This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Nov. 14, 2005
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
18 (Fr) Loyola Marymount at ARIZONA, 8:30 p.m.
Radford at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Montana State, 7:05 p.m.
UCLA at Baylor, 7 p.m. (FSN)
WASHINGTON at Alabama, 7 p.m.
Pepperdine at WASHINGTON STATE, 5 p.m.
19 (Sa) STANFORD vs. Long Island (1), 1 p.m.
USC vs. Hawaii (2), 7 p.m.
20 (Su) ARIZONA STATE at San Diego, 2 p.m.
STANFORD at Minnesota Tournament (1), 1/3 p.m.
Nevada at OREGON, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Pacific, 2 p.m.
USC vs. Eastern Illinois (2), 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Florida State, 2 p.m.
St. Mary's at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.
(1) Minnesota Tournament; Minneapolis, Minn.
(2) Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic; Honolulu, Hawaii.
All times are local to site.
UPCOMING TV GAMES
18 (Fr) UCLA at Baylor, 7 p.m. (FSN)
22 (Tu) UC Davis at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. (Comcast)
27 (Su) STANFORD at Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m. (FSN)
THIS WEEK IN THE POLLS
AP; USA Today/ESPN/WBCA
ARIZONA - RV; RV
ARIZONA STATE - 20; 18
OREGON - --; RV
STANFORD - 11; 10
UCLA - RV; RV
USC - 24; 22
NEWS AND NOTES
Three teams - ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA and OREGON - all tipped off their 2005-06 regular seasons last week, outscoring their opponents, 374-295, while picking up four victories ... All told, the Pac-10 is 133-60 (.689) in season-openers since the Conference began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87 ... The Ducks came just seven points shy of tying the league's all-time largest margin of victory (WASHINGTON, 57) at home in a 50-point rout of Saint Francis on Fri., Nov. 11.
The seven remaining teams all begin regular season play this week, including a UCLA contest at defending national champion, Baylor, on Fri., Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. PT/7 p.m. CT.
LA Power Surge: Is Pac-10 football rubbing off on women's hoops? Not since the 2000 season, have both UCLA and USC been predicted by the Pac-10 media to finish in the Top-5 of the standings, when UCLA was tabbed fifth and USC third ... This season, the Bruins and Women of Troy were picked to finish second and third, respectively ... Nationally, both teams have preseason rankings as high as No. 16 (Lindy's and Athlon), while individual honors are flowing in, as well ... ESPN.com named UCLA's Nikki Blue the No. 2-rated point guard in the nation and Noelle Quinn the No. 5-rated shooting guard ... Teammate Lisa Willis was also named the Best Defender in the nation, according to Nancy Lieberman.
Arizona opens the 2005-06 regular season on Fri., Nov. 18 as it will host Loyola Marymount, marking the first-ever meeting between the two teams ... Having scored 56 points in three exhibition games this season, the Wildcats are led by SR G Natalie Jones ... UA is also paced by sophomores Jessica Arnold and Ashley Whisonant, both of whom were honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman team picks a year ago.
After posting two exhibition wins, the Sun Devils opened up the regular season with an upset win over No. 17 Vanderbilt on Fri., Nov. 11 in first round action of the WBCA-BTI Classic in Tempe ... ASU was led by JR F Emily Westerberg, who scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half, leading the Sun Devils to a 69-60 victory over the Commodores ... ASU defeated Missouri in the championship game of the tournament on Sat., Nov. 12 in a 69-54 win ... SR F Kristen Kovesdy had 16 points and added eight rebounds ... San Diego will host Arizona State in its first road game on Sun., Nov. 20, slated for a 2 p.m. start.
The Golden Bears, under first-year head coach Joanne Boyle, opened the 2005-06 season with a win over Eastern Washington on Wed., Nov. 9, 64-45, in the first round of the Preseason WNIT ... The win marked the 13th straight non-conference home victory for the Bears ... FR F Ashley Walker and FR G Alexis Gray-Lawson paced Cal with 14 points each ... JR G Sarah Pool and SO F Krista Foster both added 10 points in the victory ... Cal was defeated by New Mexico in the second round of the WNIT, 46-55, in Albuquerque on Sun., Nov. 13. The Bears will host Radford on Fri., Nov. 18 at Haas Pavilion at 7 p.m.
The Ducks cruised to an 80-30 victory on Fri., Nov. 11 over Saint Francis in a first round game of the season-opening Women's Sports Foundation Invitational in Eugene ... SO C Gabrielle Richards tied her career-high with 19 points, leading all scorers, while JR C Carolyn Ganes added 15 points in the win ... Ten of Oregon's 11 players who saw action, scored at least two points to contribute to the victory ... No. 21 Temple bested the Ducks, 51-46, in the championship game on Sat., Nov. 12 ... Oregon will host the Nevada Wolfpack on Sun., Nov. 20 for the first time since the two teams met in 1998.
