This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Dec. 2, 2002
STANFORD, ARIZONA STATE REMAIN PERFECT
Pac-10 teams knocked off a pair of Top-10 opponents last week, as unranked ARIZONA upset No. 8 Georgia (70-49) and No. 7 STANFORD downed No. 2 Kansas State (63-57) without its leading returning scorer and rebounder, All-American Nicole Powell... Heading into the fourth week of the regular season, the Cardinal and ARIZONA STATE both sport perfect 4-0 overall records... The Sun Devils play back-to-back games against ranked teams this week, hosting Georgia Monday night and Notre Dame on Saturday, as part of the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic II... The ASU-Notre Dame game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net... All proceeds of the event, a double-header which also features Purdue vs. Vanderbilt, will benefit the Phoenix affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Mon., Dec. 2
Georgia at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.
Wisconsin at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 3
Saint Mary's at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 4
Cal Poly SLO at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at San Jose State, 7 p.m.
USC at Pepperdine, 8 p.m.
Eastern Washington at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
Thu., Dec. 5
Portland at OREGON, 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 6
UCLA at Georgia, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at North Carolina State, 6:30 p.m. (1)
Sat., Dec. 7
UC Riverside at ARIZONA, 3:30 p.m. (2)
Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE, Noon (3) (Fox Sports Net)
Pennsylvania at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. (4)
OREGON vs. Brigham Young, 3 p.m. (5)
Portland State at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Florida or Houston, 5/7 p.m. (1)
Sun., Dec. 8
Illinois or North Texas at ARIZONA, 1/3:30 p.m. (2)
Colorado or Evansville at CALIFORNIA, 1/3 p.m. (4)
USC at Connecticut, 2 p.m.
(1) North Carolina State Tournament, Raleigh, N.C.
(2) Fiesta Bowl Women's Basketball Classic, Tucson, Ariz.
(3) AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic II, Tempe, Ariz.
(Doubleheader features Purdue vs. Vanderbilt at 2:30 p.m.)
(4) Oakland Tribune Classic, Berkeley, Calif.
(5) Portland Jam, Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.
All game times local to site.
UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sat., Dec. 7 - Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE, Noon MST (FSN)
Sat., Dec. 14 - Tennessee at USC (Great Western Forum), 1:30 p.m. (FSN)
PAC-10 MEDIA SERVICES: All Pac-10 press releases can be found online by accessing www.pac-10.org. Statistical information and standings are also available on the site, as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week and 2003 Pac-10 Tournament information.
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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
SHAWNTINICE POLK NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ARIZONA freshman center Shawntinice Polk has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 25-Dec. 1.
Polk, from Hanford, Calif., averaged 13.0 points, 15.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in the Wildcats' two wins over Pepperdine and No. 8 Georgia, the highest-ranked team an unranked Wildcat squad has ever beaten. At Pepperdine Nov. 25, Polk racked up 16 points, including 13 in the second half, as Arizona defeated the Waves 80-68. Polk also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for her second straight double-double. In Arizona's 70-49 upset win over the eighth-ranked Bulldogs Nov. 30, Polk registered 10 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. She finished with five assists and blocked a game-high three shots. In just three games as a Wildcat, Polk has notched three double-doubles, the first time an Arizona player has recorded three in a row since December 1999.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Polk's career and the 25th all-time selection for Arizona. Polk becomes the first freshman to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors since Stanford's Nicole Powell in 2000-01, and the first Wildcat freshman to receive such distinction since Lisa Griffith in 1996-97.
ALSO NOMINATED: Kristen Kovesdy, ASU; Brina Chaney, SO; Azella Perryman, STAN, Michelle Greco, UCLA; Giuliana Mendiola, WASH.
2003 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
Mar. 7-10, 2003 * HP Pavilion at San Jose
Fresh off its inaugural run and gaining in popularity, the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament moves to San Jose, Calif. HP Pavilion at San Jose will serve as home to the five-session, nine-game event.
Eugene, Ore., was the site of the first-ever Pac-10 tournament in 2002, setting the stage for the league's premier women's sporting event. The total tournament attendance was 27,415 for an average of 5,483 per session.
All 10 Pac-10 teams participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Tournament. The tournament seeds and Conference Champion will be determined by the 18-game regular-season Pac-10 schedule.
