Washington State Begins Three-Game Road Trip

Jan. 23, 2001

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The Washington women's basketball team (11-5, 4-2), in athree-way log jam at second place in the Pac-10, begins a three-game roadswing when it travels to the Bay Area this weekend. Action begins withStanford (8-7, 2-3) at 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 25 at Maples Pavilion,followed by a 7:30 p.m. game at California (5-10, 1-4) Sat., Jan. 27 at HaasPavilion. Both games can be heard live on radio at KKOL 1300 a.m. There isno television for either game.

The Huskies are coming off a home split with the Oregon schools,falling first to the Ducks (67-53) and then capping the weekend with adramatic 69-67 win over Oregon State. Oregon remains atop the Pac-10standings at 4-1 and is followed by Arizona, Washington and Arizona State at4-2.

Senior guard Megan Franza, who hit the game-winning shot with 4.5seconds remaining against Oregon State, continues to lead the Huskies inscoring at 14.1 points per game. She is followed by freshman GiulianaMendiola at 10.8 points and sophomore guard Loree Payne at 10.6 points pergame. Payne's 29 points over the weekend moved her average into doubledigits for the first time this season.

The Stanford game figures to provide offensive fireworks as theCardinal are second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, at 73.6 points pergame, and Washington is right behind at 70.7 ppg.

Stanford and California met in their rival game last week, with theCardinal taking the win, 63-56, last Saturday in Berkeley. It was thenarrowest final margin in nearly nine years of the series. Stanford is ledby freshman Nicole Powell, who averages a double-double with 13.3 points anda league-leading 8.1 rebounds per game.

California, under the direction of first-year coach Caren Horstmeyer,is led by Courtney Johnson (12.6 ppg) and Kenya Corley (11.3 ppg). Johnsonranks third in the Pac-10 in steals per game, with 2.60. The Bears lonePac-10 win came against Oregon State, when they won 79-72 in Corvallis twoweeks ago.

Game 17
Washington Huskies (11-5, 4-2)atStanford Cardinal (8-7, 2-3)
7:30 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 25
Maples Pavilion (7,391)
Palo Alto, Calif.

Game 18
at California Golden Bears (5-10, 1-4)
7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 27
Haas Pavilion (12,172)
Berkeley, Calif.

Series Notes
Stanford leads the series with UW, 21-11, and the teams split last season... UW leads the series with Cal, 27-8, and Cal swept last year.

Recent Results
UW split at home, losing to Oregon (67-53) and beating OSU (69-67) ...Stanford and Cal met last week and the Cardinal won, 63-56, in Berkeley.

Huskies on Radio
All UW games air live on KKOL 1300 AM radio. Steve Sandmeyer calls theaction. Games can also be heard live on the internet at:http:www.broadcast.com/sports/ncaa/washington

Dawgbite:
After a split against the Oregon schools last week, Washingtonremained in the 'votes received' category in the Associated Press Top 25Poll for the week of Jan. 22.

Notes on the Series:
Stanford is one of only two schools to own a winningrecord against the Huskies (Oregon is the other) ... the two teams sharedthe Pac-10 title in 1990 ... when the Huskies upset No. 24 Stanford at KeyArena last season, it gave Washington victory No. 500 in school history ...Stanford and Washington are the only two Pac-10 schools to have compiled 500wins ... June Daugherty was an assistant coach at Stanford from 1985 to1989.

Last Meeting with Stanford:
Feb. 26, 2000 � Stanford senior Milena Floresrecorded 13 points to lead the Cardinal to a 76-46 win over Washington Feb.26 at Maples Pavilion. It was the fewest points allowed by the Stanfordwomen since the 1996-97 season when the Cardinal defeated Texas Tech 67-45an NCAA Second Round game.

Other top Stanford scorers included junior Sarah Dimson with 12 pointsand nine rebounds and freshman Jamie Carey who recorded 12 points, including3-of-6 three-point shots. Washington, which managed just 30 percent >from thefield, was led by Megan Franza's 14 points.

The first half of the game was close, with Stanford in the lead athalftime 29-21. In the second half, the Cardinal came out and made a 20-1run in the middle of the second half to take the game out of Washington'sreach. In the second half, Stanford shot 56.3 from the field, making18-of-32, and 66.7 from the three-point line, sinking 6-of-9.

