This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

Feb. 12, 2007

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2006-07 STANDINGS
1. Stanford, 13-1, .929; 21-4, .840
2. Arizona State, 13-2, .867; 23-3, .885
3. California, 9-5, .643; 19-6, .760
USC, 9-5, .643; 15-9, .625
5. Washington, 8-7, .533; 15-11, .577
6. UCLA, 7-7, .500; 13-13, .500
7. Oregon, 6-8, .429; 14-10, .583
8. Oregon State, 3-11, .214; 8-15, .348
9. Arizona, 3-12, .200; 9-18, .333
10. Washington State, 1-14, .067; 5-20, .200

**Through all games of Sat., Feb. 10**

Thurs., Feb. 8
(10/8) ARIZONA STATE 61, OREGON 48
Johnson-17 pts/8 reb; Chapdelaine-10 pts/3 stl

ARIZONA 65, OREGON STATE 61
Hollingsworth-20 pts/3 stl; Nash-15 pts/4 reb

WASHINGTON 79, (20/20) CALIFORNIA 76 (OT)
Hicks-27 pts/6 ast; Hampton-25 pts/13 reb

(11/11) STANFORD 60, WASHINGTON STATE 34
Appel-19 pts/14 reb; DuRocher-10 pts/3 stl

Sat., Feb. 10
OREGON 59, ARIZONA 55
Chapdelaine-10 pts/4 reb; Whisonant-14 pts/3 reb

(10/8) ARIZONA STATE 78, OREGON STATE 63
Johnson-27 pts/12-15 FG; Nash-24 pts/6 reb

(20/20) CALIFORNIA 72, WASHINGTON STATE 45
Hampton-26 pts/10 reb; Betteridge-11 pts/3-6 3-PT FG

(11/11) STANFORD 80, WASHINGTON 54
Wiggins-23 pts/4-8 3-PT FG; Florence-11 pts/8 reb; 4 ast

USC 62, UCLA 55
Murphy-13 pts/11 reb; Quinn-18 pts/6 reb

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY

Thurs., Feb. 15
*ARIZONA at UCLA, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 24-17 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 76-73 (UCLA)

*ARIZONA STATE at USC, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 31-10 (USC) Last Meeting: 62-54 (ASU)

*CALIFORNIA at OREGON, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 29-13 (ORE) Last Meeting: 65-56 (CAL)

*STANFORD at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 36-6 (STAN) Last Meeting: 69-55 (STAN)

Sat., Feb. 17
*ARIZONA at USC (FSN), 1 p.m. PT
Series: 26-16 (USC) Last Meeting: 77-68 (USC)

*CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT
Series: 21-20 (OSU) Last Meeting: 63-57 (CAL)

*STANFORD at OREGON (FSN), 11 a.m. PT
Series: 34-7 (STAN) Last Meeting: 70-48 (STAN)

*WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE (FSNNW), 5 p.m. PT
Series: 39-2 (WASH) Last Meeting: 86-64 (WASH)

Sun., Feb. 18
*ARIZONA STATE at UCLA (FSN), 1 p.m. PT
Series: 29-15 (UCLA) Last Meeting: 92-52 (ASU)

*Conference game

UPCOMING TV GAMES

Sat., Feb. 17
*STANFORD at OREGON (FSN), 11 a.m. PT
*ARIZONA at USC (FSN), 1 p.m. PT
*WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE (FSNNW), 5 p.m. PT

Sun., Feb. 18
*ARIZONA STATE at UCLA (FSN), 1 p.m. PT

Sat., Feb. 24
*OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE (FSN), 1 p.m. PT
*UCLA at CALIFORNIA (Comcast SportsNet), 3 p.m. PT

Sun., Feb. 25
*USC at STANFORD (FSN), 12 noon PT

CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES

TITLE HOPES
Just two weekends remain on the Pac-10 regular season schedule and all 10 teams are gearing up for the 2007 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament, March 2-5 at HP Pavilion at San Jose ... Much is still to be decided as Conference Tournament seeds, the regular season Pac-10 championship, the Pac-10 Tournament championship and of course, NCAA berths are still at stake ... One of the more interesting matchups could be the USC-CALIFORNIA game on Thurs., Feb. 22 at Haas Pavilion ... Both teams are tied for third place as the Women of Troy and the Golden Bears currently own identical 9-5 Conference records ... This weekend, however, the Bay Area schools travel to the state of Oregon, the Los Angeles schools will host a pair of desert teams and WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE will play their rival game in Pullman on Sat., Feb. 17.

