This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Jan. 16, 2006
**Through all games of Sat., Jan. 14**
2005-06 STANDINGS1. Stanford (6-1, .857; 11-4, .733)2. USC (6-2, .750; 12-5, .706)3. Arizona State (5-2, .714; 14-3, .824) Washington (5-2, .714; 12-4, .750)5. UCLA (5-3, .625; 10-7, .588)6. California (4-3, .571; 12-5, .706)7. Arizona (2-5, .400; 6-11, .353)8. Oregon (1-5, .167; 10-6, .625) Oregon State (1-5, .167; 7-7, .500)10. Washington State (0-7, .000; 6-10, .375)
Thurs., Jan. 12OREGON STATE 64, ARIZONA 48Close-24 pts/6 reb; Rivera-12 pts/6 rebJones-15 pts/7 reb; Hollingsworth-13 pts/6 reb
(15/13) ARIZONA STATE 44, OREGON 43Kovesdy-11 pts/12 reb; Westerberg-9 pts/3 stlOaks-10 pts; Haring-8 pts/8 reb
USC 81, WASHINGTON STATE 60Murphy-18 pts/10 reb; Hagiya-16 pts/7 astDuRocher-13 pts/5 reb; Benz-10 pts/5 reb
(NR/25) WASHINGTON 96, UCLA 75Hicks-17 pts/10 reb; Banks-16 pts/3 astBlue-24 pts/6 ast; Pluimer-19 pts/7 reb
Sat., Jan. 14ARIZONA 81, OREGON 72 (OT)Hollingsworth-22 pts/7 reb; Oh-20 pts/4 rebWagner-15 pts/4 reb; Haring-15 pts/3 reb
(15/13) ARIZONA STATE 69, OREGON STATE 51Thompson-15 pts/8 reb; Westerberg-13 pts/4 rebButler-20 pts/3 stl; Close-10 pts/5 ast
(14/15) STANFORD 87, CALIFORNIA 75Wiggins-33 pts/8 ast/6 stl; Smith-22 pts/7 rebGray-Lawson-30 pts/6 reb; Morris-17 pts/4 stl
UCLA 73, WASHINGTON STATE 63Quinn-23 pts/10 reb/6 ast; Pluimer-12 pts/7 rebDuRocher-20 pts/5 reb; Benz-10 pts/9 reb
USC 64, (NR/25) WASHINGTON 61Murphy-19 pts/8 reb/5 ast/7 stl; LeNoir-18 ptsFlorence-13 pts/7 reb; O'Neill-10 pts/4 ast
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULEJanuary19 (Th) *ARIZONA at (14/15) STANFORD, 7 p.m.Series: 34-6 (STAN) Last Meeting: 91-74 (STAN)*(15/13) ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.Series: 21-18 (CAL) Last Meeting: 76-59 (ASU)*WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m.Series: 30-9 (ORE) Last Meeting: 62-47 (ORE)*(NR/25) WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.Series: 29-10 (WASH) Last Meeting: 81-66 (WASH)
21 (Sa) *(15/13) ARIZONA STATE at (14/15) STANFORD, 2 p.m.Series: 35-5 (STAN) Last Meeting: 56-42 (STAN)*UCLA at USC, 1 p.m. (Sports Arena) (FSN)Series: 24-14 (USC) Last Meeting: 80-77 (USC)*(NR/25) WASHINGTON at OREGON, 7 p.m.Series: 21-20 (ORE) Last Meeting: 64-50 (ORE)*WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.Series: 24-14 (OSU) Last Meeting: 68-63 (WSU)
22 (Su) *ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m. (FSN)Series: 28-10 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 70-61 (CAL)
*Conference gameAll times are local to site
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CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES (1/16)
BURT TO RETIRE: After being admitted to the University of Washington Medical Center on Thurs., Jan. 12 following the activation of her internal heart defibrillator, WASHINGTON SR G Kayla Burt has announced her retirement from basketball ... The decision was reached through a mutual agreement between Burt, her doctors and the UW athletic department following information obtained regarding the cause for activation of her defibrillator ... Through a variety of tests it was determined that the defibrillator shocked Burt's heart due to an arrhythmia and was not caused by a malfunction or damage to the device ... As a senior this season, Burt came off the bench in 15 games, averaging 6.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists ... She also led the team with 20 3-pointers made.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Playing on the road in any conference can be a tough battle, but in the 2005-06 Pac-10 season, it appears as if road wins will play a huge role ... With five teams away from the confines of their own arenas, two split the series and one swept ... USC picked up two big victories in the Northwest, upsetting 25th-ranked Washington on Sat., Jan. 14, 64-61, snapping the Huskies' 12-game home winning streak ... It was also the Women of Troy's second win over a ranked opponent in as many weeks ... OREGON STATE secured its first Conference win of the season with a 64-48 defeat of Arizona in Tucson on Thurs., Jan. 12 ... Also appearing in the road win column was UCLA, as the Bruins notched a 73-63 defeat of WASHINGTON STATE on Saturday ... Two schools - CALIFORNIA and ARIZONA STATE - remain undefeated through all games played at home in 2005-06 ... The Golden Bears are 8-0 at Haas Pavilion, while the Sun Devils are a perfect 10-0 in Wells Fargo Arena.
