This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 27, 2006

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2006-07 STANDINGS
Arizona State, 5-1, .833
California, 4-1, .800
Oregon, 3-1, .750
Oregon State, 3-1, .750
Arizona, 4-2, .667
Washington, 3-2, .600
UCLA, 3-4, .429
Stanford, 2-3, .400
USC, 2-3, .400
Washington State, 1-4, .200

**Through games of Sun., Nov. 26**

Tues., Nov. 21
11/11 STANFORD 75, Missouri 60
Wiggins-21 pts/; Newlin-14 pts/10 reb

3/3 Oklahoma 77, 21/19 UCLA 68
Quinn-22 pts/7 ast; Pluimer-9 pts

WASHINGTON 67, Eastern Washington 59
Hicks-20 pts/6 reb; Bell-15 pts/13 reb

Wed., Nov. 22
Portland 67, WASHINGTON STATE 56
Stotler-13 pts/11 reb; Kelly-12 pts

Fri., Nov. 24
ARIZONA 68, NC State 66 (OT)
Whisonant-19 pts/9-13 FT; Hollingsworth-13 pts/9 reb

13/12 ARIZONA STATE 67, Western Kentucky 63
Westerberg-14 pts/8-8 FT; Noe-13 pts/5 reb

16/17 CALIFORNIA 69, Belmont 52
Hampton-15 pts; Walker-14 pts/7 reb

Boise State 56, OREGON 47
Haring-11 pts; Ganes-9 pts/6 reb

4/4 Tennessee 77, 11/11 STANFORD 60
Appel-23 pts/5 reb; Wiggins-18 pts/4-8 3 PT FG

Gonzaga 62, 21/19 UCLA 57
Ibekwe-21 pts/11 reb; Pluimer-14 pts/6 reb

USC 69, Notre Dame 58
Murphy-15 pts/17 reb; 3 players with 12 pts

Sat., Nov. 25
13/12 ARIZONA STATE vs. 18/18 Rutgers, cancelled

14/14 Vanderbilt 67, 16/17 CALIFORNIA 55
Walker-19 pts/6 reb; Gray-Lawson-11 pts/3 ast

OREGON 50, Utah 44
Ganes-18 pts/4-9 3 PT FG; Haring-14 pts/6 reb

21/19 UCLA 87, Sacramento State 64
Pluimer-27 pts/8 reb; Ibekwe-17 pts/9 reb

WASHINGTON 96, Saint Louis 69
Plouffe-23 pts9-16 FG; Hicks-21 pts/11-13 FT

Santa Clara 80, WASHINGTON STATE 72
Stotler-25 pts/10 reb; Benz-13 pts

Sun., Nov. 26
ARIZONA 72, UTEP 68
Hollingsworth-22 pts/9 reb; Njonkou-14 pts

OREGON STATE 66, UC Davis 56
Nash-21 pts/6 reb; Fox-Griffin-13 pts

8/8 Georgia 74, 11/11 STANFORD 69
Wiggins-24 pts/8 reb; Smith-19 pts/7 reb

Texas Tech 75, 21/19 UCLA 60
Quinn-16 pts/9 ast; Pluimer-15 pts/6 reb

Nebraska 72, USC 65
Kerr-25 pts/7 reb; Hagiya-15 pts

WASHINGTON 81, Northern Iowa 63
Watson-14 pts; Bell-12 pts/10 reb

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER

Tues., Nov. 28
ARIZONA at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. CT
Portland at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT

Wed., Nov. 29
Santa Clara at STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT

Thurs., Nov. 30
Saint Mary's (Calif.) at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT
UCLA at Cal State Fullerton , 7 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON at Kent State, 7 p.m. ET
Montana State at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PT

DECEMBER

Fri., Dec. 1
ARIZONA STATE vs. Boston University (1), 6 p.m. MT

Sat., Dec. 2
ARIZONA STATE vs. E. Michigan/NAU (1), 4/6:30 p.m. MT
Harvard at CALIFORNIA (2), 5 p.m. PT
USC at Colorado, 2 p.m. MT
Eastern Washington at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m. PT

Sun., Dec. 3
Louisiana Tech at ARIZONA, 1 p.m. MT
CALIFORNIA vs. San Jose State/Arkansas State (2), 5 p.m. PT
Birmingham Southern at OREGON STATE, 4 p.m. PT
Texas Tech at STANFORD, 2 p.m. PT
WASHINGTON at Ohio State, 2 p.m. ET

Key
(1) Arizona State Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
(2) Contra Costa Times Classic, Berkeley, Calif.

