This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL#6/6 Stanford Hosts #3/3 Tennessee Sunday at Noon
Pac-10 teams post a combined 41-17 record (.707) against non-conference opponents entering the week, however, the league looks to improve upon its 7-22 mark (.222) against ranked opponents... A handful of Top-25 teams dot the schedule this week, as many teams prepare to play their final contest before breaking for final examinations... The undefeated WASHINGTON Huskies (5-0 overall) travel to Boulder, Colo., to take on Colorado... The UCLA Bruins (2-2) and WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (4-2) also meet ranked opponents on the road this week, as UCLA travels to Purdue and WSU plays at Utah... The STANFORD Cardinal (5-0), coming off a 12-day break for final examinations, plays host to Pacific and Tennessee this weekend... The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net... Along with Washington, Stanford is one of 20 undefeated teams remaining in Division I entering this week... The Cardinal look to snap a six-game losing skid to the Lady Vols dating back to the 1997-98 season.
Tue., Dec. 9
WASHINGTON at Colorado, 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 10
Texas A&M Corpus Christi at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 12
Brigham Young at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Montana at OREGON, 7 p.m.
Pacific at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 13
UCLA at Purdue, 4:30 p.m.
San Diego at USC, 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Utah, 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 14
Texas State at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at STANFORD, Noon (Fox Sports Net)
All game times local to site.
UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sun., Dec. 14 - Tennessee at STANFORD, Noon (FSN)
Fri., Dec. 19 - Texas Tech at WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m. (FSNW)
Sat., Dec. 20 - Colorado at USC, 5:30 p.m. (FSN)
Sun., Dec. 21 - STANFORD at Texas Tech, Noon (FSN)
Dec. 27 - OREGON at CALIFORNIA, Noon (FSN)
FIRST PAC-10 COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE
Tue., Dec. 23 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT
NIHAN ANAZ NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CALIFORNIA senior guard Nihan Anaz has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 1-7.
Anaz, from Istanbul, Turkey, was named MVP of the Oakland Tribune Classic after leading the Golden Bears to their own tournament title for the first time since 1998. In victories over Miami (Ohio) and Tulane, she averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
On the weekend, Anaz shot 48.4 percent from the field (15-of-31), 50.0 percent from three-point range (2-of-4) and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line. In the win over Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 6, she scored 18 points and added a career-high eight rebounds. In the title game win over Tulane on Dec. 7, she matched her career high of 22 points, scoring 16 in the first half, and added five assists. In Cal's 76-69 loss at No. 5/5 Texas Tech on Dec. 1, Anaz also contributed 17 points and three assists, shooting 2-for-3 from three-point range. She leads the Bears with 17.1 points per game on the season.
Cal posts a 5-2 overall record for the first time since 1999-2000. The Bears are in the midst of a 12-day break for final exams, and will return to action on Dec. 19 when they host Nevada at 7 p.m.
The Player of the Week honor is the first for Anaz and the 20th all-time selection for California. It also marks the Bears' fist Pac-10 Player of the Week honor since Feb. 19, 2001.
ALSO NOMINATED: Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ; Betsy Boardman, ASU; Hollye Chapman, OSU; Nikki Blue, UCLA; Ebony Hoffman, USC; Cameo Hicks, WASH; Jessica Perry, WSU.
ARIZONA WILDCATS: Arizona's win over UMass on Dec. 7 was the Wildcats' 16th consecutive home victory, setting a new school record for the longest win streak in the history of the program. SO C Shawntinice Polk averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 4.0 assists per game in leading the Cats to the title of their own Fiesta Bowl Women's Classic last week. Polk earned Tournament MVP honors, while JR G Dee-Dee Wheeler and JR C Danielle Adefeso were named to the all-tournament team. The 42 points scored by UMass on Dec. 7 is the lowest point total the Wildcats have allowed a Division I team since the 1996-97 season.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: The Sun Devils won their own tournament for the third straight year last weekend and the 13th time in school history. JR G/F Betsy Boardman was named Tournament MVP, while JR G Kylan Loney and SO G YoVanna Rosenthal were named to the all-tournament team. ASU outrebounded its opponents 97-53 on the weekend and is beating its opponents on the glass by an average of 15.2 rebounds per game this season. Arizona State committed a season-low 15 turnovers and drained a season-high seven three-pointers in its championship game win over Binghamton on Dec. 6. The Sun Devils are 4-0 in home games this season and have won nine of their last 10 in Tempe.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: Cal is 5-2 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. SR G Nihan Anaz was named MVP of the Oakland Tribune Classic after leading the Bears to their own tournament title for the first time since 1998. Anaz Averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two tournament games. Cal, which shot 37.8 percent from the field last season, has shot 48.0 percent or better in five of seven games this year. The Bears' 69 points at Texas Tech on Dec. 1 mark the most scored against the fifth-ranked Lady Raiders this season. JR F Jacqueline Sanchez came off the bench against Miami (Ohio) to score 11 points and add 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. SR C Olga Volkova sprained her left ankle in the second half against Tulane on Dec. 7. She left the game with about 12 minutes to play and did not return.
