This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 17, 2003

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Nine Pac-10 teams open the 2003-04 regular season this week, following OREGON's lead... The Ducks (2-0 overall) added two to their win column last weekend, including an upset of No. 9 LSU in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic... The victory was Oregon's first over a ranked team in four years and its first against an SEC team since 1981... Six Pac-10 teams open at home this week, including No. 23/No. 22 ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE... No. 6/7 STANFORD travels to Malibu, Calif., to open with Pepperdine, while WASHINGTON will play its first two games away from Bank of America Arena, competing in Hawaii's Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic... Pac-10 teams are 112-60 all time in season openers (.651) since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87. All told, Conference teams have lost home openers just 14 times (74-14, .841), but are 39-46 (.459) when beginning the season on the road.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Nov. 17
West Coast All Stars at UCLA, 7 p.m. (X)

Fri., Nov. 21
STANFORD at Pepperdine, 5 p.m.
Utah Valley State at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
USC at New Mexico, 7 p.m.
Fresno State at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
Akron at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 22
WASHINGTON vs. Maine, 1 p.m. (1)
Northern Arizona at ARIZONA, 2 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 23
Texas A&M Corpus Christi at OREGON STATE, 10 a.m.
South Carolina State at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
Fordham at STANFORD, 2 p.m.
UNLV at UCLA, 2 p.m.
Grambling State at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Lipscomb or at Hawaii, 3/5 p.m. (1)

(X) - Exhibition Game
All game times local to site.
(1) Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sun., Nov. 30 - Illinois at UCLA, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Sun., Dec. 7 - Notre Dame at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Sun., Dec. 14 - Tennessee at STANFORD, Noon (FSN)
Sun., Dec. 21 - STANFORD at Texas Tech, Noon (FSN)

PAC-10 BASKETBALL PREVIEW SHOW

Wed., Nov. 19
Galaxy 11, Transponder 8C (C-Band), Audio 6.2/6.8
Women's feed: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. PT

First Pac-10 Coaches Media Teleconference is Tuesday, Dec. 23, 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT

SEASON OPENERS: Nine Pac-10 teams open the regular season this week, following OREGON's lead. Six teams open at home, including No. 23/No. 22 ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE. No. 6/7 STANFORD travels to Malibu, Calif., to open with Pepperdine, while WASHINGTON will play its first two games away from Bank of America Arena, competing in Hawaii's Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic.

Pac-10 teams are 112-60 all time in season openers (.651) since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87. All told, Conference teams have lost home openers just 14 times (74-14, .841), but are 39-46 (.459) when beginning the season on the road.

The largest margin of victory by a Pac-10 team in a home opener is 57 points by WASHINGTON last season. The Huskies defeated St. Bonaventure 105-48 on Nov. 29, 2002, in the first game of the Seattle Times Classic. Washington also owns 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 Colorado's Coors Classic.

STRENGTH IN SCHEDULING: Pac-10 teams play 22 non-conference games against opponents ranked among the Associated Press preseason Top-25 and 11 games against teams ranked in the Top-10. Based on the way tournaments play out, those numbers could increase to 26 and 13, respectively. By comparison, Pac-10 teams scheduled a combined 16 non-conference games against Top-25 opponents last season, according to the 2002 preseason AP poll.

USC's schedule features four of those games, with a possible five if the Women of Troy advance and meet up with No. 13 Minnesota in the Grand Bahama Tournament (Nov. 29). USC's ranked opponents are: vs. No. 1 Connecticut, at No. 15 Notre Dame, vs. No. 18 UC Santa Barbara, vs. No. 20 Colorado. ARIZONA has three, with a possible four if the Wildcats advance and meet up with No. 3 Texas in the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic (Nov. 29): at No. 9 LSU, at No. 18 UC Santa Barbara, vs. No. 25 Virginia. STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON's schedules feature three Top-25 non-conference opponents each.

NCAA COMMITTEE CONTACT: Washington Associate Athletic Director Marie Tuite is currently in her third 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 Erin Rowley in the University of Washington Media Relations Office at 206-543-2230.

