Women's Basketball Hosts St. Mary's Sunday Afternoon

Dec. 14, 2000

Seattle - This Week: The Washington women's basketball team (4-2), winners of three straight, continue a seven-game homestand with an afternoon contest against St. Mary's (6-1) of California at 1 p.m., Sun., Dec. 17 at Bank of America Arena. It will be the first meeting between the two teams.
The Huskies, who return to action after a break for final exams, are coming off a resounding 69-57 victory over Nebraska. In its first victory at the newly renovated Bank of America Arena, Washington had one of its finest defensive performances of the young season, outrebounding the Cornhuskers, 53-46, and holding them to 31 percent shooting for the game. For the fourth time this season, freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola was the leading rebounder, with 11 boards and 10 points, for her second straight double-double.
The Gaels, led by first year coach Michelle (Sasaki) Jacoby, had rattled off six straight victories to open the season but had the string snapped in their last game, a 65-52 loss at Oregon State. Sasaki took over the reigns from former head coach Caren Horstmeyer, who is now the head coach at California. SMU is led by a pair of sisters, 6-3 center Jermisha Dosty (13.6 ppg, 12.4 rpg) and 6-2 forward Jerkisha (15.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg).
Following the St. Mary's game, Washington will host the 14th annual Seattle Times Classic, Dec. 21-22.

Game 7
Washington Huskies (4-2)
St. Mary's Gaels (6-1)
1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Bank of America Arena (10,000)
Seattle, Wash.

Washington record last year:
8-22 overall, 4-14 (9th) Pac-10
St. Mary's record last year:
20-10, WNIT second round

The Coaches

June Daugherty (Ohio St. `78)
Record at UW: 63-58 (5th yr.)
Career record: 186-132 (12th yr.)
St. Mary's
Michelle Jacoby (U. Pacific `89)
Record at SMU: 6-1 (1st yr.)
Career: same

Series Notes
This will be the first meeting between St. Mary's and Washington.

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Next Game
14th Seattle Times Classic

Dec. 21
Western Michigan vs.
James Madison, 6 p.m.
UW vs. Loyola Marymount, 8 p.m.

Consolation game, 6 p.m.
Championship game, 8 p.m.

Probable Washington Starters

Name	Pos.	Ht.	Yr.	Hometown		Pts., Rbs.
24 - Kellie O'Neill F 6-1 So. Lynnwood, Wash. 13.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg
40 - Andrea Lalum C 6-4 Fr. Bozeman, Mont. 6.5 ppg, 4.3 rgp
13 - Giuliana Mendiola G 5-11 Fr. Lake Forest, Calif. 11.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg
14 - Megan Franza G 5-11 Sr. Leavenworth, Wash. 15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg
32 - Jill Pimley G 5-6 Sr. Goldendale, Wash. 3.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg

UW Against the West Coast Conference: Washington owns a 33-2 record against teams from the West Coast Conference. The most recent meeting with a conference team was two years ago, when UW beat Gonzaga, 92-57, Dec. 24, 1998. The two losses were to San Francisco and Santa Clara.

So Far, So Good: Washington is off to a good start early in the 2000-2001 season, currently boasting a three-game win streak. The only two losses of the season came in overtime at the buzzer at Indiana and at the hands of No. 1 Connecticut. The third straight road win, at Oklahoma State, already equals UW's mark from all of last season. The wins have been impressive, beginning with a 73-60 thumping of a Michigan team that had knocked off Louisiana Tech two nights earlier. The Huskies rebounded from the UConn loss by cruising past Boise State, 87-67, and followed with the win at OSU and its first home victory in the new arena, against Nebraska. Washington has seen increased scoring from its bench and has a versatile rotation that is nearly three deep at every position.

