This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 29, 2007

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2006-07 STANDINGS
1. Stanford, 11-0, 1.000; 18-3, .857
2. Arizona State, 9-2, .818; 19-3, .864
3. California, 7-4, .636; 16-5, .762
USC, 7-4, .636; 13-8, .619
5. Washington, 6-5, .545; 13-9, .591
UCLA, 6-5, .545; 12-11, .522
7. Oregon, 3-7, .300; 11-9, .550
Oregon State, 3-7, .300; 8-11, .421
9. Arizona, 1-10, .091; 7-16, .304
Washington State, 1-10, .091; 5-16, .238

**Through all games of Sun., Jan. 28**

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
JANUARY

Wed., Jan. 31
UC Riverside at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. PT

FEBRUARY

Thurs., Feb. 1
*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 23-18 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 59-57 (ARIZ)

*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON (Comcast VOD), 7 p.m. PT
Series: 26-15 (WASH) Last Meeting: 88-83 (ASU)

STANFORD at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m. PT

*UCLA at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 22-20 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 77-70 (UCLA)

*USC at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 28-14 (USC) Last Meeting: 59-51 (USC)

Sat., Feb. 3
*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON 1 p.m. PT
Series: 28-15 (WASH) Last Meeting: 83-66 (WASH)

*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE 2 p.m. PT
Series: 29-12 (ASU) Last Meeting: 89-44 (ASU)

*UCLA at OREGON STATE 7 p.m. PT
Series: 26-15 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 56-52 (OSU)

*USC at OREGON 7 p.m. PT
Series: 26-15 (USC) Last Meeting: 79-71 (2OT) (USC)

Sun., Feb. 4
*CALIFORNIA at STANFORD (FSN) 1 p.m. PT
Series: 40-4 (STAN) Last Meeting: 69-44 (STAN)

*Conference game

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Thurs., Feb. 1

*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON (Comcast VOD), 7 p.m. PT

Sun., Feb. 4
*CALIFORNIA at STANFORD (FSN), 1 p.m. PT

Thurs., Feb. 8
*WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA (Comcast SportsNet), 7 p.m. PT
Sat., Feb. 10
*WASHINGTON at STANFORD (FSN), 1 p.m. PT

Sat., Feb. 17
*STANFORD at OREGON (FSN), 11 a.m. PT
*WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE (FSNNW), 5 p.m. PT

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
More non-conference games are on the docket this week as both CALIFORNIA and STANFORD will play outside of the league before their traditional rival game on Sun., Feb. 4 ... The Golden Bears will host UC Riverside on Wed., Jan. 31 at Haas Pavilion, while the Cardinal will travel to take on UC Santa Barbara on Thurs., Feb. 1 ... The Pac-10 has an overall record of 68-37 (.648) against non-conference foes this season.

JOCKEYING FOR POSITION
The race to crown the 2006-07 Pac-10 champion might have been made a little bit clearer last weekend as Stanford traveled to the desert and came away with a weekend sweep, including an important win over ARIZONA STATE on Saturday, 73-65 in overtime ... The Cardinal, 11-0 in Conference and followed closely by the Sun Devils at 9-2, hold their own destiny as they play at home three of the four final weekends of Pac-10 play ... The team will play at the Oregon schools in mid-February, but are home to face California, and the LA and Washington schools.

UNDEFEATED
Sitting at 11-0 with seven Pac-10 games remaining on its schedule, Stanford has a chance of going undefeated in regular season Conference play ... The last time a Pac-10 team went 18-0 was the 2001-02 season when the Cardinal went unblemished in the league and 32-3 overall ... Dating back to the inaugural 1986-87 Pac-10 women's basketball season, only four squads have gone undefeated, all of which have been Stanford teams (1988-89, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2001-02).

TV GAME
Just one TV game is on the schedule this week as California travels to Maples Pavilion to take on Stanford, Sun., Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. ... FSN will broadcast the game with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action ... In their first round game at Haas Pavilion, Stanford defeated Cal, 69-44, behind the 19 points from FR F/C Jayne Appel and 18 points from JR G Candice Wiggins.

TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS
Four weeks of important basketball awaits all Conference teams as the seedings for the 2007 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament are working themselves out ... Here's a look at the tie-breaker scenario: 1. Two-team tie a. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season. b. Each team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage. c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents. d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee. 2. Multiple-team tie a. Results of collective head-to-head competition during the regular season among the tied teams. b. If two or more teams are still tied, each of the tied team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage. c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents. d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Three Pac-10 teams remain in the Top-15 of this week's Collegiate Basketball News' strength of schedule ratings ... Stanford is the top-rated Pac-10 team coming in at No. 8, followed closely by the 10th-rated ARIZONA Wildcats ... WASHINGTON is rated as having the 12th-strongest schedule in the nation ... The next two highest teams are Arizona State (No. 38) and UCLA (No. 58).

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (1-10, 7-16)
Last Week: L, 86-76 Stanford; L, 84-64 California
This Week: @ Washington State (2/1); @ Washington (2/3)
Arizona takes to the road this week in hopes of halting its six-game losing streak ... The Wildcats put together a two-point win over Washington State earlier this season (59-57) at McKale Center and will look to do so once again, this time on the road in Pullman ... JR G Jessica Arnold has been on an offensive tear as of late ... Arnold averaged 15 points over the weekend, including a 19-point effort on 7-of-14 shooting against the Golden Bears on Saturday ... Arnold was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in the game against Cal, 6-for-7 all weekend ... The Wildcats are looking for some stops on the defensive end as the team ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 69.8 ppg ... Head coach Joan Bonvicini is just two wins shy of career victory No. 600 ... Bonvicini, through 27 impressive years of coaching, stands at 598-269 overall.

ARIZONA STATE (9-2, 19-3)
Last Week: W, 66-54 California; L, 73-65 (OT) Stanford
This Week: @ Washington (2/1); @ Washington State (2/3)
Arizona State, maybe more so than any other team in the Conference, awaits the first week of March for a potential rematch with Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament as the Sun Devils have now dropped two games to the Cardinal they seemingly could have won ... With a home split, including a 12-point win over a solid California team, ASU must regroup mentally for a road swing up in Washington against two hungry teams ... SO G Briann January averaged 10 points, three rebounds and 2.5 assists last week ... January ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in assists, dishing out an average of 4.14 per game ... She also ranks fifth in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.94 clip ... In other good news, SR G Jill Noe was granted an additional season of eligibility last week ... Noe suffered back-to-back ACL injuries, missing the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons ... Last season, Noe returned to action for the first time since her freshman year and started 29 of 32 games for the Sun Devils ... She finished first on the team in three-point field goals (29), tied for third on the team in scoring (7.8 points per game), assists (79) and steals (34).

CALIFORNIA (7-4, 16-5)
Last Week: L, 66-54 Arizona State; W, 84-64 Arizona
This Week: UC Riverside (1/31); @ Stanford (2/4)
California picked up a road split in the desert last week, improving to 7-4 in league play, good enough for a tie for third place in the Conference standings ... Cal is now off to its second best start in school history at 16-5 and is guaranteed to post consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1991-92 and 1992-93 ... SO F/C Devanei Hampton has picked up her game as of late, as she averaged 19.5 points, eight rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and two steals last week ... Hampton led Cal to its first season sweep over Arizona in 15 seasons ... The Oakland, Calif. product posted 24 points (third game this year with 20 or more points) and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Bears to an 84-64 win over the Wildcats ... Hampton recorded 15 of her points in the second half ... SO F/C Ashley Walker recorded her seventh double-double of the season in a 16-point, 11-rebound effort against UA ... Walker's seven double-doubles rank second in the Pac-10 this season.

OREGON (3-7, 11-9)
Last Week: L, 65-59 (OT) Oregon State; W, 70-63 Oregon State
This Week: UCLA (2/1); USC (2/3)
Oregon picked up a road win last week to split its season series with Oregon State, 1-1 ... Oregon's last Pac-10 win away from home was in the 2004-05 regular season finale at Cal on Feb. 26, 2005 ... After leading by as many as 20 points in the 65-59 overtime loss to the Beavers in Eugene on Wednesday, the Ducks responded with a seven-point win on Sunday (70-63) as four players reached double-digits ... SR F Eleanor Haring had a stellar week as she averaged a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, along with two assists and 0.5 steals ... Haring posted her first career double-double with game- and career-highs of 14 rebounds, to go along with her 10 points in the loss to OSU ... Haring also posted team-highs of 16 points and eight rebounds in the road win at Oregon State four days later ... SR F/C Carolyn Ganes averaged 12.5 points and three rebounds in last week's split ... Ganes led the team with 11 first-half points in the overtime decision ... The Ducks will have a pair of home games this week against the LA schools.

