This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
Feb. 4, 2008
CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES
STANFORD SR G Candice Wiggins had a phenomenal weekend as she scored 18 points in a 77-51 win over USC Thursday evening, and 31 points in a 75-62 defeat of UCLA on Saturday to become Stanford's all-time scoring leader, surpassing Kate Starbird's previous mark of 2,215 points ... Wiggins now has 2,253 career points to rank third on the Pac-10 scoring charts ... She needs 161 points to tie USC's Lisa Leslie (1991-94) for first place among all Pac-10 players ... In Thursday's game against the Women of Troy, Wiggins also hit seven free throws on the night, becoming Stanford's all-time career free throws leader with 482, passing Val Whiting's previous mark of 481 ... For her efforts, she was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the ninth time in her career ... She surpasses five players tied with eight weekly awards, to become the Conference leader in this category.
The 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award watch list has been dwindled down to 20 student-athletes, with two Pac-10 players earning a spot on the mid-season list ... Stanford's Wiggins and CALIFORNIA JR F/C Ashley Walker have been recognized for their contributions to their respective teams ... Heading into this week's games, Wiggins paces the Pac-10 with a 18.7 scoring average, while Walker averages a near double-double of 16.1 points and 9.3 rebounds.
The Pac-10 has two TV games on the docket this week, headlined by a California vs. OREGON rematch on Sat., Feb. 9 at Mac Court in Eugene, Ore. ... Fox Sports Net will televise the 1 p.m. tip-off ... The Conference also has a game on ESPN2 this week when WASHINGTON travels to Los Angeles to take on UCLA in a Sun., Feb. 10 matchup ... In first round play, the Bears came away with a 61-52 win over the Ducks, while the Bruins squeaked out a 59-57 win over the Huskies in Seattle.
The Pac-10 wraps up its final regular season non-conference game of the 2007-08 year when Stanford plays at Santa Clara, Tues., Feb. 5 ... The league currently owns a 64-47 (.577) overall record against outside foes ... This season marks the fifth straight that the Conference has surpassed the 60-win plateau ... Last year, the Pac-10 earned 70 regular season non-conference wins, the most since the 1994-95 season when the league also picked up 70 victories.
Taking a look at the Pac-10 leaders, here are some impressive stats to date: Washington SR Emily Florence, a 5-5 point guard, is tied for ninth in the Conference in rebounding, averaging 6.3 boards per game ... No other guard ranks among the league's Top-10 ... USC SO G Heather Oliver, a transfer from Central Arizona JC, is shooting at a .486 clip (71-of-146) to rank 10th ... Oliver, who is 20-of-63 (.317) from three-point range, is also the only guard among the Top-10 field goal percentage leaders ... Team-wise, California's defense is allowing only 54.0 points per game ... The Pac-10 record for scoring defense is 54.7 ppg, set by the 2004-05 Arizona State squad ... At this point during the 2006-07 season, Arizona had earned 40 blocks for a 1.74 average to rank ninth in the Conference ... Fast-forward to this year, the `Cats rank second in the league with a 3.73 swats per game average, amassing 82 blocked shots through 22 contests.TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA (9-13, 3-8)
Last Week: W, Oregon (65-60); W, Oregon State (71-63)
This Week: @ Arizona State (2/8)
Arizona has won two straight games, and three of its last four. The current two-game winning streak ties for third-best in the league. Arizona earned consecutive Conference wins for the first time since 2005. In the two Wildcat wins, SR G Ashley Whisonant averaged 19.5 points and 4.0 assists a game, while shooting 14-of-28 (50 percent) from the field. Against Oregon on Thursday night, Whisonant scored a game-high 22 points, 20 of which came in the second half to go with four assists in 39 minutes of action.
ARIZONA STATE (15-7, 9-2)
Last Week: W, Oregon State (66-42); W, Oregon (52-51)
This Week: Arizona (2/8)
Arizona State has won four straight games and nine of its last 11. The Sun Devils are tied for second place in the Conference standings, one game behind first-place California (10-1). JR F/C Lauren Lacey scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the 66-42 win over Oregon State on Thursday. Lacey has four 20-point games this season, tied for fourth-most in the Conference. The Sun Devils rank third in the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+7.5), while pacing the league in three-point field goal percentage defense (.221) and rebounding defense (32.7).
CALIFORNIA (19-3, 10-1)
Last Week: W, UCLA (67-53); W, USC (60-55, OT)
This Week: @ Oregon State (2/7); @ Oregon (2/9)
California won its second overtime game of the season, defeating USC, 60-55 in Haas Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Bears hold a one-game lead in the Conference standings with a 10-1 record. JR F/C Ashley Walker is one of three Pac-10 players to rank among the scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage leaders. Walker averages 16.1 points (4th), 9.3 rebounds (1st) and shoots 49.8% from the floor (6th). Walker's 18 points and 10 rebounds in the 67-53 win over UCLA on Thursday marked her Conference-leading 10th double-double of the season. It was the 30th of her career.
