This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 10, 2005

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Four of the top five teams in the league do battle this weekend, as No. 19 UCLA (11-3 overall, 5-0 Pac-10) and USC (10-4, 4-1) play host to the Arizona schools... Tied for fourth place in the Pac-10, ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE share identical 11-4 overall records... The streaking Bruins, winners of five consecutive games to open Pac-10 play, sit atop the Pac-10 standings as the lone undefeated team in the league... The neighboring Trojans (10-4, 4-1), winners of four in a row, are tied for second in the Conference race... Arizona State gets the next crack at UCLA's 10-game home winning streak in Pauley Pavilion... No. 6 STANFORD (13-2, 5-1), the winner of four straight, hosts rival CALIFORNIA (8-7, 2-4) Thursday night, before No. 14 Boston College invades Maples Pavilion for the Cardinal's final regular-season non-conference tilt... Stanford has won 30 consecutive Pac-10 home games dating back to the 2000-01 season... In other action this week, the Washington schools travel to OREGON (10-4, 3-2) and OREGON STATE (4-10, 0-5)... Thursday night's matchup between the Cougars and Beavers will put to rest either OSU's five-game or Washington State's eight-game losing streak and qualify as the first Pac-10 victory of the season for the winning squad... Oregon SR C Andrea Bills (1,015 pts) became the 17th player in UO history to eclipse 1,000 career points in the Ducks' win at Oregon State on Jan. 8... Two Pac-10 players -- California SR F Leigh Gregory (997 pts) and Arizona State SR F Betsy Boardman (990 pts) are could reach the same milestone this weekend... With her next victory, ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne (134-116 in Tempe) will become the winningest coach in Arizona State history, passing Juliene Simpson (134-92, 1979-87)... Pac-10 teams post a 62-31 record (.667) against non-conference competition this season.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thur., Jan. 13
WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 6 STANFORD, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at OREGON, 7 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 14
ARIZONA at USC, 7 p.m. (1)
ARIZONA STATE at No. 19 UCLA, 7 p.m.

>Sat., Jan. 15
WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m. (FSN)
WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Boston College at No. 6 STANFORD, 2 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 16
ARIZONA STATE at USC, Noon (1) (FS West)
ARIZONA at No. 19 UCLA, 2 p.m.

(1) Lyon Center, USC Campus, Los Angeles.

All game times local to site.

U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
FR G Candice Wiggins, STAN (page 2)

NEXT PAC-10 COACHES' TELECONFERENCE
Tue., Jan. 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT
Tue., Jan. 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sat., Jan. 15 - WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m. PT, FSN
Sun., Jan. 16 - ARIZONA STATE at USC, Noon PT, FS West
Sat., Jan. 22 - OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT, FSN
Sat., Jan. 22 - UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. PT, FSN
Sat., Jan. 22 - WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PT, FSNW
Sat., Jan. 29 - Maryland at ARIZONA, 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT, FSN

PAC-10 NOTES...

CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Jan. 9, 2005, the WBCA/Summerville RPI ranks the top five conferences as follows: 1. ACC, 2. SEC, 3. Pac-10, 4. Big 12, 5. Big Ten.

1,000-POINT SCORERS: Three Pac-10 players eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in career scoring this season -- Stanford SR G Kelley Suminski, UCLA JR G Nikki Blue and Oregon SR C Andrea Bills. Two more are nearing the milestone and could reach it this weekend: California SR F Leigh Gregory and Arizona State SR G/F Betsy Boardman. Two Arizona players -- SR G Dee-Dee Wheeler and JR C Shawntinice Polk -- joined the ranks last season. Here's a look at the Pac-10's active 1,000-point scorers, and those closing in on the mark:

Name-----Career Points
Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ (2002-pres.)-----1,693
Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ (2003-pres.)-----1,262
Kelley Suminski, STAN (2002-pres.)-----1,148
Nikki Blue, UCLA (2003-pres.)-----1,086
Andrea Bills, ORE (2002-pres.)-----1,015
Leigh Gregory, CAL (2002-pres.)-----997
Betsy Boardman, ASU (2001-02, 04-pres.)-----990

ARIZONA WILDCATS: UA's loss to No. 8/8 Stanford on Jan. 9 snapped the Wildcats' NCAA Division I-high 34-game home winning streak... Arizona last lost at McKale on Nov. 22, 2002, when LSU won the season-opener for both 78-71 in overtime... SR G Dee-Dee Wheeler averaged 22.0 points (on 52.9 percent shooting), 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists over two games last weekend, as UA split with the Bay Area schools... Jan. 9 against Stanford, her second game back after suffering a knee injury at Washington Dec. 27, JR C Shawntinice Polk had 12 points and seven rebounds in 32 minutes of play.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: With her next victory, ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne (134-116 at ASU) will become the all-time winningest coach in ASU history, passing Juliene Simpson (134-92, 1979-87)... After a three-game homestand, the Sun Devils return to the road this week, traveling to UCLA and USC... The team has a 5-3 mark away from Wells Fargo Arena this season (2-3 in away games, 3-0 at neutral sites)... SO F Emily Westerberg scored a career-high 22 points Jan. 7 against Stanford and is the team's leading scorer in Pac-10 play (12.8 ppg)... ASU is shooting just 21.6 percent from three-point land in Pac-10 play (11-of-51), but the team is holding Conference opponents to just 11.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc (5-of-44).

