This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 24, 2003

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Pac-10 teams will play more than 25 games this week as Thanksgiving tournaments highlight the schedules up and down the league... Two Conference teams host tourneys this week - No. 24 OREGON (1-0) and WASHINGTON (2-0) - while five others travel to various spots around the globe, from Boulder, Colo., to Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Bahamas... Twelve games involve ranked teams, with a possible three more after opening round tournament play... ARIZONA STATE (2-0), OREGON STATE (2-0), STANFORD (2-0) and UCLA (1-0) are guaranteed to meet up with top-10 competition this week, while ARIZONA (1-0) could meet No. 2/2 Texas in the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic... Pac-10 teams post a 14-1 non-conference mark (.933) entering the third week of the season.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Nov. 24
WASHINGTON STATE at Wyoming, 7 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 25
#22/23 ARIZONA at #18/18 UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.
San Jose State at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
#24/NR OREGON at Gonzaga, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Tulane, 7 p.m.
San Francisco at #6/7 STANFORD, 7 p.m.
UCLA at #2/2 Texas, 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 28
#22/23 ARIZONA vs. NR/#24 Virginia, 2:40 p.m. (1)
ARIZONA STATE vs. #8/9 Kansas State, 8:50 p.m. (2)
CALIFORNIA vs. Lehigh, 6 p.m. (3)
Kansas at #24/NR OREGON, 8 p.m. (4)
OREGON STATE vs. Arkansas, 5 p.m. (5)
Boston University at #6/7 STANFORD, 7 p.m.vUSC vs. Seton Hall, 3 p.m. (2)
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. (6)

Sat., Nov. 29
ARIZONA vs. #2/2 Texas or Navy, 1:10/5:30 p.m. (1)
ARIZONA STATE vs. #9/8 Penn State or #24 George Washington,2/4:20 p.m. (2)
CALIFORNIA vs. #16/16 Colorado or Idaho State, 6/8:15 p.m. (3)
North Carolina State at #24/NR OREGON, 8 p.m. (4)
OREGON STATE vs.Loyola Marymount or Providence, TBA (5)
USC vs. #13/11 Minnesota or Texas A&M, 7:40/9:50 p.m. (6)
Oklahoma State or Yale at WASHINGTON, 5/7 p.m. (7)
WASHINGTON STATE at Baylor, 7 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 30
Illinois at UCLA, 1 p.m. (FSN)
#22/23 ARIZONA at Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic, TBA (1)
#10/10 Georgia at #6/7 STANFORD, 2 p.m.

All game times local to site.
(1) Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii
(2) Junkanoo Jam, Grand Bahama Island
(3) Coors Classic, Boulder, Colo.
(4) Oregon Classic, Eugene, Ore.
(5) Loyola Marymount Tournament, Los Angeles, Calif.
(6) Seattle Times Classic, Seattle, Wash.

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)
Sun., Dec. 21 - STANFORD at Texas Tech, Noon (FSN)

PAC-10 TEAMS IN THE AP POLL: With OREGON's debut at No. 24 in the Nov. 17 Associated Press poll, three Pac-10 teams (including No. 6 STANFORD and No. 22 ARIZONA) are ranked among the Top-25 for the first time since Feb. 24, 2003.

Three Conference teams were ranked in the same AP poll four times last season, including three consecutive weeks from Feb. 17 to Mar. 3, 2003. The consecutive rankings in 2002-03 applied to Stanford (No. 9/9/9), Washington (No. 23/25/25) and Arizona (No. 25/24/22).

Prior to when it occurred last season, the Pac-10 had not fielded three teams in the same poll since Nov. 19, 2001.

The Conference has landed at least two teams in the AP poll in 17 straight rankings, since Arizona made its debut at No. 21 on Dec. 2, 2002.

THE COACHES: Pac-10 head women's basketball coaches have combined for 2,691 Division I wins, including 73 NCAA Tournament wins, and have guided teams to the NCAA Final Four seven times. Conference head coaches post a combined .626 overall winning percentage (2,691-1,611) and have won 57.0 percent (73-55) of NCAA Tournament games they have coached in.

Eight of the 10 Pac-10 head coaches have spent at least 10 seasons directing programs. At the top of the that roster are three mentors - Arizona's Joan Bonvicini, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and USC's Chris Gobrecht - each in their 25th seasons as collegiate head coaches. In addition, Cal's Caren Horstmeyer (16th year), OSU's Judy Spoelstra (15th year) and Washington's June Daugherty (15th year) have logged at least 14 seasons as head coaches.

NON-CONFERENCE SLATE: Pac-10 teams post a 14-1 record (.933) against non-conference foes entering the second week of the season. As a whole, the league went 56-36 last year (.609) against non-conference opponents during the regular season, it's best showing since going 60-37 (.619) in the 1998-99 regular season. The league won a record 75 non-conference games during the regular season in 1991-92 and last eclipsed the 70-win plateau in 1994-95.

CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Nov. 23, 2003, the WBCA/Summerville RPI ranks the top five conferences (RPI) as follows: 1. Big East, 2. Big Ten, 3. SEC, 4. Big 12, 5. ACC, while the Pac-10 ranks 10th.

PAC-10 ON FOX SPORTS NET: The Pac-10's 21-game television package with Fox Sports Net includes four non-conference games against Top-25 teams: No. 20 Notre Dame at WASHINGTON (Dec. 7), No. 3 Tennessee at No. 6 STANFORD (Dec. 14), No. 16 Colorado at USC (Dec. 20) and No. 6 STANFORD at No. 7 Texas Tech (Dec. 21).

STRENGTH IN SCHEDULING: Pac-10 teams play 22 non-conference games against opponents ranked in the Nov. 17 Associated Press poll and 10 games against teams ranked in the Top-10. Based on the way tournaments play out, those numbers could increase to 27 and 12, respectively. By comparison, Pac-10 teams scheduled a combined 16 non-conference games against Top-25 opponents last season, according to the 2002 preseason AP poll.

USC's schedule features four of those games, with a possible five if the Women of Troy advance and meet up with No. 13 Minnesota in the Grand Bahama Tournament (Nov. 29). USC's ranked opponents are: vs. No. 1 Connecticut, vs. No. 16 Colorado, vs. No. 18 UC Santa Barbara and at No. 20 Notre Dame.

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: The No. 22/23 Wildcats hit the road during Thanksgiving week, playing at No. 18/18 UC Santa Barbara Nov. 25, and in the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic (Nov. 28-30). UA opens the tournament with NR/No. 24 Virginia and will take on either Navy or No. 2/2 Texas in the second round. Coming off their 14th consecutive home victory, the second-longest home win streak in the program's history, Arizona went 9-8 in games away from the McKale Center last season. SO C Shawntinice Polk paced the Wildcats in scoring with 25 points in the season-opening win over Northern Arizona. Three players - SR G Aimee Grzyb, JR G Dee-Dee Wheeler and SO F CoCoa Sanford - added 19 points apiece.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils (2-0) head to Grand Bahama Island for the Junkanoo Jam where they will open with No. 8/9 Kansas State and take on No. 9/No. 8 Penn State or NR/No. 25 George Washington in the second game. ASU has opened the season with back-to-back wins in each if the last five seasons, dating back to 1998-99. The Sun Devils defeated Kansas State 76-58 in the Virgin Islands two years ago. JR F Betsy Boardman led ASU with 16 points in the win over Grambling State on Nov. 23, her first action since March of 2002 after missing last season with a knee injury and missing the season opener. FR G Alisha Godette scored 16 points in her college debut, leading ASU to an 80-48 win over Akron on Nov. 21.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears (1-0) host San Jose State Tuesday night before embarking on a three-game road trip to Denver, Colo., and Lubbock, Texas. Cal will play four games over the next eight days, including two against top-15 opponents (Colorado and Texas Tech). In the first round of the Coors Classic, the Bears meet up with Lehigh. SR G Nihan Anaz and JR F Leigh Gregory paced the team with 12 points apiece in the season opening 78-47 win over South Carolina State. It marked the first time in more than five years that Cal scored at least 47 points and surrendered 11 points or less in the first half.

OREGON: The Ducks (2-0) entered the Associated Press Top 25 last week for the first time since Jan. 29, 2001. After wins over Valparaiso (Nov. 15) and then-No. 9 LSU (Nov. 16), Oregon debuted at No. 24. The Ducks take their first road trip of the season, traveling to Gonzaga for a Tuesday night matchup, before hosting Kansas (Nov. 28) and North Carolina State (Nov. 29) in the Oregon Classic. SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld is averaging a double-double of 25.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games, while JR G Corrie Mizusawa is averaging 9.0 assists.

OREGON STATE: SR C Brina Chaney drained her first career three-point field goal en route to tallying 12 points in the win over Utah Valley State (Nov. 21). She also posted five blocked shots in the game to move into second place on OSU's all-time blocked shots list (145). The Beavers (2-0) extended their home win streak to nine games with the defeat of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, matching their longest winning streak at Gill Coliseum since the 1983-84 season. Seniors Chaney, F Hollye Chapman and G Leilani Estavan accounted for 83 of Oregon State's 140 points in its first two games. Chapman added her eighth career double-double (11 pts/10 reb) against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Beavers travel to New Orleans to take on Tulane Tuesday night before competing in the Loyola Marymount Tournament.

