This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Feb. 25, 2008

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**Through all games of Sun., Feb. 24**

STANDINGS Conference; Overall1. Stanford 14-2, .875; 25-3, .893 California 14-2, .875; 23-4, .8523. Arizona State 12-4, .750; 18-9, .6674. USC 10-6, .625; 17-10, .6305. UCLA 9-7, .563; 14-13, .5196. Washington 7-9, .438; 12-16, .4297. Oregon 6-11, .353; 12-16, .4298. Oregon State 4-13, .235; 11-17, .3939. Arizona 3-13, .188; 9-18, .33310.Washington State 2-14, .125; 5-22, .185

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thurs., Feb. 21 *UCLA 55, OREGON STATE 52Pluimer-17 pts/3-5 3-PT FG; Fox-Griffin-12 pts/6 reb

*USC 67, OREGON 58Parker-17 pts/5 reb; Lilley-13 pts/5 reb

*WASHINGTON 60, ARIZONA 58Whitcomb-11 pts/6 reb; Whisonant-23 pts/5 ast

*ARIZONA STATE 59, WASHINGTON STATE 30Dosty-14 pts/7-10 FG; Kelly-9 pts/5 reb

Sat., Feb. 23*(7/7) STANFORD 60, (8/8) CALIFORNIA 58Appel-16 pts/10 reb; Hampton-19 pts/10 reb

*OREGON 66, UCLA 55Chapdelaine-25 pts/6 ast; Pluimer-15 pts/6 reb

*OREGON STATE 55, USC 54Rhea-14 pts/4-12 3-PT FG; Parker-20 pts/7 reb

*WASHINGTON STATE 67, ARIZONA 54Price-16 pts/4 reb; Ibekwe-15 pts

Sun., Feb. 24*ARIZONA STATE 69, WASHINGTON 53Lacey-25 pts/11 reb; Bennett-17 pts/7-9 FG

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY/MARCH (rankings as of Feb. 25/19)

Thurs., Feb. 28 *ARIZONA at USC7 p.m. PTSeries: 28-16 (USC)Last Meeting: 77-70 (USC)Streak: USC 6

*ARIZONA STATE at UCLA7 p.m. PTSeries: 29-18 (UCLA)Last Meeting: 62-59 (ASU)Streak: ASU 4

Fri., Feb. 29*(9/8) CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE7 p.m. PTSeries: 25-19 (CAL)Last Meeting: 99-44 (CAL)Streak: CAL 6

*(7/7) STANFORD at WASHINGTON7 p.m. PTSeries: 32-12 (STAN)Last Meeting: 77-42 (STAN)Streak: STAN 4

Sat., March 1*ARIZONA at UCLA11 a.m. PTSeries: 25-18 (UCLA)Last Meeting: 68-59 (UCLA)Streak: UCLA 1

*ARIZONA STATE at USC (FSN)11 a.m. PTSeries: 31-12 (USC)Last Meeting: 66-63 (ASU)Streak: ASU 4

*OREGON STATE at OREGON (OSN)4 p.m. PTSeries: 33-11 (ORE)Last Meeting: 76-72 (ORE)Streak: ORE 2

Sun., March 2*(9/8) CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON2 p.m. PTSeries: 34-9 (CAL)Last Meeting: 66-40 (CAL)Streak: CAL 1

*(7/7) STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE12 Noon PTSeries: 43-0 (STAN)Last Meeting: 105-47 (STAN)Streak: STAN 43

*Conference Game

UPCOMING TV GAMES

MARCH

Sat., March 1 *ARIZONA STATE at USC (FSN)11 a.m. PT

*OREGON STATE at OREGON (OSN)4 p.m. PT

Sun., March 9Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal 1 (FSN)12 Noon PT

Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal 2 (FSN)2:30 p.m. PT

Mon., March 10Pac-10 Tournament Championship (FSN)7:30 p.m. PT

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

2007-08 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP
With STANFORD's 60-58 win over CALIFORNIA on Saturday at Haas Pavilion, the Cardinal and the Golden Bears are tied for first place in the Pac-10 with identical 14-2 league records ... The two teams travel to the Pacific Northwest this weekend for games against WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE ... Should both teams win out, Stanford and California would be Pac-10 co-champions, with the Cardinal earning the No. 1 seed in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament by virtue of two head-to-head wins ... Should this scenario hold true, it would mark Stanford's eighth-consecutive Conference title (shared or outright), and Cal's first-ever of either kind.

