This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Feb. 13, 2006

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thurs., Feb. 16
*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA
, 7 p.m.
Series: 29-10 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 80-76 (ARIZ)
*STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
Series: 36-5 (STAN) Last Meeting: 84-78 (STAN)
*OREGON at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Series: 22-20 (ORE) Last Meeting: 81-73 (ORE)
*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
Series: 25-14 (OSU) Last Meeting: 68-67 (OSU)

Sat., Feb. 18
*STANFORD at ARIZONA
, 2 p.m.
Series: 35-6 (STAN) Last Meeting: 82-51 (STAN)
*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, 4 p.m. (FSN)
Series: 22-18 (CAL) Last Meeting: 66-64 (CAL)
*USC at UCLA, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Series: 25-14 (USC) Last Meeting: 73-70 (USC)
*OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.
Series: 31-9 (ORE) Last Meeting: 54-50 (ORE)
*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
Series: 30-10 (WASH) Last Meeting: 70-53 (WASH)

*Conference game
All times are local to site

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES (2/13)

TITLE HOPES
: The Pac-10 title picture could become a bit clearer this weekend, as the No. 1 and 2 teams in the Conference go head-to-head as STANFORD travels to Tempe to take on ARIZONA STATE in a Thurs., Feb. 16 battle ... In first-round action earlier this season, the Cardinal used a second-half rally to defeat the Sun Devils, 84-78, at Maples Pavilion behind 33 points from SO G Candice Wiggins ... UCLA, tied for fourth a week ago and now in sole possession of third place in the Conference, will host cross-town rival USC on Sat., Feb. 18, in hopes of bettering its Tournament seed ... The right for LA bragging rights will be televised on FSN at 1 p.m. ... CALIFORNIA's matchup with Arizona State on Sat., Feb. 18, will also be televised on FSN, tip-off at 4 p.m. MT, 3 p.m. PT ... ASU will be looking for a series split as the Bears took round one, 66-64, at Haas Pavilion in mid-January.

WHO'S GOT THE HOT HANDS: This week's look at who's hot: As has been the case for quite some time now, UCLA JR G Noelle Quinn is staking her claim as one of the top guards in the nation ... After averaging 19 points per game on 16-of-31 shooting over the weekend, Quinn guided the Bruins to a weekend sweep of the Washington schools ... She has scored 20 or more points in seven of her last eight games, while helping UCLA to a 6-2 record in those contests ... Quinn is averaging 18.3 ppg this season to rank third in the Pac-10 ... OREGON STATE SR F Kim Butler averaged 23 points on the weekend as the Beavers split their series with the Arizona's ... Butler has led the team in scoring 15 games this season, including the past seven straight ... WASHINGTON STATE SR F Keisha Moore nearly averaged a double-double over two games last week, recording 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds a game ... Moore has scored in double figures in five of the last six games.

500 AND COUNTING: Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer recorded her 500th win at the helm of the Cardinal program with a 55-46 victory over Bay Area rival California on Sat., Feb. 11 in Berkeley ... It was also VanDerveer's 652nd win all-time ... In 20 seasons at Stanford, VanDerveer has amassed an impressive 500-125 (.800) record to rank among the top coaches in women's basketball history ... In other coaching milestones, WASHINGTON head coach June Daugherty recorded her 100th Pac-10 win with a 87-79 double overtime thriller against USC on Thurs., Feb. 9.

BLUE NOMINATED: UCLA SR G Nikki Blue was one of 11 nominees for the Nancy Lieberman Award, announced on Friday ... The award to honor the nation's top point guard is chosen by a panel of national sportswriters ... Blue, who leads the Pac-10 in assists with an average of 5.38 per game, ranks No. 3 on UCLA's all-time assists charts with 542 over her career ... She needs just two more assists to tie Ann Meyers for second place ... Blue is averaging 13.3 points per game and leads the Pac-10 with a three-point field goal percentage of 44.8.

ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS: Five Pac-10 players were named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America team, including Stanford's SR G Krista Rappahahn and UCLA JR G Noelle Quinn to the first team ... Washington JR G Cameo Hicks placed on the second team, while Oregon State SR G Mandy Close and UCLA SO F Lindsey Pluimer were named to the third team.

TOURNAMENT TIME: The 2006 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament will take place March 3-6 at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, the winner receiving the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament ... Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (408) 998-8497 or through the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES (2/13)

ARIZONA (7-18, 3-12)
: Arizona was down by as many as 30 points against Oregon State on Sat., Feb. 11, staging an incredible comeback to get within six, but could not hold on for the win, as the Beavers claimed a 91-83 win at Gill Coliseum ... UA was also defeated, 78-58, by Oregon on Thurs., Feb. 9 ... The Wildcats are 7-18 overall, 3-12 in the Conference heading into its last regular season homestand, as California comes calling on Thurs., Feb. 16, as well as Stanford on Sat., Feb. 18 ... JR G Joy Hollingsworth scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, 4-of-8 from downtown to lead all UA scorers against OSU ... FR G Kelsey Burns posted a career-high 19 points, while grabbing nine rebounds in a spectacular performance that helped UA get back in the game ... The Wildcats committed just seven turnovers against the Ducks, a season-low for the team and the second-fewest among all 10 teams this year ... SR G Natalie Jones averaged 17.5 ppg on the weekend, her season average now at 14.7 ppg to rank 10th in the league.

ARIZONA STATE (20-5, 11-4): Arizona State was solid on the road this past weekend, picking up two wins, including a 77-67 win over Oregon State on Thurs., Feb. 9, as well as a 62-52 victory over Oregon on Sun., Feb. 12 to improve to 20-5 overall and 11-4 in the Conference ... The Sun Devils are in sole possession of second place as they return home to Wells Fargo Arena where they are undefeated on the year (12-0) to host Stanford on Thurs., Feb. 16 and California on Sat., Feb. 18 ... ASU is looking for a little vindication as it was swept by the Bay Area schools in first-round action earlier this season ... FR G Briann January is improving with each game in her first collegiate season ... January averaged six points in two games last weekend, but more importantly, did not turn the ball over once in 42 minutes played, while dishing out six assists ... She leads the team with a 1.4 steal average, while tying for fourth on the team with a 2.4 assist average ... January is just one of many who come off the bench for ASU in a deep and steady rotation ... With two wins on the road last weekend, the Sun Devils earned their sixth and seventh respective wins away from Wells, the most since the 2000-01 squad went 7-5 on the road.

CALIFORNIA (15-9, 7-7): California will look to rebound from its loss last weekend to Stanford, 55-46, on Sat., Feb. 11 at Haas Pavilion with an important, albeit tough, road trip this weekend ... The Bears will face a hungry Arizona team looking to snap a six-game losing streak on Thurs., Feb. 16, as well as an Arizona State squad that has not lost at home all season, Sat., Feb. 18 ... The game against the Sun Devils will be televised on FSN, tip at 4 p.m. MT ... Cal is 15-9 overall, 7-7 in the Conference with a current hold on sixth place ... FR C Devanei Hampton recorded her eighth double-double of the season when she scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds against the Cardinal last Saturday ... FR F Ashley Walker also scored 12 points and grabbed seven boards ... The duo have been impressive down-low as they both lead the league with eight double-doubles a piece ... The Bears held Stanford, which came into the game leading the league in scoring offense, to just 55 points, its fewest of the season as the team shot just 38.8 percent from the field (19-of-49) ... Cal ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense, giving up an average of 59.5 points per game ... The 4,859 people in attendance for the Bay Area matchup last Saturday was a Haas Pavilion women's basketball record crowd.

