This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
March 3, 2008
**Through all regular season games**
STANDINGS Conference; Overall1. Stanford 16-2, .889; 27-3, .9002. California 15-3, .833; 24-5, .8283. Arizona State 14-4, .778; 20-9, .6904. USC 10-8, .556; 17-12, .586 UCLA 10-8, .556; 15-14, .5176. Washington 8-10, .444; 13-17, .4337. Oregon 7-11, .389; 13-16, .4488. Oregon State 4-14, .222; 11-18, .379 Arizona 4-14, .222; 10-19, .34510.Washington State 2-16, .111; 5-24, .172
*STANFORD clinches the 2007-08 Pac-10 Championship.
*USC and UCLA finish the 2007-08 regular season tied for fourth (10-8). USC earns the No. 4 seed by virtue of two head-to-head wins over UCLA.
*OREGON STATE and ARIZONA finish the 2007-08 regular season tied for eighth (4-14). Oregon State earns the No. 8 seed by virtue of a split against the sixth-place team (Washington).
2008 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENTMarch 7-10, 2008 - HP Pavilion at San JoseTICKETS: www.pac-10.org or www.ticketmaster.com(408) 998-8497
Fri., March 7TimeGame 1: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 Washington State6 p.m. PTSeries: 35-10 (ORE)Last Meeting: 70-67 (ORE)Streak: ORE 4Web: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Game 2: No. 8 Oregon State vs. No. 9 Arizona8:15 p.m. PTSeries: 25-22 (ARIZ)Last Meeting: 71-63 (ARIZ)Streak: ARIZ 1Web: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Sat., March 8Game 3: No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 6 Washington11 a.m. PTSeries: 26-18 (WASH)Last Meeting: 69-53 (ASU)Streak: ASU 7Web: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Game 4: No. 2 California vs. Game 1 winner1:15 p.m. PTWeb: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. Game 2 winner5 p.m. PTWeb: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Game 6: No. 4 USC vs. No. 5 UCLA7:15 p.m. PTSeries: 30-14 (USC)Last Meeting: 49-36 (USC)Streak: USC 7Web: live streaming: www.pac-10.org
Sun., March 9Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner12 Noon p.m. PTTV: FSN, check your local listings
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner2:30 p.m. PTTV: FSN, check your local listings
Mon., March 10Game 9: Championship Game7:30 p.m. PTTV: FSN, check your local listings
Thurs., Feb. 28 *ARIZONA 64, USC 62Whisonant-13 pts/5 stl; LeNoir-16 pts/5 ast
*ARIZONA STATE 73, UCLA 67January-17 pts/6 reb; Earl- 12 pts/8 reb
Fri., Feb. 29*(9/9) CALIFORNIA 61, WASHINGTON STATE 47Hampton-16 pts/5 reb; Molzen-14 pts/6-9 FG
*(7/7) STANFORD 73, WASHINGTON 53Wiggins-22 pts/10 reb; Plouffe-11 pts/4 reb
Sat., March 1*UCLA 80, ARIZONA 70Pluimer-18 pts/11 reb; Njonkou-18 pts/5 reb
*ARIZONA STATE 65, USC 57Lacey-14 pts/6 reb; LeNoir-19 pts/3 ast
*OREGON 60, OREGON STATE 49Manou-18 pts/6 reb; Ducker-17 pts/5 reb
Sun., March 2*WASHINGTON 74, (9/9) CALIFORNIA 66Whitcomb-24 pts/4 reb; Gray-Lawson-17 pts/3-8 3-PT FG
*(7/7) STANFORD 74, WASHINGTON STATE 52Wiggins-24 pts/6 ast; Appleton-17 pts/4 reb
CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES
EIGHT-TIME DEFENDING CHAMPION
With a 16-2 league record, including a weekend sweep of WASHINGTON (73-53) and WASHINGTON STATE (74-52), STANFORD earned its eighth-consecutive Pac-10 title, claiming the Conference championship outright as CALIFORNIA lost its regular season finale to the Huskies, 74-66, falling to 15-3 in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal, who have won four straight titles outright, have now won an unprecedented 17 Conference championships, 14 more than the next closest team (Washington, 3) ... The Golden Bears finished as the runner-up, while ARIZONA STATE came in third at 14-4 ... The 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title is now up for grabs as all 10 teams compete this weekend in the Conference Tournament showdown.