TV GAMES
Four Pac-10 games will be televised this weekend ... Starting things off on Sat., Feb. 17 will be first place STANFORD at OREGON in FSN's 11 a.m. timeslot ... Immediately following at 1 p.m., FSN will also televise the ARIZONA at USC game in the Galen Center ... FSNNW will air the Washington at Washington State rivalry, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ... On Sun., Feb. 18, ARIZONA STATE and UCLA will go head-to-head on FSN, tip-off at 1 p.m.

600 AND COUNTING
Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini reached career win No. 600 in Thursday's 65-61 defeat of OREGON STATE at McKale Center ... She became just the 18th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 600- win milestone ... Bonvicini and company hit the road this weekend for games at UCLA on Thurs., Feb. 15 and at USC on Sat., Feb. 17.

WOODEN AWARD
Stanford JR G and All-American Candice Wiggins was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason All-America Team, which includes the nation's top 20 players to this point in the season who will contend for this year's player of the year award ... The list is based on individual player performance and team records through the first half of the season ... Wiggins is the only player represented from the Western half of the nation.

ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS
Six Pac-10 players have earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 Women's Basketball honors ... Named to the first team was Washington State SR F Kate Benz who has a 3.82 gpa in Communication and History ... Named to the second team were ARIZONA STATE teammates SR F Emily Westerberg and SR F Aubree Johnson ... Joining the Sun Devil pair was UCLA JR F Lindsey Pluimer ... Rounding out the third team was UCLA SR G Noelle Quinn and Stanford SR F/C Brooke Smith.

QUINTESSENTIAL QUINN
With the greats that have played at UCLA throughout the years it is quite impressive that SR G Noelle Quinn became the first UCLA woman ever to record 1,700 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists ... She now has 1,717 points (seventh on UCLA all-time scoring charts, 19th on the Pac-10 charts), 763 rebounds (8th on UCLA charts, 31st on the Pac-10 charts) and 417 assists (7th on UCLA charts).

TOURNAMENT TIME
The 2007 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament will take place March 2-5, 2007 at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, the winner receiving the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament ... Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (408) 998-8497, or through the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org.

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (3-12, 9-18)
Last Week: W, 65-61 OSU; L, 59-55 ORE
This Week: @ UCLA (2/15); @ USC (2/17)
Arizona split at home last week, posting a four-point win over Oregon State on Thursday ... The Wildcats earned head coach Joan Bonvicini her 600th career win, making her only the 18th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 600-win milestone ... SR G Joy Hollingsworth scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting against the Beavers, bringing her season total to 11 20-point games, which ranks second in the league ... JR G Ashley Whisonant has been on fire as of late, averaging 15.3 points in her last three games off the bench ... Whisonant ranks second on the team with an 11.2 scoring average ... The Wildcats are looking to avenge a couple of losses to the LA schools in first round action ... UA suffered just a three-point defeat to UCLA (76-73) and a nine-point defeat to USC (77-68), after forcing both squads into 20+ turnovers.