Last Meeting:
Feb. 24, 2000 - California battled past a resilient Washingtonsquad for a 51-49 victory at Haas Pavilion. Courtney Johnson led the Bearswith 10 points and four rebounds while Shavaki Jackson notched a 15 reboundperformance. The win marks Cal's third-straight victory over Washington andits first season sweep of the Huskies since 1991-92.

Up 26-22 at halftime, the Bears fought off a determined Washingtonsquad but never let the Dawgs get more than a four point lead during thesecond stanza. Back-to-back jumpers by Jackson with four minutes to play putCalifornia (8-15 overall, 3-10 in the Pac-10) up by four, 49-45.

Washington (7-19 overall, 3-11 in the Pac-10) threatened in the finalminute when Loree Payne, the game's leading scorer with 19 points, nailed adriving lay-up with 41.3 seconds left in the contest, cutting Cal's lead to50-49. Moments later, following a Cal offensive foul, Kenya Corley stole theball from Payne and was promptly fouled at midcourt. A made free-throwsealed the win with 0.07 on the clock. Despite shooting just 33 percent fromthe field and committing 21 turnovers, the Bears were able to hold back theHuskies' numerous attempts to capture momentum, due in large part to Cal's46-35 rebounding advantage. The Dawgs chalked up 19 points off turnovers toCal's mere nine.

Road Warriors:
This weekend marks the beginning of a three-game road swingfor the Huskies, at Stanford and California and the following week atWashington State.

The Huskies have compiled a record of 4-2 on the road this year, with a1-1 mark on their first conference road trip, winning at ASU and losing atAriozona two weeks ago. That trip marked the first time the team had been onthe road since Dec. 3.

The three non-conference road wins came at Michigan, Boise State andOklahoma State. The only loss was a 77-74 setback in overtime at the buzzerto an Indiana squad that now boasts a record of 13-5.

Washington had a mark of 1-10 on the road last season.

Keeler to Redshirt:
Freshman forward Sarah Keeler (Pendleton, Ore.) willredshirt this season and begin her first year of play in 2001-02. Keeler, aUSA Today honorable mention selection as a junior in high school, suffered atorn ACL during her senior year at Pendleton High. Keeler had surgery Nov.10 to repair a minor meniscus tear in her left knee. She slightly re-injuredthe knee during practice recently. Keeler is continuing rehabilitation andis practicing with the team.

UW Against Ranked Teams:
Washington's game against No. 18 Oregon last weekwas its third against a ranked opponent this season. The Huskies are 0-3against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The first loss cameat the hands of No. 1 Connecticut (100-54) back on Nov. 24. The second atNo. 22 Arizona, 88-72, and then to No. 18 Oregon, 67-53.

Though it will only be the third ranked team the Huskies have facedthis season, their schedule has not light. In the Jan. 15 RPI rankings,Washington's schedule is listed as No. 14 in the country, in strength ofschedule. It was No. 16 last week and No. 2 two weeks ago.

Huskies in Overtime:
The triple overtime game against USC Jan. 7 wasWashington's second extra period contest this season. The Huskies opened theyear with a 77-74 loss at the buzzer in one overtime period at Indiana. Thetriple overtime game against USC was the first in UW school history.Washington's all-time record in overtime is 8-9 since 1976.

Looking Back:
After 16 games last season, Washington had a record of 5-11... this year, the Huskies are 11-5 ... they were 1-5 after the first sixPac-10 games last year ... this year they are 4-2 and in a three-way tie forsecond in the Pac-10 entering this weekend.

Senior Strength:
Husky coach June Daugherty continually points to thesix-player senior class as a major reason for UW's hot start this year,crediting the group with strong leadership in practice and during games.Senior captains Megan Franza and Jill Pimley headline the group. Franza hasbeen a constant in the starting lineup since her freshman year and is aleader on the court. Pimley is in her second season as a team captain and isa vocal leader whether she is playing or on the bench. LeAnn Sheets, who hasstruggled with injuries throughout her career, is healthy and gives theHuskies a veteran presence in the post. Melissa Erickson also offersexperience off the bench, giving the Huskies added height inside. SarahDuncan was named Most Inspirational last season and continues to fill thatrole this year. Carli Halpenny rounds out the group. A redshirt junior, shehas opted to graduate this year in order to spend the spring quarterstudying in Italy. The move puts her back in the class she entered with in1997 and strengths the leadership the six-player group provides.

