This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Jan. 8, 2002
THIS WEEK IN THE PAC-10
STANFORD (14-1, 4-0 Pac-10) remains perfect in Pac-10 play, while WASHINGTON (9-5, 4-1) has just one loss as teams enter week four of Conference action... Four teams are close on the heels of the Cardinal and Huskies, with just two losses each. However, the league's four bottom teams post a combined 3-17 record in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal and CALIFORNIA (5-8, 0-4) host OREGON STATE (8-7, 4-2) and OREGON (9-6, 4-2) this week, with the Beavers off to their best Pac-10 start in 13 seasons... Sunday's Cardinal-Ducks matchup will be televised live by FOX Sports Net. The Washington schools travel to the desert, including a rematch of two of the 2001 Pac-10 Tri-Champions when the Huskies play at ARIZONA STATE (12-4, 3-2)... Saturday's Huskies-Wildcats game will also be televised live by FOX Sports Net. In this week's rivalry game, USC (8-7, 4-2) visits Pauley Pavilion and the UCLA Bruins (5-9, 2-4).
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thu., Jan. 10
OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 2 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
WASHINGTON ST. at ARIZONA ST., 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 13
OREGON at STANFORD, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
USC at UCLA, 2 p.m.
All times are local to site.
POWER RATINGS (1/6)
Sagarin CBN/RPI WBCA/RPIARIZ 106 90 93ASU 47 56 55CAL 171 201 207ORE 66 78 91OSU 67 64 64STAN 3 4 5UCLA 139 111 119USC 46 79 87WASH 40 68 74WSU 248 234 240
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Jan. 4
California 80, Lipscomb 45
CAL: Walter - 18 pts/6 reb/9-9 FG, White - 10 pts/5 ast/4 stl
Oregon 72, Arizona 53
ORE: Kraayeveld - 18 pts/11 reb, ARIZ: Pickney-12 pts/7 reb
Oregon State 77, Arizona State 70
OSU: Chapman - 22 pts/15 reb/4 bl, ASU: Levens-16 pts/9 ast
Washington 86, UCLA 53
WASH: Burt - 18 pts/7-11 FG, UCLA: Allen-16 pts/8 reb
USC 87, Washington State 66
USC: Hollans- 23 pts/13 reb, WSU: McCurtain-23 pts/4 stl
Sat., Jan. 5
Stanford 81, Fordham 55
STAN: Kimyacioglu - 14 pts/3 stl, Powell - 8 pts/9 reb/6 ast
Bucknell 59, California 56
CAL: Forney- 17 pts/9 reb, Iwangaga- 8 pts/3 ast/3 stl
Sun., Jan. 6
Arizona State 86, Oregon 72
ASU: Levens - 22 pts/10-11 FT, ORE: Williams- 31 pts/9-10 FT
Oregon State 71, Arizona 56
OSU: Cook- 17 pts/5 ast, ARIZ: Grzyb- 15 pts/5 reb
UCLA 76, Washington State 64
UCLA: Nakase-24 pts/8 ast, WSU: Martindale-23 pts/7 reb
Washington 80, USC 79-OT
WASH: Mendiola, Giu. - 20 pts/9-10 FT, USC: Hollans-26 pts
PAC-10 WOMEN'S HOOPS ONLINE COLUMN: Stop by the Pac-10 website Wednesday afternoons to check out Pac-10.org's women's basketball columnists' inside look at what's going on in the Conference. FOX Sports Net analyst Mary Murphy and long-time Seattle Times sports writer Dick Rockne have the scoop on all the Pac-10 teams. The next column appears Jan. 9, 2002.
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.
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 Jan. 12 Wildcats-Huskies game will be televised live by FOX Sports Net. Arizona posted season splits against the Washington schools last season, sweeping at McKale Center and dropping both games on the road. The 'Cats have won five of their last six against WSU, including the last three meetings in Tucson, and four of the last five over UW. Junior Krista Warren is averaging 10.3 rebounds per game over the last six games.
ARIZONA STATE: Winners of 10 of its last 12 games, ASU is 7-2 at home this year and posts a 29-8 record in Wells Fargo Arena over the last three seasons. Arizona State looks to snap a two-game losing streak to the Huskies, and has won eight straight over WSU dating back to 1997-98. Senior guard Amanda Levens is second in the Pac-10 in scoring, with 20.2 points per game. The Sun Devils are limiting their opponents to a league-low 32.2 rebounds per game. ASU is holding its opponents to just 31.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc (1st Pac-10) and 59.3 points per game (2nd Pac-10).
CALIFORNIA: The Bears will attempt to win consecutive games against Oregon for the first time since 1992-93. California has won two straight over the Beavers, including four of the last five in Berkeley. Cal posted season highs of 80 points and 63 percent field goal shooting against Lipscomb on Jan. 4. Junior forward Audrey Walter came off the bench to pace the Bears with 18 points on 9-of-9 shooting. Cal leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense (57.7 ppg) and ranks second in steals (10.31 spg). The tandem of senior Ami Forney (.573) and freshman Leigh Gregory (.531) ranks first and third in the league in field goal shooting, respectively.
