This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 10, 2003

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN
The 18th season of Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball tips off officially this week, as OREGON hosts Valparaiso Saturday night in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic... The Ducks meet up with either No. 10 LSU or Villanova on Sunday... The LSU Tigers began their postseason trek in Eugene last March, as Oregon hosted NCAA First/Second Rounds at McArthur Court... Eight other Pac-10 teams, UCLA being the exception, continue their exhibition slates this week... Defending Pac-10 Champion STANFORD debuted at No. 7 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN/WBCA coaches poll, while Pac-10 Tournament runner-up ARIZONA is ranked 22nd, the Wildcats' first preseason ranking in the coaches poll since the 1999-2000 season... Four Conference teams - WASHINGTON, ARIZONA STATE, UCLA and OREGON - received votes in the preseason poll... The Ducks were just one of two teams with losing records in 2002-03, Clemson being the other, to garner votes in the coaches poll.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tue., Nov. 11
Love & Basketball at USC (X), 7 p.m.
Basketball Travelers at WASHINGTON STATE (X), 7 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 12
Chinese Nat'l Team at OREGON STATE (X), 7 p.m.

Thu., Nov. 13
Athletes in Action at ARIZONA (X), 7 p.m.
Everyone's Internet at STANFORD (X), 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 15
West Coast All-Stars at ARIZONA STATE (X), 6:30 p.m.
Team Concept at CALIFORNIA (X), 7 p.m.
Valparaiso at OREGON (1), 6:30 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 16
LSU or Villanova at OREGON (1), 12:30/3 p.m.
Everyone's Internet at USC (X), 2 p.m.
NWBL at WASHINGTON (X), 4 p.m.

(X) - Exhibition Game
All game times local to site.
(1) Women's Sports Foundation Classic, Eugene, Ore. (OREGON, LSU, Valparaiso, Villanova)

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sun., Nov. 30 - Illinois at UCLA, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Sun., Dec. 7 - Notre Dame at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Sun., Dec. 14 - Tennessee at STANFORD, Noon (FSN)

PAC-10 BASKETBALL PREVIEW SHOW
Wed., Nov. 12
Galaxy 11, Transponder 8C (C-Band), Audio 6.2/6.8
Women's feed: 11 a.m. - Noon PT

Wed., Nov. 19
Galaxy 11, Transponder 8C (C-Band), Audio 6.2/6.8
Women's feed: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. PT

First Pac-10 Coaches Media Teleconference is Tuesday, Dec. 23, 9:30-10:30 a.m. P

EXHIBITION RESULTS
Sun., Nov. 2
CALIFORNIA 81, Bay Area Pro Am 72
O'Keith-16 pts/8 reb/4 stl; Williams-15 pts

Tue., Nov. 4
ARIZONA 87, Latvian Select 52
Polk-14 pts/9 reb/4 bl/17 min; Grzyb-14 pts

Wed., Nov. 5
OREGON 80, Strakonice 69
Mizusawa-15 ast; Kraayeveld-20 pts/8-16 FG

Thu., Nov. 6
ARIZONA STATE 92, Latvian Select 41
Buckner-16 pts/8 reb/6 stl; Johnson-11 pts/7 reb

Fri., Nov. 7
OREGON STATE 86, Strakonice 60
Chapman-15 pts/7-15 FG; Turner-12 pts/6-6 FT

Sat., Nov. 8
NW Sports 76, WASHINGTON STATE 66
Fields-18 pts/8-13 FG; McCall-10 reb
UCLA 74, Love & Basketball 72
Quinn-22 pts/4 ast; Blue-19 pts/9 reb/4 stl

Sun., Nov. 9
OREGON 87, Western Oregon 29
Ganes-22 pts/11-14 FG; Kraayeveld-17 pts/11 reb
STANFORD 69, Love & Basketball 52
Trotter-15 pts/7-8 FG; Powell-11 pts/12 reb
WASHINGTON 83, NWBL 42
Giu. Mendiola-16 pts; Hicks-15 pts/8 reb/5 stl

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA/ALL PAC-10 TEAMS/LISTS

STATE FARM WADE TROPHY
Preseason Candidates (30)
Ebony Hoffman, USC
Giuliana Mendiola, Washington
Shawntinice Polk, Arizona
Nicole Powell, Stanford

WOODEN AWARD
Preseason All-America Team (30)
Ebony Hoffman, USC
Giuliana Mendiola, Washington
Shawntinice Polk, Arizona
Nicole Powell, Stanford

NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Preseason Candidates (30)
Ebony Hoffman, USC
Nicole Powell, Stanford

ATHLON
Preseason All-America Team
Nicole Powell, Stanford, First Team
Shawntinice Polk, Arizona, Second Team

