This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Dec. 1, 2003

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Heading into the fourth week of the regular season, OREGON and STANFORD both sport 5-0 overall records while WASHINGTON is 4-0... Coming off a win over No. 10 Georgia, the sixth-ranked Cardinal will take a 10-day break for final exams before resuming with Pacific (Dec. 12) and Tennessee (Dec. 14)... The Huskies entertain a ranked opponent for the first time this season when No. 17 Notre Dame visits Seattle Sunday afternoon... The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net... At stake? Washington's unbeaten record and a 16-game winning streak at Bank of America Arena... The Ducks take on Portland and Colorado State this week... Down the coast in Los Angeles, USC plays host to another ranked opponent, as defending national champion Connecticut visits the Sports Arena Sunday at 2 p.m.... For the third straight year, the Women of Troy will play the defending NCAA Champion, having played UConn in 2002-03, on the heels of its 2002 NCAA title, and Notre Dame (2001 NCAA Champion) during the 2001-02 season.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Dec. 1
CALIFORNIA at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 3
OREGON STATE at Portland State, 7 p.m.

Thu., Dec. 4
OREGON at Portland, 5:15 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 5
Western Michigan at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m. (1) (AZ-TV)

Sat., Dec. 6
American University at ARIZONA, 3:30 p.m. (2)
Montana State or Binghamton at ARIZONA STATE, 4/6:30 p.m. (1) (AZ-TV)
Miami (Ohio) at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. (3)
OREGON vs. Colorado State (4), 3:30 p.m. (Oregon Sports Network)
SW Missouri State at OREGON STATE, 11:30 a.m.
UCLA at Saint Mary's, 2 p.m.
Utah Valley State at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 7
Massachusetts or Utah State at ARIZONA, 1/3:30 p.m. (2)
Tulane or Wichita State at CALIFORNIA, 1/3 p.m. (3)
Connecticut at USC, 2 p.m.
Notre Dame at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m. (FSN)

All game times local to site.
(1) Wells Fargo Holiday Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
(2) Fiesta Bowl Women's Basketball Classic, Tucson, Ariz.
(3) Oakland Tribune Classic, Berkeley, Calif.
(4) Pap� Jam, Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.

DEC. 1 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Giuliana Mendiola, SR G, Washington (page 2)

UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sun., Dec. 7 - Notre Dame at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Sun., Dec. 14 - Tennessee at STANFORD, Noon (FSN)
Fri., Dec. 19 - Texas Tech at WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m. (FSNW)
Sat., Dec. 20 - Colorado at USC, 5:30 p.m. (FSN)
Sun., Dec. 21 - STANFORD at Texas Tech, Noon (FSN)

GIULIANA MENDIOLA NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WASHINGTON senior guard Giuliana Mendiola has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 24-30.

Mendiola, from Lake Forest, Calif., averaged 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists to lead Washington to victories over Gonzaga (Nov. 28) and Oklahoma State (Nov. 29), en route to capturing the Seattle Times Husky Classic title. Mendiola was named Tournament MVP, becoming the first-ever three-time recipient of the award at the Seattle Times Husky Classic.

In the Huskies' 89-65 win over Oklahoma State in the championship game, Mendiola scored a season-high 30 points, shooting 10-of-15 from the field (.667), 4-of-4 from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists. In UW's first-round win over Gonzaga (70-56), she scored 22 points, while adding six boards and six assists. Her performances last week moved her into 10th-place on Washington's all-time scoring list (1,346 pts). She also helped UW improve its home winning streak to 16 games.

Washington (4-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) hosts 17th-ranked Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m. It will be the Huskies' first game against a ranked opponent this season.

The Player of the Week honor is the fifth for Mendiola and the 22nd all-time selection for Washington.

ALSO NOMINATED: Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ; Nihan Anaz, CAL; Andrea Bills, ORE; Krystal Turner, OSU; Kristen Newlin, STAN; Ebony Hoffman, USC; Bianca McCall, WSU.

PAC-10 NOTES

CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Nov. 30, 2003, the WBCA/Summerville RPI ranks the top five conferences (RPI) as follows: 1. Pac-10, 2. Big 12, 3. Big Ten, 4. ACC and 5. SEC.