Stanford SR G Candice Wiggins scored 22 points against Washington on Friday and 24 points against Washington State on Sunday to become the Pac-10's all-time leading scorer, breaking Lisa Leslie's mark of 2,414 (USC, 1991-94) ... Wiggins now has 2,424 career points ... She also has 270 career three-pointers made, 15 shy of the Pac-10 record set by Arizona's Lisa Griffith (285, 1997-00).
2008 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
The stage is set for the 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament, held March 7-10 at HP Pavilion at San Jose ... Capturing its eighth-straight Pac-10 title, Stanford finished with a 16-2 league record, earning its seventh No. 1 seed in as many Conference Tournaments ... California, which finished second in the final regular season standings for its highest finish in program history, enters the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 2 seed ... Arizona State won nine of its last 11 games to claim the No. 3 seed in the Tournament ... The Sun Devils currently own a four-game winning streak, second best in the Conference ... USC and UCLA finished tied for fourth in the Pac-10 standings with a 10-8 record ... The Women of Troy claim the No. 4 seed by virtue of two head-to-head wins over the fifth-seeded Bruins ... The LA rivals are meeting for the first time in the Tournament when they play Sat., March 8 at 7:15 p.m. ... Washington, with its back against the wall, had to win in its regular season finale against the No. 9 team in the country, California, in order to play out of the play-in game Friday night ... And what an upset it was ... The Huskies defeated the Golden Bears, 74-66 at Bank of America Arena Sunday, to earn the No. 6 seed and strip Cal of a 2007-08 Pac-10 co-championship ... No. 7 OREGON will play No. 10 Washington State to open the Tournament Fri., March 7 at 6 p.m. ... OREGON STATE and ARIZONA, who both finished with a 4-14 record will face off in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game for the second straight year ... The Beavers earned the tie-breaker by virtue of a win over sixth-place Washington.
No. 9 ARIZONA (10-19, 4-14)
Last Week: W, USC (64-62); L, UCLA (80-70)
This Week: vs. Oregon State (3/7)
Arizona enters the 2008 tournament as the No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 Oregon State on Fri., March 7 at 8:15 p.m. ... The two teams split the regular season series as the Wildcats got the best of the Beavers in the last go-round, 71-63 ... In one of the strangest games ever in Pac-10 history, UA and OSU played to a 94-88 double-overtime game that saw the Beavers come out victorious in Corvallis ... Arizona had just six players available to play and finished the game with just two players on the court ... Despite being down in numbers, Arizona forced two overtimes with four players or less ... The Wildcats are led by SR G Ashley Whisonant, JR F Amina Njonkou and FR F Ify Ibekwe ... Whisonant ranks third in the Conference in scoring (15.4) ... Ibekwe has come on strong as of late, posting two double-doubles last weekend against USC and UCLA ... On the season, Ibekwe is averaging 10.8 points and team-bests of 7.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a game, while shooting 48.1 percent from the field.
No. 3 ARIZONA STATE (20-9, 14-4)
Last Week: W, UCLA (73-67); W, USC (65-57)
This Week: vs. Washington (3/8)
As the No. 3 seed in this year's tournament, Arizona State heads to San Jose riding a four-game winning streak and with revenge on the brain as the Sun Devils were defeated in last year's championship game by Stanford, 62-55 ... Arizona State is one of three teams to have won a Pac-10 Tournament title ... The Sun Devils won the inaugural championship in Eugene in 2002 ... ASU will face No. 6 Washington in Saturday's first game of the day (11 a.m.) ... The Sun Devils swept the season series with the Huskies, earning a 69-53 win at home during the second round ... JR G Briann January, JR F Lauren Lacey and GRAD G Jill Noe lead the way for the Devils ... Lacey had a strong weekend in Los Angeles this past week, averaging 12 points and five rebounds, while going 4-for-5 from three-point range ... Lacey ranks eighth in the Conference in scoring (12.9) and seventh in field goal percentage (49.5) ... January and Noe headline a deep backcourt that has helped the team rank third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (33.9).
