This Week In Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Nov. 29, 2004
Heading into the fourth week of the regular season, STANFORD (5-0) and OREGON (4-0) both sport perfect overall records... Coming off a win over No. 12/11 Texas Tech, the No. 7/5 Cardinal will take an 11-day break for final exams, before resuming with Pepperdine (Dec. 10) for the first basketball game in newly renovated Maples Pavilion... The Ducks take on George Washington Saturday in Portland at the Rose Garden... Fresh off an upset of No. 4/4 Texas, the UCLA Bruins (3-1) travel across town for a Thursday night matchup at Pepperdine, then return home to host another ranked opponent in No. 15/13 Purdue Sunday at noon PT... The Boilermakers-Bruins contest will be televised live on FOX Sports Net... No. 25/24 ARIZONA (3-1) hosts UTEP and the Fiesta Bowl Women's Basketball Classic this week, putting its 29-game home winning streak on the line... The streak ties Louisiana Tech for the second-longest streak in the nation... Two other Pac-10 teams host tournaments this week, including ARIZONA STATE (4-1), winners of three in a row, and CALIFORNIA (1-3), looking to snap a three-game losing skid... Pac-10 teams are 28-14 against Division I non-conference opponents this season (.667), while the league leads the nation in the Nov. 28 WBCA/Summerville Conference RPI Ratings (.604).
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Mon., Nov. 29
University of Texas El Paso at No. 25/24 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Thu., Dec. 2
Creighton at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
UCLA at Pepperdine, 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 3
Portland State at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
Alabama State at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m. (1)
Sat., Dec. 4
Gonzaga/Nevada at ARIZONA STATE, 4:30/7 p.m. (1)
Cal State Northridge at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. (2)
WASHINGTON at Utah, 3 p.m.
George Washington vs. OREGON, 1:30 p.m. (3)
UNC Greensboro at ARIZONA, 3:30 p.m. (4)
Sun., Dec. 5vDelaware/Weber State at ARIZONA, 1/3:30 p.m. (4)
Tennessee Tech/Pepperdine at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. (2)
OREGON STATE at UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.
No. 15/13 Purdue at UCLA, Noon (FSN)
Loyola Marymount at USC, 2 p.m.
All game times local to site.
(1) Arizona State Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
(2) Contra Costa Times Classic, Berkeley, Calif.
(3) Papé Jam, Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.
(4) Fiesta Bowl Women's Basketball Classic, Tucson, Ariz.
NOV. 29 PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Noelle Quinn, SO G, UCLA (page 2)
UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sat., Dec. 4 - George Washington at OREGON, 1:30 p.m. PT (OSN)
Sat., Dec. 4 - Nevada/Gonzaga at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m. MT (KAZ-TV)Sat., Dec. 5 - Purdue at UCLA, Noon PT (FSN)
Sun., Dec. 12 - OREGON at Colorado State, 5 p.m. PT (OSN)
Wed., Dec. 15 - Baylor at WASHINGTON, 8 p.m. (FSN)
OSN - Oregon Sports Network
First Pac-10 Coaches Media Teleconference is Thursday, Dec. 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT
CONFERENCE RPI: Through games as of Nov. 28, 2004, the WBCA/Summerville Conference RPI Ratings ranks the top five conferences as follows: 1. Pac-10, 2. Big Ten, 3. SEC, 4. Atlantic Coast, 5. Big 12.
THE COACHES: Pac-10 head women's basketball coaches have combined for 2,645 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 .627 overall winning percentage (2,645-1,573) 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.
ARIZONA: The Wildcats will attempt to extend their 29-game winning streak at the McKale Center, with three home games on the slate this week... With her sixth point in the first half of Arizona's win over BYU on Nov. 27, JR C Shawntinice Polk moved into the top-10 in career scoring at UA... Polk enters the week with 1,152 career points, good for 10th place... Arizona is averaging 40.3 points in the first half this season and just 28.8 points in the second half.
ARIZONA STATE: SO Emily Westerberg and SR G Carrie Buckner were named to the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team... The Sun Devils played four of their first five games on the road and will host this week's ASU Holiday Classic before hitting the road for four of the team's next five... Arizona State turned in a 102-30 victory over Prairie View last week, tying the school record for fewest points allowed... ASU surpassed 100 points for the 19th time in school history and the first since 1997... ASU also tied the school record for three-pointers made in a single game with nine and outrebounded the Lady Panthers, 43-9.
