Huskies Dance Into Sweet 16 In Spokane Regional
March 21, 2001
This Week in the NCAA Tournament
Spokane Arena (12,000)
Hosted by Washington State University
Saturday, March 24
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 5 SW Missouri St.
followed 30 minutes after by (approx. 9:30 p.m.)
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Washington
Regional Championship Game
7 p.m., Monday, March 26
Winner advances to Final Four in St. Louis, Mo.
Washington Huskies(21-9 overall, 12-6 Pac-10/1st-tie)vs.Oklahoma Sooners(28-5 overall, 15-1 Big 12)
June Daugherty (Ohio St. ï¿½78)
Record at UW: 80-65 (5th yr.)
Career record: 203-139 (12th yr.)
Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian '86)
Record at OU/Career: 81-68 (5th yr.)
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After traveling across the country for its first and secondrounds, the Washington women's basketball team (21-9) returns to its homestate to face Oklahoma (28-5) in the West Region of the 2001 NCAA Women'sBasketball Tournament in Spokane, Wash.
The Huskies, a six-seed who earned an at-large bid and were sent toFlorida for their first and second round games, meet the Sooners, a two-seedout of the Big 12 Conference, for their semifinal in the second game of theday, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Sat., March 12 at the Spokane Arena. No. 1seed Duke (30-3) and fifth-seeded Southwest Missouri State (27-5) meet inthe first game of the day, at 7 p.m.
Washington is in its 13th NCAA Tournament and third under Husky headcoach June Daugherty. Appearing in the tournament for the first time since1998, the Huskies advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995.
Television / Radio / Internet
Washington's regional semifinal game versus Oklahoma will be televised liveon ESPN at approximately 9:30 p.m. PST. Michelle Tafoya and Doris Burke willcall the action. It will be carried live on the radio at KOMO am 1000 withSteve Sandmeyer calling the game. Games can also be heard live on theinternet by going to www.gohuskies.com where fans will be directed to:http:www.broadcast.com/sports/ncaa/washington
The game is scheduled to tip-off 30 minutes following the Duke-SWMissouri game.
How They Got Here
The Huskies received the lengthiest travel schedule of the tournamentbut didn't let it faze them as they opened their first NCAA appearance since1998 with a last second buzzer-beating shot to defeat 11-seed Old Dominion,67-65, in the first round of action at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville,Fla. They followed that performance, and the shot that earned a spot onESPN's Plays of the Week, with an upset of host and No. 3 seed Florida,86-75, to advance to the round of 16 for the fifth time in school history.
Oklahoma advanced after defeating Oral Roberts, 70-64, and Pac-10 foeStanford, 67-50 in Norman, Okla. Duke advanced after defeatingWisconsin-Milwaukee, 96-63, and Arkansas, 75-54, in Durham, North Carolina.SWMS advanced after defeating Toledo, 89-71, and four-seed Rutgers, 60-53.
About the West Region Field
Washington finished the regular season with a record of 19-9 overalland 12-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Huskies were crowned conferenceco-champions along with Stanford and Arizona State, who also finished withleague marks of 12-6. Stanford earned the automatic bid to the tournamentthrough the conference tiebreaker. Washington was the highest seed among thefour Pac-10 teams participating in the tournament, as Stanford is at 10, ASU11 and Oregon 13. The Huskies are the only Pac-10 remaining in thetournament.
Oklahoma, ranked No. 7 in the most recent AP Top 25 poll, earned anat-large invitation and No. 2 seed after finishing the regular season with arecord of 26-5 overall and 15-1 in the Big 12. The Sooners are making theirfourth appearance in the tournament. The regional match-up will mark thesecond meeting between OU and UW.
Duke earned a top seed and automatic berth in the tournament afterfinishing its regular season with a record 28-3 and 13-3 mark in theAtlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils are making their eighthappearance in the postseason tournament. Southwest Missouri State, whichboasts the NCAA's all-time leading scorer in Jackie Stiles, earned anautomatic bid through the Missouri Valley Conference after finishing itsregular season with a mark of 25-5. The Lady Bears are making their 10thappearance.
Along with Spokane, the other regional sites are: East - Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania (Mellon Area), Mideast - Birmingham, Alabama(Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Area), and Midwest - Denver,Colorado (Pepsi Center). The four regional winners will meet at the NCAAWomen's Final Four, March 30 and April 1, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis,Missouri.
NCAA Tournament History:
On the strength of a remarkable regular seasonthat has seen the Huskies engineer one of the greatest turnarounds in thecountry, Washington is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.The most recent visit was in 1998 when the current Husky senior class werefreshmen. Washington has an overall mark of 13-12 in tournament games andhas advanced as far as the Elite Eight, in 1990.
The Huskies first appeared in 1985, the fourth year of the tournament,and had a string of seven straight years in which they advanced topostseason. After missing out in 1992, when they finished 17-11, the Huskiesreturned every year from 1993-95.
