This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball (3/12/01)
March 12, 2001
NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, March 16WEST REGION (Gainesville, Fla.)No. 6 WASHINGTON vs. No. 11 Old Dominion,2 p.m. PT
MIDEAST REGION (West Lafayette, Ind.)No. 11 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 6 Louisiana State, 3 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
Saturday, March 17WEST REGION (Norman, Okla.)No. 10 STANFORD vs. No. 7 Geo. Washington,7:07 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
MIDWEST REGION (Salt Lake City, Utah)No. 13 OREGON vs. No. 4 Iowa, 6 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 18WEST REGION (Gainesville, Fla.)WASHINGTON-Old Dominion winner vs. No. 3 Florida-No. 14 Holy Cross winner, 5:35 p.m. PT
MIDEAST REGION (West Lafayette, Ind.)ARIZONA STATE-Louisiana State winner vs. No. 3 Purdue-No. 14 UC Santa Barbara winner, 6 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
Monday, March 19WEST REGION (Norman, Okla.)STANFORD-Geo. Washington winner vs. No. 2 Oklahoma-No. 15 Oral Roberts winner, 6:37 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
MIDWEST REGION (Salt Lake City, Utah)OREGON-Iowa winner vs. No. 5 Utah-No. 12 Fairfield winner, 8:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
WOMEN'S NIT SCHEDULEAThursday, March 15Pepperdine at ARIZONA, 7 p.m. MT
Friday, March 16Brigham Young at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 18 or Sunday, March 19Winner of OREGON STATE-Brigham Young game vs. winner of Santa Clara-Hawaii game, site TBA
Winner of ARIZONA-Pepperdine game vs. winner of Houston-New Mexico game, site TBA
CURRENT PAC-10 POSTSEASON STREAKSStanford 14 (1988-2001 NCAA)Oregon 8 (1994-2001 NCAA)
Arizona 6 (1997-2000 NCAA), (1996, 2001 WNIT)Arizona State 2 (2001 NCAA), (2000 WNIT)Oregon State 1 (2001 WNIT)Washington 1 (2001 NCAA)
PAC-10 IN THENCAA TOURNAMENT5 teams '98, '97, '95, '94, '924 teams '01, '00, '99, '93, '91, '903 teams '96
NCAA NOTES* For the 11th time in the last 12 years, the Pac-10 has placed at least four teams in the NCAA Tournament* A Pac-10 team has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 18 of 19 NCAA Tournaments* The Pac-10 has posted a 91-67 (.576) record in the NCAA Tournament* Every Pac-10 team made a trip to the Big Dance in the 1990s, while six different teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in the past two seasons* In the '90s, Pac-10 teams made six Final Four appearances and captured two NCAA titles (Stanford '90, '92)
PAC-10 RECORDS INNCAA TOURNAMENTTeam Yrs Record PctStanford 14 33-12 .733Washington 12 11-12 .478Oregon 10 3-9 .250Arizona State 3 2-3 .400
WNIT NOTES* Pac-10 teams have posted a 23-13 (.639) record in the Women's NIT* Pac-10 teams have won four WNIT titles (OSU '80, OSU '82, Oregon '89, Arizona '96) and captured two runner-up finishes (ASU '81, Cal '87)
PAC-10 RECORDSIN THE WNITTeam Yrs Record PctOregon State 2 6-0 1.000Arizona 1 3-0 1.000
1st/2nd Rounds(Mar. 16 & 18 or Mar. 17 & 19)Campus Sites
Regionals (Mar. 24 & 26)
EastMellon Arena,Pittsburgh, PAHost: Duquesne University
MideastBirmingham-Jefferson Civic Center,Birmingham, ALHost: Southeastern Conference
MidwestPepsi Center,Denver, COHost: University of Colorado
WestSpokane Arena,Spokane, WAHost: Washington State University
Final Four (Mar. 30 & Apr. 1)Savvis Center,St. Louis, MOHost: Missouri Valley Conference
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Thu., Mar. 8STANFORD 74, ARIZONA 66ARIZONA STATE 70, CALIFORNIA 58USC 88, WASHINGTON 76UCLA 93, WASHINGTON STATE 61
Sat., March 10OREGON 72, OREGON STATE 60UCLA 81, WASHINGTON 56USC 84, WASHINGTON STATE 51STANFORD 51, ARIZONA STATE 49ARIZONA 75, CALIFORNIA 62
POWELL IS PAC-10PLAYER OF THE WEEK
STANFORD guard Nicole Powell has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Mar. 5-11.
