This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Feb. 21, 2005
The No. 3-ranked STANFORD Cardinal (24-2 overall, 15-1 Pac-10) has already captured its fifth straight Pac-10 Championship and the top seed in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament... However, just one and a half games separate the next six teams in the Conference standings as teams continue to jockey for position in the Pac-10 Tournament entering the final weekend of regular season play... Second-place OREGON (18-7, 11-5) has a half-game lead over third-place USC (17-9, 11-6)... The Ducks have won six of their last seven, while the Trojans have notched 17 overall wins for the first time since the 1996-97 season, the last time they made an NCAA Tournament appearance... ARIZONA STATE (18-8, 10-6) and ARIZONA (18-9, 10-6) are tied for fourth place and conclude the regular season by hosting the Washington schools... The Huskies, who have won a season-best three in a row, will try for their first win in Tempe since 2000-01, and their first win on the Wildcats' turf in 10 years, since the 1994-95 campaign... Combined, Arizona and Arizona State are 12-2 in Pac-10 home games this season, and 22-3 overall on their home floors in 2004-05... UCLA (16-10, 10-7), having played its last 10 games without SO G Noelle Quinn (knee injury), enters the week in sixth place, just a haf-game behind ASU and Arizona (Tie-breaking procedures for the Pac-10 Tournament seedings can be found on page 2)... In the latest RPI power ratings listed by College Basketball News and the WBCA/Summerville report, respectively, six Pac-10 teams are ranked among the top 60 -- Stanford (6th, 8th), Arizona State (22nd, 22nd), Arizona (29th, 29th), USC (41st, 44th), Oregon (49th, 48th) and UCLA (56th, 56th).
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thu., Feb. 24
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m. (AZ-TV)
OREGON at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26
OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 2 p.m.
UCLA at USC, 3 p.m. (FSN)
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 4 p.m.
All game times local to site.
FEB. 21 U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sr. G Brandi Davis, ORE (page 2)
NEXT PAC-10 COACHES' TELECONFERENCE
Tue., Feb. 22, 9:30-10:25 a.m. PT
UPCOMING TV GAMES
Thu., Feb. 24 - WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m. (AZ-TV)
Sat., Feb. 26 - UCLA at USC, 3 p.m. PT (FSN)
Sun., Mar. 6 - Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal #1, 12:39 p.m. PT (FSN)
Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal #2, 3:05 p.m. PT (FSN)
Mon., Mar. 7 - Pac-10 Tournament Championship, 7:39 p.m. PT (FSN)
PAC-10 TOURNAMENTSEEDINGS/PAIRINGSAvailable Saturday, Feb. 26 at www.pac-10.org at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT.
Tie-breaking procedures are listed on page 2.
CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Feb. 20, 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.
ARIZONA WILDCATS: After shooting just 60 percent from the free throw line over the first 17 games of the season, the Wildcats have shot 70 percent or better in seven of their last 10 games... During that time, UA is 151-of-207 (72.9 percent) from the line... SR G Dee-Dee Wheeler moved to second place on the Pac-10 all-time steals list, with 289 thefts... Wheeler enters the week trailing all-time leader Tammy Story of USC (1989-92) by 20 steals... UA is 39-42 on its home court over the last three seasons.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: The Sun Devils have turned in a 10-1 record at home this season, including a 6-1 mark in Pac-10 play, and have won five in a row at Wells Fargo Arena... With a pair of victories, the Sun Devils could tie their school record for Pac-10 wins... The team went 12-6 in league play in 2000-01 and again in 2001-02... This season, ASU is looking to finish in the top half of the Pac-10 standings for the fourth time in five seasons... ASU has shot 47.7 percent from the field in the last three games (74-of-155), up from its season percentage of 42.2... The Sun Devil bench has averaged 31.0 points per game in the last three contests and has outscored its opponents 93-29 in the last three games.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: The Bears, who have absorbed 11 losses in their last 13 games, look to snap a three-game losing skid when the Oregon schools visit Haas Pavilion this week... Cal looks to bounce back from a 103-69 loss to USC on Feb. 19... The Bears had not allowed 100 points in a game since a 102-66 road loss to Arizona on Jan. 4, 1996... Led by SR F Leigh Gregory (11.9 ppg) and Pac-10 career free throw leader SR G Kristin Iwanaga (74-of-79 FT in 04-05), Cal continues to lead the Conference in three-point field goal shooting (38.2 percent)... The Bears rank second in free throw percentage (73.2 percent).