SMITH NAMED WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOF INDUCTEE: Oregon head coach Bev Smith is one of six inductees that comprise the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2004. A member of three Olympic teams, representing Canada in 1984 and 1996 and as a coach in 2000, Smith was a two-time Kodak All-American at Oregon. The Class of 2004 was announced on Nov. 16, in conjunction with the State Farm Women's Tip-Off Classic. The Hall of Fame's sixth class will be formally enshrined during induction ceremonies, scheduled for June 11-12, 2004, in Knoxville, Tenn.

ARIZONA: The No. 23/No. 22 Wildcats open the season on Saturday when they host Northern Arizona for their lone home game during the month of November. Following the matchup with the Lumberjacks, UA plays four games away from McKale Center before returning to Tucson Dec. 6. Last season, Arizona was 13-1 at home, 7-6 on the road and 2-2 in neutral games. The Wildcats concluded their exhibition schedule with an 81-77 overtime loss to Athletes In Action on Nov. 13. UA played without the services of SR G Aimee Grzyb, who tweaked a knee in practice on Nov. 12, suffering a bone bruise. She is expected to return to action on Nov. 17.

ARIZONA STATE: The Akron Zips visit Wells Fargo Arena Friday night, as Arizona State opens the regular season. ASU plays five of its first seven games at home, where it went 13-4 last year and has won a school-record 13 games in each of the last two seasons. The Sun Devils are 49-13 at Wells Fargo Arena over the last four seasons. Arizona State defeated the West Coast All Stars 77-57 in its final exhibition tune-up on Nov. 15. JR G Betsy Boardman paced ASU with 15 points and five rebounds.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears were without last year's leading scorer, SR G Nihan Anaz (10.1 ppg), in their final exhibition game Nov. 15 against Team Concept. Anaz's back injury is not expected to keep her sidelined for the team's season opener, Sunday against South Carolina State. Cal fell 66-57 to Team Concept, led by JR F Kiki Williams' 15 points and SR C Olga Volkova's 14 rebounds. Six of the Bears' nine non-conference games will be played at home this season.

OREGON: The Ducks 76-67 win over No. 9 LSU on Nov. 16 marked the program's first victory over a top-10 opponent since defeating UCLA on the road during the 1999-2000 season. It also marked Oregon's first win over an SEC team since 1981. SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld scored a combined 51 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the Ducks' wins over Valparaiso and LSU, en route to MVP honors at the Women's Sports Foundation Challenge. JR G Corrie Mizusawa notched a career-record 13 assists and committed just one turnover in the win over Valpo, the second-highest single-game total on Oregon history and the most assists by a Duck in 15 years. The school record (14) was set by Vanessa Seldon in 1990. UO is idle this week and returns to action Nov. 25 at Gonzaga.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers open the regular season at home Friday night against Utah Valley State. OSU begins the 2003-04 season looking to extend its seven-game home winning streak, dating back to Jan. 11, 2003. Oregon State closed out its exhibition slate with a 74-73 loss to the Chinese National Team on Nov. 12. The Beavers were led by SR F Hollye Chapman's 21 points and 9-of-10 clip from the free throw line.

STANFORD: The No. 6/No. 7 Cardinal travel to Malibu, Calif., to face Pepperdine in its season opener Friday at 5 p.m. Stanford topped Everyone's Internet 92-86 in its final exhibition game on Nov. 13. JR G Kelley Suminski notched a team-high 24 points, just one point shy of her career high. FR F/C Kristin Newlin added 18 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of play. The Cardinal was tabbed to win the 2004 Conference crown in both Pac-10 preseason polls, garnering all 18 first-place votes as the media's undisputed pick to win it all. Stanford was also picked to finish first by the league coaches, with eight of a possible nine first-place votes.

UCLA: The Bruins host the West Coast All Stars Monday night in their final tune-up for the regular-season opener against UNLV on Nov. 23. After opening at home with the Runnin' Rebels, UCLA plays four of its next five on the road, including a Nov. 25 contest at No. 3 Texas. FR G Noelle Quinn scored a team-high 22 points in the Bruins' first exhibition game, Nov. 8 against Love & Basketball. UCLA, which improved its scoring average to 73.0 ppg in 2002-03 - from 59.0 in 2001-02 - scored 74 points in its first exhibition game.