Powell, from Phoenix, Ariz., led the Cardinal (18-10, 12-6) to a sweep at the Arizona schools last weekend, giving Stanford a share of its 10th Pac-10 title and the Conference's NCAA automatic bid. For the week, Powell averaged 22.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and six assists. She shot 7-of-12 (.583) from beyond the arc.
Against the Wildcats, Powell posted career highs of 29 points and six 3-pointers. She also added 12 rebounds and five assists. Against the Pac-10 Co-Champion Sun Devils, she contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds in front of her hometown crowd. Powell notched 13 of the Cardinal's 28 second-half points.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Powell's career and Stanford's 41st selection all-time.
ALSO NOMINATED: Angelina Wolvert, ORE, Kristee Porter, UCLA, Tashara Carter, USC.
2000-01 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:N. 27 Melody Johnson, ASUD. 4 Nicole Funn, OSUD. 11 Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZD. 18 Susan King, STANJ. 2 Reshea Bristol, ARIZJ. 8 Reshea Bristol, ARIZJ. 15 Jamie Craighead, OREJ. 22 Amanda Levens, ASUJ. 29 Ebony Hoffman, USCF. 5 Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZF. 12 Megan Franza, WASHF. 19 Courtney Johnson, CALF. 26 Lindsey Yamasaki, STANM. 5 Felicia Ragland, OSU
2000-01 ALL-PAC-10 TEAM
Name School Pos Yr Ht HometownReshea Bristol ARIZ G Sr. 5-10 Omaha, Neb.Megan Franza* WASH G Sr. 5-11 Leavenworth, Wash.Michelle Greco UCLA G Jr. 5-9 LaCrescenta, Calif.Courtney JohnsonCAL G Sr. 5-8 Antioch, Calif.Melody Johnson ASU C Jr. 6-2 Colorado Springs, Colo.Amanda Levens ASU G Jr. 5-9 Belvidere, Ill.Elizabeth PickneyARIZ F Jr. 6-4 Houston, TexasNicole Powell STAN G Fr. 6-2 Phoenix, Ariz.Felicia Ragland*OSU G Jr. 5-9 Tulare, Calif.Angelina Wolvert*ORE F Sr. 6-3 Camas, Wash
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes)
Kenya Corley (CAL, Sr., G), Sarah Dimson (STAN, Sr., F), Ebony Hoffman (USC, Fr., F/C), Brianne Meharry (ORE, Sr., F), Giuliana Mendiola (WASH, Fr., G), Katie Nyseth (WSU, Sr., G), Lindsey Yamasaki (STAN, Jr., G/F).
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Name School Pos Ht HometownBetsy Boardman ASU G 6-1 Beaverton, Ore.Ebony Hoffman USC F/C 6-2 Harbor City, Calif.Veranda James ARIZ F 6-3 Pomona, Calif.Giuliana MendiolaWASH G 5-10 Lake Forest, Calif.Nicole Powell STAN G 6-2 Phoenix, Ariz.
HONORABLE MENTION (Received votes)
Leilani Estavan (OSU, G), Aisha Hollans (USC, G), Andrea Lalum (WASH, F), Latasha O'Keith (CAL, G).
