This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 15, 2007

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2006-07 STANDINGS1. Stanford, 7-0, 1.000; 14-3, .8242. Arizona State, 6-1, .857; 16-2, .8893. Washington, 5-3, .625; 12-7, .6324. California, 4-3, .571; 13-4, .765   USC, 4-3, .571; 10-7, .5886. UCLA, 3-4, .429; 9-10, .4747. Oregon, 2-4, .333; 10-6, .625   Oregon State, 2-4, .333; 7-8, .4679. Arizona, 1-6, .143; 7-12, .36810.Washington State, 1-7, .125; 5-13, .278

Mon., Jan. 8 (10/12) STANFORD 69, South Carolina 54Smith-28 pts/7 reb; Wiggins-15 pts/5 reb

Thurs., Jan. 11OREGON 86, ARIZONA 73Haring-20 pts/6 reb; Hollingsworth-22 pts/8 reb

(11/11) ARIZONA STATE 59, OREGON STATE 43Westerberg-15 pts/6 reb; Nash-20 pts/3 stl

(22/22) CALIFORNIA 55, WASHINGTON STATE 48Walker-20 pts/9 reb; Stotler-12 pts/5 reb

(10/10) STANFORD 77, WASHINGTON 56Appel-19 pts/8 reb; Whitcomb-13 pts/19 mins

Sat., Jan. 13OREGON STATE 69, ARIZONA 62Nash-27 pts/13 reb; Hollingsworth-17 pts/5 ast

(11/11) ARIZONA STATE 80, OREGON 70Westerberg-19 pts/5 reb; Lilley-20 pts/7-12 FG

(22/22) CALIFORNIA 72, WASHINGTON 49Hampton-25 pts/8 reb; Hicks-12 pts/5 reb

(10/10) STANFORD 63, WASHINGTON STATE 55Hones-17 pts/4 reb; Stotler-17 pts/6 reb

USC 75, UCLA 72Kerr-19 pts/24 mins; Quinn-17 pts/10 ast

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULEJANUARY

Thurs., Jan. 18 *OREGON at STANFORD , 7 p.m. PTSeries: 33-7 (STAN) Last Meeting: 79-58 (STAN)

*OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. PTSeries: 21-19 (OSU) Last Meeting: 63-55 (OSU)

*UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 11 a.m. MTSeries: 29-14 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 60-59 (UCLA)

*USC at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MTSeries: 25-16 (USC) Last Meeting: 73-72 (USC)

Sat., Jan. 20*OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m. PTSeries: 29-12 (ORE) Last Meeting: 49-39 (CAL)

*OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 2 p.m. PTSeries: 35-6 (STAN) Last Meeting: 87-54 (STAN)

*UCLA at ARIZONA (FSN), 12 noon MTSeries: 23-17 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 90-64 (UCLA)

*WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m. PTSeries: 38-2 (WASH) Last Meeting: 83-57 (WASH)

Sun., Jan. 21*USC at ARIZONA STATE (FSN), 3 p.m. MTSeries: 31-9 (USC) Last Meeting: 79-72 (ASU)

*Conference game

UPCOMING TV GAMESJANUARY

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

FIRST ROUND GAMES
The final weekend of first round games dot the schedule as the Oregon schools travel to the Bay Area, the LA schools head to the desert and traditional rivals WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE go head-to-head in Seattle ... OREGON and OREGON STATE have yet to play their first round traditional-rival game, but will do so Wed., Jan. 24 in Eugene ... Thus far, STANFORD is the lone school to remain unblemished with a perfect 7-0 record, impressive as five of those wins have come on the road ... Behind the Cardinal in second place is ARIZONA STATE who has just one Conference loss on the season (77-71, Stanford) with a 6-1 record ... Washington is in sole possession of third place (5-3), while CALIFORNIA and USC are tied for fourth with a 4-3 Pac-10 record.