Mendiola Magic
Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola has been the Huskies' leading rebounder in 4-of-6 games this season ... she has two double-doubles to her credit ... Mendiola, who plays the one, two and three guard spots, has started four games already and is averaging 30 minutes per contest ... she is the third-leading scorer on the team at 11.5 ppg and the top rebounder with 7.3 boards per game ... she is fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding and sixth in field goal percentage (23-42/.548) ... in addition, Mendiola has had only three turnovers in each of the last two games ... Mendiola had only one turnover in her first game, at Indiana, and had none at Boise State.

Injury Update: Freshman Sarah Keeler had surgery Nov. 10 to repair a minor meniscus tear in her left knee. She is hopeful for the Seattle Times Classic, Dec. 21-22. Sophomore Loree Payne has a stress fracture in her left foot and is nearing six weeks on recovery time. She is hopeful for the start of the Pac-10 season in January. Cheryl Sorenson has been nursing tendinitis in her knee and is playing sparingly. LeAnn Sheets suffered a left ankle sprain at Boise State and missed the Nebraska game. She has practiced this week and is probable for the St. Mary's game.

Huskies Among National Leaders in RPI Rankings
In the Dec. 9 Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Ratings, Washington is No. 14 in the nation and its schedule is listed as the fifth-toughest in the country. Tennessee, Oregon and Notre Dame make up the top three in the RPI ratings. In strength of schedule, Washington is behind only Oregon, Penn State, Georgia and Villanova, in that order.
Washington has posted a record of 4-2 in the early season, with victories over Michigan, Boise State, and Big 12 foes Oklahoma State and Nebraska. The Huskies have won three in a row and are 3-1 on the road. Their win over Michigan came against a Wolverine team that had knocked off then-eighth-ranked Louisiana Tech, a 2000 Final Four participant. Washington's season-opening loss at Indiana, at the buzzer in overtime, came against a Hoosier team that has gone on to post a record of 8-1, with its only loss a one-point setback to No. 8 Louisiana Tech. Its only other loss came at the hands of top-ranked and defending national champion Connecticut.
The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is used by the NCAA women's basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams and the seeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. It is derived from three component factors: Div. 1 winning percentage (25%), schedule strength (50%) and opponent's schedule strength (25%).

Halpenny Selected to Study AbroadCarli Halpenny is one of 25 University of Washington undergraduates selected to participate in a prestigious international study program during the spring quarter. She was chosen from a pool of 50 applicants to participate in the UW's Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) program.
Halpenny, a redshirt junior, will spend the spring, 2000 academic quarter at school in Rome, Italy in the program that involves the study of literature, architecture and the culture and language of the country. She was one of 12 students chosen from outside the UW architecture school to join the 25-person travel party.
The program allows Halpenny, who maintains a 3.75 grade point average, to complete her undergraduate degree in zoology and graduate in June, 2001. She has elected to complete her basketball eligibility at the conclusion of this season, a move that now gives the Huskies a six-player senior class. Halpenny joins Sarah Duncan, Melissa Erickson, Megan Franza, Jill Pimley and LeAnn Sheets in their final year of eligibility.
Halpenny, a 6-foot-3 center, enters this season healthy for the first time since her arrival in 1997-98. She has played in all six games this year and is averaging 10 minutes and 2.8 points per game. Halpenny suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee upon her arrival in 1997 and used a redshirt season for her rehabilitation. She saw limited action in her first two seasons, playing in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 1999 and nine games as a sophomore last year.
'I was honored to be selected as part of this group,' said Halpenny, 'and it's an oppotunity I couldn't pass up. This is something I've always wanted to do. It will be a great educational opportunity and a chance to expand my horizons beyond life as a student and basketball player at Washington. Even though I won't play four years of basketball, I'm excited to graduate with Megan, Jill, Sarah, Melissa and LeAnn, the class I started with as a freshman.'