PAC-10 TEAMS IN THE AP POLL: With OREGON's debut at No. 24 in the Nov. 17 Associated Press poll, three Pac-10 teams (including No. 6 STANFORD and No. 22 ARIZONA) are ranked among the Top-25 for the first time since Feb. 24, 2003.

Three Conference teams were ranked in the same AP poll four times last season, including three consecutive weeks from Feb. 17 to Mar. 3, 2003. The consecutive rankings in 2002-03 applied to Stanford (No. 9/9/9), Washington (No. 23/25/25) and Arizona (No. 25/24/22).

Prior to when it occurred last season, the Pac-10 had not fielded three teams in the same poll since Nov. 19, 2001.

The Conference has landed at least two teams in the AP poll in 18 straight rankings, since Arizona made its debut at No. 21 on Dec. 2, 2002.

THE COACHES: Pac-10 head women's basketball coaches have combined for 2,708 Division I wins, including 73 NCAA Tournament wins, and have guided teams to the NCAA Final Four seven times. Conference head coaches post a combined .626 overall winning percentage (2,708-1,621) and have won 57.0 percent (73-55) of NCAA Tournament games they have coached in.

Eight of the 10 Pac-10 head coaches have spent at least 10 seasons directing programs. At the top of the that roster are three mentors - Arizona's Joan Bonvicini, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer and USC's Chris Gobrecht - each in their 25th seasons as collegiate head coaches. In addition, Cal's Caren Horstmeyer (16th year), OSU's Judy Spoelstra (15th year) and Washington's June Daugherty (15th year) have logged at least 15 seasons as head coaches.

PAC-10 ON FOX SPORTS NET: The Pac-10's 21-game television package with Fox Sports Net includes four non-conference games against Top-25 teams: No. 20 Notre Dame at WASHINGTON (Dec. 7), No. 3 Tennessee at No. 6 STANFORD (Dec. 14), No. 16 Colorado at USC (Dec. 20) and No. 6 STANFORD at No. 7 Texas Tech (Dec. 21).

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.

ARIZONA WILDCATS: JR G Dee-Dee Wheeler averaged 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game as the Cats went 2-2 last week, including a fifth-place finish at the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic. Wheeler was named to the All-Tournament Team and scored a game-high 21 points in the win over host Hawaii on Nov. 30. UA has won 14 straight home games, the second-longest home win streak in the program's history. The Cats will go for win No. 15 on Saturday against American, which would tie the school record for longest home win streak (set from Jan. 4, 1999, to Jan. 6, 2000).

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: Coming off a 1-1 showing at the Junkanoo Jam Grand Bahama Tournament, the Sun Devils return home to host the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic Dec. 5-6 at Wells Fargo Arena. Arizona State will take on Western Michigan in the first game Friday night and either Montana State or Binghamton in the second round on Saturday. FR F Emily Westerberg led ASU with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the loss to George Washington on Nov. 29. JR F Betsy Boardman and FR F Aubree Johnson each added eight points, while Johnson led the team in rebounding for the second game in a row with six boards and had a team-high four assists.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: In its 23-point win over San Jose State on Nov. 25, Cal scored 90 points for the first time in the last six seasons. It also qualifies as the highest point total by a Pac-10 team this season. In a 74-63 loss to No. 16 Colorado on Nov. 29, the Bears outshot the Buffaloes from the floor, 8.1 percent to 41.3 percent., and held a 38-30 advantage on the glass, led by eight rebounds from JR F Leigh Gregory. SR G Nihan Anaz averaged 17.0 points last week as the Bears went 2-1. On the week, Anaz shot 65.6 percent from the floor (21-of-32). She has led the Bears in scoring in three of the last four games. Cal plays at No. 5 Texas Tech Monday night. The Bears return home to host the Oakland Tribune Classic Dec. 6-7, with games against Miami (Ohio) and either Tulane or Wichita State.