All times are local to site.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (4-2)
The Wildcats, winners of their last three games, have shown some grit as of late, winning by a combined nine points against their last three opponents, including a 68-66 overtime win over 2006 NCAA Tournament team NC State on Friday ... UA also took care of UTEP on the road, 72-68, on Sunday ... Arizona had four different players score in double figures over the two-game span, including SR G Joy Hollingsworth who averaged 11.5 points and nine rebounds ... Against UTEP, Arizona was up 67-47 with 3:37 left in the game, but saw its 20-point lead diminish, as it was outscored 21-5 in the final stretch of the game ... Hollingsworth led all Wildcat scorers with 22 points and nine rebounds ... Arizona takes on Texas A&M on Tues., Nov. 28 and Louisiana Tech on Sun., Dec. 3.

ARIZONA STATE (5-1)
Arizona State recorded a 67-63 win over Western Kentucky in the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands over the weekend ... The Sun Devils were scheduled to play Rutgers in the next round, but cancelled their game, due to a tragedy in the ASU family ... SR F Emily Westerberg was named to the all-tournament team after she put together a 14-point game, while going 8-for-8 from the free throw line ... Westerberg has led ASU in scoring in three of six games this season ... In her last two games, she has averaged 17.5 points and has hit 57.9 percent of her shots (11-19) ... The Sun Devils return home for their own Classic, taking on Boston University on Fri., Dec. 1 in Tempe.

CALIFORNIA (4-1)
The Bears went 1-1 at the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament, picking up a 69-52 win over Belmont on Friday, before falling to 14/14 Vanderbilt, 67-55 on Saturday ... SO F/C Ashley Walker was solid as she averaged 16.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 1.5 apg and 1.0 spg and was named to the all-tournament team ... For the season, Walker leads Cal in scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg) and is the only Bear to post double-digit points in all five games ... SO F/C Devanei Hampton went down Sunday with a sprained ankle, playing in just six minutes ... Cal will host its Contra Costa Classic this weekend, taking on Harvard on Sat., Dec. 2.

OREGON (3-1)
Oregon picked up a 50-44 win over 2006 Elite Eight participant, Utah on Saturday in the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament ... The Ducks suffered a 56-47 loss to Boise State to open play on Friday, bringing their record to 3-1 on the season ... SR F/C Carolyn Ganes was named to the all-tournament team after she averaged 13.5 points and four rebounds, leading all players with 18 points in the Utah matchup ... Ganes also set career highs for 3-PT FG made (4) and attempted (9) ... SR F Eleanor Haring scored in double figures in back-to-back games, picking up 11 against BSU and 14 against Utah ... Oregon will play Portland on Tues., Nov. 28, followed by a Thurs., Nov. 30 game with Saint Mary's (Calif.).

OREGON STATE (3-1)
Oregon State defeated UC Davis on Sunday, 66-56, behind the hot shooting of SR G Casey Nash as she equaled her scoring average of 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting, 5-of-6 from the charity stripe ... Heading into her senior campaign, Nash had eclipsed 20 points on just one occasion, however, she has amassed three 20-point scoring outings in four games this year ... Nash has led the Beavers in scoring in all three of Oregon State's victories on the year and is shooting a career-high 79 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line ... Oregon State will next take on Birmingham Southern on Sun., Dec. 3 in Corvallis.

STANFORD (2-3)
Stanford went 1-2 over the week, posting a 75-60 win over Missouri at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday, but didn't have such luck on its east coast road swing, dropping a 77-60 decision to 4/4 Tennessee and a 74-69 loss to 8/8 Georgia ... FR F/C Jayne Appel had a break-out week, averaging 15 points and six rebounds, to go along with her 2.6 blocks and 1.2 assists ... Appel scored a career-high 23 points, grabbed five rebounds and rejected five shots in 30 minutes against the Lady Vols ... For the season, Appel is averaging 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds through four games ... JR G Candice Wiggins had two 20-point games over the week, averaging an even 21 points over three games ... Santa Clara travels to Stanford for a Wed., Nov. 29 game, followed by a matchup with Texas Tech on Sun., Dec. 3.

