This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Jan. 7, 2008
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
JANUARY (rankings as of Jan. 7/2)
Thurs., Jan. 10
*OREGON at (9/10) CALIFORNIA (Comcast) 7:30 p.m. PT
Series: 30-14 (ORE)--Last Meeting: 63-51 (CAL)--Streak: CAL 1
*OREGON STATE at (7/2) STANFORD 7 p.m. PT
Series: 37-6 (STAN)--Last Meeting: 70-55 (STAN)--Streak: STAN 8
*UCLA at WASHINGTON 7 p.m. PT
Series: 26-16 (WASH)--Last Meeting: 73-67 (UCLA)--Streak: UCLA 1
*USC at WASHINGTON STATE 7 p.m. PT
Series: 32-11 (USC)--Last Meeting: 65-47 (USC)--Streak: USC 14
Sat., Jan. 12
*(rv/24) ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA 4 p.m. MT
Series: 23-19 (ARIZ)--Last Meeting: 59-54 (ASU)--Streak: ASU 4
*OREGON at (7/2) STANFORD 2 p.m.
Series: 35-7 (STAN)--Last Meeting: 74-56 (STAN)--Streak: STAN 5
*OREGON STATE at (9/10) CALIFORNIA 2 p.m. PT
Series: 21-21--Last Meeting: 67-61 (2OT) (CAL)--Streak: CAL 2
*UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE 2 p.m. PT
Series: 37-6 (UCLA)--Last Meeting: 72-58 (UCLA)--Streak: UCLA 14
Sun., Jan. 13
*USC at WASHINGTON (FSN) 3 p.m. PT
Series: 27-20 (WASH)--Last Meeting: 81-77 (USC)--Streak: USC 2
UPCOMING TV GAMES
JANUARY (rankings as of Jan. 7/2)
Thurs., Jan. 10
*OREGON at (9/10) CALIFORNIA (Comcast) 7:30 p.m. PT
Sun., Jan. 13
*USC at WASHINGTON (FSN) 3 p.m. PT
CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES
The second week of Conference play proved to be a bit more surprising as UCLA and USC split at home, each picking up an upset of 2/2 STANFORD, marking the first time since the 2003-04 season that the Cardinal went 0-2 in one Pac-10 weekend ... It was also the first LA sweep of Stanford since 1993-94 ... On the other side of that road trip, CALIFORNIA, ranked ninth in this week's Associated Press poll, pulled out two close victories, defeating the Women of Troy, 57-52, and the Bruins, 73-70 in overtime ... The Bears are tied for first in the league with an also perfect (4-0) ARIZONA STATE, followed by OREGON in third place at 2-1 ... This week, the Arizona schools will go head-to-head, the Oregon schools travel to the Bay Area, and the Los Angeles schools gear up for a Washington road trip.
ARIZONA and OREGON STATE played quite the game last Thursday in a 94-88 double-overtime thriller that saw the Beavers come out on the winning end ... With just six players suited up for the game, the Wildcats played the final 1:28 of regulation and two overtime periods with four players or less, finishing the game with just two players on the court ... Oregon State rallied back from 16 points down in the second half to send the game into overtime ... UA SR G Ashley Whisonant and OSU JR G Brittney Davis became the fifth and sixth Pac-10 players this season to surpass the 30-point plateau as Whisonant had 32 points (14-of-28) and Davis scored 30 (9-of-19).
Through 129 games played by Pac-10 teams this season, over 277,000 fans have come out to see some of the best basketball in the nation ... In home attendance marks, Arizona State leads the way with over 28,000 fans having come through the doors at Wells Fargo Arena ... In terms of per game average, Stanford paces the Conference with a mark of 3,743 through seven games at Maples Pavilion.
California and Stanford are the two lone teams in the Conference to remain unbeaten at home ... The Golden Bears are a perfect 7-0 in the comfy confines of Haas Pavilion, while the Cardinal are a perfect 6-0 at Maples Pavilion.
IN THE RECORDS BOOKS
Stanford SR G Candice Wiggins scored 46 points over the weekend to move up to sixth place on the Pac-10 career scoring charts with 2,117 points ... One of the most prolific offensive weapons to ever play in the Pac-10, Wiggins needs 98 more points to tie Kate Starbird (1994-97) for first place on the Cardinal all-time charts with 2,215 points ... USC's Lisa Leslie holds the Pac-10 record for career points with 2,414 from 1991-94.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Pac-10 players are not only getting it done in the points column this season, but they are racking up rebounds and assists, as well, to notch 59 double-doubles thus far, up five from this point last season ... Leading the way with nine double-doubles on the year is California JR F/C Ashley Walker, who recorded two more over the weekend, including a 15-point, 10-rebound effort against UCLA on Sunday ... In second place with seven double-doubles is Arizona JR F Amina Njonkou, who also added to her tally this past weekend when she recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds in the 59-53 loss at Oregon ... Arizona and Stanford lead the league with four players having registered at least one double-double in 2007-08.