WHO'S GOT THE HOT HANDS: This week's look at who's hot: Having scored in double figures for 11 straight games, USC JR G Shay Murphy guided USC to two wins, averaging 18.5 points on the week, while shooting 50 percent from downtown (8-of-16) ... SO G Candice Wiggins has scored 30 or more points for her Stanford team in three of her last five games, lighting up Maples Pavilion for 33 points (11-of-23) in the Cardinal win over Cal on Saturday ... FR G Alexis Gray-Lawson was just as electric, scoring a career-high 30 points, bettering her Conference scoring average to 17.6 ppg ... Oregon State SR G Mandy Close scored a career-high 24 points against the Wildcats on Thurs., Jan. 12, while UCLA SO F Lindsey Pluimer has been giving the Bruins solid production down low, averaging 15.5 points (12-of-25) on the weekend.
ALL IN THE NUMBERS: For the second week in a row, the Pac-10 is ranked fourth and fifth in the Sagarin and Collegiate Basketball News RPI lists, respectively ... Both RPI lists have six of 10 Conference schools ranked in the Top-55 ... Arizona State tops the CBN list with a No. 13 ranking, while STANFORD is 12th on the Sagarin list to lead all Pac-10 schools.
RAINING THREE'S: Pac-10 teams were hitting from beyond the arc all weekend, as two teams tied the second-best season high for three's in a game, while Stanford set a Pac-10 season-high with 14 3-pointers against Cal on Saturday ... Behind a career-high seven 3-point field goals made from SO G Candice Wiggins (fourth best total in school history), the Cardinal fell just two shy of tying the Conference record for three's in a game (16, two teams, four different times) ... USC and Washington State, in their Thurs., Jan. 12 game, recorded 22 3-pointers, 11 made by each team ... JR guards Shay Murphy and Jamie Hagiya recorded four apiece for the Women of Troy, while Washington State's FR guards Amanda DuRocher and Katie Appleton, along with SO G Nikki Stratton each knocked down three from long range.
TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES (1/16)
ARIZONA (6-11, 2-5): Arizona notched a big overtime win over Oregon on Sat., Jan. 14, 81-72, to earn its second Conference victory this season ... The Wildcats had dropped their Thurs., Jan. 12 contest with Oregon State, 64-48 ... UA is 6-11 overall, 2-5 in league play and sits in seventh place in the Pac-10 ... SO G Joy Hollingsworth averaged 18.5 ppg in the Wildcat split ... She knocked down six 3-point field goal attempts, while also grabbing 13 rebounds in two games ... FR F Amina Njonkou, the highly regarded product out of Cameroon, Africa, made her career debut against the Beavers, notching four points in 12 minutes ... Njonkou got the starting nod two days later, playing 15 minutes in the UA win ... Arizona struggled offensively over the weekend, shooting just 24.6 percent (15-of-61) from the field against OSU, 37.5 percent (24-of-64) against UO ... The team ranks ninth in the league with a season average of 39.5 (415-of-1051) ... The team has been stronger from the line, however, shooting 68.8 percent as a team from the charity stripe, good enough to rank fifth in the Pac-10 ... SR G Natalie Jones leads all UA players with an 82.5 percentage from the free throw line, ranking third in the league ... Next up, Arizona will head to the Bay Area to take on Stanford on Thurs., Jan. 19, as well as California on Sun., Jan. 22, which will be televised on FSN.
ARIZONA STATE (14-3, 5-2): After dropping two straight Conference games on the road, Arizona State bounced back with two victories, including a 44-43 edging of Oregon on Thurs., Jan. 12 and a 69-51 win over Oregon State on Sat., Jan. 14 ... The Sun Devils are 14-3 overall, 5-2 for a tie for third place in the Pac-10 ... JR G Emily Westerberg sunk a huge 3-pointer with less than 14 seconds left in the game to guide her team to the one-point win ... SR F Kristen Kovesdy earned her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 boards against UO ... ASU also earned its 10th home win at Wells Fargo Arena this season with the 18-point defeat over the Beavers ... Dating back to the 2003-04 season, ASU is 34-2 when playing at home ... Against OSU, FR C Kirsten Thompson came off the bench to score 15 points in 19 minutes for the Sun Devils, 11 of which came in the second half ... Head coach Charlie Turner Thorne earned her 200th career victory with the win over Oregon on Thursday ... After getting outrebounded by UO, for only the second time all season, the Devils made sure to get to the boards against Oregon State, picking up 35 rebounds, to the Beavers' 21, tying a Pac-10 opponent season-low ... ASU will play at California on Thurs., Jan. 19 and at Stanford on Sat., Jan. 21.
