This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 22, 2007

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2006-07 STANDINGS1. Stanford, 9-0, 1.000; 16-3, .8422. Arizona State, 8-1, .889; 18-2, .9003. California, 6-3, .667; 15-4, .789   Washington, 6-3, .667; 13-7, .6505. USC, 5-4, .556; 11-8, .5796. UCLA, 4-5, .444; 10-11, .4767. Oregon, 2-6, .250; 10-8, .556   Oregon State, 2-6, .250; 7-10, .4129. Arizona, 1-8, .111; 7-14, .333   Washington State, 1-8, .111, 5-14, .263

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
JANUARY

Wed., Jan. 24
*OREGON STATE at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 31-10 (ORE) Last Meeting: 54-45 (ORE)

Thurs., Jan. 25
*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m. MT
Series: 22-20 (CAL) Last Meeting: 74-58 (ASU)

*STANFORD at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MT
Series: 38-6 (STAN) Last Meeting: 86-58 (STAN)

Fri., Jan. 26
*WASHINGTON at UCLA , 7 p.m. PT
Series: 26-15 (WASH) Last Meeting: 72-67 (WASH)

*WASHINGTON STATE at USC, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 31-11 (USC) Last Meeting: 62-56 (USC)

Sat., Jan. 27
*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA (FSN), 4 p.m. MT
Series: 29-12 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 65-48 (CAL)

*STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE (FSN), 12 noon MT
Series: 37-6 (STAN) Last Meeting: 77-71 (STAN)

Sun., Jan. 28
*OREGON at OREGON STATE, 5:30 p.m. PT
Series: 31-10 (ORE) Last Meeting: 54-45 (ORE)

*WASHINGTON at USC, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 27-18 (WASH) Last Meeting: 76-60 (WASH)

*WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 35-6 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 74-71 (UCLA)

*Conference game

UPCOMING TV GAMES
JANUARY

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

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

CIVIL WAR x TWO
OREGON and OREGON STATE will meet up twice this week as the Ducks and Beavers play both rival games in less than a week ... On Wed., Jan. 24, UO will host OSU at Mac Court in a 7 p.m. tip-off ... Sun., Jan. 28 will see the teams face off in Gill Coliseum in a 5:30 p.m. game ... Oregon holds a 31-10 all-time advantage over Oregon State, however, the two teams split the series last season as both teams claimed a home-court win.

BOYLE NETS CAREER MILESTONE
CALIFORNIA head coach Joanne Boyle earned career win No. 100 on Saturday as the Bears defeated Oregon, 65-56 at Haas Pavilion ... Boyle's five-year career began at Richmond where she amassed an overall record of 67-29 (.698) ... Boyle's career record is now 100-45 (.690), and she is 33-16 (.673) in two seasons in Berkeley ... The Bears, 15-4, have now equaled the 1991-92 team for the second-best start in school history ... The 1983-84 Bears own the program's best opening through 19 games at 17-2.

SECOND ROUND GAMES
The second leg of the Pac-10 Conference season begins this week as the Bay Area schools head to the desert and the Washington schools venture south to Los Angeles ... Only STANFORD came out of the first round with a perfect 9-0 record ... ARIZONA STATE sits right behind the Cardinal in second place in the Pac-10 with an 8-1 record ... California, by virtue of its two wins last week, moved into a tie with WASHINGTON for third place in the league standings at 6-3.

TV GAMES
Two more television games dot the Pac-10 schedule this weekend as both ARIZONA and Arizona State will host FSN on Sat., Jan. 27 ... The Sun Devils will face-off with Stanford in a 12 noon MT tip-off, a highly-anticipated rematch as the two teams battled to a 77-71 Cardinal win earlier this season at Maples Pavilion on the Stanford campus ... The Wildcats will take on California in a 4 p.m. MT time slot ... UA has a busy day as the Arizona men's basketball team takes on North Carolina at McKale Center earlier that day.

DESERT REMATCH
Arizona State welcomes Pac-10 undefeated Stanford to Wells Fargo Arena Sat., Jan. 27 ... The game should serve as an interesting prelude to the rest of the season as the race to crown the 2006-07 Pac-10 champion heats up ... Streaks are on the line as Stanford has won an impressive 14 games in a row and the Sun Devils have been equally as thrilling, winning their last 21 Pac-10 home games ... Overall, the Sun Devils are 50-3 at home since the 2003-04 season.