RECORD BREAKERS
On Thursday, ARIZONA STATE held Washington State to just 30 points, breaking the all-time Pac-10 record for fewest points allowed in a Conference game, previously held by OREGON STATE (OSU 57, WSU 33; Dec. 28, 2001 and OSU 52, Cal 33; Feb. 10, 2000).

WIGGINS WATCH
Stanford SR G Candice Wiggins scored 13 points against California on Saturday and now has 2,378 career points and needs just 37 points to break the Pac-10 record of 2,414 set by USC's Lisa Leslie (1991-94) ... Wiggins also has 261 career three-pointers made ... She needs 25 more to break the all-time record of 285 set by Arizona's Lisa Griffith (1997-2000).

TIE-BREAKING FORMULA
Seedings and pairings will be determined following the final Conference regular season games on Sunday, March 2. The won-lost percentage record of the teams in regular season conference play will determine tournament seedings. Tie breaking procedures for determining all tournament seeding will be as follows:

1. Two-team tie
a. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.b. Each team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

2. Multiple-team tie
a. Results of collective head-to-head competition during the regular season among the tied teams.b. If two or more teams are still tied, each of the tied team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.    d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (9-18, 3-13)
Last Week: L, Washington (60-58); L, Washington State (67-54)
This Week: @ USC (2/28); @ UCLA (3/1)
SR G Ashley Whisonant averaged 16.5 points over the weekend after leading all players with 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting in the 60-58 loss to Washington on Thursday ... Arizona also suffered a 67-54 loss to Washington State on Saturday ... JR F Amina Njonkou scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the game with the Cougars to post her 11th double-double of the season, which ranks second among all active Pac-10 players ... The Wildcats forced 41 turnovers in both games, scoring 32 points off their opponent's miscues ... Arizona takes to the road this weekend for its final regular season games of the 2007-08 season ... UA will face USC on Thurs., Feb. 28 and UCLA on Sat., March 1 ... The `Cats will be looking for a little revenge as they dropped both first round games against the Trojans and Bruins by respective 77-70 and 68-59 scores.

ARIZONA STATE (18-9, 12-4)
Last Week: W, Washington State (59-30); W, Washington (69-53)
This Week: @ UCLA (2/28); @ USC (3/1)

Arizona State swept its most recent homestand, taking care of Washington State and Washington ... ASU held the Cougars to just 30 points in the 29-point win, setting a Pac-10 record for fewest points allowed in a Conference game ... The Sun Devils' stingy defense gave up just 13 field goals on the evening (13-of-38) ... JR F Lauren Lacey averaged 18.5 points (.727 FG%), 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals for the weekend ... Lacey also led ASU with career bests in points (25), field goals (11) and rebounds (11) in the Sun Devils' 69-53 win over Washington on Sunday ... Lacey, who was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her efforts, currently leads Arizona State in scoring (12.9 ppg, 14.4 ppg in Pac-10 games) and has now scored in double figures in 20 of 27 games ... With 18 wins on the year, Arizona State enters into an important regular season finale with UCLA (Feb. 28) and USC (March 1) ... With one win, the Sun Devils will claim third place in the Pac-10 and a No. 3 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, earning the right to play Saturday morning against the sixth seed.

