Women's Basketball Hosts Cal and Stanford
Feb. 21, 2001
Washington Huskies (16-7, 9-4/2nd)
California Bears (11-11, 7-5/5th)
7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 22
Bank of America Arena (10,000)
* Nike Night - Free Nike T-Shirt to first 500 fans
* UW Faculty and Staff Night - Free admission with coupon
vs. Stanford Cardinal (14-8, 8-4/3rd)
1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 24
Bank of America Arena (10,00)
Televised live on Fox Sports Net
UW Alumni Game - 10:30 a.m.
This Week: The Washington women's basketball team (16-7, 9-4), alone in second place in the Pac-10, begins a three-game homestand when it hosts a pair of teams battling for position in the top half of the conference. First up is California (11-11, 7-5), in fifth place, at 7 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 22. Third place Stanford (14-8, 8-4) follows at 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 24 in a live television game on Fox Sports Net. Heather Cox and Jim Watson will call the action. The day will also feature the annual Husky Alumni game at 10:30 a.m. at Bank of America Arena.
The Cal and Stanford games can both be heard on the radio at KKOL 1300 am. Washington dropped out of a share of the conference lead after splitting a pair of road games, first winning at Oregon State, 77-70, and then falling in overtime at Oregon, 64-60. The overtime game at Oregon, the Huskies' third extra period game this season, snapped a five-game win streak that had seen UW in a three-way tie for first with ASU and Stanford.
Washington will meet a California team that is coming off an 82-73 win at Stanford and that will be looking to avenge a one-point loss to the Huskies in the first meeting this season. The Bears, led by first year coach Caren Horstmeyer, have won five in a row since dropping a 69-68 decision to Washington back on Jan. 27. The team is led by a trio of players averaging double figure scoring, with Courtney Johnson at 14.0, Kenya Corley at 13.6 and Ami Forney at 10.2 points per game. In addition, Johnson leads the Pac-10 in steals, with 3.09 per game.
Stanford, which had also been tied for the conference lead with UW last week, had a seven-game win streak snapped with its home loss to rival California. The team is led by standout freshman Nicole Powell, who averages a team-best 13.5 points per game. She is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding, at 8.1 boards per game, and has helped the Cardinal outrebound opponents by a +4.8 margin, first in the conference ahead of Washington (+4.3).
June Daugherty (Ohio St. `78)
Record at UW: 75-63 (5th yr.)
Career record: 198-137 (12th yr.)
Caren Horstmeyer (Santa Clara `84)
Record at Cal: 11-11 (1st yr.)
Career: 232-135 (13th yr.)
Tara VanDerveer (Indiana `75)
At Stanford: 359-99 (15th yr.)
Career: 511-150 (22nd yr.)
UW leads the series with Cal, 28-8, and won the first meeting this season, 69-68, in Berkeley ... Stanford leads the series with UW, 22-11, and won the first meeting, 76-68, in Stanford.
UW split, winning at Oregon State, 77-70, and losing at Oregon, 64-60, in overtime ... Cal beat Stanford, 82-73, in Palo Alto.
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Probable Washington Starters
Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown Pts., Rbs.
42 - LeAnn Sheets F 6-2 Sr. Olympia, Wash. 6.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg
40 - Andrea Lalum C 6-4 Fr. Bozeman, Mont. 8.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg
22 - Loree Payne G 6-0 So. Havre, Mont. 10.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
14 - Megan Franza G 5-11 Sr. Leavenworth, Wash. 15.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
13 - Giuliana Mendiola G 5-11 Fr. Lake Forest, Calif. 10.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Top Turnaround: Washington has engineered a dramatic turnaround from last season, when the Huskies played their home games in downtown Seattle, were continually plagued by injuries and lacked a senior class. After 23 games last season, Washington had a record of 7-16 ... this year, the Huskies are 16-7 ... they were 3-10 after the first 13 Pac-10 games in 2000 ... this year they are 9-4 and in second place in the Pac-10.
