This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 18, 2002

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Nine other Pac-10 teams tip off regular season this week

USC travels to Manhattan, Kan., for a 7 p.m. matchup Wednesday night with No. 5 Kansas State in the Preseason NIT semifinals. USC is the first Pac-10 team to reach the event's semifinals. Four Pac-10 teams have competed in the event since its inception in 1996, with three of those teams going 1-1: Oregon State in 2001-02, Oregon in 1998-99 and Arizona in 1996-97. Pac-10 teams post a 5-3 all-time record in the event. The nine remaining Pac-10 teams open their regular seasons this week. Five teams open at home, including ARIZONA, which hosts preseason No. 3/No. 4 Louisiana State on Nov. 22. ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE and No. 6 STANFORD also tip off the regular season in their home arenas. WASHINGTON will play its first two on the road, including the Nov. 24 matchup at seventh-ranked Texas Tech, televised live on Fox Sports Net. Pac-10 teams are 105-56 all time in season openers (.652) since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87. All told, Conference teams have lost in home openers just 11 times (67-11, .859) but are 38-45 (.458) when beginning the season on the road.

Wed., Nov. 20
USC at No. 5 Kansas State, 7 p.m. (1)

Fri., Nov. 22
No. 3/No. 4 Louisiana State at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Chicago State at ARIZONA STATE, 8 p.m.
Gonzaga at OREGON, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Boise State, 7 p.m.
Rutgers at No. 6/No. 6 STANFORD, 7 p.m.
Wyoming at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 23
UCLA at Hawaii, 1 p.m. (2)
New Mexico at USC, Noon

Sun., Nov. 24
Rutgers at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
Western Oregon at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. Sacramento State, 2 p.m. (2)
USC-Kansas State winner vs. Mississippi State-Penn State winner, TBA (3)
WASHINGTON at No. 7 Texas Tech, 2 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
No. 6 STANFORD at San Francisco, 2 p.m.

(1) Preseason WNIT semifinals, Manhattan Kan.
(2) Hawaii Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii
(3) Preseason WNIT finals, to-be-determined campus siteAll game times local to site.

Sun., Nov. 24 -WASHINGTON at Texas Tech, 2 p.m. CST (FSN)
Sat., Nov. 30 - Georgia at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. MST (FSN)
Sat., Dec. 7 - Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE, Noon MST (FSN)

Tue., Nov. 19
Telstar 5, Transponder 15 (C-Band)
Women's feed: 11 a.m. PT - Noon PT, Audio 6.2/6.8
Men's feed: Noon PT - 1 p.m. PT


Mon., Nov. 11
ARIZONA 90, BK CZ MUS Strakonice 69 (X)
Wheeler-22 pts; Polk-16 pts/11 reb/4 bl

Tue., Nov. 12
USC 73, Love & Basketball 55 (X)
Hicks-14 pts/5 ast; Woodward-14 pts

Wed., Nov. 13
OREGON STATE 82, Team Concept 54 (X)
Chaney-17 pts/7 reb; Estavan-11 pts

Thu., Nov. 14
West Coast All Stars 78, ARIZONA STATE 74 (X)
Kovesdy-17 pts/11 reb/5 ast; Albert-15 pts
STANFORD 103, Team Concept 61 (X)
Kimyacioglu-19 pts/4 stl; Suminski-16 pts

Fri., Nov. 15
OREGON 114, Southern Oregon 54 (X)
Davis-23 pts/6-7 3FG/6 ast; Ganes-16 pts
USC 63, Northern Arizona 55 (1)
Woodward-15 pts; Hoffman-14 pts/18 reb

Sat., Nov. 16
CALIFORNIA 70, Banska Bystrica 61 (X)
O'Keith-14 pts; Ivanyi-10 pts; Volkova-10 pts
WASHINGTON STATE 76, Horsholm BBC 53 (X)
Egeland-20 pts; McCall-19 pts/14 reb

Sun., Nov. 17
ARIZONA 100, Team Concept 72 (X)
Wheeler-22 pts/4 stl; Warren-17 pts/10 reb
UCLA 90, West Coast All Stars 76 (X)
Greco-26 pts/9 reb/5 ast; Pitts-23 pts/14 reb
USC 59, Colorado State 58