INJURY REPORT
Unfortunately, the Pac-10 suffered another season-ending injury over the weekend as Arizona State freshman standout G Dymond Simon went down with what looks to be an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament ... Simon, who garnered Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Jan. 8, knocked her left knee in the first half of Sunday's game against USC ... Simon came into the game averaging 9.7 points off the bench ... Simon joins a handful of Pac-10 players who are out for the season, including last year's Freshman of the Year, Alexis Gray-Lawson of California ... Oregon also received some unsettling news last week as SR post Jessie Shetters looks to be sidelined for up to six weeks with a stress fracture ... As a team, USC has been hit hard by the injury bug losing, among others, a backcourt that included Camille LeNoir, Brynn Cameron and Jacki Gemelos ... USC currently has just one scholarship player at the point guard position.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (1-8, 7-14)
Last Week: L, 77-68 USC; L, 76-73 UCLA
This Week: Stanford (1/25); California (1/27)
The Wildcats look to end a four-game losing skid as they play their second straight home series this weekend ... SR G Joy Hollingsworth put together back-to-back 20-plus games over the weekend, shooting 9-for-20 (.450) from three-point range, tallying 20 points and five rebounds against USC and 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the game against UCLA ... UA held an eight-point advantage at the half (34-26) over the Women of Troy, but could not hang on down the stretch for the win ... Along with grabbing her third double-double of the year, SO F Amina Njonkou averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds last week ... Njonkou ranks ninth in the Conference in rebounding with a 7.0 average ... Arizona is third in the league in steals, taking away almost 10 per game (9.48).

ARIZONA STATE (8-1, 18-2)
Last Week: W, 92-52 UCLA; W, 62-54 USC
This Week: California (1/25); Stanford (1/27)
Arizona State will have to mentally prepare this week for a big home series, after suffering a tough loss in FR G Dymond Simon's season-ending injury on Sunday ... The Sun Devils' streaks (wins in 33 of their last 34 regular season home games, including their last 21 Pac-10 home games, dating back to the 2004-05 season) will be tested by two hot Top-25 teams in California and Stanford who have won four and 14 straight games, respectively ... SR F Aubree Johnson averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while hitting all seven of her free throw attempts in both wins last week ... Johnson also grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in Sunday's game, the second-highest total by an ASU player this season ... During ASU's current six-game winning streak, Johnson has been averaging 11.0 points and 7.5 rebounds ... She has hit 52.3 percent of her shots during that span while also hitting 80 percent of her free throws ... JR Reagan Pariseau is having a stellar year at the point guard position and will see her minutes increase that much more with the loss of Simon ... Pariseau has committed just 18 turnovers this season, but given out 62 assists to rank atop the league's assist/turnover ratio at 3.44 ... Moreover, Pariseau along with fellow backcourt teammates Simon and SO G Briann January have combined to help the team to rank third in the nation in assists, averaging 20.0 per game.

CALIFORNIA (6-3, 15-4)
Last Week: W, 63-57 Oregon State; W, 65-56 Oregon
This Week: @ Arizona State (1/25); @ Arizona (1/27)
California head coach Joanne Boyle is finding ways to rest her players when needed and get the most out of them when on the court ... Boyle played just six players in the win over Oregon State on Thursday, seven in Saturday's game ... In so doing, Cal is now tied with the 1991-92 team for the second-best start in school history at 15-4 ... The Bears posted their first sweep of Oregon State and Oregon since the 2000-01 season in Berkeley ... SO F/C Ashley Walker keeps on ticking as she came up big for California over the weekend, scoring 23 points on a blazing 92 percent from the floor (11-of-12) over the Beavers ... It marked Walker's sixth game this season with at least 20 points ... Also instrumental in the win over Oregon was FR G Lauren Greif who posted a career-high 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting, 4-of-9 from long range ... Greif added seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and most importantly, zero turnovers ... California is ranked as the No. 20 team in the nation, according to this week's Associated Press poll ... Cal continues to shoot the ball well, while defending just as intensely ... The Bears are second in the league in both field goal percentages (.467) and field goal percentage defense (.366).