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)
CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Dec. 1, 2002, the WBCA/Summerville RPI lists the Pac-10 as the top-ranked Conference in the nation. The current WBCA/Summerville RPI lists the top seven Conferences as follows: 1. Pac-10, 2. SEC, 3. ACC, 4. Mountain West, 5. Big Ten, 6. Big East, 7. Big 12.
FEDEX THAT TAPE: Arizona State and UCLA face Georgia this week, coming on the heels of Arizona's upset of the eighth-ranked Bulldogs last week. The Wildcats, Sun Devils and Bruins are three of four Pac-10 teams to face Georgia in 2002-03, with the first three contests taking place in a six-day span. The Cal Golden Bears travel to Athens for a Jan. 4 date with the Bulldogs.
COACHING MILESTONES: USC Coach Chris Gobrecht is one win shy of notching her 400th career victory (399-283). With a win, Gobrecht will be the third active Pac-10 coach to have eclipsed the 400-win plateau behind Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (552-156) and Arizona's Joan Bonvicini (519-203). VanDerveer captured her 400th win at Stanford Nov. 30th, with a 63-57 victory over then-No. 2 Kansas State. Here's a rundown of other Pac-10 coaches nearing milestones: Bonvicini is six wins away from No. 200 at UA; ASU Coach Charli Turner Thorne is six wins away from her 100th victory in Tempe; Cal's Caren Horstmeyer needs nine wins for career victory No. 250; Oregon State's Judy Spoelstra is two wins shy of win No. 100 at OSU and four away from career victory No. 200.
NON-CONFERENCE SLATE: Pac-10 teams post a 23-15 record (.605) against non-conference foes entering the fourth week of the season. The league finished 61-46 last year (.570), its best non-conference record since going 66-42 (.611) in 1998-99. The league won a record 84 non-conference games in 1991-92 and posted a Pac-10 record .765 non-conference winning percentage (75-23) in 1990-91. Here's a year-by-year breakdown of the Pac-10's non-conference records:
2001-02 61-46 (.570) 2000-01 66-50 (.569) 1999-00 64-53 (.547) 1998-99 66-42 (.611) 1997-98 56-41 (.577) 1996-97 73-34 (.688) 1995-96 72-33 (.686) 1994-95 77-33 (.700) 1993-94 69-33 (.676) 1992-93 68-33 (.676) 1991-92 84-28 (.750) 1990-91 75-23 (.765) 1989-90 76-38 (.667) 1988-89 66-46 (.589) 1987-88 71-41 (.634) 1986-87 79-30 (.725)
SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Oregon's Shaquala Williams and Washington's Loree Payne are two of 30 finalists nominated for the second annual Senior CLASS Award. The Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award is presented to the nation's senior player of the year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball. The award was developed in response to the recent trend of college basketball players leaving early to turn professional. Last year, Connecticut's Sue Bird and Maryland's Juan Dixon each won the award.
ARIZONA: The Wildcats' 70-49 upset win over No. 8 Georgia marked the highest-ranked team an unranked UA squad has ever beaten. FR C Shawntinice Polk averaged 13.0 points, 15.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in two wins for the Cats last week. UA outrebounded Georgia 42-32, controlling one of the best front lines in the nation. Arizona, which took No. 3 Louisiana State to overtime on Nov. 22, received 11 votes in the Nov. 25 AP poll and has beaten four of the last eight ranked teams it has played. UA has won seven consecutive televised games. SR F Krista Warren has been quietly averaging 14.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
ARIZONA STATE: SO G Kylan Loney was named MVP of the ASU Wells Fargo Holiday Classic, averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds as the Sun Devils went 2-0 in their home tournament. ASU's 81-65 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee was its 12th straight at Wells Fargo Arena, tying the school record set during the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. FR F Kristen Kovesdy averaged 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in three ASU wins last week, notching a double-double (19 pts/10 reb) against Northern Illinois. Kovesdy is one of three Sun Devil freshmen to record double-doubles this season, along with Amy Denson and Jill Noe.
