This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 21, 2005

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
November
22 (Tu)

ARIZONA vs. Furman (1), 8 p.m.
UC Davis at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. (Comcast)
OREGON at Portland, 7 p.m.
BYU at UCLA, 7 p.m.

23 (We)
ARIZONA vs. Great Alaska Shootout, (1) 2:30/5 p.m.
Fresno State at (11/9) STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
(24/23) USC at Long Beach State, 7:30 p.m.
(22/21) Utah at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.

24 (Th)
CALIFORNIA vs. Marshall (2), 7 p.m.

25 (Fr)
(20/15) ASU vs. (7/8) North Carolina (2), 1:30 p.m.
Arkansas at OREGON, 5 p.m.
UCLA vs. (8/10) Georgia (3), 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Hawaii (5), 11:10 a.m.

26 (Sa)
(22/21) Utah at ARIZONA, 7:30 p.m. (FSN AZ)
(20/15) ARIZONA STATE vs. Mississippi State (2), 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. (6/5) Baylor (2), 1:30 p.m.
Drake at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. LMU/UNC-Charlotte (3), 3/5 p.m.
San Diego at WASHINGTON (4) 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON ST. vs. Wisconsin/Idaho State (5), TBA

27 (Su)
(11/9) STANFORD at (13/13) Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m. (FSN)
(24/23) USC at (15/16) Notre Dame, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON hosts Husky Classic (4), 12:30/3 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Hawai'ian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic (5), TBA

Tournaments/Neutral Sites
(1) Great Alaska Shootout; Anchorage, Alaska
(2) Caribbean Classic; Cancun, Mexico
(3) Loyola Marymount Tournament; Los Angeles, Calif.
(4) Husky Classic; Seattle, Wash.
(5) Hawai'ian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic; Honolulu, Hawaii

All times are local to site.

UPCOMING TV GAMES
November
22 (Tu)
UC Davis at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. (Comcast)
26 (Sa) (22/21) Utah at ARIZONA, 7:30 p.m. (FSN AZ)
27 (Su) (11/9) STANFORD at (13/13) Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m. (FSN)

December
4 (Su)
Tennessee at STANFORD, 12:30 p.m. (FSN)
11 (Su) Ohio State at USC, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
12 (Mo) Eastern Washington at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m (FSN NW)
20 (Tu) OREGON at UCLA, 7 p.m. (OSN)
29 (Th) WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m. (FSN NW)
31 (Sa) WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. (FSN NW)

January
1 (Su)
UCLA at STANFORD 1 p.m. (FSN)

THIS WEEK IN THE POLLS
AP; USA Today/ESPN/WBCA
ARIZONA STATE - 20; 15
OREGON - --; RV
STANFORD - 11; 9
UCLA - --/RV
USC - 24; 23

CONFERENCE NOTES

Season Openers
All-told, the Pac-10 went 9-1 (.900) in season openers this year ... The Conference is 17-4 (.810) through 21 games played, including 8-3 (.727) when not playing at home ... WASHINGTON went 2-0 on its road trip to open the season, picking up one win apiece over the SEC and ACC, respectively ... Likewise, OREGON STATE traveled to open up its 2005-06 season, notching a 70-35 win over Montana State and a 54-46 victory over Pacific ... 24/23 USC claimed the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic title with two wins over Hawai'i and Eastern Illinois.

Top-25 Action
With Thanksgiving tournaments just around the corner, the Pac-10 has a busy week, not only in travel arrangements, but in the caliber of opponents, as well ... Seven games are scheduled against Top-25 opponents, and depending on how tournament fields play out, more games could feature ranked opponents ... On the docket for sure, are: 22/21 Utah, 7/8 North Carolina, 8/10 Georgia, 6/5 Baylor, 13/13 Texas Tech and 15/16 Notre Dame ... 18/18 DePaul also figures into the mix in the Hawai'ian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic, which WASHINGTON STATE will compete in.

