This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Dec. 4, 2006

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2006-07 STANDINGS
Arizona State, 7-1, .875
California, 6-1, .857
Oregon, 5-1, .833
Oregon State, 4-1, .800
Arizona, 5-3, .625
Stanford, 4-3, .571
UCLA, 4-4, .500
USC, 3-3, .500
Washington, 3-4, .429
Washington State, 2-5, .286

**Through all games of Sun., Dec. 3**

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

DECEMBER

Mon., Dec. 4 UCLA at UC Irvine, 7 p.m. PTUSC at Utah, 7 p.m. MT

Tues., Dec. 5New Mexico at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MTWASHINGTON STATE at San Jose State, 7 p.m. PT

Wed., Dec. 6ARIZONA STATE at Gonzaga, 7 p.m. PTTexas A&M at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. PT

Thurs., Dec. 7 Fresno State at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. PT

Fri., Dec. 8 UCLA vs. Delaware State (1), 6 p.m. MTMontana at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PT

Sat., Dec. 9 ARIZONA at Utah, 3 p.m. MTOREGON vs. Colorado (2) (OSN), 3 p.m. PTUCLA at New Mexico Tournament (1), TBAHawaii at USC (Lyon Center), 1 p.m. PT

Sun., Dec. 10CALIFORNIA at Kansas (Sunflower), 2 p.m. CTNevada at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m. PT

Key(1) New Mexico Tournament, Albuquerque, N.M.(2) Papé Jam, Portland, Ore.

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

PAC-10 PICKS UP THE PACE
The 2006-07 Pac-10 women's basketball season didn't exactly get off to the start it was hoping for, as much was expected from a league that saw six teams in the Top-25 preseason rankings ... With two weeks in the books, the Conference had amassed just a 30-22 (.577) overall record, but things started to pick up this past week, as a much better record of 13-4 (.765) was assembled ... The league now stands at 43-26 (.623) with a little over two weeks left before Pac-10 play begins.

PHRESHMAN PHENOMS
While the Wiggins, Quinns and Murphys of the world have been holding their own on the stat sheets, a crop of new players have begun to make their names known as they prove their collegiate debuts are no fluke ... FR F Judie Lomax of OREGON STATE has already recorded four double-doubles in five games, and didn't perform too shabby in her non-double-figure game, picking up 10 points and seven rebounds in a 66-56 win over UC Davis ... With a Pac-10 leading four double-doubles, Lomax ranks atop the league in rebounding with a 12.2 average ... WASHINGTON STATE FR F Marisa Stotler earned her first start in Saturday's game against Eastern Washington as the rookie had rattled off two double-doubles in the team's previous three games ... She played well in the new role, posting 24 points on 9-of-20 shooting, while grabbing 14 rebounds ... STANFORD also has a handful of newbies playing solid minutes, as FR F Jayne Appel, FR F Michelle Harrison, FR G JJ Hones and FR G Melanie Murphy have all earned time this season ... Hones ranks fifth in the league in assists (4.71 apg) and second in assist/turnover ratio (3.30).

TOURNEY TITLES
Two Pac-10 teams hosted their own tournaments over the weekend and both collected titles ... ARIZONA STATE, with two wins over Boston University and Northern Arizona on Friday and Saturday, respectively, picked up the Verizon Wireless ASU Classic crown ... The Sun Devils played with a much smaller lineup against NAU as SR F Emily Westerberg, JR G Reagan Pariseau and SR F Aubree Johnson all attended the funeral of Johnson's brother who passed away the week before on the team's trip to the Paradise Jam Classic ... Westerberg and Johnson were also out for Friday's game ... CALIFORNIA wrapped up the Contra Costa Times Classic with an 81-62 win over Arkansas State on Sunday ... The Bears also routed Harvard, 96-54, a day earlier as five players scored in double-digits, including JR F Krista Foster, who came off the bench for a 15-point, 17-minute effort.