OREGON DUCKS: SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld will miss the remainder of the 2003-04 season after suffering an ACL injury to her right knee in practice on Dec. 2. The 6-foot-2 Kraayeveld -- who was leading UO in scoring (17.2 ppg), rebounding (8.6 rpg) three-pointers (11), free-throw percentage (.786) and blocked shots (16) -- missed 13 games last year due to a staph infection in the same knee. The two injuries are unrelated. In their 62-50 win over Colorado State on Dec. 6, the Ducks' bench outscored the Rams' reserves 26-6, led by SO C Carolyn Ganes' 16 points. Colorado State is the fourth Oregon opponent limited to less than 60 points this season. JR G Corrie Mizusawa, the Pac-10's assists leader (8.86 apg), has recorded at least seven assists in each of the last four games.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS: SR F Hollye Chapman led the Beavers in scoring in both games last week -- a road win over Portland State and home loss to Southwest Missouri State. She averaged 20.5 points while shooting 66.7 percent from the field (16-24) and 85.7 percent (6-7) from three-point range. Chapman added 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The Southwest Missouri State Lady Bears halted OSU's nine-game home winning streak -- the longest streak for the Beavers since a 10-game run during the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons.
STANFORD CARDINAL: Wrapping-up it's 12-day break for final exams, the No. 6/6 Cardinal hosts Pacific Friday night and No. 3/3 Tennessee on Sunday. Stanford fell 71-56 to then-No. 4 Tennessee last season in Knoxville (Dec. 18). The Lady Vols hold a 4-14 advantage in the all-time series and have won six in a row over the Cardinal. In Stanford's last action, No. 30 against then-No. 10/10 Georgia, SR F Nicole Powell recorded her third double-double on the season (21 pts/12 reb). SR G Susan Borchardt and JR G Kelley Suminksi combined for eight three-pointers against the Bulldogs, shooting 8-for-13 (.615) from beyond the arc. FR C Kristen Newlin has 16 blocks on the year to average 3.2 per game as the Pac-10 co-leader. Powell paces the league in scoring (22.8 ppg), rebounding (11.8 rpg) and free throw percentage (.938).
UCLA BRUINS: Up next for the Bruins is their second top-10 opponent of the season, as UCLA takes on No. 7/10 Purdue Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind. UCLA fell 58-89 at No. 2/2 Texas on Nov. 25 and is 0-2 in its first two road games of the season. SO G Nikki Blue led the Bruins with 17 points in the loss at Saint Mary's on Dec. 6. The Bruins pace the Pac-10 in steals, averaging 12.5 per game. They recorded a season-high 18 thefts Nov. 23 against UNLV. Blue averages a Conference-leading 4.0 steals per game.
USC WOMEN OF TROY: The Trojans' three-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut equaled the smallest margin of victory for the Huskies this season. UConn entered the game having defeated its five previous opponents by an average of 33.2 points. The crowd of 6,172 fans comprised the largest Sports Arena draw for a women's basketball game since 1985 and was USC's seventh-largest crowd ever. SR F/C Ebony Hoffman led the Women of Troy with 15 points and added five rebounds, two assists and two steals. USC dropped its home opener for just the third time in program history. The Women of Troy are averaging 14.0 steals in their last three games.