Return of Noelle Quinn
She hadn't played in regular season action since mid-January of 2004-05, but UCLA JR G Noelle Quinn looks as if she hasn't missed a beat, picking up a double-double in her return to the court, Fri., Nov. 18 against defending national champion, Baylor ... Dropping 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, Quinn picked up 11 boards, four assists, two blocks and one steal in her first official outing since undergoing knee surgery some 10 months ago.

Wagner in the Win Column
Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner picked up her first career win with a 70-35 drubbing of Montana State on Fri., Nov. 18 ... No stranger to success, Wagner heads the Beaver program after 17 years as an assistant coach, including three seasons at Duke where she brought in three Top-5 national recruiting classes.

NLI Early Period
A total of 37 student-athletes have signed a letter of intent to play in the Pac-10 Conference ... Seventeen players come out of the state of California, followed by four out of the state of Washington ... Four international players are among the 37-listed ... ARIZONA had one of the most interesting classes in the nation, signing two sets of twins, one pair hailing from Fullerton, Calif., and the other duo by way of Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (1-0, 0-0)
Arizona started its 2005-06 regular season with a 74-66 win over Loyola Marymount on Fri., Nov. 18, marking the 12th time in the last 15 years that the Wildcats have won their first game of the season ... UA shot 42 percent from the field, 18 percent from downtown and 65 percent from the charity stripe ... JR G Joy Hollingsworth led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field ... SR G Natalie Jones added 17 points and pulled down six boards ... SO F Ché Oh finished the game just one board shy of a double-double, notching 16 points and nine rebounds ... The `Cats next head to Anchorage-native, Jones' home state, to face Furman in the Great Alaska Shootout on Tues., Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ... The team will play again on Wednesday against either Central Connecticut State or Alaska-Anchorage.

ARIZONA STATE (3-0, 0-0)
Arizona State picked up its first road victory of the season with a 67-63 win over San Diego on Sun., Nov. 20 ... JR F Emily Westerberg scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, while SR F Kristen Kovesdy added 12 points and five boards ... San Diego forced ASU into 25 turnovers, but the Sun Devils were able to compensate offensively, shooting 54 percent for the game on 27-of-50 from the field ... Arizona State's bench pitched in 24 points, led by FR G Danielle Orsillo who scored seven and picked up four rebounds ... The Sun Devils will next compete in the Carribean Classic in Cancun, Mexico when they take on No. 8 North Carolina on Fri., Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m. local time.

CALIFORNIA (2-1, 0-0)
California is now 2-1 on the season following a 23-point win over Radford on Fri., Nov. 18 at Haas Pavilion ... With a career-high 19 points, FR F/C Ashley Walker recorded her third double-digit scoring output in as many games, while pulling down six rebounds in the 73-50 win ... FR C Devanei Hampton came off the bench and barely missed her first double-double of the season, picking up 17 points and nine boards ... Hampton was also 7-of-11 from the free throw line ... FR G Jené Morris added 12 points and nine steals, just one shy of the school record ... Defensively, Cal held Radford to just 16-of-48 shooting from the field, while the Bears also picked up 16 steals off of their opponents' 32 turnovers ... Cal will host UC Davis on Tues., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Haas ... The game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet.

OREGON (2-1, 0-0)
Oregon picked up a 61-50 home-court win over Nevada on Sun., Nov. 20 to improve to 2-1 on the year ... SR G Chelsea Wagner, in her first start of the season, equaled her career high with 21 points, including 5-for-7 shooting from three-point range ... Wagner returns to the UO lineup after tearing her ACL in mid-January last season ... The Ducks made no bones about it, leading the game from start to finish, and by no less than 10 points for the final 27 minutes of the game ... JR F Eleanor Haring chipped in nine points, while SO C Gabrielle Richards added six points and four rebounds ... The Ducks will play at Portland on Tues., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.

OREGON STATE (2-0, 0-0)
Oregon State, playing its first two games of the 2005-06 season on the road, outscored its opponents, 126-81, to pick up a 2-0 record thus far ... The Beavers easily put away Montana State on Fri., Nov. 18, 70-35, and followed that performance up with a 54-46 win over Pacific on Sun., Nov. 20 ... SR F Kim Butler scored 17 points in back-to-back games for the Beavers, tallying 34 points and 10 boards in the two-game stretch ... SR G Anita Rivera matched her career high with 14 points against Pacific ... OSU held the Tigers to just one field goal over the final 7:45 to preserve the win ... Four players scored in double digits in the MSU win, including Butler, Rivera SR F Karen Vickery and SR G Mandy Close ... OSU returns home to face Drake on Sat., Nov. 26 at 2 p.m.

