This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

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Nov. 20, 2006

2006-07 STANDINGS
California, 3-0, 1.000
Oregon, 2-0, 1.000
Arizona State, 4-1, .800
Oregon State, 2-1, .667
UCLA, 2-1, .667
Arizona, 2-2, .500
Stanford, 1-1, .500
USC, 1-2, .333
Washington State, 1-2, .333
Washington 0-2, .000

**Through games of Sun., Nov. 19**

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
NOVEMBER

Tues., Nov. 21
Missouri at STANFORD 7 p.m. PT
Oklahoma at UCLA 7 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON at Eastern Washington 5:30 p.m. PT

Wed., Nov. 22
WASHINGTON STATE at Portland 7 p.m. PT

Fri., Nov. 24
North Carolina State at ARIZONA 7 p.m. MT
ARIZONA STATE vs. Western Kentucky (1) 7 p.m. AT
CALIFORNIA vs. Belmont (2) 2 p.m. CT
Boise State at OREGON (3) 7 p.m. PT
STANFORD at Tennessee 7 p.m. ET
UCLA vs. Gonzaga (4) 1:10 p.m. HT
Notre Dame at USC 5 p.m. PT

Sat., Nov. 25
ARIZONA STATE vs. Rutgers/Penn State (1) TBA
CALIFORNIA vs. Vanderbilt/Florida Atlantic (2) 12/2 p.m. CT
OREGON vs. Pittsburgh/Utah (3) 7 p.m. PT
UCLA at Hawaii Tournament (4) TBA
WASHINGTON vs. Saint Louis (5) 3 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON STATE at Santa Clara 2 p.m. PT

Sun., Nov. 26
ARIZONA at Texas-El Paso 2 p.m. CT
UC Davis at OREGON STATE 4 p.m. PT
STANFORD at Georgia (FSN) 3 p.m. ET
UCLA at Hawaii Tournament (12) TBA
Nebraska at USC 2 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON vs. Miami (OH)/N. Iowa (5) 12:30/3 p.m. PT

Key
(1) Paradise Jam, Virgin Islands
(2) Vanderbilt Tournament, Nashville, Tenn.
(3) Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament, Eugene, Ore.
(4) Hawaii Tournament, Honolulu, Hawaii
(5) Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash.

All times are local to site.

UPCOMING TV GAMES
NOVEMBER

Sun., Nov. 26
STANFORD at Georgia (FSN) 3 p.m. ET

DECEMBER

Sat., Dec. 9
OREGON vs. Colorado (OSN) 3 p.m. PT

Sun., Dec. 17
Baylor at UCLA (FSN) 12:30 p.m. PT

Sat., Dec. 30
ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD (FSN) 5 p.m. PT

THIS WEEK IN THE POLLS

Associated Press (11/20); USA Today/ESPN/WBCA (11/14)
ARIZONA STATE - 13/11
CALIFORNIA - 16/19
STANFORD - 11/10
UCLA - 21/21
USC - RV/20
WASHINGTON - NR/23

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (2-2)
Arizona had a busy week as it opened up the season with an 83-41 win over Nicholls State at home on Tuesday, only to travel east for three games in the BTI Classic in College Park, Md. ... The Wildcats went 1-2 in the tournament, losing by just four to No. 25 George Washington on Friday, 69-65, dropping a 75-61 decision to No. 1 Maryland on Saturday, but then pulling off a 59-56 overtime win against TCU on Sunday ... SO F Amina Njonkou picked up her first career double-double on Tuesday, collecting a team-high 17 points and 11 rebounds to guide UA to its first win of the season ... SR G Joy Hollingsworth, certainly no stranger to leadership, hit two free throws with 14 seconds left in overtime to lift the `Cats to the three-point win over the Lady Frogs ... Next up, Arizona returns home for two big games against NC State on Fri., Nov. 24 and Texas El-Paso on Sun., Nov. 26.

ARIZONA STATE (4-1)
Arizona State played three games this week, picking up two wins and just one blemish as the Sun Devils played 5/4 Tennessee tough, losing 83-74 ... SR F Emily Westerberg averaged 15.7 points and six rebounds over the three-game stretch, currently leading the team in both categories ... SO G Briann January has hit her last nine free throw attempts, notching a 10-for-11 (.909) mark thus far ... January finished her freshman campaign in fifth place in the Conference in free throw percentage (.795) ... Credit ASU's pressure defense for creating turnovers as opponents are averaging 21.2 turnovers per game ... This week, the Sun Devils travel to the Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam in which they will play Western Kentucky on Fri., Nov. 24 and Rutgers or Penn State on Sat., Nov. 25.

