This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Nov. 22, 2004

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Pac-10 teams will play 25 games this week as Thanksgiving tournaments highlight schedules up and down the league... Six teams compete in tourneys, with five traveling to various spots around the globe, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Long Island to the Virgin Islands... Seven games involve ranked teams, with a possible eighth after opening round tournament play... OREGON STATE (1-0), USC (1-1), No. 7/7 STANFORD (2-0) and UCLA (1-1) are guaranteed to meet up with top-25 competition this week, while CALIFORNIA (1-0) could meet No. 5/5 Georgia in the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic... Pac-10 teams post a 14-4 non-conference mark (.778) entering the third week of the season, including a 3-0 record against the West Coast Conference and a 2-0 mark versus teams from the Western Athletic Conference.


Mon., Nov. 22
WASHINGTON at Michigan, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Nebraska, 5 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 23
Southern at OREGON, 7 p.m.
No. 7/7 STANFORD vs. Eastern Washington, 8 p.m. (1)

Wed., Nov. 24
No. 7/7 STANFORD vs. Alaska-Anchorage/Louisiana-Lafeyette, 2:30/5 p.m. (1)Clemson at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Thu., Nov. 25
OREGON STATE vs. Kentucky, 3 p.m. (2)

Fri., Nov. 26
ARIZONA STATE vs. Seton Hall, 5 p.m. (6)
CALIFORNIA vs. TCU, 12:40 p.m. (4)
OREGON vs. Miami, 1 p.m. (3)
OREGON STATE vs. No. 17/18 Rutgers, 10 a.m. (2)
No. 11/10 Notre Dame at USC, 7 p.m.
UW-Milwaukee at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m. (5)
WASHINGTON STATE at Saint Mary's, 7 p.m. (7)

Sat., Nov. 27
No. 22/21 sARIZONA at Brigham Young, 2 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Prairie View A&M, 2 p.m. (6)
CALIFORNIA vs. No. 5/5 Georgia/Idaho, 11 a.m./5:30 p.m. (4)
OREGON vs. Long Island U./Maryland E. Shore, 11 a.m./1 p.m. (3)
OREGON STATE vs. South Dakota State, 10 a.m. (2)
Alabama/Columbia at WASHINGTON, 12:30/3 p.m. (5)
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga/Northwestern State, 5/7 p.m. (7)

Sun., Nov. 28
Harvard at USC, 2 p.m.
No. 12/11 Texas Tech at No. 7/7 STANFORD, Noon (8) (FSN)
No. 2/3 Texas at UCLA, 2 p.m.

All game times local to site.
(1) Alaska Shootout, Anchorage, Alaska
(2) Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
(3) Long Island U. Tournament, Brookville, N.Y.
(4) Rainbow Wahine Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii
(5) Seattle Times Classic, Seattle, Wash.
(6) Texas-San Antonio Thanksgiving Classic, San Antonio, Texas
(7) Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic, Moraga, Calif.
(8) Leavey Center, Santa Clara, Calif.

Sun., 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)

Thursday, Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m. PT


THE COACHES: Pac-10 head women's basketball coaches have combined for 2,632 Division I wins, including 64 NCAA Tournament wins, and have guided teams to the NCAA Final Four seven times. Conference head coaches post a combined .628 overall winning percentage (2,632-1,562) and have won 54.7 percent (64-53) of NCAA Tournament games they have coached in.

Nine of the 10 Pac-10 head coaches have spent at least 10 seasons directing programs. At the top of the that roster are Arizona's Joan Bonvicini and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer -- both in their 26th seasons as collegiate head coaches. In addition, Cal's Caren Horstmeyer (17th year), OSU's Judy Spoelstra (16th year) and Washington's June Daugherty (16th year) have logged at least 15 seasons as head coaches.

NON-CONFERENCE SLATE: Pac-10 teams post a 14-4 record (.778) against non-conference foes entering the third week of the season. As a whole, the league went 63-30 (.700) against non-conference opponents during the 2003-04 regular season, it's best showing since going 68-29 (.701) in 1996-97. The league won a record 75 non-conference games during the regular season in 1991-92 and last eclipsed the 70-win plateau in 1994-95. Here's a year-by-year breakdown of the Pac-10's non-conference records in regular-season play:

		Reg. Season	#NCAA	Year	Non-Conf. Rec.	Teams	2003-04	63-30 (.700)	3	2002-03	56-36 (.609)	3	2001-02	52-44 (.542)	2	2000-01	61-45 (.575)	4	1999-00	61-47 (.565)	4	1998-99	60-37 (.619)	4	1997-98	53-36 (.596)	5	1996-97	68-29 (.701)	5	1995-96	65-30 (.684)	3	1994-95	70-34 (.673)	5	1993-94	61-28 (.685)	5	1992-93	64-29 (.689)	4	1991-92	75-24 (.758)	5	1990-91	70-32 (.686)	4	1989-90	69-35 (.663)	4	1988-89	60-44 (.577)	2	1987-88	68-38 (.642)	3	1986-87	74-26 (.740)	3

PRESEASON SCHEDULING: Pac-10 teams are scheduled to play 19 regular-season non-conference games this season against opponents ranked among the Top-25 in the AP and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA polls. Depending on how tournaments play out, that number could increase to 20. 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 host NCAA March Madness. The University 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 hosted 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. 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: The Wildcats have won 29 games in a row at home, good for the second longest streak in the nation behind Texas (37)... The last time Arizona was defeated at home was Nov. 22, 2002, when it dropped its season opener to LSU in overtime, 78-71... JR C Shawntinice Polk has two double-doubles through the first three games of the season for 39 in her career.

ARIZONA STATE: Through their first three games, the Sun Devils are holding opponents to just 53.3 points and 29.7 rebounds per game... Arizona State is averaging 14.0 steals per game in the regular season after finishing third in the Pac-10 in that category (10.0 spg) last year.

CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears set a school record for three-point shooting percentage in a game Nov. 21 against Navy... Cal converted 8-of-10 shots from long range, eclipsing the previous record of 72.7 (8-of-11)... SR G Kristin Iwanaga led the squad with 15 points and had a perfect shooting outing against Navy, going 3-of-3 from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

OREGON: With 613 career rebounds, SR C Andrea Bills needs six boards to break into Oregon's career top 10, tying Lauri Landerholm (1982-87) at 619... Bills hasn't missed a game in her four-year career, playing in 92 straight... In their Nov. 19 season opener, the Ducks converted 8-of-14 from three-point range, including a 2-of-3 effort from SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld.

OREGON STATE: SR G Shannon Howell recorded her eighth consecutive 20-point performance with 29 points in OSU's season-opening victory over Idaho State... The Beavers travel to the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, which includes a meeting with No. 17/18 Rutgers... The Pac-10 posted a 3-2 records against Big East teams last season.

STANFORD: Following two games in the Alaska Shootout, the No. 7/7 Cardinal hosts No. 12/11 Texas Tech on Nov. 28... Stanford holds a 6-4 edge in the all-time series with the Lady Raiders, dating back to the 1982-83 season... FR G Candice Wiggins is averaging 19.5 points through the first two games... Ten different players saw at least 15 minutes of action in the Cardinal's 82-26 victory over Pacific.

UCLA: In five of its first six games, the Bruins take on teams which advanced to postseason play a year ago (TCU, Clemson, Texas, Pepperdine)... In the season-opening loss to TCU, UCLA forced 30 turnovers and finished with 18 steals... In the win over Gardner-Webb, SO G Noelle Quinn paced the team with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, adding nine rebounds and six assists.

USC: SO G Jamie Hagiya was named to the All-Tournament Team at the DePaul Moran Realty Classic, totaling 19 points, 10 steals, nine assists and seven rebounds in two games... The win over UMass on Nov. 19 marked first-year head coach Mark Trakh's 200th career victory... Trakh sports an overall record of 200-124 (.617) in 12 years... The Trojans host No. 11/10 Notre Dame Friday night, on the eve of the football showdown between the two schools.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies take on a second straight Big Ten opponent Monday night, traveling to Michigan... UW's 72-67 overtime win over Minnesota snapped the Gophers' 31-game regular-season non-conference winning streak... Minnesota's last non-conference regular-season loss came at the hands of another Pac-10 team, then-No. 7/9 Stanford, on Nov. 23, 2001... The Huskies are 2-0 to start the season for the third time in head coach June Daugherty's nine seasons at Washington.

WASHINGTON STATE: SO F Kate Benz notched her fourth career double-double with a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds Nov. 19 against Boise State... The Cougars, who finished eighth in the Pac-10 in rebounding last season (36.0 rpg), kept up with a trend sent in the exhibition season... WSU out-rebounded Boise State 50-29, after edging both exhibition opponents by a 103-69 margin.