OREGON: The Ducks have won in 15 of the last 16 meetings with California, falling 68-57 in Berkeley last season (Feb. 10, 2001). In the series against Stanford, the home team has prevailed in each of the last six contests. Senior guard Edniesha Curry returned to action Jan. 6 against Arizona State. Curry had missed the previous three games with a left foot injury. Sophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld notched career highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds against ASU in her third career start. Kraayeveld ranks second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.539). Junior guard Shaquala Williams leads the Conference in free throw shooting, at 88.9 percent (48-of-54).
OREGON STATE: Off to its best Pac-10 start (4-2) since the 1988-89 season, the Beavers swept the Arizona schools in Corvallis for the second straight season. Traveling to the Bay Area schools this week, OSU looks for its first win in Palo Also since the Pac-10 began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87. The Beavers will try to snap a two-game losing skid to Cal. Sophomore Hollye Chapman notched 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against Arizona State Jan. 4. OSU ranks second in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage defense (.320), while senior All-America candidate Felicia Ragland continues to pace the league in scoring (20.3 ppg).
STANFORD: Sophomore guard Susan King will miss the remainder of the 2001-02 season with a stretched ACL in her right knee. The season-ending injury will qualify King for an NCAA medical hardship. King suffered the injury on Dec. 19 against Arizona. The Cardinal's 14-1 start is its best since it won 33 of its first 34 games in 1996-97. Stanford's 4-0 Pac-10 start is the best since it posted back-to-back 18-0 league marks in 1995-96 and 1996-97. This year's fast start also represents a huge turnaround from a year ago, when the Cardinal was 7-6 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10 through its first 13 games.
UCLA: It's rivalry week in Westwood, as the Women of Troy visit Pauley Pavilion on Sunday. UCLA and USC have split in each of the last two seasons, with the home team wining the last four contests. Junior point guard Natalie Nakase scored a career-high 24 points and had six rebounds and eight assists to lead UCLA in its come-from-behind win over Washington State Jan. 6. Junior forward Kristee Porter, a Volleyball All-American, has decided to leave UCLA to pursue professional and U.S. national team opportunities. Porter played in five basketball games in 2001-02, averaging 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.
USC: The Women of Troy are off to their best start in Pac-10 play (4-2) since 1996-97. USC travels across town to take on UCLA Sunday in its fifth straight Conference road game. The home team has won in each of the last four meetings. Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans averaged 24.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in USC's games at Washington State and Washington last week. Hollans has scored in double figures in all 14 games this season, posting four double-doubles.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies travel to the desert this week, taking on Arizona State in a rematch of two of the 2001 Pac-10 Tri-Champions. Washington has won three of its last four against ASU, but has dropped four of its last five against Arizona. UW is searching for its first win in Tucson since 1994-95. Junior guard Loree Payne reached the 1,000-point plateau Jan. 4 against UCLA. She became just the 17th player in UW history to score at least 1,000 points. Her career total now stands at 1,010 points. Nicole Castro, a 5-10 guard from Darwin, Northern Territory (Australia), joined the Huskies on Jan. 2 and will redshirt the remainder of the 2001-02 season.
WASHINGTON STATE: Looking to snap a 10-game losing streak and break into the Pac-10 win column, the Cougars have their work cut out for them this week. WSU travels to Arizona and ASU, looking for its first win in Tucson since 1997-98, and first win in Tempe since 1996-97. Senior center Brittney Hawks leads the Pac-10 in rebounding with 10.3 boards per game and has a league-best eight double-doubles on the year. Hawks could become the first Washington State player to win the Pac-10 rebounding title. She leads the Pac-10 in defensive rebounds (7.07 avg.). Francine McCurtain ranks second in the Pac-10 with 2.47 three-point field goals per game.
2001-02 TRIPLE DOUBLES
N. Powell, STAN 2** - only player in Pac-10 history to record more than one triple-double, has three career.
B. Hawks, WSU 9N. Powell, STAN (incl. 2 trip.-doub) 6E. Hoffman, USC 5A. Hollans, USC 4A. Lalum, WASH 3E. Pickney, ARIZ 3A. Forney, CAL 3H. Chapman, OSU 2M. Johnson, ASU 2F. Ragland, OSU 2L. Yamasaki, STAN 2C. Carvalho, ASU 1B. Chaney, OSU 1B. Donaphin, STAN 1C. Enghusen, STAN 1C. Fields, WSU 1A. Fredrick, ORE 1C. Kraayeveld, ORE 1M. Leatham, UCLA 1L. Taylor, ARIZ 1J. Veasley, UCLA 1K. Warren, ARIZ 1R. Woodward, USC 1
F. Ragland, OSU (12/6) 37 (12/9) 32 (12/22) 32M. Greco, UCLA (11/17) 36S. Williams, ORE (1/6) 31A. Levens, ASU (11/17) 30
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