TV GAMES
Two Pac-10 women's basketball games will air this weekend as Fox Sports Net will feature nationally televised games on both Saturday and Sunday ... On Sat., Jan. 20, UCLA at ARIZONA will tip at 12 noon MT on FSN ... Tracy Warren and Mary Murphy will call the action from McKale Center ... On Sun., Jan. 21, USC at Arizona State will go live at 3 p.m. MT, with Murphy being joined by Ted Robinson on play-by-play.

RPI NUMBERS
Both Collegiate Basketball News and Jeff Sagarin have the Pac-10 Conference ranked as the No. 5 league in the nation ... Both lists have five of the 10 Conference schools ranked in the Top-64, with Stanford leading the way in CBN at No. 5 and Arizona State pacing the league at No. 9 in Sagarin.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
In Collegiate Basketball News' latest strength of schedule ratings, three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top-10 in the nation, as Stanford comes in at No. 4, followed by Washington at No. 5 and Arizona at No. 8 ... The Pac-10's willingness to schedule tough opponents and play top competition top to bottom within the league is apparent as only the ACC and Big Ten have two teams in the strength of schedule Top-10 ... The SEC, Atlantic 10 and Colonial conferences each have one representative.

ON FIRE
Her name has appeared all season long, but don't look for Oregon State SR G Casey Nash to slow down any time soon ... The Stayton, Ore. native lit things up last week as she averaged 23.5 points per game, knocking down 27 in the 69-62 win over Arizona on Saturday ... Nash also matched her season-best with 13 rebounds as the Beavers improved to 3-0 all-time against the Wildcats under the direction of head coach LaVonda Wagner ... Stanford SR F/C Brooke Smith finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and totaled a near quadruple-double as she tallied 12 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and seven steals in the 63-55 win over WASHINGTON STATE ... Smith was almost perfect from the field in a 14-for-17 performance against South Carolina on Monday that resulted in a season-best 28 points ... Her 14 field goals in that game matched a career-high.

KEEPIN' IT CLOSE
The past six UCLA-USC games have been decided by no more than four points as Saturday's game saw the Women of Troy post a 75-72 win over the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion ... These two rivals have no problem getting up to play each other as one would have to go back to the 2001-02 season for a game that featured a 10-point win or more (71-58, USC) ... The Trojans lead the all-time series with a 27-14 record, having won the previous four.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (1-6, 7-12)
Arizona came away from its latest road trip empty-handed as it suffered two close losses in Thursday's 86-73 defeat to Oregon and Saturday's 69-62 loss to Oregon State ... The Wildcats are 1-6 in the Pac-10, 7-12 overall ... Statistically speaking, things looked good for UA against the Beavers as it had a season-high 21 assists and a season-low 12 turnovers, but it was not enough to prevail for the win ... SR G Joy Hollingsworth led the team in scoring in both games, including a 22-point night against the Ducks in which she shot 8-for-15 from the floor ... Hollingsworth has recorded six 20-point games this season ... FR F Rhaya Neabors posted career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds, while JR G Ashley Whisonant added six points and a career-high 11 assists in Saturday's game ... Arizona returns home for a series with the LA schools, taking on USC on Thurs., Jan. 18 and UCLA on Sat., Jan. 20 ... The game with the Bruins will be televised live on FSN.

ARIZONA STATE (6-1, 16-2)
Arizona State secured two more wins on the season with a 59-43 defeat of Oregon State on Thursday, followed by a come-from-behind 80-70 win over Oregon on Saturday ... The Sun Devils are 6-1 in Conference play, 16-2 overall ... SR F Emily Westerberg averaged 17 points and 5.5 rebounds while hitting nearly 67 percent of her field goal attempts in both wins on the week ... Westerberg was crucial in the UO game, scoring 14 of her 19 points in the second half in helping the Sun Devils break open what was a one-point game at halftime (34-33, ASU) ... With her 19 points against Oregon, Westerberg moves up two spots to No. 9 on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,152 points ... Further, she has led ASU in scoring in each of its last three games, and over the four games, Westerberg has averaged 18.8 points and 4.8 rebounds ... During that span she has hit 65.7 percent of her field goal attempts (23-35) and 87.1 percent of her free throws (27-31) ... The Sun Devils lead the league in all of the following categories: scoring offense (78.3 ppg), scoring margin (+18.3), field goal percentages (.491), three-point field goal percentage defense (.296), rebounding defense (38.3), assists (20.11), steals (10.17) and turnover margin (+5.28) ... The team heads home this week for two games against the LA schools, including a Thurs., Jan. 18 matchup with UCLA and a Sun., Jan. 21 game with USC ... Sunday's game against the Women of Troy will be televised live on FSN.