CALIFORNIA (23-4, 14-2)
Last Week: L, Stanford (60-58)
This Week: @ Washington State (2/29); @ Washington (3/2)

Despite double-double performances from JR F/C Ashley Walker and JR F/C Devanei Hampton, California could not hold on, losing to No. 7 Stanford, 60-58 at Haas Pavilion on Saturday ... Walker finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Hampton led all scorers with 19 points and 10 boards ... It was Hampton's fourth consecutive double-double and fifth in the last six games ... She also had 14 of her points and six of her rebounds in the first half to help the Bears play the Cardinal even at the half, 32-32 ... The Cal-Stanford game was played in front of a crowd of 10,525, the most fans to ever see two Pac-10 teams face off against one another ... Should Cal win its final two games on the road, it would clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title ... No Cal squad has ever finished higher than third in the final Conference standings ... The Bears outrebounded Stanford, 49-39, but finished just 11-for-20 from the free throw line ... The Bears will be looking to bounce back in the final regular season weekend, taking on Washington State, Fri., Feb. 29 and Washington, Sun., March 2.

OREGON (12-16, 6-11)
Last Week: L, USC (67-58); W, UCLA (66-55)
This Week: Oregon State (3/1)

Oregon split its home series with the Los Angeles schools, earning a 66-55 win over UCLA on Saturday, after falling to USC, 67-58 two days earlier ... The Ducks improve to 12-16 on the season, 6-11 in all Conference games ... SR G Kaela Chapdelaine had quite a weekend as she scored a career-best 25 points, shooting 7-of-9 from the floor and a flawless 6-for-6 from the three-point line against the Bruins ... Her six three-pointers were not only a career high, but set an Oregon record as the first player in program history to drain at least five three-pointers without a miss ... In the game against the Bruins she also led the Ducks with six assists and added six rebounds ... Chapdelaine shot an even .500 (9-for-18) from the floor on the weekend and was .545 (6-for-11) from three-point range ... In two games, she averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds ... Oregon has one more regular season game remaining as it takes on arch rival Oregon State, Sat., March 1 at Mac Court ... The game will be televised on OSN.

OREGON STATE (11-17, 4-13)
Last Week: L, UCLA (55-52); W, USC (55-54)
This Week: @ Oregon (3/1)

Oregon State snapped a nine-game losing streak when it defeated USC, 55-54, Saturday night at Gill Coliseum ... The Beavers were coming off just a three-point loss to UCLA two days earlier (55-52), marking their sixth loss by just five points or less this season ... JR G Mercedes Fox-Griffin had a stellar weekend, finishing with an average of 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game ... Already the Pac-10's leader in assists, she stayed on course with four against UCLA to open the weekend and six against USC on Saturday ... Fox-Griffin was almost perfect from the charity stripe, sinking better than 84% of her shots taken (11-of-13) ... Fox-Griffin ranks seventh in the Conference in assist/turnover ratio, with a 1.48 mark ... The Beavers will travel to Eugene this week for a Sat., March 1 game against Oregon ... The Ducks got the best of the Beavers in their first round game, defeating OSU, 76-72 ... However, the last time Oregon State played at Mac Court, it came away with a 65-59 win (Jan. 24, 2007).

STANFORD (25-3, 14-2)Last Week: W, California (60-58)
This Week: @ Washington (2/29); @ Washington State (3/2)

It wasn't pretty, but four players scored in double figures, including two double-double performances from SO C Jayne Appel and FR F Kayla Pedersen, as Stanford edged California, 60-58 ... The win ties the Cardinal for first place in the Pac-10, and brings the team that much closer to its eighth-consecutive Conference title ... To clinch at least a share of the league championship, Stanford must win on the road at Washington (Feb. 29) and Washington State (March 2) ... Appel's eighth double-double of the season helped complete a season sweep of first-place California, pulling the Cardinal even with the Golden Bears in the Pac-10 regular-season title race, and gave Stanford the inside track to the Pac-10 Tournament's No. 1 seed ... Appel scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half, and on the day shot 62.5% from the floor (5-for-8) while going 6-for-7 at the line ... SR G Candice Wiggins was held to just 4-of-19 from the floor, but she did finish with 13 points, bringing her all-time career point total to 2,378 ... She needs just 37 more points to break the Pac-10 record of 2,414 set by USC's Lisa Leslie (1991-94).

