2005-06 Women's Basketball Year-In-Review

April 19, 2006

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For the first time in Pac-10 history, six women's basketball teams competed in the NCAA Tournament, tied for third-most among the major conferences, while three Pac-10 teams concluded the season ranked among the national Top-25 for the second straight year. The 2005-06 season was a successful one for the league as a whole as a total of seven teams earned postseason berths, while the Conference landed one player to the Kodak All-America Team and five others garnered honorable mention status.

The STANFORD Cardinal finished with a 15-3 league record, just one game ahead of second-place ARIZONA STATE (14-4) to grab its record-setting sixth consecutive Pac-10 championship. Third-place UCLA (12-6) defeated top-seeded Stanford, 85-76 in overtime, to capture its first-ever State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title.

Six teams -- Arizona State, CALIFORNIA, Stanford, UCLA, USC and WASHINGTON -- received NCAA Tournament bids for the first time in Conference history leaving little doubt as to the top competition in the Pac-10, as five teams won their first round games. The Cardinal reached the Elite Eight for the third-straight year, falling to LSU in the last seconds of the San Antonio Regional final, 62-59. Stanford's NCAA Tournament run included a 14-point, convincing win over second-seeded Oklahoma, 88-74. Arizona State earned an 80-61 win over Stephen F. Austin in the first round, but could not surpass fifth-seeded Utah in the round of 32, dropping an 86-65 decision. California returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 years, while USC made its second-consecutive appearance in the 'Big Dance.' The Women of Troy fell to national finalist, Duke, 85-51, in the second round. Fellow LA-counterpart, UCLA, downed Bowling Green, 74-61, behind the 23 points of SR G Lisa Willis, while Washington upset eighth-seeded Minnesota, 73-69, in first round play of the San Antonio Regional.

Three Pac-10 teams closed out the season ranked among the Top-25 in the final USA Today/ESPN/WBCA poll for the second-straight year as Stanford finished at No. 7, Arizona State at No. 17 and UCLA at No. 18. USC and Washington received votes.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
NCAA FIRST and SECOND ROUNDS
Sat., March 18, 2006
(4) ARIZONA STATE 80, (13) Stephen F. Austin 61
Kovesdy-22 pts/11 reb; Thompson-12 pts

(9) WASHINGTON 73, (8) Minnesota 69
Plouffe-15 pts/6 reb; Watson-14 pts/9 reb

(3) STANFORD 72, (14) SE Missouri State 45
Wiggins-21 pts/7 reb; Smith-14 pts/11 reb

Sun., March 19, 2006
(7) St. John's 78, (10) CALIFORNIA 68
Walker-21 pts/7 reb; Gray-Lawson-17 pts/4 reb

(8) USC 67, (9) South Florida 65
Murphy-21 pts/5 reb; Kerr-16 pts/8 reb

(5) UCLA 74, (12) Bowling Green 61
Willis-23 pts/12 reb; Quinn-21 pts/7 reb

Mon., March 20, 2006
(5) Utah 86, (4) ARIZONA STATE 65
Denson-14 pts/5-8 FG; Westerberg-12 pts/6 reb

(3) STANFORD 88, (6) Florida State 70Wiggins-34 pts/7 reb; Smith-22 pts/13 reb

(1) LSU 72, (9) WASHINGTON 49
Hicks-17 pts/8 reb; O'Neill-9 pts/5 reb

Tues., March 21, 2006
(1) Duke 85, (8) USC 51
Murphy-15 pts/10 reb; Kerr-13 pts/6 reb

(4) Purdue 61, (5) UCLA 54
Blue-18 pts/5 ast; Willis-15 pts/8 reb

NCAA SWEET SIXTEEN
Sat., March 25, 2006
(3) STANFORD 88, (2) Oklahoma 74
Smith-35 pts/14-16 FG; Wiggins-26 pts/8 reb

NCAA ELITE EIGHT
Mon., March 27, 2006
(1) LSU 62, (3) STANFORD 59
Wiggins-23 pts/5 ast; Smith-14 pts/8 reb

2006 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RESULTS
HP Pavilion at San Jose (Calif.)
Friday, March 3
#7 Oregon State 77, #10 Washington State 38
#9 Arizona 64, #8 Oregon 57

Saturday, March 4 - Pac-10 Quarterfinals
#3 UCLA 80, #6 California 63
#2 Arizona State 74, #7 Oregon State 66
#1 Stanford 77, #9 Arizona 50
#5 USC 70, #4 Washington 67

Sunday, March 5 - Pac-10 Semifinals
#3 UCLA 60, #2 Arizona State 59
#1 Stanford 73, #5 USC 44

Monday, March 6 - Pac-10 Championship
#3 UCLA 85, #1 Stanford 76 (OT)

2006 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
SR Lisa Willis, UCLA

2006 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Nikki Blue, UCLA
Noelle Quinn, UCLA
Candice Wiggins, STAN
Brooke Smith, STAN
Kristin Kovesdy, ASU

Tournament Attendance = 17,979 (5 sessions); 3,596 per session.

2005-06 NATIONAL HONORS
KODAK/WBCA
All-America Team
Candice Wiggins, STAN (1st)
Nikki Blue, UCLA (hm)
Shay Murphy, USC (hm)
Noelle Quinn, UCLA (hm)
Brooke Smith, STAN (hm)
Lisa Willis, UCLA (hm)

Russell Athletic/WBCA
Region 8 Coach of the Year
Charli Turner Thorne, ASU

ASSOCIATED PRESS
All-America Team
Candice Wiggins, STAN (2nd)
Nikki Blue, UCLA (hm)
Noelle Quinn, UCLA (hm)
Brooke Smith, STAN (hm)
Lisa Willis, UCLA (hm)

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NEWS SERVICE
All-America Team
Candice Wiggins, STAN (1st)
Noelle Quinn, UCLA (2nd)
Lisa Willis, UCLA (3rd)
All-Freshman Team
Alexis Gray-Lawson, CAL
Devanei Hampton, CAL

WOODEN AWARD
All-America Team - Finalists
Candice Wiggins, STAN

NAISMITH TROPHY
Candidates - Midseason List
Nikki Blue, UCLA
Noelle Quinn, UCLA
Brooke Smith, STAN
Candice Wiggins, STAN

STATE FARM WADE TROPHY
Candidates - Finalists
Candice Wiggins, STAN

Co-SIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA
All-District 8
Krista Rappahahn, STAN (1st)
Noelle Quinn, UCLA (1st)
Cameo Hicks, WASH (2nd)
Mandy Close, OSU (3rd)
Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA (3rd)

2006 WNBA DRAFT
1/No. 5: Lisa Willis, UCLA (Los Angeles)
2/No. 19: Nikki Blue, UCLA (Washington)

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