PLAYER OF THE YEARFelicia Ragland, Oregon State, Junior Guard
FRESHMAN OF THE YEARNicole Powell, Stanford, Guard
COACH OF THE YEARCharli Turner Thorne, Arizona State
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR, FELICIA RAGLANDThe Oregon State junior guard has been instrumental in leading the Beavers to their best record (16-12) since 1995-96. Ragland is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and the third OSU player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. She is in a tight race for the Pac-10 scoring title, ranking first at 19.9 ppg. She is attempting to become the second Beaver to ever lead the Pac-10 in scoring. Ragland ranks fifth in the Conference in rebounding (7.5 rpg), third in steals (2.61 spg), first in 3-point FG% (.466) and third in 3-pointers made (2.21 avg.). She has drained 62 treys this season, shattering the OSU single-season record of 43. In Pac-10 play, Ragland posted five double-doubles and scored 20+ points on 12 occasions. She is one of just eight Beavers to score 1,000 career points (1,150) and grab 500 career rebounds (521). Ragland has scored 30+ points three times this season and has recorded seven double-doubles. She has notched double figures in scoring in 25 games this season.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR, NICOLE POWELLThe Stanford guard is the fourth Cardinal to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining Jamie Carey (1999-2000), Val Whiting (1989-90) and Rachel Hemmer (1991-92) on that elite list. She has helped STANFORD (18-10) to a share of its 10th Pac-10 title and the team's 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Powell recorded just the third triple-double in Stanford history and seventh in Pac-10 history at WSU Feb. 22 (10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists). She leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and is attempting to become the first freshman in Pac-10 history to lead the league in that category. Powell ranks among the Conference leaders in seven of 12 statistical categories: rebounding, defensive rebounding (6.07 rpg), assists (4.79 apg), assist/turnover ratio (1.23), offensive rebounding (2.43 rpg), FT% (.727) and scoring (13.9 ppg).
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR, CHARLI TURNER THORNEIn her fifth year at ARIZONA STATE, Turner Thorne guided the Sun Devils to a share of their first Pac-10 title and their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1992. After a seventh-place Pac-10 finish last season, she turned her program into one of the league's top teams (12-6), maintaining sole possession of first place for the majority of the season and posting a 20-10 overall record, the team's first 20-win season in nine years. Turner Thorne's squad, which features four starters that are newcomers, cracked the AP Top 25 on Feb. 5 for the first time since 1992, and was ranked for four straight weeks, marking the program's first consecutive rankings since 1982-83. She guided her team to a school-record seven straight Pac-10 wins (Jan. 11 to Feb. 8), ASU's longest overall winning streak since 1991-92. Turner Thorne, a former guard for the Stanford Cardinal (1984-88), earns the first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor of her career...She is one of eight finalists for the WBCA National Coach of the Year award...Turner Thorne gave birth to her second child, a son, on Mar. 11, 2001.
TRIPLE-DOUBLESNicole Powell, STAN (2/22) 1(10 pts/10 reb/10 ast)
DOUBLE-DOUBLESNicole Powell, STAN 9(1*)Reshea Bristol, ARIZ 8*Felicia Ragland, OSU. 7Ami Forney, CAL 6Kristee Porter, UCLA 6Ericka Cook, OSU 5Melody Johnson, ASU. 5Giuliana Mendiola, WASH. 5Kelley Berglund, WSU. 4Veranda James, ARIZ . 4Andrea Lalum, WASH.. 4Ebony Hoffman, USC 4Angelina Wolvert, ORE 4Jenny Mowe, ORE 3Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ 3Brittney Hawks, WSU.. 3LaKeisha Taylor, ARIZ. 3Tashara Carter, USC 2Nicole Funn, OSU 2Brianne Meharry, ORE 2LeAnn Sheets, WASH 2Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL. 1Tysell Bozeman, ARIZ. 1Sara Dimson, STAN. 1Whitney Jones,UCLA 1Whitney Martindale, WSU 1Kellie O' Neill, WASH 1Jessica Ottmar, WSU 1Yvonne Volkman, WSU 1Krista Warren, ARIZ 1* - points/assists
30-POINT CLUBNicole Funn, OSU (11/30) 35Michelle Greco, UCLA (12/8) 34Courtney Johnson, CAL (2/16) 34Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN (2/24) 34Courtney Johnson, CAL (12/10) 32Felicia Ragland, OSU (3/3) 32Kristee Porter, UCLA (3/8) 32Angelina Wolvert, ORE (2/15) 32Felicia Ragland, OSU (2/24) 31Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN (12/27) 30Felicia Ragland, OSU (2/8) 30Reshea Bristol, ARIZ (1/4) 30Megan Franza, WASH (1/27) 30
PAC-10 VS:ACC 2-2America East 1-0Atlantic-10 4-1Big East 0-4Big Ten 2-3Big 12 4-6Big West 9-1Big Sky 5-1Colonial 2-1Conference USA 3-0Ivy League 1-0MAAC 0-1Mid-American 2-1Missouri Valley 0-2Mountain West 5-8SEC 0-5Southland 2-0Sun Belt 1-2Trans America 1-0WAC 4-0West Coast 12-6Total 60-44 (.577)
NCAA NOTES: A Pac-10 team has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 18 of 19 NCAA Tournaments. The Pac-10 has posted a 91-67 record in the NCAA Tournament. Every Pac-10 team made a trip to the Big Dance in the '90s, including six Final Four appearances and a pair of NCAA titles captured by Stanford ('90, '92). Six different teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in the past two seasons.
