This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Feb. 10, 2003
First-place STANFORD (19-2 overall, 11-1 Pac-10) stretched its Pac-10 lead to 2.5 games, the Cardinal's largest cushion in the league race this season... Stanford takes on second-place WASHINGTON Thursday night in Seattle, putting the Huskies' 11-game home winning streak to its biggest test of the season... Home court records tell this story in the Conference race this season, as the three top teams in the standings post a combined 19-0 record in Pac-10 home games... Those three teams have gone 33-1 overall at home this season, with the Cardinal and Huskies perfect at Maples Pavilion and Bank of America Arena, respectively... Conversely, both Washington and ARIZONA (12-8, 7-5) are under-.500 in Pac-10 road games... The Arizona schools, both coming off home sweeps of then-No. 20/24 Washington and Washington State, travel to Los Angeles this week... This week's Pac-10 FOX Sports Net telecast features the Civil War rematch of OREGON STATE (12-10, 6-7) at OREGON (9-13, 5-8), while CALIFORNIA (8-13, 4-8) travels to winless WASHINGTON STATE and Washington.
Next Pac-10 Coaches Media Teleconference is Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thu., Feb. 13
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 14
ARIZONA at UCLA, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at USC, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 15
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, Noon
OREGON STATE at OREGON, Noon, FOX Sports Net
STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon
Sun., Feb. 16
ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA at USC, 2 p.m.
All game times local to site.
UPCOMING TV GAMES
Feb. 15 - OREGON STATE at OREGON, Noon, FOX Sports Net
Feb. 22 - UCLA at STANFORD, Noon PT (FOX Sports Net)
Mar. 1 - FOX Sports Net Wildcard Game (TBA), Noon PT/1 p.m. MT
Mar. 1 - FOX Sports Net Wildcard Game (TBA), 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT
Mar. 9 - Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals, 12:30 & 3 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net
Mar. 10 - Pac-10 Tournament Championship, 7:30 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net
Feb. 10 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
FR C Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ (page 3)
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT MEDIA CREDENTIALS
Applications available now at www.pac-10.org. The application deadline is Feb. 21, 2003 (page 2)
ARIZONA FRESHMAN 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 Feb. 3-9.
Polk, from Hanford, Calif., averaged 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in just 21.5 minutes per game while leading Arizona to a sweep of the Washington schools. She shot a blazing 73.1 percent (19-of-26) from the floor on the weekend.
In the Wildcats' 79-66 defeat of No. 20/24 Washington Feb. 6, Polk scored 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting, scoring 10 points in the first half alone. She played just 17 minutes in that contest, due to foul trouble, and also tallied 2 assists and a blocked shot. The win was Arizona's third over a ranked team this season.
In the 80-50 win over Washington State Feb. 8, Polk went off for game highs of 28 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and three steals in just 26 minutes of action. It was her 16th double-double in 22 collegiate games, setting the new UA single-season record. Polk was 12-of-16 from the floor for the game (.750), including a perfect 4-of-4 in the second half. Her five blocked shots in the contest was just one off the school single-game record. With 50 blocked shots on the season, Polk has the second-highest single-season blocks total in school history and is just three away from tying the school record of 53.
The Player of the Week honor is the third for Polk, Arizona's fourth this season and the 28th all-time selection for the Wildcats.
ALSO NOMINATED: Jill Noe, ASU; Nihan Anaz, CAL; Nicole Powell, STAN; Michelle Greco, UCLA; Ebony Hoffman, USC; Giuliana Mendiola, WASH.
2002-03 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Dec. 2- Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ; Dec. 9- Giuliana Mendiola, WASH; Dec. 16- Jill Noe, ASU; Dec. 22-Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ; Dec. 29- Kelley Suminski, STAN; Jan. 6- Jill Noe, ASU; Jan. 13- Michelle Greco, UCLA; Jan. 20- Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ; Jan. 27-Rometra Craig, USC; Feb. 3- Giuliana Mendiola, WASH.
PROTECTING THE HOME COURT
Home is where it's at in the Pac-10 this season, as the league's top three teams in the Conference standings - Stanford, Washington and Arizona - post a combined 19-0 record in Pac-10 home games this year. Two of those squads - the Cardinal and Huskies - tout perfect overall home records in 2002-03, with 12-0 and 11-0 records, respectively. The Wildcats have suffered just one home loss on the season, a 78-71 overtime defeat at the hands of then-No. 3 LSU. Both Washington and Arizona are under-.500 in Pac-10 road games (.429).
Stanford's 23-game home winning streak, which dates to Dec. 28, 2001, is second in Division I behind Connecticut, which has 57 straight home victories. The Cardinal's current streak includes 17 straight Pac-10 wins. Washington has won 11 straight in Seattle, six in league play. Arizona is third in the league with 10 consecutive home wins.
