This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

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Feb. 11, 2008

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY (rankings as of Feb. 11/5)

Thurs., Feb. 14
*ARIZONA at (6/6) STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 40-6 (STAN)--Last Meeting: 89-64 (STAN)--Streak: STAN 10

*ARIZONA STATE at (9/9) CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 23-22 (CAL)--Last Meeting: 64-51 (CAL)--Streak: CAL 1

Fri., Feb. 15
*OREGON at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 23-23--Last Meeting: 66-64 (ORE)--Streak: ORE 1

*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m. PT (FSNNW)
Series: 29-15 (OSU)--Last Meeting: 60-35 (OSU)--Streak: OSU 2

Sat., Feb. 16
*ARIZONA at (9/9) CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m. PT (Comcast)
Series: 29-14 (ARIZ)--Last Meeting: 66-45 (CAL)--Streak: CAL 4

*ARIZONA STATE at (6/6) STANFORD, 1 p.m. PT (FSN)
Series: 40-6 (STAN)--Last Meeting: 60-56 (STAN)--Streak: STAN 4

Sun., Feb. 17
*OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 34-10 (ORE)--Last Meeting: 64-45 (ORE)--Streak: ORE 3

*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 33-11 (WASH)--Last Meeting: 68-64 (OSU)--Streak: OSU 1

*USC at UCLA, 2 p.m. PT
Series: 29-14 (USC)--Last Meeting: 64-56 (USC)--Streak: USC 6

*Conference Game

UPCOMING TV GAMES

Fri., Feb. 15
*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE (FSNNW), 7 p.m. PT

Sat., Feb. 16
*ARIZONA at (9/9) CALIFORNIA (Comcast), 1 p.m. PT
*ARIZONA STATE at (6/6) STANFORD (FSN), 1 p.m. PT

Sat., Feb. 23
*STANFORD at CALIFORNIA (FSN), 1 p.m. PT

Sun., Feb. 24
*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE (FSN), 12:30 p.m. MT

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

CONFERENCE RACE
An important weekend highlights the Pac-10 women's basketball schedule as the top three teams in the Conference meet up in the Bay Area beginning Thurs., Feb. 14 ... ARIZONA STATE, currently in third place behind STANFORD with a 10-2 league record, joins ARIZONA for a tough road trip against two Top-10 teams ... The Sun Devils, receiving votes in this week's Associated Press poll, will take on No. 9 CALIFORNIA, Thurs., Feb. 14, followed by a Sat., Feb. 16 date with No. 6 Stanford ... The 1 p.m. tip with the Cardinal will be televised live on FSN ... At the other end of the Bay, the Wildcats and Golden Bears will face off on Comcast at 1 p.m. ... Another interesting matchup features USC at UCLA on Sun., Feb. 17 ... The Trojans and Bruins are tied for fourth place in the Conference standings (8-5), as USC got the best of UCLA in the first round matchup, 64-56 ... OREGON and OREGON STATE head to WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE ... The Civil War rivals are looking for a season sweep as both teams went 2-0 against the Huskies and Cougars earlier this season.

ROAD WARRIORS
As one would expect, the race to crown the Pac-10 champion will depend on who can defend their home court and get at least a split on the road ... California and Stanford, sitting in first and second respectively, are both undefeated on their home courts at 6-0 and 7-0 ... Arizona State, in third place, is the only team in the Conference with an unblemished record on the road (5-0) ... A couple of teams are looking for their first Pac-10 road wins, including Oregon State, which travels to Washington and Washington State this weekend ... All told, the top five teams in the Conference are 29-4 at home and 20-11 on the road.

WIGGINS WATCH
Stanford SR G Candice Wiggins put together three straight 20-point games last week as the Cardinal defeated Santa Clara, Oregon and Oregon State ... Wiggins scored a total of 70 points (a 23.3 average) to bring her career point total to 2,323 ... She needs just 26 points to tie Tanja Kostic of Oregon State (1993-96) for second place on the Pac-10's all-time scoring list at 2,349 ... USC's Lisa Leslie (1991-94) holds the all-time scoring record of 2,414 ... Wiggins needs just 92 points to break the Pac-10 scoring record.

