This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Nov. 19, 2001
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
It's Thanksgiving Tournament time, and three Pac-10 teams will celebrate the national holiday in warmer climates -- Hawaii and the Virgin Islands... STANFORD (2-0), off to its first 2-0 start since the 1999-2000 season, competes in the Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, with a possible matchup against Penn State or Oklahoma State... ARIZONA STATE (1-0) and USC (0-2) travel to the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Nov. 23-26, while WASHINGTON (1-1) hosts the Seattle Times Classic... Ohio State and defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame visit ARIZONA (1-0), with both games to be televised nationally on FOX Sports Net... Portland State is at OREGON STATE (1-1), while OREGON (1-1) travels to Portland before facing TCU in the Rose Garden... WASHINGTON STATE (0-2) seeks its first win of the 2001-02 season at BYU... UCLA (1-1) hosts Ohio State, and CALIFORNIA (1-0) heads to Cal Poly before taking an eight-day break between games.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Mon., Nov. 19
Delaware State at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 20CALIFORNIA at Cal Poly, 7 p.m.
OREGON at Portland, 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 21
Morgan State at USC, 6 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
Portland State at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m.
Ohio State at ARIZONA, 8 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Fri., Nov. 23STANFORD vs. Minnesota, 4:50 p.m. (1)
Northeastern at WASHINGTON, 8 p.m. (2)
Sat., Nov. 24
Ohio State at UCLA, 4 p.m.
Notre Dame at ARIZONA, 5 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
WASHINGTON STATE at Brigham Young, 7 p.m.
OREGON vs. Texas Christian, 5 p.m. (3)
Princeton/Santa Clara at WASHINGTON, 6/8 p.m. (2)
Texas Tech at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Western Michigan, 6:30 p.m. (4)
STANFORD vs. Hawaii/Wyoming, TBA (1)
USC vs. Florida, 4 p.m. (4)
Sun., Nov. 25
ARIZONA STATE vs. Kansas State, 4:15 p.m. (4)
STANFORD at Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic, TBA
USC vs. Texas/Wisconsin, 6:30/9 p.m. (4)
(1) Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic, Honolulu
(2) Seattle Times Classic, Seattle, Wash.
(3) Papï¿½ Jam, Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.
(4) Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
All times are local to site.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Nov. 16
UCLA 62, Liberty 55
(UCLA: Greco-24 pts/10-13 FT, Leatham-14 pts/11 reb)
St. Joseph's 81, USC 72
(USC: Hollans-21 pts, Hoffman-17 pts/10 reb/3-5 3FG)
WASHINGTON 73, Montana State 65, OT
(WASH: Mendiola, Giu.-22 pts, O'Neill, Ke.-16 pts/9 reb)
STANFORD 87, Indiana 72
(STAN: Yamasaki-27 pts/13 reb, Donaphin-15 pts/3 bl)
Sat., Nov. 17
Wisconsin-Green Bay 75, OREGON 57
(ORE: Williams-18 pts/5 ast, Fredrick-11 pts/10 reb/3 bl)
ARIZONA STATE 72, St. Peter's 67
(ASU: Levens-30 pts/12-18 FT/4 ast, Johnson-12 pts/8 reb)
STANFORD 87, UC Santa Barbara 64
(STAN: Yamasaki-21 pts/5 reb/3 stl, St. Clair-15 pts/5 reb)
Michigan State 67, UCLA 63
(UCLA: Greco-36 pts/9 reb/8*-13 3FG, Leatham-10 pts/6 reb)
*school record 8 3-point field goals
Hawaii 65, WASHINGTON STATE 50
(WSU: Hawks-18 pts/12 reb/2 bl, Egeland-9 pts/5 reb)
Sun., Nov. 18
OREGON 83, Miami of Ohio 65
(ORE: Williams-16 pts/8-16 FG, Craighead-16 pts/4-4 3FG)
ARIZONA 81, Pepperdine 77
(ARIZ: Brase-18 pts/7 ast/4 3FG, Wheeler-15 pts/3 3FG)
CALIFORNIA 74, San Diego State 60
(CAL: Williams-15 pts/7 reb, Gregory-15 pts, Iwanaga-13 pts)
Wisconsin 87, WASHINGTON 67
(WASH: Lalum-20 pts/6 reb, Payne-16 pts/4-6 3FG)
Tennessee 106, USC 66
(USC: Hollans-26 pts, Woodard-16 pts/7 reb
Texas A&M 71, WASHINGTON STATE 56
