Pac-10 Women's Basketball Season Wrap-Up
April 14, 2005
Five Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball teams competed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, third-most among the major conferences, while three Pac-10 teams concluded the season ranked among the national Top-25, the most in seven years. The 2004-05 season was a successful one for the league as a whole, as two programs reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 11 years and the Conference landed a freshman on the Kodak All-America Team. The Pac-10 also produced five 20-win teams for just the second time in league history and first time in 13 years.
The STANFORD Cardinal finished with a 17-1 league record, five games ahead of second-place ARIZONA STATE, OREGON and USC (12-6) to grab its record-tying fifth consecutive Pac-10 championship. The top-seeded Cardinal defeated No. 3 seed Arizona State, 56-42, to capture their third straight State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title, as the league's postseason tournament provided the perfect warm-up to NCAA March Madness.
Five Pac-10 teams -- Stanford, Arizona State, USC, Oregon and Arizona -- received NCAA Tournament bids for the first time in seven years and the sixth time in Conference history. Following a record 5-0 showing for Conference teams in first round games, the league advanced two teams to the Sweet Sixteen (Stanford and Arizona State) for the first time in 11 years. The Cardinal reached the Elite Eight for the second straight year, falling to eventual national finalist Michigan State in the Kansas City Regional final. Stanford's NCAA Tournament run included a 17-point victory over three-time defending national champion Connecticut. The Sun Devils put up an admiral fight against No. 1 seed North Carolina, but fell 79-72 in the Tempe Regional semifinals. ASU knocked off 11th-ranked Notre Dame in its quest to return home and secure its first Sweet Sixteen spot in 22 years. Under first-year coach Mark Trakh, USC made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997 a memorable one, nearly upsetting No. 1 seed Michigan State in the second round. The Spartans made a layup with 2.9 seconds left to defeat the Trojans 61-59 in Minneapolis. Oregon logged its first NCAA Tournament win since 1999, but fell to eventual national champion Baylor in second round action. The Ducks downed 23rd-ranked TCU in opening-round action, handing the Horned Frogs a first-round loss for the first time in five NCAA trips. Arizona posted its first NCAA win since 1999, knocking off Oklahoma in the first round of the Chattanooga Regional. The Wildcats fell to No. 1 seed LSU after notching their third consecutive 20-win season.
Three teams closed out the season ranked among the Top-25 in the final USA Today/ESPN Women's Basketball Coaches Poll, the most since 1998, with Stanford at No. 5, Arizona State at No. 16 and USC checking in at No. 22.
The Pac-10 Player of the Year, Stanford's Candice Wiggins , became just the ninth freshman in women's collegiate basketball history to be named a Kodak All-American. The league placed three student-athletes on the Associated Press All-America teams: Arizona's Dee-Dee Wheeler (honorable mention), who ended her career second in steals (304) and 11th in scoring (1,966) on the Pac-10 all-time chart, UCLA's Nikki Blue (honorable mention) and Wiggins (second team).
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Candice Wiggins, FR G, STANFORD
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Candice Wiggins, G, STANFORD
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Tara VanDerveer, STANFORD
FIVE 20-WIN TEAMS: The Pac-10 has produced five 20-game winners this season for just the second time in league history, and first time in 13 years. Three teams (Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon entered the 2005 NCAA Tournament with at least 20 victories, while USC and Arizona eclipsed the 20-win mark in their first round games. The Conference last had five teams reach 20 wins during the 1991-1992 season, when Stanford won its second national championship and finished 30-3 overall, USC (23-8) reached the Elite Eight, UCLA (21-10) advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and California (20-9) reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Five Pac-10 teams received NCAA Tournament bids this season for the first time in seven years and the sixth time in Conference history.
SWEET SIXTEEN SQUADS : Following a record 5-0 showing for Pac-10 women's basketball teams in 2005 NCAA Tournament first round games, the Conference advanced two teams to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 11 years. The last time the Conference sent two or more teams to the Round of 16 was in 1994, when both Stanford and USC reached the Elite Eight. At least two Pac-10 teams have reached the Round of 16 nine times in league history (1982, `83, `85, `90, `91, `92, `93, `94, `05).
