This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Feb. 26, 2007
2006-07 STANDINGS*Stanford claims 2006-07 Pac-10 title
1. Stanford, 17-1, .944; 25-4, .8622. Arizona State, 16-2, .889; 26-3, .8973. California, 12-6, .667; 22-7, .7594. Washington, 11-7, .611; 18-11, .6215. USC, 10-8, .556; 16-12, .5716. Oregon, 8-10, .444; 16-12, .5717. UCLA, 7-11, .389; 13-17, .4338. Oregon State, 4-14, .222; 9-18, .333 Arizona, 4-14, .222; 10-20, .33310.Washington State, 1-17, .056; 5-23, .179
**Through all regular season games**
Thurs., Feb. 22OREGON 51, WASHINGTON STATE 34Oaks-12 pts/4 reb; Stotler-8 pts/3 stl
WASHINGTON 70, OREGON STATE 59Hicks-13 pts/5 reb; Fox-Griffin-17 pts/5 ast
(8/10) STANFORD 65, UCLA 54Appel-24 pts/9 reb; Quinn-17 pts/6 reb
CALIFORNIA 86, USC 79 (OT)Walker-32 pts/11 reb; Murphy-22 pts/4 ast
Sat., Feb. 24(10/8) ARIZONA STATE 59, ARIZONA 54Westerberg-16 pts/5 reb; Hollingsworth-24 pts/6 reb
WASHINGTON 61, OREGON 46Hicks-13 pts/2 stl; Haring-10 pts/8 reb
OREGON STATE 66, WASHINGTON STATE 61Nash-28 pts/5 reb; DuRocher-24 pts/6-12 3 PT-FG
CALIFORNIA 88, UCLA 69Hampton-21 pts/13 reb; Quinn-19 pts/10 reb
Sun., Feb. 25(8/10) STANFORD 56, USC 53Murphy-13 pts/7 reb; Appel-14 pts/9 reb
2007 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENTMarch 2-5, 2007 - HP Pavilion at San JoseTICKETS: www.pac-10.org or www.ticketmaster.com(408) 998-8497
Fri., March 2Game 1: No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 Washington State, 6 p.m. PTSeries: 36-6 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 73-70 (UCLA)Web: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Game 2: No. 8 Oregon State vs. No. 9 Arizona, 8:15 p.m. PTSeries: 23-21 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 65-61 (ARIZ)Web: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Sat., March 3Game 3: No. 3 California vs. No. 6 Oregon, 11 a.m. PTSeries: 30-13 (ORE) Last Meeting: 62-42 (ORE)Web: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Game 4: No. 2 Arizona State vs. Game 1 winner, 1:15 p.m. PTWeb: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m. PTWeb: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Game 6: No. 4 Washington vs. No. 5 USC, 7:15 p.m. PTSeries: 27-19 (WASH) Last Meeting: 78-58 (USC)Web: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Sun., March 4Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 2 p.m. PT TV: FSN, check your local listings
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 4:30 p.m. PTTV: FSN, check your local listings
Mon., March 5Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. PTTV: FSN, check your local listings
CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES
SEVEN-TIME DEFENDING CHAMPION
With a 17-1 league record, including a 56-53 edging of USC on Sunday in its regular-season finale, STANFORD claimed its seventh-consecutive Pac-10 title ... The Cardinal finished just ahead of ARIZONA STATE, which maintained sole possession of second place in the Conference with a 16-2 Pac-10 slate ... The 2007 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title is now up for grabs as all 10 teams compete this weekend in the Conference Tournament showdown.