OREGON DUCKS: The No. 24 Ducks posted a 3-0 record last week, recording a road win at Gonzaga and defeating Kansas and North Carolina State at home to win the Oregon Classic Title. JR G Corrie Mizusawa tied the school record with 14 assists in the 73-57 win over the Bulldogs, who had won eight of their last nine at home entering the contest. Mizusawa's assists mark tied Vanessa Selden's 13-year-old record. She recorded 11 second-half assists and finished with just one turnover. JR C Andrea Bills averaged a team-leading 15.5 points and shot 58 percent (19-of-33) from the field in UO's three wins last week. She also went 9-of-16 from the foul line (56 percent) and added three assists, en route to earning All-Tournament honors at the Oregon Classic. The Ducks play at Portland Tuesday night and take on Colorado State Saturday in the Rose Garden.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS: OSU's 60-50 win over Providence in the Loyola Marymount Tournament broke a 10-game road losing streak for the Beavers. SR F Krystal Turner poured in a career-high 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds against Providence, while SO G Mandy Close added a career-best 16 points. In OSU's last three games, Turner is averaging 9.7 points on 13-of-17 shooting (76.5 percent), with 19 rebounds (6.3 rpg.) and five assists. Oregon State travels to Portland State Wednesday night, then returns home to take on Southwest Missouri State Saturday.

STANFORD CARDINAL: Following a stretch of five games in nine days to open the season, the Cardinal takes a 10-day break for final exams. Stanford returns to action Dec. 12 against Pacific and hosts Tennessee on Dec. 14. JR F Nicole Powell paced the team in a 61-59 victory over No. 10 Georgia, recording her third double-double on the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. SR G Susan (King) Borchardt and JR G Kelley Suminksi combined for eight three-pointers against the Bulldogs, shooting 8-for-13 (.615) from beyond the arc. Stanford led Georgia by as many as 12 points in the second half. In a 67-51 win over Boston University on Nov. 29, Powell recorded 17 points and a season-high 19 rebounds. Coming ion off the bench, FR C Kristen Newlin tied the school record with six blocked shots against Boston University and is averaging 8.7 rebounds in the last three games. Newlin has 16 blocks on the year to average 3.2 per game.

UCLA BRUINS: The Bruins bounced back from a road loss against No. 2 Texas (Nov. 25) to defeat Illinois 68-56 at home on Nov. 30. The victory marked career win No. 150 for Kathy Olivier (150-140), who is second in wins to Billie Moore (256-181) among Bruin women's basketball coaches. SO G Nikki Blue paced the team with 16 points against the Illini, adding nine rebounds and five assists. FR G Noelle Quinn notched her first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. UCLA shot 51.7 percent from the floor to Illinois' 30.3 percent. SR F Jamila Veasley injured her left shoulder against Texas and is scheduled to have more X-rays taken on Tuesday. UCLA travels to northern California to take on Saint Mary's Saturday afternoon, its first of three straight road games.

USC WOMEN OF TROY: The Women of Troy return to Los Angeles this week to prepare for their home opener versus No. 1 Connecticut, Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sports Arena. The Huskies are the second of a possible eight ranked opponents USC will have to face this season. The Trojans are coming off a split at the Junkanoo Jam Grand Bahama Tournament, defeating Seton Hall and falling to No. 13/11 Minnesota. SR F Ebony Hoffman averaged a team-best 15.0 points, 5.0 steals and 8.0 rebounds per game in the two-day tournament,earning all-tournament honors. SR G Rometra Craig was also named to the all-tournament team, averaging 14.5 points and 2.5 steals per game. Sunday's game marks the third straight year the Women of Troy will take on the defending national champion. USC faced the Huskies last season, after they captured the 2002 national title, and the Trojans faced Notre Dame in 2001-02, after the Fighting Irish won the 2001 national championship.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES: Washington entertains its first ranked opponent of the season when it hosts 17th-ranked Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m. UW will attempt to extend its 16-game home winning streak as it looks to protect a n unbeaten (4-0) overall record. The Huskies' next win will mark career victory No. 250 for head coach June Daugherty, who is 249-160 (.609) in her eighth season at Washington. SR G Giuliana Mendiola earned MVP honors at the Seattle Times Husky Classic last week, averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in wins over Gonzaga and Oklahoma State. Mendiola moved into 10th-place on Washington's all-time scoring list (1,346 pts), edging Amber Hall (1996-99) who had 1,330 points.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: Off to a 3-1 start after recording two wins all of last season, the Cougars host Utah Valley State on Saturday. Washington State recorded a pair of road victories last week, its first back-to-back wins in road games since the 1997 season.The Nov. 24 win at Wyoming marked the program's first road victory since a 77-76 win at Oregon on Feb. 15, 2001 - a span of 28 road games. SR F Bianca McCall is averaging 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds, and contributed a team-high 13 points in the win at Eastern Washington Nov. 26. McCall's put back off a miss by SO G Charmaine Jones with 3.9 seconds left lifted the Cougars to victory.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Mon., Nov. 24
WASHINGTON STATE 59, Wyoming 50
Bentz-19 pts/7 reb; McCall-16 pts/6 reb