GETTING TO THE ELITE EIGHT: A Pac-10 team has reached the Round of Eight 15 times, and three times in the last five years (Stanford in `04 and `05 and Washington in `01). The Conference had at least one team reach the Elite Eight seven times in the 1990s, with six appearances by Stanford (1990, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97), two by USC (1992, `94), one by UCLA (1999) and one by Washington (1990).
THREE PAC-10 TEAMS AMONG FINAL RANKINGS: Three Pac-10 teams -- the most in seven years -- finished the season ranked among the top-25 in the final USA Today/ESPN Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll. Pac-10 Champion STANFORD (32-3 overall, 17-1 Pac-10), which also captured the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament title, concluded the season at No. 5. Pac-10 Tournament runner-up ARIZONA STATE (24-10, 12-6), which advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, ended the year 16th. The No. 16-ranking is the highest for the program since rising to the No. 15 spot on Nov. 18, 1983. The USC Trojans (20-11, 12-6) checked in at No. 22, the first time the program concluded the season listed among the top-25 since 1993-94, when it was tabbed No. 7 (AP) and No. 9 (WBCA).
The Conference last had more than two teams conclude the season ranked in either of the major polls, conducted by the Associated Press and the WBCA, in 1998. Following the 1997-98 season, Arizona (9th, 9th), Stanford (15th, 5th) and UCLA (20th, 25th) closed out the year ranked in the WBCA and AP final polls, respectively.
NCAA Tournament participants OREGON (21-10, 12-6) and ARIZONA (20-12, 11-7) also received votes in the 2005 final USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.
2004-05 TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES
ARIZONA WILDCATS: Making a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the Wildcats reached the second round for the first time since 1999, falling to No. 1 seed LSU in Knoxville, Tenn. Arizona finished 20-12 overall, and placed fifth in the Pac-10 at 11-7. With its NCAA first-round win over Oklahoma, UA notched its third consecutive 20-win season and eighth in the last 10 years. The win against the Sooners was just its second all season after trailing at the half. Arizona fell in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals to USC, 74-66. SR G Dee-Dee Wheeler, an honorable mention Associated Press and Kodak All-American, closed out her career as the Wildcats' second all-time leading scorer with 1,966 points, 11th on the Pac-10 career chart. She also ranks first in the school record books in games played (124), games started (118), minutes played (4,032) and steals. She finished second on the Pac-10 career steals chart with 304 thefts, just five shy of first-place Tammy Story of USC (1989-92). Wheeler paced the Pac-10 in 2004-05 with 17.6 points per game, adding 5.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game. She reached the 500-point plateau for the third straight season. Wheeler and JR C Shawntinice Polk were named First Team All-Pac-10 selections and both were named Kodak All-America All-Region selections. Polk, who was hampered by a knee injury in 2004-05, co-led the Pac-10 with nine double-doubles this season and reached double digits in scoring 22 times. Polk is the UA career leader in double-doubles (46), blocks (220, 4th Pac-10) and rebounding average (9.7), and with 914 career boards, is seven rebounds away from setting the new all-time record at Arizona. FR G Jessica Arnold, who drained four three-pointers in Arizona's 72-69 NCAA first round win over Oklahoma, shot a Pac-10 second-best 42.7 percent from long range (35-of-82) this year. Arnold and FR G Ashley Whisonant were named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman selections. The winningest coach in Arizona history, Joan Bonvicini made her 21st career postseason appearance in 2004-05, and ninth at UA (seven NCAA, two WNIT). Ten of the Wildcats' 12 losses were to teams with an RPI of 50 or better, while seven losses were to teams with an RPI of 25 or higher. The Cats extended their home winning streak to 34 games before it came to an end Jan. 9, 2005, at the hands of Stanford. UA is 40-4 at home over the past three seasons.