No. 2 CALIFORNIA (24-5, 15-3)
Last Week: W, Washington State (61-47); L, Washington (74-66)
This Week: vs. Oregon or Washington State (3/8)
California has claimed its highest seed ever (No. 2), entering the 2008 Pac-10 Tournament with a second-place finish in the Conference regular season standings and big hopes for its run in San Jose ... Cal will open with a game against either Oregon or Washington State on Sat., March 8 at 1:15 p.m. ... The Golden Bears are coming off a road split in which they defeated Washington State, 61-47, but spent much of the day in foul trouble against Washington, dropping the 74-66 contest ... Cal is led by one of the strongest triple threats in the country, JR F/C Ashley Walker, JR F/C Devanei Hampton and RS SO G Alexis Gray-Lawson ... Walker, one of the most consistent players in the league, ranks second in scoring (15.6) and first in rebounding (9.5) ... She also ranks fifth in the Conference in field goal percentage (50.9) and second in blocked shots (1.52) ... After connecting on six long range shots over the weekend, Gray-Lawson now has 100 three-pointers for her career, and is on pace to break the school record of 159 by the end of her collegiate campaign ... Rounding out the trio is Hampton who is averaging 13.7 points and 7.9 rebounds, despite playing with a nagging knee injury all year long.
No. 7 OREGON (13-16, 7-11)
Last Week: W, Oregon State (60-49)
This Week: vs. Washington State (3/7)
As the No. 7 seed, Oregon will open its 2008 tournament run with a Fri., March 7 game against Washington State at 6 p.m. ... The Ducks finished the regular season with a 60-49 win over arch rival Oregon State to bring their Conference record to 7-11 ... UO has played in a first round game three times in tournament history, earning a 1-2 record in that span ... Oregon will be looking to better its overall winning percentage for the 2007-08 season and can do so on the shoulders of SO G Taylor Lilley, SR G Kaela Chapdelaine and FR F Nicole Canepa ... Lilley, one of the strongest three-point threats in the nation, ranks 12th in the league in scoring (12.1) and first in three-point field goals made (2.34) ... She also ranks seventh in three-point field goal percentage (34.0) ... FR F Ellie Manou has begun to regain her rhythm as an early season foot injury slowed her down ... Manou led all scorers and set a career high scoring 18 points in UO's victory on Saturday ... She was 9-of-14 from the field and also added six rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes of action.
No. 8 OREGON STATE (11-18, 4-14)
Last Week: L, Oregon (60-49)
This Week: vs. Arizona (3/7)
Earning the No. 8 seed, Oregon State will face ninth-seeded Arizona on Fri., March 7 at 8:15 p.m. to begin its 2008 Pac-10 Tournament ... The Beavers are looking to avenge last year's 69-54 loss to the Wildcats in the same No. 8 vs. No. 9 Friday night play-in game ... The Beavers lost their most recent game, suffering a 60-49 loss to Oregon on Saturday, but have enjoyed recent success, including a 55-54 upset win over USC on Feb. 23 ... Oregon State is led by SR G Ashley Allen, JR G Mercedes Fox-Griffin and JR C Tiffany Ducker ... With a 15.3 scoring average, Allen ranks fourth in the Conference in points per game and second in 20-point games (nine) ... Fox-Griffin is a standout passer averaging 4.85 assists per game to rank second in the Conference ... Ducker, a strong presence in the paint, averages 6.5 rebounds per game and 1.10 blocks per game to rank sixth in both categories.
No. 1 STANFORD (27-3, 16-2)
Last Week: W, Washington (73-53); W, Washington State (74-52)
This Week: vs. Oregon State or Arizona (3/8)
With 15-straight wins, top-seeded Stanford is the team to beat heading into this week's Pac-10 Tournament in San Jose ... Stanford will face the winner of the Oregon State-Arizona matchup on Sat., March 8 at 5 p.m. ....The Cardinal finished the regular season with a road sweep of the Washington schools, defeating the Huskies, 73-53, and the Cougars, 74-52 ... SR G Candice Wiggins made Pac-10 history, surpassing USC's Lisa Leslie as the league's all-time leading scorer by scoring her 2,416th point at Washington State on Sunday ... Wiggins averaged 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game, while also shooting 56.3 percent (18-for-32) from the floor, and 52.9 percent (9-for-17) from behind the arc ... Entering the weekend just 37 points away from breaking Leslie's 13-year old mark of 2,414 career points, Wiggins wasted no time reaching the summit of the Pac-10 scoring annals, driving the baseline and dropping in a layup with 1:25 remaining in the first half to bring her career tally to 2,416 points ... In the process, Stanford earned the Pac-10 title outright with a 16-2 record ... The Cardinal are led by Wiggins, SO C Jayne Appel and FR F Kayla Pedersen.
