This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

March 12, 2004

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The top-seeded STANFORD Cardinal defeated second-seeded ARIZONA 51-46 to capture its second straight State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title Mar. 8 at HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.... The Cardinal and Wildcats shared the 2004 regular-season Pac-10 Championship, but Stanford secured the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth with the tournament title in San Jose... Although snubbed again in this week's AP and Coaches' top-25 national polls, the Wildcats are considered a lock for their second straight NCAA Tournament with a 24-8 overall record and six wins in their last seven games... The rest of the Conference must await its fate, revealed Sunday, Mar. 14, on the NCAA Selection Show... The selection show airs live at 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT on ESPN... Three Pac-10 teams - Stanford, Washington and Arizona - were among the field of 64 last season, while two teams accepted invites to the Women's NIT (Arizona State and Oregon State)... Stanford's Nicole Powell was named Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-10 Tournament for the third consecutive year, averaging 19.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in the Cardinal's three tournament wins... Powell was joined on the All-Tournament Team by UCLA SO G Nikki Blue (16.0 ppg/5.5 apg in Pac-10 Tournament), SR G Aimee Grzyb, ARIZ (15.0 ppg/11-20 3FG); SR G Giuliana Mendiola, WASH (26.5 ppg/10.0 rpg/5.5 apg), SO C Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ (16.3 ppg/11.7 rpg) and SR G Kelley Suminski, STAN (11.3 ppg/8-16 3FG)... Arizona State will serve as one of the 16 on-campus sites for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship on Sat., Mar. 20 and Mon., Mar. 22 at Wells Fargo Arena... The University of Washington will host the 2004 NCAA Women's West Regional, Mar. 27 and 29, at Bank of America Arena.

STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP

Fri., Mar. 5
#7 Oregon State 67, #10 Washington State 43
#9 California 82, #8 Oregon 57

Sat., Mar. 6 - Pac-10 Quarterfinals#6 Washington 77, #3 USC 55
#2 Arizona 81, #7 Oregon State 58
#1 Stanford 80, #9 California 55
#4 UCLA 70, #5 Arizona State 50

Sun., Mar. 7 - Pac-10 Semifinals
#2 Arizona 77, #6 Washington 55
#1 Stanford 70, #4 UCLA 66

Mon., Mar. 8 - Pac-10 Final
#1 Stanford 51, #2 Arizona 46

2004 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT MOST OUTSTANDINGPLAYER:
SR F Nicole Powell, STANFORD

2004 STATE FARM PAC-10 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
SO G Nikki Blue, UCLA
SR G Aimee Grzyb, ARIZONA

SR G Giuliana Mendiola, WASHINGTON
SO C Shawntinice Polk, ARIZONA
SR F Nicole Powell, STANFORD
SR G Kelley Suminski, STANFORD

2004 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: SR F Nicole Powell, STANFORD

2004 PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: G Noelle Quinn, UCLA

2004 PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Caren Horstmeyer, CALIFORNIA

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT CHAMPS: The top-seeded STANFORD Cardinal defeated second-seeded ARIZONA 51-46 to capture its second straight State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title Mar. 8 at HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif. The Cardinal and Wildcats shared the 2004 regular-season Pac-10 Championship, but Stanford secured the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth with the tournament title in San Jose. Stanford's Nicole Powell was named Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-10 Tournament for the third consecutive year, averaging 19.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in the Cardinal's three tournament wins. Powell scored 24 points in the Championship Game, as the Cardinal erased a 16-point first-half deficit to edge Arizona and win the title. The Cardinal has advanced to all three Pac-10 Tournament finals, escaping with two titles. Here's a look at the year-by-year State Farm Pac-10 Tournament winners:

2002 Arizona State
2003 Stanford
2004 Stanford

PAC-10 REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS: Sharing the 2004 Pac-10 title, the Co-Champion STANFORD Cardinal and ARIZONA Wildcats finished with identical 14-4 league records. Stanford grabbed a share of its fourth straight Pac-10 title crown while Arizona earned a portion of its first ever Pac-10 Championship in women's basketball. Stanford's title is its 13th in 18 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
1999-2000 Oregon
2000-01 Arizona State/Stanford/Washington
2001-02 Stanford
2002-03 Stanford
2003-04 Arizona/Stanford

PAC-10 POSTSEASON STREAKS
Stanford---16--('88-03 NCAA)
Arizona State---4--('01-02 NCAA)
('00, '03 NIT)
Oregon State---3--('01-03 NIT)
Washington---3--('01, '03 NCAA)
('02 NIT)

PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
(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, '03
2 teams '89, '02

NCAA NOTES
* A Pac-10 team has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 19 of 22 NCAA Tournaments.
* A Pac-10 team has reached the Elite Eight in seven of 22 NCAA Tournaments, including Washington in 2001.
* The Pac-10 has posted a 99-76 record (.566) 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 five 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 nine times.

PAC-10 RECORDS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Team Yrs Record Pct
ARIZ 5 5-5 .500
ASU 5 3-5 .375
CAL 3 1-3 .250
ORE 11 3-10 .231
OSU 55 2-5 .286
STAN 17 37-15 .712
UCLA 7 7-7 .500
USC 13 27-11 .711
WASH 14 14-14 .500
WSU 1 0-1 .000
10-Team Total 99-76 .566

WNIT NOTES* Pac-10 teams have posted a 35-19 record (.648) 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).

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