Nebraska Recap
Dec. 6 - Senior guard Megan Franza was one of four Huskies in double-figures, finishing with 21 points as Washington kicked off a seven-game homestand with a 69-57 win over Nebraska in the fourth-annual Les Schwab Challenge.
The win, Washington's first-ever in the newly-remodeled Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, improved the Huskies to 4-2 on the season, while the loss dropped the Cornhuskers to 4-3. Monique Whitfield and K.C. Cowgill led Nebraska with 10 points each.
Just 7-for-26 shooting for the game, including a career-high tying 13 three-point attempts, Franza was at her best in the game's closing minutes, tallying nine points in a crucial 17-5 Husky run that snapped a 52-52 tie with 6:58 to go.
UW's defense stifled the Cornhuskers, a 1999 NCAA Tournament participant, forcing 19 turnovers while limiting the visitors to just 31.8 percent shooting and taking a 53-46 rebounding advantage.
Two front-liners, sophomore Kellie O'Neill and freshman Andrea Lalum, finished with 10 points apiece, while freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola tallied her second straight career double-double, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Catching up with Kellie: Sophomore Kellie O'Neill is off to a hot start in her second season as Husky. A 6-1 guard-forward who started only nine games and averaged 6.4 points before suffering an ankle injury last season, poured in a game-high 27 points against Connecticut in Washington's home-opener Nov. 24.
O'Neill, who topped her previous career-best 16-point from December 1999, went 12-for-18 from the field, including a 2-for-3 effort from 3-point range. Even more impressive was who it came against. O'Neill put in the highest individual scoring effort against UConn so far this season. Only three players - including 2000 WNBA Rookie of the Year Betty Lennox - were able to score at least 25 points against UConn and its stingy defense last season.
She rebounded from a three-point performance at Boise State to nearly eclipse a Husky school record for field goal percentage at Oklahoma State. O'Neill hit her first nine shots from the field, en route to a 20 point, nine rebound effort against the Cowgirls. She was nearing former standout Karen Deden's mark of 10-of11 (.919) versus Arizona State back in 1989. O'Neill, who had 10 points against Nebraska, enters the St. Mary's game as the second-leading scorer on the team at 13.0 ppg.
O'Neill, whose younger sister Kristen recently signed with Huskies for next season, finished her high school career at Meadowdale with 1,414 points, 810 rebounds, 213 steals and 170 blocks with a career field goal percentage of 50.9 percent.

What They're Saying about O'Neill'I like the way she plays,' Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said of Kellie O'Neill after she scored 27 points against them on Nov. 24. 'You have to guard her at the 3-point line. She's really smart with the ball in the lane. Their guards (Megan Franza and injured Loree Payne) get a lot of mention and notoriety, and they should. But I think that kid (O'Neill) is really, really good.'

On the Rebound: Washington's rebounding efforts have improved from last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, the Huskies are at +5.3 in the early going this year. Aside from a five-rebound advantage by Connecticut, the Huskies have outrebounded their other five opponents, including a 54-38 showing against Oklahoma State. UW is averaging 44.3 rpg, second in the Pac-10, after six games. Giuliana Mendiola is currently the leading rebounder at 7.3 boards per game and Kellie O'Neill is second at 5.8 rpg. LeAnn Sheets, who has missed two games with an ankle injury, is at 6.6 rpg. She is expected to play against St. Mary's.

Home Sweet Home: Over the last year and a half, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion has undergone an extensive renovation. On Nov. 24 the Huskies, who hosted defending national champion Connecticut, moved back into their on-campus arena - a venue that provides the charm of its original 1920s style along with all the modern conveniences of today. Over $40 million dollars in improvements have been made and the new transformation ensures that every person in the building has a great seat with no obstructed views.
The Huskies have enjoyed remarkable success in Hec Edmundson Pavilion, now called Bank of America Arena, building a long-standing tradition of top-notch women's basketball on the west coast and across the country.
This season marks the 72nd year of service for the historical building that has an entirely new look on the inside. The renovation gives Washington a much-needed new competition and practice facility for several of its teams. The seating capacity has been increased from 7,900 to 10,000 and gone are the supports pillars that have obstructed views from the upper level seats since the buildings inception. The renovation design of Hec Edmundson Pavilion began in the summer of 1997. Construction began in March, 1999 with completion in the fall of 2000.

