This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 26, 2007

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
NOVEMBER
(rankings as of Nov. 20)
Mon., Nov. 26

OREGON STATE at Southern Utah, 7 p.m. MT

Wed., Nov. 28
Loyola Marymount at (12/14) CALIFORNIA, 11:30 a.m. PT
USF at (4/4) STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT
UCLA at Pepperdine, 7 p.m. PT
Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PT

Thurs., Nov. 29
Long Beach State at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT

Fri., Nov. 30
(14/13) ARIZONA STATE vs. Gonzaga (3), 6 p.m. MT
(12/14) CALIFORNIA vs. Saint Mary's (2), 7 p.m. PT
USC at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m. PT

DECEMBER
Sat., Dec. 1

UCLA vs. Idaho State (1), 7 p.m. PT
Texas Tech at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m. PT

Sun., Dec. 2
(14/13) ARIZONA STATE vs. (24/25) Auburn/UC Riverside (3), 2 p.m. MT
(12/14) CALIFORNIA vs. (25/19) Vanderbilt (2) (Comcast), 1 p.m. PT
OREGON at Portland, 1 p.m. PT
USF at OREGON STATE, 5:30 p.m. PT
UC Davis at (4/4) STANFORD, 2 p.m. PT
UCLA vs. Southern/Nevada (1), TBA
UC Irvine at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. PT

(1) Nugget Classic; Reno, Nevada
(2) Contra Costa Times Classic; Berkeley, Calif.
(3) ASU Classic; Tempe, Ariz.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (2-4)
Last Week: L, NC State (80-47); L, Middle Tenn (70-60)
This Week: Does not play
Arizona played twice last week, dropping an 80-47 decision to NC State and a close 70-60 loss to Middle Tennessee State ... The Wildcats had three players score in double figures against the Blue Raiders, including FR F Ify Ibekwe who notched her first 20-point game, scoring a career-high 22 points on an impressive 10-of-11 mark from the floor ... Ibekwe, who's sister Chinyere plays for UCLA, recorded 16 points in the second half, and registered the second-best shooting percentage in school history (.909) ... UA's Ibekwe ranks second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.689).

ARIZONA STATE (3-2)
Last Week: W, Yale (84-38); L, Oklahoma (69-57); W, Iowa (60-58)
This Week: Gonzaga (11/30); vs. ASU Classic (12/2)
Arizona State went 2-1 last week, picking up an 84-38 win over Yale on Monday, along with a 60-58 defeat of Iowa in the Caribbean Challenge on Friday ... JR G Briann January went 12-for-18 in the three-game stretch, which included a tough 69-57 loss to 10/11 Oklahoma ... January scored a season-best 16 points against the Sooners ... She recorded 11 steals on the week, moving from seventh place to first place in the Pac-10 with a 3.00 spg average ... The Sun Devils will host their own ASU Classic this weekend taking on Gonzaga and Auburn or UC Riverside.

CALIFORNIA (4-1)
Last Week: W, TCU (74-55); L, Baylor (69-56)
This Week: Loyola Marymount (11/28); Saint Mary's (11/30); Vanderbilt (12/2)
Containing JR F/C Ashley Walker has been a focal point for Cal opponents this season, but few have been able to corral the All-Pac-10 player ... Walker led the team in scoring last week against TCU and Baylor, averaging 19.5 points, nine rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and one steal ... She topped the 100-block milestone, now having amassed 103 in her career, which ties her for third in Cal history ... She is only one of two Cal players in school history who have at least 1000 points and 100 blocks ... Walker paces the Pac-10 in scoring (21.2 ppg), rebounding (12.8 rpg), offensive rebounds (4.80) and defensive rebounds (8.00).

OREGON (3-2)
Last Week: W, Marquette (57-56); W, Coppin State (64-51); L, New Mexico (65-46)
This Week: Long Beach State (11/29); @ Portland (12/2)
Oregon notched two victories on the week to improve to 3-2 on the season ... The Ducks squeaked out a 57-56 win over Marquette last Tuesday, their first Big East opponent since defeating St. John's, 75-52, Nov. 30, 2001 in Lawrence Kansas at the Jayhawk Classic ... UO also earned a 64-51 win over Coppin State in the opening round of the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Tournament ... The two Oregon wins came over 2007 postseason competitors, (Marquette: NCAA Tournament and Coppin State: WNIT).

