Women's Basketball Off To Best Pac-10 Start Since 1988-89
Jan. 8, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Thursday January 10, 2002
OSU at No. 4 Stanford - 7 p.m. PST, Palo Alto, CA
Saturday January 12, 2002
OSU at California - 7 p.m. PST, Berkeley, CA
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (8-7 overall, 4-2 Pac-10)
G #3 Juleen Smith, 5-5, Fr., (3.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
G #10 Leilani Estavan, 5-7, So.,(8.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.7 apg.)
G #34 Felicia Ragland, 5-9, Sr., (20.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg.)
F #22 Ericka Cook, 6-3, Sr., (7.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg.)
C #42 Brina Chaney, 6-5 So., (5.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg.)
No. 4 STANFORD CARDINAL (14-1 overall, 4-0 Pac-10)
G #5 Kelley Suminski, 5-9, Fr., (9.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.6 apg.)
G #25 Lindsey Yamasaki, 6-1, Sr., (16.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.4 apg.)
F #14 Nicole Powell, 6-2, So., (15.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 5.0 apg.)
F #34 T'Nae Thiel, 6-1, Fr., (6.1ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 apg.)
C #41 Bethany Donaphin, 6-2, Sr., (8.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.9 apg.)
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (5-8 overall, 0-4 Pac-10)
G #5 Kristin Iwanaga, 5-6, Fr., (5.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.8 apg.)
G #33 LaTasha O'Keith, 5-7, So., (9.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg.)
F #23 Amber White, 6-0, Jr., (4.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.1 apg.)
F #30 Kiki Williams, 6-1, Fr., (6.6ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.6 apg.)
C #42 Ami Forney, 6-2, Sr., (14.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.8 apg.)
A GLANCE AT STANFORD: Fourth-ranked Stanford University brings a 14-1 overall record and perfect 4-0 Pac-10 mark into Thursday's game against Oregon State. The Cardinal's lone loss of the season came at the hands of No. 2 ranked Tennessee. Oregon City grad Lindsey Yamasaki leads Stanford in scoring with 16.5 points per game and pulls down 5.1 rebounds. Sophomore All-America candidate Nicole Powell is averaging nearly a double-double, with a team-high 9.4 rebounds per outing and 15.8 points. Powell also leads the squad in assists with 75. A pair of freshman, Kelley Suminski and T'Nae Thiel have been inserted into the starting line-up recently and are averaging 9.9 and 6.1 points per game, respectively. 6-7 Cori Enghusen, a high school teammate of OSU's Brina Chaney, has 24 blocked shots on the year. As a team, Stanford leads the league in 12 Pacific-10 Conference statistical categories. The Cardinal average 80.7 points per game while allowing its opponents to score just 62.3 points. Stanford's 14-1 start is it's best since it won 33 of its first 34 games in 1996-97.
BEAVERS AND CARDINAL: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 25-6. The Beavers' 81-65 victory against the Cardinal in Corvallis on Jan. 11, 2001 ended an 11-game losing streak for OSU against Stanford. The victory was the first-ever for Oregon State head coach Judy Spoelstra (1-11) against the Cardinal. The Beavers have never beaten Stanford in Maples Pavilion, having lost 15 consecutive games.
OSU-SU LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State led by as many as eight points in the first half and took a 36-31 edge into the locker room at halftime but Stanford buried 8-of-13 second half 3-pointers to rally for an 87-76 victory on Feb. 10, 2001. The Cardinal finished the game with 14 3-pointers and out-scored the Beavers by 16 points in the final 20 minutes. Felicia Ragland buried 7-of-16 shots from the floor, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, to lead all players with 26 points. Ericka Cook hit 7-of-10 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws to finish with a season-high 22 points. Hollye Chapman also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points.
