This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 17, 2005

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The Pac-10 race nears the half-way mark this weekend with three of the league's top teams doing battle in the San Francisco Bay Area... After the dust settles, co-leaders STANFORD (15-2 overall, 6-1 Pac-10) and USC (12-4, 6-1) will have played each other, while UCLA (11-5, 5-2), tied for third place with OREGON (12-4, 5-2), will have met up with the Cardinal, too... The Cardinal and Trojans enter the week tied for the Conference's top spot, with identical 6-1 league marks, and both teams have reeled off six consecutive victories... For the Women of Troy, under first-year coach Mark Trakh, it qualifies as the program's longest win streak since 1994... The Bruins look to rebound from back-to-back losses last week... UCLA visits Maples Pavilion Thursday night, as Stanford aims to extend a pair of home streaks, which include 31 consecutive Pac-10 home wins and 15 straight home wins overall.. Winners of three straight to climb to third in the Conference, the Ducks travel to the Arizona schools this weekend... ARIZONA (12-5, 4-3) has regained the full-time services of JR C Shawntinice Polk, who averaged 32.5 minutes in two games last weekend... Three games will be televised on Saturday: The matchup between Oregon and Arizona State will be televised live by Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT... In Berkeley, the UCLA-California game will be carried live by Fox Sports Net beginning at 3 p.m. PT... The Washington-Washington State game will tip-off at 7 p.m. PT on Fox Sports Northwest... Through games as of Jan. 16, the Pac-10 is rated No. 3 in the WBCA/Summerville RPI ratings.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Jan. 20
OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 25 UCLA at No. 5 STANFORD, 7 p.m.
USC at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 22OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 2 p.m.
OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, 2 p.m. (FSN)
No. 25 UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. (FSN)
WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. (FSNW)
USC at No. 5 STANFORD, 7 p.m.

All game times local to site.

JAN. 17 U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SO G Eshaya Murphy, USC (page 2 of PDF document)

NEXT PAC-10 COACHES' TELECONFERENCE
Tue., Jan. 11, 9:30-10:25 a.m. PT
Tue., Jan. 18, 9:30-10:25 a.m. PT

UPCOMING TV GAMES
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 ST., 7 p.m. PT (FSNW)
Sat., Jan. 29 - Maryland at ARIZONA, 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT (FSN)
Sat., Feb. 5 - ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, Noon PT (FSN)
Sun., Feb. 6 - WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA, 1 p.m. (FSN)

PAC-10 NOTES...

CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Jan. 16, 2005, the WBCA/Summerville RPI ranks the top six conferences as follows: 1. ACC, 2. SEC, 3. Pac-10, 4. Big 12, 5. Big Ten, 6. Big East.

1,000-POINT SCORERS: Four Pac-10 players eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in career scoring this season -- Stanford SR G Kelley Suminski, UCLA JR G Nikki Blue, Oregon SR C Andrea Bills and California SR F Leigh Gregory. Another senior, Arizona State SR G/F Betsy Boardman, is nearing the milestone and could reach it this weekend. 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 PointsDee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ (2002-pres.)---1,717
Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ (2003-pres.)---1,292
Kelley Suminski, STAN (2002-pres.)---1,165
Nikki Blue, UCLA (2003-pres.)---1,117
Andrea Bills, ORE (2002-pres.)---1,048
Leigh Gregory, CAL (2002-pres.)---1,011
Betsy Boardman, ASU (2001-02, 04-pres.)---997

ARIZONA WILDCATS: JR C Shawntinice Polk posted her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds Jan. 16 at No. 19/19 UCLA... The victory over the Bruins was Arizona's first over a top-25 opponent this season, and Joan Bonvicini's 250th as UA head coach.... The Wildcats, who rank second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.450), shot 54 percent from the field against the Bruins... SR G Dee-Dee Wheeler notched a career-high 11 assists at UCLA, the second-most by a Pac-10 player this season.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: In a split at the Los Angeles schools last week, the Sun Devils averaged 44.5 points in two games, nearly 22 points below their season scoring average entering the week (66.3 ppg)... ASU allowed No. 19/19 UCLA just 42 points in the team's Jan. 14 victory, the third time this season, and 13th time in the history of the program, it has held a Pac-10 opponent to less than 50 points... Twelve of the 13 efforts have come under current head coach Charli Turner Thorne.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: JR F Reneé Wright came off the bench to score 16 points in Cal's 88-53 loss at Stanford on Jan. 13... The Golden Bears entered the game averaging 68.1 points, and it marked their third-lowest scoring output of the season... SR F Leigh Gregory became Cal's 17th 1,000-point scorer (1,011 pts) during the loss to Stanford, the first Golden Bear to reach the 1,000-point mark since Courtney Johnson (1,077) in 1998-2001.

