This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

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Feb. 5, 2007

2006-07 STANDINGS1. Stanford, 11-1, .917; 19-4, .8262. Arizona State, 11-2, .846; 21-3, .8753. California, 8-4, .667; 18-5, .7834. USC, 8-5, .615; 14-9, .6095. Washington, 7-6, .538; 14-10, .583   UCLA, 7-6, .538; 13-12, .5207. Oregon, 5-7, .417; 13-9, .5918. Oregon State, 3-9, .250; 8-13, .3819. Arizona, 2-11, .154; 8-17, .32010.Washington State, 1-12, .077; 5-18, .217

**Through all games of Sun., Feb. 4**

Wed., Jan. 31(21/21) CALIFORNIA 58, UC Riverside 51Hampton-14 pts/8 reb; Walker-13 pts/10 reb

Thurs., Feb. 1ARIZONA 55, WASHINGTON STATE 51Hollingsworth-20 pts/5-10 3 PT FG; Stotler-16 pts/6 reb

(12/10) ARIZONA STATE 75, WASHINGTON 64Noe-13 pts/17 mins; Hicks-16 pts/6 reb

(8/9) STANFORD 84, UC Santa Barbara 59Wiggins-21 pts/6 ast; Smith-16 pts/10 reb

OREGON 76, UCLA 60Nurse-22 pts/5 ast; Quinn-16 pts/8 reb

USC 68, OREGON STATE 65Murphy-24 pts/8 reb; Nash-27 pts/7 reb

Sat., Feb. 3WASHINGTON 79, ARIZONA 64Hicks-25 pts/10-15 FG; Hollingsworth-26 pts/4-8 3-PT FG

(12/10) ARIZONA STATE 66, WASHINGTON STATE 41Noe-20 pts/7-7 FG; Ferguson-10 pts/2 stl

UCLA 75, OREGON STATE 65Quinn-22 pts/9 reb/7 ast; Nash-17 pts/6 reb

OREGON 73, USC 63Nurse-16 pts/14-16 FT; Kerr-12 pts/4 reb

Sun., Feb. 4(21/21) CALIFORNIA 72, (8/9) STANFORD 57Hampton-22 pts/14 reb; Wiggins-17 pts/3 ast

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY

Thurs., Feb. 8 *OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m. MT Series: 25-18 (ORE) Last Meeting: 80-70 (ASU)

*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MT Series: 22-21 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 69-62 (OSU)

*WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA (Comcast SportsNet), 7 p.m. PT Series: 33-8 (WASH) Last Meeting: 72-49 (CAL)

*WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT Series: 41-0 (STAN) Last Meeting: 63-55 (STAN)

Sat., Feb. 10*OREGON at ARIZONA, 2 p.m. MT Series: 23-19 (ORE) Last Meeting: 86-73 (ORE)

*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 4 p.m. MT Series: 23-19 (ASU) Last Meeting: 59-43 (ASU)

*UCLA at USC (FSN), 11 a.m. PT Series: 27-14 (USC) Last Meeting: 75-72 (USC)

*WASHINGTON at STANFORD (FSN), 1 p.m. PT Series: 30-12 (STAN) Last Meeting: 77-56 (STAN)

*WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m. PT Series: 23-19 Last Meeting: 55-48 (CAL)

*Conference game

UPCOMING TV GAMES

Thurs., Feb. 8 *WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA (Comcast SportsNet), 7 p.m. PTSat., Feb. 10*UCLA at USC (FSN), 11 a.m. PT*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

Sun., Feb. 18*ARIZONA STATE at UCLA (FSN), 1 p.m. PT

Sat., Feb. 24*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE (FSN), 1 p.m. PT*UCLA at CALIFORNIA (Comcast SportsNet), 3 p.m. PT

Sun., Feb. 25*USC at STANFORD (FSN), 12 noon PT

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

NON-CONFERENCE GAMES
The Pac-10 picked up two more non-conference wins last week as CALIFORNIA defeated UC Riverside on Wednesday, 58-51 and STANFORD traveled to UC Santa Barbara on Thursday to take care of the Gauchos, 84-59 ... The Conference now owns an overall regular season non-conference record of 70-37, good enough for a .654 clip ... The 70 wins are the most since 1994-95 when the league went 70-34 (.673) ... The Pac-10 has equaled 70 or more regular season non-conference wins in four different years and has fared well in postseason play when having done so ... Here is a look: 1994-95 - 70-34 (.673) - Stanford advances to the Final Four; 1991-92 - 75-24 (.758) - Stanford wins National Championship, UCLA advances to the Sweet Sixteen and USC advances to the Elite Eight; 1990-91 - 70-32 (.686) - Stanford advances to the Final Four, WASHINGTON advances to the Sweet Sixteen; 1986-87 - 74-26 (.740) - OREGON, USC and Washington all advance to the second round.

