This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Dec. 18, 2006

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2006-07 STANDINGS
1. Arizona State, 9-1, .900
2. California, 8-1, .889
3. Oregon, 7-2, .778
4. Washington, 7-4, .636
5. Stanford, 5-3, .625
6. USC, 6-4, .600
7. Oregon State, 4-3, .571
8. Arizona, 6-5, .545
9. UCLA, 6-6, .500
10. Washington State, 4-6, .400

**Through all games of Sun., Dec. 17**

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
DECEMBER

Mon., Dec. 18
Fresno State at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MT
Texas Tech at ARIZONA STATE (Chase Field), 7 p.m. MT

Wed., Dec. 20
*CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 32-10 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 80-63 (UCLA)
*STANFORD at USC, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 35-8 (STAN) Last Meeting: 73-44 (STAN)

Thurs., Dec. 21
*WASHINGTON at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 22-21 (ORE) Last Meeting: 61-55 (WASH)
*WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, 6:30 p.m. PT
Series: 27-14 (OSU) Last Meeting: 77-38 (OSU)

Fri., Dec. 22
*ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. MT
Series: 23-17 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 81-45 (ASU)
*CALIFORNIA at USC , 1 p.m. PT
Series: 25-15 (USC) Last Meeting: 72-67 (CAL)
*STANFORD at UCLA, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 35-8 (STAN) Last Meeting: 85-76 (OT) (UCLA)

Sat., Dec. 23
*WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE (FSNNW), 4 p.m. PT
Series: 31-10 (WASH) Last Meeting: 66-51 (WASH)
*WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON, 5 p.m. PT
Series: 31-10 (ORE) Last Meeting: 68-53 (WSU)

*Conference game

UPCOMING TV GAMES
DECEMBER

Sat., Dec. 23
*WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE (FSNNW), 4 p.m. PT

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

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

LEAGUE PLAY
Let the Pac-10 games begin ... Following ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE's non-conference games on Mon., Dec. 18 against Fresno State and Texas Tech, respectively, the first round of Conference games officially tips off on Wed., Dec. 20 as CALIFORNIA takes on UCLA and STANFORD plays against USC ... The race to crown the Pac-10 champion figures to be a highly competitive one this season, as the 18-game schedule figures to go down to the wire ... Along with the regular season, there is also a Tournament title up for grabs come the first week of March that all 10 squads will vie for.

OFF TO THE CHASE
Arizona State is set to face Texas Tech at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Mon., Dec. 18 for its final non-conference game before the bulk of Pac-10 play ... The Sun Devils and Lady Raiders will face off in the Hoops for Health Classic, the second outdoor college basketball game played at Chase Field, home of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks ... On December 27, 2000, Arizona State and Tennessee played in the first ever outdoor college basketball game in which Tennessee prevailed 67-63 ... That game produced Arizona State and Pac-10 records for the highest attendance at a women's basketball game (16,282).

IN THE POLLS
Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's Associated Press poll as Arizona State leads the league with a No. 10 ranking ... Stanford follows at No. 14, with California right behind it at No. 15 ... WASHINGTON also received votes in the poll.

FAMILIAR FACES
If you haven't heard of these folks before now, you certainly will by the end of the season as Pac-10 performers continue to shine night in and night out ... USC has had its fair share of injuries this season, but SR G Shay Murphy just keeps on ticking as she ranks third in the Pac-10 with an 18.9 scoring average and second in rebounding at 9.3 boards per game ... Murphy picked up 15 points and 15 rebounds, her league-leading fifth double-double of the season, to help guide the Women of Troy to a 78-53 win over Prairie View A&M on Thursday ... OREGON STATE SR G Casey Nash has also shouldered an enormous amount of responsibility this season as she paces the Conference with a 21.0 scoring average, while ranking fourth in minutes played at 34.43 mpg ... Nash has scored 20+ points in five of Oregon State's seven games on the season and has led the team in scoring six times ... Another solid performer has been Washington SR G Cameo Hicks, named this week's Pac-10 player of the Week as she averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, one block and four steals in two UW wins last week ... Hicks is fourth in the Conference with an 18.2 scoring average and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.452).