PAC-10 TEAMS IN THE AP POLL
Three Pac-10 teams were ranked among the AP Top-25 on Jan. 27 (No. 6 Stanford, No. 24 Arizona, No. 25 Washington), the first time that's happened since Nov. 6, 2001. That distinction lasted one week, as Arizona dropped out of the AP Top-25 on Feb. 3, following its Feb. 1 overtime loss at Oregon State. The Conference has had at least two teams ranked in the AP Top-25 for 10 straight weeks this season, since Arizona made its debut at No. 21 (Dec. 2, 2002).
THE LAST TIME...
In this year of talented Pac-10 freshmen, keep the following factoids close at hand:
* A freshman (true or redshirt) has never won the Pac-10 scoring title.
* A freshman (true or redshirt) has captured the Pac-10 rebounding title only once, when Stanford JR F Nicole Powell did so in 2000-01 (8.5 rpg).
* UCLA's Maylana Martin was the last rookie to finish the season ranked first in the league in field goal percentage, shooting at a .539 clip (171-of-306) in 1996-97.
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.
FR C Shawntinice Polk averaged 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in just 21.5 minutes per game as Arizona swept the Washington schools last week. Arizona has won 10 home games in a row, the longest home win streak since the school record was set at 15 straight from Jan. 4, 1999, to Jan. 6, 2000. Polk's 243 rebounds is the second-highest boards total ever for a UA freshman, while her 394 points is the third-best rookie scoring total ever at Arizona. The Wildcats are 13-1 this season when outrebounding their opponents. They are 11-0 when scoring 75 points or more and 16-2 when shooting better from the field than their opponents. SR F/G Krista Warren has moved up to No. 5 on the UA career rebounding list with 575 boards. After shooting just 57.3 percent (130-227) from the free throw line through the first 15 games of the season, UA has hit 69.9 percent (80-115) from the stripe over the last seven contests.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State has won three straight at Wells Fargo Arena, a streak that has included two upsets of ranked teams (No. 19 Arizona, No. 20/24 Washington). The Feb. 8 Washington victory marked ASU's third upset of a Top-25 team this season. SO G Carrie Buckner averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals on the weekend, and was key down the stretch against the Huskies. Against UW, Buckner scored 10 of her 12 points and all six of her career-best six steals in the second half. FR G Jill Noe recorded her fourth double-double on the year (10 pts/10 reb) in the win over Washington State. The Sun Devils begin the first of three straight road games this week at the L.A. schools and look to improve on a 1-5 record in Pac-10 road games. ASU's lone Conference road win came Jan. 11 at Washington State. The Sun Devils held Washington to just 56 points on Feb. 8, 21.7 points below the Huskies' league-leading average of 77.7 points per game. ASU has averaged 13.7 turnovers per game in the last three contests, down from its season average of 19.3 per game, including a season-low 13 in the win over Washington last week.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
The Bears play four of their final six regular-season games on the road, beginning this week at Washington State and Washington. With its win over Oregon State on Feb. 6, Cal surpassed last year's overall win total of seven and doubled its number of Conference victories from 2001-02. SO G Kristin Iwanaga notched 10 points against OSU, giving her back-to-back double-digit scoring games for the first time this season and only the third time in her career. The Bears have dropped two of their last three games (to Stanford and Oregon), by a combined five points. SO F Leigh Gregory scored a career-high 22 points, including a 13-of-15 showing from the free throw line, in the loss to the Ducks. Gregory became the fourth Bear to surpass the 20-point plateau this season, while her 13 free throws and 15 attempts are the most by a Cal player this year. They also tie the Pac-10 season highs for 2002-03. Cal's 15-point margin of victory over Oregon State on Feb. 6 was its largest against the Beavers since January 1991. Four players reached double figures in scoring against Oregon State, the second time in four games Cal has accomplished that feat and third time this season.
The Ducks snapped a two-game losing skid with their 54-52 win over California on Feb. 8. It marked the second Conference road win for Oregon this year as the Ducks swept the season series with Cal for the third season in a row. SR G Alissa Edwards hit a 12-foot baseline jumper with 2.3 seconds left to lift UO to victory. On the weekend, FR C Carolyn Ganes averaged 13.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Oregon has outrebounded two of its last four opponents, defeating Arizona State (Jan. 30) and California (Feb. 8). The Ducks are 4-0 this season when winning the battle of the boards and 3-13 when outrebounded. JR F Cathrine Kraayeveld has missed the last 13 games due to a staph infection in her right knee. She stopped using crutches two weeks ago, however, her return to the lineup remains unknown. Oregon returns home this week to host arch-rival Oregon State Saturday at Noon. The Ducks have won in two of the last three meetings, but the Beavers prevailed 67-51 Jan. 18 in Corvallis. The Civil War matchup will be televised live on FOX Sports Net.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS
After reeling off six wins in seven games, the Beavers went 0-2 at California and Stanford last week and enter the week tied for sixth place in the Pac-10 standings. JR G Leilani Estavan was the lone Oregon State player in double figures at Stanford, with 12 points. JR C Brina Chaney recorded her eighth career double-double and second of the season in the loss at California with 12 points and 12 rebounds. FR G Casey Bunn, making her first career start, reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. SO G Juleen Smith has missed seven consecutive contests while nursing an ongoing hamstring injury. She did not make the trip to the Bay Area and her return to the lineup is questionable for the remainder of the season.