OREGON (2-6, 10-8)
Last Week: L, 70-48 Stanford; L, 65-56 California
This Week: Oregon State (1/24); @ Oregon State (1/28)
Oregon heads home for two Civil Wars this week as it will face traditional rival Oregon State twice ... The Ducks will have to do so without the services of SR F/C Jessie Shetters who is out for six weeks with a stress fracture ... SR F/C Carolyn Ganes stepped up in her absence, however, averaging 14.5 points and seven rebounds in last week's Bay Area series ... Ganes has seen a definite increase in her playing time as she bested her career-high of 34 minutes (set on Thursday) with 38 minutes in Saturday's game ... Oregon's hot shooting from downtown, a .383 clip (108-of-282) which leads the Pac-10, will be tested against the No. 2 three-point field goal percentage defense this week ... The Beavers have allowed only 57 made-threes all season, good enough for a 29.2 percentage ... FR G Taylor Lilley leads the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on nearly 55 percent of her attempts (23-of-42; .548).

OREGON STATE (2-6, 7-10)
Last Week: L, 63-57 California; L, 69-55 Stanford
This Week: @ Oregon (1/24); Oregon (1/28)
The Beavers have just one team to scout this week as they take on in-state rival Oregon twice in five days ... The team is coming off a road trip that did not produce a win, but held tightly with two Top-25 teams in 21/22 California and 9/9 Stanford ... The Beavers put a scare in the Cardinal, holding an 11-point halftime lead (34-23) ... OSU strung together a 16-3 run over the final 7:15 to head into the locker room with the edge ... SR G Casey Nash, the Pac-10's leading scorer at 20.2 ppg, virtually equaled her season average in both games, posting 18 points against the Bears and an even 20 over the Cardinal ... FR F Judie Lomax went 11-for-15 over the week, tallying 22 points and improving her season field goal percentage to a .696 mark, which leads the Pac-10 ... Lomax has been atop the field goal percentage column for a good six weeks now ... The last time a true freshman finished the season leading the league in this category was 1996-97 when UCLA's Maylana Martin finished with a .559 clip (171-for-306).

STANFORD (9-0, 16-3)
Last Week: W, 70-48 Oregon; W, 69-55 Oregon State
This Week: @ Arizona (1/25); @ Arizona State (1/27)
Unbeatable in its last 14 games, Stanford heads to the desert this weekend for a pair of games and one highly anticipated rematch, as it will go head-to-head with the No. 2 team in the Conference on Saturday, Arizona State ... The 12 noon MT tip will be televised on FSN as Jim Watson and Mary Murphy call the action ... Stanford is riding its longest winning streak in two years ... The 14-game stretch is the most since a 23-game winning span in 2004-05 ... To fend off the Wildcat's pesky backcourt and a deep Sun Devil bench, the Cardinal will look to SR F/C Brooke Smith who has been on fire as of late ... Smith posted her 16th and 17th double-figure scoring games after pouring in 12 and 17, respectively, in a sweep of Oregon and Oregon State last week ... She has lead the team in scoring five times this season and currently ranks second on the squad in the following categories: scoring (13.7), rebounding (7.3), assists (71) and steals (25) ... Smith's ability to play down low with the hands of a point guard is evident as she is the only non-guard that ranks in the Pac-10's assist/turnover ratio, ranking eighth at 1.54 ... She has committed just 46 turnovers, while dishing out 71 assists this season ... The Stanford defense has been superb through the past seven games, having not allowed more than 56 points in any given contest ... Its 56.7 scoring defense and 34.7 field goal percentage defense pace the Pac-10.

UCLA (4-5, 10-11)
Last Week: L, 92-52 Arizona State; W, 76-73 Arizona
This Week: Washington (1/26); Washington State (1/28)
The Bruins became the seventh team in the Conference to reach double digit wins on the season as they picked up a three-point edging of Arizona and their 10th victory over the weekend ... On the heels of a tough loss at ASU, UCLA can use the confidence-boosting win to propel it into the second half of Conference play ... FR C Moniquee Alexander scored a career-best 10 points and played in a career-high tying 22 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win ... She also had eight rebounds to tie for game-high honors ... Alexander also had a productive game in Tempe, scoring eight points with six boards (five offensive) and a block in 22 minutes ... For the week, she averaged nine points and seven rebounds and shot 70 percent from the field (7-of-10) ... JR F Lindsey Pluimer shot 60 percent from the floor (15-of-25) last week, connecting on 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 36 seconds to clinch the victory against the Wildcats ... SR G Noelle Quinn also had a monster offensive game, recording her fifth double-double of the year and again just missing out on a triple-double, scoring 23 points with 10 assists and 8 rebounds on Saturday.