2007 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
The stage is set for the 2007 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament, held March 2-5 at HP Pavilion at San Jose ... Capturing its seventh-straight Pac-10 title, Stanford finished with a 17-1 league record, earning its sixth No. 1 seed in as many Conference Tournaments ... Arizona State, riding a league-leading seven-game winning streak, enters the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 2 seed for the second-straight year ... CALIFORNIA won 11 of its last 14 games to claim the No. 3 seed in the Tournament, while WASHINGTON also heated up down the stretch, winning five of its final six games to hold down the fourth seed ... USC finished with a 10-8 league record to claim the No. 5 seed, which will pit the Women of Troy against the Huskies in Saturday night's late game for the second-straight Tournament ... OREGON, with a late-season push, propelled itself out of the play-in games and into the No. 6 seed which places them in a Saturday morning tip-off ... No. 7 seed UCLA will take on No. 10 WASHINGTON STATE to get the 2007 games rolling ... OREGON STATE and ARIZONA finished in a tie for ninth place with a 4-14 Pac-10 record, the Beavers claiming the tie-breaker for the No. 8 spot, while the Wildcats claim the No. 9 seed (the two teams splitting the series, OSU claiming the eventual tie-breaker with a series split over Oregon).
No. 9 ARIZONA (4-14, 10-20)
Last Week: L, 59-54 ASU
This Week: vs. No. 8 OSU (3/2)
Arizona earns the No. 9 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament after finishing in a two-way tie for eighth-place in the league, with Oregon State notching the tie-breaker for the No. 8 seed ... Despite the record, the Wildcats are dramatically improved since the beginning of the season, having won three of their final seven games, and dropping two of those contests by just four and five points apiece ... SR G Joy Hollingsworth has been the most consistent UA player this season as she picked up her 12th 20-point game this year with a 24-point effort on 9-of-16 shooting against the Sun Devils on Saturday ... Her 12 games beyond the 20-point plateau ranks second to only OSU SR G Casey Nash ... The duo should combine for an electric offensive performance in Friday's game ... Hollingsworth ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.4 ppg) and is deadly from long-range, averaging 1.93 three-point field goals per game, good enough to rank third in the Conference ... After dropping the first game of the series in Corvallis (69-62), Arizona rebounded for the win in Tucson (65-61) behind the 20 points from Hollingsworth and 15 points and six assists from JR G Ashley Whisonant ... The Wildcats will tip-off in Friday's second game at 8:15 p.m., the winner facing No. 1 Stanford on Saturday afternoon.
No. 2 ARIZONA STATE (16-2, 26-3)
Last Week: W, 59-54 ARIZ
This Week: vs. Game 1 winner (3/3)
Arizona State, holding the top-rated offense (75.2 ppg) and second-rated defense (58.9 pp) in the Pac-10, is hungry for a Conference Tournament title, claiming its last crown in the inaugural 2002 Tournament in Eugene ... The Sun Devils finished with a 16-2 league record, handing them the No. 2 seed in the Tournament ... One of the hottest teams in the nation right now, ASU is riding a seven-game winning streak, having last lost to Stanford in overtime on Sat., Jan. 27 in Tempe ... Leading the way for Arizona State are a pair of seniors in F Emily Westerberg and F Aubree Johnson, who combined for 32 of the team's 59 points against Arizona their last game out ... Head coach Charli Turner Thorne consistently goes 10-deep into her bench, bringing off the likes of SO G Danielle Orsillo, who is a threat from long-range and SO C Kirsten Thompson, who brings depth and size to the low post ... Arizona State will face the winner of the UCLA-Washington State game, which takes place Friday evening ... The Sun Devils had two of their most lop-sided games against the two teams, outscoring the Bruins and Cougars by a margin of 327-206 in four games this year ... Things were much more competitive in the second round, so look for a solid matchup in Saturday's 1:15 p.m. tip-off.