Washington had no seniors on its roster last season when it posted an8-22 record.

Healthy Huskies:
While crediting the senior class with leading the Huskies,coach Daugherty also points to a healthy lineup as cause for celebration.Washington's frontline was beset by injuries last season, causing Daughertyto constantly shuffle her lineup. No less than five different players wereon the bench with injuries at one point or another last year. LeAnn Sheetsmissed the first eight games of the season after foot surgery. CherylSorenson ended up redshirting after a torn ACL in preseason. MelissaErickson was hampered by a sore shoulder during the non-conference portionof the schedule. Carli Halpenny was limited by a stress reaction in her hipand was initially declared out for the season and Kellie O'Neill had apremature end to her freshman year after suffering a severe ankle sprainmidway through the season.

Sheets suffered a sprained ankle at Boise State this year, causing herto miss the next two games, but she has returned to full strength. Inaddition, Loree Payne returned after missing the first six games with astress fracture in her foot. She posted a season-best 21 points against USC,Jan. 7.

The healthy lineup has given the Huskies increased depth this season, afactor that was particularly evident in the triple overtime win against USCJan. 7. The Trojans had four key players foul out while the Huskies wereable to constantly rotate fresh players in the game.

Dawgbite:
When Washington defeated Oregon State Jan. 20, it gave fifth-yearHusky coach June Daugherty victory No. 70 in her tenure at Washington ...she enters the Stanford/Cal weekend with a five-year mark of 70-60 and a12-year career record of 193-134 ... her win total is third among sevenHusky coaches over the years.

Pizza Time!:
Washington's defensive efforts have been stellar so far thisseason and it's not just the Huskies who are reaping the benefits. WhenWashington wins at home and holds its opponent under 55 points, every fan inBank of America Arena can redeem their ticket stub for a free small pizza atPapa John's Pizza. It's become a rally cry for the home crowd and so far,the fans have cashed in twice, against UCLA (54) Jan. 4 and against LoyolaMarymount (52) on Dec. 21. They just missed against James Madison when theDukes tallied 56 points. Overall, the Huskies are holding opponents to 66.7points per game this season.

More Magic:
Freshman guard Gioconda Mendiola had career high when sheposted a team-leading 10 points against UCLA Jan. 4. Mendiola had onlyscored in two of the nine games in which she had played to that point in theseason. Her previous high was five points against James Madison.

Mendiola graduated from high school in June, 1999 and then remained athome in California for a year before starting school. She and younger sisterGiuliana wanted to start college at the same time, so that they could playfour years together.

Payne Returns to Action:
Sophomore guard Loree Payne has returned to theform Husky fans are used to. UW's leading scorer as a freshman last season(17.4 ppg), Payne missed the first six games after being sidelined by astress fracture in her left foot. The sophomore guard, who was on thegold-medal winning USA Basketball Jones Cup team this summer, is back in thestarting lineup and bumped her scoring average into double figures for thefirst time this year after tallying 29 points, including seven threepointers, in two games last weekend. Earlier, she tallied a game-high 21points in the win over USC Jan. 7. It was the 10th time in her career shetopped the 20-point plateau.

Payne returned to the court against Loyola Marymount, Dec. 21.

Injury Update:
Loree Payne missed the first six game with a stressfracture in her left foot but returned Dec. 21. LeAnn Sheets suffered a leftankle sprain at Boise State and missed the Nebraska and Oklahoma Stategames. She returned to action against St. Mary's, Dec. 17. Sarah Keeler, whohad a minor meniscus tear in December, will redshirt this season.

Huskies Honor UW Football Player:
The women's basketball team is wearing apatch with the initials 'CW' on its jerseys this season, to support seniorfootball player Curtis Williams, who suffered a spinal cord injury duringthe Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. Williams, who attended the Rose Bowl,is currently in a rehabilitation center in San Jose, Calif.

Megan on the Move:
Senior guard Megan Franza continues to move up theWashington's career Top 10 scoring chart, now standing at No. 9 with 1,322points. Her 18 points against USC Jan. 7 bumped her ahead of Laurie Merlino,who had 1,262 points from 1988-91. Franza moved onto the list against JamesMadison, Dec. 22, moving past Amy Mickelson, who had 1,224 points from1987-90. Franza, the Huskies' leading scorer this year at 14.1 per game, iseight points away from tying former teammate Amber Hall, who scored 1,330points from 1995-99.