A GLANCE AT CALIFORNIA: University of California looks to break a seven-game Pac-10 losing streak dating back to last season, when the Bears host University of Oregon on Thursday. Cal brings a 5-8 overall record into the game, having lost eight of its last nine contests. Senior Ami Forney leads the squad in scoring and rebounding with an average of 14.8 points and 6.4 boards per outing. Freshman forward Leigh Gregory is also averaging double figures in scoring with 10.0 points per game. As a team, the Bears lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (57.7 ppg) but are averaging just 59.7 points per contest. The youthful squad boasts seven freshmen and four sophomores.
BEAVERS AND GOLDEN BEARS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with California, 23-18. The Beavers have won four of the last seven meetings, but Cal has won two-straight and four of the last five in Berkeley. OSU's most recent victory in Haas Pavilion was a 53-50 win on Jan. 15, 2000. In her tenure as head coach at OSU, Judy Spoelstra has a record of 7-5 against the Golden Beavers but is just 2-4 when the Beavers play in the Bay Area.
OSU-CAL LAST TIME OUT: In a game that was nearly identical to their first meeting of 2001, Oregon State blew a big first half lead and dropped its game at California, 72-60, on Feb. 8. The Beavers led by as many as 14 points in the opening half, burying 7-of-10 3-pointers to take a 36-24 lead into the locker room. OSU shot just 19-percent from the floor in the second 20 minutes and was out-scored 48-24. Felicia Ragland scored a then career-best 30 points and knocked down 6-of-12 from beyond the arc.
LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Sophomore post Hollye Chapman's 22 points and career-high 15 rebounds helped lead Oregon State to their second consecutive victory against Arizona State, when the Beavers earned a 77-70 win on Friday night. Both teams played fairly even in the first half with neither squad taking more than a five-point lead before the Beavers went into the locker room with a 36-34 advantage. OSU went on a 15-6 run over a five-minute span in the middle of the second half to build their largest lead at 60-48 with just over eight minutes remaining. The Sun Devils would get no closer than six points for the remainder of the contest. Chapman buried a scorching 8-of-11 field goals and 6-of-6 free throw attempts on her way to her second double-double of the season. She also tallied a career-best four blocked shots and her 15 rebounds are the most of any OSU player this season. Senior Felicia Ragland, who was hampered by first half foul problems, finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 17 points, a perfect 9-for-9 shooting from the free throw line, and a team-high eight assists. The Beavers hit 47-percent of their shots from the floor compared to ASU's 36-percent. A big difference came at the free throw line where Oregon State knocked down 24-of-28 attempts and Arizona State was just 15-of-24.
LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA: Oregon State completed its second consecutive sweep of the Arizona schools in Corvallis, as the balanced Beavers pulled away to a 71-56 victory against University of Arizona on Sunday. Erica Cook's season-high 17 points and career-high matching five assists paced the OSU attack. Junior guard Michelle Estell also reached double figures in scoring with 13 points and pulled down six rebounds. Senior All-America candidate Felicia Ragland was sidelined for much of the contest with the stomach flu, but 10 different Beavers scored on the afternoon to pick up the slack. Even walk-on Jenni Jodoin got in on the action, hitting 2-of-3 field goals and pulling down a pair of rebounds in the final minute. Arizona managed its only lead of the contest (37-35) at the 16:16 mark, but Oregon State reeled off 14 consecutive points to put the game out of reach.
ANOTHER SWEEP: With its two victories last week, Oregon State completed its second consecutive sweep of the Arizona schools in Corvallis. Prior to last season's sweep of the Sun Devils and Wildcats, the Beavers hadn't swept the state since the 1996-97 campaign.
BEST START: With a 4-2 record to open Pacific-10 Conference action, Oregon State is off to its best start in conference action since the 1988-89 season. Interestingly, the 1988-89 team won four of its first six games before losing to Stanford University, 75-64 on Jan. 28, 1989.
STARTING ACTION: Freshman guard Juleen Smith made her first career start against Arizona State last Friday. The 5-5 Inglewood, CA native is averaging 3.8 points and 1.6 rebounds in her inaugural season. Smith brings added quickness to the OSU line-up, replacing junior forward Michelle Estell, who has been hampered recently by a sore back. Seven different players have seen action in the starting line-up for the Beavers this season. Senior guard Felicia Ragland made her 100th consecutive start for Oregon State in last Sunday's game against University of Arizona. Ragland has started every game in her four seasons at OSU after coming off the bench in the first game of her career. The Tulare, CA, native has never missed a game for the Beavers.