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: The Bears travel across the Bay to meet Stanford Thursday night in this week's Pac-10 rivalry game... With three more points, SR F Leigh Gregory (997 career points) will become the 17th 1,000-point scorer in Cal history... FR C Jessica Lawson averaged 13.5 points (on 52.2 percent shooting) and 5.0 rebounds as the Bears split with the Arizona schools last week... Lawson has reached double figures in scoring in four straight games... As of the Jan. 3 NCAA statistical report, Cal ranked second in the nation in three-point percentage... The Bears currently lead the Pac-10 in that category at a 44.4 percent clip (75-of-169).

OREGON DUCKS: SR C Andrea Bills became the 17th UO player to reach the 1,000-point plateau during the Ducks' Jan. 8 Civil War victory over Oregon State... Bills has 1,015 career points and 704 career rebounds... Oregon's 82 points against OSU were a season-best, while the Ducks had four players in double figures in scoring for the second time this season... Oregon committed a season-low six turnovers against the Beavers, after combining for 40 in the two previous games... SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld has notched nine straight double-digit scoring games.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS: Oregon State has lost five straight games to start a Pac-10 season for the first time since beginning the 1989-90 league race at 0-11... SR G Shannon Howell and JR F Kim Butler combined for more than half of OSU's field goals (13 of the team's 22) in the loss to Oregon Jan. 8... Howell, who leads the team in scoring and ranks third in the Pac-10 at 17.9 ppg, matched her career high with seven assists against the Ducks... OSU hosts the Washington schools for just its sixth and seventh home games of the season -- which ties Stanford for the Pac-10-low.

STANFORD CARDINAL: FR G Candice Wiggins averaged 29.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals at the Cardinal posted road wins at No. nr/24 Arizona State and Arizona last weekend... Wiggins' 31 points in Tempe set a new career high, as did her six assists... Stanford plays host to Pac-10 rival Cal on Thursday night, putting its 30-game Conference home winning streak on the line... The Cardinal's last Pac-10 home loss was Mar. 1, 2001, when USC escaped with a 62-59 victory... Stanford has won eight in a row over the Bears, including the last three at Maples Pavilion... Depth is paying dividends for the Cardinal this season, as nine players are averaging at least 12.0 minutes per game, and none more than 30.0.

UCLA BRUINS: Winners of five in a row, the Bruins remain the lone unbeaten Pac-10 team... UCLA returns home to host the Arizona schools this week and will attempt to extend its 10-game home winning streak... The streak is UCLA's longest at home since 1990, when it won the last six games of the 1989-90 season and the first four to start the 1990-91 campaign... SO G Noelle Quinn, JR G Lisa Willis and JR G Nikki Blue are combining to average nearly 59 percent of UCLA's 73.0 points per game... The guard trio accounts for 150 of the team's 212 assists and 124 of the Bruins' 172 steals... Willis notched a season-high 25 points Jan. 7 at Washington State.

USC WOMEN OF TROY: Winners of four straight Pac-10 games, the Trojans host the Arizona schools this weekend... USC has won four in a row against Arizona State, but just one of its last four -- last year's 68-66 win on Feb. 15 in Los Angeles -- against Arizona... The Women of Troy' victories over Washington and Washington State last week marked the program's first Pac-10 road sweep since the 2000-01 season... In the 62-52 win over Washington on Jan. 7, FR G Camille LeNoir scored all 17 of her points in the final 10 minutes of the game -- going 8-for-8 at the line.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES: Washington takes to the road for three straight games, starting this weekend at the Oregon schools... The Huskies look to snap a three-game losing skid, which included two losses to ranked opponents (No. 8/8 Stanford, No. 22/23 UCLA).. JR G/F Kristen O'Neill scored a career-high 19 points against UCLA on Jan. 9 - the highest point total for any Husky in 2004-05... O'Neill has reached double figures in scoring in five of the last six Pac-10 games... She paces the team in points (9.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (39.7 percent) and is the lone Husky player to start all 16 games this season.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: The duo of SR F Emma Joneby and JR G Charmaine Jones scored 45 of WSU's 75 points in the Jan. 9 loss to USC... Joneby posted 25 points and 10 rebounds for her second straight double-double and fourth this season... The Cougars head to the Oregon schools this weekend hoping to put an end to an eight-game losing streak... Head Coach Sherri Murrell is 1-1 at Oregon's Mac Court, while Washington State has dropped six straight at OSU's Gill Coliseum, and 10 consecutive to the Beavers overall.

NCAA COMMITTEE CONTACT: Washington Associate Athletic Director Marie Tuite is currently in her fourth 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.

SELECTION MONDAY: The 64-team bracket for the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship will be announced Monday, March 14 on ESPN. All 63 games of the 2005 championship will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN will offer whiparound-styled coverage of the first- and second-round games to most of the nation with regionalized/protected coverage in the home markets of the competing teams. All first- and second-round games were available in their entirety on ESPN's FullCourt pay-per-view package. Beginning with the regional semifinals, the remaining 15 games will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN2.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION ON PAC-10 CAMPUSES: For the second straight year, two Pac-10 institutions have been selected to host NCAA March Madness. The University of Washington and Bank of America Arena will host the 2005 NCAA First and Second Rounds, while Arizona State University and Wells Fargo Arena will host the 2005 NCAA West Regional. Last season, ASU hosted First and Second Rounds, while UW was the site of the West Regional. The 2005 First and Second rounds will be conducted at eight predetermined sites. Washington will host on Sat., Mar. 19, and Mon., Mar. 21. Arizona State will play host to games on Sat., Mar. 26 and Mon., Mar. 28. Tickets for First and Second Rounds are available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200 or by logging onto www.gohuskies.com. Tickets for the Tempe, Ariz., Regional are on sale now at the ASU Ticket Office, by calling 480-965-2381 or by logging on to www.TheSunDevils.com.

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