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State logged one of the most successful seasons in program history, making its first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 22 years. ASU is ranked 16th in the final USA Today/ESPN WBCA coaches' poll, the highest ranking for the team since the 1983-84 season. The Sun Devils finished the season with a 24-10 record, just one win shy of the school record for single-season victories, turning in the seventh 20-win campaign in school history. ASU tied for second place in the Pac-10 at 12-6, finishing in the top half of the Conference standings for the fourth time in five seasons. The 12 Pac-10 victories tied the school record. The Sun Devils put up an admirable fight before falling 79-72 to top-seeded and fourth-ranked North Carolina, on their home floor. ASU's Tournament run included victories over Eastern Kentucky and then-No. 11/13 Notre Dame . The 24 wins marked the most victories since the team tied the school record for wins with a 25-9 mark in 2002. The Sweet Sixteen appearance was the program's first since the field expanded to 64 teams. Ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne became the first ASU mentor to lead her team to five consecutive winning seasons and three NCAA Tournament berths (`01, `02, `05). The Sun Devils finished the regular season with a 12-1 mark at home, including a Dec. 21 upset of then-No. 8 Connecticut. ASU has won 30 of its last 34 games at Wells Fargo Arena. The Pac-10's top defensive team this season, the Sun Devils limited their opponents to just 54.7 points per game, establishing the new Pac-10 record, well below the old record of 58.4 points per game maintained by Stanford in 2003-04. ASU also paced the league in rebounding defense (32.2 rpg) and three-point defense (.254). The Sun Devil offense became the team's bright spot in their NCAA Tournament games, as the squad averaged 78.6 points per game in the three contests, up from a season average of 63.4 points per game. In the second-round win over Notre Dame, ASU erased an early 13-point deficit to shock the Fighting Irish. SO F Emily Westerberg, a First Team All-Pac-10 honoree, led the team and finished 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (11.3 ppg). Westerberg was second on the team in rebounding (4.9 rpg) to SO F Aubree Johnson (5.1 rpg). Westerberg reached double figures in scoring in 20 games, and finished third in the Pac-10 (and 26th in the nation) in free throw shooting, at 84.9 percent. She made 19 of her last 22 attempts over the last six games of the season. Johnson recorded her first career double-double in the loss to North Carolina (12 pts/10 reb). JR F Kristen Kovesdy finished first in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.617), and has moved into first place on the ASU career field goal percentage chart at 56.5 percent. Over the last eight games of the season, Kovesdy shot 67.1 percent from the field and averaged 12.8 points per game. JR F Amy Denson was the leading scorer off ASU's ever-important bench, adding 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. With 579 assists this year, ASU led the Conference and shattered the school single-season record of 476 . ASU averaged 17.0 assists per game, 16th in the nation. SR G Kylan Loney closed out her career second on the ASU career assists chart (399), surpassing Ryneldi Becenti (396, 1991-93). Arizona State broke the school single-game women's basketball attendance mark with 8,927 fans in attendance for the Dec. 21 win over UConn. ASU averaged 2,429 fans per home game, the highest total in school history.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS: The Bears finished the season with an 11-18 record, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that California has posted double-figure wins. The Bears placed eighth in the Pac-10 with a 4-14 record and went on to win their first round Pac-10 Tournament game over Washington State, 70-52, as the No. 8 seed, which was recorded as their best seed in school history. Cal set a new school record for free throws, converting 74.5 percent (429-of-576) of its chances this season. The old record of 74.1 percent (592-of-799) was set in 1986-87. The Bears finished the season averaging 65.7 ppg, which is the Bears' best offensive showing since the 1995-96 season. Cal has won 12 consecutive non-conference home games stretching over two seasons. FR F Jessica Lawson, Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, paced Cal with 17 double-figure scoring games during the season. Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection SR G Kristin Iwanaga wrapped up her career as the Pac-10's all-time best free throw shooter at 89.0 percent (235-of-264). Iwanaga led the nation in free throw percentage this season at 93.4, which also breaks the previous Pac-10 record of 90.8, set by Oregon's Shaquala Williams during the 2001-02 season. SR F Kiki Williams finished her career at Cal ranked second in school history in free throw percentage at 81.7 percent (179-of-219). SR F Leigh Gregory, a 2005 Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection ended her career ranked 11th all-time in scoring with 1,136 points, only eight points behind Jennie Leander (1996-99).