GBALLMAG.COM
Preseason All-America Team (5)
Nicole Powell, Stanford

STREET & SMITH TERRIFIC 10
Preseason All-Americ Team
Giuliana Mendiola, Washington, First Team
Shawntinice Polk, Arizona, First Team
Nicole Powell, Stanford, First Team

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NEWS SERVICE
Preseason All-America Team
Nicole Powell, Stanford, Second Team
Giuliana Mendiola, Washington, Third Team
Shawntinice Polk, Arizona, Third Team

ESPN.COM's FIVE TO WATCH
Shawntinice Polk, Arizona, Center
Nicole Powell, Stanford, Wing

PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAM
As selected by media
Nikki Blue, UCLA
Ebony Hoffman, USC
Giuliana Mendiola, Washington
Shawntinice Polk, Arizona
Nicole Powell, Stanford

PAC-10 NOTES

NCAA COMMITTEE CONTACT
Washington Associate Athletic Director Marie Tuite is currently in her third 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 Erin Rowley in the University of Washington Media Relations Office at 206-543-2230.

ARIZONA WILDCATS
Ten letterwinners return from a squad that finished 22-9 overall and went 13-5 in the Pac-10... Arizona was the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament runner-up after finishing in a tie for second during regular-season play... The Cats are ranked No. 22 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches poll, marking the first time since the 1999-2000 season UA has been ranked in the preseason coaches poll... Arizona has been listed among the Top-25 in four of the six preseason polls released so far this season... Three starters return, led by SO C Shawntinice Polk, a preseason candidate for the Wade Trophy and Wooden Award... Also returning are SR G Aimee Grzyb and JR G Dee-Dee Wheeler.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
The Sun Devils return four starters and eight letterwinners from last season's NIT second-round team... ASU is led by JR G Carrie Buckner, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last year, JR G Kylan Loney and 2003 Pac-10 All-Freshman selections Amy Denson (first team) and Kristen Kovesdy (honorable mention)... First Team All-Pac-10 Freshman honoree Jill Noe, who started 29 of 30 games last year, will miss the 2003-04 season after suffering an ACL tear in a preseason workout... The Sun Devils regain the services of JR Betsy Boardman, who missed all of last season with a knee injury after starting the first 65 games of her career, in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
The Golden Bears return 11 letterwinners and add a pair of freshmen to the mix... Three starters are back: SR G Nihan Anaz (10.1 ppg), JR point guard Kristin Iwanaga (7.3 ppg) and JR F Leigh Gregory (9.2 ppg)... Cal posted a 10-9 overall record last season and went 5-13 in Pac-10 play, giving them more total and Conference wins than 2001-02... FR C Emmelie Geraedts, a native of the Netherlands, is the youngest member of the Dutch national team and led three different amateur club teams to divisional titles... Cal plays its second exhibition game Saturday against Team Concept, while the Bears tip off the regular season Nov. 23 against South Carolina State at Haas Pavilion.

OREGON DUCKS
The Ducks return eight letterwinners, including four starters, to go along with seven newcomers... UO went 12-16 overall and 8-10 in the Pac-10 last season... Oregon received two votes in the preseason USA Today/ESPN/WBCA coaches poll, one of just two teams, Clemson being the other, with losing records in 2002-03 that received votes... SR F Cathrine Kraayveld averaged 18.5 points in the Ducks' two exhibition games... JR point guard Corrie Mizusawa, who transferred from Saint Mary's (Calif.), averaged 13.0 assists in the two exhibition games, with 15 against Strakonice and 11 versus Western Oregon... The Ducks open the regular season Saturday at home against Valparaiso in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic... UO faces the winner of the No. 10 LSU-Villanova game on Sunday.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS
The Beavers went 15-15 overall (8-10 Pac-10) last season and made their third straight postseason NIT appearance... Oregon State is one of three Pac-10 teams to return all five starters this year and will be led by a trio of seniors in point guard Leilani Estavan, an All-Pac-10 First Team selection, F Hollye Chapman and C Brina Chaney... OSU begins the 2003-04 season riding a seven-game home winning streak... It's last loss in Gill Coliseum came at the hands of then-No. 6 Stanford on Jan. 9, 2003... Tabbed to finish eighth in the preseason Pac-10 coaches and media polls, the Beavers have finished in the Pac-10's top five in each of the last two seasons, despite being picked to finish seventh those years... OSU has finished higher than selected in the Pac-10 polls in each of the last four seasons.