CALIFORNIA: SR F Leigh Gregory averaged 22.0 points on 69.0 percent shooting (29-of-42) in three games at the Rainbow Wahine Classic... Gregory contributed a career-high 25 points against TCU and followed with 18 points versus Idaho and 23 points against Hawaii... California converted on 81.8 percent of its 3-pointers (9-of-11) in the loss to TCU on Nov. 26, its first outing after hitting 80 percent (8-of-11) from long range against Navy on Nov. 21... Over the last three contests, the Bears are allowing their opponents to score 82.7 points per game.
OREGON: SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld was named MVP of the Long Island University Turkey Classic, with a combined 28 points and 18 rebounds in two games... For Kraayeveld, it was her fifth MVP honor in a row for tournaments she has played in, beginning with the 2002 WNIT... The Ducks were outrebounded for the first time this year, 30-25, in their win over LIU... SR G Corrie Mizusawa, who tied the school single-game assists record last season with 14, passed out 12 assists in the win over Miami Nov. 26, which tied for the sixth best mark in school history... Against the Hurricanes, SO F Eleanor Haring hit her first nine shots and finished 10-of-11 from the field (.909).
OREGON STATE: SR G Shannon Howell turned in three 20-point performances at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, as Oregon State went 1-2, defeating South Dakota State (68-65) and losing to Kentucky (73-70) and No. 17/18 Rutgers (77-53)... She has notched 20-plus points 10 times in her 25-game Oregon State career... Howell earned Paradise Jam All-Tournament honors after leading the Beavers with 21.7 points per game, 8.0 assists and 5.0 steals in the three games.
STANFORD: JR C Brooke Smith averaged a team-high 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the Cardinal's three games last week, helping No. 7/5 Stanford win the Great Alaska Shootout and post a 61-58 victory over No. 12/11 Texas Tech... Smith finished with a career-best 22-point performance against the Lady Raiders... Stanford posted back-to-back wins by an average of 30.5 points to claim the 2004 Great Alaska Shootout Championship... FR G Candice Wiggins was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and SR G Kelley Suminski was tabbed to the All-Tournament team... SR G Susan King Borchardt, out with a stress reaction in her left foot, is listed as hopeful to return to the lineup Dec. 10 against Pepperdine.
UCLA: UCLA's win over Texas on Nov. 28 was its first against a top-10 opponent since defeating then-No. 8 North Carolina in the season opener in 1999... The Bruins have not allowed more than 65 points this season and are holding their opponents to 56.2 points per game... UCLA opponents are also averaging 27.25 turnovers per game, while the Bruins are averaging 14.75 steals per game... SO G Noelle Quinn has strung together three consecutive 20-point games, including an average of 25.0 points in two games last week.
USC: FR G Brynn Cameron led USC in its win over Harvard Nov. 28 with a career-best 18 points, thanks in part to four 3-pointers... The victory over Harvard qualified as first-year head coach Mark Trakh's first home win at USC... Several USC players posted career highs last week, including SO F Jamie Funn (13 points vs. Notre Dame), SR C Kim Gipson (12 points, nine rebounds vs. Notre Dame), SO C Chloé Kerr (14 points vs. Harvard) and Cameron... The four-point loss to No. 6/6 Notre Dame marked USC's second-consecutive home opener against a top-10 and Big East opponent... In last season's home opener, the Women of Troy fell to No. 1 UConn by three points in the final minute of play.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies finished as the runner-up in their own Seattle Times Classic, defeating Wisconsin-Milwaukee and falling to Alabama in the championship game... Against the Panthers, Washington reserves accounted for nearly half of the team's points, scoring 39 points opposite the starters' 47... JR F Kristen O'Neill and SO G Cheri Craddock were named to the All-Tournament Team... Five games into the season, O'Neill leads the squad in scoring (9.2 ppg), is tied for the team-lead in steals (7.0 spg) and is tied for second on the team with 13 assists.
WASHINGTON STATE: The sophomore duo of F Kate Benz and G Adriane Ferguson combined to score 34 points in WSU's 70-58 road win against Saint Mary's on Nov. 26... Ferguson averaged 18.0 points in three games last week, as the Cougars fell at Nebraska (78-61), defeated the Gaels and fell to Tennessee-Chattanooga (84-36)... On the week, Ferguson shot 19-of-38 from the field (.500), including 10-of-20 from 3-point territory, and earned an All-Tournament Team selection at the Saint Mary's Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic..
NCAA COMMITTEE CONTACT: Washington Associate Athletic Director Marie Tuite is currently in her fourth 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.