INJURY REPORT
Another point guard has gone down with an injury as Stanford FR G JJ Hones left Sunday's game against California with a knee injury ... Just 45 seconds into the game, Hones sprained her left knee on a drive to the basket ... Her status is yet to be announced ... Hones joins a growing list of Pac-10 athletes on the injured reserved, much of them at the crucial point guard position ... All of the following guards have been out of commission for all or part of 2006-07: Dymond Simon (ASU), Alexis Gray-Lawson (CAL), Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (STAN), Jacki Gemelos (USC) and Camille LeNoir (USC).

TV GAMES
Three TV games are on the docket this week, as the California-Washington matchup on Thurs., Feb. 8 at Haas Pavilion gets things going on Comcast SportsNet ... Sat., Feb. 10 will feature two FSN games as the USC-UCLA contest will air live at 11 a.m. PT, followed by the Washington-Stanford game in the 1 p.m. PT time slot ... Check your local listings for channel information.

PAC-10 PARITY
California proved that any team can be beaten in this league as the strength of the Conference from top to bottom gets better and better ... The Bears knocked Stanford off its unbeaten perch with a 72-57 win on Sunday at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal move to 11-1 on the season, just one game ahead of second-place Arizona State, which sits at 11-2 ... Teams continue the fight not only for the 2006-07 Pac-10 championship, but Pac-10 Tournament seedings as well ... Just three weekends remain before all 10 teams head into postseason action ... This weekend features good matchups as the Oregon schools head to the desert, the Washington schools travel to the Bay Area and USC and UCLA go head-to-head in rival action at the Galen Center on the USC campus.

TOURNAMENT TIME
The 2007 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament will take place Mar. 2-5, 2007 at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, the winner receiving the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament ... Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (408) 998-8497, or through the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org.

RPI RATINGS
Jeff Sagarin's latest RPI ratings have five Pac-10 teams in the Top-64, with one team on the verge of joining this group ... Stanford (No. 8), ARIZONA STATE (No. 10), California (No. 23), Washington (No. 38) and USC (No. 44) make up the top five teams according to his weekly RPI ranking list, while Oregon comes in this week at No. 68.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (2-11, 8-17)
Last Week: W, 55-51 WSU; L, 79-64 WASH
This Week: OSU (2/8); ORE (2/10)
With the four-point win over Washington State on Thursday (55-51), head coach Joan Bonvicini moves one win shy of career victory No. 600 ... Bonvicini, currently 599-270 through 27 years of coaching, would become the 18th coach in NCAA history to reach the 600 win milestone ... SR G Joy Hollingsworth racked up two more 20-point games with a 7-for-16 night (20 points) against Washington State and an 11-for-22 outing (26 points) against Washington ... Hollingsworth ranks second in the Pac-10, having reached the 20-point plateau 10 different times this season ... Arizona has an important home series this weekend with the Oregon schools ... The Wildcats dropped both games in the first round to the Ducks and Beavers and are seeking a little revenge at McKale Center ... UA has defeated Oregon eight of the past 11 games, but is looking to end a three-game skid against Oregon State.

ARIZONA STATE (11-2, 21-3)
Last Week: W, 75-64 WASH; W, 66-41 WSU
This Week: ORE (2/8); OSU (2/10)
Arizona State got back to its winning ways with a road sweep up in Washington over the weekend ... JR G Jill Noe averaged 16.5 points, six rebounds and two assists while connecting on 73.3 percent of her field goal attempts (11-of-15), including 77.8 percent of her three-point field goal attempts (7-of-9) in both wins ... Noe made every shot she attempted in Saturday's game against the Cougars ... She was also part of a Sun Devil defensive effort that helped limit Washington and Washington State to a combined 30.7 field goal percentage in the two games, including a 22.8 percent shooting effort by Washington State, the lowest field goal percentage by a Sun Devil opponent this season ... Over ASU's last six games Noe has led the Sun Devils in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game to go along with five rebounds per game ... During that span she has connected on 56.3 percent of her field goal attempts (27-of-48), including 52.4 percent from three-point range (11-of-21) ... Arizona State is outscoring its opponents by a +17.4 margin, while leading the league in scoring offense (76.5) and field goal percentages (.483) ... Defensively, the Sun Devils rank atop the league in three-point field goal percentage defense (.278) and are tied for first in steals, averaging 10.25 nabs per game.

