This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

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Jan. 28, 2008

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

JANUARY/FEBRUARY (rankings as of Jan. 28/22)

Thurs., Jan. 31
*OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MT
Series: 25-19 (ORE)--Last Meeting: 59-53 (ORE)--Streak: ORE 3

*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m. MT
Series: 23-21 (ASU)--Last Meeting: 69-60 (ASU)--Streak: ASU 10

*UCLA at (10/8) CALIFORNIA (Comcast), 7 p.m. PT
Series: 33-12 (UCLA)--Last Meeting: 73-70, OT (CAL)--Streak: CAL 2

*USC at (7/7) STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 38-9 (STAN)--Last Meeting: 73-72 (USC)--Streak: USC 1

Sat., Feb. 2
*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 2 p.m. MT

Series: 24-22 (ARIZ)--Last Meeting: 94-88, 2OT (OSU)--Streak: OSU 1

*OREGON at ARIZONA STATE (FSN), 11 a.m. MT
Series: 25-20 (ORE)--Last Meeting: 63-50 (ASU)--Streak: ASU 6

*UCLA at (7/7) STANFORD, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 37-9 (STAN)--Last Meeting: 69-56 (UCLA)--Streak: UCLA 1

*USC at (10/8) CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 25-18 (USC)--Last Meeting: 57-52 (CAL)--Streak: CAL 5

Sun., Feb. 3
*WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON (FSN), 1 p.m. PT
Series: 39-2 (WASH)--Last Meeting: 61-46 (WASH)--Streak: WASH 25

*Conference Game

UPCOMING TV GAMES

JANUARY/FEBRUARY (rankings as of Jan. 28/22)

Thurs., Jan. 31
*UCLA at (10/8) CALIFORNIA (Comcast), 7 p.m. PT

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

Sun., Feb. 3
*WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON (FSN), 1 p.m. PT

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

SECOND ROUND BEGINS
The end of January and beginning of February marks the first action of the second round of Pac-10 play ... CALIFORNIA leads the league with an 8-1 record through the first nine games, while STANFORD and ARIZONA STATE are just behind at 7-2 and tied for second place ... An interesting rematch highlights the docket this week as UCLA and USC travel to the Bay Area for games against the Cardinal and Golden Bears ... The LA schools are responsible for the two Stanford losses as the Bruins defeated the squad at home, 69-56, and only two days later the Women of Troy bested the seven-time defending Pac-10 champion, 73-72, at the Galen Center ... The LA sweep of the Cardinal marked the first time since the 2003-04 season that Stanford went 0-2 in one Pac-10 weekend ... In other action, WASHINGTON STATE head coach June Daugherty returns to the WASHINGTON campus for the first time as the Cougars take on the Huskies on Super Bowl Sunday ... OREGON and OREGON STATE continue their four-game road trip, this weekend taking on ARIZONA and Arizona State.

TV GAMES
Three Pac-10 women's basketball games will be televised this week, starting off with UCLA at California on Thurs., Jan. 31 on Comcast ... Fox Sports Net will produce two games this weekend, including Oregon at Arizona State on Sat., Feb. 2, and Washington State at Washington on Sun., Feb. 3 ... Check your local listings for channel information.

WALKER ADDED TO WATCH LIST
California JR F/C Ashley Walker was added to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List last week ... Walker joins teammate JR F/C Devanei Hampton, as well as other Pac-10 standouts, Stanford SO C Jayne Appel and SR G Candice Wiggins ... Walker leads Cal in scoring (16.3 ppg, 3rd Pac-10) and rebounding (9.4 rpg, 1st Pac-10) ... She has posted a league-leading nine double-doubles this season, while being named Pac-10 Player of the Week twice (Dec. 3 and Jan. 14).

WIGGINS APPROACHING MILESTONE
Stanford SR G Candice Wiggins is just 12 points shy of breaking the all-time Cardinal scoring mark, which is currently held by Kate Starbird (1994-97) who amassed 2,215 points in her career ... Wiggins has 2,204 career points with 10 regular season games left on the schedule ... With her 12th point, Wiggins will take over sole possession of fifth place on the Pac-10's all-time scoring charts ... The Conference record holder for points is USC's Lisa Leslie (1991-94) who totaled 2,414 in her illustrious Trojan career.

