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January 05, 2003|Mike Terry

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Washington State (0-10, 0-2) at UCLA (8-4, 3-0), Pauley Pavilion, 2 p.m., KBET (850), KTDD (1330) -- With Friday's 72-46 win over Washington, the Bruins are off to their best start in the Pacific 10 Conference since the 1999-2000 season, when UCLA won its first seven before losing a conference game. That's also the last season the Bruins had a winning record. One of the reasons for UCLA's turnaround: the Bruins average 78 points a game, which is 19 points higher than last season. Washington State's struggles continued with Friday's loss to USC. The Cougars' losing streak stands at 34 games Among the Cougars' deficiencies: they have the lowest scoring average in the conference, 54.2.

Washington (9-2, 1-1) vs. USC (6-7, 1-2), Sports Arena, 2 p.m. -- The Trojans desperately needed to break a losing streak that was at three games and found a willing foil in Washington State in a 92-44 laugher on Friday. Now the Trojans would like to do something with the Huskies, who won all three meetings between the teams last season, including a second-round WNIT game. Washington is still smarting from being embarrassed at UCLA on Friday, which ended the Huskies' winning streak at eight. The Trojans should be wary of Washington's Giuliana Mendiola. The junior guard, who starred at Lake Forest El Toro High, averaged 20 points a game last season against USC.

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