Huskies Continue Community Service During the Holidays Washington continues its tradition of community service by helping the Salvation Army during the holidays. Husky staff and players rang the traditional Salvation Army holiday donation bells last Tuesday in downtown Seattle. All players, except for those taking final exams, participated. Among the 23 sports teams, Husky women's basketball is Washington's most active intercollegiate athletic team in community service participation.

UW will be led by tri-captains this season. They are senior guard Megan Franza, senior point guard Jill Pimley and sophomore guard/forward Loree Payne. Pimley was a captain for the 1999-00 season ... The five-player senior class has a combined 144 game-day starts between them.

Freshman center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) made her first collegiate start at Oklahoma State, in place of injured LeAnn Sheets, and responded by hitting 3-of-6 from the field, including two three pointers. She added seven rebounds, a block and a steal for eight points in 25 minutes. Lalum, at 17 minutes per game, is averaging 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Lalum, at 6-foot-4, grew an inch taller from the time she signed her letter of intent to play at Washington.

Megan on the Move: Senior guard Megan Franza needs just 36 more points to move on to UW's career Top 10 scoring chart. After six games this season, she has 1,188 career points in 93 games. Franza averaged 17.2 points per game last season and has a career average of 12.7 ppg. She became the 16th Husky to top the 1,000-point barrier and only the eighth player to pass the mark as a junior last year. Dating back to last season, Franza has scored in double figures in 32 of the last 36 games. She was held to six points versus Connecticut. Franza has been in the starting lineup for 90 of UW's last 92 games.

More Megan: Franza entered the year at No. 2 on UW's career three point field goals made list, with 139. She has added 11 more in six games this season for a total of 158, including a high of five at Indiana. Franza is chasing former standout Jamie Redd (1995-99), who tops the list with 192 treys. She is also No. 2 on the three point attempts list with 518, again chasing Redd who attempted 675 long range bombs during her career. Franza equaled her career-high for attempts, with 13 against Nebraska.
Last year at 17.2 ppg, Franza led the Pac-10 in scoring until the final two weeks of the season, while Loree Payne finished fourth with 17.4 points per game. Together they formed the highest scoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history.
With the graduation of Maylana Martin (UCLA) and the impending redshirt season for Oregon's injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza entered the 2000-01 season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.

Dawgbite: With the win at Oklahoma State Dec. 3, Husky coach June Daugherty recorded her 185th career victory as a head coach ... she has a mark of 63-58 in her fifth year at Washington ... her win total is third among seven Husky coaches over the years. She is 63-58 at UW and 186-132 in her 12th season as a head coach.

Coaching Staff: Head coach June Daugherty and her staff enter their fifth year at Washington, with one newcomer on list. Former Michigan Wolverine Yeshimbra 'Shimmy' Gray joins the Huskies this season, replacing Hulett Brooks who left to pursue private business. Daugherty, who was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in September, and her assistants, Sunny Smallwood and Mike Daugherty, have been together since the 1996-97 season.

Player Notes24 - Kellie O'Neill ... Had a career-high 27 points vs. No. 1 Connecticut ... 19 pts. in the first half ... limited to 3 pts. at Boise State but responed with 20 pts., 9 rebounds at Oklahoma State ... hit her first nine shots of the game at OSU ... 10 pts. vs. Nebraska.

40 - Andrea Lalum ... Made her first start at Oklahoma State and scored 8 pts., including 2 three pointers ... 10 pts., 5 rbs. vs. Nebraska ... can pound inside or step and hit for three.

