This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
SEVEN TEAMS WRAP-UP NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Washington, Stanford take on Texas Tech
Pac-10 teams get their last chance to tune up for Conference play this week... Although three teams have non-conference games on their schedules after Dec. 21, this week marks the last of exclusively non-league play... Both WASHINGTON (5-1) and STANFORD (6-1) take on Texas Tech this week, the second and third Pac-10 teams to play the No. 4/3 Lady Raiders this season... Other ranked opponents on the schedule this week include No. 21/22 Utah at OREGON STATE (4-3), ARIZONA STATE (5-2) at No. 1 Connecticut, and No. 17/14 Colorado at USC... CALIFORNIA (5-2) is off to its best start since 1999-2000, while the OREGON DUCKS (7-1), despite losing SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld for the year, are 7-1 to start the season for the first time since 1996-97... Winners of six in a row, the ARIZONA WILDCATS (7-2) play at New Mexico this week, coming off their school record 18th straight home victory.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tue., Dec. 16
OREGON at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
Utah at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
Denver at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 17
UCLA at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.
Southern Methodist at USC, 7 p.m.
Thu., Dec. 18
OREGON at George Washington, 4 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at Connecticut, 7 p.m. (AZ-TV)
STANFORD at Rice, 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 19
Nevada at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
Michigan State at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Texas Tech at WASHINGTON, 7:30 p.m. (FSNW)
Sat., Dec. 20
Colorado at USC, 5:30 p.m. (FSN)
ARIZONA at New Mexico, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Idaho, 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 21
STANFORD at Texas Tech, Noon (FSN)
Canisius at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
Fresno State at UCLA, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Iowa State, 3 p.m.
All game times local to site.
DEC. 15 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SR F Nicole Powell, STAN
UPCOMING TV GAMES
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)
Dec. 27 - OREGON at CALIFORNIA, Noon (FSN)
FIRST PAC-10 COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE
Tue., Dec. 23 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT
ARIZONA WILDCATS: JR G Dee-Dee Wheeler needs just 15 points to become only the 11th Wildcat ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She has 985 points for her career. Wheeler has reached double digits in scoring in 36 of her last 39 games, including each of the last nine games straight. SR G Aimee Grzyb tied her career highs with 19 points and five 3-pointers against Texas State on Dec. 14. Grzyb is only 35 points from reaching 1,000 herself. SO C Shawntinice Polk averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two victories last week. Arizona's record-setting home win streak has been extended to 18 games, and the Cats have improved their record to 102-22 at home over the last seven seasons combined. The Wildcats are 7-0 this season when tied or leading at halftime, 7-0 when shooting better than their opponents, and 7-0 when giving up 69 points or less.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: ASU wraps up its non-conference schedule this week with games at No. 1/1 Connecticut and Holy Cross. The Sun Devils have never played the Huskies and are 1-0 all-time against Holy Cross. Arizona State shot a season-high 55.2 percent from the field in a Dec. 10 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. SO F Kristen Kovesdy turned in the fourth double-double of her career and first this season with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Winners of three straight, ASU has outrebounded its last three opponents by an average of 18.7 boards per game. The Sun Devils have won their last six home games, including five this season. ASU plays away from Wells Fargo Arena this week for the first time since Nov. 29.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: Following a 12-day break for final exams, the Bears return to action Friday when Nevada visits Haas Pavilion. A win over the Wolfpack would give Cal its best start since beginning the 1993-94 season at 6-2. In their five victories, the Golden Bears are averaging 76.2 points per game and winning by an average margin of 17.4 points. Last season, Cal averaged 57.0 points per contest. SR G Nihan Anaz paces the team with 17.1 points per game, the highest total for a Cal player since Eliza Sokolowska averaged 18.8 points in 1994-95.
OREGON DUCKS: At 7-1, Oregon is off to its best start since beginning the 1996-97 campaign with an identical record. JR C Andrea Bills pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds Dec. 12 in a 53-52 win over Montana, tying the fifth-best rebounding performance in school history. It marked only the second time after 1983 that an Oregon player has had at least 20 rebounds in a game. JR G Corrie Mizusawa scored a season-high 13 points and hit the game-winner against Montana. Mizusawa is on pace to crush the school single-season assists record. If she maintains her Conference-best average of 8.25 assists per game, she would finish with more than 230 assists heading into the Pac-10 Tournament. The current UO single-season record is 190 assists, set by Jacquie Semeniuk during the 1988-89 season. Oregon plays its next four games on the road.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS: SR G Leilani Estavan ranks 10th on the Pac-10 career assists chart and is 51 shy of tying for the No. 9 spot. Her 490 assists are the most by an Oregon Sate player since school record holder Boky Vidic closed out her career with 548 in 1996. The Beavers conclude their non-conference schedule by hosting Utah and traveling to Cincinnati this week, after a 10-day break for final examinations. SR F Hollye Chapman has led the team in scoring in the last two games, with 18 and 23 points, respectively. Chapman, who ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 7.4 rpg, has improved her scoring average to 11.4 ppg.