USC (5-4, 11-8)
Last Week: W, 77-68 Arizona; L, 62-54 Arizona State
This Week: Washington State (1/26); Washington (1/28)
With a desert split, USC heads back to Los Angeles for its first home series in almost three weeks ... SR G Shay Murphy continues to carry her injury-depleted team, connecting on 14-of-15 from the free throw line, 4-of-12 from three-point range and 6-of-17 from the floor for 30 points in the win over the Wildcats last week ... Murphy became just the seventh Trojan player to hit 30 points twice in a single season (vs. Colorado; Dec. 2, 33 pts) ... On the road trip, Murphy had back-to-back double-doubles to hold eight such games this season, which leads the league ... She has now scored in double figures in a whopping 44 straight games ... SR G Jamie Hagiya averaged 13.5 points and four assists last weekend ... Hagiya put up 14 points on Thursday and 13 points on Sunday to collect her fifth and sixth straight games scoring in double figures ... Head coach Mark Trakh also hit a career milestone as the win over UA marked his 50th win at the helm of the USC program ... Trakh is now 50-31 (.617) in his third season with the Women of Troy.

WASHINGTON (6-3, 13-7)
Last Week: W, 86-64 Washington State
This Week: @ UCLA (1/26); @ USC (1/28)
The Huskies snapped a three-game losing streak over the weekend, and more importantly, got back on track offensively, shooting 48.4 percent from the floor in Saturday's win ... 12 of 14 players scored with JR F/C Andrea Plouffe leading the way with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field ... SO G Stefanie Clark added 13 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists in just 15 minutes of play ... Clark, who played in just 14 games last season, has been solid in her role thus far, ranking third on the team with a 7.6 scoring average ... Also instrumental in the backcourt has been JR G Emily Florence ... Not a strong scoring presence, Florence was everywhere else on the floor on Saturday, guiding the Huskies with eight rebounds, six assists and a career-high seven steals ... The 5-5 point guard also grabbed all eight of her rebounds in the first half, just three off the pace of her career high of 11 set earlier this season ... It marked the second-straight game she led the team in rebounding and has done so five times this season ... Washington improved its current winning streak in the all-time series vs. Washington State to 23 games.

WASHINGTON STATE (1-8, 5-14)
Last Week: L, 86-64 Washington
This Week: @ USC (1/26); @ UCLA (1/28)
All five Washington State starters scored in double figures in the game against Washington but it was not enough as the Cougars dropped their eighth-straight contest ... FR F Marisa Stotler had 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while SO G Katie Appleton and FR G Colleen Betteridge each added 12 points ... The Cougars struggled taking care of the ball, committing 27 turnovers, as the Huskies took advantage of the follies for 30 points ... Washington State can regroup and head into the second half of the Conference season looking for its second Pac-10 win ... Defensively, the Cougars rank seventh in the league as they have given up 67.1 points per game on average ... The team needs more offensive production and Stotler looks to be a solid answer down low, as she has now recorded four straight games in double figures.

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

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--CALIFORNIA sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Walker turned in the best shooting performance of any player in the Pac-10 this season in Cal's 63-57 win over Oregon State on Thursday. She posted 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting, a sterling 91.7 percentfrom the field. Walker also added seven rebounds, two assists, and drew a late charge on OSU's Casey Nash, which fouled the Pac-10's leading scorer out of the game and helped the Golden Bears pull outthe win.

Next time out against Oregon, Walker posted 13 points and eight rebounds as the Bears beat the Ducks 65-56 for their first series sweep of the Oregon schools since the 2000-01 season. For the weekend, Walker averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and shot 14-of-19 from the field (.737) and 8-of-14 from the free throw line (.571).

Walker is currently third in the Conference in scoring (17.8), second in rebounding (8.6), third in field goal percentage (.557), and fourth in blocked shots (1.58). Her contributions have keyed Cal to a 15-4 start, tied with the 1991-92 squad for the best start in school history.

The Golden Bears (15-4, 6-3 Pac-10) travel to face the Arizona schools this week.

This is the third Player of the Week award for Walker this season and the 26th all-time for California.

ALSO NOMINATED: Aubree Johnson, ASU; Casey Nash, OSU; Brooke Smith, STAN; Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Eshaya Murphy, USC; Emily Florence, 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. 8- Dymond Simon, ASU; Jan. 15- Devanei Hampton, CAL; Jan. 22- Ashley Walker, CAL.

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