The Cardinal defeated the Oregon schools by a combined 56 points last week. JR F Nicole Powell averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists on the weekend. Powell finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds against the Beavers for her 26th career double-double. Starting point guard SO Susan King missed both games last week with a broken little toe on her left foot. King had been playing with the injury and could return for Thursday's game at Washington. Stanford has won 17 straight Pac-10 home games dating back to Mar. 3, 2001. The wins over the Oregon schools, combined with Washington's 0-2 trip to the Arizona schools, gives the Cardinal its largest lead in the Pac-10 race this season, 2.5 games. Stanford has won 32 of its last 33 Pac-10 games, including 23 straight at home. The Cardinal's home winning streak, which dates to Dec. 28, 2001, is second in Division I behind Connecticut, which has 57 straight home victories. The Cardinal is 12-0 at Maples Pavilion this season, with five wins over teams that have appeared in the Top-25 this year: Rutgers, Kansas State, Arizona, Oklahoma and Washington. Stanford will visit the Pac-10's second- and third-place teams (Washington and Arizona) in a five-game span that begins Thursday in Seattle.
The Bruins host the Arizona schools this week and look to turn the tide after losing five of their last six contests. The Bruins fell 72-68 at USC Feb. 8, which evened the season series with their crosstown rivals. SR G Michelle Greco led the team with 28 points and nine rebounds. With 273 career thefts, Greco needs just one steal to move into a tie for second place on the school career steals list. Over the weekend, she surpassed Stanford's Jennifer Azzi ('87-90) for sole possession of sixth place on the Pac-10 career chart and needs just one steal to tie for fifth with UCLA's Nicole Anderson ('89-93). Greco enters the week having made 40 of her last 44 free throws and is on track to finish among the all-time UCLA leaders in 11 statistical categories.
USC WOMEN OF TROY
With just seven players in uniform, USC utilized a career-high double-double performance from JR F Ebony Hoffman to defeat UCLA 72-68 at the Sports Arena last week. Hoffman finished with 21 points and 20 rebounds to become the first Trojan since Lisa Leslie in 1994 to notch a 20-point, 20-rebound double-double. It was Hoffman's 26th career double-double and 10th on the season. FR F Meghan Gnekow scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half. The 4,354 fans in attendance marked USC's largest crowd since 1986 and the 16th-largest women's basketball crowd in school history. Hoffman improved her average to 10.0 rebounds per game for the first time in her USC career. JR G Jessica Cheeks will sit out the remainder of the season to concentrate on priorities, the school announced Feb. 8. Cheeks had appeared in all 22 games and was averaging 8.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals in 34.3 minutes per game. She is expected to rejoin the team in 2003-04.
The Huskies, who entered last week averaging a Conference-leading 77.7 points per contest, scored just 61.0 points per game in losses at No. 25 Arizona and Arizona State. The road games were Washington's first in nearly three weeks. UW, which has lost consecutive games for the first time this season, looks to snap that skid when it hosts Stanford and California this week. Washington is a perfect 11-0 in Bank of America Arena this season, including a 6-0 mark in Pac-10 play. The Huskies have won their last four home games by at least 18 points. UW moved up five spots to No. 20 in the Feb. 3 AP poll and made its debut in the Feb. 4 USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches' poll at No. 24. The No. 20-billing was UW's highest since a No. 19-ranking Nov. 18, 2001. Washington has won eight of its last 12 games. JR G Giuliana Mendiola has recorded a double-double in four of the last five games, averaging 21.0 points and 7.5 rebounds at the Arizona schools last week. The Huskies have won two of the last three games against Stanford at Bank of America Arena.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
JR F Bianca McCall scored 17 points and JR F Holly Harris added a season-high 15 points in the Cougars' Feb. 6 loss at Arizona State. At Arizona, SO forwards Jami Clevenger and Emma Joneby paced the team with career highs of 12 points each. WSU was outrebounded by an average of 18.0 boards at the Arizona schools and managed just six offensive rebounds to ASU's 21. Having lost 45 straight games, the Cougars look to put an end to the third-longest losing streak in NCAA Division I history when they host California and Stanford this week. The NCAA record is 58 by Long Island University (1986-89).
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, 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 Seed vs. No. 9 Seed, 8:45 p.m.
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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