This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 8, 2007

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2006-07 STANDINGS
1. Stanford, 5-0, 1.000; 11-3, .786
2. Washington, 5-1, .833; 12-5, .706
3. Arizona State, 4-1, .800; 14-2, .875
4. USC, 3-3, .500; 9-7, .563
UCLA, 3-3, .500; 9-9, .500
6. California, 2-3, .400; 11-4, .733
7. Oregon, 1-3, .250; 9-5, .643
Oregon State, 1-3, .250; 6-7, .462
9. Arizona, 1-4, .200; 7-10, .412
10. Washington State, 1-5, .167; 5-11, .313

**Through all games of Sun., Jan. 7**

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
JANUARY

Mon., Jan. 8
South Carolina at STANFORD 7 p.m. PT

Thurs., Jan. 11
*ARIZONA at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 22-19 (ORE) Last Meeting: 64-57 (ARIZ)
*ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 22-19 (ASU) Last Meeting: 74-66 (ASU)
*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 22-19 (CAL) Last Meeting: 61-51 (CAL)
*STANFORD at WASHINGTON (Comcast VOD), 7 p.m. PT
Series: 29-12 (STAN) Last Meeting: 100-69 (STAN)

Sat., Jan. 13
*ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 22-20 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 91-83 (OSU)
*ARIZONA STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 25-17 (ORE) Last Meeting: 62-52 (ASU)
*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON (FSN), 1:30 p.m. PT
Series: 33-7 (WASH) Last Meeting: 81-58 (CAL)
*STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 40-0 (STAN) Last Meeting: 78-47 (STAN)
*USC at UCLA, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 26-14 (USC) Last Meeting: 77-73 (USC)

*Conference game

UPCOMING TV GAMES
JANUARY

Thurs., Jan. 11
*STANFORD at WASHINGTON (Comcast VOD), 7 p.m. PT

Sat., Jan. 13
*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON (FSN), 1:30 p.m. PT

Sat., Jan. 20
*UCLA at ARIZONA (FSN), 12 noon MT

Sun., Jan. 21
*USC at ARIZONA STATE (FSN), 3 p.m. MT

Sat., Jan. 27
*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA (FSN), 4 p.m. MT
*STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE (FSN), 12 noon MT

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
Both CALIFORNIA and STANFORD played non-conference games last week, with each picking up an additional tally in the win column, as the Golden Bears defeated Rhode Island, 65-53 at home and the Cardinal defeated Fresno State on the road, 80-52 ... Stanford will play outside of the league again this week, facing South Carolina on Mon., Jan. 8 at Maples Pavilion ... The pair will again face regular season non-conference competition the week of their second round traditional rival game (Sun., Feb. 4) ... In all non-conference games this season, the Pac-10 has amassed a record of 67-37 (.644) ... The 67 wins ties last season's regular season non-conference win total, a year in which the Conference sent a record six teams to the NCAA Tournament.

PAC-10 PARITY
ARIZONA STATE handed WASHINGTON its first Pac-10 loss on Sunday, 88-83, making Stanford the lone undefeated team left in the Conference ... The Cardinal, Huskies and Sun Devils sit at one-two-three in league standings, while USC and UCLA are tied for fourth with identical 3-3 records ... The road to crown the 2006-07 Pac-10 Champion looks like it might come down to which team can pick up wins on the road ... All three of the top Pac-10 teams are undefeated at home in league play and an important series is on the docket this week as Stanford travels to Bank of America Arena, UW's comfy confines, for a Thurs., Jan. 11 game ... In addition, the Huskies will host California on Sat., Jan. 13, which will be televised on FSN ... Jim Watson will call play-by-play, while Mary Murphy will do color.

ON FIRE
With her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, it's no surprise that Arizona State FR G Dymond Simon has heated up offensively as she hit nearly 79 percent of her shots from the field last week (15-of-19) leading the Sun Devils with 24 points in Thursday's 89-44 win over WASHINGTON STATE, while turning in a 16-point, three-rebound effort in ASU's come-from-behind win over Washington on Sunday ... Across the desert, ARIZONA SR G Joy Hollingsworth became the second player in the Conference to break the 30-point plateau this season as she hit 10-of-24 shots for 31 points against the Huskies in Thursday night action ... Hollingsworth added seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in 40 minutes of play.

