This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Jan. 12, 2004

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Four of the top teams in the league will do battle in the Southwest this weekend... The USC Women of Troy (7-6 overall, 4-1 Pac-10) will take their shot against the ARIZONA Wildcats' (12-4, 4-1) 21-game home winning streak, the fifth-longest streak in the nation... USC won two games last week to raise its overall record above .500 for the first time this season... The UCLA Bruins (8-6, 3-2), winners of three in a row for the first time this season, have won two straight against ARIZONA STATE (9-5, 3-2) and will try to turn the tide on their five-game losing streak to UA... The Sun Devils are perfect at home this season, at 7-0 entering the week... Saturday's UCLA-Arizona game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net... The league-leading STANFORD Cardinal (13-2, 6-0), which has won six Pac-10 games by an average of 19.0 points per contest, takes on rival CALIFORNIA (9-6. 2-2) Friday night in Berkeley... The Washington schools host OREGON (9-6, 1-4) and OREGON STATE (9-5, 3-2) this weekend, both programs attempting to end losing skids.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Thu., Jan. 15
UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
OREGON at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
USC at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 17
OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.
USC at ARIZONA STATE, 2 p.m.
UCLA at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. (FSN)
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m. (FSNW)

All game times local to site.

JAN. 12 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SR F/G Nicole Powell, STAN (page 2)

UPCOMING TV GAMES
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)
Sat. Jan. 24 - WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. (FSN)
Sat., Feb. 7 - STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m. (FSN)

UPCOMING PAC-10 COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCES
Tue., Jan. 13 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT (page 2)
Tue., Jan. 20 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT
Tue., Jan. 27 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT

NICOLE POWELL NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: STANFORD senior forward/guard Nicole Powell has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 5- 11.

Powell, from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 22.0 points, and 10.5 rebounds in a pair of weekend wins as Stanford defeated Arizona State (Jan. 8), and Arizona (Jan. 10). In two games, she shot 48.1 percent from the floor (13-of-27), 53.8 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-13), and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.

In the 60-46 home win over the Sun Devils on Jan. 8, Powell notched 29 points and nine rebounds, both team highs on the night. In the 84-62 defeat of the Wildcats on Jan. 10, she tallied her 37th career double-double and sixth of the season, with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists in 32 minutes of play. Arizona was previously undefeated in the Conference before losing to the Cardinal.

Stanford is currently riding a six-game winning steak and is the only team still undefeated in the Pac-10. The Cardinal travels to rival California for a Friday night matchup in Berkeley at 7:00.

The Player of the Week honor is Powell's seventh and the 29th all-time selection for Stanford.

ALSO NOMINATED: Betsy Boardman, ASU; Chelsea Wagner, ORE; Shannon Howell, OSU; Lisa Willis, UCLA; Jamie Hagiya, USC.

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; Jan. 12- Nicole Powell, STAN.

ARIZONA WILDCATS: Having dropped two of their last three while on the road, the Wildcats return to Tucson looking to protect their 21-game home winning streak. Over its last three games, Arizona has been outscored by an average of 17.0 points in the first half of play. Over the last six games, JR G Dee-Dee Wheeler has averaged 21.5 points, 4.7assists and 3.3 steals per game while shooting 51 percent (53-104) from the floor.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: With their win at California Jan. 10, the Sun Devils snapped a seven-game Pac-10 road losing streak dating back to Jan. 11, 2003. ASU is averaging 79.4 points and 45.0 rebounds per game and shooting 44.1 percent (196-of-444) in home games this year compared to 59.6 points, 32.2 rebounds and 40.7 percent shooting (109-of-268) in road games. ASU outrebounded Cal 40-30 on Jan. 10, snapping a streak of four games where the team had been outrebounded. The Sun Devils look to extend their eight-game home winning streak when UCLA and USC visit Wells Fargo Arena this weekend.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: The Golden Bears have dropped three in a row at home by four or fewer points. Cal scored a season-low 52 points in the loss to Arizona State on Jan. 10. SR G LaTasha O'Keith has scored in double figures five straight games. In the various national RPI/power ratings, Cal is No. 63 according to the WBCA, No. 61 by College Basketball News and No. 66 in the Jeff Sagarin ratings. CBN had the Bears at No. 168 at the end of last season.

