Thursday, November 23, 2000
Teams -- Arkansas, Arizona State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Northern Illinois, Stephen F. Austin, UC Irvine and Hawaii.
By Al Chase
Schedule -- Tomorrow: First round, North Carolina State vs. Northern Illinois, 9 a.m.; Michigan vs. Arkansas, 11:10 a.m.; Stephen F. Austin vs. Arizona State, 1:20 p.m.; Hawaii vs. UC Irvine, 3:30 p.m. Saturday: Consolation bracket games at 9 and 11:10 a.m.; Championship bracket games at 1:20 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday: Seventh place, 9 a.m.; Fifth place, 11:10 a.m.; Third place, 1:20 p.m.; Championship, 3 p.m., at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Coaches -- Hawaii: Vince Goo, 14th season (264-116, .695); Arizona State: Charli Turner Thorne, 8th season (87-106 .451); Arkansas: Gary Blair, 16th season (346-129 .728); Michigan: Sue Guevara, 5th season (75-42 .641); North Carolina State: Kay Yow, 30th season (590-243 .708); Northern Illinois: Carol Hammerle, 28th season (473-265 .641); Stephen F. Austin: Royce Chadwick, 17th season (376-125 .750); UC Irvine: Mark Adams, 7th season (86-71 .548).
Season records -- Hawaii: (3-0); Arizona State (2-0); Arkansas (0-2); Michigan (1-1); North Carolina State (1-1); Northern Illinois (1-1); Stephen F. Austin (2-0); UC Irvine (1-0).
Series record -- Hawaii leads Arkansas, 2-1, trails Michigan, 1-0, has not played Arizona State, North Carolina State or Northern Illinois, trails Stephen F. Austin, 0-3, and leads UC Irvine, 18-7.
Game keys -- The Wahine need to improve on what they did against Western Kentucky last Sunday. "We made some mistakes on offense and defense and we've worked on those things in practice," UH head coach Vince Goo said ... It's still early in the season, so the Wahine coaches are more focused on their own players. Goo was pleased with how the Wahine adjusted on defense against Western Kentucky. "The players adapted well. From the veterans to the young ones, it was nice to see," Goo said.
Top players -- Hawaii: Crystal Lee, 5-11, Sr. F (21.0 points, 2.7 rebounds a game), Kylie Galloway, 6-0 Sr. F (20.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg). Arizona State: Melody Johnson, 6-2 Sr. C (10.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg), Amanda Levens, 5-9 Jr. G (10.0 ppg). Arkansas: Lonniya Bragg, 5-11 Sr. G (15.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg), Wendi Willits, 5-8 Sr. G (12.0 ppg). Michigan: Raina Goodlow, 6-2 Jr. F (17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg), LeeAnn Bies, 6-3 So. C (13.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg). North Carolina State: Carisse Moody, 6-1 So. F (16.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Monica Bates, 6-2 Sr. F (8.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg). Northern Illinois: Jennifer Youngblood, 5-11 Fr. F (15.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg), Michelle Johnson, 6-1 Sr. C (9.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) ... Stephen F. Austin: Lashinda Winters, 5-3 Jr. G (16.5 ppg), Tami Rater, 6-2 Sr. C (17.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg). UC Irvine: Wendy Gabbe, So. F (17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg), Brandy Hudson, Jr. C (13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
Interesting facts -- Hawaii is the defending tournament champion ... North Carolina State is ranked No. 22 in this week's Associated Press Poll. Michigan is 27th and Stephen F. Austin, which won last week's Conoco Classic with a 69-62 victory over WAC preseason top pick Southern Methodist, is No. 43 ... Michigan opened the season by knocking off No. 8 Louisiana Tech, 69-66, at home.
On the air -- The Hawaii-UC Irvine game tomorrow will be broadcast live on KFVE-TV (Channel 5)
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Tickets -- $6-$9. $3 parking charge.
Ka Leo O Hawaii