CALIFORNIA: SO F Leigh Gregory reached double figures in scoring for the third straight time, notching 11 in Cal's 66-56 loss to Seton Hall Dec. 1, the Bears' third straight game against a Big East opponent. JR C Timea Ivanyi led the team with 12 points against the Pirates. SO G Kristin Iwanaga paced Cal with a career-high 20 points in the 57-53 win over Syracuse on Nov. 30. SO G Jacqueline Sanchez, who had been nursing a quad injury, saw her first action of the season against the Orangewomen. Sanchez added to the deep Cal bench, as 14 players saw action The Bears continue their six-game home stand with Cal Poly SLO Wednesday night.
OREGON: The Ducks went 0-3 last week, with two losses coming at the hands of South Carolina and No. 18/19 Boston College at the Paradise Jam (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands). Oregon is 1-7 in its last eight nonconference games dating back to the 2001-02 season. JR F Cathrine Kraayeveld led the team with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds in the loss to the Eagles. SO C Andrea Bills notched a team-high 10 points and five rebounds against the Gamecocks. UO returns home to host Portland Thursday night, then travels up the road to play BYU in the Papï¿½ Jam at the Rose Garden in Portland.
OREGON STATE: JR C Brina Chaney averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in the Beavers' wins over Tulane and Idaho State last weekend. On the weekend, Chaney shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the floor. She scored a career-high 18 points against ISU. JR F Hollye Chapman added 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the win over Idaho State. FR G Mandy Close earned starts in the last two games. Head coach Judy Spoelstra is two wins away from victory No. 100 at Oregon State, and needs four more for career win No. 200. OSU hits the road to play San Jose State Wednesday night, then hosts Portland State Saturday night.
STANFORD: SO G Kelly Suminski earned Tournament Co-MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational after scoring 18 points, including five 3-pointers, in the Cardinal's 63-57 win over No. 2 Kansas State. FR G Krista Rappahahn sank four free throws in the final 43 seconds to clinch the win as Stanford extended its home winning streak to 15 games. The second-ranked Wildcats were the highest-ranked opponent Stanford defeated since upsetting then-No. 1 Purdue on Nov. 22, 1998. Stanford attempted a Pac-10 record 37 3-point field goals in the win over the Wildcats. The victory also marked Tara VanDerveer's 400th on The Farm. SO F Azella Perryman averaged 12.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in two wins last week (over Princeton and Kansas State). Perryman shot a combined 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the floor. Her 17 points and 18 rebounds against the Lady Tigers came in just 28 minutes of play. The Cardinal are idle this week and return to action Dec. 14 against Pacific.
UCLA: SR G Michelle Greco was named Tournament MVP at the UNLV Lady Rebel Shootout, averaging 22.0 points and 5.5 rebounds as the Bruins downed Northwestern State and UNLV. Greco scored a season-high 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the win over the Lady Rebels, and went 9-of-10 from the line. FR F Julia Pitts recorded her first career double-double (16 pts/11 reb) in the win over Northwestern State. Two-sport athlete Whitney Jones, an All-Pac-10 women's soccer player, rejoined the basketball team this week, notching 10 points in the win over UNLV. Jones is UCLA's leading returning scorer (9.5 ppg) and rebounder (5.2 rpg). The Bruins open their home slate with Saint Mary's Tuesday night, then travel to Georgia for a Friday night matchup.
USC: Just three weeks into the 2002-03 season, the Women of Troy have already played five games, including three against Top-25 teams, and taken three road trips. The slate doesn't get any easier this week, as USC heads north to take on Peppderine in Malibu Wednesday night, then travels across the country to face Connecticut on Sunday. The meeting with UConn marks USC's third against a Top-10 team this season, and its fourth against a Top-25 squad. The Women of Troy last knocked off a ranked opponent when they defeated then-No. 18/19 Colorado State Nov. 17 in the Preseason WNIT. Head coach Chris Gobrecht is one win shy of posting her 400th career victory (399-283). SO F Rachel Woodward scored a career-high 22 points to lead USC in the loss to then-No. 10 Notre Dame
WASHINGTON: JR G Giuliana Mendiola was named MVP of the Seattle Times Classic, averaging 17.5 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds as the Huskies defeated St. Bonaventure and Kentucky. Mendiola scored a season-high 21 points in the 88-56 championship game win over the Wildcats. Mendiola became the first two-time recipient of the tournament's MVP award. SR G Loree Payne, who ranks 10th on the UW scoring list with 1,303 career points, needs just six 3-pointers to crack the Pac-10's all-time Top-5 in 3-pointers made. Payne has 186 career treys. Riding a two-game winning streak, Washington hosts Wisconsin Monday night, the heads East for the North Carolina State Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. The Huskies face the host Wolfpack in opening round play Friday night.