CALIFORNIA (8-4, 18-5)
Last Week: W, 58-51 UCR; W, 72-57 STAN
This Week: WASH (2/8); WSU (2/10)
What a week California had as it picked up a 58-51 non-conference win over 2006 NCAA Tournament participant UC Riverside on Wednesday, followed by - arguably the biggest win in the Conference this season - a 72-57 win over 8/9 Stanford on Sunday ... With the win, Cal handed Stanford its first Pac-10 loss of the season and snapped the Cardinal's 17-game winning streak ... Stanford also saw its 51-game home Conference-winning streak snapped ... SO F/C Devanei Hampton tallied game-highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds (season high), while posting 15 of her points after halftime to help the Bears' erase a one-point halftime deficit ... Hampton's strong interior defense helped her numbers almost beat Stanford's three tall post players, as Brooke Smith, Kristen Newlin and Jayne Appel combined for 24 points and 18 rebounds ... FR G Natasha Vital was impressive as she posted 19 points and went a cool 10-for-12 from the free throw line ... Vital ranks third in Conference games in assists, dishing out 4.67 per game ... Thrust into the starting role after SO G Alexis Gray-Lawson went out for the season, Vital is getting invaluable game experience, ranking third in Conference games in minutes played (38.17 mpg).

OREGON (5-7, 13-9)
Last Week: W, 76-60 UCLA; W, 73-63 USC
This Week: @ ASU (2/8); @ ARIZ (2/10)
Oregon picked up two impressive home wins last week as it moved to 13-9 on the year ... After having lost four straight games during mid-January, the Ducks have rebounded for three consecutive wins, sparked in part by the impressive play of SO G Tamika Nurse who has averaged 13.3 points in those three outings ... Nurse was named the Feb. 5 Pac-10 Player of the Week after she scored a career-high 22 points in the 16-point win over UCLA on Thursday ... She also grabbed a career-high six rebounds vs. USC on Saturday ... Her ability to get to the line and knock down free throws has been crucial for UO as she converted 24-of-26 free throws over both games last week ... In Conference games only, Nurse ranks seventh in free throw percentages, knocking down 84.4 percent of her attempts ... The Ducks have been shooting well as of late as they hit 44.4 percent from the field against the Bruins and 47.6 percent against the Women of Troy ... SR G Cicely Oaks picked up a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards, becoming the third different Duck to record a double-double this season (Haring, Shetters) ... The defensive-minded Ducks held USC SR G Shay Murphy to just seven points (3-of-16), snapping her streak of 47 consecutive games with at least 10 points.

OREGON STATE (3-9, 8-13)
Last Week: L, 68-65 USC; L, 75-65 UCLA
This Week: @ ARIZ (2/8); @ ASU (2/10)
Oregon State dropped two heart-breakers over the weekend to USC and UCLA, leading 65-61 with 30 seconds left against the Women of Troy and leading by as many as six points in the game with the Bruins ... SR G Casey Nash matched her career high with 27 points on 8-of-19 shooting, and a perfect 10-of-10 clip from the free throw line against USC ... She surpassed the 1,000-point scoring barrier in the first half against the Women of Troy and currently ranks 14th on Oregon State's all-time scoring list with 1,037 career points ... Nash leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 20.6 points per game, and has scored 20 or more points 12 times this season, more than anyone else in the league ... The Beavers have a highly athletic guard in FR Jasmine Smith who averaged 6.5 points, two assists and 1.5 steals over the weekend, despite struggling with her shot ... JR G Ashley Allen went 5-for-12 (.417) from three-point range last week ... Allen ranks ninth in Conference games only in three-point field goals made with 18, good enough for a 1.50 average.

STANFORD (11-1, 19-4)
Last Week: W, 84-59 UCSB; L, 72-57 CAL
This Week: WSU (2/8); WASH (2/10)
Stanford picked up a non-conference win last week over UC Santa Barbara, but dropped its Pac-10 matchup with California on Sunday, snapping its 17-game winning streak ... JR G Candice Wiggins averaged 19 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and one steal in both games last week ... Wiggins has been hot from downtown going 7-for-15 (.467) from three-point range in those two games ... Wiggins is the Cardinal's scoring leader at 16.6 points per game and three-point threat with a 50-for-120 success rate (.417) ... FR G JJ Hones went down with a knee injury in the game with the Golden Bears and the Stanford faithful are hopeful that it is not as serious as it looked ... Hones has been solid in head coach Tara VanDerveer's system, ranking atop the league in assist/turnover ratio with a 2.81 mark ... She came into the game averaging almost 30 minutes per game at the point guard position, allowing Wiggins to play the two-guard for much of the Pac-10 season ... After shooting 50 percent from three-point range against the Gauchos on Thursday (5-for-10), the Cardinal will have to get back in the gym to erase their 6-for-35 outing from long-range against the Bears ... The Cardinal will play two of their final three Pac-10 weekend series at home, including this week as they will take on the Washington schools at Maples Pavilion ... The matchup with the Huskies will air live on FSN.

