This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Jan. 23, 2006
*OREGON at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. (BSN)
Series: 30-9 (ORE) Last Meeting: 64-55 (ORE)
*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 7 p.m.
Series: 26-15 (WASH) Last Meeting: 66-54 (WASH)
*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
Series: 27-12 (ASU) Last Meeting: 72-47 (ASU)
*STANFORD at UCLA, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Series: 35-6 (STAN) Last Meeting: 91-68 (STAN)
*CALIFORNIA at USC, 7 p.m. (Lyon Center)
Series: 25-14 (USC) Last Meeting: 73-68 (CAL)
*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.
Series: 22-17 (ARIZ) Last Meeting: 61-52 (ARIZ)
*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
Series: 26-13 (WASH) Last Meeting: 64-51 (ASU)
*OREGON STATE at OREGON, 1 p.m. (OSN)
Series: 30-9 (ORE) Last Meeting: 64-55 (ORE)
*CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 2 p.m.
Series: 30-10 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 65-58 (CAL)
*STANFORD at USC, 12 Noon (Lyon Center) (FSN)
Series: 33-8 (STAN) Last Meeting: 77-56 (STAN)
All times are local to site
CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES (1/23)
CLOSING IN ON 1,000: The Pac-10 has three active players with more than 1,000 career points in UCLA senior guards Nikki Blue (1,627) and Lisa Willis (1,429), as well as ASU SR F Kristen Kovesdy (1,202), but four additional players are knocking on the 1,000-point plateau, as well ... Fellow Bruin JR G Noelle Quinn needs just four points to surpass the four-digit mark (996), while ARIZONA SR G Natalie Jones has 954 career points and OREGON SR G Brandi Davis owns 935 ... STANFORD SO G Candice Wiggins, having scored 114 points in her last four games, currently sits at 933 points, 67 points shy of the 1,000 mark ... With an average of 1.2 points per minute dating back to Sun., Jan. 1, Wiggins is on pace to join the 1,000-point elite group in just two games.
WHO'S GOT THE HOT HANDS: This week's look at who's hot: Aside from the aforementioned group lighting up arenas up and down the west coast on their way to eclipsing 1,000 career points, the Pac-10 is seeing some good production from a less-talked-about crop of faces ... USC SO G Camille LeNoir scored a career-high 27 points, 12 of which came from the charity stripe, to lead the Women of Troy to a 73-70 win over UCLA on Sat., Jan. 21 ... WASHINGTON F Andrea Plouffe, continuing on her much-improved sophomore season, averaged a team-high 16 points on the week, shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor (12-of-25) ... OREGON STATE SR F Kim Butler scored 27 points in the Beaver win over the Cougars on Sat., Jan. 21 ... Butler averaged 19.5 points on the weekend, while also handing out seven assists.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: CALIFORNIA FR F Ashley Walker has posted six consecutive double-doubles dating back to Sun., Jan. 1 when she grabbed 16 boards and tallied 14 points in the Bears' 73-68 win over USC ... Since then, the Modesto, Calif., native has averaged 13.5 points and 12.8 rebounds, ranking first in rebounding in Conference games only (10.7), second in all games played (8.1).
RPI RANKINGS: For the third week in a row, the Pac-10 is ranked fourth and fifth in the Sagarin and Collegiate Basketball News RPI lists, respectively ... The Sagarin rankings have seven Pac-10 squads ranked in the Top-60 with Stanford gracing the Top-10 for the first time this season at No. 9 ... CBN has six Top-60 teams, with the Sun Devils leading the way at No. 21.
HEAD-TO-HEAD, BACK-TO-BACK: It is a bit unusual for teams to play head-to-head in back-to-back games, but that's exactly what traditional rivals, Oregon and Oregon State will do this week as the teams face off in basketball's Civil War in Corvallis on Wed., Jan. 25, followed up with a Sat., Jan. 28 rematch in Eugene ... In Pac-10 series history, the Ducks lead with a 30-9 advantage, having won the previous two meetings ... Dating back to the 2001-02 season, OSU has secured three wins, one at Mac Court and two at Gill Coliseum.
