This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 5, 2004

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Winners of four in a row since opening Pac-10 play, the STANFORD Cardinal (11-2 overall, 4-0 Pac-10) plays host to the Arizona schools this week, including a meeting with the ARIZONA Wildcats (11-3, 3-0) on Saturday afternoon... Arizona has won 10 of its last 11 and looks to improve on a .500 mark (3-3) when playing away from McKale Center... The OREGON STATE Beavers have rattled off three consecutive wins and enter the week at 3-1 in Pac-10 play (9-4 overall), the program's best Conference start since opening at 3-1 in 1995-96... The Beavers play host to the OREGON Ducks (8-6, 0-4), who look to snap a six-game losing skid... The Ducks have won the last two in a row over OSU at Mac Court, including the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament game... This week's Pac-10 Women's Basketball Game of the Week is the WASHINGTON (8-5, 1-3) at UCLA (6-6, 1-2) matchup, pitting the league's best scoring offense - the Huskies average 75.8 points per game - against the second-best scoring defense in the league... The Bruins are limiting their opponents to just 61.2 points per contest... Washington SR G Giuliana Mendiola paces the Pac-10 in scoring (20.8 points per game)... Stanford SR F/G Nicole Powell, who returned to the lineup Jan. 4 at Washington after suffering an ankle injury on Dec. 21, is second in scoring at 20.2 points per game... USC SR F/C Ebony Hoffman ranks 13th on the Pac-10 career rebounding chart (881) and needs 19 boards to reach the 900 mark.


Thu., Jan. 8

Fri., Jan. 9
WASHINGTON at USC, 7 p.m. (1)

Sat., Jan. 10

Sun., Jan. 11

All game times local to site.

(1) Lyon Center, USC Campus

JR G Shannon Howell, OSU (page 2)

Sun., Jan. 11 - WASHINGTON at UCLA, Noon (FSN)
Sat., Jan. 17 - OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m. (FSNW)
Sat., Jan. 17 - UCLA at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. (FSN)
Sat., Jan. 24 - ARIZONA STATE at OREGON, Noon (FSN)

Tue., Jan. 6 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT (page 2)
Tue., Jan. 13 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT
Tue., Jan. 20 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT

SHANNON HOWELL NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: OREGON STATE junior gurard Shannon Howell has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 29- Jan. 4.

Howell, from Los Angeles, Calif., averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals in a trifecta of wins as OSU defeated California (Dec.29), UCLA (Jan. 2), and USC (Jan. 4). In three games, she hit 27-of-35 from the free throw line (.771), and shot a combined .359 from the field (14-of-39).

In the 70-67 road win over the Golden Bears on Dec. 29, Howell scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds, helping OSU break a seven-game Pac-10 road losing skid. Back at home in the 82-68 topping of UCLA on Jan. 2, she scored a team-high 22 points to go with four assists on the night. In the 72-67 home win over USC on Jan. 4, she again led the Beavers in scoring with 24 points. Howell, a transfer from the University of Nebraska, became eligible due to Division I transfer rules on Dec. 27, 2003, and is averaging 22.5 points and four boards per game since.

Oregon State is riding a three-game winning streak and is off to its first 3-1 start in Conference play since 1995-96. The Beavers travel to rival Oregon for a Civil War matchup Saturday night. The Player of the Week honor is Howell's first and the 50th all-time selection for Oregon State.

ALSO NOMINATED: Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ; Nihan Anaz, CAL; Sebnem Kimyacioglu, STAN; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Ebony Hoffman, USC; 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; Jan. 5- Shannon Howell, OSU.

