This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Feb. 19, 2007

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2006-07 STANDINGS1. Stanford, 15-1, .938; 23-4 .8522. Arizona State, 15-2, .882; 25-3, .8933. California, 10-6, .625; 20-7, .741   USC, 10-6, .625; 16-10, .6155. Washington, 9-7, .563; 16-11, .5936. Oregon, 7-9, .438; 15-11, .577   UCLA, 7-9, .438; 13-15, .4648. Arizona, 4-13, .232; 10-19, .3459. Oregon State, 3-13, .188; 8-17, .32010.Washington State, 1-15, .063; 5-21, .192

**Through all games of Sun., Feb. 18**

Thurs., Feb. 15ARIZONA 66, UCLA 63Hollingsworth-18 pts/8-15 FG; Quinn-17 pts/5 reb

(10/8) ARIZONA STATE 68, USC 57Johnson-20 pts/10 reb; Hagiya-15 pts/2 stl

OREGON 62, (22/22) CALIFORNIA 42Haring-17 pts/5 reb; Hampton-27 pts/13 reb

(9/10) STANFORD 70, OREGON STATE 55Appel-28 pts/17 reb; Allen-15 pts/5-10 3-PT FG

Sat., Feb. 17USC 66, ARIZONA 42Murphy-16 pts/8 reb; Whisonant-10 pts/5 stl

(22/22) CALIFORNIA 67, OREGON STATE 61 (2OT)Hampton-17 pts/8 reb; Nash-25 pts/6 reb

(9/10) STANFORD 74, OREGON 56Appel-18 pts/11 reb/7 ast; Haring-19 pts/8-13 FG

WASHINGTON 81, WASHINGTON STATE 49Hicks-13 pts/4 stl; Stotler-19 pts/7 reb

Sun., Feb. 18(10/8) ARIZONA STATE 80, UCLA 69January-22 pts/9 ast/6 stl; Quinn-20 pts/6 reb/5 ast

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY

Thurs., Feb. 22*OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PTSeries: 32-10 (ORE) Last Meeting: 66-55 (ORE)

*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON (Comcast VOD), 7 p.m. PTSeries: 32-10 (WASH) Last Meeting: 71-67 (OT) (WASH)

*UCLA at STANFORD, 7 p.m. PTSeries: 36-8 (STAN) Last Meeting: 68-59 (STAN)

*USC at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. PTSeries: 25-16 (USC) Last Meeting: 62-53 (CAL)

Sat., Feb. 24*ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 2 p.m. MTSeries: 23-18 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 89-62 (ASU)

*OREGON at WASHINGTON (KONG-TV and OSN), 3 p.m. PTSeries: 22-22 (TIED) Last Meeting: 60-56 (WASH)

*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE (FSN), 1 p.m. PTSeries: 27-15 (OSU) Last Meeting: 58-41 (WSU)

*UCLA at CALIFORNIA (Comcast), 3 p.m. PTSeries: 33-10 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 77-68 (OT) (UCLA)

Sun., Feb. 25*USC at STANFORD (FSN), 12 noon PTSeries: 36-8 (STAN) Last Meeting: 62-46 (STAN)

*Conference game

UPCOMING TV GAMES

Thurs., Feb. 22*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON (Comcast VOD), 7 p.m. PT

Sat., Feb. 24*OREGON at WASHINGTON (KONG-TV, OSN), 3 p.m. PT*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

Sun., Mar. 4Pac-10 Tournament: Game 3 winner vs. 7/10 winner (FSN), 2 p.m. PTPac-10 Tournament: Game 5 winner vs. 4/5 winner (FSN), 4:30 p.m. PT

Mon., Mar. 5Pac-10 Tournament: Championship Game (FSN), 7:30 p.m. PT

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

TITLE WEEKENDA few different scenarios could play out this week as the battle to crown the 2006-07 Pac-10 champion comes down to this last regular season weekend in February ... STANFORD controls its own destiny and with a win on Thursday would claim at least a share of the Pac-10 title with 16 wins ... A win on Sunday would give the Cardinal the outright regular-season championship ... ARIZONA STATE is hoping for a Cardinal split at the very least, and a win over traditional rival, ARIZONA, for a share of the Conference championship ... All 10 teams will then vie for the Pac-10 Tournament title, March 2-5, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, the winner receiving the league's automatic berth into the 2007 NCAA Championship.