With an overall record of 16-7, Washington has doubled its win total from last season when it finished 8-22. Here is a look at how Washington ranks among other teams around the country that have also posted similar turnarounds this season:
Team 99-00 record (%) 00-01 record (%) differential
South Carolina St. 5-23 (.179) 15-7 (.682) +.503
Baylor 7-20 (.259) 18-6 (.750) +.491
Colorado 10-19 (.345) 19-5 (.792) +.447
Montana State 6-21 (.222) 16-8 (.667) +.445
Washington 8-22 (.267) 16-7 (.696) +.429
Stetson 10-18 (.357) 18-5 (.782) +.425
Houston 7-21 (.250) 16-9 (.640) +.390
San Jose State 3-24 (.111) 12-13 (.480) +.369
Army 9-19 (.321) 16-9 (.640) +.319
In the Rankings: Washington dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 after standing at No. 23 for the week of Feb. 12. The Huskies received votes for the week of Feb. 19. At No. 23, Arizona State is the lone Pac-10 team in the rankings this week.
When Washington moved into the rankings last week, it marked the first time a Husky team had been in the top 25 since the 1997-98 season. They were ranked the week of Feb. 28, 1998, at No. 23. The current six-player senior class was in its freshman season then and helped lead Washington to its last NCAA Tournament appearance. That team was ranked as high as No. 7, after starting the season on a 10-0 run.
UW's highest ranking in the AP Top 25 was No. 3 in the final poll of the 1990 season.
Welcome Back: Washington will host its annual alumni game at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, prior to the Stanford game. Among the former Huskies expected to attend are: Beth Thorlakson Campbell, Mary Wigenstein, Shaunda Greene, Michelle Perkins, Barbara Berry, Nancy Wittman, Liese Anex, Trish Hackett, Karen Denmen, Pam Banks, Molly Martin, Janine Young, Ingrid Narcisse-Russell, Ana Tuiaea-Ryud, Lisa Rashkov.
Streakers: Before losing at Oregon, Washington was riding a five-game win streak that was its second-longest of the season ... earlier in the year, the Huskies had a six-game streak that ran through non-conference play early in December ... they currently have a three-game home win streak ... the Huskies have hit at least five three pointers in the last 11 games ... the highest mark was a Pac-10 record 16 treys against Arizona, Feb. 8 and the lowest was three, against USC, Jan. 7 ... senior guard Megan Franza is expected to start her 82nd straight game this Thursday against Cal ... she has led the Huskies in scoring the last six games.
at Oregon 64, UW 60 OT - Lindsey Dion's short jumper with 48 seconds left in overtime helped lead Oregon to a 64-60 victory over No. 23 Washington Saturday and snapped a five-game losing streak for the Ducks and a five-game win streak for the Huskies. Jamie Craighead added 18 points for the Ducks and hit two big shots in overtime. The first was a 3-pointer that put Oregon ahead 60-57 with just under four minutes remaining. With the Ducks leading 62-60 and the shot clock winding down, Craighead hit a long jumper with 7.3 seconds left to provide the final margin. Angelina Wolvert had 13 points and 17 rebounds for Oregon, which beat the Huskies for the 11th straight time, and Dion had 15 points. Megan Franza scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and overtime to lead Washington, (16-7, 9-4). But Franza missed 13 of her 22 shots, and she was stripped of the ball by Elisa Edwards in the lane with just under 40 seconds left and the Huskies trying to set up the potential tying shot. The game was close the entire way, and Washington missed several scoring chances. The Huskies missed two layup attempts in overtime, and LeAnn Sheets missed two free throws that could have given Washington the lead with 36.9 seconds left in regulation. With the score tied at 55, Sheets' layup attempt rolled out, and her two free throws missed the mark. Washington got one more chance, but Giuliana Mendiola's running jumper was blocked by Jenny Mowe. With time running out, Dion missed with an off-balance jumper, and the game went to overtime.
UW-Oregon Game Notes: With the loss, Washington snapped a five-game win streak, its second-longest of the year ... it was the third overtime game of the season for UW ... the Huskies are 1-2 in OT games so far (loss at Indiana, win in 3OT vs. USC) ... Megan Franza led the Huskies in scoring for the 11th time this season.