A first team All-Pac-10 selection last year, Franza has a careerscoring average of 12.8 points per game.

She became the 16th Husky to top the 1,000-point barrier and only theeighth player to pass the mark as a junior last year. Dating back to lastseason, Franza has scored in double figures in 38 of the last 43 games. Shehas started 101 games in her career. The last time Franza was not in thestarting lineup was the first game of her sophomore season, against Iowa(Nov. 15, 1998).

More Megan:
Franza entered the year at No. 2 on UW's career three pointfield goals made list, with 139. She has added 25 more in 16 games thisseason for a total of 164, including a high of five at Indiana. Franza ischasing former standout Jamie Redd (1995-99), who tops the list with 192treys. She is also No. 2 on the three point attempts list with 594, againchasing Redd who attempted 675 long range bombs during her career. Franzaequaled her career-high for attempts, with 13 against Nebraska Dec. 6.

Last year at 17.2 ppg, Franza led the Pac-10 in scoring until the finaltwo weeks of the season, while Loree Payne finished fourth with 17.4 pointsper game. Together they formed the highest scoring duo from the same schoolin Pac-10 history.

With the graduation of Maylana Martin (UCLA) and the redshirt seasonfor Oregon's injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza entered the 2000-01season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.

On the Rebound:
Washington's rebounding efforts have improved tremendouslyfrom last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, theHuskies lead the Pac-10 with a margin of +5.7. The Huskies have outreboundedall but four of their opponents this season (UConn, St. Mary's, ASU,Oregon). The team is averaging 44.4 rpg, first in the Pac-10, after 16games. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola is currently the leading rebounder at 7.0boards per game. LeAnn Sheets follows at 6.1 and Kellie O'Neill is at 6.0rebounds per game.

Look at Lalum:
Freshman Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) blocked four shots inthe game against St. Mary's Dec. 17. That mark is the highest by a Huskyplayer since Amber Hall swatted four away at Texas on Dec. 2, 1996. Hall,then a junior, went on to finish her career as Washington's career-leadingrebounder (1,003 rebounds, 1996-99).

Lalum has started four games this season, including the last two,against Oregon and Oregon State. She is averaging 7.4 points and 4.7rebounds per game while leading the Huskies with .441 mark in field goalpercentage.

So Far, So Good:
Washington wrapped up the non-conference portion of itsschedule with a mark of 7-3, its best non-league record since 1997-98 whenit was 9-0. Included in that record is a 3-1 mark on the road. The onlythree non-conference losses of the season came in overtime at the buzzer atIndiana, at the hands of No. 1 Connecticut and a two-point loss to a 10-1Colorado State team. The third straight road win, at Oklahoma State Dec. 3,equalled 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 offLouisiana Tech two nights earlier. The Huskies rebounded from the UConn lossby cruising past Boise State, 87-67, and followed with the win at OSU andits first home victory in the new arena, against Nebraska. The Huskiescurrently have a home mark of 6-3. Helping the cause this year has beenincreased scoring from the bench and a versatile rotation that is nearlythree deep at every position.

Huskies Among National Leaders in RPI Rankings
Washington's impressive stand in the RPI rankings continues. In theJan. 22 Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Ratings, UW stands at No. 17in the nation and its schedule is listed as the 17th-toughest. Last week,they were No. 14 and listed as having the 16th-toughest schedule.

Washington has posted a record of 11-5 thus far, including a six-gamewin streak that was snapped by a now 12-4 Colorado State team. The wins havebeen impressive. UW's victory over Michigan came against a Wolverine teamthat had knocked off then-eighth-ranked Louisiana Tech, a 2000 Final Fourparticipant. Washington's season-opening loss at Indiana, at the buzzer inovertime, came against a Hoosier team that has gone on to post a record of13-5. UW's other loss came at the hands of top-ranked and defending nationalchampion Connecticut.

The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is used by the NCAA women'sbasketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams and theseeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. It is derived fromthree component factors: Div. 1 winning percentage (25%), schedule strength(50%) and opponent's schedule strength (25%).

Catching up with Kellie:
Sophomore Kellie O'Neill had a stellar performancein her first home game this season, against No. 1 Connecticut. A 6-1guard-forward, she poured in a game-high 27 points against top-rankedConnecticut in Washington's home-opener Nov. 24.