OREGON DUCKS: Oregon returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, and its first tournament win in six years helped punctuate a successful season. The Ducks finished 21-10 overall, tying for second place in the Pac-10 at 12-6. The Conference finish was Oregon's best since winning the league title in 2000. The Ducks fell to eventual national champion Baylor in second-round play, after knocking off 23rd-ranked TCU, 58-55. Oregon handed the Horned Frogs their first first-round loss in five NCAA appearances. The 55 points were also the fewest allowed by the Ducks in a tournament game, while holding All-American Sandora Irvin to two first-half points, and 14 for the game. The TCU win was Oregon's second against a ranked team this season, as the Ducks upset then-No. 5 Stanford on Dec. 29, 2004, in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. The Ducks went 1-1 in the Pac-10 Tournament, advancing to the semifinals where they fell to Arizona State. SR C Andrea Bills and SR F Cathrine Kraayeveld were named First Team All-Pac-10 selections, while FR F Kristen Forristall became the third straight Oregon player to make the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Kraayeveld was named a Kodak All-American All-Region selection for the first time in her career, and finished the season ranked among the league's statistical leaders in seven categories: sixth in scoring (14.7 ppg) and three-point percentage (36.4), second in rebounding (8.3) and defensive rebounds (6.07 avg), third in blocked shots (1.23 bpg), seventh in free throw percentage (76.9) and 10th in field goal percentage (45.5). Kraayeveld posted a Pac-10 co-leading nine double-doubles this season and reached double figures in scoring 25 times. Both Kraayeveld (1,151 pts/774 reb) and Bills (1,213 pts/813 reb) closed out their careers with more than 1,000 points and 700 rebounds. The duo was one of just three tandems in the nation -- along with Baylor's Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon and Kansas State's Kendra Wecker and Megan Mahoney -- with more than 700 career rebounds apiece. Bills played in every contest of her collegiate career (123 games), just one shy of the school record, and made 104 consecutive appearances in the UO starting lineup to close out her career. She finished 12th on the Oregon career scoring chart and seventh in rebounds. Oregon went 12-1 at home this year, including a perfect 9-0 mark in Pac-10 games. However, the squad went 5-7 on the road. The Ducks finished fourth in the Pac-10 with 5.71 three-pointers per game, the highest average in Oregon history. The team's 177 treys this year are the second-most in program history. The Ducks shone on the defensive end as well, holding their opponents to fewer than 60 points 19 times this year -- including the NCAA win over TCU and their Pac-10 Tournament games against Washington and Arizona State. The Ducks finished third in the league in scoring defense (60.4 ppg), trailing only ASU and Stanford. SR G Corrie Mizusawa led the Pac-10 in assists for the second straight year, finishing with 6.97 per game (fourth in the nation), and set the Oregon single-season record with 209. JR G Chelsea Wagner tore the ACL in her left knee Jan. 13 against Washington to end her season. At the time, she was leading the Pac-10 in three-point field goals per game (2.5). Oregon led the Conference in home attendance this year, averaging 3,896 per game.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS: The Beavers finished the 2005 season with a 6-23 overall record and 1-17 in Pac-10 action. OSU posted a school record 73.4 free throw shooting percentage and the Beavers matched the school record for fewest turnovers in a single game with just seven miscues against Utah Valley State on Feb. 1. A Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection, SR G Shannon Howell averaged a team-high 17.3 points and 3.14 assists on the season. She set OSU's single-season record for free throw percentage with an 86.2 (144-for167) clip from the line. JR G Mandy Close became just the fourth guard in Beaver history to pull down 100 rebounds in back-to-back seasons (Felicia Ragland 1999-2002, Margo Evashevski 1991-92, and Chelle Flamoe 1987-89). SR G Jessica Mellinger finished her career having played in 121 games--fourth highest total in Oregon State history. All 14 players on the roster scored during the season and 11 different players appeared in the starting line-up.