(WSU: Egeland-12 pts/3-3 3FG, Clevenger-10 pts/6 reb)
2002 PAC-10 TOURNAMENTThe 2001-02 season ushers in a new era when, for the first time in Pac-10 women's history, the season culminates with the drama and excitement of a Conference Tournament. Slated for March 1-4, 2002, at McArthur Court, on the campus of the University of Oregon (Eugene, Ore.), this inaugural event promises to be history in the making. All 10 universities will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Last year the Pac-10 sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament, with three advancing past the first round and Washington coming within one win of reaching the Final Four. The Huskies' run marked the 14th time in 20 years that a Pac-10 team has reached the NCAA Elite Eight or beyond.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT TICKETSAll-session booklets to the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament may be purchased through one of the 10 member institutions' ticket offices. Each school determines its priority for selling tournament tickets. Ticket applications may also be submitted online, at www.pac-10.org. Ticket booklets for the tournament cost $60 each, which includes all sessions. Everyone must have a ticket for admission, regardless of age.
NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE. . .
ARIZONA: The Wildcats (1-0) continue their three-game homestand with a pair of nationally televised contests this week. Arizona faces defending WNIT Champion Ohio State on Nov. 21, and takes on defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame Nov. 24. Junior guard Julie Brase paced UA with a career-high 18 points, while chipping in a game-high seven assists in the win over Pepperdine on Nov. 18. Freshman guard DeeDee Wheeler finished with 15 points, while junior wing Krista Warren added nine points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds. With the victory, the 'Cats improved to 9-2 in season openers under head coach Joan Bonvicini, including the last seven straight. Freshman Katrina Lindner (Glengowire, So. Australia), who tore her ACL (right knee) on Oct. 30, is scheduled to undergo surgery in late November and will redshirt the 2001-02 season.
ARIZONA STATE: This week's ASU slate features a pair of home games against Delaware State and Loyola Marymount, before the Sun Devils (1-0) jet off to the Virgin Islands for the 2001 Paradise Jam. The Sun Devils take on Western Michigan, Kansas State and Richmond while in St. Thomas. Senior guard Amanda Levens led the Sun Devils with a career-high 30 points against the Peahens, shooting 12-of-18 from the free throw line. Senior center Melody Johnson added 12 points, while senior forward Leah Combs contributed a game-high 10 rebounds. Arizona State looks to match or better the stellar start of last year's squad, which rattled off four straight wins for the first time since 1991-92. With the victory over St. Peter's on Nov. 17, ASU improves to 20-7 all-time in openers, including a 5-1 mark under Charli Turner Thorne.
CALIFORNIA: After playing seven of 10 non-conference games on the road to start the 2000-01 season, the Golden Bears (1-0) play six of their next seven in Haas Pavilion. Cal travels to Cal Poly this week, then returns Berkeley for six consecutive home games, starting Nov. 28 against Fresno State. Freshman forward Kiki Williams came off the bench to contribute 15 points and seven rebounds, leading the Bears in their 74-60 opening day win against San Diego State. A balanced offensive attack saw five Bears score in double digits: freshman forward Leigh Gregory added 15 points, freshman point guard Kristin Iwanaga posted 13, senior forward/center Ami Forney notched 11 and sophomore LaTasha O'Keith scored 10. The victory was California's 22nd straight to open the home slate.