CALIFORNIA (4-3, 13-4)
After a winning 55-48 defensive battle with Washington State on Thursday, California looked much more in synch during Saturday's 72-49 defeat of Washington in Seattle ... The two wins propel California to 4-3 in Conference play, 13-4 overall, and a tie for fourth place in the league with USC ... At 13-4 overall, Cal is tied for its third-best start in school history through 17 games and is off to its best start since the 1992-93 team opened at 13-4 ... Cal posted its first-ever road sweep of Washington State and Washington ... It also marked the first time since the 2000-01 season that the Bears swept a Pac-10 road trip ... That year, Cal beat UCLA and USC in Los Angeles ... SO F/C Devanei Hampton was superb as she averaged 19.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg, notching her second double-double of the season, registering 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds at Washington State ... Against Washington, Hampton tallied game highs of 25 points (two shy of matching her career high) and eight rebounds ... The Bears return home to face Oregon State on Thurs., Jan. 18 and Oregon Sat., Jan. 20 at Haas Pavilion.

OREGON (2-4, 10-6)
Oregon split at home last week, picking up an 86-73 win over Arizona on Thursday, before falling to 11/11 Arizona State on Saturday, 80-70 ... The Ducks are now 2-4 in league play, 10-6 overall ... FR G Taylor Lilley had an impressive week as she has bounced back nicely from an early-season injury to move up the Pac-10 leaderboard in field goal percentage (.529, 9th) and three-point field goal percentage (.541, 1st) ... Lilley led the Ducks with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting against the Sun Devils ... She also scored 13 points in 17 minutes in the win over Arizona, hitting on all three of her three-point attempts ... Lilley averaged 16.5 points off the bench in the those two games ... Defensively, UO is giving up more points than head coach Bev Smith would like to see ... The team ranks sixth in scoring defense with opponents averaging 61.8 ppg ... The team has a big test this week as it heads to the Bay Area to take on two ranked teams in a Thurs., Jan. 18 game against Stanford, followed by a Sat., Jan. 20 contest with California.

OREGON STATE (2-4, 7-8)
Picked to finish last in the Pac-10 standings, Oregon State has split two consecutive Conference series, including last week as it picked up a 69-62 win over Arizona on Saturday, having lost a 59-43 game to 11/11 Arizona State on Thursday ... SR G Casey Nash continues to get it done in all kinds of ways for the Beavers as she buried 8-of-15 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, and knocked down nine free throws while matching her career-high with 27 points to lead all players against the Wildcats ... Nash also matched her season-best with 13 rebounds as the Beavers improved to 3-0 all-time against the Wildcats under the direction of head coach LaVonda Wagner ... The double-double was the ninth of Nash's career and she reached the 20-point scoring barrier for the second straight game and ninth time on the year ... Nash also led the team in scoring with 20 points on 9-of-20 shooting against the Sun Devils ... Oregon State has a big week awaiting it as it takes to the road in search of what would be its second and third Conference road wins on the year, facing two Top-25 teams in California on Thurs., Jan. 18 and Stanford on Sat., Jan. 20 ... The last time OSU and California met, the Beavers secured a 63-55 win at Haas Pavilion ... The Beavers lead that series, 21-19 all-time.