CALIFORNIA (12-5, 4-3): Despite a career-high 30 points from FR G Alexis Gray-Lawson, Cal could not come away with a win, losing 87-75, to traditional rival Stanford on Sat., Jan. 14 ... The Bears are 12-5, 4-3 heading into this weekend's homestand with the Arizona schools ... Cal will face No. 15/13 Arizona State on Thurs., Jan. 19, as well as Arizona on Sun., Jan. 22, the 1 p.m. tip-off to be televised on FSN ... The freshman out of Oakland, Calif., shot a scorching 73.3 percent from the field (11-of-15), hitting three of her four attempts from downtown ... Gray-Lawson also added six rebounds and one assist ... FR G Jené Morris also stepped up, notching 17 points, three assists and four steals, while FR F Ashley Walker recorded her fourth double-double in as many games with 14 points and 11 rebounds ... Walker continues to pace the Conference in blocked shots with a 1.88 bpg average ... With her 75 percent shooting percentage from 3-point range in Saturday's game, Gray-Lawson took over first place in the Pac-10 rankings with a 46.6 season percentage ... She also ranks 10th in the league in scoring with a 14.1 average ... Teams are shooting just 35.9 percent from the field when playing the Bears, 30.6 percent from 3-point range, both of which rank Cal second and fifth in the Conference, respectively.
OREGON (10-6, 1-5): Oregon took to the road this past week, but came away from the desert empty-handed, barely losing to the 13th-ranked Sun Devils, 44-43, on Thurs., Jan. 12, as well as falling to Arizona in overtime, 81-72, on Sat., Jan. 14 ... The Ducks had three players score in double-figures against UA, including JR F Eleanor Haring, SR G Chelsea Wagner and SR G Brandi Davis ... Haring tied for the team-high with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Wagner also notched 15, nine of which came from downtown ... Davis came off the bench to add 14 points, knocking down 4-of-6 from 3-point range ... In Thursday's action with ASU, UO held the Sun Devils to just 44 points, well under their 72.3 average coming into the game, along with just 14 points in the second half (5-of-36) ... The Ducks outscored their opponents in the paint over the weekend, 42-30 ... Next up, Oregon will take on Washington State on Thurs., Jan. 19 and Washington on Sat., Jan. 21, both games to be played in Eugene.
OREGON STATE (7-7, 1-5): Oregon State evened its overall record with a split versus the Arizona schools on the road, while surpassing its win total from the entire 2004-05 season ... The Beavers notched a big 64-48 win over Arizona on Thurs., Jan. 12, but fell to the 13th-ranked Sun Devils on Sat., Jan. 14, 69-51 ... OSU is 7-7 overall, 1-5 in the Conference for a tie for eighth place ... The victory over Arizona snapped a 16-game Pac-10 losing streak and a six-game slide against the Wildcats ... The victory in Tucson was the first for the Beavers since the 2001-02 campaign ... SR G Mandy Close hit 53 percent of her shots (10-of-19) for a career-high 24 points, guiding the Beavers to the 16-point win ... 18 of her game-high 24 points came in the second half, while she also pulled down a season-high six rebounds ... Close also added 10 points against the Sun Devils, hitting five of her 12 shots from the field ... She also dished out five assists ... SR F Kim Butler scored 20 points, her third 20-point outing of the season ... Without a lot of depth on the team, three of the Top-5 Conference players ranked in minutes played are Beavers - Close (1st, 36.36), SR G Anita Rivera (2nd, 36.29) and SO F Tiffany Ducker (5th, 34.79) ... OSU returns home for a Thurs., Jan. 19 contest with Washington, followed by a Sat., Jan. 21 game against Washington State.
STANFORD (11-4, 6-1): Stanford picked up an 87-75 win over Bay Area rival, California on Sat., Jan. 14 to improve to 11-4 overall and 6-1 in the Conference ... With their fifth straight Pac-10 win, the Cardinal remain in first place for the second consecutive week ... SO G Candice Wiggins scored 33 points and dished out eight assists as Stanford extended its home win streak against Pac-10 teams to 40 ... Wiggins has scored 30 or more points in three of her last five games ... She scored a career-high seven three's against the Bears, the fourth best total in school history ... JR C Brooke Smith added 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting, to go along with her seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals ... SR G Krista Rappahahn hit six three's to score 18 points, while handing out three assists in Saturday's action ... Rappahahn has connected on 47 3-point attempts for a 3.13 per game average to rank first in the league ... She is fourth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting on 45.6 percent of her shots ... The Cardinal took over first place in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, averaging 79.2 points per game ... They also pace the Pac-10 in scoring margin, with a +15.2 average ... Stanford will remain on the Farm to take on Arizona on Thurs., Jan. 19, as well as a highly anticipated matchup with Arizona State on Sat., Jan. 21.
