Women's Basketball Shoots for Six in a Row

Feb. 17, 2001

Seattle - Game 23
Washington Huskies (16-6, 9-3)
at
Oregon Ducks (12-10, 5-7)
1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 17
McArthur Court (9,087)
Eugene, Ore.
Televised live on Fox Sports Net

This Week: The No. 23 Washington women's basketball team (16-6, 9-3), in the rankings for the first time since the 1997-98 season, seeks to extend its five-game win streak when it takes on Oregon Saturday. The Huskies, who knocked off two ranked opponents last week, meet the Ducks (12-10, 5-7) in a nationally televised game on Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m., Feb. 17 in Eugene. Jim Watson and Heather Cox will call the action. The game can also be heard on the radio at KKOL 1300 am.

The Huskies are coming off a pair of home wins, over No. 22 Arizona (98-88) and No. 23 Arizona State (79-60) that moved them into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-10 Conference, along with ASU and Stanford.

Last week was productive weekend, both offensively and defensively, for the Huskies. They opened with a 10-point victory over Arizona, snapping a three-game losing skid to the Wildcats by hitting 52 percent (33-64) from the field and sinking a Pac-10 record 16 three point baskets. Nine players got in the scoring column and seven of them hit at least one three pointer. The fireworks continued against ASU as Washington shot 42 percent (29-69) from the field and had four players in double figures for the second game in a row.

The Huskies continued to light it up on the defensive end, as well. Once again, they outrebounded both opponents - Arizona by four and ASU by 17 - to maintain their lead as the top rebounding team in the conference at 43.9 per game. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola remains the Huskies' leader, pulling down six rebounds against Arizona to keep her average at a team-best 6.4 per game, while fellow freshman Andrea Lalum posted her third double-double of the year against ASU, with 14 points and 11 boards.

Washington will meet an Oregon team that is on a five game losing skid after falling, 77-76, to Washington State Thursday night. The five-game streak is the first of that length for the Ducks under eighth-year coach Jody Runge. The team is led by Angelina Wolvert, who averages 13.6 points per game and had a career-best 32 against WSU Thursday.

The Coaches
Washington
June Daugherty (Ohio St. `78)
Record at UW: 75-62 (5th yr.)
Career record: 198-136 (12th yr.)
Oregon
Jody Runge (Kentucky `83)
Record at Oregon: 155-71 (8th yr.)
Career: Same

Series Notes
Oregon leads the series with UW, 30-27, and has won the last 10 games.

Thursday Night Results
No. 23 UW won at Oregon State, 77-70 ... Oregon lost to Washington State, 77-76, in Eugene.

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

June Daugherty Radio Show
KOMO am 1000
Mondays, 6:30-7 p.m.

Next Games
Feb. 22 - California, 7 p.m.
Feb. 24 - Stanford, 1 p.m.
(Alumni Game)
at Bank of America Arena
Seattle, Wash.

Huskies In the Rankings: Washington has moved into the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the first time since the 1997-98 season. The Huskies, who knocked off ranked foes Arizona and Arizona State last weekend, stand at No. 23 in the Feb. 12 poll. Washington is one spot ahead of Arizona State, which dropped a notch to No. 24 after losing, 79-60, to the Huskies Saturday. Stanford is the first team listed as receiving votes in the poll. The Huskies, Sun Devils and Cardinal share the Pac-10 lead with identical 8-3 conference records. The top 25 ranking is the Huskies' first since the week of Feb. 28, 1998, when they were also at No. 23. The current six-player senior class was in its freshman season and helped lead Washington to its last NCAA Tournament appearance. The team was ranked as high as No. 7 that year, after starting the season on a 10-0 run. Washington's highest ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 was No. 3 in the final poll of the 1990 season.

Probable Washington Starters

Name	Pos.	Ht.	Yr.	Hometown		Pts., Rbs.
42 - LeAnn Sheets F 6-2 Sr. Olympia, Wash. 6.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg
40 - Andrea Lalum C 6-4 Fr. Bozeman, Mont. 8.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg
22 - Loree Payne G 6-0 So. Havre, Mont. 10.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg
14 - Megan Franza G 5-11 Sr. Leavenworth, Wash. 15.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
13 - Giuliana Mendiola G 5-11 Fr. Lake Forest, Calif. 10.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Thursday Night Recap
No. 23 Washington 77, at Oregon State 70 -- Megan Franza had 19 points and six assists as No. 23 Washington beat Oregon State, 77-70, Thursday night for its fifth straight win. Giuliana Mendiola added 13 points for Washington (16-6 overall, 9-3 Pac-10), which remained tied for first place in the conference. Felicia Ragland scored 23 points for Oregon State (11-11, 3-9), which dropped its sixth straight and fourth in a row after leading at halftime. Washington took control with a 12-0 run midway through the second half and took a 57-48 lead on a 3-pointer by Jill Pimley with 12:49 remaining. In the first half, the Beavers shot 60 percent from the field while the Huskies shot 50 percent. In the second half, Oregon State shot 7-for-30 from the field. Trailing 19-15 with 11:10 left in the first half, Oregon State held the Huskies scoreless for five minutes and used a 10-0 run to build a 25-19 lead. Washington countered with two 3-pointers by Franza and another 3 by Loree Payne. Payne and Andrea Lalum each finished with 10 points, while Lalum added 10 rebounds. Ericka Cook had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Oregon State. Nicole Funn added 14 points. Ragland and Cook combined for 28 points in the first half but made only two field goals in the second.

UW-OSU Game Notes
* UW's victory at OSU gave fifth year Husky coach June Daugherty her 75th win at Washington ... it was her 45th Pac-10 victory.

* Andrea Lalum recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds ... she and fellow freshman Giuliana Mendiola lead the Huskies with four double-doubles each

* The win gave UW a season sweep of OSU ... they also swept ASU this year.

* The win gave UW 16 victories for the season, double the total from last year when the Huskies finished the 2000 season at 8-22 overall and 4-14 in the Pac-10.

* For the fourth game in a row Washington had four players score in double figures.

* Washington won its first game when trailing at halftime. The Huskies were down five, 44-39, at OSU. They had lost four previous games when behind at the break.

* The Huskies were outrebounded in a game for just the seventh time this season. OSU had a 39-30 advantage on the boards.

* The Huskies continued their hot shooting from the field, hitting 49 percent (28-57) at OSU. They 50% at WSU, 51% vs. Arizona and 42% vs. ASU.

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