This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Dec. 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 22
Wednesday, December 23
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Pac-10 ON TV...
Saturday, Jan. 2
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Wednesday, December 16
Friday, December 18
Saturday, December 19
Sunday, December 20
PAC-10 CONFERENCE NOTES
Only seven games are slated for this week, but it includes the highly-anticipated matchup between No. 2 Stanford and No. 1 Connecticut in Hartford, Conn., on ESPN 2 on Dec. 23. The last two meetings between the teams have been at the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Final Fours.
Of the six games, five are on the road, with Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington and Washington State joining the Cardinal heading away from the friendly confines of home through Wednesday. UCLA had an early game in Pauley Pavilion on Monday then takes the rest of the week off.
All Pac-10 teams return to full schedule of competition after the holidays, beginning on Monday, Dec. 28.
ARIZONA: The Wildcats have made big improvements from long range, making 4.9 threes per game, up from 3.1 makes in 31 contests last season ... the team's shooting percentage from that distance has also gone up considerable, posting a 32.2 3-point shooting percentage, as compared to 27.9 percent last year ... JR F Ify Ibekwe ranked nationally in two statistical categories, ranking fifth in rebounding average (12.0 rpg) and 19th in double-doubles (2) ... Niya Butts' Wildcats are tied for the third-youngest team in the nation, returning just five years of Division I varsity experience in 2009-10.
ARIZONA STATE: Head coach Charli Turner Thorne needs just two wins for career number 300 ... Arizona State is coming of a second NCAA Elite Eight trip in three years ... ASU has suffered significant losses from last year's team, including WNBA draft pick Briann January and SR G Dymond Simon, who is not expected to play this season due to an injury suffered in the final weekend of regular-season play ... the Sun Devils welcomed seven newcomers this season.
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears were off last week ... fifth-year coach Joanne Boyle is just one win from 100 at Cal ... the milestone would make her only the second coach in Golden Bears' history to reach the mark ... Boyle welcomed the No. 1-ranked freshman class ... among the returnees, SR G Alexis Gray-Lawson was a first team All-Pac-10 last season and is a preseason candidate for the Wade Trophy, Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Award.
OREGON: Oregon matched its win total from last season as it hit the road for the first time since the season-opening weekend, traveling to Georgia Tech and Wyoming ... the Ducks split the first part of the road trip which ends at Utah this week ... the Ducks ranked 14th in the nation scoring margin (+19.6), sixth in threes made per game (8.7), eighth in assists per game (18.2), and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.11) ... the Ducks' defensive efforts are also notable, limiting opponents to 34.3 percent shooting, which ranked 24th in the country, and 25.0 percent from three-point range, ranked 19th ... the Ducks are under the direction of first-year head coach Paul Westhead.
OREGON STATE: OSU opponents are averaging just 50.0 ppg and have not scored more than 65 points this season, staying below 60 five times and twice limiting their opponents to less than 35 points ... OSU opponents have also struggled from three-point range, shooting just 23.9 percent, the 11th-lowest three-point defensive shooting percentage in the nation ... the Beavers' 10.0 rebounding margin was also 16th in the nation.
STANFORD: The Cardinal had an impressive week, posting wins over top-10 foes Duke and Tennessee ... JR F Kayla Pedersen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time, averaging 20.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg, while shootig 57.1 percent, including 66.7 from three-point range ... Stanford's 9-0 start to the season is the best since the 1996-97 campaign ... with the victories, the Cardinal have a 35-game home win streak, the third-active streak in the NCAA ... Stanford ranked in the top 25 in the nation in nine different statistical categories, ranking in the top 10 in eight ... Ogwumike's 63.6 shooting percentage was fourth in the country, while Appel's five double-doubles tied for 19th.
UCLA: The Bruins defense is limiting opponents to just 53.2 points per game, ranking 15th in the country ... SR G Erica Tukiainen's 55.5 three-point shooting percentage was fourth-best in the country ... head coach Nikki Caldwell is in her second season in Los Angeles, leading the Bruins to one win shy of 20 in her rookie campaign ... the team returns 10 letterwinners from that squad and welcomes a highly-touted recruiting class which was ranked 10th in the nation.
USC: After its near-upset of Duke in Durham, N.C., USC went on to easily win its annual home tournament, defeating Dartmouth and Cal State Bakersfield ... it was the Trojans' first game at Galen Center since Nov. 15 ... SO G Ashley Corral was named MVP of the tournament, while SR G Heather Oliver was named to the all-tournament team ... Corral's 91.2 perceent shooting from the charity stripe ranked 14th in the country, and the team's 38.8 percent shooting from long range ranked 16th ... the Trojans are unde the direction of first-year head coach and former WNBA Los Angeles Sparks coach Michael Cooper.
WASHINGTON: In the midst of a seven-game road swing, the Huskies headed to Michigan State to face their first ranked opponent of the season ... the Spartans were too much for UW to handle, snapping Washington's two-game win streak ... third-year head coach Tia Jackson has a veteran squad this season, returning 11 letterwinners, including four starters overall ... Jackson's recruiting class of two was rated No. 40 in the nation by the All-Star Girls Report.
WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State's 11.6 steals per game ranked 23rd with FR G KiKi Moore leading the way with 4.1 thefts per game, good for third-best in the country ... WSU's turnover margin is +6.6, 12th nationally, averaging just 14.6 turnovers per game, which is 16th in the country ... head coach June Daugherty welcomed back a squad with no returning seniors ... last year, three then-freshmen carried the load of the squad, with SO G April Cook and Perkins combining to average nearly 28 points per game and both ranked in the top six in the Pac-10 in scoring ... the pair garnered national attention from ESPN.com columnist Graham Hayes, ranking the pair among the most impactful freshmen in the nation.
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