TOURNAMENT SEEDSAs teams at the top are hoping to position themselves for a 2006-07 championship, others are looking to better their Tournament seeds for the showdown in San Jose ... Much will be decided this weekend as a shake-up could affect teams, top to bottom ... The Pac-10 Tournament's Friday night play-in games will feature the No. 7 seed vs. the No. 10 seed and No. 8 seed vs. the No. 9 seed ... Saturday will see the No. 3 seed vs. the No. 6 seed, the game one winner vs. the No. 2 seed, the game two winner vs. the No. 1 seed and then finally the No. 4 seed vs. the No. 5 seed.

TIE-BREAKING FORMULASeedings and pairings will be determined following the final Conference regular season games on Saturday, Feb. 25. The won-lost percentage record of the teams in regular season conference play will determine tournament seedings. Tie breaking procedures for determining all tournament seeding will be as follows:

1. Two-team tiea. 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. When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

2. Multiple-team tiea. 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 final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage. When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (4-13, 10-19)
Last Week: W, 66-63 UCLA; L, 66-42 USC
This Week: ASU (2/24)
After losing by just three points earlier in the season against the Bruins in Tucson (76-73), Arizona exacted revenge in its own three-point win on Thursday ... SO G Malia O'Neal posted career-highs of 12 points and 11 assists, collecting her first double-double at UA ... After shooting an even 50 percent from the field against UCLA, the Wildcats went just 18-for-60 for a .300 clip against the Women of Troy ... JR G Ashley Whisonant led the team with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting, 4-of-6 from the charity stripe ... SR G Linda Pace added nine points and a career-high six rebounds ... The Wildcats will honor their seniors on Saturday in their final home game of the regular season ... It's a big one for UA as it takes on in-state rival and 10th-ranked Arizona State.

ARIZONA STATE (15-2, 25-3)
Last Week: W, 68-57 USC; W, 80-69 UCLA
This Week: @ ARIZ (2/24)
Arizona State eclipsed the 25-win mark with an 80-69 victory over UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, setting single-season team records for most Conference victories (15) and regular-season victories (25) ... The Sun Devils remain just a half-game behind Stanford in the standings and are hoping for a Cardinal split this weekend for at least a share of the 2006-07 Pac-10 title ... SO G Briann January was a difference-maker this weekend, averaging 16 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.5 rebounds in leading the Sun Devils to two wins ... January recorded career bests in points (22), field goals (6) and tied career bests in three pointers (2) and steals (6) to go along with nine assists in ASU's 11-point win over the Bruins ... Arizona State, ranked 10th in this week's Associated Press poll, heads back to the desert this weekend and will take on a much-improved Arizona team ... The two teams met earlier in an 89-62 Sun Devil win at Wells Fargo Arena, but look for a more competitive contest in this second round action ... Arizona State is averaging a Conference-best 75.8 points per game, while defending just as well, giving up an average of 59.1 ppg.

CALIFORNIA (10-6, 20-7)
Last Week: L, 62-42 ORE; W, 67-61 (2OT) OSU
This Week: USC (2/22); UCLA (2/24)
California returns home this weekend following its split up in the state of Oregon ... The Bears reached the 20-win milestone for the first time since the 1991-92 season with a 67-61 double overtime win over Oregon State on Saturday ... SO F/C Devanei Hampton who has been unstoppable as of late, has led Cal in scoring in seven consecutive games and in rebounding in four of the last five games ... Hampton was the lone standout for the Bears in the loss at Oregon, as she matched her career-high of 27 points and also led Cal with 13 rebounds to record her seventh double-double of the season ... Against OSU, Hampton came up big multiple times in critical situations at the end of regulation and in both overtime periods, first tying the game at 52-52 with 59.6 seconds left in regulation ... California is tied for third in the Conference with USC at 10-6 in league games and has two very important games this week at Haas Pavilion against the Women of Troy and UCLA ... The Bears split this road trip to LA in the Conference-opening weekend in December ... The team is looking to play as the No. 3 seed in the Conference Tournament.