OREGON (14-10, 5-9): Oregon split its home series with the Arizona's last weekend, picking up a 78-58 win over Arizona on Thurs., Feb. 9, before falling, 62-52, to Arizona State on Sun., Feb. 12 ... The Ducks are tied for seventh place in the Conference with a 5-9 record, 14-10 overall ... Oregon scored a program-record 15 three-pointers en route to the 20-point win over the Wildcats ... SR G Chelsea Wagner hit eight of those (8-for-11), equaling the school's single-game individual record ... SO C Gabrielle Richards was tough on the boards all weekend, averaging 12.5 boards over two games ... She recorded her fourth double-double of the season against the Sun Devils, pulling down 11 boards and scoring 12 points ... JR F/C Carolyn Ganes and SR G Brandi Davis both came off the bench to provide an offensive spark, providing 10 and 12 points respectively, but the Ducks could not hang on in the 10-point loss ... UO has its final regular season road trip this weekend as it will take on Washington on Thurs., Feb. 16 and Washington State on Sat., Feb. 18 ... The Ducks claimed both first-round games against the Huskies and Cougars in Eugene.

OREGON STATE (11-11, 5-9): Senior F Kim Butler led Oregon State in scoring in both contests last weekend, as the team came away with a 91-83 win over Arizona on Sat., Feb. 11, but could not pull out the victory over Arizona State, losing 77-67 on Thurs., Feb. 9 ... Butler, who has led the team in scoring 15 games this season, including the past seven straight, averaged 23 points, 4.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals in the weekend split with the Arizona's ... She has scored 20-plus points on seven occasions this season and her 13-for-13 performance from the line against UA matched the Oregon State single-game record for percentage (1.000 with a minimum of 10 attempts) ... SR G Anita Rivera scored a career-high 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-8 from downtown ... Two other OSU players scored in double-digits against the Wildcats, as SR G Mandy Close and JR G Casey Nash chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively ... The Beavers will head North this weekend to take on Washington State on Thurs., Feb. 16, as well as Washington on Sat., Feb. 18 ... The team split its first-round games, picking up a 68-67 overtime win against the Cougars, after falling by 17 to the Huskies.

STANFORD (18-5, 12-2): Stanford picked up two victories last weekend, including an 81-47 non-conference win over UC Santa Barbara on Thurs., Feb. 9, followed up by a 55-46 victory over Bay Area rival California on Sat., Feb. 11 ... The Cardinal are 12-2 in league play for sole possession of first place in the Pac-10, while sitting at 18-5 overall ... A big series awaits Stanford as the team heads to the desert to take on an Arizona State squad that would like revenge for the 84-78 loss earlier this season ... The teams go head-to-head on Thurs., Feb. 16 at Wells Fargo Arena, followed up with a Sat., Feb. 18 contest with Arizona at McKale Center ... SO G Candice Wiggins averaged 19.5 points, five rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals in her two games last week ... Wiggins shot 66.7 percent from beyond the arc (6-for-9), while shooting 52 percent from the field (13-of-25) ... She led all scorers with 25 points against Cal, recording 19 in the final 20 minutes of play to guide the Cardinal to the series sweep over the Bears ... Wiggins' 21.0 ppg season average leads the Pac-10 ... Stanford has now won 13 consecutive games over its traditional rival, the last Cal win coming in the 2000-01 season ... FR F Jillian Harmon recorded a double-double off the bench against UCSB on Thursday, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds ... Harmon is averaging 0.74 blocks per game, good enough to rank 10th in the Conference.