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 UW. Felicia Ragland scored 23 points for OSU 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, OSU shot 7-for-30 from the field. Trailing 19-15 with 11:10 left in the first half, OSU held the Huskies scoreless for five minutes and used a 10-0 run to build a 25-19 lead. UW 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.
Dawgbite: Fifth-year Husky coach June Daugherty has the opportunity to pickup career victories 199 and 200 this weekend ... she enters the Cal/Stanford series with a 12-year mark of 198-136. Daugherty is 75-63 in her five years at Washington. Her UW record is third-best among Washington coaches.
Daugherty currently stands fifth among Pac-10 coaches in career victories. Stanford's Tara VanDerveer is first with 511, followed by Joan Bonvicini (UA, 502), Chris Gobrecht (USC, 376) and Caren Horstmeyer (Cal, 232).
Three Point Barrage: By hitting six more three point baskets at Oregon, the Huskies have now connected on 50 treys in the last five games ... Washington is first in the Pac-10 in three point field goals made with 167 in 23 games ... the team has far surpassed the previous season high of 150 three pointers made in 1998. With five regular season games remaining, the Pac-10 single season record of 213 treys is not entirely out of the question. The Huskies already broke the single game mark when they sank 16 from long range against Arizona, Feb. 8.
Fanfare: In its last homestand, the Huskies hosted No. 23 Arizona State in front of 5,280 fans, the second-highest mark of the season, behind the 6,098 fans who showed up for the game against No. 1 Connecticut, Nov. 24. Washington is averaging 3,066 fans per home game this season.
Some Pac-10 Comparisons: UW continues to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding, at 43.1 boards per game ... Stanfords leads in rebounding margin (+4.8) and Washington is second (+4.3) ... Stanford is second is scoring offense (74.4 ppg) and Washington is third (72.7 ppg) and Cal is ninth (63.7 ppg) ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 in three point field goal percentage (.367) and free throw percentage (.725) ... UW is No. 2 in field goal percent defense (.402) and No. 1 in three point field goal defense ... UW is tops with 167 three pointers made so far and Stanford is second with 132 made.
UW Against Ranked Teams: Washington made a national statement two weeks ago when it knocked off both No. 22 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State, the first ranked opponents UW had defeated this season. The Huskies had entered the week with a mark of 0-3 versus teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The effort moved UW into the rankings for the first time since 1998. The losses to ranked opponents have been as follows: No. 1 Connecticut (100-54), No. 22 Arizona (88-72) and No. 18 Oregon (67-53).
Huskies Hit High Field Goal Mark: The Huskies have been hot from the floor in three of their last five games. Beginning at WSU three weeks ago, the Huskies hit 50 percent from the field (33-66) for its highest mark to that point in the year ... they topped that season-high the next week when they connected on 52 percent (33-64) against No. 22 Arizona, Feb. 8 ... that mark included a sizzling 58 percent (21-36) in the first half, buoyed by 11-of-19 shots (58%) from three point range ... the mark dipped to 42 percent versus Arizona State but was back up at 49 percent against Oregon State ... UW managed just 33 percent in its overtime loss at Oregon.
Dawgbite: Washington's 98 points againts Arizona Feb. 8 marked the 11th time a June Daugherty-coached Husky team has topped the 90-point barrier, including twice earlier this season when they scored 91 points at WSU and matched the effort in a triple overtime game against USC. The Huskies topped the barrier once last year, nearly reaching the century mark with 99 points against Idaho. Two years prior, in 1998-99, the high-scoring Huskies scored 90 or more points four times. The Washington school record for points in a game is 114 versus Weber State in 1985.