PLUIMER NETS ACADEMIC ACCOLADE
UCLA SR F Lindsey Pluimer was selected to the 2008 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 First Team, and is now eligible for the national ballot for Academic All-America honors ... Pluimer, who earned third-team honors as a sophomore and second-team honors as a junior, last weekend became just the sixth player in UCLA history to record 1,400 points (1,472) and 700 rebounds (700) ... In order to be nominated for Academic All-District and All-America honors, a player must be a starter or significant contributor, must have a 3.20 cumulative GPA, and have completed at least one full academic year at her institution.

NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
With Stanford's 96-74 win over Santa Clara on Tuesday, the Pac-10 improved to 65-47 (.580) in all non-conference regular season games in 2007-08 ... The Cardinal victory marked the third straight year that the league has won at least 65 games outside of the Pac-10 in regular season play, and the fifth straight year above the 60-win plateau.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (9-14, 3-9)
Last Week: L, Arizona State (67-64)
This Week: @ Stanford (2/14); @ California (2/16)
Scoring five points in two seconds, Arizona rallied furiously to bring its game with arch rival Arizona State to within one point with three seconds left on the clock on Friday ... The Wildcats could not hang on for the win, getting edged, 67-64, in Tempe ... SR G Ashley Whisonant led all players with 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting ... She added six assists, four steals and three rebounds ... Whisonant currently ranks second in the Conference in scoring (16.3), third in assists (4.57), eighth in steals (1.87) and first in minutes played (37.13) ... Despite the setback, UA has won three of its last five games and is in sole possession of eighth place in the Pac-10 standings ... Joan Bonvicini will coach in her 900th career game this weekend when her squad takes on Stanford, Thurs., Feb. 14 ... The `Cats are looking to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Cardinal ... The team will also take on California, Sat., Feb. 16 in Berkeley ... Arizona played a competitive game against the Bears in Tucson earlier in the year, forcing Cal into 20 turnovers off of six steals.

ARIZONA STATE (16-7, 10-2)
Last Week: W, Arizona (67-64)
This Week: @ California (2/14); @ Stanford (2/16)
Arizona State, a perfect 5-0 in Pac-10 road games this season, has a big weekend ahead as it travels to the Bay Area for a Thurs., Feb. 14 game against No. 9 California and a Sat., Feb. 16 game against No. 6 Stanford ... The Sun Devils, having received votes in both major polls for four consecutive weeks, are one game behind the Cardinal with a 10-2 league record ... ASU is coming off a 67-64 edging of Arizona on Friday ... JR G Briann January led the team with 14 points, and added four rebounds, six assists and four steals ... Nine players scored in the game, including SO G Dymond Simon who chipped in nine points in 19 minutes ... Arizona State has won five games in a row, and 10 of its last 12 ... ASU will need strong inside production from its post players this weekend ... JR F Lauren Lacey is averaging 13.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in her last three games, while JR C Sybil Dosty is averaging 8.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in that same time frame ... The Sun Devils claimed a 74-58 win in Haas Pavilion last season, but have never won in Maples Pavilion.

CALIFORNIA (21-3, 12-1)
Last Week: W, Oregon State (56-45); W, Oregon (53-34)
This Week: Arizona State (2/14); Arizona (2/16)
California picked up two more wins last week, including a 53-34 victory over Oregon in Eugene, to earn their first victory at McArthur Court since a 75-63 win on Jan. 7, 1993 ... Cal also claimed a 56-45 win over Oregon State on Thursday ... The Bears improve to 21-3 overall, 12-1 in Pac-10 play ... Cal now has consecutive seasons with a least 20 wins for only the second time in school history (1980-81 and 1981-82 was the first stretch) ... JR F/C Devanei Hampton registered her fourth double-double of the season (11 points, 11 rebounds) against UO ... RS SO G Alexis Gray-Lawson averaged 11 points and three assists during the two-game stretch ... Gray-Lawson was held to just a 1-of-7 mark from long range, but still paces the Pac-10 with a 42.3 3-point field goal percentage ... California enters into an important two-week home stretch as it takes on Arizona State, Thurs., Feb. 14, followed by a Sat., Feb. 16 game with Arizona and a Sat., Feb. 23 rematch with Stanford ... The Bears, in sole possession of first place in the Pac-10, have a one-game lead over the Cardinal (11-2).