OREGON (7-9, 15-11)
Last Week: W, 62-42 CAL; L, 74-56 STAN
This Week: @ WSU (2/22); @ WASH (2/24)
Oregon is heating up, and at just the right time, as the Ducks earned the home court split last weekend, upsetting 22/22 California by 20 points, 62-42 ... The Ducks held a Top-25 team to the second lowest point total in team history ... UO went up against another ranked team in 9/10 Stanford on Saturday and were not as successful, dropping the 74-56 contest ... Oregon sits at 15-11 overall, 7-9 in league games and has moved into a tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 with UCLA ... The Ducks are hoping to stake a claim on that No. 6 seed, moving them out of Friday night's play-in games ... SR F Eleanor Haring had a team-high 17 points in Thursday night's win ... She also scored a team-high 18 points on Saturday to become the 20th Duck to reach 1,000 career points (1,004) ... Oregon has two very important games this weekend as it travels up to the Washington schools, facing the Cougars on Thurs., Feb. 22 and the Huskies on Sat., Feb. 24 ... The game with UW will be televised on KONG-TV and OSN, tip-off at 3 p.m.

OREGON STATE (3-13, 8-17)
Last Week: L, 70-55 STAN; L, 67-61 (2OT) CAL
This Week: @ WASH (2/22); @ WSU (2/24)
Oregon State fell just short of its fourth win in Pac-10 play this season when it took the 22/22 California Golden Bears to double overtime on Saturday, dropping the 67-61 contest ... SR G Casey Nash went 9-for-16 from the floor for 25 points, adding six rebounds, four steals, two blocks and one assist in all 50 minutes played ... Nash has become one of just six players in Oregon State history to score 1,000 career points (1,111) and pull down 650 rebounds (664) ... FR G Julie Futch recorded her first career double-double against Stanford on Thursday when she knocked down 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, while grabbing 10 rebounds, eight of which were offensive ... JR G Ashley Allen, who is lethal from three-point land, hit five of her 10 three-point attempts en route to a team-high 15 points ... Allen also grabbed three boards, two steals and dished out three assists ... Oregon State has two road games this weekend, including a Sat., Feb. 24 contest at Washington State, which will be televised by FSN ... The game is scheduled to tip at 1 p.m.

STANFORD (15-1, 23-4)
Last Week: W, 70-55 OSU; W, 74-56 ORE
This Week: UCLA (2/22); USC (2/25)
Stanford will look to wrap-up its seventh consecutive Pac-10 title this weekend with a pair of games at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal are coming off a road sweep up in Oregon that saw them defeat the Beavers and the Ducks in convincing fashion, improving to 15-1 in league games ... Stanford is trailed by a 15-2 Arizona State team that would love to clinch at least a share of the Conference title ... Stanford would claim the regular season crown outright with two wins ... FR F Jayne Appel was dynamic last weekend, making up for injuries at the guard positions by averaging 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and four assists while connecting on 55.2 percent of her shots from the field (21-of-38) ... Appel has totaled 47 blocked shots on the year, just 11 shy of the single-season school record ... For the season, Appel ranks third on the club in scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) ... She is shooting a team-high 55.2 percent from the field and has scored in double-figures 17 times ... Appel has played in 26 games, all off the bench ... Good news for all Cardinal fans - JR G Candice Wiggins played limited minutes in Thursday's game, but returned to the starting lineup against UO, playing 34 minutes, knocking down 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while grabbing eight rebounds, two steals and dishing out four assists.

UCLA (7-9, 13-15)
Last Week: L, 66-63 ARIZ; L, 80-69 ASU
This Week: @ STAN (2/22); @ CAL (2/24)
UCLA did not have the weekend it was hoping for, as it got swept on its home court by the Arizona schools ... SR G Noelle Quinn averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, five assists and 1.5 steals in the two-game stretch, but it was not enough as the Bruins were defeated by Arizona, 66-63, and Arizona State, 80-69 ... Quinn moved up into sixth place on the all-time scoring list at UCLA with a current total of 1,754 points ... SR C Consuelo Lezcano tied her career high of nine points, while adding a career-best six rebounds in the game with the Sun Devils ... The Bruins have a crucial trip to the Bay Area this weekend as they will take on Stanford and California ... As of right now, UCLA is tied for sixth place in the Conference with Oregon, both teams owning a 7-9 league record ... Earlier this season, UCLA bested California in overtime, 77-68 and have won eight of the previous nine games with Cal.