STANFORD (7-0, 13-3)
Stanford is riding a 12-game winning streak as it continues it push for another Conference title ... The Cardinal were dominant last week, picking up three wins, including a non-conference 69-54 victory over SEC-foe South Carolina ... Stanford moved to 7-0 in Pac-10 play, 13-3 overall by virtue of a 77-56 convincing win over second-place Washington on Thursday and a 63-55 win at Washington State on Saturday ... After starting off the season somewhat slow, the Cardinal look to be in a rhythm as head coach Tara VanDerveer gets production from her inside and outside play ... SR F/C Brooke Smith opened the week by establishing a season-high point total and closed it with a near triple-double ... Smith went 14-for-17 in Monday's game for a season-best 28 points and filled the stat sheet with 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks in 32 minutes against Washington on Thursday ... Against the Cougars, Smith nearly recorded Stanford's first triple-double since 2002, falling one rebound shy of accomplishing the feat, totaling 12 points, nine rebounds and a career-best 10 assists. ... She also snatched a career-high seven steals in 38 minutes ... The Cardinal are improving from long-range, moving up to No. 5 in the Conference, hitting on 32.2 percent of their attempts ... FR G JJ Hones went 3-for-3 against Washington State from three-point land, as she ranks second on the squad in three-pointers with 12 ... Next up, Stanford returns home for a series with the Oregon schools as it will take on the Ducks on Thurs., Jan. 18 and the Beavers on Sat., Jan. 20.

UCLA (3-4, 9-10)
For the sixth consecutive time, the UCLA-USC series came down to a battle that was decided by less than four points and this past weekend was no different as the Bruins could not hang on in the 75-72 loss to the Women of Troy ... The crowd of 7,134 that came out to Pauley Pavilion to watch UCLA take on USC ranks as the eighth-largest home crowd in UCLA women's basketball history ... The Bruins, 3-4 in Pac-10 play, 9-10 overall, had four players score in double-digits, including SO C Chinyere Ibekwe who broke out for 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor ... Ibekwe had scored just 12 points in the previous three games combined ... The team was paced by SR G Noelle Quinn who put together a 17-point, 10-assist, 9-rebound afternoon, one board shy of a triple-double ... Quinn moved into 10th on UCLA's career scoring list with 1,596 and up to eighth on the assist list with 387 ... She also moved into a tie for eighth place with 67 three-point shots and into a tie for seventh place with Ann Meyers with 84 double digit games ... SR G Shaina Zaidi, who came into the year with limited playing time, has been hot from downtown as she sunk three of her six three-point attempts against USC ... Zaidi ranks sixth in the Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.407) and 10th in three-point field goals made (1.22) ... UCLA gears up for a duel in the desert as it will take on Arizona State on Thurs., Jan. 18 and Arizona on Sat., Jan. 20 ... The game with the Wildcats will be televised live on FSN.

USC (4-3, 10-7)
USC bolstered its confidence last week with a 75-72 edging of UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday ... The Women of Troy, who have now won four in a row, improve to 4-3 in Conference play, 10-7 overall, with a tie four fourth place in the Pac-10 ... USC has now beaten its rival in the past four games ... SR C Chloé Kerr was an important factor in the win as she had 11 points at halftime and finished the crosstown rivalry with a game-high 19 points ... Kerr shot .667 from the floor and was perfect from the free-throw line as the Trojans posted their fourth-straight victory and the sixth consecutive game against the Bruins decided by four points or fewer ... Kerr, who has now led the team in scoring on four different occasions, has scored in double figures in 15 games this season ... Three additional players reached the double-digit mark, including SR G Jamie Hagiya, who notched 13 points for her fourth-straight double-figure scoring output ... Hagiya also dished out seven assists and grabbed one steal ... The Trojans take to the road this week for a Thurs., Jan. 18 game at Arizona, followed by a Sun., Jan. 21 contest at Arizona State ... The 3 p.m. MT tip-off with the Sun Devils will be televised live on FSN.