Tue., Nov. 25
#18/18 UC Santa Barbara 75, #22/23 ARIZONA 65
Polk-20 pts/11 reb; Wheeler-10 pts/6 ast/4 stl
CALIFORNIA 90, San Jose State 67v Anaz-19 pts/7-8 FG; Gregory-18 pts/9 reb/10-10 FT
#24/NR OREGON 73, Gonzaga 57
Bills-16 pts/8 reb; Mizusawa-3 pts/14 ast/4 reb
Tulane 73, OREGON STATE 58v Rivers-14 pts/4-6 3 FG; Estavan-11 pts#6/7 STANFORD 75, San Francisco 50
Powell-28 pts/7 reb/5 ast; Suminski-11 pts/6 rebv#2/2 Texas 89, UCLA 58
Willis-17 pts/5 3FG; Arranaga-11 pts/6 reb

Wed., Nov, 26
WASHINGTON STATE 59, Eastern Washington 58v McCall-13 pts; Perry-11 pts

Fri., Nov. 28
NR/#24 Virginia 70, #22/23 ARIZONA 65
Polk-14 pts/ 5 reb; Wheeler-12 pts/10 reb/6 ast
#8/9 Kansas State 59, ARIZONA STATE 50
Loney-13 pts/Boardman-10 pts/4 stl
CALIFORNIA 66, Lehigh 47
Iwanaga-17 pts; Anaz-15 pts
#24/NR OREGON 54, Kansas 51
Bills-14 pts/5 reb; Kraayeveld-10 pts/10 reb
Arkansas 58, OREGON STATE 50
Bunn-15 pts/9 reb; Estavan-6 pts/5 reb/ 5ast
#6/7 STANFORD 67, Boston University 51
Powell-17 pts/19 reb; Borchardt-16 pts
USC 70, Seton Hall 59
Hoffman-20 pts/7 reb/9-11 FT; Craig-18 pts
WASHINGTON 70, Gonzaga 56
Giu. Mendiola-22 pts/6 reb/6 ast

Sat., Nov. 29
ARIZONA 67, Navy 61
Polk-19 pts/8 reb/8-11 FG; Wheeler-19 pts/7 reb
George Washington 58, ARIZONA STATE 45
Westerberg-11 pts/5-8 FG; Johnson-8 pts/6 reb/ 4 ast
#16/16 Colorado 74, CALIFORNIA 63
Anaz-17 pts; O'Keith-15 pts; Gregory-14 pts/8 reb
#24/NR OREGON 83, North Carolina State 78
Kraayeveld-18 pts/8 reb; Bills-17 pts; Mizusawa-10 ast
OREGON STATE 60, Providence 50
Turner-17 pts/12 reb/8-10 FG; Close-16 pts/4 reb
#13/11 Minnesota 84, USC 61
Hagiya-12 pts; Craig-11 pts; Hoffman-10 pts/9 reb
WASHINGTON 89, Oklahoma State 65
Giu. Mendiola-30 pts/8 reb/6 ast/10-15 FG
Baylor 76, WASHINGTON STATE 39
McCall-9 pts/8 reb; Jones-5 pts

Sun., Nov. 30
UCLA 68, Illinois 56
Blue-16 pt/5 ast/4 stl; Quinn-12 pts/11 reb
#22/23 ARIZONA 66, Hawaii 57
Wheeler-21 pts/6 ast/4 reb; Adefeso-12 pts/8 reb
#6/7 STANFORD 61, #10/10 Georgia 59
Powell-21 pts/12 reb/7-7 FT; Suminksi-14 pts/4-7 3FG

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