FAST FACT: Senior Ericka Cook needs just two rebounds to move into 12th place in the OSU record books for boards in her career. The 6-3 post has pulled down 457 rebounds in her four seasons. Currently, head coach Judy Spoelstra (1982-83) ranks in 12th place with 458 boards.
RECORD AGAINST RANKED: Oregon State's record against ranked opponents this season is 0-2. The Beavers faced two Top-10 teams over the first five games of the year, dropping their second round WNIT game at No. 3 Vanderbilt (81-55) on Nov. 11 and falling to No. 8/9 Texas Tech (64-60) on Nov. 24. OSU finished the 2000-01 season with a 2-2 record against Top-25 teams. Last season the Beavers dropped contests with No. 25 Utah (53-49) on Dec. 18 and No. 24 Oregon (71-67) on Jan. 5, before knocking off No. 24 Stanford (81-65) on Jan. 11, and No. 22 Arizona State (72-64) on Mar. 3.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Oregon State ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 40.6 rebounds per game. The Beavers tallied a season-high 61 rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 28, which matched the OSU single game record for rebounds - previously set at San Jose State on Dec. 30, 1981. Oregon State grabbed 53 rebounds against UCLA on Dec. 22. Last season the Beavers tallied 50-plus rebounds on two different occasions, grabbing 51 against University of Wyoming (11/25/00) and 50 against Boise State (12/31/00).
A LOOK AT THE LINE: After connecting on just 48-of-91 free throw attempts for a meager 53-percent over the first seven games of the season, Oregon State has improved dramatically from the line in the last three games. The Beavers had their best free throw shooting game of the season against University of Washington on Dec. 30, hitting 10-of-11 charity tosses. OSU knocked down 24-of-28 freebies against Arizona State last Friday and 8-of-11 against Arizona on Sunday, to combine for 42-of-50 (84-percent) in the last three outings. On the year, the Beavers are shooting 65-percent (162-of-249) from the line while their opponents have connected on 189-of-275 free throws for 69-percent. Last year, the Beavers shot 68-percent (418-for-613) from the line.
FREE THROW FIGURE: Sophomore Leilani Estavan has made 11 consecutive free throws for the Beavers. The Los Angeles native, buried all nine of her free throw attempts against Arizona State last Friday. Estavan has hit 15-of-18 charity tosses for 83-percent during Pacific-10 Conference games.
RPI UPDATE: Oregon State boasts a 64 RPI in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association power rating, marking the third toughest schedule in the Pac-10 with Stanford's RPI of 5 leading all conference teams. The Beavers have an 67 RPI in the Sagarin poll, ranking sixth in the Pac-10. According to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Oregon State started the season with the eighth toughest schedule in the nation.
POINTS TO PONDER: Oregon State matched its season-high in scoring with 77 points against Arizona State last Friday. The Beavers reached the 77-point plateau earlier this season in a victory at New Mexico. The Beavers hit for 71 points against Arizona on Sunday, marking the first time this season they've hit at least 70 points in back-to-back games. OSU is 5-0 on the season when scoring at least 70 points. Despite the two 77-point games, Oregon State's scoring has dropped this season. The Beavers are averaging 64.2 points per outing, short from last year's total of 68.8 points per game - a decrease of 4.6 points per game. After holding Washington State to just 33 points on Dec. 28, OSU is allowing its opponents to score just 63.2 points per contest compared to last season's 63.9 points.
LEADING THE PAC: Entering the week, sophomore guard Leilani Estavan is leading the Pac-10 in assists with 6.73 per game and assist-turnover ratio with a 2.53 mark. Teammate Felicia Ragland ranked in the Top 10 in six different statistical categories, leading all players with an average of 20.3 points per game, 3.27 steals per outing and 2.53 3-point field goals made per contest.