UCLA (3-4)
UCLA didn't have quite the week it was hoping for, posting just one win in four tries in an 87-64 defeat of Sacramento State on Saturday at the Hawaii Tournament ... JR F Lindsey Pluimer, one of the most consistent players in the Conference thus far, posted a career-high 27 points in the win, shooting 12-of-14 from the field ... She also scored 15 points against Texas Tech and 14 against Gonzaga to rank sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring with a 17.0 ppg average ... For her efforts, Pluimer was named to the all-tournament team ... SO C Chinyere Ibekwe scored a career-high 21 points against the Bulldogs and also had 11 boards for her first career double-double and first career 20-point game ... SR F Amanda Livingston recorded her second double-double of the season against Sac State with 12 points and 10 boards ... The Bruins will play at Cal State Fullerton on Thurs., Nov. 30.

USC (2-3)/>
USC split its home series over the weekend, picking up a 69-58 win over Notre Dame on Friday, but dropping a 72-65 decision to Nebraska on Sunday ... The Women of Troy are 2-3 overall, headed into a week which will see them play at Colorado on Sat., Dec. 2 ... SR G Shay Murphy tied the Conference season-high when she picked up 17 boards in the win over the Fighting Irish ... Murphy also posted her third double-double of the season, amassing 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting ... SR C Chloé Kerr was named the Pac-10's Player of the Week after she posted a career-high 25 points off the bench versus Nebraska ... Kerr also went 11-for-11 against the Cornhuskers to tie the No. 3 all-time mark for single-game free throw percentage.

WASHINGTON (3-2)
Washington put together a three-game win streak to improve to 3-2 overall on the season after it defeated Eastern Washington, 67-59, on Tuesday and claimed the 2006 Basketball Travelers Husky Classic Tournament title on Sunday, defeating Saint Louis, 96-69, and Northern Iowa, 81-63, in Sunday's finale ... SR F Breanne Watson was named the tournament's MVP after scoring a team-high total of 30 points in the two games ... Watson shot 70 percent from the field versus Saint Louis (7-for-10) and 66.7 percent versus UNI (6-for-9). ... The Husky senior finished the week with a team-high field goal shooting percentage of 53.8 percent and a team-high of five steals ... The Huskies hit the road again to take on Kent State on Thurs., Nov. 30 and Ohio State on Sun., Dec. 3.

WASHINGTON STATE (1-4)
Washington State suffered two losses on the road over the week, but got a huge lift from FR F Marisa Stotler who posted back-to-back double-doubles off the bench ... Stotler picked up 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 67-56 loss to Portland on Wednesday, and followed that up with a 25-point, 10-rebound effort in a close 80-72 defeat to Santa Clara on Saturday ... Washington State is eighth in the Conference in field goal percentage defense as it is limiting opponents to just 41.1 percent of its shots (116-of-282) ... The team is also fourth in the Pac-10 with a .305 3-point field goal percentage defense (25-of-82) ... The Cougars will take on Montana State on Thurs., Nov. 30 and Eastern Washington on Sat., Dec. 2.

USC SENIOR CENTER CHLOÉ KERR NAMEDU.S. BANK PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--USC senior center Chloé Kerr has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 20-26, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Kerr averaged 18.5 points, seven rebounds, and 3.5 blocks as the Trojans split a pair of games against Notre Dame and Nebraska over the weekend. On Friday, Kerr posted 12 points and seven rebounds on 6-of-13 shooting as USC snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Fighting Irish with a 69-58 victory. Kerr also added three assists and four blocks.

Next time out against Nebraska on Sunday, Kerr set a career-high with 25 points and pulling down seven more boards and blocking three more shots. Kerr also tied the No. 3 all-time USC mark for single-game free throw percentage, going 11-of-11 from the charity stripe. Her efforts alone weren't quite enough, however, as the Cornhuskers prevailed, 72-65.

Through five games, Kerr is fourth in the Conference in scoring (17.4 ppg), tied for fourth in rebounds (8.0) and leads the Conference with 14 total blocks.

USC (2-3) takes to the road this week to face Colorado on Sat., Dec. 2, and Utah on Mon., Dec. 4.

This is the first career Player of the Week award for Kerr and the 34th all-time for USC.

ALSO NOMINATED: Joy Hollingsworth, ARIZ; Emily Westerberg, ASU; Ashley Walker, CAL; Casey Nash, OSU; Jayne Appel, STAN; Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Breanne Watson, WASH.

2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 20- Ashley Walker, CAL; Nov. 27- Chloé Kerr, USC.

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