SEASON OPENERS: Nine Pac-10 teams open the regular season this week, following USC's lead. Five teams open at home, including ARIZONA, which hosts preseason No. 3/No. 4 Louisiana State (AP/ESPN/USA Today) Nov. 22. ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE and No. 6/No. 6 STANFORD also tip off the regular season in their home arenas. WASHINGTON will play its first two on the road, including the Nov. 24 matchup at 7/No. 7 Texas Tech, on Fox Sports Net. Pac-10 teams are 105-56 all time in season openers (.652) since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87. All told, Conference teams have lost home openers just 11 times (67-11, .859), but are 38-45 (.458) when beginning the season on the road. The largest margin of victory by a Pac-10 team in a home opener is 48 points by OREGON STATE. The Beavers downed Portland 101-53 at Gill Coliseum on Nov. 28, 1987. The WASHINGTON Huskies own the Pac-10 record for the biggest road win to open a season, defeating West Virginia 105-47 (58 points) on Nov. 26, 1993 in the Colorado Coors Classic.

STRENGTH IN SCHEDULING: Pac-10 teams play 13 non-conference games against opponents ranked among the AP preseason Top-10 and 16 games against teams in the Top-25. If STANFORD matches up with Kansas State in its home tournament, the number against Top-10 teams would increase to 13 games. USC's schedule features six of those games: vs. No. 2 Tennessee, No. 4 Connecticut, No. 5 Kansas State, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 19 Colorado State and No. 25 UC Santa Barbara. STANFORD has two, with a possible three: vs. No. 2 Tennessee, No. 22 Oklahoma and could meet No. 5 Kansas State in its home tournament. ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE and WASHINGTON's schedules feature two of these games each.

BUT WHAT ABOUT RPI?: The Pac-10 Conference finished a dismal ninth in the final 2001-02 NCAA RPI report, measuring the league's overall RPI. This may have been the result of an average non-conference record (61-46) combined with weak scheduling by some teams. The RPI formula is based on winning percentage, the quality of a team's schedule, the quality of its opponents' schedules and the quality of the opponents' opponents' schedules. The 2002-03 season could paint a different picture, however, as nine Pac-10 teams are scheduled to play 17 games against teams who had RPIs from 1 to 25 at the end of 2001-02 and 27 games against teams with RPIs from 26 to 50. USC leads the league with games against Tennessee (No. 1 final RPI), Connecticut (2), Colorado (14), Notre Dame (29), Pepperdine (37) and New Mexico (42). ARIZONA has scheduled seven opponents among the Top-50, while OREGON and WASHINGTON play five each. STANFORD and UCLA have four each.

PAC-10 ON FOX SPORTS NET: The Pac-10's 21-game television package with Fox Sports Net includes five non-conference games against preseason Top-25 teams: WASHINGTON at No. 7 Texas Tech on Nov. 24, No. 9 Georgia at ARIZONA on Nov. 30, No. 10/No. 12 Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE on Dec. 7, No. 2 Tennessee at USC on Dec. 14 and No. 22/No. 19 Oklahoma at STANFORD on Jan. 3.

Mar. 7-10, 2003 * HP Pavilion at San Jose

Fri., Mar. 7
Game 1: No. 7 Seed vs. No. 10 Seed, TBA
Game 2: No. 8 Seed vs. No. 9 Seed, TBA

Sat., Mar. 8
Game 3: No. 2 Seed vs. Winner 7/10, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Seed vs. Winner 8/9, 5 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed, 7:15 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 9
Game 7: Game 3 win vs. 3/6 win, 12:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Game 8: Game 5 win vs. 4/5 win, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

