This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 16, 2004

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Seven Teams Follow Suit, Open Regular Season This Week

The No. 24/24 ARIZONA Wildcats (2-0 overall) will meet No. 10/9 Ohio State Wednesday night in the semifinals of the preseason WNIT... UA downed Saint Mary's and Rice at home last week, running its home winning streak to 29 games... The Cats take to the road to play the Buckeyes in Columbus... JR C Shawntinice Polk notched back-to-back double-doubles in Arizona's first two games... Three Pac-10 teams open the regular season at home this week -- OREGON, WASHINGTON STATE and CALIFORNIA... No. 7/7 STANFORD opens the season at Utah, OREGON STATE travels to Idaho State, USC meets UMass in Chicago, Ill., in the DePaul Tournament and UCLA, receiving votes in both preseason polls, travels to Miami... The Bruins face TCU in the first round of the Miami Jam... WASHINGTON (1-0) hosts No. 14/14 Minnesota Monday night in the second game of the WBCA/BTI Classic.


Mon., Nov. 15No. 14/14 Minnesota at WASHINGTON (1), 7 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 17No. 24/24 ARIZONA at No. 10/9 Ohio State, 7 p.m. (2)

Fri., Nov. 19Portland at OREGON, 4:30 p.m.OREGON STATE at Idaho State, 7 p.m.USC vs. Massachusetts, 5:30 p.m. (3)Boise State at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.No. 7/7 STANFORD at Utah, 6 p.m.UCLA vs. Texas Christian, 5 p.m. (4)

Sat., Nov. 20San Diego at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.USC vs. DePaul/Murray State, 5:30/7:30 p.m. (3)Women's NIT, TBA

Sun., Nov. 21Navy at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.Pacific at STANFORD, 2 p.m.UCLA vs. Miami/Gardner-Webb, Noon/2 p.m. (4)Women's NIT, TBA

All game times local to site.

(1) WBCA/BTI Classic, Seattle, Wash.(2) Women's NIT semifinal(3) DePaul Tournament, Chicago, Ill.(4) Miami Jam, Miami Fla.

UPCOMING TV GAMESSun., Nov. 28 - Texas Tech at STANFORD, Noon (FSN)Sat., Dec. 5 - Purdue at UCLA, Noon (FSN)Wed., Dec. 15 - Baylor at WASHINGTON, 8 p.m. (FSN)


Wed., Nov. 17IA 6, Transponder 19 (C-band), Audio 6.2/6.8Women's Feed: 1-2 p.m. PT


Mon., Nov. 8No. 24/24 ARIZONA 77, Baden Sports 45 (X) Polk-13 pts/11 reb; Whisonant-11 pts/6 astWASHINGTON 83, Vanguard 34 (X) Craddock-14 pts/4-6 3FG; Banks-11 pts/9 rebARIZONA STATE 80, Team Concept 44 (X) Westerberg-16 pts/5 reb; Denson-11 pts/9 reb

Tue., Nov. 9USC 86, Love & Basketball 73 (X) Woodward-18 pts/7-13 FG; Gnekow-15 pts/5 reb

Wed., Nov. 10CALIFORNIA 69, Bay Area Pro Am 57 (X) Wright-15 pts/8 reb; Coakley-11 pts/7 reb/4 bl/

Thu., Nov. 11ARIZONA STATE 60, Virginia 50 Kovesdy-16 pts/7-8 FG; Johnson-10 pts/6 rebNo. 7/7 STANFORD 78, Northwest Sports 48 (X) Wiggins-18 pts/7 reb/4 bl; Newlin-14 pts/11 reb

Fri., Nov. 12No. 24/24 ARIZONA 87, Saint Mary's 72 Hobson-21 pts/7 reb; Polk-17 pts/12 rebNo. 3/2 Louisiana State 65, ARIZONA STATE 54 Loney-12 pts/4 reb; Westerberg-11 pts/8 rebOREGON 60, Strakonice 44 (X) Kraayeveld-16 pts/13 reb; Haring-13 pts/6-10 FG

Sat., Nov. 13UCLA 93, West Coast All-Stars 45 (X) Quinn-22 pts/9-10 FG/8 reb/8 ast/5 stlWASHINGTON STATE 75, Baden Sports 54 (X) Benz-17 pts/10 reb; Joneby-10 pts/7 reb

Sun., Nov. 14No. 7/7 STANFORD 64, Love & Basketball 40 (X) Newlin-9 pts/6 reb; Smith-8 pts/8 reb/3 ast/2 blWASHINGTON 65, South Carolina 53 Watson-12 pts/6 reb; Banks-12 pts/2-3 3FGOREGON STATE 74, Strakonice 66 (X) Howell-19 pts/4 ast; Butler-18 pts/8-12 FG/3 stlUSC 91, Play Mode All-Stars 74 (X) LeNoir-18 pts/7-8 FG; Gnekow-12 pts/6r reb/3 stlNo. 24/24 ARIZONA 68, Rice 43 Polk-18 pts/16 reb; Wheeler-12 pts/8 reb/3 ast

(X) - exhibition game


SEASON OPENERS: Seven Pac-10 teams open the regular season this week, following ARIZONA STATE, ARIZONA and WASHINGTON, who tipped off their seasons last week. Three teams open the season at home: OREGON, WASHINGTON STATE and CALIFORNIA. OREGON STATE travels to Idaho State, USC meets UMass in the DePaul Tournament in Chicago, Ill., No. 7 STANFORD heads to Utah, while UCLA, receiving votes in both polls, travels to Miami. The Bruins face TCU in the first round of the Miami Jam.

Pac-10 teams are 124-60 all-time in season openers (.674) since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1986-87. All told, Conference teams have lost home openers just 15 times (83-15, .672) but are 46-50 (.479) when beginning the season on the road.