RAGLAND NUMBERS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland scored a career-high 37 points, including 26 in the second half, against Portland on Dec. 6, becoming just the fifth Oregon State player to score at least 37 points in a game. Ragland reached the 30-point barrier for a second consecutive game after knocking down 10-of-27 field goals, including six 3-pointers and a perfect 6-of-6 free throw attempts on her way to 32 points at Kansas State on Dec. 9. The 5-9 guard buried 32 points, including a 7-of-14 clip from 3-point range against UCLA on Dec. 22. Ragland's seven treys broke the OSU single-game record for shots from long range. Against Washington State on Dec. 28, the 5-9 guard recorded her second double-double of the season, and 14th of her career, with 13 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. She followed that performance with 26 points and three steals against Washington on Dec. 30 and added 21 points against Arizona State last Friday. The All-America candidate was held scored eight points and tallied five steals, despite playing with the stomach flu against Arizona on Sunday. Ragland has now reached double figures in scoring in 23 of the last 26 games. Her 37 points are the most scored by a Pac-10 player this season and she is the only conference player to score 30-plus points on three occasions. Ragland leads the Beavers in scoring (20.3 ppg), steals (49), 3-point field goals (38) and free throw percentage (.846).
FLOOR LEADER: Sophomore point guard Leilani Estavan has done a little bit of everything for the Beavers this season. Estavan dished out a career-high 11 assists against Portland on Dec. 6. Estavan reached double figures in scoring for the fifth time this season with 17 points, including a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line, and dished out eight assists against Arizona State last Friday. She followed that effort with nine assists against Arizona on Sunday, giving her 32 dishes (8.0 apg) over the last four games. Only six Oregon State players have tallied more assists in a single game than Estavan's total of 11. On the season, the Los Angeles, CA, native is averaging 8.9 points, 6.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. Entering the week, she leads the Pac-10 in assists per game (6.7) and assist-turnover ratio (2.53). Her 2.33 steals per game rank second in the conference behind teammate Felicia Ragland.
CHAPMAN CHAT: Sophomore post Hollye Chapman recorded the first double-double of her career on Dec. 22 against UCLA when she came off the bench to score 13 points and pull down a then career-best 10 rebounds, including six offensive. The 6-2 post recorded her second double-double last Friday with 22 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. Chapman knocked down 8-of-11 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws in the contest and blocked a career-high four shots. Against Arizona on Sunday, she was held to seven points but dished out a career-best four assists. Chapman has reached double figures in scoring in four of the last five games. On the season, Chapman ranks second on the squad in scoring with 11.5 points per game and third in rebounding with 5.9 boards per contest. She is averaging 12.5 points and team-high 8.0 rebounds in Pacific-10 Conference games.
BACK ON TRACK: Junior Michelle Estell played a major part in Oregon State's 71-56 victory against Arizona on Sunday. The Amanda, OH native buried 3-of-5 3-point field goals on her way to a game-high 11 first half points, keeping the Beavers in front. Estell finished with 13 points and six rebounds, marking her best game of the season since a 15-point, seven-rebound effort in the season-opener against Loyola Marymount University.
SWAT TEAM: Sophomore Brina Chaney currently leads Oregon State in blocked shots with 16 on the season. The 6-5 post has amassed 12 swats in the last five games, for an average of 2.4 blocks per outing. Chaney had a career-high five blocked shots and a career-best 11 rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 28. She currently ranks in seventh place in the Pac-10 with 1.07 swats per game.