STANFORD CARDINAL: Stanford reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the second straight year and ended the season ranked fifth in the final coaches poll and first in the AP poll. The Cardinal finished 32-3 overall, winning 23 of its last 24 games to log the sixth 30-win season in program history and first since 2002. Stanford won a third straight Pac-10 Tournament title and record-tying fifth straight Pac-10 Championship, finishing 17-1 in Conference play. Prior to its Elite Eight loss to eventual national finalist Michigan State, Stanford had won 23 games in a row by an average of 23.2 points. The team won by single digits just three times this season: at Utah, versus Texas Tech and against USC in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. The Cardinal posted a 5-2 record against ranked opponents this season. Stanford's NCAA second round win over Utah marked head coach Tara VanDerveer's 600th game on The Farm. VanDerveer coached her 800th career game during the Pac-10 Tournament, a 73-69 win over USC in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. Stanford swept the Pac-10 honors this year, as VanDerveer was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and FR G Candice Wiggins became the first freshman woman ever to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year (and was named Freshman of the Year). Wiggins garnered second team AP All-America honors, was named the USBWA's co-National Freshman of the Year and became just the ninth freshman to earn Kodak All-America honors, adding her name to a prestigious list including legends such as Cheryl Miller, Lynette Woodard, Janet Harris, Katie Smith, Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and LaToya Thomas. Wiggins led the Cardinal with 17.3 points and 2.5 steals per game and was the team's third-leading rebounder, with 5.3 rebounds per game. Her 85 steals this season ranks fourth on the school single-season chart. SO C Brooke Smith, SR G Kelley Suminski joined Wiggins on the All-Pac-10 First Team, while SR G Susan King Borchardt received honorable mention accolades. Stanford entered Selection Sunday as the No. 1-ranked team in both polls, the first time it has ended the regular season as the top-ranked team in the nation. It also marked the team's first No. 1-ranking since December 1996. Stanford was ranked in the top-10 all season. The Cardinal limited its opponents to a school record 56.0 points per game, second in the Pac-10, and held them to 35.1 percent from the field, tops in the league. Stanford's five seniors -- Suminski, Borchardt, Sebnem Kimyacioglu, T'Nae Thiel and Azella Perryman -- posted a 118-18 record in their four-year careers. The Cardinal posted a perfect 13-0 home slate in 2004-05, and ran its Conference home win streak to 37 games. Stanford ended the season ranked in the top-30 in 11 statistical categories: first in scoring margin (21.9 points), third in field goal percentage (48.2) and won-loss percentage (91.4), fourth in scoring offense (77.8 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage defense (48.2), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (38.0), 14th in turnovers per game (14.0), 19th in free throw percentage (79.0), 21st in rebound margin (6.2), 23rd in assists (16.4 apg) and 28th in scoring defense (56.0 ppg). Smith shot a Pac-10 second-best 61.0 percent from the field (seventh in nation), while Suminski drained 41.9 percent from long range, third in the league.
UCLA BRUINS: The Bruins finished with a 16-12 overall record and placed sixth in the Pac-10 at 10-8. UCLA ended its season with a 73-71 loss to third-seeded Arizona State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. JR G Nikki Blue and JR G Lisa Willis were named to the All-Pac-10 Team, while for the third straight season, Blue earned a spot on the 2005 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team. Blue became just the second Bruin in history to record more than 1,300 points (1,396) and 400 assists (413) in her career. Blue is stied for 10th on the Pac-10 career steals list, with 258 thefts. The 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, SO G Noelle Quinn missed UCLA's final 12 games due to a knee injury suffered against Arizona on Jan. 16. She was selected as an All-Pac-10 honorable mention honoree this season. Blue scored at least 20 points in seven of the last eight games of the season and ended the year ranked first in scoring in Pac-10 games (18.8 ppg). Blue and Quinn were named to the Mid-season Wooden and Naismith Lists. Blue was also named an AP honorable mention All-American. UCLA set a school record with a team free throw percentage of 71.7. The Bruins made 148 from the arc this year, the second-most in history. Willis' seven treys at Stanford were a career-high and tied for most in the Pac-10 during the year. FR F Lindsey Pluimer was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team. The Bruins' 6-1 start in Pac-10 play was UCLA's best beginning to a season since the 1980-81 team won its first 12 games. Willis moved atop the school's all-time list for career three-pointers during the home win over Oregon State on Jan. 2.