Washington is 7-3 in first round games, 5-5 in second round games and1-3 in regional semifinal games. UW owns a record of 2-4 in NCAA tournamentgames played on a neutral court.
Been There, Done That:
Washington's six-player senior class was the last UWgroup to appear in the NCAA Tournament, when they were freshmen in 1998. TheHuskies lost in the first round, 88-71, at Purdue.
Washington advanced to the second round of the WNIT in 1999.
Washington surpassed the 20-win plateau for the first timesince 1994-95 ... the Huskies finished 25-9 that year and advanced to theMideast Regional Semifinal before falling to Texas Tech (67-52) ... UW hasposted 11 twenty-win seasons since 1974-75 ... UW's highest win total was in1990, when that team finished 28-3 after advancing to the Elite Eight (whereit lost to Auburn, 76-50).
When Washington earned a share of the Pac-10 women's basketballtitle, it became the fourth conference crown for a Husky sports team thisyear. The men's and women's soccer teams each won Pac-10 titles, as did theHusky football team.
The men's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAATournament while the women reached the Sweet 16. The Husky football teamearned a berth in the Rose Bowl where it defeated Purdue, 34-24.
Bottom to Top:
Washington's first place finish in the Pac-10 Conferencemarked the single greatest turnaround by a team, from one year to the next,since Pac-10 play began in 1986-87. The Huskies, who share the Pac-10championship with Arizona State and Stanford, finished ninth last year. Noother team has ever made that great a leap in one season. Previously, themost dramatic turnaround was an Oregon team that went from fourth place in1997-98 to Pac-10 champions in 1998-99.
Washington has claimed three Pac-10 titles since theconference began women's play in 1986-87. The Huskies won the second titleawarded, in 1988, when they finished with an overall record of 25-5 and 16-2in conference play. That team advanced to the NCAA West Region Semifinal,where it lost to Long Beach State, 104-78, in Long Beach. The Huskies wereco-champions with Stanford in 1990 when they posted Washington's best recordever, at 28-3 overall, with a 17-1 conference mark. The Huskies, whofinished the year ranked No. 3, advanced to the Elite Eight, where theseason ended with a 76-50 loss to Auburn at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in IowaCity.
In the 14 previous years of Pac-10 play, the conference's automaticqualifier hosted NCAA first round games. In 1990, when Washington andStanford were co-champions, both were No. 1 seed and hosted tournamentgames. When UCLA and Oregon shared the title in 1999, the Bruins had theautomatic bid and hosted while the Ducks played at Iowa.
All 23 of Washington's athletic teams are referred to simply as'Huskies.'
The term 'Lady Huskies' is not used by the University of Washington.
Six Huskies are entering the home stretch of theircollegiate careers. This year is the second NCAA Tournament appearance forSarah Duncan, Melissa Erickson, Megan Franza, Carli Halpenny, Jill Pimleyand LeAnn Sheets. Together the class has combined to lead Washington to a78-65 record over the last four years, including the Huskies' most recentNCAA Tournament visit, when they were freshmen in 1998. They helped lead UWto a 10-0 start and a No. 7 national ranking in '97-98 and have engineeredthe fourth-greatest turn-around in the country, from one season to the next,this year. All six players will graduate in June.
Washington has engineered a dramatic turnaround from lastseason, when the Huskies played their home games in downtown Seattle, werecontinually plagued by injuries and lacked a senior class. At the end oflast season, Washington had a record of 8-22, the first losing season inschool history, and a ninth place finish in the Pac-10 ... this year, theHuskies finished the regular season at 19-9 and as Pac-10 co-champions.
With an overall record of 21-9, Washington more than doubled its wintotal from last season when it finished 8-22. Here is a look at howWashington ranks among other teams around the country that have also postedsimilar turnarounds this season:
Washington and Oklahoma Common Opponents
Ironically, Washington and Oklahoma have both faced Stanford twice thisseason. The Huskies split with the Cardinal, losing in Palo Alto, 76-68, andwinning in Seattle, 95-87. The Sooners swept Stanford, 102-98 in overtimeDec. 27 in Norman, and in the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament lastMonday night, 67-50, also in Norman, Okla.
The Huskies and Sooners have met just once before, duringthe 1986-87 season. Washington defeated Oklahoma, 83-64, to capture its ownHusky Classic tournament title. Washington owns a record of 12-14 againstschools in the Big 12 Conference, including a pair of victories this season,at Oklahoma State (66-59) and versus Nebraska (69-57).
Washington is 2-0 versus Duke, with the most recent meeting in 1993.The Huskies are also 2-0 versus SWMS, with the most recent win in 1995.
Washington coach June Daugherty has not faced any of the three schoolsin the regional field during her career.
