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    Women’s Pac-10 Breakdown

    The Arizona women’s basketball team was picked to finish eighth in the Pacific 10 Conference this season in the preseason media poll. In one of the top conferences in the nation, the Wildcats must prove themselves against a barrage of talent across the West Coast. The following breaks down the Pac-10, in order of the Arizona Daily Wildcat’s predicted finishes.

    Stanford

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 29-5 (17-1)

    Conference finish: First

    Head coach: Tara VanDerveer, 22nd year

    Key returners: Candice Wiggins (G) – 16.9 points per game, 4.1 rebounds; Jayne Appel (F/C) – 13.2 points, 7.5 assists

    Key additions: Ashley Cimino (F) (McDonald’s All-American) – 16.7 points as a senior in high school; Jeanette Pohlen (G) (McDonald’s All-American) – 18.9 points as a senior in high school

    California

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 23-9 (12-6)

    Conference finish: Third

    Head coach: Joanne Boyle, third year

    Key returners: Devanei Hampton (C) – 16.6 points, 8.0 rebounds; Ashley Walker (F/C) – 17.3 points, 8.7 rebounds

    Key additions: Kelsey Adrian (G/F) – 11.6 points for Canada’s Senior National team in 2006; Rachelle Federico (G) – 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds as a junior in high school

    ASU

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 31-5 (16-2)

    Conference finish: Second

    Head coach: Charli Turner Thorne, 12th year

    Key returners: Reagan Pariseau (G) – 4.1 points, 2.7 assists; Jill Noe (G) – 8.9 points, 2.9 assists

    Key additions: Becca Tobin (F) – 191 blocks as a junior in high school (Arizona state record); Stephanie Wilber (G)

    USC

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 17-13 (10-8)

    Conference finish: Fifth

    Head coach: Mark Trakh, fourth year

    Key returners: Morghan Medlock (G) – 6.4 points, 4.3 rebounds; Camille LeNoir (G) – 12.7 points, 4.1 assists; Jacki Gemelos (G) – 39.2 points, 8.9 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 2.7 steals as a senior in high school

    Key additions: Kate Henderson (F)

    Arizona

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 11-21 (4-14)

    Conference finish: Eighth (tie)

    Head coach: Joan Bonvicini, 17th season

    Key returners: Ashley Whisonant (G) – 11.9 points; Amina Njonkou (F) – 8.4 points, 6.7 rebounds

    Key additions: Sarah Hays (F); Tasha Dickey (G)

    UCLA

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 14-18 (7-11)

    Conference finish: Seventh

    Head coach: Kathy Olivier, 16th season

    Key returners: Lindsey Pluimer (F) – 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds; Chinyere Ibekwe (F) – 7.7 points, 6.6 rebounds

    Key additions: Candice Brown (F); Nina Earl (F)

    Washington

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 18-13 (11-7)

    Conference Finish: Fourth

    Head coach: Tia Jackson, first year

    Key returners: Emily Florence (G) – 5.4 points, 5.2 rebounds; Andrea Plouffe (F/C) – 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds

    Key additions: Candice Nichols (G); Kali Bennett (C) – 14.6 points as a senior in high school

    Oregon

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 17-14 (8-10)

    Conference finish: Sixth

    Head coach: Bev Smith, eighth season

    Key returners: Kaela Chapdelaine (G) – 6.5 points, 3.5 rebounds; Tamika Nurse (G) – 9.2 points, 3.3 assists

    Key additions: Tatiana Thomas (G/F); Nicole Canepa (F)

    Oregon State

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 9-19 (4-14)

    Conference finish: Eighth (tie)

    Head coach: LaVonda Wagner, fourth season

    Key returners: Mercedes Fox-Griffin (G) – 9.5 points, 6.4 assists; Ashley Allen (G) – 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds

    Key additions: Alex Mitchell (C); Brittany Eskridge (F)

    Washington State

    2006-2007 record (Pac-10): 5-24 (1-17)

    Conference finish: 10th

    Head coach: June Daugherty, second season

    Key returners: Katie Appleton (G) – 8.1 points, 2.7 assists; Ebonee Coates (C) – 4.3 points, 5.3 rebounds

    Key additions: Katie Calderwood (F); Jasmine Williams (G)

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