O'Neill, who topped her previous career-best 16-point from December1999, went 12-for-18 from the field, including a 2-for-3 effort from 3-pointrange. Even more impressive was who it came against. O'Neill put in thehighest individual scoring effort against UConn to that point in the 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 defenselast season.

O'Neill, whose younger sister Kristen recently signed with Huskies fornext season, finished her high school career at Meadowdale with 1,414points, 810 rebounds, 213 steals and 170 blocks with a career field goalpercentage of 50.9 percent.

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

Home Sweet Home:
Over the last year and a half, Bank of America Arena atHec Edmundson Pavilion has undergone an extensive renovation. On Nov. 24 theHuskies, who hosted defending national champion Connecticut, moved back intotheir on-campus arena � a venue that provides the charm of its original1920s style along with all the modern conveniences of today. Over $40million dollars in improvements have been made and the new transformationensures that every person in the building has a great seat with noobstructed views.

The Huskies have enjoyed remarkable success in Hec Edmundson Pavilion,now called Bank of America Arena, building a long-standing tradition oftop-notch women's basketball on the west coast and across the country.

This season marks the 72nd year of service for the historical buildingthat has an entirely new look on the inside. The renovation gives Washingtona much-needed new competition and practice facility for several of itsteams. The seating capacity has been increased from 7,900 to 10,000 and goneare the supports pillars that have obstructed views from the upper levelseats since the buildings inception. The renovation design of Hec EdmundsonPavilion began in the summer of 1997. Construction began in March, 1999 withcompletion in the fall of 2000.

The Schedule:
As is tradition, the Washington women's basketball team facesa challenging schedule as it enters the 2000-2001 season. The Huskies face11 teams that played in the postseason last year, seven in the NCAATournament, and already saw none other than defending national championConnecticut Nov. 24. Four Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament in2000 and four opponents played in the WNIT, including national semi-finalistColorado State.

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

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

Reichmann Honored:
Junior forward Heather Reichmann received a specialhonor when her high school jersey was retired in a surprise ceremony Dec.19. Reichmann, who prepped at King's High School in Everett, was a threesport star in high school, earning letters in basketball, swimming andtrack. The 1998 Class A Player of the Year, Reichmann led her basketballteam to a 25-3 record and the state title as a junior and a second placefinish as a senior.

Halpenny Selected to Study Abroad
Carli Halpenny is one of 25 University of Washington undergraduates selectedto participate in a prestigious international study program during thespring quarter. She was chosen from a pool of 50 applicants to participatein the UW's Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) program. Halpenny, aredshirt junior, will spend the spring, 2000 academic quarter at school inRome, Italy in the program that involves the study of literature,architecture and the culture and language of the country. She was one of 12students chosen from outside the UW architecture school to join the25-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 ofthis season, a move that now gives the Huskies a six-player senior class.Halpenny joins Sarah Duncan, Melissa Erickson, Megan Franza, Jill Pimley andLeAnn Sheets in their final year of eligibility.

Halpenny, a 6-foot-3 center, enters this season healthy for the firsttime since her arrival in 1997-98. She has played in all six games this yearand is averaging 10 minutes and 2.8 points per game. Halpenny suffered atorn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee upon her arrival in 1997 andused a redshirt season for her rehabilitation. She saw limited action in herfirst two seasons, playing in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 1999 andnine games as a sophomore last year.

Recapping 1999-2000:
Faced with a spate of injuries to its front line and ayoung squad with no seniors, Washington suffered through its first losingseason in school history with a record of 8-22 overall and 4-14th for aninth place finish in the Pac-10. The season was not without its highlightsthough, the biggest coming back on Jan. 27 when the Huskies upset No. 24Stanford and captured the 500th win for the women's basketball program. Itwas the second victory in a row over Stanford and career win No. 180 forcoach 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 highestscoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history. Franza was named to theAll-Pac-10 First Team, continuing a tradition which has seen Washington havea player on the first team every year but two since the league began play inthe 1986-87 season. Payne finished the year as one of the most prolificfreshman 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, twoplayers did not return to the team this season. Starting point guard JuliaGray transferred to UNLV and reserve center Tiffiany Diggins left theprogram. Washington returns four of its starters from a year ago.

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