This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Dec. 28, 2009
Tuesday, December 29
Wednesday, December 30
Friday, January 1
Saturday, January 2
Sunday, January 3
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LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tuesday, December 22
Wednesday, December 23
PAC-10 ON TELEVISION
Saturday, Jan. 2
Saturday, Jan. 9
Thursday, Jan. 14
PAC-10 CONFERENCE NOTES
Opening the week, Pac-10 teams play their final non-conference tune-up games and by the weekend, the Conference slate tips off at the turn of the calendar year. California and Stanford are among the matchups during the opening weekend, tipping off on Jan. 2 on national television on Fox Sports Net (FSN). UCLA and USC head to Arizona and Arizona State for the start of the Conference season, and Washington and Washington State travel to Oregon and Oregon State.
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 considerably, posting a 31.9 3-point shooting percentage, as compared to 27.9 percent last year ... As of Dec. 21, Ibekwe ranked nationally in two statistical categories, ranking fifth in rebounding average (12.0 rpg) and 19th in double-doubles (2) ... head coach 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: The Sun Devils were off last week, after taking on a couple of top-15 ranked opponents at the Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. ... as of Dec. 21, ASU's 10.2 rebounding margin ranked 13th in the nation ... 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: After taking a week off, the Golden Bears returned to action and snapped a two-game losing streak at Long Beach State ... fifth-year head coach Joanne Boyle earned her 100th win at Cal ... playing with just eight players, the Bears managed to overcome foul trouble and stave off the 49ers runs ... FR G Layshia Claredon had 21 points to lead the team as four different players reached double figures ... Cal assisted on over half its 27 shots, handing out 19 assists ... FR C Talia Caldwell had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
OREGON: Oregon is averaging 86.6 ppg, 30 points per game better than last year's average, and ranked the third-highest offense in the nation, as of the Dec. 21 national statistical rankings ... the Ducks ranked 14th in the nation scoring margin, sixth in threes made per game, eighth in assists per game, and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio ... the Ducks' defensive efforts are also notable, limiting opponents to 35.2 percent shooting, which ranked 24th in the country, and 26.6 percent from three-point range, ranked 19th ... Amanda Johnson, who is averaging 10.0 rpg, ranked 25th nationally and her five double-doubles rank tied for 19th ... Taylor Lilley averaged 3.0 threes per game and ranked 24th ... 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 as of Dec. 21 ... the Beavers' 10.0 rebounding margin was also 16th in the nation ... the Beavers are coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent history, winning 20 games to tie a school record and the most victories since 1994-95 ... head coach LaVonda Wagner has the challenge of meshing a team that's evenly split between returnees and newcomers, with seven players coming back from last year's squad.
STANFORD: In a showdown between the top two teams in the country, the Cardinal fell to #1 Connecticut in Hartford, Conn., the third-consecutive ranked opponent Stanford had faced ... it was the first loss of the season for Stanford, who took a 40-38 lead into the half ... both teams saw plenty of offensive, each shooting above 50 percent in the first half, while Stanford shot a blistering 57.1 percent ... in the second half, however, turnovers, rebounding and 35.7 percent shooting hurt the Cardinal and the Huskies extended their win streak to 49 games ... the game was played in front of a sellout crowd of nearly 17,000 fans ... as of Dec. 21, Stanford ranked in the top 25 in the nation in nine different statistical categories, ranking in the top 10 in eight ... Nnemkadi Ogwumike was fourth in the country in shooting percentage, while Jayne Appel's five double-doubles tied for 19th ... head coach Tara VanDerveer's Cardinal returned all but one starter from last season's NCAA Final Four squad.
UCLA: The Bruins defense was limiting opponents to just 53.7 points per game and ranked 15th in the country in the category as of Dec. 21 ... SR G Erica Tukiainen was fourth-best in the country in three-point shooting, knocking down over 52 percent of her long-range attempts... 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: The Trojans were off last week ... as of Dec. 21, Ashley Corral's 91.2 percent 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 under the direction of first-year head coach and former WNBA Los Angeles Sparks coach Michael Cooper.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies capped a five-game non-conference road swing with a win at Western Michigan ... UW will remain on the road for its Pac-10 opener in the state of Oregon ... SR G/F Sami Whitcomb scored 11-consecutive points to pull the Huskies ahead ... named Pac-10 Player of the Week, Whitcomb scored 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting, making both three-point attempts, and added six rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists ... SO F/C Mackenzie Argens contributed 16 points and eight rebounds, going 8-for-10 from the floor ... the Huskies shot 60 percent in the second half to take control of the game.
WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State closed the non-conference slate with a hard-fought loss at Nevada ... the Cougars had a trio of double-digit scorers, including SO G April Cook, who scored a team-high 17 points, SO F Rosie Tarnowski and FR G KiKi Moore each added 10 points ... Cook also had a team-high six rebounds ... the Cougars made 15 steals, more than doubling Nevada's total of seven ... as of Dec. 21, Washington State ranked 23rd in steals per game with Moore boasting the third-best average in the country ... WSU was 12th nationally in turnover margin, averaging just 14.6 turnovers per game, which was 16th in the country.
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