WASHINGTON (5-3, 12-7)
Washington did not have the home series it was looking for as the team dropped two contests, including a 77-56 game against 10/10 Stanford on Thursday and a 72-49 defeat to 22/22 California on Saturday ... The Huskies remain in third place in the Pac-10 with a 5-3 record, 12-7 overall, but more importantly have the bulk of this week to regroup and prepare for their in-state rival ... Offensively, Washington has struggled as of late, hitting just 27.8 percent from the field against the Cardinal, 26.2 percent against the Golden Bears ... FR G Sami Whitcomb led the team in Thursday's game with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including a 3-for-6 mark from long range ... SR G Cameo Hicks picked up 12 points, five rebounds and two steals against Cal ... UW is still solid on the offensive rebounds, pacing the Pac-10 with an average of 17.79 per game, having amassed 338 all season, 50 more than the next closest team in the Conference ... Washington will take on Washington State on Sat., Jan. 20 at Bank of America Arena in Seattle where the Huskies will look to continue their winning streak over the Cougars ... UW holds a 38-2 all-time series advantage over WSU and hasn't lost to the Cougars since the 1994-95 season.

WASHINGTON STATE (1-7, 5-13)
Washington State held strong with two of the nation's Top-25 teams last week, but could not hang on for a victory in either ... The Cougars, 1-7 in league play, 5-13 overall, were defeated by just a combined 15 points in those two contests ... In Thursday's 55-48 loss to 22/22 California, WSU held a three-point lead going into halftime and limited five of Cal's seven players to just a combined 21 points for the game ... FR F Marisa Stotler totaled 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals over the weekend ... Stotler recorded 12 points on Thursday and 17 on Saturday to post her third consecutive double-digit scoring effort and her ninth this season ... Her five steals against the Cardinal tied a season-high and places her 10th all-time in the Cougar record books for most steals in a single game ... Despite the losing record, Washington State has been in virtually all of its games this season ... The team is 2-8 in games decided by 10 points or less ... With a Sat., Jan. 20 game at Washington in Seattle, the Cougars will have the week to prepare and hopefully rest some nagging injuries ... SR F Kate Benz has been playing with a bad back all season, but continues to fight her way through the pain, having started and played in all 18 games this season.

CALIFORNIA SOPHOMORE FORWARD/CENTER DEVANEI HAMPTON
NAMED U.S. BANK PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- CALIFORNIA sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 8-14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Hampton, a native of Oakland, Calif., averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games as the Golden Bears defeated Washington State and Washington, marking the first-ever road sweep of the two schools and the first time since the 2000-01 season that Cal swept a Pac-10 road trip. On the week, she shot 69.6 percent from the field (16-of-23), 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the foul line, while hitting her first three-pointer of the season against the Huskies.

In the nationally-televised 72-49 win over Washington, Hampton tallied game highs of 25 points (two shy of matching her career high) and eight rebounds, while shooting 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the floor.

In Thursday's 55-48 defensive battle with Washington State, Hampton posted her second double-double of the season, registering 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. She recorded eight of Cal's first 10 points to give the Bears a 10-8 lead over the Cougars with under nine minutes to play in the first half.

California (13-4 overall, 4-3 Pac-10) is tied for its third-best start in school history through 17 games and is off to its best start since the 1992-93 team opened at 13-4. The Bears will next face Oregon State on Thurs., Jan. 18 and Oregon on Sat., Jan. 20.

The Player of the Week honor is the second for Hampton and the 25th all-time selection for California.

ALSO NOMINATED: Emily Westerberg, ASU; Taylor Lilley, ORE; Casey Nash, OSU; Brooke Smith, STAN; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Chloé Kerr, 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; Dec. 11- Ashley Walker, CAL; Dec. 18-Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 26- Danielle Orsillo, ASU; Jan. 1- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Jan. 7- Dymond Simon, ASU; Jan. 15- Devanei Hampton, CAL.

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