THE 'J' CREW: A trio of freshmen, Juleen Smith, Jasmine Wilson and Jessica Jones, continue to contribute valuable minutes for Oregon State in their inaugural season. Smith, a freshman from Inglewood, CA, had a career night against USC on Dec. 20, leading all players with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The 5-5 guard also pulled down three rebounds, dished out three assists, made two steals and blocked her first shot against the Women of Troy. Smith pulled down a career-high five rebounds, including three offensive, against Washington State on Dec. 28 and made her first-career start against Arizona State last Friday. Wilson, an athletic forward, started the season pulling down at least one rebound in the first eight contests she saw action in. Wilson pulled down a career-high four boards against Kansas State on Dec. 9, and blocked a career-high three shots against Washington State on Dec. 28. The 6-0 guard scored a career-best four points against Washington on Dec. 30. Jones, a solid ball-handler and defender, pulled down a career-high three rebounds against Arizona State last Friday. She tallied a career-high two dishes against University of Portland on Dec. 6 and played a career-high 15 minutes against USC on Dec. 20.
COOK'S CORNER: Senior Ericka Cook recorded her best scoring game of the season when she led all players with 17 points against Arizona on Sunday. Cook matched her career-high with 13 rebounds against University of Portland on Dec. 6. The 6-3 post leads the Beavers in rebounding with a 6.2 boards per game average and enters the week ranked in 10th place in the Pac-10 for rebounds per game. Cook currently ranks fourth on the squad in scoring with 7.9 points per game. She has six double-doubles in her career, including five during the 2000-01 campaign.
IN THE POLLS: Oregon State received four votes in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll as was announced on Nov. 5. The Beavers ranked 59th with the four votes. OSU dropped out of the polls after falling to No. 3 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 in the second round of the Preseason WNIT.
PRESEASON HONORS: Senior guard Felicia Ragland was named to the prestigious Street & Smith College Basketball 2001-02 Women's All-America team. Ragland was one of just 20 athletes selected to the squad, earning High Honorable Mention honors.
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE COACHES POLL: Oregon State has been tabbed to finish in seventh place in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference race, as voted on by the Pac-10 coaches. The Beavers received 39 points in the voting, while Stanford, who tied for first place in the Pac-10 with Arizona State and Washington last season, was predicted to repeat as champion with 81 points and nine first place votes.
1,400 POINT CLUB: Senior guard Felicia Ragland has moved into a select company of players - the 1,400 point club. Ragland's 572 points as a junior catapulted her into sole possession of 7th place in Oregon State's Top-10 list for career scoring. The 5-9 guard has tallied 304 points this season, upping her career total to 1,469 points. With 32 points at Kansas State on Dec. 9, the All-America candidate passed Tina Lelas' (1994-97) total of 1,313 points and moved into sole possession of 6th place in the OSU record books. Ragland has surpassed the 30-point barrier three times this season after hitting for 32 against UCLA on Dec. 22. Anette Mollerstrom (1993-95) is next on the list with 1,582 points in her career.
600 REBOUND CLUB: Senior Felicia Ragland is just the 7th player in Oregon State history to pull down 600 rebounds in her career. The 5-9 guard has a total of 619 boards, which ranks in 5th place in the OSU record books, surpassing Robyn Clark's (1980-83) total of 612. Ragland needs 63 more boards to surpass Brenda Arbuckle's (1984-87) total of 681 rebounds and climb the ladder into sole possession of 4th place.
EXTREMELY ELITE COMPANY: Felicia Ragland is one of just three Oregon State players to score 1,400 points (1,469) and grab 600 rebounds (619) in her career. Only OSU Hall of Famer Carol Menken and Tanya Kostic have reached that plateau. Including Ragland, just six Oregon State players have scored over 1,400 points in their career.
RAGLAND RANKS NUMBER ONE: Senior Felicia Ragland's five 3-point field goals against No. 8/9 Texas Tech University on Nov. 24, moved her into first place in the OSU record books for career 3-point field goals. The 5-9 guard matched her single-game record with six treys, including five in the first half, at Kansas State on Dec. 9 and then broke the Oregon State single-game record for 3-pointers with seven treys against UCLA on Dec. 22. Ragland reigns as the most prolific 3-point shooter in Oregon State history with a career total of 147 3-pointers, surpassing Anette Mollerstrom's (1993-96) mark of 113 from beyond the arc.