WASHINGTON STATE:M JR C Candace Fields averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in WSU's two games at the Florida International/Herald Thanksgiving Classic in Miami. Fields was named to the all-tournament team, recording a double-double (10 pts/12 reb) in the Cougars' 87-50 loss to No. 3 Louisiana State. Washington State regained the services of its leading returning scorer, SO G Jessica Perry, Nov. 29 against LSU. Perry missed WSU's second exhibition game and first regular-season game due to mononucleosis. The Cougars return home to face Eastern Washington Wednesday night.
PAC-10 ON FOX SPORTS NET: The Pac-10's 21-game television package with Fox Sports Net includes five non-conference games against Top-25 teams: WASHINGTON at then-No. 13 Texas Tech Nov. 24 (a 67-99 loss), then-No. 8 Georgia at ARIZONA on Nov. 30 (a 70-49 win), Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE on Dec. 7, Tennessee at USC on Dec. 14 and Oklahoma at STANFORD on Jan. 3.
NCAA 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.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Mon., Nov. 25
ARIZONA 80, Pepperdine 68
Warren-20 pts/7 reb; Polk-16 pts/14 reb/4 ast
ARIZONA STATE 70, Northern Illinois 62
Kovesdy-19 pts/10 reb/11-13 FT; Buckner-14 pts
Montana State 81, WASHINGTON STATE 55
Joneby-12 pts; Egeland-11 pts/6 ast; McCall-10 reb
Tue., Nov. 26
Wisconsin-Green Bay 69, OREGON 53
Kraayeveld-11 pts/13 reb; Bills-9 pts/7 reb
Portland 83, OREGON STATE 70
Turner-14 pts/10 reb; Estavan-12 pts/5 reb
Thu., Nov. 28
South Carolina 67, OREGON 40
Bills-10 pts/5 reb; Gunderson-7 pts/3 reb/3 stl
Fri., Nov. 29
ARIZONA STATE 72, Portland State 53
Kovesdy-13 pts/5 reb/3 bl; Denson-12 pts/14 reb
CALIFORNIA 57, Syracuse 53
Iwanaga-20 pts/5 ast/4 3FG; Gregory-12 pts/6 reb
Boston College 64, OREGON 47
Kraayeveld-12 pts/9 reb/2 bl; Williams-11 pts/4 ast
OREGON STATE 56, Tulane 51
Chaney-14 pts/6 reb; Estavan-13 pts/4 ast/5 stl
Notre Dame 69, USC 57
Woodward-22 pts; Hoffman-10 pts/9 reb/3 stl
WASHINGTON 105, St. Bonaventure 48
Payne-16 pts; Giu. Mendiola-14 pts/7 ast/4 reb
STANFORD 95, Princeton 39
Denny-18 pts/Perryman-17 pts/18 reb
Louisiana State 87, WASHINGTON STATE 50
Barrett-12 pts/5 ast; Fields-10 pts/12 reb
Sat., Nov. 30
ARIZONA 70, Georgia 49
Brase-16 pts/4-6 3FG/3 stl; Polk-10 pts/17 reb/3 bl
ARIZONA STATE 81, UW-Milwaukee 65
Loney-20 pts/7-11 FG/4 ast; Denson-13 pts/4 reb
UCLA 82, Northwestern State 74
Greco-18 pts/6 reb/5 ast; Pitts-16 pts/11 reb
WASHINGTON 88, Kentucky 56
Giu. Mendiola-21 pts/5 ast; Lalum-18 pts/5 reb
STANFORD 63, Kansas State 57
Suminski-18 pts/6 reb/5 3FG; Kimyacioglu-14 pts
Virginia Tech 72, WASHINGTON STATE 50
Fields-11 pts/7 reb; McCall-10 pts/5 reb
Sun., Dec. 1
Seton Hall 66, CALIFORNIA 56
Ivanyi-12 pts; Gregory-11 pts/7-10 FT
OREGON STATE 67, Idaho State 48
Chaney-18 pts/8 reb/8-10 FG; Chapman-11 pts/8 reb
UCLA 72, UNLV 64
Greco-26 pts/8-13 FG/9-10 FT