OREGON (10-12, 4-7)
Last Week: L, Arizona (65-60); L, Arizona State (52-51)
This Week: Stanford (2/7); California (2/9)
Oregon has lost its last four games by just a combined 14 points, including last week's five-point loss to Arizona and one-point defeat to Arizona State. All four games have been on the road. SO G Taylor Lilley scored 22 points, including a 5-of-7 mark from three-point range, in Thursday's game against the Wildcats. Lilley ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.6 ppg). The Ducks are stellar from the free throw line, pacing the Conference with a .724 clip (257-of-355). Leading the way is JR G Tamika Nurse who sports a .773 mark (51-of-66) to rank sixth in the individual Pac-10 category.
OREGON STATE (10-12, 3-8)
Last Week: L, Arizona State (66-42); L, Arizona (71-63)
This Week: California (2/7); Stanford (2/9)
Oregon State returns to Gill Coliseum this week after enduring a four-game road swing at USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona. It was the longest road trip in head coach LaVonda Wagner's tenure. JR G Mercedes Fox-Griffin scored 10 points and had ten assists in the 71-63 loss at Arizona on Saturday. It was her first double-double of the season. The Beavers will host their 'Think Pink' game Sat., Feb. 9 when they take on 6/7 Stanford. The first 1,200 fans through the gates will receive pink wristbands to wear at the game to support breast cancer awareness. General admission tickets to the game are just $1.
STANFORD (19-3, 9-2)
Last Week: W, USC (77-51); W, UCLA (75-62)
This Week: @ Santa Clara (2/5); @ Oregon (2/7); @ Oregon State (2/9)
Stanford owns a seven-game winning streak, the longest current streak in the Pac-10. The Cardinal are 9-2, and just one game behind first-place California in the Pac-10 standings. SR G Candice Wiggins became the all-time Stanford scoring leader over the weekend. She surpassed Kate Starbird's previous mark of 2,215 points. She now has 2,253 career points to rank third on the Pac-10 scoring charts. Stanford opens up this week with a Tues., Feb. 5 game at Santa Clara. The Cardinal hold a 26-4 advantage in the all-time series against Santa Clara, including victories in 10 of the last 11 meetings dating back to Dec. 12, 1987.
UCLA (11-11, 6-5)
Last Week: L, California (67-53); L, Stanford (75-62)
This Week: Washington State (2/8); Washington (2/10)
With a 6-5 record, UCLA is tied for fourth in the Conference with LA-rival, USC. The Bruins have won four of their past seven games. SR F Lindsey Pluimer scored 16 points in Saturday's 75-62 loss to Stanford. She ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring (14.4), third in three-point field goal percentages (.411) and seventh in blocked shots (0.91). The Bruins rank second in the Conference in offense, averaging 69.5 points per game, while leading the league in rebounding offense (43.5), offensive rebounds (15.55) and steals (10.50).
USC (13-9, 6-5)
Last Week: L, Stanford (77-51); L, California (60-55, OT)
This Week: Washington (2/8); Washington State (2/10)
USC has won three of its last five and five of its last eight. Last time out, the Women of Troy took No. 9 California to overtime, dropping the close 60-55 contest. JR G Camille LeNoir scored 21 points against the Bears, nine of which came from beyond the arc, to lead all scorers. LeNoir also dished out three assists and nabbed three steals. She ranks fifth in the Conference in assists (3.85) and sixth in steals (1.95). The Trojans have 13 wins on the year, and are rated as high as No. 55 in the latest NCAA RPI list. Seven regular season games remain on the docket for USC, along with the Pac-10 Tournament.
WASHINGTON (9-13, 4-6)
Last Week: W, Washington State (84-40)
This Week: @ USC (2/8); @ UCLA (2/10)
With an 84-40 win over in-state rival Washington State Sunday, the Huskies move into sole possession of sixth place in the Conference standings. It was UW's 26th-straight victory in the series with WSU. FR G/F Katelan Redmon equaled her career-high with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. She went 3-for-6 from long range, and added six rebounds, one assist and one steal. Washington dished a season-high 22 assists - led by eight from SR G Emily Florence - and sank a season-high 10 three-pointers - including a combined six from Redmon and JR G Michelle Augustavo.
WASHINGTON STATE (3-18, 0-10)
Last Week: L, Washington (84-40)
This Week: @ UCLA (2/8); @ USC (2/10)
Washington State JR G Katie Appleton hit her 100th career 3-pointer Sunday. She scored a team-high 14 points in the game against Washington, becoming just the seventh Cougar in school history to post 100 career 3-point field goals. Appleton now has 30 career double-digit scoring outings, 12 of which have come this season. FR G Kezia Kelly and FR F Katie Calderwood each led the Cougars with five rebounds. Washington State will take to the road to face UCLA and USC this week. In action earlier this season, the Cougars lost by just four points to the Women of Troy (62-58).
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