STANFORD CARDINAL
The Cardinal, ranked No. 7 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN/WBCA coaches poll, return all five starters from last year's Pac-10 Champion squad, however, early-season injuries have kept some on the bench... JR F T'Nae Thiel and JR F Azella Perryman are recovering from foot injuries, while SR G Katie Denny suffered a sprained knee ligament during the first week of practice... Led by two-time All-American SR F Nicole Powell, a preseason Wade Trophy. Wooden Award and Naismith Player of the Year candidate , Stanford opens the regular season Nov. 21 at Pepperdine... The Cardinal then plays its next six games in Maples Pavilion, highlighted by matchups with top-15 teams Georgia (Nov. 30) and Tennessee (Dec. 14)... A trio of juniors anchor the Cardinal's deep back court in Susan (King) Borchardt, Kelley Suminski and Sebnem Kimyacioglu... Powell turned in a double-double (11 pts/12 reb) in the Cardinal's first exhibition game Nov. 9, while JR C Chelsea Trotter notched a team-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

UCLA BRUINS
The Bruins return 10 letterwinners, including five of their top six scorers, and add four newcomers to the mix this season... With last year's 18-11 finish (12-6 Pac-10), UCLA totaled two more overall wins than the previous two seasons combined... Three returning starters are headlined by SO G Nikki Blue, an All-Pac-10 First Team selection and the team's leading returning scorer (16.6 ppg) and rebounder (5.5 rpg)... SR F Jamila Veasley started 29 games last season, while SR F Whitney Jones will rejoin the team after the conclusion of the UCLA soccer season... SO G Julia Pitts, who started the first eight games of the 2002-03 season and averaged 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds, returns to the lineup following knee surgery... FR G/F Noelle Quinn made an immediate impact in her first game at Pauley Pavilion, hitting a jumper at the buzzer to lead UCLA to a 74-72 exhibition win over Love & Basketball on Nov. 8... Quinn led all scorers with 22 points and added four assists.

USC WOMEN OF TROY
The Women of Troy feature a roster of seven returnees and seven newcomers this season, led by preseason Naismith, Wade Trophy and Wooden Award candidate SR F/C Ebony Hoffman... The three-time All-Pac-10 selection led the team in points (16.3 ppg), rebounds (9.8 rpg), steals (2.5 spg) and blocks (1.1 bpg) last year... Hoffman also registered 12 double-doubles last season (second in the Pac-10), for a career total of 28... USC finished 14-17 overall (8-10 Pac-10) and tied for fifth place in the Conference... SR G Jessica Cheeks (8.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.1 apg), who missed the last 10 games of 2002-03, will return to the lineup after the fall semester... SR G Rometra Craig (13.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg), who started 23 games last year after becoming eligible midway through the season (transfer rules), is back after finishing fourth in the Pac-10 with 34 three-pointers... The Women of Troy open the 2003-04 season when they face New Mexico in the Pit on Nov. 21... USC then heads for the Bahamas and the Junkanoo Jam Grand Bahama Tournament (Nov. 28-29), a field that includes Minnesota, Texas A&M and Seton Hall.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES
The Huskies return six letterwinners from the 2002-03 squad that tied for second in the Conference (22-8, 13-5 Pac-10) and advanced to the NCAA Championship for the second time in three years... SR G Giuliana Mendiola, the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a preseason candidate for the Wade Trophy and Wooden Award, leads the way for UW, along with SR F/C Andrea Lalum and JR G Kristen O'Neill... However, early-season injuries have affected the Huskies, as O'Neill has a stress fracture of the left foot and will miss the beginning of the season... Stress fractures ended the career of SO Kirsten Brockman and SO G Erica Schelly suffered a broken foot the first day of practice... UW opens the regular season at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic in Honolulu, taking on Maine (Nov. 22) and Lipscomb or host Hawaii (Nov. 23)... Mendiola led all scorers with 16 points in the Huskies' first exhibition game on Nov. 9, while FR G Cameo Hicks contributed 15 points, eight rebounds, and five steals

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
Second-year head coach Sherri Murrell welcomes all five starters back to Pullman, led by SR F Bianca McCall, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection... Coming off a 2-26 season (1-17 Pac-10), the Cougars improved markedly at the end of the year, falling to USC by seven points in the Pac-10 Tournament... Last season McCall led the Cougars in points (13.1 ppg) and rebounds (8.1 rpg) and scored in double digits in 21 of 28 games... Despite missing eight games at midseason with a left foot stress fracture, SR C Candace Fields finished second on the squad in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and third in scoring (7.7 ppg)... Returning at the point is JR Jessica Perry... Fields paced the Cougars with 18 points in an exhibition loss on Nov. 8... McCall paced the team on the boards with 10 rebounds... Washington State opens the regular season at home against Fresno State on Nov. 21.

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