The Series with California
Overall: UW leads, 28-8 Current streak: UW has won one game
Last six games: Even, 3-3
Last year: Cal swept, 72-59 in Seattle and 51-49 in Berkeley
Longest UW streak in series: 13 games Longest Cal streak: 3 games
First meeting this season: UW won, 69-68, in Berkeley
June Daugherty vs. Cal: 9-6
First Meeting This Season: UW 69, at California 68 - Despite a second half surge and a five point lead with 7:51 remaining in the game, it was not enough for California as Washington regained the lead with 1:18 to play and defeated the Bears, 69-68, Jan. 27. Husky senior Megan Franza led all scorers with 30 points, including a school-record tying six three pointers. Franza, who was 11-for-17 from the field and 6-of-10 from behind the arc had 22 of her points by halftime. With just 1:37 left on the clock, Courtney Johnson scored on a fast-break lay-up to hand Cal a two point, 68-66, lead. The Huskies came right back down the floor, missing on their first shot but grabbing the rebound and kicking the ball out to Loree Payne who promptly hit a three-pointer, the final points of the game, to give UW the win. Ami Forney had a double-double for the Bears, with a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds. Cal put up two shots with 12 and six seconds remaining respectively, both failing to drop, before Forney committed a foul with five seconds on the clock. LeAnn Sheets missed both resulting free throws for UW, giving Cal hope, but the Bears final shot with a second remaining again would not fall. Washington went into halftime with a comfortable 39-30 lead thanks to a strong first half start that never saw the Huskies trailing. Freshman center Andrea Lalum finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Washington shot 42 percent as a team over the course of the night, besting Cal's 35 percent showing.
The Series with Stanford
Overall: Stanford leads, 22-11 Current streak: Stanford has won two games
Last six games: Stanford, 4-2
Last year: Split, UW won in Seattle (85-83) and Stanford won in Palo Alto (76-46)
Longest UW streak in series: 4 games Longest Stanford streak: 10 games
Last Stanford win in Seattle: Jan. 23, 1999 (70-63)
First meeting this season: Stanford won, 76-68, in Palo Alto
June Daugherty vs. Stanford: 2-7
Notes on the Stanford Series: Stanford is one of only two schools to own a winning record against the Huskies (Oregon is the other) ... the two teams shared the 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 500 wins ... June Daugherty was an assistant coach to Tara VanDerveer at Sta nford from 1985 to 1989.
First Meeting This Season: at Stanford 76, UW 68 - Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer became the first women's basketball coach in Pac-10 history to win 200 career conference games as the Cardinal defeated Washington 76-68, Jan. 25. Stanford freshman Nicole Powell led all scorers with 20 points while adding a game-high nine rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. Stanford, which scored the first four points and never trailed, received 11 points from Powell and shot 57.7 percent from the floor en route to a 35-28 halftime lead. Washington drew within three five minutes into the second half, however, the Cardinal responded with an 18-7 run to take a 58-44 lead with 8:10 left. Enjoli Izidor came off the bench and hit both three-point attempts to spur the run. From there, the Huskies never got within 10 points and Stanford took a 16-point lead, its biggest of the game, on a St. Clair three with 3:56 remaining. UW freshman center Andrea Lalum scored a career-best 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting to pace the Huskies, while fellow freshman Giuliana Mendiola added 14. LeAnn Sheets and Loree Payne each scored 10, while Megan Franza had nine for Washington.
Statistical Comparison UW Cal Stanford
Overall record 16-7 11-11 14-8
AP ranking votes -- votes
Points per game 72.7 63.7 74.4
Field goal percentage .405 .408 .454
3-Pt. FG percentage .336 .313 .367
Rebounding average 43.1 37.4 39.4
Take Note: Washington, in second place after 13 games in conference play, was picked to finish sixth in a preseason vote of Pac-10 coaches. The Huskies were picked seventh in the media poll.