UCLA (7-6, 13-12)
Last Week: L, 76-60 ORE; W, 75-65 OSU
This Week: @ USC (2/10)
UCLA heads into rivalry week following a road split up in Oregon this past weekend ... SR G Noelle Quinn gives basketball a good name as she is a pleasure to watch, having led the Bruins to victory over Oregon State with a game-high 22-point, nine-rebound, seven-assist effort ... Quinn was the determining factor down the stretch as she took over and scored 12 of her 22 points in the final five minutes of the game, turning a 57-56 deficit at the 5:08 mark into a final 75-65 victory ... Her 22-point game was the 36th 20-point game of her career, which ties for the fifth-most in UCLA history ... She moved past both Lisa Willis and Ann Meyers into eighth on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,699 career points and moved past Jackie Joyner into eighth on the career rebound chart with 757 ... She also moved into seventh on the assist list with 416 ... Quinn, who this week became the first student-athlete ever to have her jersey retired at Bishop Montgomery HS, is just one point away from becoming the only Bruin ever to record 1,700 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists in her career ... Also noteworthy was JR F Lindsey Pluimer who became the 23rd player in UCLA history to record 1,000 career points (1,021).

USC (8-5, 14-9)
Last Week: W, 68-65 OSU; L, 73-63 ORE
This Week: UCLA (2/10)
USC came away with a road split up in Oregon, defeating Oregon State 68-65 on Thursday, despite being down by four points with just 30 seconds left on the clock ... SR G Shay Murphy hit a three-pointer with time running off the clock to secure the Women of Troy victory in Gill Coliseum ... Murphy's heroics were joined by SR G Jamie Hagiya's weekend performance as she ran her double-digit scoring streak up to 10 straight games, knocking down 11 points against the Beavers and 12 vs. the Ducks ... Hagiya also passed up USC great Cynthia Cooper in career assists with three against Oregon State, including a clutch assist after a big offensive rebound that led to the game-winning three points ... She now ranks No. 5 all-time at USC in assists with 384 ... With just seven points on 3-of-16 shooting against the Ducks, Murphy had her 47-game double-digit scoring streak come to an end ... The Trojans return home this week to take on UCLA in their traditional rival game ... The Galen Center is sure to be rockin' as these two teams always play a great game ... No team has won by more than four points in the last six games of the series ... In action earlier this year, USC defeated UCLA, 75-72 at Pauley Pavilion on the Bruin campus ... Look for Murphy and UCLA G Noelle Quinn to put on a show as the seniors meet for the last time in the regular season.

WASHINGTON (7-6, 14-10)
Last Week: L, 75-64 ASU; W, 79-64 ARIZ
This Week: @ CAL (2/8); @ STAN (2/10)
Washington was victorious over Arizona on Saturday to earn a home court split over the schools from the desert ... The Huskies' offense was moving on all cylinders against the Wildcats as they shot 54.4 percent from the field (31-of-57), eclipsing the 50 percent mark for the first time in seven games ... SR G Cameo Hicks averaged team-highs of 20.5 points and six rebounds, shot 56.7 percent from the field and was perfect from the free-throw line (5-for-5) during the two-game span ... With her 16 points vs. ASU, Thursday, she moved into 12th place on Washington's all-time career scoring list and currently has 1,361 career points ... After this weekend, Hicks has recorded 19-straight double figure scoring games and 23 overall this season ... A big test awaits the Huskies as they travel to the Bay Area this week to take on No. 20 California and No. 11 Stanford ... UW did not fare well against either squad in first round action, losing by a combined 44 points ... Washington's inside game will be tested by two of the league's most dominating teams in the paint ... The Huskies were outscored in the paint by California, 42-14 and 50-22 by the Cardinal.

WASHINGTON STATE (1-12, 5-18)
Last Week: L, 55-51 ARIZ; L, 66-41 ASU
This Week: @ STAN (2/8); @ CAL (2/10)
Washington State came up just short in its game against Arizona on Thursday (55-51), for its fourth tough loss by five points or less this season ... The Cougars were led by the 16 points of FR F Marisa Stotler who went 8-for-10 from the floor ... The Cougars have been playing down-to-the-wire games, but have been unable to capitalize for the win ... SR F Kate Benz secured 11 rebounds over the weekend to move into sole possession of second place on WSU's all-time career rebound list ... With 856 rebounds during her four years at WSU, Benz passed Janet Kusler's total of 853 and is only 20 rebounds shy of claiming WSU's all-time rebound title ... Benz's boards have been severely limited this season as she has been playing with a back injury all year ... The team hits the road this week for two games against ranked opponents in No. 11 Stanford and No. 20 California.

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