No. 5 UCLA (15-14, 10-8)>
Last Week: L, Arizona State (73-67); W, Arizona (80-70)
This Week: vs. USC (3/8)
UCLA earned an 80-70 win over Arizona in its final regular season game of 2007-08 to bring its record to 10-8 in Conference play, garnering the fifth seed in this week's Pac-10 Tournament ... The Bruins tied the Women of Troy in the standings, but by virtue of two head-to-head losses to USC, the Bruins earn the No. 5 seed ... Not that it matters much as the two teams will square off in Saturday evening's finale, March 8 at 7:15 p.m. ... This year's squad bettered last year's seed as the 2006-07 Bruins played-in at the No. 7 spot ... UCLA is led by SR F Lindsey Pluimer who recorded her fourth double-double of the season, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, along with three assists and two blocks against the Wildcats on Saturday ... Pluimer finished the first half with 16 points and seven rebounds to move into 12th on UCLA's career scoring list ... She now ranks in UCLA's all-time Top 12 in points (No. 12 - 1,539), rebounds (No. 10 - 725), blocks (No. 6 - 92), three-point shots made (No. 7 - 83) and double figure scoring games (No. 5 - 89).
No. 4 USC (17-12, 10-8)
Last Week: L, Arizona (64-62); L, Arizona State (65-57)
This Week: vs. UCLA (3/8)
USC has earned its best seed since the 2005 Pac-10 Tournament when the Women of Troy also earned the No. 4 seed ... The team is coming off a disappointing weekend in which it dropped two close games and the team's leading scorer and rebounder, JR C Nadia Parker, went down with a knee injury ... But despite the setbacks, USC is still one of the deepest and most talented teams in the Conference ... The Women of Troy are led by JR G Camille LeNoir, who emerged as USC's top scorer in both games last weekend ... With four three-pointers on the weekend, LeNoir now stands alone as USC's No. 4 all-time career three-point shooter with 114 career threes ... LeNoir, who scored 10 points in the last three minutes of action against ASU, ranks fourth in the Conference in assists (4.07) and fifth in steals (1.96) ... The Women of Troy will open the tournament on Sat., March 8 against none other than UCLA ... USC has won seven in a row against the Bruins.
No. 6 WASHINGTON (13-17, 8-10)
Last Week: L, Stanford (73-53); W, California (74-66)
This Week: vs. Arizona State (3/8)
One of the hottest teams in the Conference, Washington won four of its last six games to move into sole possession of sixth place in the Pac-10 standings and the right to play No. 3 Arizona State, Sat., March 8 at 11 a.m. ... The Huskies are coming off a home split that saw them upset No. 9 California, 74-66 ... The win over Cal marked UW's first win over a ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 20 Cal in overtime in Berkeley, Feb. 8, 2007 (79-76) ... It was also UW's first win against a Top-10 team since beating No. 10 Stanford on Dec. 22, 2005 (77-72) ... SO G Sami Whitcomb averaged a team-high 15.0 points to go along with 5.5 rebounds, but was the difference-maker in Sunday's win, as she scored a game-high 24 points and was deadly from long-range, shooting 5-of-9 from beyond the arc (55.6) ... UW is led by SR G Emily Florence and SR F Andrea Plouffe ... Florence ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in steals (1.77) and assists (3.67), while Plouffe averages 8.8 points and 4.5 boards.
No. 10 WASHINGTON STATE (5-24, 2-16)
Last Week: L, California (61-47); L, Stanford (74-52)
This Week: vs. Oregon (3/7)
Washington State heads to the Pac-10 Tournament as the league's No. 10 seed and will open up the weekend with a matchup against No. 7 Oregon on Fri., March 7 at 6 p.m. ... The Cougars are looking for their first-ever tournament win ... With two wins in its last six games, Washington State has improved steadily since the beginning of the season ... The team is led by JR G Katie Appleton and JR C Ebonee Coates ... Appleton scored in double figures against both No. 8 California and No. 7 Stanford, earning 12 points against the Golden Bears, and a team-high 17 against the Cardinal ... She hit 5-of-10 (50.0 percent) three-pointers on the week, moving up to second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (40.9) ... Coates recorded her second double-double of the season when she scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Stanford.