OREGON DUCKS: In their last regular season games at McArhtur Court, Feb. 19 against Arizona, SR C Andrea Bills and SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld each had double-doubles, while SR G Corrie Mizusawa dished out nine assists... Bills (788 rebounds) and Kraayeveld (740) are one of just three tandems in the nation with more than 700 career rebounds apiece... They join an elite group that includes Baylor's Steffanie Blackmon and Sophia Young and Kansas State's Kendra Wecker and Megan Mahoney... With a 69-51 win over the Wildcats, Oregon held a team to fewer than 60 points for the 15th time this year... The Ducks rank third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (60.7 ppg).
OREGON STATE BEAVERS: The Beavers have dropped nine of their last 11 games and look to snap a current seven-game road losing streak... Three players reached double figures in scoring in a 10-point loss to Arizona State on Feb. 19 -- JR F Kim Butler (15 pts), JR G Anita Rivera (12 pts) and SR G Shannon Howell (10 pts)... Butler has reached double figures in scoring in 14 games this season... OSU's current 10-game Pac-10 losing streak is its longest since an eight-game slide in 1998-99... The Beavers have lost more than eight consecutive Conference games just two other times since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87.
STANFORD CARDINAL: Stanford claimed sole possession of the Pac-10 title with its win over USC on Feb. 18, locking up the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament... The regular season title is the fifth straight for the Cardinal, who also won five in row from 1988-89 to 1992-93... Stanford currently owns a 15-game win streak, and has posted 35 consecutive league wins in Maples Pavilion... Stanford has finished every game this year with a better field goal percentage than its opponent... In nine of the last 13 games, the Cardinal have shot at least 50.0 percent from the field... Stanford's five seniors have posted a 110-17 record since arriving on The Farm together in 2001-02... FR G Candice Wiggins posted the first two double-doubles of her career in back-to-back games at USC and UCLA last week, averaging 19.0 points 13.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in Los Angeles.
UCLA BRUINS: UCLA takes on cross-town rival USC in its regular season finale at the Sports Arena on Saturday... In the 10 games without SO G Noelle Quinn in the lineup, JR G Nikki Blue, JR G Lisa Willis, and SO F Amanda Livingston have each stepped up their scoring averages -- Blue from 11.9 to 22.4 ppg; Willis from 14.6 to 17.1 ppg and Livingston from 6.5 to 11.4 ppg... Blue has averaged 20.8 points, 6.9 assists and 4.4 steals per game over the last 13 contests, scoring at least 20 points in the last six games... Last week, Blue became just the seventh player in UCLA history to reach 400 career assists (currently with 401)... UCLA is limiting opponents to 39.9 percent shooting from the field, which would qualify as the fourth-lowest mark in school history.
USC WOMEN OF TROY: USC's 17 overall wins is its most since the 1996-97 squad went 20-9, which is also the last Trojan team to play in the NCAA Tournament... In USC's split with No. 4/2 Stanford and California last week, FR G Brynn Cameron averaged 14.5 points, including 8-of-16 shooting from beyond the arc... In the 103-69 win over Cal on Feb. 20, the Women of Troy shot 59.7 percent from the field en route to the most points for the school since defeating Arizona State, 105-67, on Feb. 18, 1994... In the win over Cal, Cameron's first trey broke the school season record for most three-pointers in a season, which previously belonged to Tammy Story (56 in 1991)... Cameron now has 61 and counting.
WASHINGTON HUSKIES: Winners of a season-best three games in a row, the Huskies close out the regular season this week at the Arizona schools... Washington is 6-3 in its last nine games since opening the season 6-11... SO F Breanne Watson notched a season-high 16 points in the win over rival Washington State on Feb. 19, while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds... SO F Jill Bell added a career-high 17 points versus the Cougars... The Huskies have scored at least 80 points in four of the last six games, after reaching the 80-point plateau once in the first 19 games... UW is 5-1 when outshooting its opponents... The Huskies will try for their first win in Tempe since the 2000-01 season and their first victory in Tucson in 10 years, since the 1994-95 campaign.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: JR. G Ariana Scales led the Cougars with 22 points in the four-point loss at rival Washington on Feb. 19... Scales was 8-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-10 from three-point territory... The six treys tied Scales for sixth on the school's all-time list in single-game three-point field goals with eight other players, including SO G Adriane Ferguson who reached that figure, Nov. 22, 2004, at Nebraska... Led by SO F Kate Benz, the Pac-10's leading rebounder at 9.4 rpg, and JR C Keisha Moore (5.6 rpg, 9th Pac-10), the Cougars rank fourth in the Conference with 38.4 boards per game.
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 SUNDAY: The 64-team bracket for the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship will be announced Sunday, March 13 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.