No. 3 CALIFORNIA (12-6, 22-7)
Last Week: W, 86-79 (OT) USC; W, 88-69 UCLA
This Week: vs. No. 6 ORE (3/3)
California came up big in its final regular season weekend to secure sole possession of third place in the Pac-10, along with the No. 3 seed in the Tournament ... The Golden Bears are 22-7 and have equaled the 1983-84 squad for the best record through 29 games in school history ... Aside from Cal's dominant post play, it can not be underestimated what FR G Natasha Vital has done for this team, leading at the point after last year's Freshman of the Year Alexis Gray-Lawson went out with an ACL injury ... Vital, who picked up back-to-back double-doubles over the weekend to help sweep USC and UCLA at home for the second-straight season, notched 15 points and 10 assists against the Women of Troy and 18 points and 10 assists against the Bruins, playing in all 85 minutes as the floor leader ... SO F/C Devanei Hampton has also stepped up her game as she has averaged 22.3 ppg and 10.7 rpg and has recorded five of her eight double-doubles in the last nine games ... Plagued by injuries, Cal needs everything it can get, as it has one of the shortest benches in the Pac-10 ... The Bears will face No. 6-seeded Oregon in Saturday morning's first matchup and are looking for a little revenge ... The last time these two teams met, the Ducks came away with a 20-point blowout (62-42) in Eugene.
No. 6 OREGON (8-10, 16-12)
Last Week: W, 51-34 WSU; L, 61-46 WASH
This Week: vs. No. 3 CAL (3/3)
Oregon claimed the No. 6 seed outright with a split last weekend in the state of Washington, combined with a Bay Area sweep over UCLA ... After a four-game losing stretch in the middle of Conference play, Oregon has rebounded for six wins in its last nine games, heading into the Pac-10 Tournament with much-desired momentum ... SR F Eleanor Haring, one of the Ducks' strongest offensive weapons, averaged 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in her final regular season series ... FR G Taylor Lilley has continued to impress with her long-range abilities, leading the league in three-point field goal percentage with a scorching-hot .515 clip, having hit on 35 of her 68 attempts ... Lilley also ranks fifth in the league with a 1.67 three-point field goals made average ... Lilley is just off the Pac-10 record for highest three-point field goal percentage in a season, which was set by Cal's Kristin Iwanaga in 2005 (43-of-82, .524) ... Oregon will face No. 3-seeded California in its opening game on Saturday morning ... The Ducks split the season series with the Bears, but are coming off an impressive 62-42 victory at MacArthur Court just two weeks ago ... The Ducks held Cal to just 34 percent from the field (16-of-47) and forced the squad into 19 turnovers, which resulted in 25 UO points ... The two teams will tip at 11 a.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE (4-14, 9-18)
Last Week: L, 70-59 WASH; W, 66-61 WSU
This Week: vs. No. 9 ARIZ (3/2)
Oregon State picked up its fourth win in Conference play with a split up in Washington over the weekend, earning the Beavers the No. 8 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament ... OSU is led by the services of SR G Casey Nash, who has paced the Pac-10 in scoring all season, currently owning a 20.3 ppg average ... Nash finished the regular season in fine fashion, scoring a career-high 28 points in the team's come-from-behind victory at Washington State on Saturday ... She also raised her career points total to 1,152 - eighth all-time at Oregon State ... A very young team, OSU utilizes a strong FR F Judie Lomax in the post ... Lomax finished the regular season first in the Conference in field goal percentage with a .643 clip (119-of-185) ... Should her grip on first-place hold through the end of the season, Lomax would become the first true freshman since the 1996-97 season to lead the league in this category when UCLA's Maylana Martin finished with a .559 clip (171-for-306) ... The Beavers will tip off with Arizona on Friday in the second game of the Tournament's opening day ... The two teams split the season series, with the Beavers earning the tie-breaker via the split with Oregon (a win over the highest team in the regular season standings).
