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Pac-10 looks wide open

Friday November 17, 2000

Shaquala Williams and Jamie Carey. Pac-10 Player of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Both out for the season before it even starts. Now that’s how you make a conference race interesting. 

Stanford still has center Carolyn Moos, and sophomore Lauren St. Clair shot .466 from long range last year. But who replaces point guard Milena Flores, a two-time All-Pac-10 performer? 

Oregon forward Angelina Wolvert heads a strong frontcourt. But without Williams, there’s no outside threat. 

USC was the only team to sweep Oregon last year. Guard Tiffany Elmore and forward Tashara Carter need to step up. 

Arizona returns only two starters, point guard Reshea Bristol and forward Elizabeth Pickney. They need scoring from long range shooter Julie Brase. 

UCLA’s Michelle Greco has established herself as a defensive ace; now she needs to step up her scoring. If LaCresha Flannigan can return to 1999 form, the Bruins could move up the charts. 

Arizona State returns no one who scored more than 7 ppg last year. Guard Sarah Allen is the best bet to be a go-to player, but there’s no one to hit the boards. 

Washington guard Megan Franza is joined by Loree Payne, each with 17.4 ppg last year. But there’s no defense in Seattle, as Washington gave up 75.5 ppg last year, worst in the conference. 

Oregon State guard Felicia Ragland is the only returning starter, and she doesn’t look to have much help. 

Washington State doesn’t have much firepower, can’t rebound and don’t have any players leading the team.