The Beavers wrapped up their second exhibition game with a win over Western Oregon, 71-28 on Fri., Nov. 11, under first-year collegiate head coach LaVonda Wagner ... OSU was led by SR G Mandy Close, scoring a game-high 24 points ... SR G Kim Butler finished with 20 points, while SR F Karen Vickery added 10 points and 11 rebounds ... For the second straight game, the Beavers had three players reach double figures in scoring ... Oregon State will open up regular-season action on the road at Montana State on Fri., Nov. 18 and then will head to Pacific, Calif. for a Sun., Nov. 20 contest against the Tigers.
The Cardinal, ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA coaches' poll, defeated Love & Basketball, 92-65, in an exhibition game at Maples Pavilion on Sun., Nov. 13 ... SR G Brooke Smith led all scorers, shooting 10-of-17 from the field, notching 21 points and adding seven rebounds and four assists ... Five Stanford players reached double-digit scoring in the victory ... Stanford will open up the 2005-06 season on Sat., Nov. 19 at the Minnesota Tournament.
The Bruins notched a 103-62 win over Play Mode in its final exhibition contest of the season on Sun., Nov. 13 ... Four UCLA players scored in double digits, including JR G Noelle Quinn and SR G Lisa Willis, who each scored 21 points ... Quinn grabbed a game-high nine boards, while Willis shot 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and added three assists and three steals ... The Bruins will open the regular season on Fri., Nov. 18 at defending national champion, Baylor, in a tip-off time slated for 5 p.m. PT.
The Women of Troy, under second-year head coach Mark Trakh, will open the 2005-06 season on Sat., Nov. 19 against Hawaii at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic in Honolulu ... USC is led by SR G Meghan Gnekow, who averaged 5.8 rpg and paced the Pac-10 with 2.97 offensive boards per game a year ago ... Sophomore guards Brynn Cameron and Camille LeNoir, who both earned freshman honors last season, will contribute heavily in Trakh's rotation.
Washington opens its regular season on Fri., Nov. 18 on the road at Alabama ... Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum ... This will be the second meeting between the Huskies and the Tide, with Alabama holding a 1-0 advantage ... UW features an experienced 2005-06 team with 10 upperclassmen and five underclassmen ... The Huskies are led by senior guards Kayla Burt (9.6 ppg) and Kristen O'Neill (9.5 ppg) and are followed by JR F Jill Bell (5.2 rpg) and JR G Cameo Hicks (9.5 ppg), both All-Pac-10 honorable mention selections.
SR C Keisha Moore recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Cougars in a 65-57 victory over Lewis-Clark State College in their final exhibition game of the season on Fri., Nov. 11 ... JR G Adriane Ferguson scored 14 points, while SR G Charmaine Jones added 11 points in the win ... In addition, the 2005 Pac-10 rebounding champion, JR F Kate Benz pulled down 10 boards ... WSU will host Pepperdine on Fri., Nov. 18 to open the regular season.
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MARCH MADNESS, PAC-10 STYLE: For the third straight year, at least one Pac-10 institution has been selected to host NCAA March Madness. The University of Arizona and McKale Center (14,545) will host the 2006 NCAA First and Second Rounds. Last season, Washington hosted NCAA First and Second Rounds, while Arizona State University was the site of the NCAA West Regional. The 2006 First and Second Rounds will be conducted at eight predetermined sites. Arizona will host games on Sat., March 18 and Mon., March 20. Tickets for First and Second Rounds are available by calling the UA Ticket Office at (520) 621-2287 or by logging onto www. arizonaathletics.com.
2006 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
Mar. 3-6, 2006 HP Pavilion at San Jose
The fifth annual State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament returns to the San Francisco Bay Area, March 3-6, 2006, at HP Pavilion at San Jose.
Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (408) 998-8497 or their local Ticketmaster charge by phone number. Online purchases may be made by logging on to www.pac-10.org or www.Ticketmaster.com. In addition, tickets may be purchased through the Conference's 10 member institutions' ticket offices. The cost of all-session ticket booklets is $85 each, plus handling.
The State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament made its debut in 2002 and was held on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore. The Conference's premier women's sporting event moved to its current home, HP Pavilion at San Jose, in 2003. The winner of the 10-team tournament receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The tournament seeds and Conference Champion are determined by the 18-game regular-season Pac-10 schedule.
Fri., Mar. 3
Game 1: No. 7 Seed vs. No. 10 Seed, 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 Seed vs. No. 9 Seed, 8:15 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 4
Game 3: No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Seed vs. Winner 7/10, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Seed vs. Winner 8/9, 5 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed, 7:15 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 5
Game 7: Game 3 win vs. Game 4 win, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Game 8: Game 5 win vs. Game 6 win, 5:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Mon., Mar. 6
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
TICKETS: www.pac-10.org www.ticketmaster.com (408) 998-8497