COMING UP: The
CATCH THE ACTION: As always,
ABOUT THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: The Pac-10 Tournament has been a staple of the conference’s postseason since the 2001-02 season. The first tournament was played in
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:
Fri., March 2
Game 1: No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10
Game 2: No. 8
Sat., March 3
Game 3: No. 3
Game 4: No. 2
Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. Game 2 winner 5 p.m. PT
Game 6: No. 4
Sun., March 4
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 2 p.m. PT
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 4:30 p.m. PT
Mon., March 5
Game 9: Championship Game 7:30 p.m. PT
No. 9 SEED: For the second year in a row,
2002 Pac-10 Tournament
March 2, 2002
2003 Pac-10 Tournament
March 8, 2003
March 9 2003
March 10, 2003
#1 Stanford 59, #3
2004 Pac-10 Tournament
March 6, 2004
March 7, 2004
March 8, 2004
#1 Stanford 72, #2
2005 Pac-10 Tournament
March 5, 2005
#4 USC 74, #5
2006 Pac-10 Tournament
March 3, 2006
March 4, 2006
#1 Stanford 77, #9
2003 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team
Krista Warren, Dee-Dee Wheeler, Shawntinice Polk
2004 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team
Aimee Grzyb, Shawntinice Polk
GUARD PLAY: Look for
RECORD BOOKS: In second round action in 2003,
ARIZONA STATE RECAP: Emily Westerberg scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half, including key free throws down the stretch, to give No. 8 Arizona State a 59-54 victory over Arizona on Saturday.
The win gave
Westerberg made four free throws in the final 15 seconds to hold off a late charge by the Wildcats, who trailed by 10 with 4:50 left in the game. In the process Westerberg became the school's sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,262 points.
O’Neal had a chance to tie the game but her 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining hit the front of the rim. Westerberg sealed the outcome with two more free throws.
Joy Hollingsworth scored 24 points and Ashley Whisonant added 12 for
ASU's Reagan Pariseau countered with a jumper from the baseline for her only basket of the game to give the Sun Devils a 55-52 lead with 29 seconds left.
Westerberg gave ASU its biggest lead at 51-41 after following her own miss.
Arizona State started pulling away at the nine minute mark after Westerberg hit two free throws, Briann January connected on a 3-pointer and Johnson made a free throw to give the Sun Devils a 46-37 edge with 7:54 left.
A QUICK LOOK AT
ABOUT THE BEAVERS: The Oregon State University Beavers enter Friday’s game with a 9-18 regular season mark and a 4-14 record in the Pac-10. OSU had lost eight straight games before beating
THE OREGON STATE-ARIZONA SERIES: Friday’s game will be the 47th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and Beavers on the hardwood, with
Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 10 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time,
Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 11 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 276-202 (.578) mark at
WIN #600: Head coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 600th career victory on Thursday, Feb. 8, as the Wildcats defeated Oregon State, 65-61. Bonvicini became the 18th women's basketball coach in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the 600-win plateau.
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
CARDIAC CATS: So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.
MAGIC NUMBER: On the season,
RUN IT, RUN IT: So far this season,
25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs.
21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP
18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs.
16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech
16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at
15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW
14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs.
12 points: 14-2 run over 7:39 in the first half vs.
12 points: 16-4 run over 5:16 in the second half vs. Stanford
12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA
12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State
12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs.
11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC
THE BIG, BAD RUN: Although
26 points: 31-5 scoring run to
23 points: 33-10 run to
21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&M in the final 7:31 of the first half
20 points: 26-6 run at
19 points: 27-8 run at USC over 10:17 to start the second half
19 points: 27-8 run to Stanford over 7:41 in the first half
16 points: 16-0 run to
16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game
14 points: 17-3 run at
13 points: 13-0 run to
13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half
12 points: 14-2 run to USC over 7:14 in the first half
12 points: 13-1 run at
12 points: 16-4 run to
12 points: 15-3 run to
11 points: 11-0 run to
11 points: 16-5 run to USC over 4:04 in the second half
11 points: 15-4 run to USC in the final 4:23 of the game
11 points: 15-4 run to
10 points: 14-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to UCLA over the final 2:34 of the first half
WATCH YOUR POCKETS: The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.
OFFENSIVE BOARDS: So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass. On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 392 offensive rebounds, for an average of 13.1 offensive rebounds a game.
BALL CONTROL: On the offensive side of things,
BENCH HELP: Powered by the play of Ashley Whisonant,
In the four games before the Wildcats' current streak,
GOT TO HAVE THEM:
LEADING LATE: The Wildcats are 8-1 this season when leading with one minute left in the game.
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Senior Joy Hollingsworth has powered the
PUT INTO CONTEXT: Joy Hollingsworth has played at
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant has provided the Wildcats with a much needed spark off the bench. In the last six games coming off the bench, Whisonant is averaging 13.8 points and 3.5 assists a game. She posted 12 points and four assists against in 32 minutes against ASU. On the year, Whisonant is averaging 11.3 points and 3.6 assists a game.
PICKING UP THE PACE: Senior guard Linda Pace's stats might not jump out from the box score, but her play has been pivotal for the Wildcats' success as of late.
MS. CONSISTENCY: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has been one of
Against USC on Jan. 18, Njonkou posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high four assists, and finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Stanford on Jan. 25. Against ASU on Saturday, she finished with seven points and 12 rebounds. So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 26 of her 30 games.
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, seven of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN THE PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as