WNIT WORDS: Pac-10 teams have posted a 23-12 (.657) record in the Women's NIT, including four championships and two second-place finishes. OREGON STATE, which has never lost a WNIT game (6-0), won the WNIT in 1980 and 1982, OREGON captured the 1989 crown and ARIZONA won the 1996 WNIT title. ARIZONA STATE was the WNIT runner up in 1981, while the 1987 CALIFORNIA team also finished second.
PAC-10 TRIFECTA: This season marks the first time that the Pac-10 has crowned three co-champions, as WASHINGTON, ARIZONA STATE and STANFORD all finished double round-robin play with identical 12-6 records. The Pac-10 has crowned two co-champions twice, in 1990 (Stanford, Washington) and in 1999 (UCLA, Oregon). The 2000-01 season also marks the first time the Pac-10 champion has finished with more than four losses.
SCORING BATTLE: The race for the Pac-10 scoring title has tightened up, with Oregon State's Felicia Ragland (19.89 ppg) battling UCLA's Michelle Greco (19.88 ppg). Ragland is aiming to become the second Beaver to capture the Pac-10 scoring title, which went to an Oregon State player (Tanja Kostic) in 1995. Greco is looking to become the fourth Bruin to garner the honor for a sixth time, following Rehema Stephens ('90, '91), Natalie Williams ('93, '94), and Maylana Martin ('99).
PAC-10 TURNAROUND: Pac-10 Co-Champion Washington (19-9 overall, 12-6 Pac-10) has manufactured the biggest turnaround in Conference history, improving from ninth place in 1999-2000 to co-leader in 2000-01. The Huskies have tripled their Pac-10 wins from one year ago (4). The previous top turnaround belonged to Oregon, which went from fourth to first in 1998-99. The Huskies finished with a 8-22 overall record last season, going 4-14 in the Conference.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Stanford's Nicole Powell (8.5 rpg) leads the Pac-10 in rebounding and has the chance to become the first freshman in Pac-10 history to lead the league in that category. An All-Pac-10 first team selection and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Powell ranks among the Conference's statistical leaders in seven of a possible eight categories.
PHENOMENAL FRESHMEN: The Pac-10 is loaded with several talented freshmen who have made their impact felt in 2000-01. Seven teams feature at least one rookie in their starting lineups, while two teams are starting at least two frosh. All told, 11 different freshmen are ranked among the Pac-10's statistical leaders in 11 of a possible 12 categories. By comparison, just three freshmen were ranked in three categories at the conclusion of 1999-2000. USC led the way with three (and sometimes four) freshmen getting the starting nod. The following freshmen have earned starting roles this season: Veranda James and Aimee Grzyb, Arizona, Betsy Boardman, Arizona State, Leilani Estavan, Oregon State, Nicole Powell, Stanford, Whitney Jones, UCLA, Ebony Hoffman, Aisha Hollans, Ryane Alexander/Jessica Cheeks, USC, Giuliana Mendiola and Andrea Lalum, Washington.