ARIZONA WILDCATS: Against ASU on Jan. 2, SR G Aimee Grzyb became the 12th Wildcat ever to reach 1,000 points in career scoring. Arizona's school-record home winning streak now stands at 21 games and is the fifth-longest active home winning streak in the nation. The Wildcats are in the midst of a stretch that will see them play six of eight games on the road. With 118 blocked shots, SO C Shawntinice Polk is third on the UA career list in that category.She conceivably could become UA's career blocked shots leader before the season is over.The current career leader is Elizabeth Pickney with 147 career swats.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: The Sun Devils are in the midst of a stretch that will see them play three consecutive road games and five of seven on the road. ASU won its first two Pac-10 games for only the second time in school history, downing Washington State and then No. 24 Washington to open league play. ASU has shot 41.7 percent from three-point land in the last four games and has moved up to third in the league in the category. ASU continues to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding defense, rebounding margin and assists. FR F Emily Westerberg turned in a career-best 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting in ASU's loss at Arizona last week.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: Sporting a 9-4 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the Pac-10, the Bears are off to their best start overall and in league play since the 1992-93 squad opened at 10-3 and went 2-2 in the Conference. SR G Nihan Anaz and SR F LaTahsha O'Keith posted career highs of 30 and 20 points, respectively, in the win over Washington State on Jan. 4. The Bears shot a season-best 58.9 percent against the Cougars. In the loss at Washington on Jan. 2, Cal was held to less than 60 points for the first time this season. JR F Leigh Gregory has recorded 10 or more rebounds in three of the last four games.

OREGON DUCKS: The Ducks look to snap a five-game losing skid when rival Oregon State visits McArthur Court Saturday night. The 0-4 Pac-10 record is Oregon's worst start to the Conference season since going 0-4 in 1995-96. The Ducks have been outrebounded in each of their last four games. JR C Andrea Bills has notched double figures in scoring in 10 games this season, including outings against USC (Jan. 2) and UCLA (Jan. 4) last week.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS: Riding a three-game winning streak, OSU is off to its first 3-1 start in Pac-10 action since the 1995-96 campaign. JR G Shannon Howell, a transfer from Nebraska who became eligible with the start of Pac-10 play, is averaging 22.5 points and 4.0 rebounds through her first four games. In her first game for OSU, Howell scored a career-high 32 points in a loss at No. 9/7 Stanford. With their win at Cal on Dec. 29, the Beavers snapped a seven-game Pac-10 road losing streak.

STANFORD CARDINAL: Off to a 4-0 start in league play, Stanford is one of two Pac-10 teams who enter the week with perfect Conference records. The Cardinal is 40-3 in league play since March 2001. SR F/G Nicole Powell played 31 minutes in the win at Washington on Jan. 4, her first action since injuring her ankle on Dec. 21. She finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double on the season. JR F Sebnem Kimyacioglu shot a combined 50.0 percent (11-of-22) from the three-point line last week, including a 5-of-8 effort for 15 points at Washington State.

UCLA BRUINS: SR G Gennifer Arranaga scored a career-high 22 points off the bench in the win over Orego on Jan. 4. She was 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range. UCLA shot a season-high 51.7 percent in the upset win over Ohio State on Dec. 30. The Bruins have averaged 16.0 offensive boards in the last three games. SO G Nikki Blue had a career-high tying nine assists against the Buckeyes.

USC WOMEN OF TROY: SR F/C Ebony Hoffman averaged 18.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists to help lead USC to a 2-1 record in Pac-10 play with wins over UCLA and Oregon and a loss at Oregon State. Hoffman posted double-doubles in all three games. At Oregon, she finished two points shy of her career high with 25 points and 10 rebounds. At Oregon State, she finished just four rebounds shy of her career high with 14 points and 16 rebounds. USC will host the Washington schools this weekend, playing both contests at the Lyon Center.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES: With 23 points in the loss to Stanford on Jan. 4, SR G Giuliana Mendiola moved into ninth place on Washington's all-time scoring list. She currently has 1,527 points and trails eighth-place Karen Deden (1,596 pts/1988-91) by 69 points. Mendiola ranks 28th among the Pac-10's all-time leading scorers. In UW's overtime loss at Arizona State, Mendiola notched her 14th career double-double and first this season with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while handing out nine assists. Mendiola has scored at least 20 points in all but four games this year and currently leads the Pac-10 with 20.8 points per game.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: SR F Bianca McCall notched 16 points in the loss to Cal on Jan. 4, the fifth time in the past six games she has reached double digits in scoring. It marked her second consecutive 16-point outing and her 28th career game in which she has reached double figures in points. WSU outrebounded Cal 30-19 - the fifth time in the last six games the Cougars have beaten their opponents on the glass. However, the Cougars committed a costly 27 turnovers against the Bears, the fourth time in the past five games that WSU has committed at least 27 turnovers.

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.

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