CALIFORNIA (3-0)
One of only two undefeated teams left in the Pac-10, California is 3-0 after it picked up two wins in Pepperdine's Timeout for HIV/AIDS Classic over the weekend ... SO F/C Ashley Walker was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after her MVP performance against Florida and Pepperdine, barely missing a double-double average of 21.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg ... Walker went 8-for-11 from the floor to pick up 17 points in the 88-60 rout of Florida, Cal's third win all-time over an SEC school ... She also had a 25-point, 11-rebound effort in Saturday's 72-54 win, earning her ninth career double-double ... California travels to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in the Vanderbilt Tournament this week.

OREGON (2-0)
Oregon is undefeated at 2-0, one of two Conference teams left with a perfect record ... The Ducks hit the road to open their season, picking up an 85-77 win over UC Santa Barbara on Friday and a 44-33 defeat of Long Beach State on Sunday ... UO got a stellar performance out of FR G Taylor Lilley who had a team-high 27 points at UCSB and a game-high 14 at LBSU ... The 27 points was the highest scoring game by a Duck since Brandi Davis scored 28 on Jan. 27, 2005 vs. UCLA ... Likely to be the case for much of the season, Oregon leads the Conference in scoring defense, as opponents are averaging just 55 points scored on the Ducks ... The team will host its own Thanksgiving Tournament this week, including a Fri., Nov. 24 matchup with Boise State.

OREGON STATE (2-1)
Oregon State dropped a tough 68-65 road loss to Cal Poly SLO on Tuesday, but rallied for a 69-62 win over Montana State on Sunday at home ... FR F Judie Lomax has had quite the debut as she has recorded a double-double in all three games, becoming one of just three freshmen in Oregon State history - the first since 1987 - to record a double-double in her first career game after she had 11 points and 14 rebounds against Southern Utah on Nov. 11 ... She also became the first OSU player since Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-American Felicia Ragland in January of 2001 to register a double-double in three straight games ... Her 17 rebounds against MSU rank as the highest single-game rebounding total since Ragland pulled down 17 boards in an overtime loss against Oregon on Feb. 16, 2002 ... OSU plays UC Davis on Sun., Nov. 26 in Corvallis.

STANFORD (1-1)
Fourth-ranked Stanford was upset by 24/24 BYU, 55-52, in Monday's preseason WNIT ... The Cardinal were up by as much as 13 with just over seven minutes to play, but could not hang on for the win ... The team returns to action this week with a Tues., Nov. 21 home game with Missouri, followed by a huge east-coast swing taking on Tennessee on Fri., Nov. 24 and Georgia on Sun., Nov. 26 ... Stanford outscored BYU 22-10 in the paint, getting help from SR F/C Brooke Smith's 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting ... All-American JR G Candice Wiggins, playing at the point for much of the game, scored just seven points, going 3-for-8 from the floor.

UCLA (2-1)
UCLA bounced back from an 83-60 loss to 5/4 Tennessee on Thursday to defeat UC Riverside 70-60 on Saturday ... SR G Noelle Quinn scored 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting against the Lady Vols to register her 28th career 20-point game ... Quinn is averaging 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game so far this season ... JR F Lindsey Pluimer averaged 15.5 points over the two-game stretch, picking up 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting against Tennessee ... The Bruins have a big week ahead of them as they face Oklahoma on Tues., Nov. 21, before heading to the Hawaii Tournament to face Gonzaga in the opening round on Fri., Nov. 24.

USC (1-2)
It wasn't exactly the road trip that USC was looking for as it suffered two losses, including a 67-63 loss to South Dakota State on Friday, followed by a 77-58 defeat to 7/6 Ohio State on Sunday ... However, SR G Shay Murphy reached the 1,000 career point plateau, as she picked up 42 points over the weekend to bring her total-to-date to 1,019 career points, ranking No. 18 all-time at USC in scoring ... She officially joins 19 other Women of Troy in the 1,000-point club ... SR C Chloé Kerr registered her first 20-point game of the season, notching 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting against the Buckeyes ... She also finished one rebound shy of a double-double ... The Trojans will look to get back on track this week, facing Notre Dame on Fri., Nov. 24 and Nebraska on Sun., Nov. 26.

WASHINGTON (0-2)
Washington will look to get in the win column with a Tues., Nov. 21 game with Eastern Washington, along with the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic this weekend ... UW took to the road last week, suffering a 78-61 loss to Marquette on Tuesday, followed by a 88-64 loss to 11/13 Purdue on Friday ... Washington is 0-2 to begin a season for the first time since 1996-97 ... FR G Sami Whitcomb earned the start for UW in both games, picking up six points in each contest, having hit on four of her eight 3-point attempts (4-for-8, .500).