CLASSROOM HONORS: Four Pac-10 student-athletes have been selected for the Verizon Academic All-District VIII teams. WASHINGTON STATE seniors Katie Nyseth and Victoria Harrod and WASHINGTON senior Megan Franza were named to the first team, while ARIZONA STATE senior Leah Combs was selected to the second team.
CAREER WIN #500: Two Pac-10 head coaches -- Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and Arizona's Joan Bonvicini -- reached the 500-victory plateau this season. VanDerveer became just the 16th active NCAA Division I coach to eclipse 500 career wins on Nov. 26, 2000, with a 73-65 win over Pacific. Bonvicini became just the 17th active NCAA Division I coach to accomplish the feat on Feb. 3, 2001, with a 83-73 win over Oregon State.
PAC-10 WIN #200: Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer became the first women's basketball coach in Pac-10 history to record 200 Conference wins, achieving the milestone on Jan. 25, 2001. In 13-plus seasons, VanDerveer posts a 209-43 mark (.829) in Pac-10 action.
ARIZONA STATE (20-10, 12-6)Earning their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1992, the Sun Devils are the No. 11 seed in the Mideast Region...they will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face No. 6 Louisiana State (19-10) in the first round...the winner of that game meets the winner of No. 3 Purdue (26-6) and No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (22-8)...Louisiana State is an at-large team from the SEC...this will be the first-ever meeting between the Sun Devils and Tigers...this is ASU's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance (2-3), and first since 1992...the Sun Devils are 6-4 against the NCAA field of 64 this season...Fifth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne garnered 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, her first such distinction...Turner Thorne, one of eight finalists for WBCA National Coach of the Year, won her 100th career game earlier this season...Arizona State has posted its first 20-win season since the 1991-92 NCAA Tournament squad finished 20-9...ASU cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time in nine years on Feb. 5, and was ranked for four straight weeks...a pair of junior transfers, Melody Johnson (Colorado) and Amanda Levens (Old Dominion) were named to the All-Pac-10 first team...Johnson's name appears in several Pac-10 statistical categories...she is eighth in scoring (14.5 ppg), sixth in rebounding (7.1 rpg), fourth in FG% (.567) and sixth in defensive rebounding (4.17 rpg)...for the Sun Devils, Johnson was tops in FG%, rebounding and blocked shots (16) this season...Levens ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.3 ppg), is tied for third in FT% (.800), third in 3-point FG% (.421) and fourth in 3-pointers made (1.97 avg.)...Levens paced the Sun Devils in scoring, FT% and 3-point FG made (59), and her 59 treys already qualifies as a new ASU single-season record...freshman guard Betsy Boardman was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, the fourth Sun Devil to be selected to the All-Freshman squad and third in the Turner Thorne era... Boardman ranks seventh in the Conference in steals (2.17 spg) and 10th in 3-point FG% (.362)...she paced ASU in steals with 65 on the season, and her 34 treys ranks second on the squad...the Sun Devils lead the Conference in scoring defense (60.8 ppg) and rebounding defense (33.6 rpg).
OREGON (17-11, 10-8)The Ducks are making their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and 11th overall...Oregon owns a 4-10 record in NCAA tourney games...the Ducks are the No. 13 seed in the Midwest Region...Oregon travels to Salt Lake City, Utah, to take on No. 4 Iowa...the Ducks will meet winner of the No. 5 Utah and No. 12 Fairfield game...Oregon has never faced Iowa or Fairfield, and is 7-2 against Utah...the Ducks are riding a four-game win streak and have five victories in their last six games... senior forward Angelina Wolvert is an All-Pac-10 selection for the second straight season...Wolvert ranks fifth in the Conference in FG% (.539) ninth in scoring (14.0 ppg), 13th in rebounding (5.6 rpg), and is tied for third in FT% (.800)...she leads the Ducks in scoring, rebounding, FT% and steals (38)...senior forward Brianne Meharry was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention...Meharry ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in FG% (.508)...senior center Jenny Mowe and junior guard Jamie Craighead were also instrumental in securing Oregon's eighth consecutive trip to the Big Dance...Mowe leads the Ducks in blocked shots (50) and is No. 3 on the Pac-10 career blocked shots list (219)..she ranks second in FG% (.591), second in blocked shots and is tied for 16th in rebounding (5.4 rpg)...Craighead leads the Pac-10 in 3-point FG made with 78...she also ranks fourth in 3-point FG% (.406), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.13), 10th in assists (3.04 apg) and 19th in scoring (11.4 ppg)...Oregon leads the Conference in FG% defense (.392).
