This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Dec. 22, 2003
The race to crown the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball champion tips off this week, with all 10 teams beginning Conference play Saturday or Sunday... At the opposite end of an 18-game Pac-10 schedule, the 2004 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament bracket awaits... The STANFORD Cardinal, three-time defending Pac-10 champions, open Conference play by hosting the Oregon schools... CALIFORNIA, off to its best start in 11 years, will host the OREGON Ducks Saturday in this week's FOX Sports Net Game of the Week... At this juncture, Pac-10 teams have posted a 60-28 record against non-conference competition (.682), including three wins over Top-25 opponents... The first Pac-10 coaches media teleconference of the 2003-04 season is Tuesday morning at 9:30 PT (see page 2 for more details).
Mon., Dec. 22
Notre Dame 73, USC 62 (Final)
San Diego State at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27
OREGON at CALIFORNIA, Noon (FSN)
OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 28
UCLA at USC, 2 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 29
OREGON at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 30
Ohio State at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 2
ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
UCLA at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
USC at OREGON, 7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 4
ARIZONA at Louisiana State, Noon
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 4 p.m. (FSNW)
UCLA at OREGON, 2 p.m.
USC at OREGON STATE, Noon (FSN)
All game times local to site.
DEC. 22 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SR G Leilani Estavan, OSU (page 2)
UPCOMING TV GAMES
Dec. 27 - OREGON at CALIFORNIA, Noon (FSN)
Jan. 4 - USC at OREGON STATE, Noon (FSN)
Jan. 4 - STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 4 p.m. (FSNW)
Sun., Jan. 11 - WASHINGTON at UCLA, Noon (FSN)
UPCOMING PAC-10 COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCES
Tue., Dec. 23 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT (page 2)
Tue., Dec. 30 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT
Tue., Jan. 6 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT
LEILANI ESTAVAN NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: OREGON STATE senior guard Leilani Estavan has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 15-21.
Estavan, from Los Angeles, Calif., averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds, in a pair of wins as OSU upset No. 19/20 Utah and Cincinnati. On the weekend, she hit 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and shot at a .571 clip from the floor (12-of-27).
In the 71-62 win over Utah on Dec. 16, Estavan scored nine points and dished out a season-high seven assists, shooting 4-of-7 from the field. In a 61-55 win at Cincinnati on Dec. 19, she scored a career-high 25 points, with eight coming in the final 2:22 to seal the victory.
The win against the Bearcats was Oregon State's third in a row away from Gill Coliseum and gave Cincinnati its first back-to-back home losses in seven years.
The Player of the Week honor is Estavan's first and the 49th all-time selection for Oregon State.
ALSO NOMINATED: Danielle Adefeso, ARIZ; Kristen Kovesdy, ASU; Leigh Gregory, CAL; Kristen Newlin, STAN; Nikki Blue, UCLA; Giuliana Mendiola, WASH.
2003-04 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Dec. 1- Giuliana Mendiola, WASH; Dec. 8- Nihan Anaz, CAL; Dec. 15- Nicole Powell, STAN; Dec. 22- Leilani Estavan, OSU.
ARIZONA WILDCATS: JR G Dee-Dee Wheeler needs just five points to become only the 11th Wildcat ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She has 995 points for her career. Arizona's current seven-game win streak is the longest since the 2000-01 season, when the Cats won seven in a row from Dec. 20, 2000, to Jan. 13, 2001. The 50 points scored by the Cats at New Mexico on Dec. 20 is the lowest point total ever in a win for the Wildcats under head coach Joan Bonvicini.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State has won four of its last five games and takes a week off for the holidays before opening Pac-10 play on Dec. 27 and 29. The Sun Devils' win at Holy Cross snapped a seven-game road losing streak and a 10-game losing streak in games away from Wells Fargo Arena. It was ASU's first road win since Jan. 11, 2003. Arizona State has won 10 of its last 11 at home. The team shot a season-high 58.2 percent (32-55) in the win at Holy Cross.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: At 7-2, Cal is off to its best start in 11 years. The Golden Bears have not been this successful through their first nine games since opening the 1992-93 season at 8-1. Cal also finished the non-conference slate with a 6-0 mark at home, its first undefeated preseason home record since 1998-99. The Bears have shot better than 40.0 percent from the field in every game this season, and have forced three opponents to commit 30 or more turnovers.