STEALING THE SHOW: Guard Felicia Ragland has tallied a team-high 49 steals on the season. Ragland leads the Pac-10 Conference in steals with 3.27 per game. Teammate Leilani Estavan ranks second in the loop with 2.33 steals per contest. Ragland tallied a game-high five steals against Arizona on Sunday, despite battling the stomach flu. On the season she has recorded at least five steals in four different contests. Ragland ranks in 8th place in the OSU record books with 227 swipes in her career. She needs 12 steals to surpass Robyn Clark's (1980-83) mark of 238 and move into 7th place.
ANOTHER TOP-10: Senior Felicia Ragland has knocked down 44-of-52 free throw attempts this season to lead the Beavers with a .846 percentage. The All-America candidate has moved into sole possession of 8th place in the Oregon State record book for free throw attempts in her career, with 319 attempts from the line. The 5-9 guard currently ranks in 6th place for free throws made in her career, with a total of 240. She needs just seven charity tosses to move past Juli Coleman (1991-92) into sole possession of 5th place.
MORE RECORDS: Senior Ericka Cook ranks in 8th place in the Oregon State record book with 77 career blocked shots. The 6-3 post tallied a season-high four swats against University of New Mexico on Dec. 2 and has tallied at least one stuff in four of the last five games. Cook continues to inch closer to Debbie Dalluge (1985-89), who ranks 7th in the record book with 89 stuffs.
HOME STREAK: The Beavers have won 62 of their last 97 (.639) games played at Gill Coliseum. Over the last eight seasons OSU is 78-40 in the friendly confines of Gill. Oregon State finished the 2000-01 campaign with a 10-6 record at home including a 5-4 mark in Pac-10 Conference games. So far this season the Beavers are 5-3 overall and 3-1 during Pac-10 games in Gill.
NON-CONFERENCE RECORD: Oregon State has an all-time non-conference record of 231-119 dating back to the 1976-77 season for a .660 percentage.
ON THE BENCH: Oregon State has two new faces on its staff with the addition of Director of Operations Heath Alexander and new assistant coach Todd Corman. Corman joins the Beavers after serving 10 seasons as the head coach at Loyola Marymount University and most recently six years at the helm of Albertson College. Stephanie Norman and Jualeah Woods each return for their second season as assistant coaches for the Beavers. Norman and Woods helped lead OSU to its first postseason appearance since 1996 with a trip to the 2001 Women's National Invitation Tournament.
HEAD COACH JUDY SPOELSTRA: Judy Spoelstra has a record of 85-97 while in her seventh season at the helm for Oregon State. Spoelstra has recorded a 184-165 overall record while in her 13th season as a collegiate head coach, her first six being at Montana State. Last season, Spoelstra led the Beavers to their first postseason tournament appearance since 1996 with a trip to the WNIT. Spoelstra was named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 1999-2000.
BEAVERS ON THE RADIO: Join the voice of Beaver women's basketball, Jon Warren, as he calls the play-by-play for all of Oregon State's 2001-02 games. Every OSU women's game will be broadcast on the Internet on the Oregon State athletics home page - www.osubeavers.com. Select games will be broadcast on KLOO Radio (1340 AM) in the Corvallis area as well as on the Beaver Sports Radio Network through satellite affiliates. Thursday's game at Stanford can be heard only on the Internet, but Saturday's game at California will be broadcast throughout the state of Oregon on the Beaver Sports Radio Network.
BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will play four Live televised games this season on Fox Sports. The Beavers' Pacific-10 Conference home-opener against Washington State on Dec. 28 and the Dec. 30 University of Washington contest were both broadcast. A pair of road tilts will also see air-time with the Jan 19 Civil War game at University Oregon and the Feb. 2 Arizona State contest both being televised.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: A new era starts as the Pacific-10 Conference begins its first annual Women's Basketball Tournament on March 1-4, 2002, at McArthur Court on the University of Oregon campus. The league's Directors of Athletics and the Pac-10 Council approved the postseason tournament last fall. The Pac-10 postseason tournament will be a 10-team event which, will be hosted by one of the Pac-10 members on its campus each year. A total of nine games will be played with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.