ATTENDANCE FIGURES
Through 130 games played by Pac-10 teams this season, over 298,000 fans have come out to see some of the best collegiate basketball in the nation ... In home attendance marks, Arizona State leads the way with over 32,000 fans having come through the doors at Wells Fargo Arena ... In terms of per game average, the Sun Devils also pace the Conference with a mark of 3,247.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Pac-10 players are not only getting it done in the points column this season, but they are racking up rebounds and assists, as well, to notch 54 double-doubles thus far ... In comparison, at this time last year, 48 double-doubles had been amassed ... Leading the way with six double-doubles apiece are OREGON STATE FR F Judie Lomax, USC SR G Shay Murphy and CALIFORNIA SO F/C Ashley Walker ... Three players rank in the league's Top-10 in both scoring and rebounding, including Murphy (2nd, 18.7; 4th, 8.7) and Walker (4th, 18.0; t2nd, 9.0) and OREGON STATE SR G Casey Nash (1st, 19.9; 8th, 7.3) ... Nash paces the Pac-10 with seven 20-point games.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (1-4, 7-10)
Arizona split its home series last week, picking up a 59-57 edging of Washington State on Saturday, having lost to Washington, 83-66 on Thursday ... The Wildcats, with their first Pac-10 win, improve to 1-4 in league, 7-10 overall ... SR G Joy Hollingsworth was on fire last week, scoring a career-high 31 points on 10-of-24 shooting from the field against the Huskies, while also leading the team with 18 points in Saturday's win ... For the week, Hollingsworth averaged 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in two games ... On the season, she averages a team-best 15.6 points and 2.41 steals per game, and is second on the squad with 5.9 rebounds a game ... Arizona rallied to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit against the Cougars to pull out the two-point win ... The victory was a much-needed confidence boost for the Wildcats who next hit the road to take on Oregon on Thurs., Jan. 11 and Oregon State on Sat., Jan. 13 ... UA is looking for a little revenge as the Beavers swept the team last season by an average of 12 points.

ARIZONA STATE (4-1, 14-2)
Arizona State moved up three spots to No. 11 in this week's Associated Press poll after it handed Washington State an 89-44 loss on Thursday, and rallied to defeat Washington, 88-83 on Sunday, planting the Huskies with their first Conference loss all year ... The Sun Devils improve to 4-1 in league play, 14-2 overall, with sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 ... FR G Dymond Simon was the spark plug off the bench for ASU as she led the team in scoring with a career-best 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting in just 19 minutes versus the Cougars ... Simon followed that up with a 16-point game against the Huskies, including a clutch free throw that put the Sun Devils ahead with just under a minute to play in the game ... In Pac-10 play (five games), Simon has averaged 11 points per game coming off the bench and has connected on nearly 58 percent of her shots during that span ... Arizona State will take to the road this week to face two stingy defensive teams in Oregon State on Thurs., Jan. 11 and Oregon on Sat., Jan. 13 ... The Sun Devils' 79.4 ppg average will go up against the No. 2 and 3 scoring defenses in the Conference in the Beavers (58.3) and Ducks (59.6), respectively.

CALIFORNIA (2-3, 11-4)
California went 1-1 last week, securing a 65-53 non-conference win over Rhode Island on Tuesday, but fell to arch rival Stanford, 69-44 on Saturday ... The Bears are now 2-3 in Conference, 11-4 overall ... SO F/C Ashley Walker posted two double-doubles over the week, leading the team in both categories during the two-game stretch ... Walker has led the team in scoring in four of the past five games, including a 16-point, 12-rebound effort against the Cardinal ... For the week she averaged 17 points, 13.5 rebounds, three assists, one block and 1.5 steals ... California is looking for more production from its starters, as the remaining four players from the Stanford game combined for just 17 points ... FR G Lauren Greif has been solid as she averaged 12 points, going 5-for-11 from long range last week ... Greif ranks third in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (1.93) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.439) ... The Bears will head to the Northwest this weekend for a Thurs., Jan. 11 game at Washington State and a Sat., Jan. 13 contest at Washington ... The game with the Huskies will be televised live on FSN.

OREGON (1-3, 9-5)
Oregon didn't get the weekend it was looking for as it dropped two games, including a 79-71 double overtime heartbreaker to USC on Friday and a 77-70 loss to UCLA on Sunday ... The Ducks are now 1-3 in the Pac-10, 9-5 overall ... UO left everything on the floor in the game with the Trojans, hitting 14 3-pointers (14-of-24), a Pac-10 and team season-high and the most for the Ducks since they hit 15 in a win vs. Arizona on Feb. 9, 2006 ... SR C Jessie Shetters, who came into the weekend leading the Pac-10 with a 9.5 rebounding average, was held to just three boards against the Women of Troy ... Shetters sat out the next game with an ailing back, missing her first game since the 2004-05 season ... SR C Carolyn Ganes led the team with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting against the Bruins ... It was her first start since Jan. 21, 2006, in a win vs. Washington ... UO will return home for a Thurs., Jan. 11 game with Arizona, along with a Sat., Jan. 13 contest with Arizona State.

