This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 21, 2008

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**Through all games of Sun., Jan. 20**

STANDINGS Conference; Overall1. California 8-0, 1.000; 17-2, .8952. Stanford 6-2, .750; 16-3, .8423. Arizona State 5-2, .714; 11-7, .6114. USC 4-3, .571; 11-7, .611 Oregon 4-3, .571; 10-8, .556 UCLA 4-3, .571; 9-9, .5007. Oregon State 3-4, .429; 10-8, .5568. Washington 2-5, .286; 7-12, .3689. Arizona 0-7, .000; 6-12, .333 Washington State 0-7, .000; 3-15, .167

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thurs., Jan. 17 *(8/9) CALIFORNIA 64, (rv/25) ARIZONA STATE 51Hampton-28 pts/9 reb; January-16 pts/4 ast

*(7/6) STANFORD 89, ARIZONA 64Pedersen-22 pts/9 reb; Whisonant-17 pts/4 reb

*OREGON STATE 68, WASHINGTON 64Davis-23 pts/3 ast; Whitcomb-19 pts/6 reb

*OREGON 64, WASHINGTON STATE 45Canepa-12 pts/18 mins; 11 pts/3-6 3-PT FG

Sat., Jan. 19*(8/9) CALIFORNIA 66, ARIZONA 45Gray-Lawson-19 pts/5-6 3-PT FG; Neabors (Rhe)-13 pts/2 stl

*USC 64, UCLA 56Oliver-15 pts/3 ast; Pluimer-15 pts/5 reb

*OREGON 66, WASHINGTON 64Lilley-20 pts/4-10 3-PT FG; Augustavo-18 pts/5 reb

*OREGON STATE 60, WASHINGTON STATE 35Rhea-24 pts/8-13 3-PT FG; Appleton-9 pts/4 reb

Sun., Jan. 20*(7/6) STANFORD 60, (rv/25) ARIZONA STATE 56Wiggins-18 pts/4 stl; January-20 pts/4 ast

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

JANUARY (rankings as of Jan. 21/15)

Thurs., Jan. 24 *ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE7 p.m. PTSeries: 24-18 (ARIZ)Last Meeting: 55-51 (ARIZ)Streak: ARIZ 2

*(rv/25) ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON7 p.m. PTSeries: 26-16 (WASH)Last Meeting: 75-64 (ASU)Streak: ASU 5

*OREGON at UCLA7 p.m. PTSeries: 22-21 (UCLA)Last Meeting: 76-60 (ORE)Streak: ORE 1

*OREGON STATE at USC7 p.m. PTSeries: 29-14 (USC)Last Meeting: 68-65 (OSU)Streak: USC 2

Sat., Jan. 26*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON2 p.m. PTSeries: 29-15 (WASH)Last Meeting: 79-64 (WASH)Streak: WASH 5

*(rv/25) ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE2 p.m. PTSeries: 30-12 (ASU)Last Meeting: 66-41 (ASU)Streak: ASU 6

*(8/9) CALIFORNIA at (7/6) STANFORD (FSN)2 p.m. PTSeries: 40-5 (STAN)Last Meeting: 72-57 (CAL)Streak: CAL 1

*OREGON at USC2 p.m. PTSeries: 26-16 (USC)Last Meeting: 73-63 (ORE)Streak: ORE 1

*OREGON STATE at UCLA2 p.m. PTSeries: 27-15 (UCLA)Last Meeting: 75-65 (UCLA)Streak: UCLA 1

*Conference Game

UPCOMING TV GAMES

JANUARY/FEBRUARY (rankings as of Jan. 21/15)