ARIZONA (6-9, 0-4)
Last Week: L, Oregon State (94-88, 2 OT); L, Oregon (59-53)
This Week: Arizona (1/12)
Despite needing more bodies, Arizona is playing tough, having dropped each of its games last week by just six points ... In the 94-88 double-overtime loss to Oregon State, the `Cats had just six players suited up and when it was all said and done, had just two players on the court as the buzzer sounded ... SR G Ashley Whisonant recorded a career-high 32 points on 14-of-28 shooting from the floor against the Beavers ... JR C Beatrice Bofia earned her second double-double of the season as she posted 12 points and grabbed 18 rebounds ... After leading by 16 against OSU, the Wildcats found themselves down by the same margin at Oregon, nearly erasing the 16-point second half deficit before falling, 59-53 ... Three players scored in double figures, including Whisonant, Bofia and JR F Amina Njonkou ... Njonkou recorded her fifth double-double in the last six games (seventh of the season) with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
ARIZONA STATE (10-5, 4-0)
Last Week: W, Oregon (63-50); W, Oregon State (69-60)
This Week: @ Arizona (1/12)
With a 4-0 mark in Pac-10 play, Arizona State is tied for first in the league standings and is off to its best start ever in Conference play ... The Sun Devils went 2-0 on their most recent road trip, defeating Oregon, 63-50, and Oregon State, 69-60 ... JR F Lauren Lacey averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 steals while connecting on nearly 67 percent of her shots (16-of-24) ... In Thursday's win against the Ducks, Lacey scored 14 of her career-best 23 points in the second half, including nine points during a game-deciding 13-0 ASU run ... Lacey's 23 points are the most by an ASU player this season ... Arizona State has now won four games in a row, six of its last eight, and eight of its last 11 ... The Sun Devils seem to be getting back to their winning ways as they start getting a little healthier ... They are also getting solid inside production from Lacey and JR C Sybil Dosty ... Lacey leads the squad in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.6) and has averaged 17.8 points in four Conference games to rank fifth in the league ... Dosty ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.4 rpg).
CALIFORNIA (13-2, 4-0)
Last Week: W, USC (57-52); W, UCLA (73-70, OT)
This Week: Oregon (1/10); Oregon State (1/12)
California left Los Angeles with two wins, including a 57-52 edging of USC, and a 73-70 overtime thriller against UCLA ... The Bears propelled themselves into a tie for first place with Arizona State, and are in the early lead as Pac-10 play heats up ... The wins marked Cal's first road sweep of USC and UCLA since the 2000-01 season and their first five-game winning streak since 2004-05 ... JR F/C Devanei Hampton averaged a double-double of 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and help California move up to No. 9 in this week's Associated Press poll, its highest ranking in program history ... SO G Natasha Vital rebounded from her five-point, seven-turnover outing at USC to record 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and just one turnover at UCLA ... Vital ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in assists (3.60) and second in minutes played (35.53) ... California leads the league in six of a possible 19 categories, and ranks in the top three in 13.
OREGON (8-6, 2-1)
Last Week: L, Arizona State (63-50); W, Arizona (59-53)
This Week: @ California (1/10); @ Stanford (1/12)
SO G Taylor Lilley has been unstoppable as of late as she has reached double figures in scoring for Oregon in its last five games, including leading the squad four of those times and reaching the 20-point mark on three occasions ... Last week, Lilley scored 22 points in the 63-50 loss to the Sun Devils ... In a 59-53 victory over Arizona, Lilley scored 10, and had a career-high seven rebounds, helping the Ducks to their second Pac-10 victory this year ... For the week, Lilley averaged 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, shooting 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from the floor, while committing only two turnovers ... UO finds itself in sole possession of third place with a big weekend awaiting the team ... The Ducks travel to No. 9 California and No. 7 Stanford this weekend ... Oregon has defeated Cal four of the last seven meetings and holds a 30-14 all-time series advantage ... UO is 7-35 all-time versus Stanford.
OREGON STATE (8-6, 1-2)
Last Week: W, Arizona (94-88, 2OT); L, Arizona State (69-60)
This Week: @ Stanford (1/10); @ California (1/12)
Oregon State finished last weekend with a 1-1 record, defeating Arizona, 94-88, in just the team's second all-time two overtime game, then dropped a 69-60 decision to No. 24 Arizona State on Saturday ... JR G Brittney Davis scored a career-high 30 points against Arizona, surpassing her previous high of 23 set less than a week earlier against Oregon ... SR G Ashley Allen combined with Davis to provide an offensive spark against Arizona, finishing with 29 points, connecting on five three-pointers, which tied a team high ... Allen continued her offensive streak with 22 points against Arizona State, the eighth time this season she has reached or surpassed the 20-point plateau ... She comes into the week with a Pac-10 leading 21.1 points per game this season, tying for or leading the team in scoring in 12 of 14 games ... On the year, Allen has equaled or surpassed the 20-point plateau a Pac-10 leading eight times.