30-POINT PLATEAU
Shooting 13-for-19 from the floor, 3-for-8 from downtown, SR G Shay Murphy scored a career-high 33 points in USC's defeat of Colorado, 76-57 on Saturday, the first Pac-10 player this season to surpass the 30-point plateau ... The effort marks Murphy's 31st straight game scoring in double figures ... The senior also served up season highs in steals (6) and blocks (2) in the game ... Murphy becomes the sixth Trojan in history to tally exactly 33 in a game, and she moves up to rank No. 17 all-time at USC with 1,078 career points ... Only 14 Women of Troy now have scored 30 or more in a game, and no player had done it since 2002 ... USC continues its road trip with a Mon., Dec. 4 contest at Utah.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (5-3)
Arizona went 1-1 over the past week, dropping a 64-44 road game to 10/10 Texas A&M on Tuesday, but returning home to defeat a frequent NCAA Tournament participant Louisiana Tech, 74-59, on Sunday ... JR G Ashley Whisonant scored a team-high 14 points to go with three rebounds and four assists in the loss to the Aggies, only to post a career-high 22 points to go with five rebounds in the Wildcat win on Sunday ... SR G Joy Hollingsworth matched Whisonant's 22 in the same game, dropping 6-of-16 shots, while going 9-for-10 from the charity stripe ... Arizona ranks third in the league in steals, averaging 10.13 per game, one of three teams in the league to average double figure steals ... Leading the way is Hollingsworth who is tied for first in the Pac-10 with 26 on the season ... Next up, Arizona will face a tough New Mexico team on Tues., Dec. 5 and Utah on Sat., Dec. 9.

ARIZONA STATE (7-1)
Arizona State improved to 7-1 on the season, following its two wins over Boston University, 75-53 on Friday, and Northern Arizona, 85-72 on Saturday ... The Sun Devils earned the weekend sweep and their fifth-consecutive Verizon Wireless ASU Classic title ... SO G Danielle Orsillo was named the tournament's MVP, as she scored a career-best 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Friday night's action, only to turn around and match that effort with a 19-point, three-rebound, three-assist, two-steal game on Saturday ... SR G Jill Noe also had a phenomenal game as she finished just one rebound shy of a triple-double, posting 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in the win over NAU ... Noe also connected on all three of her 3-point attempts, now leading the Conference in 3-point field goal percentage with a .588 mark (10-of-17) ... The Sun Devils have a mid-week contest at Gonzaga on Wed., Dec. 6.

CALIFORNIA (6-1)
Playing in just 29 minutes and racking up a career-high 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting, SO F/C Ashley Walker helped guide California to a 81-62 win over Arkansas State in the title game of the Contra Costa Times Classic on Sunday ... Walker was also dominant in Saturday's 96-54 rout of Harvard as she posted a game-high 17 points and brought down seven rebounds ... Walker, named the tournament's MVP, averaged 22.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.0 spg and 0.5 bpg to win her second MVP honor of the season and third straight all-tournament accolade ... The Bears' 96 points set a program Haas Pavilion scoring record ... Cal's offensive production has vastly improved since this time last year ... The Bears currently rank second in the league with a 76.0 ppg scoring average, up from a 62.4 average last season, which placed them at ninth in the Conference ... Walker is leading the way with a 19.1 scoring average, good enough to rank third in the league ... California has a Thurs., Dec. 7 home game versus Fresno State, followed by a Sun., Dec. 10 road game at Kansas.

OREGON (5-1)
Oregon picked up two more wins last week to improve to 5-1 overall headed into a week that will see it play Colorado on Sat., Dec. 9 in the Papé Jam in Portland, Ore. ... The 3 p.m. tip-off will be televised on OSN ... The Ducks picked up a 73-46 defeat of Portland on Tuesday, followed by a 79-53 win over Saint Mary's (Calif.) on Thursday ... The Ducks received votes in this week's AP poll for the first time this season ... SR F Eleanor Haring led UO in scoring in both wins, averaging 19 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.5 spg ... The Ducks were dealt a bit of a blow before the game with Saint Mary's as the team's second-leading scorer FR G Taylor Lilley broke her hand in practice on Wednesday ... Lilley, having started in Oregon's previous three games, is expected to be out 4-6 weeks ... UO's back-to-back 70-plus point games is a welcome tune as the 70-point plateau had been reached just twice in the team's previous 11 games, dating back to last season ... The Ducks will have to rely on the consistent scoring of Haring who has hit double digits in four-straight games ... Five different players reached double-figure scoring against Saint Mary's.