HALF-WAY THROUGH: Following the UO-OSU game on Wednesday, the mid-point of the Pac-10 season will officially be reached ... One thing that hasn't changed since this point last year - Stanford at 8-1 and USC at 7-2 to own first and second place, respectively ... In addition to the last half of league play, two regular-season non-conference games remain as UC Santa Barbara travels to Stanford on Thurs., Feb. 9 and Texas-Pan American plays at Oregon State on Mon., Feb. 27 ... Following the conclusion of the Conference season in which the Pac-10 champion will be decided, a tournament champion will also be crowned at HP Pavilion in San Jose as all 10 teams compete for the State Farm Pac-10 title and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament ... More Pac-10 Tournament information can be found at www.pac-10.org.
TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES (1/23)
ARIZONA (7-12, 3-6): Arizona pulled off an 80-76 upset over California on Sun., Jan. 22 in Berkeley to improve to 3-6 in the Conference, 7-12 overall ... The Wildcats dropped their contest with Stanford on Thursday, losing 82-51 ... Five players scored in double-digits against the Bears, as JR G Joy Hollingsworth led all players with a season-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting, despite fouling out late in the game ... SO G Ashley Whisonant added 15 points, while SO G Jessica Arnold came off the bench to play 28 minutes, scoring 14 and adding three assists ... The win snapped Cal's nine-game home winning streak ... The `Cats shot 50 percent from long range, knocking down 10-of-20 3-point attempts, including three in the span of just over a minute to take a seven-point lead ... Whisonant averaged 13.5 points on the weekend, the lone scorer to reach double-digits against Stanford ... UA, winners of two of its last three games, will head to the Northwest to take on Washington on Thurs., Jan. 26, as well as Washington State on Sat., Jan. 28.
ARIZONA STATE (14-5, 5-4): Arizona State dropped two contests on the road this past week, barely getting edged, 66-64 by California on Thurs., Jan. 19, while losing to Stanford, 84-78 on Sat., Jan. 21 ... The Sun Devils are 14-5 overall, 5-4 in the Conference for a tie for fourth-place ... SR F Amy Denson was a huge spark off the bench for the Devils in Thursday's game, knocking down 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while also picking up 11 boards for her first double-double of the season ... Denson earned the starting nod on Saturday, playing 20 minutes, picking up four rebounds and two points ... JR F Emily Westerberg averaged 15 points on the weekend, hitting three trey's in the game against the Cardinal ... Normally solid from the line, ASU was just 12-for-19 against Cal, dropping its season average to 73.6 percent on the year, ranking second in the Conference to Oregon ... Taking to the road for the second straight week, Arizona State will face Washington State on Thurs., Jan. 26 and Washington on Sat., Jan. 28.
CALIFORNIA (13-6, 5-4): California upset No. 15/13 Arizona State, 66-64, on Thurs., Jan. 19, but could not hang on for Sunday's game with Arizona, losing 80-76, snapping the nine-game home winning streak at Haas Pavilion ... It was the first time all season that a game decided by five points or less did not go in the Bears' favor ... FR C Devanei Hampton recorded back-to-back double-doubles last week, bringing her season total to five ... Hampton recorded 17 points in the win over the Sun Devils, the Bears' first over a team ranked in the Associated Press poll since they defeated No. 9 Colorado State, 80-75, Dec. 21, 1998 ... With the weekend split, Cal is now 13-6 overall, 5-4 for a tie for fourth-place in the league ... The 13 wins is the most for the program since the 1992-93 squad went 19-10 ... FR G Alexis Gray-Lawson continues to develop at the point guard position, averaging 19.5 points on the weekend, while adding eight assists to six turnovers ... Gray-Lawson ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring with a 14.7 average ... She also has a 3.42 assist per game average to rank seventh in the Conference ... Defensively, the Bears gave up well over their season average of 57 points coming into the week, as the Arizona's averaged 73 in two games.