OREGON (10-14, 4-9)
Last Week: L, Stanford (72-43); L, California (53-34)
This Week: @ Washington (2/15); @ Washington St. (2/17)
Going up against some of the best post players in the country, FR F Nicole Canepa continues to impress as she led a young Oregon team with 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting against No. 6 Stanford Thursday evening ... She also scored six points on 3-of-6 shooting against No. 9 California on Saturday ... Since moving back to the starting lineup against ASU three games ago, Canepa has averaged 9.7 points and 2.7 rebounds ... Oregon, which only scored 34 points in Saturday's game against Cal, is looking for some offensive production, and certainly has a deep threat in SO G Taylor Lilley ... Lilley averages 12.0 ppg to rank 14th in the Conference ... UO hits the road once again, this time taking on Washington, Fri., Feb. 15, and Washington State, Sun., Feb. 17 in Seattle and Pullman, respectively ... The Ducks are looking for a season sweep against both schools as they defeated UW, 66-64, and WSU, 64-45, in first round action earlier in the year.

OREGON STATE (10-14, 3-10)
Last Week: L, California (56-45); L, Stanford (69-59)
This Week: @ Washington St. (2/17); @ Washington (2/15)
Looking to snap a six-game losing streak, a hungry Oregon State team takes to the road this week for a Fri., Feb. 15 game at Washington State, followed by a Sun., Feb. 17 game at Washington ... The Beavers are coming off just a 10-point loss to the No. 6 team in the nation, Stanford ... Three players scored in double figures, including SR G Ashley Allen who scored 17 points, including a 3-of-5 mark from 3-point range ... The double-figure scoring effort was Allen's team-leading 18th of the season ... JR G Mercedes Fox-Griffin also dished out eight assists, coming just two passes shy of a double-double as she also scored 13 points on the night ... Fox-Griffin ranks atop the Conference with a 5.00 assist per game average ... Should she finish the year in the No. 1 position, she would become just the sixth player in Pac-10 history to lead the Conference in assists in back-to-back years ... She finished last season with a 6.43 apg average.

STANFORD (22-3, 11-2)
Last Week: W, Santa Clara (96-74); W, Oregon (72-43); W, Oregon State (69-59)
This Week: Arizona (2/14); Arizona State (2/16)
Stanford went 3-0 on the road last week to improve to 22-3 on the season and 11-2 in Conference play ... SR G Candice Wiggins had three 20-point games, including back-to-back 25-point nights against Oregon and Oregon State ... FR F Kayla Pedersen averaged 19 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks during the two-game stretch ... Stanford held a 46-12 advantage at the half against Oregon, holding the Ducks to just a 32.1 field goal percentage (18-of-56) for the game ... The Cardinal outrebounded the Beavers, 46-32, including a 20-11 edge on the offensive boards ... Stanford continues to make things look easy as it is outscoring its opponents by +18.7 points, outrebounding by an +8.1 margin, and holding a +3.44 turnover margin ... Stanford owns a season-best 10-game winning streak as it welcomes Arizona, Thurs., Feb. 14, and Arizona State, Sat., Feb. 16 ... The Cardinal are 12-0 at home this season.