UCLA (15-9, 10-5): UCLA continues to play with confidence, picking up two solid wins at Pauley Pavilion last weekend, including a 77-50 win over Washington State on Thurs., Feb. 9, as well as an 83-75 victory over Washington on Sat., Feb. 11 to improve to 10-5 in the league, 15-9 overall ... The Bruins jumped into third place in the Pac-10 with the two key wins, and are off until Saturday when they host USC in a 1 p.m. tip-off televised on FSN ... JR G Noelle Quinn averaged 19 points on the weekend, scoring 15 against the Cougars and 23 against the Huskies ... SR G Nikki Blue passed former Bruin guard Michelle Greco, moving into sixth on UCLA's all-time scoring list and 18th on the Pac-10 list with 1,716 career points ... SR G Lisa Willis and SO F Lindsey Pluimer both recorded double-doubles in the win over Washington, with both tying their career-highs with 12 rebounds (Willis had 16 points, Pluimer had 15) ... With a little help from other Conference games, the Bruins moved back into first place in the Pac-10, now averaging 79.6 points per game ... The team also ranks second in the following: assists (17.79), steals (10.67), assist/turnover ratio (1.09) and field goal percentages (46.3).

USC (15-9, 9-6): USC split its weekend series, picking up a 75-67 win over Washington State on Sat., Feb. 11, after leaving everything on the court in an 87-79 double overtime loss to Washington on Thurs., Feb. 9 ... The Women of Troy are 9-6, good enough for fifth place in the Conference, a 15-9 record overall ... JR G Shay Murphy had back-to-back 20-point games, scoring a career-high 24 against the Huskies and 22 in the win over the Cougars ... Murphy has scored in double-figures for 18 straight games ... She was 4-for-11 from long range last weekend, moving into the fourth spot on USC's all-time list for career three's made ... Her 17.1 points per game average ranks her fifth in the league, while her 7.3 rebounds per game average places her at No. 6 ... Only one guard in the Conference has a better rebounding average than Murphy ... SO G Camille LeNoir also put together back-to-back 20-point games as the Los Angeles product dropped 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting against UW and 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting against WSU ... LeNoir's four assists per game average is good enough to rank her third in the league ... The Trojans will head across town to take on UCLA on Sat., Feb. 18 in a matchup televised on FSN ... In an earlier meeting this season, USC picked up a 73-70 win on the Trojan campus.

WASHINGTON (16-7, 9-5): Washington took to the road last week for an important series with LA schools and came home with a split, pulling out a dramatic 87-79 double overtime win over USC on Thurs., Feb. 9, before falling 83-75 to UCLA on Sat., Feb. 11 ... The Huskies are now 9-5 in the Pac-10, 16-7 overall ... JR G Cameo Hicks averaged 23 points, five rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals in her two games last week ... Hicks notched back-to-back 20-point games with a 25-point effort against the Women of Troy and a 21-point output against the Bruins ... The Tracy, Calif. native, who had averaged just 11.3 ppg in her previous three outings, broke out to record her fifth and sixth 20-plus games of the season ... JR F Breanne Watson recorded back-to-back double-doubles against the LA schools, including an 11-point, 10-rebound effort on Saturday ... The Huskies return home to Bank of America Arena to take on Oregon on Thurs., Feb. 16 and Oregon State on Sat., Feb. 18 ... In the road version of both matchups, Washington put together a 70-53 win over the Beavers, but were not as successful against the Ducks, losing 81-73.

WASHINGTON STATE (7-16, 1-13): Washington State SR F Keisha Moore nearly averaged a double-double this past weekend, but it was not enough as the Cougars came away from their road trip empty-handed, losing 77-50 to UCLA on Thurs., Feb. 9 and 75-67 to USC on Sat., Feb. 11 ... Moore averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games last week, and has now scored in double-figures in five of her last six games ... Over that six-game span she is averaging 16.5 points and six rebounds per game ... She leads the team in scoring (11.5 ppg) and blocks (1.4 bpg) ... The Cougars are now 1-13 in the Conference, 7-16 overall and return home to Pullman to face Oregon State on Thurs., Feb. 16 and Oregon Sat., Feb. 18 ... In first-round action earlier this year, WSU lost to both teams by a combined five points (54-50 to Oregon and 68-67 to Oregon State) ... JR F Kate Benz currently owns a nine rebound per game average to lead the Conference ... Her 6.39 defensive rebound per game average also paces the Pac-10.

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