Sat., Jan. 26 *(8/9) CALIFORNIA at (7/6) STANFORD (FSN)2 p.m. PT

Thurs., Jan. 31*UCLA at CALIFORNIA (Comcast)7 p.m. PT

Sat., Feb. 2*OREGON at ARIZONA STATE (FSN)11 a.m. MT

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

FIRST ROUND WRAPS UP
The first round of the 18-game Pac-10 schedule wraps up this weekend as teams face the last of the opponents they have yet to play in 2007-08, while the second portion of the schedule heats up next week ... This weekend is highlighted by the final pair of traditional rivals going head-to-head, and what a matchup it should be ... No. 7 STANFORD hosts No. 8 CALIFORNIA at Maples Pavilion on the Cardinal campus where the Golden Bears most recently handed Stanford just its fifth loss all-time in the series in a 72-57 victory (Feb. 4, 2007) ... The highly-anticipated 'Battle of the Bay,' as it has been coined by both school's marketing departments, will tip off at 2 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26 on Fox Sports Net ... FSN's Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will call the action ... Also on the docket this week will be ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE heading to WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE, while OREGON and OREGON STATE travel to UCLA and USC.

BATTLE OF THE BAY
This Saturday's 'Battle of the Bay' will feature some of the best basketball in the nation as two of the most dominant players in the Pac-10 look to guide their team to victory ... California JR F/C Devanei Hampton, the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year, and Stanford SR G Candice Wiggins, a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, headline two impressive rosters ... In Conference games only, Wiggins ranks second in the Pac-10 with a 16.6 scoring average, while Hampton ranks fifth with a 15.0 points per game mark ... Stanford has yet to be defeated at Maples Pavilion this season (8-0), while California comes into the game with a nine-game winning streak and a two-game lead on the Cardinal as the Bears sit in first place in the Pac-10 with an 8-0 record ... In this week's Associated Press poll, Stanford is ranked seventh, while Cal is ranked eighth ... The last time that two Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top-10 went head-to-head was last season when 9/9 Stanford traveled to 10/10 Arizona State to take a 73-65 overtime win against the Sun Devils (Jan. 27, 2007).

TV GAMES
Along with this Saturday's Cal-Stanford matchup, a handful of Pac-10 games will be televised in the upcoming weeks, including the Thurs., Jan. 31 UCLA at California game, which will air on Comcast at 7 p.m. ... Two games dot Super Bowl weekend as part of the Pac-10 package when Oregon plays at Arizona State Sat., Feb. 2 ... That game will be televised by FSN at 11 a.m. MT ... Sun., Feb. 3 will see Washington State travel to Washington for a 1 p.m. tip-off on FSN ... In addition, the Wildcard selection for Sat., March 1 will be made on Mon., Feb. 18 ... The matchups that day include Arizona at UCLA, Arizona State at USC and Oregon State at Oregon.

RHEA SETS RECORD
Hailing from Juneau, Alaska, Oregon State FR G Talisa Rhea set the program's single-game record for three-pointers in a game when she made eight against Washington State on Saturday (8-of-13) ... Rhea's eight made shots from beyond the arc came just one shy of tying the Pac-10 record of nine set twice by two Stanford players in 1992 and 2001 (Molly Goodenbour, vs. Tennessee, Dec. 21, 1992; Lindsey Yamasaki, vs. Washington, Feb. 24, 2001).

MORE RECORDS
Speaking of record books and three-pointers made, Washington State JR G Katie Appleton moved into a tie for eighth place in the WSU record books over the weekend as she hit a three in Saturday's game against Oregon State to notch 95 three-pointers in her career ... Appleton joins Cougar Darci Wellsandt (1990-93) in the No. 8 spot, while also ranking fifth among current Pac-10 leaders.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (6-12, 0-7)
Last Week: L, Stanford (89-64); L, California (66-45)
This Week: @ Washington St. (1/24); @ Washington (1/26)
Arizona lost two games at home to two Top-10 teams over the weekend, including an 89-64 defeat to No. 7 Stanford, as well as a 66-45 loss at the hands of eighth-ranked California ... UA had two solid first halves, shooting as well as 40.7 percent from the field against the Cardinal to open the game ... The second halves were not as kind to the Wildcats as they made just four field goals in the last 20 minutes against the Golden Bears ... SR G Ashley Whisonant averaged 13.5 points and 3.5 assists, while JR F Amina Njonkou averaged 11.5 points and five rebounds ... The Wildcats take to the road this week for two games in the Northwest, including a Thurs., Jan. 24 contest at Washington State, and a Sat., Jan. 26 matchup with Washington ... UA owns a 24-18 all-time series advantage over the Cougars and will look to extend its two-game winning streak ... UA has not defeated the Huskies since the 2004-05 season when it claimed a 67-63 win in Seattle.