STANFORD (18-10, 12-6)Stanford is the No. 10 seed in the West Region... the Cardinal travels to Norman, Okla., to face No. 7 George Washington (22-9)...the winner of that game faces the winner of No. 2 Oklahoma (26-5) vs. No. 15 Oral Roberts (20-10)...Stanford is 1-0 against George Washington, their last and only meeting coming in 1991-92...this is Stanford's 15th NCAA Tournament appearance (33-12 record), and 14th straight, including six Final Four appearances and two NCAA titles (1990, 92)...the Cardinal is 5-6 against the NCAA field of 64 this season... freshman guard Nicole Powell was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was also selected to the All-Pac-10 team...junior guard Lindsey Yamasaki and senior forward Sarah Dimson were named All-Pac-10 honorable mention ...Powell paces the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and is attempting to become the first freshman in Pac-10 history to lead the league in that category. She is first in defensive rebounding (6.07 rpg), ninth in offensive rebounding (2.43 rpg), 10th in scoring (13.9 ppg), fourth in assists (4.79 apg), eighth in FT% (.727), eighth in 3-point FG% (.365) and sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.23)... Powell recorded just the third triple-double in Stanford history and seventh in Pac-10 history Feb. 22 at Washington State...she has recorded a Conference-leading nine double-doubles this season...Powell was recently named a First-Team Freshman All-American by the Women's Basketball Journal...Yamasaki is second in the Conference in FT% (.816) and 3-point FG% (.436), seventh in 3-point FG made (1.71 avg.) and 13th in scoring (12.8 ppg)...Yamasaki leads the Cardinal in 3-point FG made (48) and 3-point FG% (.436)... Dimson ranks third in the Pac-10 in FG% (.586), and leads Stanford in FG% (.586)...Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer won her 500th career game earlier this season (Nov. 26), and became the first coach in Pac-10 history to reach 200 Conference wins on Jan. 25...the Cardinal sits atop several Pac-10 statistical categories...Stanford leads the Conference in FT% (.720), 3-point FG% (.381), rebounding margin (+4.2) and blocked shots (5.64 bpg).
WASHINGTON (19-9, 12-6)Washington is the No. 6 seed in the West Region...the Huskies travel to Gainesville, Fla., to play No. 11 Old Dominion (21-8)...the winner of that game faces the winner of No. 3 Florida (23-5) vs. No. 14 Holy Cross (21-8)...this will be the first meeting between Washington and Old Dominion...the Huskies have never faced Florida or Holy Cross...Washington is 5-5 against teams in this year's NCAA field of 64...senior guard Megan Franza was selected to the All-Pac-10 team for the second consecutive year...Franza has helped the Huskies manufacture the biggest turnaround in Pac-10 history this season, improving from ninth place (8-22, 4-14 Pac-10) in 1999-2000 to Pac-10 Co-Champions in 2000-01...with 1,556 career points, she ranks seventh on the UW career scoring chart and is No. 20 on the all-time Pac-10 list...the UW career leader in 3-point FG, Franza ranks No. 3 on the Pac-10 all-time list with 204 treys...she ranks fourth in the Conference in scoring (16.4 ppg) and second in 3-point FG made (2.32 avg.)...freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola is an All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection...Mendiola paces the Pac-10's top rebounding team on the boards this season (6.3 rpg) and ranks among the Conference's statistical leaders in five categories: assist/turnover ratio (1.53), assists (4.00 apg), 3-point FG% (.373), rebounding and defensive rebounding (3.89 rpg)...Mendiola recorded five double-doubles this season and was named MVP of the Husky Classic...freshman forward Andrea Lalum, a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection, ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding, (4.04 rpg)...Lalum leads the Huskies in FG% (.448) and blocked shots (20)...Washington Coach June Daugherty recorded her 200th career victory earlier this season...The Huskies rank sixth in the nation and lead the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made per game (7.43 avg.)...Washington also leads the Pac-10 in 3-point FG% defense (.308), rebounding (42.9), assist/turnover ratio (0.53), offensive rebounding (16.68 rpg), defensive rebounding (26.18 rpg) and 3-point FG made (7.43 avg).