OREGON STATE (4-1)
With a hot hand that knocked down 10-of-12 shots from the field for a career-high matching 26 points, SR G Casey Nash led Oregon State to an 82-39 dismantling of Birmingham-Southern on Sunday ... The Beavers improve to 4-1 on the season, having defeated their opponents by an average of 15.8 points ... Much like what Mandy Close did for OSU last season, Nash is being called upon as a renaissance woman for this year's team ... Pacing the Pac-10 with a 22.0 ppg scoring average, Nash also ranks sixth in the league in rebounding (7.8), seventh in field goal percentage (.550), fourth in free throw percentage (.840), tied for seventh in offensive rebounds (3.00), ninth in defensive rebounds (4.80) and fifth in minutes played (34.40) ... Nash has now scored 20 or more points four times this season ... Head coach LaVonda Wagner has her young team playing well, as SO G Cedes Fox-Griffin has been dishing out the assists for a 6.20 apg average, good enough to rank second in the league ... More importantly, Fox-Griffin has handled the ball well, ranking seventh in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio, at 1.72 ... Oregon State is off this week for finals.

STANFORD (4-3)
Stanford put together two wins last week, including an 88-56 victory over Santa Clara on Wednesday and a 73-49 defeat of 25/23 Texas Tech on Sunday, improving to 4-3 on the season ... The two victories should help jump start a Cardinal team that is still looking to click on all cylinders as the Conference season approaches ... JR G Candice Wiggins put up 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting against SCU and 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting against Texas Tech to lead all scorers ... Wiggins has scored in double-figures in five straight games, while leading the Cardinal in scoring three times, averaging 16.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the season ... SR F/C Brooke Smith also averaged 13.5 points and seven rebounds over the two-game stretch ... FR F/C Jayne Appel came off the bench to post 11 points in the Texas Tech game ... Appel also blocked four shots to bring her season total-to-date to 15, which is tied for first in the league ... Stanford paces the Conference with 40 blocked shots, a 5.71 average per game ... Last year's squad averaged 4.3 bpg to lead the league ... The Cardinal will have an almost two week break as they don't return to the court until a Sat., Dec. 16 matchup with Utah at Maples Pavilion.

UCLA (4-4)
UCLA played just one game last week, an 84-74 defeat of Cal State Fullerton at the Titan Gym on Thursday ... With the win, the Bruins even their record at 4-4, with a Mon., Dec. 4 contest at UC Irvine awaiting them, along with a Fri., Dec. 8 matchup with Delaware State in the New Mexico Tournament ... UCLA will play again on Saturday against either Sam Houston State or New Mexico ... JR F Lindsey Pluimer led the Bruins with team-high 19 points in Thursday's win ... She was 4-for-5 from 3-point land, a career-best ... Pluimer played all 40 minutes, bringing her average to 37.38 mpg, which leads the Conference ... SR G Noelle Quinn has been steady thus far, averaging 15 points per game, which ranks 10th in the league ... Quinn will no doubt start heating things up, but also look for more production from SO C Chinyere Ibekwe, who leads the Pac-10 with a .647 field goal percentage (33-of-51).