UCLA (14-13, 9-7)
Last Week: W, Oregon State (55-52); L, Oregon (66-55)
This Week: Arizona State (2/28); Arizona (3/1)

UCLA earned a split on the road, taking a 55-52 win over Oregon State at Gill Coliseum on Thursday, but falling to Oregon, 66-55 on Saturday ... The Bruins are 14-13 overall, 9-7 in the Conference standings for sole possession of fifth place ... SR F Lindsey Pluimer continues to be the most consistent player on a young UCLA squad ... She averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks on the weekend ... JR G Tierra Henderson was the only other player to reach double figures as she scored 10 points against the Beavers ... UCLA has won three of its last five games, and seven of its last 12 ... The Bruins lead the Conference in rebounding offense (42.8), offensive rebounds (14.89), defensive rebounds (27.89) and steals (10.15) ... The second chances and impressive stats off the glass help the Bruins rank second in scoring offense, averaging over 67 points a game (67.3) ... UCLA heads back to Pauley Pavilion to close out the regular season against Arizona State, Thurs., Feb. 28 and Arizona, Sat., March 1.

USC (17-10, 10-6)
Last Week: W, Oregon (67-58); L, Oregon State (55-54)
This Week: Arizona (2/28); Arizona State (3/1)

USC picked up a 67-58 win over Oregon last week, but dropped a heart-breaking 55-54 loss to Oregon State to bring its record to 17-10 overall, and 10-6 in Pac-10 games ... JR C Nadia Parker led USC in scoring over the weekend, hitting game highs in both road games with 17 points vs. Oregon and 20 at Oregon State ... Parker has now scored in double figures the past six games and has led USC in scoring the past five ... From the free-throw line, Parker had her best performances shooting five or more free throws in a game, going 5-of-6 against Oregon and 4-of-5 against OSU ... She leads USC in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) and with 39 blocks ... USC has two very important home games this weekend to close out its regular season schedule ... The Women of Troy will take on Arizona, Thurs., Feb. 28 and Arizona State, Sat., March 1 ... The game with the Sun Devils was picked up by FSN and will feature two scrappy teams, with postseason implications riding high.

WASHINGTON (12-16, 7-9)
Last Week: W, Arizona (60-58); L, Arizona State (69-53)
This Week: Stanford (2/29); California (3/2)

Washington earned its second Pac-10 road win of the season when it edged Arizona on Thursday for the 60-58 win ... The Huskies could not build on that momentum, however, and dropped a tough 69-53 loss to Arizona State on Sunday ... With the split, Washington has won three of its last four games, and five of its last eight ... FR C Kali Bennett averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting 62.5% from the field against both the Wildcats and Sun Devils ... In the two-point win in Tucson, Bennett pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to go along with six points ... The win completed a season sweep of the Wildcats ... Against ASU, Bennett scored a team-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting ... She scored 10 of her 17 points in the second-half, including three during an 11-2 run after halftime that helped cut ASU's lead from 20 down to nine ... UW returns to Bank of America Arena for two games against the top-ranked teams in the Conference, Stanford (Feb. 29) and California (March 2).

WASHINGTON STATE (5-22, 2-14)
Last Week: L, Arizona State (59-30); W, Arizona (67-54)
This Week: California (2/29); Stanford (3/2)

With a 67-54 win on the road against Arizona on Saturday, Washington State earned its fifth overall win and second in Conference play this season ... The five wins matches last season's total and surpasses the one Pac-10 victory in 2006-07 ... The win was also the Cougars' first Conference road win in more than a year, with the last victory coming against Oregon State (58-41), Dec. 21, 2006 ... SO G Alexa Price hit each of her first four three-point attempts and matched her career high with 14 points in the opening half of Washington State's first victory over Arizona in Tucson since Jan. 8, 1998 (64-61) ... Price finished the game with a career-best 16 points, and was one of four Cougars to score in double figures ... She also tied a career high with four rebounds ... As a team, the Cougars were lights out from beyond the arc, hitting a season-high 10 three-pointers in the first half ... WSU finished the game with 13 threes, one off the school record of 14 (13-of-29) ... Washington State returns to Pullman to face two Top-10 opponents in a Fri., Feb. 29 game against California and a Sun., March 2 game with Stanford.

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