ARIZONA STATE (13-2, 23-3)
Last Week: W, 61-48 ORE; W, 78-63 OSU
This Week: @ USC (2/15); @ UCLA (2/18)
Arizona State picked up two more wins at Wells Fargo Arena last weekend, heading into a big road series at the LA schools this week ... SR F Aubree Johnson was superb in her starting role, averaging 22.0 points, six rebounds, 3.5 blocks, three steals and two assists in the two-game stretch ... At the conclusion of the remarkable weekend, Johnson's last playing in front of ASU fans at the home arena, the Post Falls, Id. native set or tied single-game career bests for points (twice - 17, 27), field goals (12), steals (4) and blocks (4) ... Her 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting against the Beavers on Saturday were the most by a Sun Devil in either category since former Sun Devil Kristen Kovesdy also had 27 points and 12 field goals in a 64-51 win vs. Washington on December 29, 2005 ... The Devils' inside game was also bolstered by 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from SO C Kirsten Thompson, who grabbed eight boards and dished out one assist ... Arizona State is the No. 10 team in the nation, according to this week's Associated Press poll ... The Sun Devils pace the Pac-10 in all of the following categories: scoring offense (75.9), scoring margin (+17.1), free throw percentages (.743), field goal percentages (.483), three-point field goal percentage defense (.276), rebounding defense (32.7), assists (19.31), steals (10.08) and turnover margin (+4.69).

CALIFORNIA (9-5, 19-6)
Last Week: L, 79-76 (OT) WASH; W, 72-45 WSU
This Week: @ ORE (2/15); @ OSU (2/17)
California was upset by Washington on Thursday in overtime (79-76), but rebounded for a 27-point win over Washington State on Saturday ... The Golden Bears are now 19-6, which gives them the most wins since the 1992-93 Cal team finished with a 19-10 record ... SO F/C Devanei Hampton posted two double-doubles last week to help Cal surpass its win total of last season ... Hampton has led Cal in scoring in the last five games, including 25 points against Washington and 26 points - one off of her career high - vs. Washington State ... Her 13 rebounds vs. Washington led the Bears and tied for game-high honors. ... The Oakland, Calif. product helped Cal win its fifth straight game over the Cougars by posting 15 points in the first half and six of the Bears' first 12 points of the second half, allowing them to build a 49-30 lead with 13 minutes to play in the game ... Hampton tops Cal in scoring in Pac-10 games at 17.9 ppg and is tied for the team lead in rebounding at 8.4 rpg ... Over the last five games, Hampton has averaged 22.5 ppg and 10.8 rpg and is shooting 52.3 percent during that stretch ... California is ranked as this week's No. 22 team in the nation, according to the latest Associated Press poll ... The Bears are outscoring their opponents by a +9.5 margin, good enough to rank third in the Conference.

OREGON (6-8, 14-10)
Last Week: L, 61-48 ASU; W, 59-55 ARIZ
This Week: CAL (2/15); STAN (2/17)
Oregon came home from the desert last weekend with a split, securing a four-point win over Arizona on Saturday ... The road win was UO's first in Pac-10 play outside of the state of Oregon since Feb. 26, 2005 at California ... The Ducks, 14-10 overall, are pushing for the .500 mark in Conference play with a homestand against the Bay Area schools this weekend ... Oregon has won four of its last five games to close within one game of UCLA (7-7) for sixth place in the Pac-10 ... JR G Kaela Chapdelaine had a solid weekend for the Ducks posting back-to-back 10-point outings and bringing her double-digit scoring games to three in a row ... Chapdelaine also averaged three rebounds and two assists on the road trip ... Oregon connected on 45.5 percent of its three-point shots (5-of-11) in Saturday's game, bringing the team's season average to a .375 clip, which leads the league.

OREGON STATE (3-11, 8-15)
Last Week: L, 65-61 ARIZ; L, 78-63 ASU
This Week: STAN (2/15); CAL (2/17)
Oregon State heads home looking for a win to improve its 8-15 overall record and will have to do so as two ranked teams come calling in No. 9 Stanford and No. 22 California ... Leading the way for the Beavers will be SR G Casey Nash, who last weekend paced Oregon State in scoring twice, while reaching the 20-point scoring barrier for the 13th time on the season ... Her 13th 20-point game leads the Pac-10 this season ... Nash buried 11-of-26 field goals on her way to scoring 24 points at 10/8 Arizona State, posting 18 points in the first half ... After the weekend, Nash moved into 12th place on Oregon State's all-time scoring list with 1,075 career points ... FR F Judie Lomax was also solid for the Beavers down low, averaging 12 points and six rebounds in the desert stretch last weekend ... Lomax ranks first in the league in field goal percentage at .673, having hit on 105 of her 156 attempts.

