This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Feb. 4, 2002
Next Pac-10 Coaches Media Teleconference is Tuesday, Feb. 5, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. PT
STANFORD BECOMES NEW NO. 2,
Cardinal Inches Closer to Clinching 11th Pac-10 Title
STANFORD (22-1, 12-0 Pac-10) became the new No. 2 Monday in the AP women's basketball poll, it's highest ranking since it was No. 1 the first six weeks of the 1996-97 season... The Cardinal enters this week with the chance to clinch at least a share of its 11th Pac-10 title... ARIZONA STATE (18-6, 9-4) and WASHINGTON (13-8, 8-4), separated by just one-half game heading into this week's games, meet Saturday in Seattle, while the Bay Area teams travel to OREGON STATE (12-11, 8-5) and OREGON (12-10, 7-6)... This week's FOX Sports Net game features ARIZONA (11-11, 7-6) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-20, 2-12), and will air live Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tue., Feb. 5UCLA at Long Beach State, 7:30 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 7
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA ST. at WASHINGTON ST., 7 p.m.
STANFORD at OREGON, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.vSTANFORD at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
UCLA at USC, 4 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at OREGON, 7 p.m.
All times are local to site.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Wed., Feb. 30STANFORD 79, CALIFORNIA 52
STAN: Enghusen-15 pts/8 reb/7-11 FG, CAL: Berry-14 pts
Thu., Jan. 31
ARIZONA STATE 69, OREGON 58
ASU: Johnson-18 pts/8-12 FG, ORE: Williams-15 pts
OREGON STATE 88, ARIZONA 85 (OT)
OSU: Ragland-27 pts/12 reb, ARIZ: Pickney-24 pts
Fri., Feb. 1WASHINGTON 69, USC 63
WASH: Giu. Mendiola-22 pts/9-11 FG, USC: Hoffman-19 pts/14 reb
UCLA 79, WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA 55
UCLA: Allen-14 pts/7 reb, WSU: McCurtain-14 pts/7 reb/4 ast
Sat., Feb. 2
ARIZONA 84, OREGON 68
ARIZ: Pickney-19 pts/15-16 FT*, ORE: Williams-21 pts
* - ties Arizona school record for FT made
ARIZONA STATE 71, OREGON STATE 65
ASU: Levens-26 pts/4-4 3FG, OSU: Smith/Estavan-14 pts each
STANFORD 79, at CALIFORNIA 51
STAN: Powell-16 pts/9 reb, CAL: Williams-18 pts
Sun., Feb. 3
WASHINGTON 68,UCLA 48
WASH: Payne-20 pts/4 3FG, UCLA: Johnson-15 pts/4 reb
USC 79, WASHINGTON STATE 38
USC: Hoffman/Woodward-21 pts each, WSU: Hawks-7 pts/10 reb
2002 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
The 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 TICKETS
All-session booklets to the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament may be purchased by calling the University of Oregon Ticket Office at 1-800-WEB-FOOT. Ticket booklets for the tournament cost $60 each, which includes all sessions. Everyone must have a ticket for admission, regardless of age.
MEDIA CREDENTIAL REQUESTS
Pac-10 Tournament media credential request forms are available online or by contacting the Pac-10 Office (925/932-4411). Online forms may be obtained by visiting: www.pac-10.org. First, click on 'Pac-10 Tournament Information,' then click on the women's tournament logo. NOTE: Media members must contact the Pac-10 Office for the user ID and password necessary to gain access. Deadline for submitting credential requests is Feb. 12, 2002.
MENDIOLA NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WASHINGTON sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 28-Feb. 3.
Mendiola, from Lake Forest, Calif., averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and just 1.0 turnover in leading the Huskies to a road sweep of USC and UCLA. The sweep was Washington's first of the Los Angeles schools since 1996, with UW posting its first win in Pauley Pavilion since 1997. In her homecoming, Mendiola shot a combined 63.2 percent from the field (12-of-19), was 3-of-8 from beyond the arc (.375) and finished 7-of-10 from the foul line.
In the Huskies' 69-63 win at USC, Mendiola scored 20 second-half points, finishing with a career-high tying 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting (.818). She connected on 2 of 3 three-pointers, contributed six assists and two steals and committed just two turnovers in 33 minutes of play. In the 68-48 win at UCLA Feb. 3, she led UW with 12 points, a game-high eight rebounds and no turnovers in 32 minutes of play. She added three steals and two assists against the Bruins.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Mendiola's career and the 18th all-time selection for Washington.
ALSO NOMINATED: LaKeisha Taylor, ARIZ, Amanda Levens, ASU, Leilani Estavan, ORE, Nicole Powell, STAN, Natalie Nakase, UCLA, Ebony Hoffman, USC.
NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE...
ARIZONA: Senior forward Elizabeth Pickney shot 15-for-16 from the free throw line against Oregon on Feb. 2, tying the school record for most free throws made in a game. The record was previously set by former Wildcat Angela Lackey against Stanford on Jan. 8, 2000. Senior forward LaKeisha Taylor averaged 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a home split with the Oregon schools last week. She shot a combined 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line.