Fabulous Freshmen: While Washington's six player senior class has played a large role in the Huskies' success this year, the freshmen class has been just as vital to the winning season. Versatile guard Giuliana Mendiola and center Andrea Lalum are mainstays in the starting lineup and average 30 minutes and 22 minutes a game, respectively. They each have four double-doubles this year. Mendiola, who plays point guard and either wing position, leads the Huskies in rebounding with 6.4 boards per game. She is the third-leading scorer, with 10.2 points a game and her assist to turnover ratio (1.61) is fourth in the Pac-10. Mendiola, who was the Husky Classic MVP earlier this season, has started 21 of 23 games this season. Lalum, who moved into the starting lineup a month ago, leads the Huskies in field goal percentage, hitting 47percent (75-160) of her shots from the field. She has averaged 53 percent (50-94) in Pac-10 games, a mark that is sixth-best in the league. Lalum, who grew an inch last year up to 6-foot-4, is a versatile player who provides the Huskies with a physical inside presence but has also connected on 13 three-point shots this year. She was 3-for-3 from behind the arc as a part of her 19-point effort at Stanford. She blocked four shots against St. Mary's Dec. 17, the highest single game mark by a Husky player since Amber Hall swatted four away at Texas, Dec. 2, 1996. Hall, then a junior, went on to finish her career as Washington's career-leading rebounder (1,003 rebounds, 1996-99). Fellow freshman Gioconda Mendiola, the older sister of Giuliana, has returned to action after missing three games because of thumb surgery. Mendiola graduated from high school in June, 1999 and then remained at home in California for a year before starting school. She and younger sister Giuliana wanted to start college at the same time, so that they could play four years together. Rounding out the first-year class is Sarah Keeler, who is redshirting this season.
Senior Strength: Husky coach June Daugherty continually points to the six-player senior class as a major reason for UW's success this year, crediting the group with strong leadership in practice and during games. Senior captains Megan Franza and Jill Pimley headline the group. Franza has been a constant in the starting lineup since her freshman year and is a leader on the court. Pimley is in her second season as a team captain and is a vocal leader whether she is playing or on the bench. LeAnn Sheets, who has struggled with injuries throughout her career, is healthy and gives the Huskies a veteran presence in the post. Melissa Erickson, until she injured her knee Jan. 27, brought experience off the bench, giving the Huskies added height inside. Sarah Duncan was named Most Inspirational last season and continues to fill that role this year. Carli Halpenny rounds out the group. A redshirt junior, she has opted to graduate this year in order to spend the spring quarter studying in Italy. The move puts her back in the class she entered with in 1997 and strengths the leadership the six-player group provides. Washington had no seniors on its roster last season when it posted an 8-22 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 Daugherty to constantly shuffle her lineup. No less than five different players were on the bench with injuries at one point or another last year. LeAnn Sheets missed the first eight games of the season after foot surgery. Cheryl Sorenson ended up redshirting after a torn ACL in preseason. Melissa Erickson was hampered by a sore shoulder during the non-conference portion of the schedule. Carli Halpenny was limited by a stress reaction in her hip and was initially declared out for the season and Kellie O'Neill had a premature end to her freshman year after suffering a severe ankle sprain midway through the season. The healthy lineup has given the Huskies increased depth this season, a factor that was particularly evident in the triple overtime win against USC Jan. 7. The Trojans had four key players foul out while the Huskies were able to constantly rotate fresh players in the game. Only recently have the Huskies been hit by the injury bug. Cheryl Sorenson missed the Oregon/OSU series with a sore knee as did Carli Halpenny, with a sore hip. Both are day-to-day entering this weekend.
Megan on the Move: Senior guard Megan Franza continues to light it up in her final year as a Husky. She has led the Huskies in scoring 11 times this season, including the last six in a row, and is averaging 21.5 points per game over the last six games. Twice this season Franza has scored 22 points in the first half of a game, at California en route to a 30-point performance and again at home against Arizona. Here are a few notes on what Franza is doing in her final season as a Husky:o Matched the 22-point first half effort from Cal, against No. 22 Arizona, Feb. 8
o Leading scorer for UW in last six games, 11 times overall
o Season-high 30 points at California, Jan. 27
o Third career performance of 30 or more points (35 vs. Idaho, 12/18/99, 33 vs. Stanford, 1/27/00)
o Tied her own school record with six three pointers at Cal (shares record with two others) ... she and Jamie Redd (1996-99) both hit six twice
o Started 108 of last 110 games ... last time not starting was Nov. 15, 1998, vs. Iowa sophomore year
o Reached double figure scoring in 44 of last 50 games ... has led UW in scoring last two seasons
Franza on the UW Career Chartso No. 8 on UW career scoring chart with 1,460 points ... needs 48 points to move tie No. 7 (Carlin McClary, 1,508)
o Career scoring average of 13.2 points per game
o No. 8 on career field goals made chart (549) ... No. 4 on field goal attempts chart. (1,414)
o No. 2 on UW career three point field goals made chart (185 made) ... needs eight to pass all-time leader Jamie Redd (192)
o No. 2 on career three point attempts list with 644 ... again trails Redd (675) ...equalled her career high attempts with 13 versus Nebraska this season (Dec. 6)
o A first team All-Pac-10 selection last year, Franza became the 16th Husky to top the 1,000-point barrier and only the eighth player to pass the mark as a junior.