APPEL HAS BIG GAME
Stanford SO C Jayne Appel finished last Saturday's game against Cal as the team's fourth-leading scorer (nine points), but added 15 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and just one turnover in 34 minutes played ... Appel finished one point and three assists shy of a triple-double, shooting 4-for-7 from the floor ... Only eight players in Pac-10 history have recorded a triple-double, including Stanford great Nicole Powell who notched a Pac-10 best six ... UCLA G Noelle Quinn was the last Conference player to record a triple-double (vs. California, 2/19/2004, 21 pts, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).

RACE TO CROWN 2007-08 CHAMPION
The race to crown the 2007-08 Pac-10 champion is in full swing with just nine regular season games left on the docket ... California owns a one game lead on Stanford and Arizona State, but a lot of basketball is yet to be played ... The 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament champion will be crowned on Mon., March 10 in the culminating game of the four-day tournament ... The tournament winner will represent the Pac-10 as the automatic qualifier in the NCAA Tournament.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (7-13, 1-8)
Last Week: W, Washington St. (73-63); L, Washington (74-59)
This Week: Oregon (1/31); Oregon State (2/2)
Arizona earned its first Pac-10 win of the season when it traveled to Pullman for a 73-63 defeat of Washington State on Thursday ... Three Wildcats scored in double figures, including JR F Amina Njonkou who paced the team with 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting ... Njonkou also pulled down 10 rebounds, recording her eighth double-double of the season, which ranks second in the Pac-10 ... In Conference games only, Njonkou ranks third in the league in scoring (16.7 ppg), fourth in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.495) ... SR G Ashley Whisonant registered her fourth 20-point game of the season when she went 10-for-19 from the floor to score 20 points in the 74-59 loss to Washington on Saturday ... In its previous two seasons, Arizona has won a total of seven Pac-10 games, but not more than four in either year ... The `Cats will look to build upon last week's road win, and can do so in the familiar surroundings of McKale Center this weekend ... UA hosts Oregon on Thurs., Jan. 31 and Oregon State on Sat., Feb. 2.

ARIZONA STATE (13-7, 7-2)
Last Week: W, Washington (68-62); W, Washington St. (59-40)
This Week: Oregon State (1/31); Oregon (2/2)
With wins in seven of its last nine games, Arizona State has improved to 13-7 overall, 7-2 in league play, which ties the team for second place in the Conference standings with Stanford ... The Sun Devils bettered their record with a 68-62 win over Washington on Thursday, followed by a 59-40 defeat of Washington State on Saturday ... JR F Lauren Lacey came off the bench in both games of ASU's most recent road swing, averaging 15.5 points, seven rebounds and two steals ... Against Washington, she lead ASU with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting ... The 20 points represented the third time this season that Lacey has scored 20 or more ... Lacey is averaging 16.4 ppg and 6.0 rpg, while shooting 57 percent from the field in ASU's five Pac-10 road games (all wins) ... The 40 points scored by WSU was the second-lowest output by an Arizona State opponent this season ... The Devils held the Cougars to just a 30.9 shooting percentage (17-for-55), while forcing 15 turnovers off of nine steals ... Arizona State returns to Wells Fargo Arena to host Oregon State, Thurs., Jan. 31 and Oregon, Sat., Feb. 2.

CALIFORNIA (17-3, 8-1)
Last Week: L, Stanford (72-52)
This Week: UCLA (1/31); USC (2/2)
California suffered just its third loss of the season on Saturday when Stanford defeated the Golden Bears, 72-52, in the first round of the 'Battle of the Bay' ... All three of Cal's losses have come to teams ranked in the Top-13 in the nation (Baylor, Rutgers, Stanford) ... Despite the outcome, Cal remains in first place in the Pac-10 with an 8-1 record, one game ahead of Stanford (7-2) and Arizona State (7-2) ... JR G Alexis Gray-Lawson and SO F/C Rama N'diaye led the team with 12 points each, while JR F/C Ashley Walker was the only other player to reach double figures (10 points) ... Gray-Lawson went 3-for-5 from long range against the Cardinal, improving her league-leading 3-point field goal percentage average to 46.5 (40-of-86) ... Gray-Lawson also ranks third in the Conference in 3-point field goals made ... Her 12.6 scoring average ties for ninth in the league, and her 3.1-2.6 assist-turnover ratio (1.17) puts her in 10th ... California heads back to Haas Pavilion for a two-game homestand, facing UCLA on Thurs., Jan. 31 and USC, Sat., Feb. 2.