OREGON (13-6, 3-5): With a sweep at Mac Court last weekend, Oregon improved to 3-5 in the Conference, 13-6 overall at the half-way point of 2005-06 ... The Ducks claimed a 54-50 slim advantage over Washington State on Thurs., Jan. 19, while defeating Washington, 81-73, on Sat., Jan. 21 ... UO maintains first place in the leage in scoring defense, only giving up an average of 56.7 points per game ... SO G Kaela Chapdelaine led all players with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, five of which came from long-range as the Ducks secured the eight-point win over UW ... Three other players scored in double-figures as SR G Chelsea Wagner and SO C Gabrielle Richards each added 13 points and SR G Kedzie Gunderson chipped in 11 ... Wagner was hot from downtown, picking up four 3-pointers, while SR G Brandi Davis was also solid from long-range, scoring all nine of her points from beyond the arc ... The Ducks have been getting good production from the entire team as five different players have led the team in scoring in the past four games ... The Ducks will take on the Beavers twice this week, first up on Wed., Jan. 25 in Corvallis, followed by a rematch in Eugene on Sat., Jan. 28.
OREGON STATE (8-8, 2-6): With a driving lay-up from SR G Mandy Close with just two seconds left in overtime, Oregon State picked up its second win in four Conference games, defeating Washington State, 68-67 on Sat., Jan. 21 ... The Beavers lost to Washington on Thurs., Jan. 19, 70-53, bringing their season record to an even 8-8 overall, 2-6 in the Pac-10 ... SR F Kim Butler led all players with a game-high 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting against the Cougars ... Butler was also 11-for-13 from the charity stripe, while dishing out five assists ... JR G Casey Nash matched her career-best with 12 rebounds off the bench ... Oregon State paces the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage defense as teams are hitting a measly 28 percent from downtown against the Beavers ... Close, who tallied eight assists on the weekend, ranks second in the Conference, handing out an average of 4.81 per game ... OSU will play in-state rival Oregon twice this week, as the pair will meet up in Corvallis on Wed., Jan. 25, only to play again in Eugene on Sat., Jan. 28 ... Both games will be televised on BSN and OSN, respectively.
STANFORD (13-4, 8-1): Stanford, through the first half of Pac-10 play is right where it was last season, 8-1, with one loss coming on the road in the second game of the first Conference series ... Last season Stanford was defeated by Oregon (62-58), this time around Washington got the best of the Cardinal (77-72) ... Nevertheless, Stanford sits in first-place with a 13-4 overall record, following an 82-51 win over Arizona on Thurs., Jan. 19 and an 84-78 win over Arizona State on Sat., Jan. 21 ... SO G Candice Wiggins scored 33 points, 16 of which came from the free throw line, notching her fourth 30-point game in six outings ... JR C Brooke Smith averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds last weekend, leading the team in scoring with 20 points against the Wildcats ... Smith was 14-for-26 from the field over the week, connecting on 53.8 percent of her shots ... Stanford is riding a seven-game winning streak, as well as a 42-home Conference game winning streak, albeit threatened, as the Cardinal had to overcome a 13-point deficit against the Sun Devils ... Stanford is outscoring its opponents by a margin of 15.6, good enough to rank first in the league ... The team also paces the Pac-10 in all of the following categories: scoring offense (79.6), field goal percentages (46.8), 3-point field goal percentages (38.6), assist/turnover ratio (1.20), defensive rebounds (27.24) and 3-point field goals made (7.24).