INJURY BUG
Pac-10 teams have been hit hard by the injury bug this season, as the latest casualty saw last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, California SO G Alexis Gray-Lawson go out for the season with a torn ACL and meniscus tear ... Other prominent players hampered by injuries include USC JR G Camille LeNoir (hip) and FR G Jacki Gemelos (ACL), WASHINGTON STATE SR F Kate Benz (back), Stanford SO G Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (ACL), Washington JR G Dominique Banks (legs) and Arizona's JR C Beatrice Bofia (ACL) and FR F Rheya Neabors (foot).

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (6-5)
Collecting 40 points in the paint, the Wildcats put together a 77-39 rout of Long Beach State on Tuesday to improve to 6-5 on the season ... SR G Joy Hollingsworth led all scorers with 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting, while JR G Jessica Arnold added 13 points, hitting on three of her seven 3-point field goal attempts ... UA held all LBSU players to single digits, as nine points was the most scored by one individual ... Arizona also held the squad to a 26.7 shooting percentage (12-of-45), the fourth-lowest output this season in the Pac-10 ... JR C Suzy Bofia came off the bench to score nine points and added nine rebounds, bolstering the UA inside presence ... Bofia, who has played a reserve role for three consecutive games, is providing a good spark off the bench, averaging 7.7 points and five rebounds in those three games ... In Bofia's first eight games as a starter, she averaged just 5.6 points per outing, while collecting 4.9 rebounds ... The Wildcats have a Mon., Dec. 18 game against Fresno State at home, before traveling across the desert for their Conference-opener with Arizona State on Fri., Dec. 22 ... UA is looking to avenge last season's series sweep to the Sun Devils.

ARIZONA STATE (9-1)
Arizona State is 9-1 through the majority of its non-conference play as the team picked up a 75-46 win at UC Irvine on Thursday ... SR F Emily Westerberg was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor, collecting 13 points in 14 minutes in the game ... Westerberg, whose scoring tally tied for the team-high, has now led or tied for the team lead in scoring five times this season ... In her last four games, she has averaged 17.0 points and five rebounds ... She has also hit .625 percent of her field goal attempts (25-40) and .895 percent of her free throw attempts (17-19) during that span ... FR G Dymond Simon was also 6-for-11 for 13 points in the win over the Anteaters ... The Sun Devils are riding a five-game winning streak and are coming off their best shooting performance this season as the team collectively shot 56.4 percent from the floor (31-of-55) ... Head coach Charli Turner Thorne has her team performing well offensively as it ranks atop the league in scoring offense (79.8 ppg) and field goal percentages (.501) ... Westerberg is the lone Sun Devil player to rank among the Conference's Top-10 in scoring, as Turner Thorne goes deep into her bench and relies on all of her players to shoot the ball ... ASU has a big week as it plays Texas Tech on Mon., Dec. 18 at Chase Field, followed by the squad's Conference-opener, a Fri., Dec. 22 contest at home against Arizona ... The last time Arizona State lost to the Wildcats at home was on Feb. 26, 2000 in a 72-61 defeat.

CALIFORNIA (8-1)
California had the week off, but received disappointing news as SO G Alexis Gray-Lawson is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and meniscus tear ... Lawson suffered the injuries to her right knee in the second half of the Kansas game Sun., Dec. 10 ... Gray-Lawson is third on the team in scoring at 10.6 ppg and leads the Bears in assists at 3.1 apg this season ... The team will have to rely on play at the point from SR G Keanna Levy and FR G Natasha Vital ... Working in the Bears' favor however, has been the improved play of Levy as of late as she has played in all nine games, earning seven starts ... She is fifth on the team in scoring (7.2 ppg) and second in steals (16) ... Cal will take on UCLA on Wed., Dec. 20 and USC on Fri., Dec. 22 in the first round of Conference play.

