This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Dec. 16, 2002

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Pac-10 teams get their last chance to tune-up for Conference play this week... Although several teams have non-conference games on their schedules after Jan. 1, this week marks the last of exclusively non-league play... Ranked opponents on the slate include No. 5/4 STANFORD (5-0) at No. 4/5 Tennessee, as the Lady Vols meet up with their second straight Pac-10 foe, and OREGON STATE (5-2) at No. 10/10 Texas Tech... The Beavers are the second Pac-10 team to play the Lady Raiders in Lubbock this season, following Washington's Nov. 24 date... The Cardinal kept their unblemished record intact, erasing a nine-point deficit to defeat Pacific 67-56 in its only action last week... Two teams - ARIZONA STATE and WASHINGTON - have just one loss at this juncture, as both the Sun Devils and Huskies sport 6-1 records... Both CALIFORNIA (3-3) and ASU take to the road for the first time in 2002-03 this week, with the Bears at nearby Saint Mary's and the Sun Devils at Kent State and Akron... Both the Cardinal and Huskies take five-game winning streaks into this week's action.


Tue., Dec. 17
OREGON STATE at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 18
New Mexico at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at Kent State, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Thu., Dec. 19
OREGON at Montana, 6:30 p.m. (Oregon Sports Network)
Baylor at UCLA, 7 p.m.
USC at Southern Methodist, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 20
ARIZONA STATE at Akron, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at SW Missouri State, 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports NW)

Sat., Dec. 21
CALIFORNIA at Saint Mary's, 2 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at UCLA, 2 p.m.
USC at Colorado, 2 p.m.
STANFORD at Boston University, 1 p.m.
Utah at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 22
ARIZONA at UNLV, 5 p.m.OREGON at Texas Christian, Noon
Iowa State at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.

All game times local to site.

Dec. 19 - OREGON at Montana, 6:30 p.m. (Oregon Sports Network)
Dec. 20 - San Francisco at WASHINGTON, (Fox Sports NW)
Dec. 27 - ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Dec. 29 - ARIZONA at STANFORD, 2 p.m. (KRON-TV)

ARIZONA STATE freshman guard Jill Noe has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 9-15.

Noe, from Tualatin, Ore., came within one rebound and one assist of recording the 13th triple-double in Pac-10 history in ASU's 76-53 defeat of Denver on Dec. 9. Noe finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, adding six steals in 26 minutes of play. She shot 7-of-11 (.636) from the field, including a 75.0 percent clip (3-of-4) from 3-point range. Noe also recorded two blocked shots and committed no turnovers as the Sun Devils posted their 14th win in their last 15 games at Wells Fargo Arena.

One of three freshmen comprising Arizona State's top three scorers and rebounders this season, Noe has scored in double figures six times in seven games. She paces the defending Pac-10 Tournament Champions in scoring (14.4 ppg), rebounding (5.9 rpg), 3-point field goal percentage (.464), free throw percentage (.857) and steals (19).

Following an eight-day break for final examinations, Arizona State (6-1 overall) takes its first road trip of the season this week, with games at Kent State (Dec. 18) and Akron (Dec. 20).

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Noe's career and the 22nd all-time selection for Arizona State.

ALSO NOMINATED: Cathrine Kraayeveld, ORE; Brina Chaney, OSU; Kelly Suminski, STAN; Michelle Greco, UCLA; Bianca McCall, WSU.

2002-03 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Dec. 2- Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ; Dec. 9- Giuliana Mendiola, WASH; Dec. 16- Jill Noe, ASU.


NATIONAL RANKINGS: Two Pac-10 teams were ranked in both Top-25 polls (AP and ESPN/USA Today) last week, the first time this season the league has had more than one team in both polls' Top-25. Stanford checked in at No. 5/4; Arizona, which has been ranked in the AP Top-25 since Dec. 2, made its debut in the ESPN/USA Today poll on Dec. 9 at No. 24. Four more teams received votes in both polls last week (Arizona State, Oregon, USC and Washington). At least three Pac-10 teams have received votes each week since the preseason polls were released Nov. 11.

WINS OVER RANKED TEAMS: Pac-10 teams have knocked off five ranked opponents this season, including three in a three-day span from Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and four in an eight-day stretch from Nov. 30-Dec. 8. The Conference is 5-8 against teams ranked in the Top-25 and 2-6 versus Top-10 teams. In the three-day stretch, then-No. 7 Stanford defeated then-No. 2 Kansas State, 63-57 on Nov. 30. That same day, then-unranked Arizona upset then-No. 7 Georgia, 70-49. On Dec. 2, unranked Arizona State downed the Bulldogs, then-No. 14, 74-70. The Pac-10's other wins over ranked opponents came Dec. 8, as unranked Oregon defeated No. 19/22 BYU and on Nov. 17, when USC won at No. 18/19 Colorado State in the Preseason NIT.

CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Dec. 15, 2002, the WBCA/Summerville RPI lists the Pac-10 as No. 2 Conference in the nation (RPI rank). The current WBCA/Summerville RPI lists the top eight Conferences as follows: 1. ACC, 2. Pac-10, 3. Big Ten, 4. SEC, 5. Big East, 6. Atlantic 10, , 7. Mountain West, 8. Big 12.

FRESHMEN MAKING A HUGE IMPACT: Freshmen have wasted little time making themselves known in the Pacific-10 Conference this season, with six earning starting roles on four different teams. Five of those roles belong to true freshmen. Off the bench, seven more freshmen are averaging 13 minutes or more per game. Those with starting roles include: Arizona RS FR Shawntinice Polk, who has recorded a school record six straight double-doubles; Arizona State G Jill Noe and F Amy Denson; Oregon State G Mandy Close; and UCLA's freshman duo of G Nikki Blue and F Julia Pitts.

NON-CONFERENCE SLATE: Pac-10 teams post a 39-27 record (.591) against non-conference foes in 2002-03. 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:

COACHING MILESTONES: Oregon State's Judy Spoelstra logged her 100th win at Oregon State Dec. 14 in the Beavers' win over Florida. Spoelstra is two victories away from career win 200. Other Pac-10 coaches nearing milestone wins include: Arizona's Joan Bonvicini - three wins away from No. 200 at UA; Arizona State Coach Charli Turner Thorne - four wins away from her 100th in Tempe; and Cal's Caren Horstmeyer, seven away from career victory No. 250. USC Coach Chris Gobrecht notched her 400th career victory Dec. 4 in USC's 64-63 win over Pepperdine. Gobrecht is the third active Pac-10 coach to have eclipsed the 400-win plateau, behind Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (553-156) and Bonvicini (522-204). VanDerveer captured her 400th win at Stanford Nov. 30, 2002, with a 63-57 victory over then-No. 2 Kansas State.

PAYNE CONTINUES CLIMB UP PAC-10 CAREER CHART: Washington SR G Loree Payne continues her steady climb up the Pac-10's career 3-point field goals list. One of the most prolific 3-point shooters in Conference history, Payne currently ranks fourth with 206 career treys and needs just six more to surpass former teammate Megan Franza ('98-01) and move into the second-place spot. Payne, who has 21 3-pointers in seven games this season, is 79 treys away from tying the Pac-10's all-time leader, Arizona's Lisa Griffith ('97-00). Payne drained 72 from long range 2001-02, a season in which the Huskies lost in their Pac-10 tournament opener and went 2-1 in the Postseason NIT. She has drained a combined 14 treys in her last three games. Here's a look at the Pac-10's career 3-pointers list:

1.	Lisa Griffith, ARIZ ('97-00)	2852.	Megan Franza, WASH ('98-01)	2113.	Vanessa Nygaard, STAN ('95-98	2104.	Loree Payne, WASH ('99-pres.)	206

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.

ARIZONA: RS FR Shawntinice Polk extended her school-record double-doubles streak to six (17 pts/11 reb) as the Wildcats fell to Ohio State in Columbus. Arizona returns home briefly, hosting New Mexico Dec. 18, before beginning a stretch of three straight road games, including its Pac-10 opener Dec. 27 at California. UA has won four of its last five games and was ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls on Dec. 9-10. Head coach Joan Bonvicini needs just three more victories to reach 200 wins at Arizona.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils return to action Dec. 18 after taking an eight-day break for final exams, heading out on their first road trip of the season. ASU defeated Denver 76-53 on Dec. 9. Arizona State travels to the Buckeye state for a Dec. 18 contest at Kent State and Dec. 20 at Akron. FR G Jill Noe narrowly missed a triple-double against Denver, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Noe also recorded six steals in the win and committed no turnovers in 26 minutes of play.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears were idle last week and travel to nearby Moraga to face Saint Mary's Dec. 21. The contest against the Gaels marks Cal's first game away from Haas Pavilion this season. The Golden Bears play their first games outside the Bay Area Jan. 2 and 4 at Mercer and Georgia, respectively.