OREGON: Oregon (1-1) travels to Portland for a pair of games this week, taking on the Pilots Nov. 20 and Texas Christian Nov. 24 at the annual Papï¿½ Jam at the Rose Garden. The Ducks fell to Wiscosnsin-Green Bay on Nov. 17, dropping their first home-opening game since 1977, and second all-time. The loss was Oregon's first to open the season since 1995-96. Junior guard Shaquala Williams led UO with 18 points and five assists, while sophomore forward Catherine Kraayeveld chipped in a career-high 14 points in a reserve role. Oregon bounced back to defeat Miami of Ohio on Nov. 18. The starting back court of Williams (16 pts), senior Jamie Craighead (16) and senior Edniesha Curry (10) accounted for more than half of the team's scoring. The Ducks hit 50 percent (33-of-66) from the field and made 7-of-16 (.438) from long range.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers return to action this week, hosting Portland State and Texas Tech. Oregon State defeated Loyola Marymount in the preseason WNIT, before falling to No. 3 Vanderbilt. The victory over the Lions marked OSU's fourth straight season-opening win under Judy Spoelstra. The returning Pac-10 Player of the Year, Felicia Ragland notched a double-double (14 pts/10 reb) against LMU. Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan added a career-high 18 points in the loss to the Commodores. Oregon State, which received four votes in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, returns seven letterwinnners from last season's 16-13 squad. Four starters return to the lineup that made OSU's first postseason appearance since 1996, with a trip to the postseason WNIT.
STANFORD: Off to its first 2-0 start since the 1999-2000 season, the Cardinal defeated Indiana and UC Santa Barbara to win the Stanford Invitational, the squad's first tournament title since 1996-97. Stanford travels to the Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic this week, meeting Minnesota in the first round. Senior guard/forward Lindsey Yamasaki garnered tournament MVP honors. Yamasaki paced the Cardinal with 21 points against UCSB, and drained 27 points against the Hoosiers in the tournament opener. Sophomore forward Nicole Powell notched her second career triple-double Nov. 16 against Indiana (11 pts/12 reb/11 ast), just the fourth triple-double in Stanford history. The Cardinal is ranked in the AP Top-10 for the first time since the conclusion of the 1997-98 season. The rankings are the program's highest since entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
UCLA: Coming off a second-place finish at the Michigan State Spartan Chevrolet Classic, the Bruins (1-1) host defending postseason WNIT Champion Ohio State on Nov. 24. Senior guard Michelle Greco and senior center Malika Leatham were named to the All-Tournament Team in East Lansing. Greco scored 24 points in opening round action against Liberty, then poured in a game-high 36 points against the host Spartans. Greco finished 8-of-13 from long range, and her eight 3-point shots set a new UCLA record.
USC: In the midst of its toughest schedule in recent years, USC travels to the Virgin Islands this week for the Paradise Jam, which includes No. 13 Florida, Texas and Wisconsin. The Women of Troy opened the 2001-02 season at St. Joseph's, then traveled to No. 2 Tennessee, and have defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame looming on the schedule Dec. 9. Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans averaged 23.5 points in the squad's two road losses last week, including a game-high 26 points at Tennessee. Sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman notched her first double-double of the season at St. Joseph's, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Rachel Woodard, a member of USC's sixth-ranked recruiting class, scored 16 points and pulled down seven boards against the Lady Vols.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies (1-1) return home to Bank of America Arena to host the Seattle Times Classic, with participants Northeastern, Princeton and Santa Clara. UW faces Northeastern in opening round action. The next UW victory will make sixth-year Husky head coach June Daugherty the second-winningest coach in Washington history. Daugherty boasts a five-year mark of 82-67 (.550) at UW. USC Coach Chris Gobrecht, who led the Huskies from 1985-96, is the all-time leader (243-89). Sophomore forward/center Andrea Lalum is averaging 17.0 points through the Huskies' first two games. Lalum notched a team-high 20 points at Wisconsin, shooting 8-for-16 from the field. The 2001-02 Washington roster features two sets of sisters: Giuliana (So.) and Gioconda (So.) Mendiola and Kellie (Jr.) and Kristen (Fr.) O'Neill. The only other pair of sisters to play together at Washington were Heidi ('93-96) and Molly Hills ('96-99), who overlapped the 1996 season.
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars (0-2) continue their stretch of three straight road games to open the 2001-02 season when they travel to BYU on Nov. 24. Washington State waits until Nov. 26 to open the home slate against Portland State. Sophomore guard Lindsey Egeland paced the Cougars in the loss to Texas A&M Nov. 18, with 12 points, while freshman forward Jami Clevenger added 10. Senior center Brittney Hawks, who earned Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic all-tournament honors, led the team with 18 points in the loss at Hawaii Nov. 17. In two games last week, Hawks averaged 11.5 points and 12.0 rebounds. She posted the fourth double-double of her WSU career against Hawaii, with 18 points and 12 double-doubles.