WASHINGTON HUSKIES: Coming off their fifth straight win, the undefeated Huskies extended their home winning streak to 17 games with the 85-74 victory over Notre Dame on Dec. 7. UW has not dropped a game at Bank of America Arena since Mar. 20, 2002. The victory over the Fighting Irish marked Coach June Daugherty's 250th career win and her 128th as coach of the Huskies. SR G Giuliana Mendiola paced Washington with 27 points and added eight assists and seven rebounds against Notre Dame, while FR G Cameo Hicks exploded for career highs of 24 points and eight rebounds. The Huskies hit the road for the second time this season, traveling to No. 17/15 Colorado on Dec. 9.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: Leading returning scorer SR G Bianca McCall has missed Washington State's last two games after suffering a concussion in the second half against Baylor (Nov. 29). With four wins already this season, the Cougars have matched their win total from the past two seasons combined (2001-02: 2-27; 2002-03: 2-26). The 49 points allowed by WSU against Utah Valley State on Dec. 6 were the fewest allowed by the team since a 55-49 win over Portland State, Nov. 26, 2001. The Cougars have held their opponents to 58 points or less in four games this season. SR G Lindsey Egeland was a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point territory en route to a 14-point performance against Utah Valley State. On the season, Egeland is 7-of-14 from beyond the arc.
CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Dec. 7, 2003, the WBCA/Summerville RPI ranks the top five conferences (RPI) as follows: 1. Pac-10, 2. Big 12, 3. Big Ten, 4. SEC and 5. Big East.
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 19 straight rankings, since Arizona made its debut at No. 21 on Dec. 2, 2002.
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.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Three active Pac-10 players -- Stanford SR F Nicole Powell, Washington SR G Giuliana Mendiola and USC SR F/C Ebony Hoffman -- eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in scoring last season. A fourth player, Washington SR C Andrea Lalum, reached 1,000 points just last month. The four reigning 1,000-point scorers should have more company this season, as four additonal players look to join the ranks soon. Here's a look at the Conference's active 1,000-point scorers and those likely to join the ranks this season:
Name, School (Career) Points Nicole Powell, STAN (2001-pres) 1,549 Giuliana Mendiola, WASH (2001-pres) 1,373 Ebony Hoffman, USC (2001-pres) 1,334 Andrea Lalum, WASH (2001-pres) 1,067 Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ (2002-pres) 955 Aimee Gryzb, ARIZ (2001-pres) 940 Hollye Chapman, OSU (2001-pres) 896 Leilani Estavan, OSU (2001-pres) 867
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Mon., Dec. 1
#5/5 Texas Tech 76, CALIFORNIA 69
Gregory-17 pts/8 reb; Anaz-17 pts/2-3 3FG
Wed., Dec. 3
OREGON STATE 68, Portland State 52
Chapman-18 pts/4-5 3FG; Jones-11 pts/6 ast
Thu., Dec. 4
Portland 76, OREGON 58
Mizusawa-12 pts/7 ast; Ganes-9 pts; Bills-6 pts/6 rebNebraska 64, WASHINGTON STATE 56
Perry-14 pts/3 3FG; Fields-8 pts/8 reb; Jones-9 pts
Fri., Dec. 5
ARIZONA STATE 75, Western Michigan 65
Boardman-20 pts/4 3FG/9 reb; Johnson-5 pts/11 reb
Sat., Dec. 6
NR/#25 ARIZONA 75, American University 63
Polk-18 pts/10 reb/6 bl/5 ast; Wheeler-17 pts/4 ast
ARIZONA STATE 73, Binghamton 44
Loney-13 pts/3-5 3FG; Rosenthal-10 pts/4 stl/3 ast
CALIFORNIA 62, Miami (Ohio) 59
Anaz-18 pts/8 reb; Iwanaga-18 pts/4 ast
#20/20 OREGON 62, Colorado State 50
Bills-17 pts/8 reb; Ganes-16 pts/8-8 FT
SW Missouri State 71, OREGON STATE 69
Chapman-23 pts/9 reb; Turner-17 pts/9 reb/5 ast
Saint Mary's 53, UCLA 52
Blue-17 pts/5 ast/4 reb; Quinn-12 pts/7 reb
WASHINGTON STATE 56, Utah Valley State 49
Egeland-14 pts/4-4 3FG; Perry-12 pts/9 reb
Sun., Dec. 7
NR/#25 ARIZONA 74, Massachusetts 42
Polk-18 pts/8-9 FG/6 reb; Wheeler-13 pts/7 ast/6 reb
CALIFORNIA 66, Tulane 61
Anaz-22 pts/6 reb/5 ast; Gregory-16 pts/7-9 FG
#1/1 Connecticut 72, USC 69
Hoffman-15 pts/5 reb; Gnekow-7 pts/10 reb/5 ast
WASHINGTON 85, Notre Dame 74
Giu. Mendiola-27 pts/8 ast/7 reb; Hicks-21 pts/8 reb