in nine of the 21 NCAA Tournaments.

PAC-10 RECORDS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Team Yrs Record Pct
ARIZ 4 5-4 .556
ASU 5 3-5 .375
CAL 3 1-3 .250
ORE 11 3-10 .231
OSU 5 2-5 .286
STAN 16 36-14 .720
UCLA 7 7-7 .500
USC 13 27-11 .711
WASH 13 14-13 .519
WSU 1 0-1 .000
Total 98-73 .573

WNIT NOTES
* Pac-10 teams have posted a 31-18 record (.633) in the Women's NIT.
* Pac-10 teams have won five WNIT titles (Oregon in '02 and '89, Oregon State in '80 and '82; Arizona in '96) and captured two runner-up finishes (ASU in '81; California in '87).

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR - JR G GIULIANA MENDIOLA, WASHINGTON
MENDIOLA has been instrumental in leading Washington to 22-7 overall and 13-5 Pac-10 regular season records. She is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and became the first Husky player ever to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. Mendiola finished the regular season as the Pac-10's leader in assists. She is fourth in the Conference in scoring (17.3 rpg), second in free throw percentage (.847), eighth in rebounding (6.7), first in 3-point field goal percentage (.460), eighth in 3-point field goals made (1.59), seventh in offensive rebounds (2.55) and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.59). A three-time Player of the Week honoree this season, Mendiola has led UW in scoring in 14 games, including a 43-point effort against UCLA on Feb. 1. She set a new school record for points in a game, just seven shy of the Pac-10 record. Mendiola has 435 career assists, good enough to place second on the Husky career assist charts, needing just six more to take sole possession of first place.

PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - C SHAWNTINICE POLK, ARIZONA
POLK became just the third player in Wildcat history and second in as many years to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. UA's Dee-Dee Wheeler claimed the award in 2001-02. Polk is ranked in the top three spots in six of a possible 12 Pac-10 statistical categories, including scoring (17.5, third), rebounding (10.6, first), field goal percentage (.622, first), blocked shots (2.57, first), offensive rebounds (3.60, first) and defensive rebounds (7.03, second). She is on track to become the first freshman in Conference history, true or redshirt, to finish the season ranked in the Top-10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. With 524 points and 319 rebounds through regular season play, Polk set new Arizona freshman scoring and rebounding records. A four-time Player of the Week honoree this season, she has posted a league-leading 20 double-doubles this season.

PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR - TARA VANDERVEER, STANFORD
VANDERVEER in her 17th season at Stanford, guided the Cardinal to a 26-4 overall record, 15-3 in Pac-10 play. Stanford has remained in the Top-10 of both the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls throughout the season, earning a season-high No. 4-ranking Dec. 2 and 9. VanDerveer has molded the Cardinal into one of the Pac-10's strongest teams as Stanford leads the Conference in six of a possible 19 statistical categories. Among Pac-10 teams, the Cardinal is tops in scoring defense, scoring margin, free throw percentage, rebounding defense, rebounding margin and defensive rebounds. A 2002 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, VanDerveer is one of 20 finalists for the Naismith Women's Basketball Coach of the Year award. The Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the sixth of VanDerveer's career.

PAC-10 TEAMS IN THE AP POLL
Three Pac-10 teams were ranked among the Associated Press Top-25 on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, 2003, the first time at least three Conference teams have been ranked in consecutive AP polls since Nov. 6 (preseason) and Nov. 19, 2001. On Feb. 16, Stanford was No. 9, Washington No. 23 and Arizona No. 25. In the Feb. 23 poll, Stanford stayed at ninth while Arizona was 24th and Washington was 25th. The same three 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. 19, 2001. The Conference has had at least two teams ranked in the AP Top-25 for 13 straight weeks, since Arizona made its debut at No. 21 (Dec. 2, 2002).

THE LAST TIME...
In this year of talented Pac-10 freshmen, keep the following factoids close at hand:
* No two freshmen (redshirt or true) have ever finished in the Pac-10's Top-10 in scoring in the same season. In fact, only eight players have ever finished their rookie season ranked in the league's Top-10 in scoring: Nicole Powell, Stanford, in 2000-01 (14.1 ppg, 10th); Loree Payne, Washington, in 1999-2000 (17.4 ppg, 3rd); Lindsey Yamasaki, Stanford, in 1998-99 (14.0 ppg, 8th); Maylana Martin, UCLA, in 1996-97 (17.9 ppg, 5th); Adia Barnes, Arizona, in 1994-95 (15.5 ppg, 10th); Tanja Kostic, Oregon State, in 1992-93 (18.2 ppg, 4th); Lisa Leslie, USC, in 1990-91 (19.4 ppg, 4th); Teresa Palmisano, California, in 1987-88 (14.0 ppg, 10th).
* 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).
* No freshman (redshirt or true) has ever finished the season in the Pac-10's Top-10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
* 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 Senior 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. The Pac-10 Public Relations Department has arranged a media teleconference with Tuite regarding the NCAA Tournament selection process for Wed., Mar. 12 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Contact the Pac-10 Office for conference call details.

NAISMITH AWARDS
Stanford JR F Nicole Powell is one of 20 finalists for the 2003 Naismith Women's College Basketball Player of the Year Award. In addition, three Pac-10 coaches are among the 25 finalists for the 2003 Naismith Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year Award: Arizona's Joan Bonvicini, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and Washington's June Daugherty. The Naismith Awards Program, now in its 35th year, honors the outstanding college basketball players and coaches in the United States. The winners of this year's awards will be honored in Atlanta on April 11, 2003, at the Georgia World Congress Center.
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 - posted a combined perfect 27-0 record in Pac-10 home games this year. Two of those squads - the Cardinal and Huskies - tout perfect 14-0 overall home records in 2002-03. The Wildcats suffered just one home loss on the season, a 78-71 overtime defeat at the hands of then-No. 3 LSU. Both Washington Arizona finished 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. Stanford hosts NCAA First and Second Rounds, Mar. 22-24 at Maples Pavilion, as well as the 2003 NCAA West Regional, Mar. 30 and April 1. Washington has won 14 straight in Seattle, nine in league play. The Huskies ended the regular season undefeated in their home arena for the first time since 1990 when they also went 14-0. Arizona is third in the league with 13 consecutive home wins, the Cats' longest home win streak since the 2000-01 team also won 13 in a row.

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