ARIZONA STATE (11-7, 5-2)
Last Week: L, California (64-51); L, Stanford (60-56)
This Week: @ Washington (1/24); @ Washington St. (1/26)

Facing two of the toughest teams in the country, Arizona State came up just short, dropping a 64-51 contest to eighth-ranked California on Thursday, and getting edged by seventh-ranked Stanford, 60-56, on Sunday ... JR G Briann January, one of the most exciting players in the Pac-10, averaged 18 points, 4.5 rebounds, four assists, and just 1.5 turnovers during the two-game stretch ... The games marked ASU's third and fourth against a Top-10 opponent this season ... Further, through 18 games this year, the Sun Devils have faced six teams ranked in the Top-25 of the national polls ... Arizona State outrebounded Stanford, 39-35, due in part to SO F Kayli Murphy, who grabbed 12 rebounds, four of which were offensive ... Arizona State's defense held both of its opponents to just a 6-of-25 (.240) mark from three-point range ... The Devils lead the Conference in this category, as opponents are shooting just 23.7 percent (46-of-194) from long-range on the season ... ASU takes to the road this week for a Thurs., Jan. 24 game at Washington, followed by a Sat., Jan. 26 contest at Washington State ... Four ASU players are from the state of Washington, including January, SR G Reagan Pariseau, JR C Kirsten Thompson and FR G Stephanie Wilber.

CALIFORNIA (17-2, 8-0)
Last Week: W, Arizona State (64-51); W, Arizona (66-45)
This Week: @ Stanford (1/26)

California continues to get it done on both ends of the floor as the Bears picked up two more wins to extend its current nine-game winning streak ... The Bears defeated second-place Arizona State on Thursday, 64-51, and followed that game up with a 66-45 defeat of Arizona on Saturday ... JR F/C Devanei Hampton posted a career-high 28 points and nine rebounds against the Sun Devils ... The win was the Bears first in Tempe since the 1998-99 season ... Hampton scored 17 of her points in the first half to help Cal grab its biggest lead of the game at 33-10 ... Against Arizona, Hampton tallied 10 points to help the Bears sweep the desert road series for the first time since 1992-93 ... Cal's nine-game winning streak is one away from equaling the school record ... Hampton's efforts over the weekend helped Cal improve to 17-2 overall, equaling the 1983-84 Bears for the best start in school history ... Cal also continues to be off to the best Pac-10 beginning in Cal history at 8-0 ... The Bears have an exciting game this weekend as they head to the South Bay to take on No. 7 Stanford at Maples Pavilion ... Cal is just 5-40 all-time against the Cardinal, but claimed a 72-57 defeat on Stanford's home court in 2006-07, which snapped a 14-game Cardinal win streak.

OREGON (10-8, 4-3)
Last Week: W, Washington St. (64-45); W, Washington (66-64)
This Week: @ UCLA (1/24); @ USC (1/26)

Oregon picked up its first Pac-10 sweep of the season as it defeated Washington Sate on Thursday evening, 64-45, and edged Washington two days later, 66-64 ... The two wins marked the first sweep of the Washington schools since January 2006 ... JR G Tamika Nurse averaged 11.5 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, while shooting a nearly flawless 10-for-11 (.909) from the free-throw line ... In the nail-biting two-point win over the Huskies, Nurse calmly knocked down two free throws to put Oregon ahead with 6.7 seconds left on the clock ... She was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, scoring a season-high 17 points ... Her team-leading six assists matched her season high, while she also set a career high with a team-leading eight rebounds ... Against Washington State, Nurse again produced a game-high six assists, scoring six points on a 4-for-5 performance from the line ... The Ducks head to LA this week to face UCLA on Thurs., Jan. 24, the first of four straight games on the road ... UO then takes on USC, Sat., Jan. 26.