OREGON (7-2)
Oregon went 1-1 on its road trip last week, picking up a 66-63 edging of Drake on Thursday, followed by a 71-56 loss to Missouri State on Saturday ... The Ducks are 7-2 on the year and in third place heading into the first week of Pac-10 play ... UO will be at home for a Thurs., Dec. 21 game against Washington and a Sat., Dec. 23 game with Washington State ... SR F Eleanor Haring had a team-high 19 points in Saturday's loss, and was the second-leading scorer with 16 points on Thursday ... For the week, Haring averaged 17.5 points, five rebounds and 1.5 steals, marking the seventh consecutive game that the senior has scored in double figures ... SR G Cicely Oaks led all players with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including a 5-for-6 mark from long range in the Drake contest ... The five treys were a career-high for Oaks ... Over the past three seasons, UO is a combined 24-7 in non-league games ... The team will play one final time outside of the Pac-10 against BYU on Sat., Dec. 30.

OREGON STATE (4-3)
Oregon State took to the road last week but came away empty-handed as it dropped a 74-62 decision to Creighton on Friday and a nearly identical 72-65 loss to Drake on Sunday ... The Beavers are now 4-3 on the season and open up Pac-10 play with two games this week against Washington State on Thurs., Dec. 21 and Washington on Sat., Dec. 23 ... SR G Casey Nash was again phenomenal over the two-game stretch, burying 63 percent of her field goals, while averaging 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game ... Nash recorded her eighth career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds at Drake, posting her league-leading fifth 20-point game this season ... Nash also ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentages (.794), having hit on 15-straight attempts through the second half of Sunday's game ... The team as a whole has been consistent from the line as it is shooting 74.1 percent (103-of-139), ranking second in the Pac-10 ... The Beavers also sit atop the league in rebounding defense (31.3 drpg).

STANFORD (5-3)
Stanford got the best of Utah on Saturday in a 27-point landslide that saw the Cardinal pick up the 74-47 win for their fifth non-conference victory of the season ... FR F/C Jayne Appel was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor to rack up 15 points to lead all scorers ... Three other Stanford players scored in double figures, including SO F Jillian Harmon who collected 14 points in 26 minutes ... Stanford had one of its best nights from long range, shooting 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from beyond the arc ... JR G Cissy Pierce and FR G JJ Hones were both 2-for-2 in the outing ... Stanford is working on its consistency from downtown as the team typically shoots very well from long distance ... Thus far, the Cardinal are hitting on 33.6 percent of their 3-point shots, ranking fifth in the league ... The team will take to the road for its first Conference games, facing USC on Wed., Dec. 20 and UCLA on Fri., Dec. 22 ... Last season, Stanford split this road series, picking up a 73-44 win over the Trojans, but dropping an 85-76 overtime decision to the Bruins.

UCLA (6-6)
UCLA suffered an 83-70 defeat to 9/9 Baylor on Sunday, bringing its record to 6-6 on the season ... SR G Noelle Quinn had a team-high 19 points, along with eight rebounds and five assists, while JR F Lindsey Pluimer added 18 points and eight rebounds ... With the eight boards, Quinn moves up to No. 11 on UCLA's all-time charts with 657 career boards ... She needs just 17 more to move into the Top-10 ... UCLA has been no stranger to a tough schedule this season as Sunday's contest against Baylor marked the third this year against a Top-10 team ... This week gets no easier as the Bruins take on two ranked Conference teams in California on Wed., Dec. 20 and Stanford on Fri., Dec. 22 ... UCLA will have to step up its defense as it goes against the No. 2 and No. 4 ranked offenses in the league in the Bears and Cardinal, respectively ... The Bruins have been monsters on the glass this season, outrebounding their opponents by a +7.9 margin to pace the Pac-10.