STANFORD (13-1, 21-4)
Last Week: W, 60-34 WSU; W, 80-54 WASH
This Week: @ OSU (2/15); @ ORE (2/17)
Stanford defeated its opponents last weekend by a combined 52 points, breaking the 20-win barrier for the 18th time in program history, as well as the last six seasons and seven of the last eight overall ... JR G Candice Wiggins was again instrumental as she averaged 24 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while making an impressive 51.7-percent of her shots from the field (15-29) and 50-percent (7-14) from three-point territory in the two-game homestand ... Wiggins has now reached double-figures in seven straight games and 19 overall ... She did leave late in the second half of the Washington game with a right ankle sprain ... Her status is TBD ... For the season, Wiggins continues to lead Stanford in scoring (16.8 ppg), three-pointers (57) and steals (35) in 22 games ... With starting FR PG JJ Hones out for the season with an ACL tear, FR G Melanie Murphy had a steady weekend ... In Thursday's game she played 24 minutes, posting four assists and zero turnovers, only to come back and score 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field on Saturday ... Murphy also had eight assists, two steals, one rebound and just one turnover in the game against the Huskies.

UCLA (7-7, 13-13)
Last Week: L, 62-55 USC
This Week: ARIZ (2/15); ASU (2/18)
UCLA had three players score in double figures but it was not enough as it dropped its fifth in a row in the series vs. USC ... The Bruins' starting five led the team throughout the game, as they couldn't get much offense from the bench, getting outscored by the Women of Troy's reserves, 15-0 ... SR G Noelle Quinn had a team-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, while JR F Lindsey Pluimer scored 14 points and added seven rebounds ... SR F Amanda Livingston has posted back-to-back double-digit games, averaging 12 points and 4.5 rebounds in those two contests ... The team returns to Pauley Pavilion for a series with the Arizona schools ... The Bruins are seeking some revenge after suffering a 40-point loss to the Sun Devils in first round action (92-52) ... UCLA does have tradition on its side as it leads both series against the Wildcats and Sun Devils at 24-17 and 29-15, respectively.

USC (9-5, 15-9)
Last Week: W, 62-55 UCLA
This Week: ASU (2/15); ARIZ (2/17)
USC has now won four of its past five games after putting together a 62-55 win over crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday, the largest margin of victory in the past seven USC-UCLA games ... The Women of Troy have now won five consecutive games in the series against the Bruins and hold a 28-14 all-time lead ... SR F Jamie Funn tied her season-high scoring by becoming USC's third player in double figures in Saturday's crucial win ... Funn delivered 10 points and seven rebounds, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds in the second half ... Out of action for the first 14 games of the year, Funn has stepped into the starting lineup for the past 10 games and the Women of Troy are 8-2 in that stretch ... Saturday's 10-point game marked the senior's second double-digit game in her 10 games on the court for USC ... SR G Jamie Hagiya ran her double-digit scoring streak up to 11 straight games as she earned 10 points, while adding five assists and three rebounds ... The Galen Center and the Women of Troy recorded their first sellout for a women's basketball game in program history and also set a Pac-10 record for highest attendance in a Conference game (9749).