USC TROJANS: The surprise of the Pac-10 this season, the Trojans were picked to finish seventh in both preseason polls (coaches and media) - but blazed their way to a second-place tie and earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1997. Under first-year coach Mark Trakh, USC finished 20-11 overall (12-6 Pac-10), notching its first 20-win season since 1997 and most Pac-10 victories since the same year. And the tie for second place in the Conference gave the Trojans their best league finish since winning the Pac-10 crown in 1994. USC defeated Louisville, 65-49, in NCAA first round action, then nearly handed national finalist Michigan State an early exit in second round play, falling to the Spartans 61-59. The Trojans went 1-1 in the Pac-10 Tournament, defeating Arizona and falling to Stanford, 73-69, in semifinal action. USC went 11-2 at home this season (7-2 at Sports Arena, 4-0 at Lyon Center), its best home mark since 1994. The Trojans used 10 different starting lineups this year, and exemplified the phrase 'team effort,' as seven players averaged at least 7.0 points per game and five averaged at least 4.0 rebounds per game. FR G Brynn Cameron, a Pac-10 All-Freshman selection and All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick, paced the team in scoring with 9.8 points per game. She finished fourth in the league in three-point shooting percentage (40.9) and 25th in the nation, and set the new USC single-season record for made three-pointers, with 72. SO F Eshaya Murphy became the first Trojan to be named the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team. FR G Camille LeNoir, who scored a career-high 18 points in the loss to Michigan State, was a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection. Cameron's 72 treys were the most in the Pac-10 this season and tied for the ninth-best performance (with former Washington standout Loree Payne, 2002) in league history. During the second round game against Michigan State, Cameron set the new USC record for three-point attempts in a season, finishing with 176. As a team, the Trojans shattered the school's single-season three-point record (118), connecting on 191 treys. USC finished second in the Pac-10 with 6.16 three-pointers per game, the first time in seven years it has placed better than fifth in the league. Of the Trojans' 11 losses this season, six were against top-25 teams, six were by four points or less and nine came on the road. USC put together a seven-game win streak between Jan. 2 and Jan. 20, its longest in 11 years. The team's wins over Washington and Washington State on Jan. 7 and 9, respectively, accounted for its first Pac-10 road sweep since 2001. USC's sophomore class -- comprised of Jamie Hagiya, Jamie Funn, Murphy, Chloé Kerr, Allison Jaskowiak and Markisha Lea -- averaged a combined 27.1 points, 17.2 rebounds, 6.16 assists and 5.0 steals this season.
WASHINGTON HUSKIES: Washington finished with an overall record of 14-16 and placed seventh in the Pac-10 at 9-9. The Huskies advanced to the quarterfinals in the Pac-10 Tournament after defeating Oregon State, 81-68. JR G Kayla Burt was named as the V Foundation Comeback Award Winner after surviving a near-death experience during the 2002-03 season. The Huskies finished the year on a strong note, winning seven of their last 11 games. Washington finished the season second in the Pac-10 with 473 offensive rebounds, while All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection SO F Jill Bell led UW with 157 rebounds (5.2 rpg). The Huskies scored 80 points in five or their last 10 games. Washington's 31-point win over Oregon State (Feb. 10) was its largest winning margin since defeating Oregon by 45 points (95-50) at home last season (Jan. 15, 2004). Washington handed Arizona just its fourth home loss in the last three seasons, overcoming a 15-point deficit with 9:10 remaining in the contest. SO G Cameo Hicks was selected as an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection. Five Husky players scored in double-digits 13 times each and two scored in double-figures six times. The Huskies were one of just seven Division I teams without a senior on its roster this year.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS: The Cougars matched last season's overall record going 6-22, 2-16 in the Pac-10 under third-year head coach Sherri Murrell. SO F Kate Benz was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection for the second straight year. Benz led WSU and the Pac-10 in rebounding with an average of 9.1 rebounds per game. She became the first Cougar to lead the conference in rebounding and logged the fifth best single-season rebounding performance in school history. She also led the Cougars in points, scoring 10.4 points per game. Benz was the only WSU player to start in all 28 games this season. JR C Keisha Moore led the Cougars with 1.20 blocks per game (24 total) and fourth in the Pac-10. Washington State continues to improve its scoring margin under Murrell. WSU ended the season with an average scoring margin of -9.2 points. SR G Jessica Perry became the eighth player in school history to notch 300 career assists on Jan. 27 against Cal. She ended her career at WSU with 335 assists. The attendance figure of 1,460 for the Jan. 22 UW-WSU rival game was the largest to attend a Cougar home game since 1992 and it also marked the third time that WSU drew over 1,000 fans for a home game this season.
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