ARIZONA (19-11, 9-9)Arizona is making its first appearance in the WNIT since 1996 and its sixth straight postseason appearance...the Wildcats won the WNIT title in 1996...Arizona will host Pepperdine...UA is 2-2 all-time against Pepperdine, with the most recent meeting in 1986...if Arizona wins, it will advance to meet the winner of the Houston-New Mexico first-round matchup, at a campus site, TBA...overall, Arizona is 8-4 in five postseason appearances (4 NCAA, 1 WNIT)...The Wildcats set a new school record with 95 blocked shots this season, smashing the previous record of 88 set by the 1998-99 team...senior guard Reshea Bristol and junior forward Elizabeth Pickney earned All-Pac-10 first team acclaim this season...Bristol paces the Pac-10 in assists, averaging 7.60 per game...she is one of only two Pac-10 players to post points-assists double-doubles, with eight on the year...she leads the Pac-10 and ranks seventh nationally in assists (7.60 apg)...she ranks second in the Conference in steals (2.93 spg), fifth in scoring (15.5 ppg) and fifth in assists/turnover ratio (1.33)...With 88 steals this year, Bristol set the new UA single-season record...Pickney ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.5 ppg) and fourth in blocked shots (1.43 bpg)...on the Pac-10 career blocked shots list, Pickney ranks ninth (109)...she has notched three double-doubles on the season, and is just the fourth Arizona player to score 1,000 points and pull down 500 rebounds in her career...freshman forward Veranda James, a Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection, leads the team in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and is the third-leading scorer (12.5 ppg)...James scored a season-high 24 points and pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds against Rice (Nov. 28)...Wildcat Coach Joan Bonvicini recorded her 500th career victory earlier this year (Feb. 3)...Arizona paces the Pac-10 and ranks 11th in the nation in scoring (79.1 ppg)...The Wildcats also lead the Conference in scoring margin (+9.5), FG% (.471) and assists (16.80 apg).
OREGON STATE (16-12, 8-10)Oregon State is making its third appearance in the WNIT, and its first postseason appearance since a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1996...the Beavers won the WNIT title in 1980 and 1982...Oregon State will host Brigham Young...OSU is 5-3 all-time against BYU, with the most recent meeting in 1996...the Beavers finished tied for sixth in the Pac-10 this season (8-10), winning five of their last six games...junior guard Felicia Ragland was named the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year...in a tight race to win the Conference's scoring title, Ragland is averaging 19.9 points per game and also ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.5 rpg)...she is ranked among the Pac-10's statistical leaders in eight of a possible 12 categories, including FT% (.762), steals (2.61 spg), 3-point FG% (.466), 3-point FG made (62), offensive rebounding (2.64 rpg) and defensive rebounding (4.82 rpg)...Ragland has scored 30+ points three times this season and has recorded seven double-doubles...head coach Judy Spoelstra is now 74-93 at Oregon State and has led her team to double figures in wins in each of the last three seasons...the Beavers are making their second postseason appearance under Spoelstra...freshman guard Leilani Estavan earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention honors...Estavan ranks third in the Conference in assists (4.82 apg) and first in assist/turnover ratio (2.29)...she leads the Beavers in FT% (.810) and assists (135)...Oregon State ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+5.7), rebounding defense (34.4 rpg) and rebounding margin (+4.2).