OREGON DUCKS: The Ducks drained a season-high eight three-pointers, and six of their 12 field goals in the second half were from beyond three-point range, in the Civil War win over OSU on Jan. 10. SO G Chelsea Wagner scored a UO career-high 15 points on five three-pointers in the win. The Ducks were outrebounded for the fifth straight game and have shot less than 40 percent in seven of their past 10 games. A season-high crowd of 5,097 was on hand at McArthur Court, where Oregon posts a 6-2 record this season.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS: OSU's Civil War loss at Oregon Jan. 10 prevented the Beavers from starting Pac-10 play 4-1 for first time in history of the Conference. SR C Brina Chaney needs two blocked shots to surpass Sissel Pierce (1997-2000) for first place on the Oregon State career chart. With 175 career blocks, Chaney ranks second in school history and sixth on the Pac-10 career chart. Through her first five games, JR transfer Shannon Howell has logged one 30-point performance and three 20-point outings - including the 24-point effort at UO.

STANFORD CARDINAL: The Cardinal are 6-0 in Pac-10 play and have won all six games by an average of 19.0 points per contest. Stanford is averaging 79.3 points in Conference play. The Cardinal sank 15 three-point field goals - just one shy of tying the school record - in the win over Arizona Jan. 10. Stanford finished 15-of-27 (55.6 percent) from long range and and limited the Wildcats to less than 65 points for just the second time this season. SR F/G Nicole Powell is averaging 22.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in Pac-10 play this season, while shooting 51.5 percent from the field. JR C Chelsea Trotter missed both games last week with sore knees.

UCLA BRUINS: Winners of three straight, the Bruins had not won back-to-back games this season until Jan. 4 (Oregon) and Jan. 9 (Washington State). In UCLA's home sweep of the Washington schools last week, SO G Lisa Willis averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals. Willis notched a career-high 22 points Jan. 9 versus. WSU. The Bruins are limiting their opponents to just 60.9 points per game, second in the Conference. They lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +3.36.

USC WOMEN OF TROY: In a pair of victories over the Washington schools last week, the Trojans' average margin of victory was 25.0 points per game. With the two wins, USC improved to 7-6 overall - the first time the team has been over .500 this season. The 30-point win over Washington State marked USC's largest margin of victory this season. The Women of Troy's 82 points tied a season-high and they shot 51.5 percent from the field for only the second time this season. SR G Jessica Cheeks tied her career high with eight assists against Washington State Jan. 11. Head coach Chris Gobrecht collected her 50th Pac-10 victory at USC with the win over Washington Jan. 9.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES: The Huskies have dropped three in a row in the same season for the first time since 1999-2000. All three are road losses. After opening with four of its first six Pac-10 games on the road, Washington returns home to Seattle this weekend, where the team is 5-2 on the year. With 1,561 career points, SR G Giuliana Mendiola needs 22 points to move become the 25th all-time leading scorer in Pac-10 history. Oregon State's Annette Mollerstrom ('93-96) ranks 25th with 1,682 points. Washington's 20-point loss to USC last week was its worst of the season.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: Looking to end a nine-game losing skid, the Cougars have committed 26.7 turnovers per contest over their last three games. The freshman pair of G Kate Benz and G Adriane Ferguson each recorded their third double-digit scoring game of the season Jan. 11 at USC. Ferguson also added a game-high eight rebounds, all coming in the second half. SR F Bianca McCall's 11 points against the Women of Troy marked her eighth game in double-digits this season and the 29th of her career. The Cougars rank second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.727) and are led by SO G Charmaine Jones' 74.4 clip (32-of-43).

NOTES ON THE PAC-10 CAREER LISTS: Stanford SR F/G Nicole Powell needs 27 points to become the Pac-10's 15th all-time leading scorer... Powell currently ranks 16th with 1,681 points... Washington SR G Giuliana Mendiola (1,561 points) needs 22 points to move to No. 25 on the Pac-10 career scoring chart... Mendiola, who ranks 10th in the league with 523 career assists, would become the first player in Conference history to rank in both the top-25 in scoring and the top-10 in assists.... Powell needs 276 points and 75 rebounds to end her career ranked among the Pac-10's top-10 in scoring and top-5 in rebounding - a feat previously accomplished by just three players: Lisa Leslie, USC (1991-94), Tina Thompson, USC (1994-97) and Val Whiting, STAN (1989-93)... USC SR F/C Ebony Hoffman needs 29 points to rank 30th on the Pac-10 career scoring list... Hoffman currently ranks 13th all-time in rebounding (892 rebounds)... OSU SR C Brina Chaney will become the Beavers' all-time leading shot blocker with two more swats... Chaney's 175 blocked shots ranks No. 2 at OSU and No. 6 in the Pac-10, trailing former Beaver Sissel Pierce (1997-2000) by just one.

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