STANFORD CARDINAL: Stanford looks to rebound from its first loss of the season, in overtime, at the hands of No. 2/2 Tennessee. After shooting 56.5 percent from the floor (13-of-23) in the first half against the Lady Vols, the Cardinal shot just 32.3 percent in the second period. The 26 points scored by Pacific on Dec. 12 was the fewest points allowed by Stanford since the 1975-76 season. SR F Nicole Powell notched her fourth double-double of the season with 32 points and 16 rebounds against Tennessee. Stanford is limiting its opponents to 52.7 points per game and a 35.9 percent clip from the floor, both tops in the Pac-10. The sell-out crowd of 7,391 Dec. 14 against Tennessee was the eighth women's basketball sellout at Maples Pavilion and first since Dec. 16, 2001, also against the Lady Vols.
UCLA BRUINS: UCLA plays three games this week, traveling to Cal State Northridge and hosting Michigan State and Fresno State. The Spartans are the third of four Big Ten opponents on the Bruins' schedule this season. UCLA has also played Illinois (Nov. 30) and Purdue (Dec. 12) and will host Ohio State later this month (Dec. 30) to close out its non-conference slate. SO G Lisa Willis tied her career high with 18 points in the Bruins' near upset at No.8/10 Purdue. Willis also grabbed nine rebounds and recorded four assists andfive steals in 32 minutes of play. The Bruins held the Boilermakers to their lowest first-half scoring total of the season, 27 points.
USC TROJANS: The Women of Troy take on their third ranked opponent of the season when Colorado visits the Sports Arena this week. The Trojans have the 17th-toughest schedule in the nation according to the Summerville/WBCA and College Basketball News RPI reports. USC played then-No. 11/9 Minnesota Nov. 29 in the Bahamas, losing 84-61, and was narrowly edged by top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 7, 72-69. In an 82-65 win over San Diego on Dec. 13, SR F Ebony Hoffman contributed 14 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists in just 24 minutes of play. Four Trojans reached double figures in scoring for the first time this year as USC recorded a season-high 82 points.
WASHINGTON HUSKIES: SR G Giuliana Mendiola has notched four straight 20-point games. The senior preseason All-American has scored at least 20 points in five of Washington's six games this season. After taking a break for final exams, the Huskies are back on the floor this week hosting Denver Tuesday night and No. 4/3 Texas Tech Friday night. At stake will also be Washington's 17-game home winning streak that dates back to March 20, 2002. The Huskies made their debut in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches poll on Dec. 9 at No. 23, and also received votes in the Associated Press rankings.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: Despite losing three of their last four, the Cougars have already matched their combined win total over the last two seasons (4). Washington State has limited its opponents to 61 points or less -- including No. 21/22 Utah -- five times in seven game this season. SR F Bianca McCall returned to action Dec. 13 against the Utes. She missed two games while recovering from a concussion suffered in the second half at Baylor. JR G Jessica Perry has paced WSU in scoring in two of the last three games. In the last three contests, Perry is averaging 14.0 points and shooting 5-of-11 (.455) from three-point range. Washington State travels to nearby Idaho and hosts San Diego State this week, concluding its non-conference schedule.
CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Dec. 7, 2003, the WBCA/Summerville RPI ranks the top five conferences (RPI) as follows: 1. Big Ten, 2. Big 12, 3. Pac-10, 4. SEC, 5. ACC.
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.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Three active Pac-10 players -- Stanford SR F Nicole Powell, Washington SR G Giuliana Mendiola and USC SR F/C Ebony Hoffman -- eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in scoring last season. A fourth player, Washington SR C Andrea Lalum, reached 1,000 points just last month. The four reigning 1,000-point scorers should have more company this season, as four additonal players look to join the ranks soon. Here's a look at the Conference's active 1,000-point scorers and those likely to join the ranks this season:
Name (School) Career Points Nicole Powell, STAN (2001-pres) 1,598 Giuliana Mendiola, WASH (2001-pres) 1,393 Ebony Hoffman, USC (2001-pres) 1,348 Andrea Lalum, WASH (2001-pres) 1,086 Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ (2002-pres) 985 Aimee Gryzb, ARIZ (2001-pres) 965 Hollye Chapman, OSU (2001-pres) 896 Leilani Estavan, OSU (2001-pres) 867
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tue., Dec. 9
#17/14 Colorado 78, NR/#23 WASHINGTON 64
Giu. Mendiola-20 pts/6 ast; Lalum-19 pts/6 reb
Wed., Dec. 10
ARIZONA STATE 87, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 74
Kovesdy-20 pts/12 reb/9-12 FG; Rosenthal-14 pts
Fri., Dec. 12
ARIZONA 83, Brigham Young 69
Polk-24 pts/9 reb/4 bl; Jones-20 pts/6 reb
#22/24 OREGON 53, Montana 52
Mizusawa-13 pts/4 ast; Bills-10 pts/21 reb
#6/5 STANFORD 86, Pacific 25
Powell-17 pts/6 reb; Rappahahn-17 pts/5 stl
Sat., Dec. 13
#8/10 Purdue 58, UCLA 57
Blue-20 pts/6 reb; Willis-18 pts/9 reb/5 stl/4 ast
USC 82, San Diego 65
Woodward-16 pts/4 reb; Gnekow-14 pts/4-5 3FG
#21/22 Utah 61, WASHINGTON STATE 51
Perry-16 pts/6-10 FG; Bentz-10 pts/2 bl
Sun., Dec. 14
ARIZONA 94, Texas State 56
Grzyb-19 pts/5-10 3FG; Wheeler-19 pts/8-13 FG
#2/2 Tennessee 70, #6/5 STANFORD 66 (OT)
Powell-32 pts/16 reb/3 stl; Trotter-13 pts/6 reb
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