Franza on the Pac-10 Conference Career Chartso Points - with 1,460 points, Franza needs 41 to tie No. 25 (1,501, Arianne Boyer, UO, 1994-97)
o Three point field goal attempts - No. 3 with 644 - needs 31 to tie No. 2 Jamie Redd (675, UW, 1996-99)
o Three point field goals made - No. 7 with 185 - needs four to tie No. 6 Missy Croshaw (189, Oregon, 1991-4).
o Field goal attempts - Franza has 1,414 and needs eight attempts to tie Maylana Martin (UCLA, 1997-00) for 10th place (1,422 fgm).
Chart Topper: Megan Franza's game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds on the clock against Oregon State (Jan. 20), capped a 28-point performance for the senior guard. That was followed by her 30-point performance two games later at California. Here is a look at Franza's top seven scoring marks:35 - vs. Idaho, Dec. 18, 1999
33 - vs. No. 24 Stanford, Jan. 27, 2000
30 - at California, Jan. 27, 2001
28 - vs. Oregon State, Jan. 20, 2001
27 - at Colorado State, Dec. 29, 1999
26 - at Nebraska, Dec. 6, 1999
26 - vs. No. 22 Arizona, Feb. 8, 2001
And Finally: Last year, with a scoring average of 17.2 ppg, Franza led the Pac-10 in scoring until the final two weeks of the season, while freshman teammate 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 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.
On the Rebound: Washington's rebounding efforts have improved tremendously from last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, the Huskies have a margin of +4.3 over opponents this season, a mark that is second in the Pac-10, behind Stanford (+4.8). Washington has outrebounded all but nine opponents this season. The team is averaging 43.1 rpg, first in the Pac-10. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola is currently the leading rebounder at 6.4 boards per game. LeAnn Sheets follows at 5.8 and Andrea Lalum is at 5.4 rebounds per game.
Injury Update: Cheryl Sorenson injured her left knee in practice the week of Feb. 12 and is day-to-day. Carli Halpenny has a sore left hip and will be further evaluated this week. Her status is questionable. Loree Payne missed the first six game with a stress fracture in her left foot but returned Dec. 21. LeAnn Sheets suffered a left ankle sprain at Boise State and missed the Nebraska and Oklahoma State games. Sarah Keeler had a minor meniscus tear in December and is redshirting this season.
Huskies in Overtime: Washington's 64-60 overtime loss at Oregon last week was its third extra period game this year. The Huskies have a mark of 1-2 in overtime games this season, with a 77-74 loss at the buzzer in one overtime period at Indiana and a 91-79 triple overtime win at home against USC. The triple overtime game against USC was the first in UW school history. Washington's all-time record in overtime is 8-10 since 1976. Only one other time has a Washington team played three overtime games in one season, during the 1991-92 year. The Huskies were 2-1 in OT games that year.
Huskies Among National Leaders in RPI Rankings Washington's impressive stand in the RPI rankings continues. In the Feb. 12 Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Ratings, UW stands at No. 17 in the nation and its schedule is listed at No. 20. The Huskies are the top Pac-10 school in the RPI report as five Pac-10 schools stand in the top 50. Washington has posted a record of 16-7 thus far, including a six-game win streak during non-conference play and a five-game streak during the Pac-10 season. The wins have been impressive. UW's victory 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 strong Hoosier team. UW's other loss came at the hands of current No. 3 and defending national champion Connecticut.