WASHINGTON STATE (1-2)
Washington State picked up a 79-65 win over Sacramento State on Friday, as SR F Kate Benz scored 14 points, including 10 in the second half, and collected nine rebounds to bring her career total to 719, fourth all-time in school history and eight behind the third position on the all-time list ... Benz's career point total of 840 is also 17th all-time in school history ... SO G Katie Appleton went 2-for-3 from downtown and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to pick up a team-high 16 points ... Washington State will play at Portland on Wed., Nov. 22 and at Santa Clara on Sat., Nov. 25.

CALIFORNIA SOPHOMORE FORWARD ASHLEY WALKER NAMED U.S. BANK PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--CALIFORNIA sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 13-19, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Walker, a native of Modesto, Calif., was named MVP of the Timeout for HIV/AIDS Classic after averaging 21.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 0.5 blocks in a pair of wins over 2006 NCAA Tournament qualifiers. For the weekend, Walker also shot .696 (16-23) from the field and .833 (10-12) from the free throw line.

On Friday, Walker aided the Bears to an 88-60 victory over Florida, posting 17 points and eight rebounds. The win was just the second all-time for Cal over an SEC school. Walker followed that up with a career-high 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in only 27 minutes in a 72-54 win against Pepperdine in the championship game on Saturday. It was Walker's first double-double of the season and the ninth of her career.

California (3-0) is one of only two remaining unbeaten Conference teams along with Oregon (2-0). This weekend, the Bears travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take part in the Vanderbilt Tournament where they will face Belmont on Fri., Nov. 24 and then either Vanderbilt or Florida Atlantic on Sat., Nov. 25.

This is the first career Player of the Week award for Walker and the 23rd all-time for California.

ALSO NOMINATED: Emily Westerberg, ASU; Taylor Lilley, ORE; Judie Lomax, OSU; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Eshaya Murphy, USC; Kate Benz, WSU.

2006-07 NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES EARLY SIGNING PERIOD

Arizona (1)
Tasha Dickey G 5-10 Salt Lake City, Utah (Brighton)

Arizona State (2)
Rebecca Tobin C 6-5 Glendale, Ariz. (Glendale Cactus)
Stephanie Wilber G 6-1 Auburn, Wash. (Auburn Riverside)

California (3)
Kelsey Adrian G/F 6-1 Langley, B.C. (National Elite Development Academy)
Rachelle Federico G 5-11 Tucson, Ariz. (Flowing Wells)
Lenita Sanford F 6-2 Inglewood, Calif. (Lynwood)

Oregon (4)
Nicole Canepa C 6-5 San Francisco, Calif. (St. Ignatius Prep)
Nia Jackson G 5-7 Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth)
Ellie Manou F 6-2 New South Wales, Australia (Australian Inst./ Sport)
Tatianna Thomas G 5-11 Newhall, Calif. (Hart)

Oregon State (4)
Brittany Eskridge F 6-3 Mill Creek, Wash. (Henry M. Jackson)
Kassandra McCalister G 5-9 Sunnyvale, Calif. (Arch Bishop Mitty)
Alex Mitchell F 6-4 Berkeley, Calif. (Berkeley)
Talisa Rhea G 6-1 Juneau, Alaska (Juneau-Douglas)

Stanford (4)
Ashley Cimino F 6-3 Yarmouth, Maine (Catherine McAuley)
Hannah Donaghe G 5-11 Atascadero, Calif. (Atascadero)
Kayla Pedersen F 6-4 Fountain Hills, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
Jeanette Pohlen G 6-0 Brea, Calif. (Brea Olinda)

UCLA (6)
Candice Brown F 6-4 LaPeunte, Calif. (Bishop Amat)
Doreena Campbell G 5-10 Alexandria, Va. (Edison)
Nina Earl F 6-1 Pomona, Calif. (Diamond Ranch)
Darxia Morris G 5-9 Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)
Christina Nzekwe F 6-4 Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth)
Regina Rogers C 6-4 Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth)

USC (2)
Stefanie Gilbreath G 6-1 Katy, Texas (Cinco Ranch)
Kari LaPlante F 6-5 Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge)

Washington (6)
Mackenzie Argens F 6-3 Seattle, Wash. (Roosevelt)
Kali Bennett F 6-5 Ventura, Calif. (Ventura)
Jess McCormack F 6-5 Auckland, New Zealand (Northcote)
Sarah Morton G 5-8 Tacoma, Wash. (Monroe)
Candice Nichols G 5-10 Carson, Calif. (Long Beach Poly Technic)
Katelan Redmon F 6-1 Spokane, Wash. (Lewis & Clark)

Washington State (1)
Katie Calderwood G 6-0 Broomfield, Colo. (Broomfield)

PAC-10 MEDIA SERVICES: All Pac-10 press releases can be found online by accessing www.pac-10.org. Statistical information and standings are also available on the site, as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week and 2007 Pac-10 Tournament information.

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