UCLA (10-8, 5-4): Despite JR G Noelle Quinn's sixth 20-point game of the season and the 20th of her career, UCLA could not come away with a win, dropping a 73-70 contest with cross-town rival USC on Sat., Jan. 21 at the Sports Arena ... Quinn scored 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting, adding nine rebounds, while SR G Nikki Blue was 5-for-14 from the floor for 19 points ... Blue also grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists and nabbed two steals ... Quinn has scored 20 points or more in three of her last four games and needs just four more points to become the 22nd player in school history to record 1,000 career points ... With her 19 points scored against USC, Blue jumped three spots to take over No. 23 on the Pac-10's all-time career points list (1,627) ... She needs just seven more points to tie Jennifer Azzi (1,634) for 22nd place and 22 more points to tie Trisha Stevens of Stanford for 21st place ... Blue recorded her 300th career steal on Saturday, joining SR G Lisa Willis as the first Pac-10 teammates to record 300 career steals ... RS JR F Julia Pitts returned to the basketball court for the first time since January 31, 2004 ... She had two points, two rebounds and a steal in eight minutes of play ... Next up, UCLA will take on Stanford on Fri., Jan. 27, as well as California on Sun., Jan. 29 in Los Angeles.
USC (13-5, 7-2): SO G Camille LeNoir and JR G Shay Murphy combined to score 47 points in leading the Women of Troy to a 73-70 win over traditional rival, UCLA on Sat., Jan. 21 ... LeNoir was 11-for-12 from the line, scoring 22 of her career-high 27 points in the second half ... She also matched her career-high seven assists ... Murphy recorded her second double-double of the season, fourth of her career, with 20 points and 12 rebounds ... The 8,667 fans in attendance at the Sports Arena on Saturday was the No. 1 all-time top crowd to attend a single game at the arena ... The last high mark was set in 1982 with a crowd of 8,641 against Rutgers ... USC is 13-5 overall, 7-2 in the league for sole possession of second place heading into the second half of Pac-10 play ... The Trojans are riding a five-game winning streak as California comes to town on Fri., Jan. 27 and league-leader Stanford plays at the Lyon Center on Sun., Jan. 29 ... The Cardinal-Trojan matchup will be televised on FSN at 12 Noon ... USC continues to be a threat from downtown, connecting on seven of its 3-pointers against the Bruins ... Coming into the game, the team was ranked 19th in the nation, averaging just over seven per game ... Murphy leads the way with a 39.4 percent average from long-range, good enough to rank sixth in the Pac-10 ... LeNoir sits right behind her at ninth in the league, making 35.5 percent of her 3-point shots.
WASHINGTON (13-5, 6-3): Washington split its road series with the Oregon schools, taking a 70-53 win over the Beavers on Thurs., Jan. 19 before falling to Oregon, 81-73, on Sat., Jan. 21 ... The Huskies are 13-5 overall, 6-3 in the Conference for third-place at the midway point of the season ... UW was 4-5 and in seventh place at this time last season ... SO F Andrea Plouffe averaged a team-high 16 points and 6.5 rebounds over last weekend ... She scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting against the Beavers ... Two days later, Plouffe contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and tied for the team-high with four assists ... She is second on the team only to JR G Cameo Hicks, with 10 double-figure scoring games ... Hicks, who averaged 15 points on the weekend to match her season average, has 14 double-digit outings this year and ranks eighth in the league in scoring ... UW is coming off an emotional week in which SR G Kayla Burt announced her retirement from basketball following a medical scare when her defibrillator went off on Thurs., Jan. 12 ... Washington will return home this week to defend Bank of America Arena, facing Arizona on Thurs., Jan. 26 and Arizona State on Sat., Jan. 28.
WASHINGTON STATE (6-12, 0-9): Despite 12 lead changes and an extra five minutes of overtime, the Cougars were bested, 68-67, with just two seconds left on the clock against the Beavers on Sat., Jan. 21 ... SO G Dani Montgomery hit a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds on the clock to send the game into overtime ... Washington State also suffered a close 54-50 loss to Oregon on Thurs., Jan. 19 to fall to 0-9 in Conference play, 6-12 on the season ... WSU was down by as many as 18 in the second half against UO, rallying to within two points with a minute remaining, but could not close out the victory ... The team had four players score in double-digits, as SR F Keisha Moore, FR G Amanda DuRocher and SR G Crystal Blue each notched 14 points and FR G Katie Appleton chipped in 10 against the Beavers ... The Cougars will face Arizona State on Thurs., Jan. 26, as well as Arizona on Sat., Jan. 28 at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.