USC (6-4)
USC is riding a three-game winning streak as it posted two wins last week in the Women of Troy Basketball Classic, including a 78-53 defeat of Prairie View A&M on Thursday and a 65-42 win over Houston on Saturday ... The Trojans improve to 6-4 overall, but more importantly, got some good production off the bench from SO C Nadia Parker, who, for the first time in her Trojan career, led USC in scoring in two straight games ... Parker scored a career-high 19 points and tied her career best of seven rebounds in Thursday's win, only to turn around and put up 16 points against the Cougars to earn all-tournament honors ... SR G Shay Murphy put up her 13th career double-double when she scored 15 points with a matching 15 rebounds in the first win of the tournament ... Murphy has now scored in double figures in 35 straight games ... Houston scored just 11 points in the first half, marking the fewest points allowed by USC in a half this season and the second fewest in USC history ... USC will take to the court Wed., Dec. 20 for its Pac-10 opener with Stanford, followed by a Fri., Dec. 22 contest against California.

WASHINGTON (7-4)
Washington had a stellar week in which it picked up a 75-61 win over Gonzaga on Friday, followed by an 84-65 upset of NR/23 Florida State on Sunday ... The Huskies, 7-4 overall, improve to 6-0 at home this season, with nine straight home victories dating back to last year ... Further, UW has also won 11-straight home games against non-conference opponents, going unbeaten the last two seasons (5-0 last year, 6-0 this year) ... SR G Cameo Hicks again lifted the team to two victories, averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, one block and four steals over the two-game stretch ... JR F/C Andrea Plouffe has been steady in her return to the court as she came off the bench to drain 18 points in 20 minutes versus the Seminoles ... She also went 4-for-9 from the floor for 12 points against the Bulldogs on Friday ... Despite having played in only eight games this season, Plouffe is second on the team with an 11.6 scoring average ... In fact, Plouffe has put up an impressive 93 points in just 159 minutes of play in 2006-07 ... Washington takes to the road for its Pac-10 opener this week, ready to face-off with Oregon on Thurs., Dec. 21 and Oregon State on Sat., Dec. 23 ... The game with the Beavers tips-off at 4 p.m. and is televised by FSNNW.

WASHINGTON STATE (4-6)
Washington State posted its third win in five games as it took Northwestern State to overtime, notching the 72-70 win on Sunday ... SO C Ebonee Coates recorded a career-high six blocks in the game, tying a WSU single-game record, while collecting a career-high 14 rebounds, her first double-digit rebound performance of the season ... SR F Kate Benz, hampered with a bad back for much of this year, was impressive on the boards picking up a season-high 16 rebounds, nine offensive, to secure her first double-double of the season as she added 10 points ... Benz now stands at 772 career rebounds, good enough to rank third on the all-time school charts ... The Cougars have been turnover-prone this season, but the squad committed a season-low 15 in Sunday's game, while forcing the Lady Demons into 18 miscues ... Washington State opens its Conference season with a road series at Oregon State on Thurs., Dec. 21 and at Oregon on Sat., Dec. 23 ... WSU's last game with the Ducks saw the team pick up a 68-53 win at home in Pullman, marking its second Pac-10 victory in 2005-06.

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 Dec. 11-17, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Hicks helped the Huskies extend their winning streak to four last week, leading UW to victories over cross-state rival Gonzaga (75-61) and an upset over No. 23 Florida State (84-65). In the two games, Hicks averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 block and 4.0 steals.

Against the Bulldogs, Hicks netted a team-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent) while corralling four rebounds, four steals an assist and two blocks. Hicks did herself one better against the Seminoles, scoring 18 points to go along with nine rebounds, six assists, and four more steals while shooting 7-of-15 (46.7 percent).

Hicks, who was named a preseason candidate for the Naismith Trophy last week, has been Washington's leading scorer the last six games and has tallied 10 double-figure scoring games in 11 contests. She is currently fourth in the Pac-10 with 18.2 points per game.

The Huskies (7-4) begin Conference play at the Oregon schools this week.

This is the second Player of the Week award for Hicks this season and the third of her career. It is the 26th all-time for Washington.

ALSO NOMINATED: Emily Westerberg, ASU; Eleanor Haring, ORE; Casey Nash, OSU; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Nadia Parker, USC; Ebonee Coates, 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; Dec. 11- Ashley Walker, CAL; Dec. 18- Cameo Hicks, WASH.

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