USC (3-3)
USC had four players score in double digits as the team put together a 76-57 win at Colorado on Saturday to bring its record to 3-3 on the season ... The Women of Troy return to the court for a Mon., Dec. 4 contest at Utah, followed by a Sat., Dec. 9 game with Hawaii, which will be played at the Lyon Center, due to scheduling conflicts at the Galen Center ... SR G Shay Murphy had an impressive game against Colorado, scoring 33 points on 13-of-19 shooting to become just the sixth Trojan in history to tally exactly 33 in a game ... She also grabbed six steals and dished out four assists, while blocking two shots ... SR G Jamie Hagiya scored 10 points and handed out seven assists, while FR G/F Morghan Medlock came off the bench to record 11 points and six rebounds ... USC is pacing the Pac-10 in free throw percentages (.755) and 3-point field goals made (36) ... USC, which normally has a nab-happy backcourt, recorded 12 steals against the Buffaloes, which was a team season-high and just three shy of the Pac-10 season-high.

WASHINGTON (3-4)
Washington had a tough road swing last week, coming away empty-handed, but not for lack of effort ... The Huskies suffered an 81-78 overtime loss to Kent State on Thursday and took the sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes down to the wire in an 84-79 loss on Sunday ... SR G Cameo Hicks put together back-to-back career-high 29-point scoring outputs to earn her Pac-10 Player of the Week honors ... For the week, Hicks averaged 29 points, four rebounds, three assists, one block and two steals ... She also shot 58.3 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the charity stripe ... Hicks has now tallied at least 20 points in four of seven games ... She currently has 1,071 career points after becoming the 20th player to reach the 1,000 point milestone Nov. 25 versus Saint Louis ... Washington has another busy week as it will take on Texas A&M on Wed., Dec. 6 and Nevada on Sun., Dec. 10, both of which will be played on UW's home court.

WASHINGTON STATE (2-5)
Washington State split its home series last week, picking up a 76-70 win over Eastern Washington on Saturday, having given up a 70-64 loss to Montana State on Thursday ... FR F Marisa Stotler recorded her third double-double of the season with a 24-point, 14-rebound effort in the start against EWU ... Nineteen of her 24 points came in the second half, including 17 after the 9:12 minute mark ... Stotler also recorded five steals which places her fifth on WSU's single-game steal list ... The Cougars rank third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage defense, as opponents are hitting on just 29.8 percent of their shots from downtown ... On the other end of the court, however, WSU has connected on just 23-of-94 of its 3-point shot attempts, after having been deadly from long range last season ... The Cougars will look to build on their momentum with a Tues., Dec. 5 contest at San Jose State, followed by a Fri., Dec. 8 game at home against Montana.

WASHINGTON SENIOR GUARD CAMEO HICKS NAMED U.S. BANK PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--WASHINGTON senior guard Cameo Hicks has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Hicks turned in a pair of all-around excellent performances in two tight road losses for the Huskies. At Kent State, Hicks set a career-high with 29 points while pulling down six rebounds, but the Huskies fell just short in overtime, 81-78. Hicks shot 10-of-17 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line in the contest.

Next time out, the Huskies nearly pulled a dramatic upset of No. 6 Ohio State, thanks in part to another 29-point outburst from Hicks. She also shared the ball to the tune of six assists, and was a presence on defense with three steals and a pair of blocks, while again shooting an efficient 11-of-19 from the field. The Huskies held the lead over the Buckeyes for 32 minutes of the game but ended up falling 84-79.

For the week, Hicks averaged 29.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and a block per game while shooting .583 from the field (21-of-36), .571 from three-point range (4-of-7) and .800 from the charity stripe (12-of-15).

Washington (3-4) returns home this week to face Texas A&M on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Nevada on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.

This is the second career Player of the Week award for Hicks and the 25th all-time for Washington.

ALSO NOMINATED: Ashley Whisonant, ARIZ; Danielle Orsillo, ASU; Ashley Walker, CAL; Eleanor Haring, ORE; Casey Nash, OSU; Candice Wiggins, STAN; Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Eshaya Murphy, USC; Marisa Stotler, WSU.

2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 20- Ashley Walker, CAL; Nov. 27- Chloé Kerr, USC, Dec. 4- Cameo Hicks, WASH.

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