14 - Megan Franza ... Veteran senior captain is again leading scorer with 15.2 ppg ... 23 pts. in season-opener at Indiana ... 21 pts. vs. Nebraska, including 9 pts. in a crucial 17-5 UW run en route the win over the Huskers ... tied her career-high with 13 3 pt. attempts.

13 - Giuliana Mendiola ... Impressive in first 6 games ... 19 points at Boise St., with 4 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers in 30 min. ... has started four games ... 1 turnover in first collegiate game at Indiana and also hit 3-pointer to send game to OT ... recorded UW's first double-double of the season at Oklahoma State, with 10 points and 11 rebounds ... had another double-double vs. Nebraska ... plays point guard and either wing position ... leading rebounder with 7.3 rpg.

32 - Jill Pimley ... Started first two games at PG ... tri-captain ... defensive stalwart ... 'stat sheet stuffer' who does all the little things ... 9 pts., 6 rebounds at Oklahoma State and 4-4 from the free throw line ... leads Pac-10 in FT percentage (12-13, .923) ...

Off the Bench23 - Emily Autrey ... Came off the bench at Boise St. for a career-high 20 points on 8-11 fg.

4 - Melissa Erickson ... Senior leadership and inside presence ... expect to see more playing time with Sheets injured.

44 - Cheryl Sorenson ... Sat out Boise St. with tendinitis in knee and played 4 minutes at Oklahoma State ... versatile guard/forward ... returns from redshirt season and ACL surgery ... impressive in first game back, at Indiana, with 5-7 fg for 12 pts., 4 rebounds.

33 - Carli Halpenny ... Healthy for first time in three seasons ... has made tremendous improvement in strength and aggressiveness ... initially entered season as a redshirt junior but will complete her eligibility this season and study the spring quarter in Rome, Italy.

12 - Sarah Duncan ... Top defender off the bench ... has played in all five games ... 3 rebounds, 3 assists at Oklahoma State.

31- Gioconda Mendiola ... Averaging five minutes a game in first season ... speedy guard.

41 - Heather Reichmann ... Has seen limited action in first 5 games ... will play more with Sheets out ... 3 rebounds at Oklahoma State.

The Schedule: As is tradition, the Washington women's basketball team faces a challenging schedule as it enters the 2000-2001 season. The Huskies face 11 teams that played in the postseason last year, seven in the NCAA Tournament, including none other than defending national champion Connecticut in the home opener Nov. 24. Four Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and four opponents played in the WNIT, including national semi-finalist Colorado State.

Gold Medal Count: Sophomore Loree Payne capped a stellar freshman campaign with her selection to the USA Basketball R.William Jones Cup team that annually plays in Taiwan. The youngest player on the squad and the lone representative from the Pac-10, Payne helped lead the team to a gold medal in the four-game tournament. She finished with 16 points, three rebounds and four assists in three games played. Payne tallied 11 points in the gold medal game.

Recapping 1999-2000: Faced with a spate of injuries to its front line and a young squad with no seniors, Washington suffered through its first losing season in school history with a record of 8-22 overall and 4-14th for a ninth place finish in the Pac-10. The season was not without its highlights though, the biggest coming back on Jan. 27 when the Huskies upset No. 24 Stanford and captured the 500th win for the women's basketball program. It was the second victory in a row over Stanford and career win No. 180 for coach June Daugherty. Washington was led by the scoring duo of Loree Payne (17.4 ppg) and Megan Franza (17.2 ppg), who combined to form the highest scoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history. Franza was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, continuing a tradition which has seen Washington have a player on the first team every year but two since the league began play in the 1986-87 season. Payne finished the year as one of the most prolific freshman players in UW history. She broke eight freshman records, highlighted by her scoring mark of 521 points.

Departures: Although Washington did not lose anyone to graduation, two players did not return to the team this season. Starting point guard Julia Gray transferred to UNLV and reserve center Tiffiany Diggins left the program. Washington returns four of its starters from a year ago.

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