The largest margin of victory by a Pac-10 team in a home opener is 57 points by WASHINGTON in 2002-03. The Huskies downed St. Bonaventure 105-48 on Nov. 22, 2002, in the first game of the Seattle Times Classic. Washington also owns the Pac-10 record for the biggest road win to open a season, defeating West Virginia 105-47 (58 points) Nov. 26, 1993, in the Coors Classic.

PRESEASON SCHEDULING: Pac-10 teams are scheduled to play 16 regular-season non-conference games this season against opponents ranked among the Top-25 in the preseason AP and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA polls. Depending on how tournaments play out, that number could increase to 19. The league finished with a combined 5-19 record (.208) against ranked non-conference foes last year, including postseason play. The schedules of Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington feature three games each against Top-25 foes.

MARCH MADNESS, PAC-10 STYLE: For the second straight year, two Pac-10 institutions have been selected to play host to NCAA March Madness. The Univeristy of Washington and Bank of America Arena will host the 2005 NCAA First and Second Rounds, while Arizona State University and Wells Fargo Arena will host the 2005 NCAA West Regional. Last season, ASU hosts First and Second Rounds, while UW was the site of the West Regional. The 2005 first and second rounds will be conducted at eight predetermined sites, which represents a change from the previous 16 first and second round sites. Washington will host on Sat., Mar. 19, and Mon., Mar. 21. Arizona State will play host to games on Sat., Mar. 26 and Mon., Mar. 28. Tickets for First and Second Rounds are available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200 or by logging onto Tickets for the Tempe, Ariz., Regional are on sale now at the ASU Ticket Office, by calling 480-965-2381 or by logging on to

ARIZONA: With wins over Saint Mary's and Rice, Arizona advanced to the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT ... The Wildcats travel to Ohio State to face the Buckeyes Wednesday night... Arizona improved its home winning streak to 29, dating back to the 2002-03 season... JR C Shawntinice Polk notched double-doubles in both games last week, improving her career total to 39.

ARIZONA STATE: SR G Kylan Loney and JR F Kristen Kovesdy were named the the Women's Sports Foundation Classic All-Tournament team ... Loney led the Sun Devils with 12 points in ASU's second-round loss to host No. 3/2 LSU... Westerberg added 11 points and a team-high eight boards vs. the Lady Tigers... ASU opens its home slate Saturday against San Diego... The Sun Devils have won 18 of their last 20 home games.

CALIFORNIA: JR F ReneƩ Wright posted a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds in Cal's 69-57 exhibition win over Bay Area Pro Am on Nov. 10... SR C Khadijah Coakley added 11 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals in 20 minutes off the bench... With the signing of five players for the 2005-06 season, head coach Caren Horstmeyer has inked the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation, according to the Blue Star Index.

OREGON: SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld paced the Ducks with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds in an exhibition win over Strakonice, a team from the Czech Republic... SO F Eleanor Haring chipped in 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting , while FR C Gabrielle Richards added seven points, five rebounds and two steals... JR F/C Carolyn Ganes, who co-led the Ducks in scoring as a freshman (10.9 ppg), has decided to take a redshirt for the 2004-05 season.

OREGON STATE: The trio of SR G Shannon Howell, JR F Kim Butler and JR G Mandy Close combined for 54 points in Oregon State's 74-66 exhibition victory over Strakonice on Nov. 14... Howell, making her first appearance of the season for OSU after missing the exhibition opener while resting a sprained ankle, led all players with 19 points and dished out four assists... OSU opens the 2004-05 regular season Friday at Idaho State... The Beavers have won six straight season openers.

STANFORD: The Cardinal concluded its exhibition season with a 64-40 win over Love & Basketball on Nov. 14... SO C Kristen Newlin paced the squad with nine points, as 10 different players scored... SO C Brooke Smith started at center, finishing with eight points and eight rebounds... Stanford outrebounded Love & Basketball by a 60-32 margin... The Cardinal makes its regular-season debut Friday at Utah and opens the home season Sunday against University of the Pacific.

UCLA: Five Bruins reached double-figures in scoring as UCLA notched a 93-45 exhibition win over the West Coast All-Stars on Nov. 14... SO G Noelle Quinn, the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, led the way with 22 points, followed by SO F Amanda Livingston (14), JR G Lisa Willis (13), FR F Lindsey Pluimer (10 ) and SO G Shaina Zaidi (10)... Pluimer posted her second consecutive double-double, with 12 rebounds.

USC: FR G Camille LeNoir led the Women of Troy with 18 points in a 91-74 exhibition win against the Play Mode All-Stars on Nov. 14... Three other players finished in double figures, including JR F Meghan Gnekow (12 pts)... USC outscored Play Mode 22-7 in the final five minutes of the game to seal the 17-point victory... The Women of Troy open the regular season at the DePaul Moran Realty Classic, Friday and Saturday.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies host No. 14/14 Minnesota Monday night in their second game of the WBCA/BTI Classic... Washington is 26-5 at home over the past two seasons, including its 65-53 season-opening win over South Carolina on Nov. 14... SO F Breanne Watson, FR G Dominique Banks and JR G Kayla Burt shared the UW scoring lead with 12 points apiece ... Washington allowed the Gamecocks just five second-half baskets and forced 18 South Carolina turnovers in the second stanza.

WASHINGTON STATE: SO F Kate Benz scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds to record her second double-double in as many exhibition games Nov. 13 against Baden Sports...Benz, who battled the flu in the days leading up to the game, shot 7-of-10 from the field... WSU outrebounded Baden Sports 49-33, including a 20-9 advantage on the offensive end... In its two exhibition wins, Washington State held a combined 103-69 margin on the glass... The Cougars open the regular season Friday against Boise State at Friel Court.