OREGON (10-10, 4-5)
Last Week: L, UCLA (63-59); L, USC (46-42)
This Week: @ Arizona (1/31); @ Arizona State (2/2)
Losing both games by a total of just eight points, a four-point margin in each contest, Oregon continues its incredibly tough four-game road stretch this week ... The Ducks were defeated twice in Los Angeles, first by UCLA, 63-59, two days later by USC, 46-42 ... UO is 10-10 overall, 4-5 in Conference play for sixth place in the standings ... Against the Bruins, Oregon could not hold on to a second-half double-digit lead, as SR G Kaela Chapdelaine scored 16 points and 10 rebounds, to record the second double-double of her career ... She tied her career high with five 3-pointers on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc ... Despite holding USC to just a 32.2 field goal percentage (19-of-59), the Ducks could not overcome 19 turnovers and a 34.0 percentage themselves (17-of-50) ... SO G Taylor Lilley had 13 points, four steals, two rebounds and one assist ... Oregon heads to the desert for a Thurs., Jan. 31 matchup with Arizona, followed by a Sat., Feb. 2 game with Arizona State ... UO is looking to better its 1-7 record on the road this year.

OREGON STATE (10-10, 3-6)
Last Week: L, USC (59-47); L, UCLA (74-70)
This Week: @ Arizona State (1/31); @ Arizona (2/2)
Oregon State, just like its in-state travel partner, continues on its demanding four-game road trip after a swing in LA that saw the Beavers get defeated, 59-47, by the Women of Troy, and 74-70 by the Bruins ... JR G Brittney Davis led the team with a 15.0 ppg average over the weekend, including an 18-point effort against the Bruins ... Davis reached double-figures in both games, giving her 14 on the season, which is second on the team ... She was also a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line and connected on three 3-pointers ... FR G Talisa Rhea only connected on two of her 3-point attempts against USC, but she rebounded for a 5-for-6 mark from long range against UCLA ... Rhea ranks atop the Conference charts for 3-pointers made (50) and ranks third in 3-point field goal percentage (.424) ... OSU continues to be one of the strongest free throw shooting teams in the Conference, ranking second with a 71.8 percentage (270-of-376) ... In both games over the weekend, the Beavers went 27-for-30 from the charity stripe ... OSU will play at Arizona State., Thurs., Jan. 31 and at Arizona, Sat., Feb. 2.

STANFORD (17-3, 7-2)
Last Week: W, California (72-52)
This Week: USC (1/31); UCLA (2/2)
In case anyone was wondering, Stanford is still capable of turning this year's Pac-10 race upside down, and it made that perfectly clear with a 72-52 defeat of eighth-ranked California on Saturday ... Behind the 28 points of SR G Candice Wiggins, the Cardinal scored more points on Cal's top-ranked defense since its season-opener when Fresno State put up 79 ... With her 28 points, Wiggins is now only 12 points away from breaking Kate Starbird's Stanford career scoring record of 2,215 points ... SO G JJ Hones, who sat out much of her freshman campaign with an ACL tear suffered in last year's game with Cal, earned the starting nod, and proceeded to go 4-for-6 from beyond the arc for 12 points, while adding three assists and committing just one turnover ... The Cardinal enter the second round of Pac-10 action leading the Pac-10 in scoring offense (75.7), scoring margin (+18.4), field goal percentages (.459), blocked shots (90), assists (17.00), turnover margin (+3.75) and assist/turnover ratio (1.26) ... Stanford welcomes USC, Thurs., Jan. 31 and UCLA, Sat., Feb. 2.