STANFORD (12-3, 2-2)
Last Week: L, UCLA (69-56); L, USC (73-72)
This Week: Oregon State (1/10); Oregon (1/12)
After finishing the month of December with a perfect 6-0 record, capped by an upset of No. 1 Tennessee, Stanford did not start off the 2008 year the way it had hoped too ... The Cardinal dropped two games, including a 69-56 loss to UCLA on Friday and a 73-72 loss to USC on Sunday ... SR G Candice Wiggins and SO F/C Jayne Appel each recorded a double-double as Wiggins put up 29 points and 10 rebounds against the Bruins and Appel recorded 22 points and 11 boards against the Women of Troy ... On the weekend, Stanford shot just 36.5 percent (50-of-137) as Wiggins and Appel accounted for 66.4 percent of the offensive production (85 points) ... Despite the setback, Stanford remains tied for fourth with a 2-2 record ... The team returns home where it has not lost this season (6-0), to face Oregon State, Thurs., Jan. 10 and Oregon, Sat., Jan. 12 ... The Cardinal own an eight-game winning streak against the Beavers and a five-game winning streak against the Ducks.
UCLA (7-8, 2-2)
Last Week: W, Stanford (69-56); L, California (73-70, OT)
This Week: @ Washington (1/10); @ Washington State (1/12)
If there is any team in the Pac-10 that has had seven-time defending Pac-10 champion Stanford's number as of late, that team would be UCLA ... The Bruins pulled off the unexpected Friday, upsetting 2/2 Stanford, 69-56 in Pauley Pavilion ... It marked the third defeat of the Cardinal in the Bruins' last five attempts ... FR G Darxia Morris was instrumental in the win as she scored 20 points, added four rebounds and a career-high tying five assists ... She also had three steals and helped limit the Cardinal to a season-low 29.6 percent shooting as the Bruins beat a Top-3 team for the first time in school history ... Morris stepped up again in the overtime game with 10/10 California, scoring 12 of her 14 points during the second half in which the Bruins erased a seven-point halftime deficit ... Unfortunately, she injured her knee with 5:39 to play in the second period and the Bruins only scored four more points in the period with her sitting out and were outscored by three in the overtime ... UCLA will take on Washington, Thurs., Jan. 10 and Washington State, Sat., Jan. 12, on the road.
USC (9-6, 2-2)
Last Week: L, California (57-52); W, Stanford (73-72)
This Week: @ Washington State (1/10); @ Washington (1/13)
USC, which has won five of its last seven games, was the second team to upset 2/2 Stanford on the weekend ... After scoring eight points and dishing up three assists in USC's 57-52 loss to 10/10 California on Friday, JR G Camille LeNoir had a big day for the Trojans in the 73-72 upset win over the Cardinal ... LeNoir hit a career-best five 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 21 points ... She was responsible for the game-winning shot as well, knocking down a jumper with eight seconds left to give USC a 73-72 lead for good ... LeNoir hit threes to open both the first and the second halves, and also added three more assists for the Trojans in the game ... The win broke a 10-game losing streak for the Trojans against Stanford and marked USC's first win over a top-10 team since a win over ASU on Jan. 6, 2006 ... LeNoir now ranks No. 8 all-time at USC in career 3-pointers with 98 ... The Women of Troy are now tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with a 2-2 league record as they travel to Washington State for a Thurs., Jan. 10 game and to Washington, Sun., Jan. 13 ... Sunday's game will be televised live on FSN.
WASHINGTON (6-9, 1-2)
Last Week: W, Washington State (61-46)
This Week: UCLA (1/10); USC (1/13)
Washington extended its winning streak against Washington State to 25 games as it defeated the Cougars, 61-46 in Pullman on Friday ... The win was the first Pac-10 and road victory for the Huskies this season, and the first Conference win for first-year head coach Tia Jackson ... UW also snapped a brief two-game losing streak ... FR F/C Jess McCormack led the team with 16 points and shared team-high rebounding honors with nine boards ... Her 16 points were one away from her season-high of 17 as the Husky freshman shot 50 percent from the field (7-of-14) ... After trailing by nine points early (13-4), McCormack helped spark the Huskies to a 16-6 run, scoring eight points, including six straight, in that span ... It was the second-straight double-figure scoring game for McCormack who has six double-digit efforts this season ... UW will host UCLA and USC this weekend.
WASHINGTON STATE (3-11, 0-3)
Last Week: L, Washington (61-46)
This Week: USC (1/10); UCLA (1/12)
Washington State dropped a 61-46 contest with Washington on Friday, moving to 3-11 overall, 0-3 in the Conference ... The Cougars held the edge for a majority of the first half, leading by as many as nine points ... JR G Katie Appleton tied a game-high with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the floor ... She also led the team with five rebounds, while JR F Heather Molzen led the Cougars with four assists ... Appleton's 644 career points rank her 11th among active Pac-10 leaders ... WSU forced the Huskies into 19 turnovers, as four different players recorded a steal ... WSU continues its three-game homestand this weekend as it will take on USC, Thurs., Jan. 10 and UCLA, Sat., Jan. 12 ... The last time WSU beat either team was during the 2000-01 season ... The Cougars are 6-37 all-time against the Bruins and 11-32 all-time against the Trojans.