OREGON STATE (3-1)
Last Week: L, Montana (57-42); W, UNLV (68-65)
This Week: @ Southern Utah (11/26); USF (12/2)
Oregon State continues its road trip as it takes on Southern Utah on Mon., Nov. 26, its third game in four days ... Oregon State wrapped up the Lady Rebel Shootout by defeating UNLV, 68-65, Saturday in Las Vegas ... JR G Mercedes Fox-Griffin knocked down a layup with 2.7 seconds left and nailed a subsequent free throw to give the Beavers the victory ... SR G Ashley Allen led OSU with 19 points, just a day after she scored 14 against Montana in a losing effort ... Fox-Griffin and Allen are helping the Beavers pace the Pac-10 in turnover margin, with a +4.00 mark.

STANFORD (5-1)
Last Week: L, Connecticut (66-54); W, Old Dominion (69-61); W, Temple (63-54)
This Week: USF (11/28); UC Davis (12/2)
With 15 blocks through six games, SO C Jayne Appel not only leads the Pac-10 in the blocked shots category, but is on pace to record more than 75 swats on the season, which would be more than any Conference player since 2003-04 (Shawntinice Polk, Arizona, 80) ... Appel has been dominant inside, averaging 18 points to rank second in the Pac-10, 9.7 rebounds (3rd), and is shooting 52.7% from the field (9th) ... The Cardinal will play their first regular-season home games this week with contests against USF on Wed., Nov. 28 and UC Davis on Sun., Dec. 2.

UCLA (3-1)
Last Week: W, Cal Poly SLO (107-83); L, Maryland (79-75)
This Week: @ Pepperdine (11/28); vs. Idaho State (12/1); vs. Nugget Classic (12/2)
UCLA has always been one of the most exciting teams to watch and this year should be no different as Kathy Olivier's team is young, talented and determined ... The Bruins were barely edged by 3/3 Maryland on Sunday, 79-75 ... SR F Lindsey Pluimer led the team with 17 points, including two key 3-pointers ... FR G Doreena Campbell chipped in 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting ... Campbell, one of three Bruins to start in all four games, has been deadly from downtown, leading the Pac-10 with a .667 (8-of-12) mark from 3-point range.

USC (2-2)
Last Week: W, Virginia Tech (65-64); L, Georgia (59-57)
This Week: @ Cal State Fullerton (11/30)
USC played two games last week which were decided by a combined three points, with the Women of Troy coming out on top in a 65-64 defeat of Virginia Tech in the first round of the Junkanoo Jam ... USC lost by one basket to 8/9 Georgia on Saturday, 59-57 ... JR C Nadia Parker helped the Trojans overcome a 15-point deficit late in the game against Virginia Tech by scoring a career-high 21 points ... She added 11 rebounds to record her first-ever double-double ... USC leads the Conference in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a .351 (88-of-251) clip from the field.

WASHINGTON (3-4)
Last Week: W, Idaho (73-57); W, Arkansas State (69-59)
This Week: UC Irvine (12/2)
Washington was the only Conference team to go undefeated on the week, picking up two wins and the Husky Classic title, defeating Idaho and Arkansas State ... SO G Sami Whitcomb averaged 17.5 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists in the UW wins ... She is the Huskies' overall leading scorer with 13.1 ppg and has reached double figures in scoring six times in seven games this season ... Whitcomb ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring and is joined by FR G/F Katelan Redmon, who ranks ninth with a 12.1 ppg average ... The team returns to the court on Sun., Dec. 2 against UC Irvine.

WASHINGTON STATE (1-4)
Last Week: L, NC State (77-51); L, Alabama (66-37)
This Week: Idaho (11/28); Texas Tech (12/1)
Washington State came away from the Junkanoo Jam empty-handed, but will look to rebound with two games this week against Idaho and Texas Tech ... The Cougars dropped a 77-51 game to NC State and a 66-37 game to Alabama to move to 1-4 on the season ... Freshmen G/F Salena Dickerson and F Katie Calderwood both scored in double figures for WSU against NC State ... Dickerson led the Cougars with a career-high 15 points, her first game in double figures, while Calderwood added 10 points, eight of which came in the second half, to notch her first career double-digit scoring effort.

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