2001-02 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNINGS
ARIZONA (3)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)*Natalie Jones G 5-10 Anchorage, Alaska (East Anchorage)*Svjetlana Papcevic C 6-2 Sarajevo, Bosnia (Pratt, Kans. CC)*Shawntinice Polk C 6-4 Hanford, Calif. (Hanford)
ARIZONA STATE (6)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)*Amy Denson F 6-1 Central Point, Ore. (Crater)*Kristen Kovedsky C 6-3 Scottsdale, Ariz. (St. Mary's)*Jill Noe G 5-10 Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville)*YoVanna Rosenthal G 5-7 Phoenix (Thunderbird)*Jenny Thigpin F 6-3 Hanford, Calif. (Hanford)*Iman Young G 5-9 San Pablo, Calif. (Contra Costa College)
CALIFORNIA (3)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)Timea Ivanyi C 6-4 Hillsboro, Mo. (Jefferson College)Sarah Pool G 5-8 Central Point, Ore. (Crater)Renee Wright F 5-10 Analope, Calif. (Center)
OREGON (0)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)
OREGON STATE (2)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)*Casey Bunn G 6-0 Stayton, Ore. (Stayton)*Karen Vickery F 6-2 Vale, Ore. (Vale)
STANFORD (4)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)*Clare Bodensteiner 5-8 G Rupert, Idaho (Minico)*Shelley Nweke 6-5 C Marietta, Ga. (Marietta)*Eziamaka Okafor 6-0 F Rolla, Mo. (Rolla)*Krista Rappahahn 5-11 G Lebanon, Conn. (Norwich Free Academy)
UCLA (4)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)*Anitra Blue G 5-8 Bakersfield, Calif. (West)*Ortal Oren G/F 5-9 Rishon-Lezion, Israel (Kiriat-Sharet)*Emma Tautolo F/C 6-2 Moreno Valley, Calif. (Moreno Valley)*Lisa Willis G/F 5-9 Harbor City, Calif. (Narbonne HS)
USC (-)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)
WASHINGTON (3)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)*Jill Bell F 6-0 Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)*Angie Jones G 5-9 Seattle (Holy Names Academy)*Erica Schelly G 5-11 Fort Collins, Colo. (Poudre)
WASHINGTON STATE (3)Name Pos Ht Hometown (School)*Lindsey Bogachus F 6-2 Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)*Jessie Graham G 5-11 Seattle (Lakeside)*Charmaine Jones G 5-6 Los Angeles (Rolling Hills Prep)
* - Signed a letter of intent during the fall signing period (Nov. 14-21, 2001)
N. Powell, STAN (11/16) 1
A. Fredrick, ORE (11/17) 1
B. Hawks, WSU (11/17) 1
E. Hoffman, USC (11/16) 1
M. Leatham, UCLA (11/16) 1
F. Ragland, OSU (11/9) 1
L. Yamasaki, STAN (11/16) 1
M. Greco, UCLA (11/17) 36
A. Levens, ASU (11/17) 30
PAC-10 COACHES' POLL(first place votes in parentheses):
Team Points 1. Stanford (9) 81 2. Washington 65 3. USC (1) 63 4. Arizona State 58 5t. Arizona 50 Oregon 50 7. Oregon State 39 8t. California 19 UCLA 19 10. Washington State 11
PAC-10 MEDIA POLL(first place votes in parentheses):
Team Points 1. Stanford (19) 206 2. Arizona State (2) 164 3. Washington 153 4. USC 131 5. Oregon 129 6. Arizona 127 7. Oregon State 85 8. UCLA 83 9. California 51 10. Washington State 26
Name Pos YrMichelle Greco, UCLA G Sr.Ebony Hoffman, USC F So.Nicole Powell, STAN F So.Felicia Ragland, OSU G Sr.Shaquala Williams, ORE G Jr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Preseason Watch List
Nicole Powell, Stanford
Shaquala Williams, Oregon
STREET & SMITH'S
High Honorable Mention
Nicole Powell, Stanford
Felicia Ragland, Oregon State