UCLA (11-9, 6-3)
Last Week: W, Oregon (63-59); W, Oregon State (74-70)
This Week: @ California (1/31); @ Stanford (2/2)
For the second time in three weeks, UCLA has swept a Pac-10 series, most recently taking care of Oregon, 63-59 last Thursday, followed by a 74-70 defeat of Oregon State on Saturday ... Thanks in part to 56 forced turnovers off of 31 steals in two games, the Bruins improve to 11-9 overall, 6-3 in Conference to tie for fourth in the Pac-10 standings ... Guards Tierra Henderson (8), Nina Earl (7) and Doreena Campbell (7) combined for 22 steals on the weekend ... UCLA paces the Conference in steals, averaging 10.95 per game ... In the last 10 years, UCLA has finished first in steals eight times, with the 1998-99 squad holding the all-time Pac-10 single-season record (435) ... SR F Lindsey Pluimer averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds over the weekend ... Pluimer led UCLA in scoring in both games, scoring a season-high 19 against Oregon and leading in both scoring and rebounding with 18 points and eight rebounds against Oregon State ... In the Oregon game, Pluimer helped the Bruins rally from a 14-point deficit midway through the second half ... The Bruins head North this week to face Cal, Thurs., Jan. 31 and Stanford, Sat., Feb. 2.

USC (13-7, 6-3)
Last Week: W, Oregon State (59-47); W, Oregon (46-42)
This Week: @ Stanford (1/31); @ California (2/2)
Having won five of its past six games, USC is riding a three-game winning streak following its 59-47 win over Oregon State on Thursday, and its 46-42 edging of Oregon two days later ... FR C Kari LaPlante came into the weekend averaging 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, only to score in double figures and end up as USC's top scorer during the Trojans' win over Oregon State ... She recorded back-to-back double-digit outings as her career-high 13 points against OSU all came in the second half ... Against Oregon, LaPlante's 10 points again all came in the second half to help spark USC's comeback win to improve its home record to 9-1 this season ... She also had six points in USC's 11-0 run that pulled the Trojans out of a big hole in the second half ... The Women of Troy are tied for fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 6-3 record (13-7 overall) ... USC has an important weekend ahead as it travels to the Bay Area for two games with Stanford and Cal ... The Trojans defeated the Cardinal in the first go-round, 73-72, but lost a close 57-52 game against the Bears.

WASHINGTON (8-13, 3-6)
Last Week: L, Arizona State (68-62); W, Arizona (74-59)
This Week: Washington State (2/3)
Washington snapped a three-game losing skid as it defeated Arizona, 74-59 on Saturday, after dropping a close 68-62 game to Arizona State two days earlier ... SR F/C Andrea Plouffe reached double-figures in the scoring column in both games, averaging a team-high 15.5 points while shooting 65.0 percent in the two games ... Plouffe now has five-straight double-figure scoring games, averaging 14.4 points in that span ... Against ASU, Plouffe tallied a season-high 19-points, shooting 9-of-12 from the field and finishing as the only Husky in double-figures against the Sun Devils ... Against Arizona, she contributed 12 points and seven rebounds, while tying for team-high honors with three steals ... Plouffe shot 4-for-8 from the field and 4-for-7 from the charity stripe ... The Huskies are tied for seventh in the Conference standings with a 3-6 first round record ... Washington will stay home this week to face in-state rival, Washington State at Bank of America Arena, Sun., Feb. 3.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-17, 0-9)
Last Week: L, Arizona (73-63); L, Arizona State (59-40)
This Week: @ Washington (2/3)
Washington State lost two games last week, including a 73-63 defeat at the hands of Arizona, and a 59-40 defeat at the hands of Arizona State ... The Cougars are still looking for their first win in Conference play, and get back to the hardwood this Sun., Feb. 3 for a contest at Washington ... Last weekend, JR G Katie Appleton, who at the time ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage, had 19 first half points against Arizona on 6-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc ... Appleton finished with a team-high 23 points, her fourth scoring output of 20-or-more points this season ... Appleton also led the Cougars with 14 points against Arizona State, her 11th double-digit scoring output this season ... The Big Bear Lake, Calif., native also hit her 99th career 3-pointer, moving her into a tie for seventh place on the WSU all-time list with former Cougar Alke Dietal (1998-2000).

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