STANFORD (1-1, 0-0)
With a 69-28 rout of Long Island on Sat., Nov. 19, ninth-ranked Stanford won its 22nd season-opener all-time ... JR C Brooke Smith scored 15 points to lead all scorers in the win ... FR F Jillian Harmon and JR G Clare Bodensteiner each earned their first career starts ... Harmon chipped in 11 points, five boards, five assists, three blocks and two steals ... Against 16th-ranked Minnesota on Sun., Nov. 20, Stanford had four players score in double digits, but could not hold in the 84-77 loss ... SO G Candice Wiggins pitched in 21 points, while JR C Kristen Newlin notched her third career double-double with 14 points and 12 boards ... Stanford will host Fresno State on Wed., Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

UCLA (0-1, 0-0)
Opening the season against defending national champion, Baylor, is just how head coach Kathy Olivier likes to prepare her team for a competitive season ... Although the Bruins left with a 93-85 loss on Fri., Nov. 18, there were bright spots, including the return of JR G Noelle Quinn who recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 boards, looking like the dominant player she was prior to her knee injury last season ... The triple threat of Quinn, SR G Nikki Blue and SR G Lisa Willis combined for 54 points, including a team-high of 22 from Willis ... The Bruins also got good post play from SO F Lindsey Pluimer (14 pts/4 reb) and JR F Amanda Livingston (8 pts/3 ast) ... UCLA will host BYU in its home-opener on Tues., Nov. 22 in a 7 p.m. tip-off.

USC (2-0, 0-0)
USC claimed the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic title with a 68-53 win over Eastern Illinois on Sun., Nov. 20 ... JR F Shay Murphy scored 17 and pulled down eight boards, including seven offensive, to guide the Women of Troy to their second win in as many days ... On Sat., Nov. 19, USC notched an 80-71 win over Hawai'i, as Murphy picked up 15, and JR C Chloé Kerr and SO G Camille LeNoir each dropped in 13 ... Kerr added 13 boards to pick up the first double-double of her career ... USC returns to the mainland to play at Long Beach State on Wed., Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m, and again on Sun., Nov. 27 against No. 15 Notre Dame.

WASHINGTON (2-0, 0-0)
It was no easy feat, but Washington went on the road to tip-off its season and picked up back-to-back wins over the SEC and ACC, respectively, claiming a 56-52 victory over Alabama on Fri., Nov. 18 and a 71-69 win over Florida State on Sun., Nov. 22 to improve to 2-0 on the year ... JR G Cameo Hicks scored 34 points on the weekend, including a game-high of 21 against the Seminoles ... Against FSU, JR F Jill Bell contributed 10 points in 12 minutes and SR G Kayla Burt scored seven and added six rebounds ... In Friday's win over the Crimson Tide, UW overcame a tough shooting night (27.9 percent) to pick up the four-point win, as SO G Dominique Banks pitched in 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals ... Washington will play in its home-opener on Wed., Nov. 23 against No. 21 Utah at 7 p.m.

WASHINGTON STATE (2-0, 0-0)
Washington State used double-digit performances from four different players over the weekend to pick up two wins in non-conference action ... In a 66-57 win over Pepperdine on Fri., Nov. 18, FR G Katie Appleton scored 15 in her Cougar debut, while SR G Charmaine Jones went 9-for-9 from the charity stripe and picked up 19 points in the game ... WSU also defeated Saint Mary's on Sun., Nov. 20, 53-43, as JR G Adriane Ferguson notched 12 points, Appleton scored 10 and JR F Kate Benz earned her first double-double on the season with 11 points and 12 boards ... Washington State will head to the Hawai'ian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic this week, taking on host Hawaii on Fri., Nov. 25 at 11:10 a.m. ... The team will play again on both Saturday and Sunday.

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