OREGON STATE (3-7, 8-11)
Last Week: W, 65-59 (OT) Oregon; L, 70-63 Oregon
This Week: USC (2/1); UCLA (2/3)
Oregon State split the Civil War series last week, claiming a road win in Eugene on Wednesday, 65-59 in overtime ... The Beavers were down by as many as 20 points in the first half, but rallied back for the six point win ... SR G Casey Nash was again instrumental as she scored 12 of Oregon State's 16 first half points and then matched her career-high with 27 points as OSU broke a 5-game losing streak in Eugene and won for just the eighth time ever on McArthur Court ... She has now scored 27 points three times on the season and has broken the 20+ scoring barrier on 11 occasions ... Nash just missed a double-double with game-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds in the Civil War rematch on Sunday ... She finished the week averaging 22.5 points per game and led OSU in scoring for the 17th time in 19 outings ... SO G Mercedes Fox-Griffin dished out 11 assists in the loss to Oregon on Sunday ... Fox-Griffin ranks first in the Pac-10 in assists, handing out an impressive 6.68 per game.

STANFORD (11-0, 18-3)
Last Week: W, 86-76 Arizona; W, 73-65 (OT) Arizona State
This Week: @ UC Santa Barbara (2/1); California (2/4)
The Cardinal extended its win streak to 16 games with a pair of victories in the desert last weekend, including a huge 73-65 overtime win against second-place Arizona State on Saturday ... The win was an important one as it strengthens Stanford's grip on first place in the league standings, while the team heads home for three of its final four Pac-10 series ... JR G Candice Wiggins scored a season-high 30 points (13 in the second half, 10 in overtime, 9-of-9 from the free throw line) in the thriller with ASU ... Wiggins also grabbed five boards and handed out seven assists for good measure in all 45 minutes ... It marked the second time this year Wiggins has single-handedly directed the Cardinal to a win over the Sun Devils- she scored 21 points against them at home back on Dec. 30 ... Wiggins currently leads the Cardinal in scoring (16.3 ppg) per game, three-pointers (43-of-105) and steals (31) ... She ranks second in assists with 65, is shooting 80 percent from the free throw line and has scored in double-figures 15 times this season ... Despite all the numbers, less has been said about Wiggins this year, compared to her last two seasons, in part because of the dominant post play of SR F/C Brooke Smith, SR F/C Kristen Newlin and FR F/C Jayne Appel ... With help inside, along with the continuing improvement of FR point guard JJ Hones, Wiggins has perhaps shouldered less of the offensive burden than in previous seasons.

UCLA (6-5, 12-11)
Last Week: W, 73-67 Washington; W, 73-70 Washington State
This Week: @ Oregon (2/1); @ Oregon State (2/3)
With a home court sweep of the Washington schools last week, UCLA moves into a tie for fifth place in the Conference standings at 6-5, having won three straight games and four of its last six ... JR F Lindsey Pluimer was a difference-maker last week, leading all players with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds (six offensive) in the win over Washington State, UCLA's 13th-consecutive in the series with the Cougars ... This was her second double-double of the season and the eighth time she has led UCLA in scoring this season ... She also scored 12 points and tied her career-high with three blocked shots in the win over Washington ... With 991 career points, Pluimer is on the verge of becoming the 23rd Bruin to record 1,000 career points ... SR G Noelle Quinn joined Ann Meyers as just the second Bruin ever to record career totals of 1,600 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists ... Quinn currently has 1,661 points, 740 rebounds and 407 assists.