ARIZONA STATE: Senior guard Amanda Levens turned in her 11th 20-point game of the year with 26 points against Oregon State on Feb. 2. ASU hits the road for the third time in four weeks, and will have played six of its last eight games on the road after this weekend's games in Washington. The Sun Devils are 5-3 on the road this year, including a 3-3 Pac-10 mark. Freshman guard Kylan Loney needs just one more assist to tie the ASU single-season freshman record of 80, held by Jodi Rathbun ('82-83). ASU averaged 70.0 ppg last weekend, after averaging 51.0 ppg in the previous three outings.
CALIFORNIA: The Bears were short-handed in their second game against Stanford last week, playing without leading scorer and rebounder Ami Forney, who had the flu, and reserve center Olga Volkova, who twisted her ankle in shootaround on Feb. 2. Freshman forward Kiki Williams notched a career-high 18 points Feb. 2 against the Cardinal, while freshman forward Leigh Gregory added 10 points. Freshman forward Khadijah Coakley tied her career high of 5 rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench. Thursday's meeting between Cal and Oregon State features the Pac-10's third- and fourth-best defenses, respectively.
OREGON: The Ducks return to McArthur Court this weekend for their final home games of the regular season. Oregon will host the 2002 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament, the league's first ever postseason women's basketball tournament. Junior guard Shaquala Williams leads the Conference in scoring in Pac-10 games with 18.3 ppg, while sophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld leads the league (Pac-10 games) in blocked shots (1.62 bpg) and ranks third in rebounding (10.0 rpg). Kraayeveld posted a pair of double-doubles last week at the Arizona schools, her fourth and fifth of the season. She has pulled down 89 rebounds in the last seven games (12.7 rpg).
OREGON STATE: Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan averaged 14.5 points and 6.0 assists last weekend as the Beavers recorded a road split at the Arizona schools. She notched a team-high tying 14 points at ASU and added five assists. In the overtime win at Arizona, she contributed 15 points and a game-high seven assists. The victory marked Oregon State's third straight over the Wildcats. Senior guard Felicia Ragland posted her fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 27 points and 12 rebounds against the 'Cats. OSU outrebounded Arizona 52-36 for the game.
STANFORD: Sophomore forward Nicole Powell averaged 14.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals in Stanford's back-to-back wins over California last week. Powell currently leads the Pac-10 in both rebounding (10.0 rpg) and assists (5.87 apg). If she wins both titles, she will become the first player in Pac-10 men's and women's basketball history to win the Conference assist and rebounding titles -- in the same season or overall. Freshman Sebnem Kimyacioglu has made 14 of her last 19 three-pointers (.737). The two wins over California last week gave Stanford its eighth season sweep of the Golden Bears in the last nine years.
UCLA: Senior forward Shalada Allen posted team highs of 14 points (on 7-of-11 shooting) and seven rebounds in 18 minutes as the Bruins defeated Washington State last week. Freshman center Krystle Johnson posted a career-high 15 points and grabbed four rebounds against Washington. UCLA will take on Long Beach State Tuesday night in its final nonconference game of the season, before meeting up with USC on Saturday. The Bruins have lost two in a row to the Women of Troy and are looking for their first win at USC since 1998-99.USC: Sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman averaged 20.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 block in a home split against the Washington schools last week. Hoffman posted her Conference-leading 10th double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against the Huskies. She notched 21 points and nine rebounds against WSU, hitting 2-of-2 three-point field goals. USC has not won or lost consecutive games since Dec. 28, 2001, when it capped off a four-game win streak. Since then, the Women of Troy have alternated wins and losses in the last 11 games.
WASHINGTON: Sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and just 1.0 turnover in leading the Huskies to a road sweep of USC and UCLA last week. The sweep was Washington's first of the Los Angeles schools since 1996, with UW posting its first win in Pauley Pavilion since 1997. With the victories, the Huskies vaulted to 8-4 in Pac-10 play, four games behind first-place Stanford and only one-half game behind Arizona State. Washington and ASU meet Saturday in Seattle. Washington averaged 9,679 fans at Bank of America Arena for the Cal/Stanford series (Jan. 17-19), the Huskies' last home games. UW ranks third in the Pac-10 in home attendance with an averaged of 3,341 fans per game.
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars host Arizona State and Arizona as they look to snap a 17-game losing streak. Washington State downed Arizona, 93-86, in the two teams' last meeting in Pullman, Feb. 10, 2001. WSU last defeated ASU in 1996-97, sweeping both games from the Sun Devils that season. Senior center Brittney Hawks ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and 10th in scoring (13.1 ppg). She and USC's Ebony Hoffman are tied for 10 double-doubles on the season to lead the Conference. The Cougars rank third in the league in blocked shots with 3.73 per game.
DID YOU KNOW?Stanford is the only Pac-10 basketball team, men's or women's, to make it through Conference play with an unblemished 18-0 record. Since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87, and since the current men's alignment in 1978-79, the Cardinal women have accomplished the feat three times: 1989, 1996, 1997.