OREGON DUCKS: Winners of three in a row, the Ducks travel to the Arizona schools this weekend after improving their home slate to 4-0 in Conference games, 7-1 overall... JR G Chelsea Wagner will miss the remainder of the 2004-05 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in the team's Jan. 13 win over Washington... Wagner, who started all 15 games, leads the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (2.47) and is fifth in three-point percentage (.402)... With 21 rebounds in two games last week, SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld (853 career rebounds) surpassed former Duck Arianne Boyer (850) for 18th place on the Pac-10's career rebounding chart... Kraayeveld needs 12 boards to move into the 17th spot, held by Stanford's Katy Steding.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS: The Beavers snapped their five-game losing streak with an 83-53 win over Washington State on Jan. 13... It was the third time this season OSU has held an opponent to 53 points or less... South Alabama scored 41 points (Dec. 15) and Pacific totaled 43 points (Dec. 21) against the Beavers... SR G Shannon Howell notched back-to-back 30-point games last week, her second and third of the season... Howell accounted for 34 of OSU's 64 points Jan. 15 against Washington... Oregon State recorded 18 steals vs. the Huskies, nearly two times its season average of 9.63 spg.

STANFORD CARDINAL: JR C Brooke Smith averaged 19.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games last week, as the No. 6/4 Cardinal downed rival California and No. 14/14 Boston College... Smith shot a combined 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the field in the two games... Stanford has won six in a row... The victory over the Golden Bears was Stanford's 31st consecutive Pac-10 home win, while the win over Boston College marked its 15th straight home win... The Cardinal have won 50 of their last 53 at Maples Pavilion... Stanford is 3-1 against ranked opponents this season, with wins over then-No. 12/11 Texas Tech, No. nr/24 Arizona State and No. 14/14 Boston College.

UCLA BRUINS: The Bruins' 10-game home winning streak came to an end last week as they were swept by the Arizona schools in LA... ASU held UCLA, which entered the game averaging a Pac-10 second-best 73.0 ppg, to a season-low 42 points... Leading scorer SO G Noelle Quinn was limited to eight points against the Sun Devils, ending her run of 35 straight games with 10 or more points... Quinn went down with a left knee injury with 5:11 left in the first half against UA on Jan. 16... She returned to the game early in the second half... JR G Lisa Wills notched a game-high 24 points vs. UA... UCLA has been ranked in either the AP or USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top-25 for seven straight weeks, dating back to Nov. 25, 2004.

USC TROJANS: The Women of Troy have reeled off six straight wins for the first time since 1994... The home sweep of the Arizona schools last week included USC's first victory over a ranked team (No. 25 ASU) since a 59-56 win against then-No. 6 Stanford on Jan. 25, 2004... SO F Eshaya Murphy, a 2004 Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection, averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games last week... FR G Brynn Cameron (10.1 ppg) is the lone USC player averaging double digits in scoring on the season... Five players contribute 7.0 points or more per contest, while eight see more than 18 minutes per game.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES: Washington snapped a four-game losing streak with its 75-64 win over Oregon State on Jan. 15... JR F Kristen O'Neill became the first Husky to score at least 20 points this season, with 23 points against OSU... O'Neill was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, while the Huskies finished 8-of-12 from long range and shot a season-high 50.0 percent from the field (23-of-46) for the game... SO G Cameo Hicks averaged a team-high 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in UW's road split at the Oregon schools last week... Hicks shot a team-high 66.7 percent from the field in the two games, helping Washington to back-to-back season high shooting percentages of 43.5 percent at Oregon and 50.0 percent at Oregon State.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: SO F Kate Benz logged back-to-back double-doubles last week, her second and third consecutive... Benz, the Conference's leading rebounder (9.4 ppg), has posted a Pac-10-leading six double-doubles on the season... She is aiming to become the first Cougar to capture the league's rebounding title... The Cougars are looking to notch their first Pac-10 win of the season and first since a 75-72 defeat of Arizona State Feb. 28, 2004, in Pullman.

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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