UCLA (10-7, 5-3): UCLA split its decisions in the Northwest, losing to Washington, 96-75, on Thurs., Jan. 12, but rebounded with a 73-63 win over Washington State on Sat., Jan. 14 ... The Bruins earned their 10th win on the season to improve to 10-7, 5-3 in league play, good enough to rank fifth in the Conference ... With so much talk about the talent in UCLA's backcourt, SO F Lindsey Pluimer made sure to remind folks there is solid production from down-low, as well ... Pluimer scored a season-high 19 points, while nabbing a career-best four steals and a season-high two blocks at Washington ... She also tied for the team lead with seven rebounds, marking the sixth time this season she has had team-high honors in rebounds ... On the week, Pluimer averaged 15.5 points, seven rebounds, two steals, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks ... JR G Noelle Quinn scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Cougars to pick up her fourth double-double of the season ... JR F Amanda Livingston was one of four Bruins to score in double figures against WSU, adding 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting ... The Bruins will head cross-town to take on USC on Sat., Jan. 21 at the Sports Arena ... The 1 p.m. tip-off will be televised on FSN.
USC (12-5, 6-2): USC became the second team to sweep a road series this Conference season, picking up an 81-60 victory over Washington State on Thurs., Jan. 12 and a slim 64-61 win over No. 25 Washington on Sat., Jan. 14 ... The Women of Troy are 12-5 overall, 5-3 in the Conference to own sole possession of second place ... JR G Shay Murphy recorded her 10th and 11th consecutive double-figure scoring games, recording 18 points against WSU and 19 against UW ... Murphy also grabbed 10 rebounds against the Cougars to post her first double-double of the season ... USC's upset of Washington was its second win over a ranked opponent in two weeks ... SR G Meghan Gnekow was instrumental in the Trojan win, picking up seven rebounds, including a pair late in the game to help seal the win ... USC held Washington, averaging almost 18 second-chance opportunities, to just seven offensive rebounds, while outrebounding the Huskies, altogether, 40-25 ... The Trojans lead the league in rebounding offense with a 41.9 average ... This week, USC will face traditional rival, UCLA on Sat., Jan. 21, the 1 p.m. tip-off televised on FSN ... In the 38-game series, USC leads with a 24-14 advantage, and most recently claimed an 80-77 win at home in 2004-05.
WASHINGTON (12-4, 5-2): Washington had its 12-game home winning streak snapped by USC on Sat., Jan. 14 when the Women of Troy took a 64-61 edging at Hec Edmundson Pavilion ... The Huskies were coming off a 96-75 win over UCLA on Thurs., Jan. 12 ... With the split, UW is 12-4 overall, 5-2 in Conference play for a tie for third place with Arizona State ... JR G Cameo Hicks averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, 5.5 assists and three steals versus the LA schools last week ... She also recorded her third career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against the Bruins ... The Huskies had four players score in double-digits against UCLA, as SO G Dominique Banks notched 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting ... SO G Emily Florence also had a solid weekend, averaging 12 points, eight rebounds and 4.5 assists ... UW will next take to the road to face Oregon State on Thurs., Jan. 19 and Oregon on Sat., Jan. 21 ... The Huskies have won five of their past seven meetings with the Ducks and four of the last five against the Beavers.
WASHINGTON STATE (6-10, 0-7): Washington State is still searching for its first win in Conference play, dropping two contests against the LA schools over the weekend, 81-60, to USC on Thurs., Jan. 12 and 73-63 to UCLA on Sat., Jan. 14 ... FR G Amanda DuRocher scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting against the Bruins, knocking down three of her nine attempts from long range ... DuRocher also led the team with 13 points in Thursday's action to average 16.5 ppg on the weekend ... JR F Kate Benz grabbed nine rebounds in Saturday's game to move into 10th place on the school's all-time career rebounding list with 602 ... Benz continues to pace the league in rebounding - as she has since Feb. 20, 2005 - currently averaging 10.1 boards per game ... WSU is third in the league in free throw percentage with a .702 clip ... The Cougars will take to the road to face Oregon on Thurs., Jan. 19, as well as Oregon State on Sat., Jan. 21.