Mon., Mar. 10
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

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ARIZONA: SO G Dee-Dee Wheeler averaged 22.5 points in two exhibition game wins for UA. Wheeler led five Wildcats who reached double-digits in scoring as UA defeated BK CZ MUS Strakonice 90-69 Nov. 11. FR C Shawntinice Polk added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Wheeler followed with 23 points in a 100-72 win over Team Concept Nov. 17. Arizona opens the regular season Nov. 22 against No. 3/No. 4 Louisiana State. In the only other meeting between the two programs, on Dec. 2, 1994, the Cats recorded a 71-62 win.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils opened the exhibition season with a 101-57 victory over Mathias Banska Bystrica, a Slovakian team, Nov. 8. FR F Amy Denson paced ASU with 19 points and FR G Jill Noe added 18. ASU downed Team Concept 78-74 on Nov. 14, as FR F Kristen Kovesdy notched team-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Sun Devils play the first of seven straight home games Nov. 22 against Chicago State. ASU defeated the Cougars 83-43 last season (12-13-01) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams, holding them to a school-record nine points in the first half. ASU's current eight-game home winning streak dates back to Dec. 23, 2001, as the Sun Devils won their last eight home Pac-10 games in 2001-02.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears opens the regular season by hosting Rutgers on Nov. 24. Ticket holders to the Nov. 23 Big Game (Stanford-Cal football game) will receive free admission to the women's game by presenting their ticket stubs. JR C Timea Ivanyi led a quartet of Cal double-figure scorers with 15 points in an exhibition win over Team Concept on Nov. 1. SR G LaTasha O'Keith paced the Bears with 14 points in a 70-61 exhibition win over Banska Bystrica Nov. 16. The game marked Coach Caren Horstmeyer's return to the sideline after the Oct. 28 birth of her daughter, Kylie. JC transfer Jacqueline Sanchez (5-9 G) has yet to see game action due to a torn quad muscle. Cal will be without transfer Nihan Anaz (5-9 G) for two to eight regular-season games while the NCAA reviews her former ties to a professional team abroad.

OREGON: The Ducks open the regular season Nov. 22 against Gonzaga, their first meeting with the Bulldogs in almost six years. Oregon owns a 6-0 edge in the all-time series, including three wins at McArthur Court. SO G Brandi Davis paced six Ducks in double figures with 23 points against Southern Oregon on Nov. 15. Davis was 6-of-7 from long range and added a team-high tying six assists in the 114-54 exhibition win. UO's non-conference schedule is rated as the sixth-toughest in the nation according to the WBCA/Summerville preseason RPI. The Ducks' nine non-conference opponents had a combined 179-91 (.663) record a year ago. Six of Oregon's foes (Boston College, BYU, Santa Clara, South Carolina, TCU and Wisconsin-Green Bay) were 2002 NCAA Tournament participants.

OREGON STATE: JR C Brina Chaney, JR F Hollye Chapman and JR F Krystal Turner combined for 44 points and 23 rebounds in OSU's 82-54 exhibition win over Team Concept Nov. 13. The Beavers open the regular season Nov. 24 against Western Oregon, a team they haven't faced in 26 years (since the 1978-79 season). OSU leads the series 3-2. SR C Kristina Rukstelyte missed the Nov. 13 exhibition after undergoing surgery for a meniscus tear (right knee). She is expected to be back for the opener. Oregon State is 231-121 (.656) in season openers dating back to the 1976-77 season.

STANFORD: SO G Sebnem Kimyacioglu scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, in Stanford's 103-61 exhibition win over Team Concept Nov. 14. Seven of the nine Stanford players in uniform reached double figures in the win. The lineup consisted of six sophomores, three freshmen and no juniors or seniors. The Cardinal concluded exhibition play with a 2-0 record (including an 89-73 win over Love & Basketball Nov. 17), and opens the 2002-03 regular season at home against Rutgers on Nov. 22. The Cardinal is 1-1 in the series with the Scarlet Knights, scoring a 50-46 win in Piscataway, N.J., last season (Jan. 2, 2002).

UCLA: The Bruins wrapped up exhibition play with a 100-72 win over the West Coast All Stars Nov. 17. SR G Michelle Greco led the Bruins with a game-high tying 26 points, while FR F Julia Pitts added 23 points and 14 rebounds. UCLA opens the regular season Nov. 23-24 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic. UCLA is a combined 5-0 against Hawaii (4-0) and Sacramento State (1-0), its first two foes in Honolulu. The Bruins last played Sacramento State when Ann Meyers was in the lineup (1975). Greco paced UCLA with 12 points in a Nov. 9 exhibition loss to Love & Basketball. It was Greco's first game action since Dec. 1, 2001, following her medical redshirt season. FR G Ortal Oren will miss the first three regular-season games for playing on an Israeli club team with athletes considered to be professionals by the NCAA.