USC (7-4, 13-8)
Last Week: W, 65-47 Washington State; W, 78-58 Washington
This Week: @ Oregon State (2/1); @ Oregon (2/3)
Just four weeks ago, USC was tied for seventh in the league having lost three of its first four Conference games ... Since then, the club has made a complete turnaround, winning six of its past seven contests to move into a tie for third place in the Pac-10 standings ... They have done all this, mind you, despite a short roster due to a handful of injured players ... Last week, SR G Jamie Hagiya helped the Women of Troy to a weekend sweep of the Washington schools, by running her double-digit scoring streak up to eight straight games with a pair of crucial performances that included just one turnover all weekend ... Hagiya had a career-high 16 points, including three 3-pointers in the last 10 minutes of action, while picking up a season-high six steals to help head coach Mark Trakh earn his 250th career win on Friday ... Against Washington, she came just one assist short of a double-double with 12 points and nine assists, while also grabbing five steals ... Hagiya now ranks No. 2 all-time in career 3-pointers with 117 ... She's also now just one assist away from tying Cynthia Cooper as USC's No. 5 all-time assists leader (currently with 380 career assists).

WASHINGTON (6-5, 13-9)
Last Week: L, 73-67 UCLA; L, 78-58 USC
This Week: Arizona State (2/1); Arizona (2/3)
Washington's nemesis as of late has been its offense as the team shot just 32 percent from the field in both games last week ... SR G Cameo Hicks led the team with 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting against the Bruins, while Hicks and SR F Jill Bell had team-high honors with 13 points against the Women of Troy ... Despite the lack of offensive production, the Huskies still rank third in the league in scoring, averaging 72.3 ppg ... UW will look to get back on track this week, taking on two teams that rank fifth (ASU, .408) and ninth (ARIZ, .434) in the league in field goal percentage defense ... Washington's bench will have to step up as it will go against one of the deepest teams in the league in the Sun Devils ... The Huskies' bench outscored USC's, 33-18, led by Bell and JR G Dominique Banks who posted 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field.

WASHINGTON STATE (1-10, 5-16)
Last Week: L, 65-47 USC; L, 73-70 UCLA
This Week: Arizona (2/1); Arizona State (2/3)
Washington State came up just shy in its LA road trip last week, dropping two games, including a three-point heart-breaker to UCLA ... The Cougars played very well against the Bruins, committing a season-low 10 turnovers, collecting 10 steals, while nine of 10 players put up points on the scoreboard ... FR G Colleen Betteridge scored just four points in the loss to USC on Friday, but came back to score 13 against the Bruins, nearly tying her season-high ... Betteridge shot a season-high 63 percent from the field Sunday against the Bruins, sinking 5-of-8 attempts from the field ... Furthermore, the Seattle, Wash. native knocked down a season-high three successful three-point attempts, and was 3-of-6 from behind the arc on the weekend ... FR F Marisa Stotler put up 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting against UCLA ... The Cougars face Arizona Thurs., Feb. 1, seeking revenge from a two-point loss earlier this season.

STANFORD JUNIOR GUARD CANDICE WIGGINS NAMED U.S. BANK PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--STANFORD junior guard Candice Wiggins has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 22-28, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

The Cardinal extended their winning streak to 16 games with a pair of key road wins at the Arizona schools. Wiggins set the pace for Stanford, beginning with her 18 point, five rebound performance in the Cardinal's 86-76 win over the Wildcats on Thursday.

Wiggins' marquee performance came on Saturday, as she scored a season-high 30 points to lead Stanford to a 73-65 overtime win against 10th-ranked Arizona State. Wiggins carried the Cardinal in overtime after Stanford's vaunted front court tandem of Brooke Smith and Jayne Appel fouled out of the game, scoring 10 of Stanford's 14 points in the extra period. Wiggins also added seven assists and five rebounds and was perfect from the foul line (9-of-9) while playing all 45 minutes. Stanford's win snapped Arizona State's 22-game Pac-10 home winning streak.

For the week, Wiggins averaged 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.0 steals while shooting 44.1 percent from the field (15-of-34) and 93.3 percent from the foul line (14-of-15).

The Cardinal look to continue their unblemished Pac-10 mark (11-0) this week when they host rival California on Sunday. First up though is their final non-conference game of the regular season, a road contest at UC Santa Barbara this Thursday.

This is the fifth career Player of the Week award for Wiggins and the second this season. It is the 57th all-time for Stanford.

ALSO NOMINATED: Devanei Hampton, CAL; Eleanor Haring, ORE; Casey Nash, OSU; Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Jamie Hagiya, USC; Colleen Betteridge, 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; Jan. 29- Candice Wiggins, STAN.

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