No. 1 STANFORD (17-1, 25-4)
Last Week: W, 65-54 UCLA; W, 56-53 USC
This Week: vs. Game 2 winner (3/3)
For the sixth time in as many Pac-10 Tournaments, Stanford earned the No. 1 seed and heads into the weekend as an early favorite ... The Cardinal notched their seventh-consecutive regular season title after a three-point edging of USC in Sunday's finale (56-53) ... The three Stanford bigs have been leading the way as a trio of guards are out with injuries ... FR F/C Jayne Appel is making a strong case for national Freshman of the Year as she averaged 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, while connecting on 45.1 percent (14-of-31) from the field in the games over UCLA and USC ... Appel has now amassed a team-best 53 blocked shots, closing in on the single-season Stanford record of 58 by Cori Enghusen established in 2001-02 ... SR F/C Brooke Smith has also been an important key down-low as she ranks 10th in the Conference in scoring (13.9 ppg), seventh in rebounding (7.5 rpg), and just as impressive, ranks 10th in the league in assist-turnover ratio at 1.42 ... Stanford will face the winner of the Oregon State-Arizona matchup in Saturday's opening game of the second session, tipping at 5 p.m. ... The Cardinal have had to rally twice against Oregon State, being down at the half by as many as 11 points at Maples Pavilion.
No. 7 UCLA (7-11, 13-17)
Last Week: L, 65-54 STAN; L, 88-69 CAL
This Week: vs. No. 10 WSU (3/2)
UCLA is hoping to rekindle some of the magic it had at last year's Pac-10 Tournament, coming into the weekend fired up for victories as the No. 7 seed ... The Bruins have dropped close games as of late, unable to put contests away, including a Bay Area series last week that saw the team go 0-2 ... SR G Noelle Quinn continues to do everything she is asked and more, leading the team with averages of 18 points, eight rebounds, 5.5 assists and 0.5 steals last week ... JR F Lindsey Pluimer has been a presence in the paint, having knocked down 13 of her 26 shots over the two-game stretch for a 15-point and 18-point effort against the Cardinal and Bears, respectively ... UCLA is one of just two teams, other than Stanford, to have won a Pac-10 Tournament title ... The Bruins put together three wins last season, including an 85-76 overtime thriller to beat the Cardinal in the championship game and earn the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament ... This go-round, UCLA will face No. 10 Washington State in Friday's opening game, tip-off at 6 p.m. ... The matchup should be a good one as the Bruins took the season series, 2-0, but won both games by just three points apiece, 74-71 in the first round, 73-70 in the second round.
No. 5 USC (10-8, 16-12)
Last Week: L, 86-79 (OT) CAL; L, 56-53 STAN
This Week: vs. No. 4 WASH (3/3)
USC was barely edged by Stanford in the Pac-10 regular season finale, 56-53, but claimed sole possession of fifth place in the Pac-10 and the No. 5 seed headed into the Tournament ... The Women of Troy have a renaissance woman in SR G Shay Murphy who can do it all ... Murphy ranks in seven of the Pac-10's Top-10 leading categories, including points (2nd, 18.1 ppg), rebounding (2nd, 8.4 rpg), free throw percentage (2nd, .849), steals (3rd, 2.14 spg), three-point field goals made (2nd, 2.39), offensive rebounds (1st, 3.36 org) and defensive rebounds (6th, 5.04) ... SR G Jamie Hagiya has stepped up her offensive game as of late, chipping in 16 points and six assists in the game with California on Thursday ... Although she was held scoreless on Sunday, Hagiya has hit double figures in 13 of the last 15 games ... Next up, the Women of Troy will take on the fourth-seeded Washington Huskies in Saturday's quarterfinal action ... The two teams met up in this exact scenario last season with the Trojans earning the three-point victory over UW (70-67) ... USC and Washington split this year's season series, with the Women of Troy coming off a 78-58 defeat of the squad in Los Angeles in second round action.