OREGON STATE (10-8, 3-4)
Last Week: W, Washington (68-64); W, Washington St. (60-35)
This Week: @ USC (1/24); @ UCLA (1/26)

Oregon State also earned its first Pac-10 sweep of the season with a 68-64 win over Washington and a 60-35 defeat of Washington State ... FR G Talisa Rhea averaged 21 points over the two games and set an Oregon State single-game record with eight three-pointers made against the Cougars Saturday night ... In the two games, the freshman knocked down 12 three-pointers ... Over the last four games, Rhea has also averaged a team-leading 17 points per game and made 18 three-pointers ... In Saturday's win over the Cougars, JR G Brittney Davis reached double-figure points for the 12th time, finishing with 12, while FR C Alex Mitchell set a season and career-high with 13 points ... The Beavers take to the road this week for a four-game stretch away from the comfy confines of Gill Coliseum, beginning with the LA schools this Thursday ... OSU is looking for its first road win in Pac-10 play as it is 0-2 thus far this season ... The last time the Beavers played at Pauley Pavilion, they took a 56-52 win.

STANFORD (16-3, 6-2)
Last Week: W, Arizona (89-64); W, Arizona State (60-56)
This Week: California (1/26)

Stanford claimed an 89-64 win over Arizona and a 60-56 win over No. 25 Arizona State to improve to 16-3 on the season, 6-2 in Conference play ... With the two important victories, Stanford moves ahead of ASU and into sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 ... SO C Jayne Appel was a difference-maker, averaging 16.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game last week ... On the defensive end, she proved why she is the top blocker in the Conference, averaging 2.5 blocks over the two wins ... Appel shot a combined 69.6 percent (16-for-23) from the floor, bringing her shooting percentage over Stanford's last five games to a sizzling 76.9 percent (40-for-52) ... Her 16 points and 11 rebounds against the Wildcats marked her fifth double-double of the season ... Appel and company next host No. 8 and first-place California, Sat., Jan. 26 on the Cardinal home court ... While Stanford will be seeking some revenge from last year's 72-57 home court loss to the Golden Bears, more importantly, the team is looking to gain ground on a Cal team that is 8-0 in league play.

UCLA (9-9, 4-3)
Last Week: L, USC (64-56)
This Week: Oregon (1/24); Oregon State (1/26)

UCLA outrebounded USC 46-35, and forced USC into 20 turnovers off of 13 steals, but it was not enough as the Bruins were defeated by the Women of Troy, 64-56 at the Galen Center ... SR F Lindsey Pluimer led the team with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the floor, chipping in five rebounds, one assist and one steal ... Also scoring in double figures was JR G Tierra Henderson who added 12 points, with an almost-perfect 5-for-6 mark from the charity stripe ... UCLA was down by as many as 21 points in the second half and rallied to the near-victory, closing to within two with a minute remaining ... FR G Darxia Morris did not play for the third straight game, as she is slowed with a right knee sprain ... The loss was just the Bruins' second in their last six games ... Both defeats were by less than eight points, which included a three-point overtime loss to California on Jan. 6 ... UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion this week for a Thurs., Jan. 24 matchup with Oregon and a Sat., Jan. 26 date with Oregon State.

USC (11-7, 4-3)
Last Week: W, UCLA (64-56)
This Week: Oregon State (1/24); Oregon (1/26)

For the sixth straight time in the series, USC defeated UCLA, claiming a 64-56 win over its crosstown rival on Saturday ... JR C Nadia Parker recorded her fourth double-double of the season, picking up 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game ... She also had a career-high four steals ... Parker is USC's top scorer (12.1 ppg) and rebounder (6.8 rpg) and leads the team with 20 blocks, while ranking in the Pac-10's Top-20 in all three categories ... She is 14th in scoring, eighth in rebounding and sixth in blocked shots (1.11) ... With the win, USC is now 7-1 at home this season ... SO G Heather Oliver continues to shoot the ball well, leading the team with 15 points against the Bruins ... Oliver has averaged 13.8 points in her past four games ... The Women of Troy continue their three-game homestand with a Thurs., Jan. 24 contest with Oregon State and a Sat., Jan. 26 game with Oregon ... The Trojans are tied with the Ducks for fourth place in the Pac-10, while the Beavers are just behind at 3-4 in league play.