STANFORD: The No. 6/7 Cardinal continue a six-game home stretch as they take on the University of San Francisco Tuesday night. Boston University and No. 10/10 Georgia visit Maples Pavilion Friday and Sunday, respectively. SR F Nicole Powell paces the squad in scoring, averaging 24.0 points in two regular season games. FR C Kristen Newlin is second, with 11.0 ppg. In two regular-season games, the Cardinal have shot 45.7 percent (49-of-107) from the field, including 40.5 percent (15-of-37) from three-point range. Powell notched her 31st career double-double, most among active Pac-10 players, with 28 points and 12 rebounds at Pepperdine (Nov. 21).

UCLA: The Bruins travel to No. 2/2 Texas for their first road game of the season, Tuesday night at 7 p.m. UCLA (1-0) hosts Illinois Sunday on Fox Sports Net, the first of at least three live telecasts with the Pac-10's television partner. The Longhorns are UCLA's highest-ranked non-conference opponent since a meeting with then-No. 14 Georgia on Dec. 6, 2002, which ended in a 91-83 Bruin loss. UCLA went 1-5 against top-25 competition last season, including an 0-3 mark against teams ranked in the top-10. SO G Nikki Blue paced the team in its season-opening win over UNLV with 15 points, adding six assists and six steals. FR G/F Noelle Quinn scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in her first collegiate contest.

USC: The Women of Troy travel to the Junkanoo Jam Grand Bahama Tournament this week, where they will face Seton Hall in the opening round on Nov. 28. USC will meet up with either No. 13/11 Minnesota or Texas A&M in the second game on Nov. 29. The Women of Troy are 16-11 all-time in the first road game of the season. USC notched two wins over top 25 teams last season, knocking off No. 18/18 Colorado State (Nov. 17, 2002) and No. 6/7 Stanford (Jan. 26, 2003). SR F/C Ebony Hoffman led the team with 19 points in USC's season-opening road loss to New Mexico (77-75), before 11,816 fans at the Pit. The game included a total of 61 fouls, 33 by USC, the second-most in program history.

WASHINGTON: SR F/C Andrea Lalum is averaging a team-leading 24.5 points in two regular season games, including a career-high 28 points in the 82-70 win over Maine on Nov. 22. Lalum added 21 points in the win over Lipscomb (Nov. 23) to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau (1,014 pts) in career scoring. The Huskies (2-0) return to Bank of America Arena to host the Seattle Times Classic this week, looking to add to their 14-game home winning streak. UW opens the home slate with Gonzaga Friday night and will face Oklahoma State or Yale in the second game, while The Huskies were last defeated on their home court by Oregon on Mar. 22, 2002, in the second round of the NIT.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars play three road games during Thanksgiving week, visiting Wyoming Monday night and taking on Eastern Washington (Nov. 26) and Baylor (Nov. 29). WSU's win over Fresno State marked its first season-opening triumph in three years, since opening the 2000-01 campaign with a win over American University. SR G Lindsey Egeland scored a team-high 11 points to lead the Cougars against the Bulldogs.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Mon., Nov. 17
UCLA 93, West Coast All Stars 73 (X) Quinn-25 pts/11-15 FG/4 ast; Livingston-14 pts

Fri., Nov. 21
#6/7STANFORD 69, Pepperdine 61
Powell-28 pts/12 reb; Trotter-15 pts
OREGON STATE 72, Utah Valley State 38
Estavan-12 pts/6 ast/4 stl; Chaney-12 pts
New Mexico 77, USC 75
Hoffman-19 pts; Craig-11 pts/4 ast
WASHINGTON STATE 69, Fresno State 51
Egeland-11 pts/4 reb/3 stl; Benz-9 pts/7 reb
ARIZONA STATE 80, Akron 48v Godette-16 pts/6-10 FG/8 reb; Rosenthal-13 pts

Sat., Nov. 22
WASHINGTON 82, Maine 70
Lalum-28 pts; Giu. Mendiola-21 pts/8 reb/7 ast
#22/23 ARIZONA 89, Northern Arizona 67
Polk-25 pts/9-14 FG; Grzyb-19 pts/4 3FG

Sun., Nov. 23
OREGON STATE 68, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 53
Estavan-17 pts/6 ast; Chapman-11 pts/10 reb
CALIFORNIA 78, South Carolina State 47
Anaz-12 pts/6 stl; Gregory-12 pts/5 reb/5 stl
STANFORD 79, Fordham 43
Powell-20 pts/9 reb/5 ast; Newlin-16 pts/7 reb
UCLA 61, UNLV 51
Blue-15 pts/6 ast/6 stl; Quinn-11 pts/8 reb
ARIZONA STATE 89, Grambling State 51
Boardman-16 pts/6 reb; Denson-13 pts/5 reb/4 stl
WASHINGTON 78, Lipscomb 52
Lalum-21 pts/5 reb; Gio. Mendiola-12 pts/4 reb

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