OREGON DUCKS: Oregon concluded its non-conferernce schedule by winning three of its last four, including a loss at George Washington Dec. 18. The Ducks have outrebounded each of their last five opponents. JR C Andrea Bills posted her school-record second straight 20-rebound performance last week, with 18 points and 20 rebounds at Santa Clara on Dec. 16. Oregon managed a season-low three free throw attempts against GWU, making two.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS: The Beavers have shot better than 50.0 percent from the field in each of their last four games, including a 54.0 percent clip (23-for-43) at Cincinnati. Oregon State's upset win over No. 19/20 Utah marked its first win over a ranked opponent on the season. OSU, which opens Pac-10 play Dec. 27 and 29 at Stanford and California, respectively, has won three straight away from Gill Coliseum. SR G Leilani Estavan scored a career-high 25 points in the win over the Bearcats.
STANFORD CARDINAL: In the Cardinal's loss at Texas Tech on Dec. 21, SR F Nicole Powell injured her left ankle with 6:18 to go in the first half and left the game. Stanford shot less than 40.0 percent from the field for the first time this season against the Lady Raiders, finishing 19-of-60 (.317) on the night. FR F/C Kristen Newlin recorded her first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in 29 minutes of play at Texas Tech.
UCLA BRUINS: The Bruins squared their record at 4-4 on the season with a 2-1 showing last week, including wins over Cal State Northridge and Fresno State. SO G Nikki Blue averaged 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 4.3 steals in the three games. She notched a season-high 23 points against the Bulldogs. The UCLA bench chipped in 29 points against Fresno State, and the Bruins held a 42-25 advantage on the boards.
USC WOMEN OF TROY: Despite a 39-27 halftime lead, USC fell 69-67 to No. 14/13 Colorado on Dec. 20. The loss was USC's third at the hands of the top-25 team on the season. The Trojans' boast the eighth-toughest schedule in the nation, according to the Dec. 22 WBCA/Summerville RPI ratings. SR F/C Ebony Hoffman posted her first double-double of the season Dec. 17 against SMU (18 pts/13 reb), the 29th of her career.
WASHINGTON HUSKIES: SR G Giuliana Mendiola averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds as UW went 2-1 last week. The Huskies' fell to No. 4/3 Texas Tech by just four points, despite the Lady Raiders' 33.0 point average margin of victory through their first nine games. The loss snapped Washington's 18-game home winning streak, the fourth-longest in the nation. FR F Jill Bell has led the team or tied for the team lead in rebounding in the last three games, including a season-high 16 board performance against Denver. Washington's only two losses this season came when they were outrebounded.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: The Cougars return to action Monday night for their final non-conference game of the season against San Diego State. With a loss to undefeated Idaho on Dec. 20, WSU evened its record at 4-4. Washington State grabbed a season-high 49 rebounds against the Vandals, including a team-high nine by SR F Bianca McCall. Washington State, which finished 10th in the Pac-10 in turnover margin last year, has committed more turnovers than its opponent only twice this season - Dec. 20 against Idaho and Nov. 29 at Baylor.
CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Dec. 22, 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. Big East.
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: aThree 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 additional 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) 1,614
Giuliana Mendiola, WASH (2001-pres) 1,447
Ebony Hoffman, USC (2001-pres) 1,379
Andrea Lalum, WASH (2001-pres) 1,133
Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ (2002-pres) 995
Aimee Gryzb, ARIZ (2001-pres) 972
Hollye Chapman, OSU (2001-pres) 916
Leilani Estavan, OSU (2001-pres) 901
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