WASHINGTON (7-12, 2-5)
Last Week: L, Oregon State (68-64); L, Oregon (66-64)
This Week: Arizona State (1/24); Arizona (1/26)

Washington lost both its games this weekend by a combined six points as the Huskies dropped two heartbreakers, including a 68-64 game to Oregon State Thursday, followed by a 66-64 loss to Oregon on Saturday ... UW had solid scoring production as four different players reached double figures over the weekend ... SO G Sami Whitcomb was 7-for-14 from the floor for 19 points against the Beavers, and SR F/C Andrea Plouffe added 11 points on an even 5-for-10 shooting from the field ... In Saturday's game, the Huskies were led by JR G Michelle Augustavo who scored 18 points off the bench ... FR G Katelan Redmon and Plouffe contributed 10 and 14 points, respectively ... Augustavo recorded a season-high six three-pointers ... UW returns to action at the Bank of America Arena this week, taking on Arizona State, Thurs., Jan. 24, and Arizona, Sat., Jan. 26.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-15, 0-7)
Last Week: L, Oregon (64-45); L, Oregon State (60-35)
This Week: Arizona (1/24); Arizona State (1/26)

Washington State dropped two Pac-10 road games last week, including a 64-45 loss to Oregon on Thursday, followed by a 60-35 defeat to Oregon State Saturday evening ... JR G Katie Appleton led the Cougar offense with nine points against the Beavers, and with her 3-pointer moved into a tie with Darci Wellsandt (1990-93) for eighth place on the WSU all-time list for career 3-point field goals (95) ... SO G Alexa Price led the team with 11 points against Oregon, marking the third time in six games that the Culver City, Calif. product paced the team in scoring ... Washington State returns home this week for a series with the schools from the desert ... WSU will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak to Arizona and a six-game losing streak to Arizona State.

OREGON STATE FRESHMAN GUARD TALISA RHEA NAMED U.S. BANK PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- OREGON STATE freshman guard Talisa Rhea has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 14-20, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Rhea, a native of Juneau, Alaska, averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 0.5 steals in two games as the Beavers swept their first Pac-10 weekend of the season. On the week, she shot 51.9 percent from the field (14-of-27) and an impressive 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from three-point range. For the two games, Rhea finished with 42 points, coming off the bench in both games and playing a total of 55 minutes.

In Saturday's 60-35 win over Washington State, Rhea set an Oregon State single-game record with eight three-pointers made (8-of-13), which was also one off tying the Pac-10 record. Her 24 points (in 24 minutes) against the Cougars establishes her career-high, and also marks her first game at the 20-point plateau.

In the 68-64 come-from-behind win over Washington, Rhea was 4-for-9 from beyond the arc, amassing 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. She scored 13 first-half points after the Beavers had fallen behind the Huskies, by as much as 12 at one point, to pull OSU to within six at the half. Over the past four games, Rhea has scored a team-leading 17.0 points per game. She has connected on 18 three-pointers over that stretch en route to a team-leading 43 three-pointers this season.

Oregon State (10-8, 3-4) will play at USC, Thurs., Jan. 24 and at UCLA, Sat., Jan. 26.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Rhea. It is the 28th all-time selection for the Beavers, and their first since Leilani Estavan and Shannon Howell were back-to-back winners in the 2003-04 season.

ALSO NOMINATED: Devanei Hampton, CAL; Tamika Nurse, ORE; Jayne Appel, STAN; Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Nadia Parker, USC; Sami Whitcomb, WASH; Katie Appleton, WSU.

2007-08 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 19- Jayne Appel, STAN; Nov. 26- Nadia Parker, USC, Dec. 3- Ashley Walker, CAL; Dec. 10- Kirsten Thompson, ASU; Dec. 17- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Dec. 24- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Dec. 31- Sybil Dosty, ASU; Jan. 6- Devanei Hampton, CAL; Jan. 14- Ashley Walker, CAL; Jan. 21- Talisa Rhea, OSU.

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