USC: The Women of Troy open the regular season Friday night against New Mexico, in the Pitt. Following a trip to the Junkanoo Jam Grand Bahama Tournament (Nov. 28-29), USC opens its home slate Dec. 7 against defending national champion Connecticut. The Women of Troy will field one of the youngest lineups in program history this season, including the most freshmen (7) to ever compete on the same squad. USC won both exhibition contests, scoring 95 points against Love & Basketball (Nov. 11) and 68 against Everyone's Internet (Nov. 16). SO G Meghan Gnekow scored a team-high 22 points and added five assists versus Love & Basketball. SR F/C Ebony Hoffman contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds against EI, shooting 60 percent (9-of-15) from the field.

WASHINGTON: Washington opens the regular season on the road for the fourth straight year, traveling to Honolulu for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic. The Huskies will face Maine in their season opener on Saturday and play the winner of the Lipscomb-Hawaii game on Sunday. The Huskies scored more than 80 points and beat their opponents by more than 40 points in both exhibition contests. SR F/C Andrea Lalum scored 26 points and added six rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the 98-54 win over NWBL (Nov. 16). SR G Giuliana Mendiola added 24 points and 10 rebounds.

WASHINGTON STATE: Fresno State visits the Palouse Friday night in the Cougars' season opener. Washington State defeated Strakonice 73-68 to close out its exhibition slate on Nov. 11. FR G Adriane Ferguson scored a team-high 13 points while SR C Candace Fields added 11 rebounds to pace WSU. Following their opener with the Bulldogs, the Cougars play their next three contests on the road, at Wyoming (Nov. 24), at Eastern Washington (Nov. 26) and at Baylor (Nov. 29).

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 2004 Pac-10 Tournament information.

WEEKLY E-MAIL LIST: If you would like to receive the weekly Pac-10 women's basketball release via e-mail, provide Julie Reuvers of the Pac-10 office with your e-mail address.

ONLINE COLUMNS: Visit www.pac-10.org 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 weekly online column is posted every Wednesday afternoon, beginning Dec. 24, 2003, and resuming Jan. 7 through Mar. 3, 2004.

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 3:30 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. 23, Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and Mar. 2.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tue., Nov. 11
USC 95, Love & Basketball 89 (X)
Gnekow-22 pts/5 ast; Craig-14 pts; Funn-10 reb
WASHINGTON STATE 73, Strakonice 68
Ferguson-13 pts/6-12 FG; Fields-7 pts/11 reb

Wed., Nov. 12
Chinese Nat'l Team 74, OREGON STATE 73 (X)
Chapman-21 pts/9-10 FT; Chaney-16 pts/7-8 FG

Thu., Nov. 13
Athletes in Action 81, ARIZONA 77 (X)
Polk-19 pts/11 reb; Wheeler-15 pts/11 reb/8 ast
STANFORD 92, Everyone's Internet 86 (X)
Suminski-24 pts/4-6 3FG; Newlin-18 pts/11 reb

Sat., Nov. 15
ARIZONA STATE 77, West Coast All-Stars 57 (X)
Boardman-15 pts/5 reb; Buckner-8 pts/7 reb
Team Concept 66, CALIFORNIA 57 (X)
Williams-15 pts/8 reb; Volkova-5 pts/14 reb
OREGON 60, Valparaiso 47
Kraayeveld-25 pts/11 reb/4 3FG; Mizusawa-13 ast

Sun., Nov. 16
OREGON 76, No. 9 LSU 67
Kraayeveld-26 pts/9 reb; Mizusawa-12 pts/5 ast
USC 68, Everyone's Internet 60 (X)
Hoffman-21 pts/10 reb/9-15 FG; Craig-10 pts
WASHINGTON 98, NWBL 54 (X)
Lalum-26 pts/6 reb; Giu. Mendiola-24 pts/10 reb

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