This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Nov. 16, 2009
One Pac-10 team still remains to tip off the 2009-10. Oregon hosts Eastern Washington Monday night and with that game, every Conference team will have opened the new campaign. Also on tap are four tv games, highlighted by the Baylor at California clash on Sunday, Nov. 22 on FSN. Also slated for TV are Washington State at Kansas State on FSN Kansas City on Friday; Arizona and UCLA are participating at the JHG Jam at San Diego State and the one-day event will be broadcast on The Mtn on Saturday.
PRESEASON RECOGNITION: A combined five Pac-10 players have been named preseason candidates for two of the most prestigious honors in Division I women's basketball.
Three Cardinal were tabbed candidates for the State Farm/WBCA Wade Trophy - F/C Jayne Appel, F Kayla Pedersen, G Jeanette Pohlen. Also added to the list was California's G Alexis Gray-Lawson. Appel, Pohlen, Gray-Lawson were John R. Wooden Award preseason candidates, as well as Arizona JR F Ify Ibekwe. Both honors are awarded to the nation's top Division I women's basketball player.
NEW FACES & FAMILIAR FACES: Heading into the 2009-10 campaign, the Conference welcomes two new head coaches in Michael Cooper from USC and Oregon's Paul Westhead. While each brings an impressive resume with experience coaching at the men's and women's professional ranks, each are taking on their first women's college coaching position. The Pac-10 has a mix of veteran and young coaches. Leading the way is 10-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year Tara VanDerveer who embarks on her 24th year at Stanford and 31st overall. Pac-10 coaches average 6.2 years of experience in the Pac-10 and 9.9 years overall in collegiate basketball (does not include Cooper's and Westhead's tenure at the professional level).
ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO GOES THROUGH THE PAC-10: For teams looking to get to San Antonio for the NCAA Final Four, they may have to go through Pac-10 country. Four league schools were awarded first- and second-round sites for the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The sites include Maples Pavilion (Stanford), Haas Pavilion (California), Bank of America West Arena (Washington) and Wells Fargo Arena (Arizona State). Each site will play its opening round games on March 20 and 22, 2010. Should the Cardinal, Golden Bears, Huskies and Sun DevIls earn an NCAA Tournament bid, each is guaranteed to play on its home court for the first and second rounds. Sacramento's ARCO arena is also a Regional site, with the NCAA Sweet Sixteen slated for March 27 and the NCAA Elite Eight taking place March 29. The Final Four is slated to be held on April 4 and 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.