USC (10-6, 16-10)
Last Week: L, 68-57 ASU; W, 66-42 ARIZ
This Week: @ CAL (2/22); @ STAN (2/25)
USC has won five of its last seven games, including a home court split last week as the Women of Troy picked up a 66-42 win over Arizona on Saturday ... The win followed an 11-point loss (68-57) to the No. 10 team in the country, Arizona State ... USC is peaking at just the right time as it makes its bid for the postseason play ... SR G Shay Murphy was instrumental in last week's split as she recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the game with the Sun Devils ... Murphy's 10 double-doubles on the season leads the league ... She led USC in scoring for the 16th time this year with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting against Arizona and moved up to rank No. 11 all-time at USC in scoring with 1,427 career points ... She also took over the No. 9 all-time career rebounds spot to now hold 695 ... USC gave up just an average of 55 points last weekend, which ranks the team fourth in the league in scoring defense at 61.0 ppg ... The Women of Troy have a tough task at hand this week as they will head up I-5 to take on California on Thurs., Feb. 22 and Stanford on Sun., Feb. 25, which is the last game on the Pac-10 regular season schedule ... The 12 noon tip will air live on FSN.

WASHINGTON (9-7, 16-11)
Last Week: W, 81-49 WSU
This Week: OSU (2/22); ORE (2/24)
Washington picked up its 16th win on the season with an 81-49 defeat of Washington State on Saturday, edging closer to that magic number of 18 wins, which could help propel the Huskies into the NCAA Tournament ... The victory marked Washington's largest winning margin of the season and 24th-straight in the all-time series with the Cougars ... SR G Cameo Hicks led UW over the weekend, scoring a team-high 13 points in the game, including nine in a 19-0 first-half run that put the game away early ... Hicks was 4-of-9 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the line ... She also tallied a team-high four steals (matched season-high), three rebounds, one assist and one block ... Hicks has now tallied 25 double-figure scoring games in 27 games ... JR G Emily Florence dished out 10 assists, while committing just one turnover at the point guard position ... Florence is fifth in the Conference with a 3.93 assists per game average ... Washington has its final two home regular season games of the season this weekend.

WASHINGTON STATE (1-15, 5-21)
Last Week: L, 81-49 WASH
This Week: ORE (2/22); OSU (2/24)
Washington State will look to play spoiler this weekend as it takes on two hungry teams in Oregon and Oregon State, both of which are looking to better their seedings and gain some momentum heading into the Pac-10 Tournament ... The Cougars earned their lone Conference victory over the Beavers earlier this season and in fact, played well against both teams ... FR F Marisa Stotler is coming off a 19-point, seven-rebound effort against the Huskies ... Stotler shot 6-for-13 from the field, 7-for-9 from the charity stripe, while picking up one block and one steal in Saturday's home game ... SR F Kate Benz added six more rebounds to her career total of 863, and is now only five rebounds shy of becoming WSU's all-time rebound leader ... Benz also stands at No. 19 on the Pac-10 charts, needing just two more rebounds to move into sole possession of No. 18.

STANFORD FRESHMAN FORWARD JAYNE APPEL NAMEDU.S. BANK PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--STANFORD freshman forward Jayne Appel has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 12-18, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Appel, a native of Pleasant Hill, Calif., averaged 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, four assists, 1.5 blocks and two steals, solidifying her status as one of the premier post players in the Conference. On the week, she shot 55.2 percent from the field (21-of-38) and 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from the foul line as the Cardinal defeated Oregon State and Oregon on the road.

With injuries at the guard position, Appel took advantage of an increased number of touches down low and notched two double-doubles. Against Oregon State on Thursday, Appel posted career-highs of 28 points and 17 rebounds in 33 minutes during Stanford's 70-55 victory. The 17 rebounds were the most by any Cardinal player this year.

Two days later at Oregon, she was just as effective while displaying another dimension to her game. Her third double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds was impressive, but she also established career-bests with seven assists and three steals. Throw in her team-best 47th blocked shot of the year and Appel is inching closer to the single-season school record of 58 blocked shots.

For the season, Appel ranks third on the club in scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg). She is shooting a team-high 55.2 percent from the field and has scored in double-figures 17 times. Appel has played in 26 games, all off the bench.

Stanford (23-4 overall, 15-1 Pac-10) will host UCLA on Thurs., Feb. 22 and USC on Sun., Feb. 25 and can clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title with a win against the Bruins.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Appel and the 56th all-time selection for Stanford.

ALSO NOMINATED: Briann January, ASU; Devanei Hampton, CAL; Eleanor Haring, ORE; Casey Nash, OSU; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Shay Murphy, 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; Jan. 15- Devanei Hampton, CAL; Jan. 22- Ashley Walker, CAL; Jan. 29- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Feb. 5- Tamika Nurse, ORE; Feb. 12- Aubree Johnson, ASU; Feb. 19- Jayne Appel, STAN.

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