OREGON STATE (1-3, 6-7)
Oregon State split on the road last week, picking up its first Conference win by virtue of a 56-52 victory over UCLA on Friday ... The victory broke a five-game Bruin winning streak in the series and was OSU's first in Pauley Pavilion since December of 2001 ... The Beavers then held tight with USC on Sunday, but could not hang on in a 59-51 loss, bringing their record to 1-3 in the Pac-10, 6-7 overall ... FR F Judie Lomax was impressive last week, burying 13 of her 14 shot attempts (.929), finishing with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for her sixth career double-double in the win over the Bruins ... Lomax led all players with a career-high matching 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting against USC ... She also pulled down five rebounds in the game while playing all 40 minutes ... The Potomac, MD native has played all 40 minutes in four straight games and leads the Pac-10 with a .692 field goal percentage (63-of-91) and has led the Beavers in rebounding during nine games ... SR G Casey Nash, who leads the Pac-10 with a 19.9 scoring average, was held to a season-low eight points against the Trojans, the first time this season she didn't reach double figures in scoring, due in part to foul trouble as she went to the bench with over four minutes left in the game ... Oregon State will host Arizona State on Thurs., Jan. 11, as well as Arizona on Sat., Jan. 13 ... The Beavers have won two-straight over the Wildcats, having picked up a pair of wins last season to snap a six-game losing streak in the series.

STANFORD (5-0, 11-3)
Stanford, winners of nine in a row, secured two more victories last week to hit the double-digit win mark at 11-3 overall, while remaining undefeated in Conference play at 5-0 ... The Cardinal took care of Fresno State on Tuesday, 80-52, and defeated California on Saturday, 69-44 at Haas Pavilion ... The Cardinal moved up two places to No. 10 in this week's Associated Press poll, their first Top-10 ranking since mid-November when they were ranked as the No. 4 team in the nation ... FR F/C Jayne Appel is looking more comfortable in her role as she averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and one steal over the two-game stretch ... Appel fell just short of her first two career double-doubles with 15 points and nine rebounds against the Bulldogs and 19 points and seven rebounds vs. the Golden Bears ... Appel ranks third on the club in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg), while leading the Cardinal in FG percentage (55.8) and blocked shots (24) ... Stanford is allowing just 57.8 ppg, which leads the league ... Further, the Cardinal offense is averaging 72.9 ppg, ranking third in the Conference ... JR G Candice Wiggins' stroke from downtown is hard to beat right now as she went 7-for-13 from long range last week ... Her 2.67 3-point field goals made per game ranks atop the league ... Stanford has a big road test this week as it has a Thurs., Jan. 11 game at Washington and a Sat., Jan. 13 contest with Washington State.

UCLA (3-3, 9-9)
SR G Noelle Quinn and JR F Lindsey Pluimer combined for 42 points to help guide UCLA to a 77-70 win over Oregon on Sunday ... The Bruins posted a home split as they were defeated on Friday by Oregon State, 56-52, evening their record at 3-3 in league action and 9-9 overall ... Quinn, who scored 16 second-half points to lead UCLA to the come-from-behind win over the Ducks, soon will become the fifth UCLA player to total 1,600 points and 700 rebounds for her career ... She currently has 1,579 points (No. 11 on UCLA list) and 698 rebounds ... Further, Quinn needs 10 more points to tie for 10th on UCLA's all-time scoring chart ... With 377 assists, she is also four away from tying for eighth on UCLA's assist chart ... SR F Amanda Livingston scored a career-high 18 points vs. Oregon, while SR G Shaina Zaidi had career-highs with five rebounds and a team-leading four assists in the same game ... UCLA will host crosstown rival USC on Sat., Jan. 13 ... The Bruins have not posted a win in the series since the 2004-05 season.