No. 4 WASHINGTON (11-7, 18-11)
Last Week: W, 70-59 OSU; W, 61-46 ORE
This Week: vs. No. 5 USC (3/3)
Washington is one of the hotter teams in the Conference right now, having won five of its last six games to claim sole possession of fourth place in the Pac-10 and the No. 4 seed in the league's 2007 Tournament ... SR G Cameo Hicks, who has now tallied 27 double-figure scoring efforts in 29 games, had back-to-back 13-point outings against the Oregon schools, while averaging four rebounds, two assists, one block and 1.5 steals ... The Huskies have a lot of depth as head coach June Daugherty continually goes deep into her bench, sharing minutes across the board ... SR F Breanne Watson has come off the bench for much of the season, averaging nine points in her last four games, including a tie for team-high honors with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting against Oregon State on Thursday ... Washington earns its offensive boards, having ranked atop the league in this blue-collar category all season, averaging 17.03 second chance opportunities ... The Huskies will go head-to-head against the fifth-seeded Women of Troy in Saturday night's capper, tip-off at 7:15 p.m. ... Washington is looking to exact some revenge as it lost by 20 points (78-58) in its last game with the Trojans, Sun., Jan. 28 in Los Angeles.
No. 10 WASHINGTON STATE (1-17, 5-23)
Last Week: L, 51-34 ORE; L, 66-61 OSU
This Week: vs. No. 7 UCLA (3/2)
Washington State is the No. 10 seed in this year's Pac-10 Tournament, having totaled five wins this season, one in Conference play ... The Cougars will be looking for the upset as they will face No. 7 UCLA in Friday night's opening game ... In two previous meetings this season, WSU was barely edged, unable to hang on, dropping two three-point losses (74-71 and 73-70) ... Washington State is led by the gritty services of SR F Kate Benz, who recorded two consecutive double-digit rebounding games over the weekend to become WSU's all-time leading rebounder ... The Portland, Ore. native who has been hampered with a bad back all season, has now amassed 882 rebounds, surpassing Cassandra Overby's 1981-84 mark of 875 career boards ... Benz also averaged 7.5 points per game against the Oregon schools and contributed three assists and one block against Oregon State Saturday ... SO G Amanda DuRocher was fired up for her regular season finale, connecting on six of her 12 three-point attempts to tally 24 points ... DuRocher ranks seventh in the Conference in three-point field goals made, with an average of 1.30 per contest ... The Cougars, as a team, shot 47.6 percent from long range in their last contest (10-for-21).
CALIFORNIA SOPHOMORE FORWARD/CENTER DEVANEI HAMPTONNAMED 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 Feb. 19-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Hampton, a native of Oakland, Calif., continued to roam the post with authority for the Golden Bears in two home victories over the Los Angeles schools last week. Cal held off USC, 86-79 in overtime and then cruised past UCLA, 88-69 to earn sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 heading into the Pac-10 Tournament this week.
Against the Women of Troy on Thursday, Hampton scored 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting (.474) and collected eight rebounds. USC held a 64-56 lead with 4:57 to play in the game before Hampton made two free throws to ignite a 10-2 Cal run that tied the game at 66-66. In the overtime period, Hampton led the Bears with four points as Cal pulled away for the win.
Facing the Bruins on Saturday, Hampton helped engineer a 38-point swing from a 17-point first half deficit for the Golden Bears, to a 19-point victory. She finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, with 15 of those points and nine rebounds coming in the second half to help Cal outscore UCLA 60-30 in the final 20 minutes.
Hampton has surpassed 20 points in six of her last seven games and has been particularly dominant in league play. In non-conference games, Hampton averaged 12.4 points but her production soared to 18.9 points per game in Pac-10 match-ups. Hampton is also the Conference's leading rebounder in Pac-10 play, averaging 8.9 boards per game, up from 6.4 in non-conference play.
California (22-7, 12-6) equaled the 1983-84 Bears for the best record through 29 games in school history, and its 12 Conference wins tied the 1991-92 squad for the best Pac-10 record in school history.
This is the third career Player of the Week award for Hampton and the 27th all-time for California.
ALSO NOMINATED: Emily Westerberg, ASU; Casey Nash, OSU; Jayne Appel, STAN; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Eshaya Murphy, USC; Cameo Hicks, WASH; Kate Benz, 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; Feb. 5- Tamika Nurse, ORE; Feb. 12- Aubree Johnson, ASU; Feb. 19- Jayne Appel, STAN; Feb. 26- Devanei Hampton, CAL.