WASHINGTON (8-7, 15-11)
Last Week: W, 79-76 (OT) CAL; L, 80-54 STAN
This Week: @ WSU (2/17)
Washington split this past weekend in the Bay Area, upsetting 20/20 California 79-76 in overtime on Thursday, coming back from a 19-point deficit in the second half ... SR G Cameo Hicks was tremendous as she tallied a game-high 27 points (her second-straight game with 25 or more points), six rebounds and a team-high six assists ... Hicks scored 13 points and had four assists in the decisive second-half in which UW outscored Cal 50-36 ... Hicks' effort against Cal was her 20th-straight double-figure scoring game and eighth 20-point game of the season ... The win was Washington's third against a ranked opponent this season, and second overtime win on the road this season ... The Huskies were not as successful against 11/11 Stanford, but JR G Emily Florence was all over the court dropping a team-high 11 points, grabbing eight rebounds, three steals and dishing out four assists ... Florence herself ranks first in the Pac-10 in steals with a 2.27 grabs per game average and has helped guide her Huskies to a tie in this team category, averaging 10.08 spg.

WASHINGTON STATE (1-14, 5-20)
Last Week: L, 60-34 STAN; L, 72-45 CAL
This Week: WASH (2/17)
Washington State is searching for its second Conference win and will take on in-state rival Washington on Sat., Feb. 17 ... SR F Kate Benz grabbed nine rebounds over the weekend and has now pulled down 857 career boards, good enough to rank 19th on the Pac-10 charts ... For the past three games, Benz has been coming off the bench, playing limited minutes with a back injury that has hampered the senior all season ... She currently ranks 11th in the league with a 6.8 rebounds per game average ... The Cougars are looking for some more baskets to fall as they shot just 17 percent on Thursday, 28 percent on Saturday ... FR G Colleen Betteridge hit three of her six three-point attempts against California for 11 points, to go along with two rebounds, one assist and one steal ... Look for FR F Marisa Stotler to guide the Cougars offensively as she leads the team at 10.4 points per game ... In Conference games only, Stotler ranks 20th in scoring average (10.4).

ARIZONA STATE SENIOR FORWARD AUBREE JOHNSON NAMED U.S. BANK PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--ARIZONA STATE senior forward Aubree Johnson has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 5-11, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Johnson had not led the Sun Devils in scoring since Nov. 15 against Nicholls State, a span of 20 games, yet paced ASU in both of their victories over the Oregon schools. Playing in her final two home games, Johnson went out with a bang, setting career-highs for points in each contest.

Against Oregon on Thursday, Johnson had 17 points, eight rebounds, a career-high four blocks and a career-high tying four steals as she led the Sun Devils back from a 26-18 halftime deficit to defeat the Ducks, 61-48.

However, Johnson's career-high 17-point performance was quickly erased from her personal record book, as she poured in 27 points on Saturday in a 78-63 win over Oregon State. Johnson made a career-best 12 field goals on 15 attempts (.800), while also providing four rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists. Johnson's 27 points and 12 field goals were the most by a Sun Devil ths season in either category and the most since former Sun Devil Kristen Kovesdy also had 27 points on 12 field goals in a win vs. Washington on Dec. 29, 2005.

For the week, Johnson averaged 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 3.5 blocks and 3.0 steals, while shooting a scorching 18-of-25 from the field (.720) and 8-of-9 (.889) from the free throw line.

Arizona State (23-3, 13-2) currently sits a half-game behind Stanford for first place in the Conference standings and will travel to face USC and UCLA this week.

This is the first career Player of the Week award for Johnson and the 29th all-time for Arizona State. Johnson becomes the third different Sun Devil to win Player of the Week honors this season, the mostASU players to ever win the award in one year. Danielle Orsillo was honored Dec. 26 and Dymond Simon earned the distinction on Jan. 8.

ALSO NOMINATED: Devanei Hampton, CAL; Casey Nash, OSU; Candice Wiggins, STAN; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Jamie Funn, USC; Cameo Hicks, WASH.

2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 20- Ashley Walker, CAL; Nov. 27- Chloé Kerr, USC; Dec. 4- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 11- Ashley Walker, CAL; Dec. 18- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 26- Danielle Orsillo, ASU; Jan. 1- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Jan. 8- Dymond Simon, ASU; Jan. 15- Devanei Hampton, CAL; Jan. 22- Ashley Walker, CAL; Jan. 29- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Feb. 5- Tamika Nurse, ORE; Feb. 12- Aubree Johnson, ASU.

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