UCLA (13-11, 8-5)
Last Week: W, Washington St. (68-56); W, Washington (75-68)
This Week: USC (2/17)
UCLA has won four of its last six games and six of its last nine after it defeated Washington State, 68-56, and Washington, 75-68, over the weekend ... The Bruins were led by SR F Lindsey Pluimer who tied her season-high of 19 points in both outings, while averaging 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks ... Pluimer's six rebounds against WSU moved her into UCLA's all-time Top-10 in rebounding, and with an additional seven rebounds against Washington, she now has 700 ... Pluimer has become only the sixth woman in UCLA history to record 1,400 points and 700 rebounds for a career ... Her 19 points against both schools gave her 85 career double-figure scoring games, seventh most in school history ... Pluimer continues to lead the Bruins in scoring (14.8), rebounding (6.8) and blocked shots (0.96) ... UCLA will face arch rival USC, Sun., Feb. 17 in second round action ... The Bruins have not defeated the Women of Troy in six tries ... The game is an important one as the two teams are tied for fourth place with an 8-5 Conference record.

USC (15-9, 8-5)
Last Week: W, Washington (68-52); W, Washington St. (64-46)
This Week: @ UCLA (2/17)
USC got back to its winning ways with a home sweep of Washington and Washington State, defeating the Huskies, 68-52, and the Cougars, 64-46 ... The Women of Troy are winners in five of their last seven and seven of their last 10 ... JR C Nadia Parker led USC in scoring in back-to-back games over the weekend, helping the Trojans avenge an earlier loss to Washington with a team-high 14 points and then setting a career-high with 23 points in Sunday's game with the Cougars ... Parker was just a rebound away from a double-double, grabbing a game-high nine rebounds ... The two wins improve USC to 11-1 at home this season ... The Women of Troy have an important game Sun., Feb. 17 when they head to Pauley Pavilion for a showdown with UCLA, as both teams are tied for fourth place in the Conference standings ... USC owns a current six-game winning streak over UCLA, including this season's 64-56 win ... The Trojans also hold the all-time edge with a 29-14 series record.

WASHINGTON (9-15, 4-8)
Last Week: L, USC (68-52); L, UCLA (75-68)
This Week: Oregon (2/15); Oregon State (2/17)
SO G Sami Whitcomb scored the most points by a Husky this season, 27, setting her career-high in the tight 75-68 loss to UCLA on Sunday ... Washington also dropped a 68-52 game to USC on Friday ... Whitcomb averaged a team-high 19.5 points per game, while also averaging 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 steals ... She had seven 3-pointers on the weekend and was near perfect from the line (10-for-11) ... Against the Bruins, Whitcomb helped the Huskies in a second-half rally that fell just short, scoring 23 of her 27 points all in the second-half ... She scored eight-straight points including a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers to get UW to within four (62-66) with just over four minutes to go ... Washington returns home this week for a pair of games against Oregon and Oregon State ... The Huskies lost to both squads earlier this season by a combined six points ... UW's series with UO is tied at 23-all, but the Huskies own a 33-11 all-time mark against OSU.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-20, 0-12)
Last Week: L, UCLA (68-56); L, USC (64-46)
This Week: Oregon State (2/15); Oregon (2/17)
The Cougars return home this week for two games against the Oregon schools, including a matchup with the Beavers, Fri., Feb. 15, followed by a Sun., Feb. 17 game with the Ducks ... Washington State is coming off an LA road trip that saw the team drop two games, including a 68-56 contest to UCLA on Friday, and a 64-46 game to USC on Sunday ... JR G Katie Appleton scored 18 points against the Bruins, knocking down four buckets from long range ... Appleton currently has 104 3-pointers to rank fifth among active Pac-10 players, while moving into a tie for fifth place on the Cougar all-time list ... She passed former Cougar Susan Jarosch (1991-95) and moved into a tie with Tricia Lamb (1998-2000) ... JR C Ebonee Coates scored a career-high 12 points in Sunday's game with USC ... She was 5-for-10 from the floor, and chipped in five rebounds and two assists ... Coates has missed 13 games this season due to injury, but has played in the last three.

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