USC: The Women of Troy defeated Northern Arizona and No. 19/No. 18 Colorado State in the first two rounds of the Preseason NIT. USC travels to No. 5 Kansas State for a 7 p.m. matchup Wednesday night. The Women of Troy are the first Pac-10 team to reach the Preseason NIT semifinals, as three other teams have each gone 1-1 in the event (Oregon State in '01-02, Oregon in '98-99 and Arizona in '96-97). Wednesday's game also marks the first-ever meeting between Kansas State and USC. SO F Rachel Woodward hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to lift USC to victory at Colorado State. Woodward finished with a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. JR F/C Ebony Hoffman posted a career-high 18 rebounds and 14 points in the 63-55 win over NAU. The NIT finals are slated for Nov. 24 at a to-be-determined campus site. Penn State hosts Mississippi State in the other semifinal.

WASHINGTON: JR G Giuliana Mendiola led four Huskies who reached double-digits in scoring with 23 points in an 82-64 exhibition win over Bay Area Pro Am last week. SR G Loree Payne contributed 14 points and SR F Emily Autrey added 11. The Huskies open the regular season Nov. 22 at Boise State, before traveling to No. 7 Texas Tech for a Nov. 24 matchup on Fox Sports Net. Washington Coach June Daugherty was at the helm of the Boise State program for seven seasons (1990 -96). UW owns a 17-2 edge in the all-time series with the Broncos, with five of those wins under Daugherty. The Huskies trail 2-3 in the series with the Red Raiders. UW is 13-14 all-time against Big 12 opponents.

WASHINGTON STATE: Four Cougars scored in double figures to lead WSU to an 82-57 exhibition game win over P&P Lady Express on Nov. 9. JR C Candace Fields (16 pts/10 reb), JR G Lindsey Egeland (12 pts/13 reb) and JR F Bianca McCall (11 pts/12 reb) posted double-doubles, while SR G Sarah Barrett added 13 points. Egeland paced the Cougars with 20 points in a 76-53 exhibition win over Horsholm BBC Nov. 16. WSU opens the regular season Nov. 22 against Wyoming. The Cougars lead the all-time series with the Cowgirls, 4-0. SR G/F Jessica Ottmar, one of two seniors on the squad, is out indefinitely due to a right knee injury while leading returning scorer, SO G Jessica Perry, is out two to six weeks with mononucleosis.

PAC-10 BASKETBALL PREVIEW SHOW:The 2002-03 Pac-10 Men's and Women's Basketball Preview will be distributed via satellite on Wed., Nov. 19. Here is the satellite feed information:

Tue., Nov. 19
Telstar 5, Transponder 15 (C-Band)
Women's feed: 11 a.m. PT - Noon PT, Audio 6.2/6.8
Men's feed: Noon PT - 1 p.m. PT

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COMMITTEE CONTACT:Washington Associate Athletic Director Marie Tuite is currently in her second year as a member of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee. The 10-member committee selects and seeds the 64-team field NCAA Tournament. Media members wishing to speak with Tuite should contact the University of Washington Media Relations Office at 206-543-2230.

ONLINE COLUMNS: Visit for weekly columns on Pac-10 women's basketball by long-time women's basketball writer Dick Rockne of the Seattle-Post Intelligencer and Fox Sports Net color analyst Mary Murphy. The schedule for the online column is: Nov. 6, Dec. 18 and every Wednesday afternoon from Jan. 8-Mar. 12.

CALLING ALL COACHES: Pac-10 head women's basketball coaches will be available on a media teleconference each week during Conference play, with an additional preseason call scheduled in December. Each coach is scheduled to be on the line for five minutes with the calls starting at 9:30 a.m. PST. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 4 p.m. PST following the call and will be available until the next call. Media members may call the Pac-10 office to receive the media-only number for both the live teleconference and taped replay. Teleconferences are scheduled for: Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, Mon., Mar. 3.

Call Schedule (PST)
9:30 a.m. Moderator opens call
9:35 a.m. Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona St.
9:40 a.m. Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
9:45 a.m. Sherri Murrell, Washington State
9:50 a.m. June Daugherty, Washington
9:55 a.m. Chris Gobrecht, USC
10:00 a.m. Kathy Olivier, UCLA
10:05 a.m. Judy Spoelstra, Oregon State
10:10 a.m. Bev Smith, Oregon
10:15 a.m. Caren Horstmeyer, California
10:20 a.m. Tara VanDerveer, Stanford

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