OREGON: The Ducks fell to Santa Clara in their only action last week, despite a career-high 33 points from JR F Cathrine Kraayeveld -- including 24 in the first half. Kraayeveld finished 7-for-10 from 3-point range, making 5-of-6 treys in the opening 12 minutes. Her seven 3-pointers matched the McArthur Court record, while her 33 points were the most scored at Mac Court since Jessica Schutt's 34 in 1994. Santa Clara pulled down 38 boards to Oregon's 30, the fourth time in the last five games the Ducks have been outrebounded. The Broncos snapped UO's six-game home winning streak. Oregon hits the road to take on Montana (Dec. 19) and TCU (Dec. 22).

OREGON STATE: Head coach Judy Spoelstra logged her 100th win at Oregon State as the Beavers got by Florida, 49-48 Dec. 15. Spoelstra needs just two more victories for career win 200. OSU led the Gators 23-1 with six minutes left in the first half. JR C Brina Chaney recorded her fourth career double-double (10 pts/14 reb) and added five blocks, all in the first half. Oregon State is 4-0 this season when Chaney or JR G Leilani Estavan leads the team in scoring. The Beavers head out on a two-game road swing before the holiday break, playing at Texas Tech Dec. 17 and at Southwest Missouri State Dec. 20.

STANFORD: The Cardinal sets out for its longest road trip of the season this week, with a Dec. 18 date at Tennessee and Dec. 21 at Boston University. Stanford, off to its eighth 5-0 start in school history and second straight, is coming off a 67-56 win over Pacific on Dec. 14. SO G Kelly Suminski paced the team with 22 points against the Tigers. Stanford and Tennessee have met annually since the 1988-89 season. The Lady Vols lead the all-time series 13-4 and have won six of the seven meetings in Knoxville. Each of the last three games in the series have been decided by six points or less.

UCLA: After playing six of their first seven games away from Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins play back-to-back games at home this week. UCLA hosts Baylor Dec. 19 and Cal State Northridge Dec. 21. SR G Michelle Greco paced the team with a season-high 31 points in the loss at Pepperdine Dec. 14. At her current pace, FR F Julia Pitts could challenge Bruin great Denise Curry's school single-season field goal percentage record. Pitts paces the Pac-10 with a whopping 69.8 percent from the floor (30-43). Curry's single-season record is 62.1 percent (280-451) in 1977-78.

USC: Coming off a Dec. 14 loss to Tennessee, its second straight game against a Top-5 opponent, USC hits the road for games at Southern Methodist and Colorado this week. All four of the Women of Troy's losses are to Top-10 teams. With the Lady Vols, USC has now faced three of the last four NCAA Champions, including UConn and Notre Dame. JR TR Rometra Craig is eligible to play beginning Dec. 19 at SMU. Before transferring from Duke, Craig averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17.9 minutes.

WASHINGTON: Idle last week, the Huskies host San Francisco and Iowa State before the holiday break. Coming off three straight wins, UW is off to its second-best start under June Daugherty (6-1) and has captured two tournament titles this season (North Carolina State's GlaxoSmithKline Invitational, Seattle Times Classic). With 206 career treys, SR G Loree Payne needs just five more 3-pointers to tie for second on the Pac-10 career list.

WASHINGTON STATE: Coming off a pair of road losses last week, the Cougars return to the Palouse for a contest with Utah on Dec. 21. JR F Bianca McCall posted 30 points in two games last week, extending her streak of double-digit scoring games to five. JR G Kim Dugan has averaged 11.0 points in the Cougars' last two games. Washington State's four-point loss at Montana Dec. 14 (57-53) qualified as the team's smallest margin of defeat this season. WSU's schedule is rated as the eighth-toughest in the nation in the Dec. 15 WBCA/Summerville RPI report.


Mon., Dec. 9
ARIZONA STATE 76, Denver 53
Noe-17 pts/9 reb/9 ast/6 stl; Denson-16 pts

Wed., Dec. 11
McCall-15 pts/5 reb; Perry-9 pts/9 ast/ 5 ast

Sat., Dec. 14
Pepperdine 88, UCLA 67
Greco-31 pts/7 reb; 12-15 FT; Blue-14 pts/8 reb
Tennessee 71, USC 39
Hoffman-10 pts/8 reb; Gnekow-8 pts/4 reb
OREGON STATE 49, Florida 48
Close-11 pts; Chaney-10 pts/14 reb/5 bl
STANFORD 67, Pacific 56
Suminski-22 pts/5 ast; Trotter-10 pts/15 reb
McCall-15 pts/9 reb; Dugan-10 pts/3 stl

Sun., Dec. 15
Ohio State 84, ARIZONA 65
Polk-17 pts/11 reb; Wheeler-11 pts/3 stl
Santa Clara 88, OREGON 79
Kraayeveld-33 pts/8 reb/7-10 3FG

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.

Tickets for the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament are available now at, or by calling (800) 650-0122 or (408) 924-7434.

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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