USC (3-3, 9-7)
Despite a roster that continues to get smaller as injuries keep on piling up, USC is proving its resilience as it has won three-straight, including a 79-71 double overtime thriller against Oregon on Friday and a 59-51 win over Oregon State on Sunday ... The Women of Troy move back above .500 at 9-7 overall, 3-3 in Pac-10 play ... SR G Jamie Hagiya, USC's only healthy scholarship point guard, was critical for the Trojans last week as she hit several key baskets against the Ducks, including her second 3-pointer of the game with 1:42 left in regulation to get USC ahead by one point ... She hit her third three in the second overtime and also sank both her free throws to secure USC's lead on the way to the win ... She also dished up a team-high five assists ... Hagiya led USC in scoring for the first time all season with 14 points in the Trojans' win over Oregon State ... The Women of Troy did a solid job on defense against the Beavers, limiting the Pac-10's leading scorer, Casey Nash, to just eight points on 1-of-5 shooting ... SR G Shay Murphy was virtually right at her season marks as she averaged 19 points and 8.5 rebounds on the week ... USC will face arch rival UCLA on Sat., Jan. 13 in a 2 p.m. tip ... The Trojans have won three consecutive games over the Bruins.

WASHINGTON (5-1, 12-5)
Despite leading the entire game, Washington lost its first Conference contest on the season as Arizona State rallied to claim an 88-83 edging of UW in Tempe on Sunday ... The Huskies recorded the split with an 83-66 win over Arizona on Thursday, bringing their record to 5-1 in Conference, 12-5 overall ... SR G Cameo Hicks led UW with a team-high scoring average of 18.0 points in the two games, along with 4.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals ... Hicks was Washington's leading scorer in its 17-point victory over Arizona, a win that extended its winning streak to nine games and upped its Pac-10 start to 5-0 for the first time since the 1987-88 season ... Against the Sun Devils, Hicks shot 50 percent from the field (9-18), helping the Huskies to their season-best team FG shooting percentage of 53.1 percent ... Hicks now has 12-straight double-figure scoring games and has scored at least 17 points in the last nine-straight ... SO G Stefanie Clark was also solid for the week, averaging 14.5 points, having posted 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting against ASU ... Washington has a big test ahead as it hosts Conference leader Stanford on Thurs., Jan. 11, as well as California on Sat., Jan. 13 ... The last time the Cardinal came to Seattle, UW handed them their first of just three Conference losses all season in a 77-72 win.

WASHINGTON STATE (1-5, 5-11)
Washington State held a six-point advantage at halftime against Arizona, but could not hang on for the win as the Wildcats claimed the 59-57 victory on Saturday ... The Cougars were also defeated by Arizona State, 89-44 on Thursday ... SO G Katie Appleton scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor against UA, while FR F Marisa Stotler added 10 points, six rebounds and two steals ... SR F Kate Benz picked up 12 boards in Saturday's game, after grabbing eight in the Sun Devil game to bring her weekly average to an even 10 rpg ... The Cougars are looking for some additional offensive production as they are averaging just 61.2 points per game ... Defensively, WSU is holding opponents to 66.9 points per game, which ranks eighth in the league ... The Cougars return to Pullman this week for a Thurs., Jan. 11 game with California and a Sat., Jan. 13 contest with Stanford ... Washington State is 19-22 all-time vs. the Bears and will be looking for its first-ever win over the Cardinal.

ARIZONA STATE FRESHMAN GUARD DYMOND SIMON NAMED U.S. BANK PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--ARIZONA STATE freshman guard Dymond Simon has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 1-7, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Simon hit her shooting stride last week, powering a Sun Devil offense that generated 88.5 points on average in two home wins over Washington State and Washington. The freshman guard averaged 20 points per game and shot 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the field in the two wins.

Against the Cougars, Simon had a career night, leading Arizona State with 24 points on 9-of-11 (.818) shooting as the Sun Devils rolled to an 89-44 victory. Simon's 24 points represented the highest single-game point total for a Sun Devil this season. Simon shot 4-of-5 from long range and also added five assists and two steals on the night. All of Simon's numbers were accumulated during only 19 minutes of playing time.

Facing Washington next, Simon helped spark ASU's second-half comeback that resulted in an 88-83 win, ending Washington's nine-game winning streak and saddling the Huskies with their first Conference loss. Simon provided 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and grabbed three rebounds.

Over Arizona State's first five Conference games, Simon is shooting 57.5% from the field, fifth best in the Conference, and is averaging 11 points per game off the bench in Pac-10 play.

The Sun Devils (14-2, 4-1 Pac-10) travel to the Oregon schools this week.

This is the first career Player of the Week award for Simon and the 28th all-time for Arizona State.

ALSO NOMINATED: Joy Hollingsworth, ARIZ; Ashley Walker, CAL; Judie Lomax, OSU; Jayne Appel, STAN; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Jamie Hagiya, USC; Cameo Hicks, WASH.

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; Dec. 26- Danielle Orsillo, ASU; Jan. 1- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Jan. 8- Dymond Simon, ASU.

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