Random Series Trivia:
Although the women's basketball programs have metjust once before, Washington and Oklahoma share an interesting bit ofcollege football trivia. Diehard Husky fans often recount the memorable 1985Orange Bowl when fourth-ranked Washington benefited from a penalty as aresult of Oklahoma's Sooner Schooner Conestoga wagon appearing on the fieldprematurely. The Huskies turned the game around with 14 straight points andearned a 28-17 victory over No. 2 Oklahoma. The Football News tabbedWashington, which finished with a record of 11-1, as National Championsover BYU for the 1984 football season.
NCAA First and Second Round Recaps
Second Round versus Florida, March 18
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Two losses at the end of the regular season sentWashington on a 3,000-mile trip that few teams could expect to survive.
Talk about making the best of it.The Huskies kept alive their long and unlikely adventure in the NCAAtournament Sunday night, thanks to good shooting and a clutch 14-pointeffort from freshman Andrea Lalum in an 86-75 upset victory over Florida.
Washington made its first six shots, shot 49 percent from the field andhit all but seven of their 34 free throws in a near wire-to-wire victoryover the third-seeded Gators (24-6).
Freshman Giuliana Mendiola led Washington with 18 points, but nobodycame through bigger than Lalum, who hit two 3-pointers to open the game,then made four key baskets down the stretch to help hold off a strongFlorida rally.
The Gators matched the program record for victories this season, butjoined Georgia as the second Southeastern Conference team that couldn'tadvance out of a subregional on its home court.
Brandi McCain led the Gators with 23 points, but shot just 8-for-29(7-for-26 from 3-point range) as part of the team's awful 34 percentshooting night. By the time McCain got hot, midway through the second half,Florida trailed by 19.
This game had none of the drama of Friday night, when Huskies guardLoree Payne hit a jumper at the buzzer to lift her team to a thrilling 67-65victory over Old Dominion.
Trailing 62-43, McCain hit three 3-pointers and center Vanessa Haydenscored nine points as part of a 26-11 run that pulled the Gators withinfour. But Lalum kept answering during that stretch, keeping the Huskies inthe lead.
After pulling within four at 73-69, Florida missed five straight shots,and started sending the Huskies to the foul line, where they hit 11 of 15down the stretch.
First Round versus Old Dominion, March 16
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Loree Payne got Washington's tournament off to a magicalstart, hitting a 15-foot jump shot at the buzzer to lift the Huskies pastOld Dominion 67-65 in the first round of the West Regional.
With 0.7 seconds remaining, Payne, a sophomore, took the inbounds passfrom Megan Franza, spotted up on the baseline and swished home the gamewinner as the buzzer blared.
The sixth-seeded Huskies (20-9) rushed off the bench and mobbed Payne,pushing her into press row, as they celebrated a triumphant return to thetournament after a two-season absence.
No. 11 seed Old Dominion (21-9) trailed by as many as 10, but chippedaway, and when Monique Coker hit a layup, the Lady Monarchs tied the game at65 with 54 seconds remaining. After a Washington turnover, Old Dominion hada chance for the go-ahead bucket, but lost the ball after shooting an airball, then getting whistled for a shot-clock violation.
The Huskies brought the ball down, and Franza missed a 15-foot jumper.But the ball went out of bounds off Old Dominion, giving Payne her chance tobe the hero.
It was a quick turnaround for Washington, which blew its chance to winthe Pac-10 outright with two bad losses to to UCLA and USC - both at thebottom of the conference - to close the regular season.
The Huskies, who depend largely on their 3-point shooting, won despitemaking just 7 of 22 from long range. Payne hit four 3-pointers and ledWashington with 20 points. Franza, an All Pac-10 first-teamer, finished with12 points and six assists.
Long a powerhouse in the women's game, Old Dominion came into thetournament with its lowest seed ever, even though it won its 10th straightColonial Athletic Association title.
Myriah Spence came off the bench to lead the Monarchs with 13 pointswhile teammate Hamchetou Maiga had 11 points and seven rebounds. The wasODU's first opening-round loss since 1995.
In the Rankings:
Washington was in The Associated Press Top 25 twice thisseason, most recently at No. 22 for the week of March 5. The Huskies brokeinto the poll for the first time this season at No. 23 on Feb. 12. TheHuskies received votes in the most recent March 11 poll.
When Washington moved into the rankings Feb. 12, it marked the firsttime a Husky team had been in the top 25 since the 1997-98 season. They wereranked the week of Feb. 28, 1998, at No. 23. The current six-player seniorclass was in its freshman season then and helped lead Washington to its lastNCAA Tournament appearance. That team was ranked as high as No. 7, afterstarting the season on a 10-0 run.
UW's highest ranking in the AP Top 25 was No. 3 in the final poll ofthe 1990 season.
Hear the Roar:
Washington's home attendance has increased dramatically thisseason, the first year of play in the newly remodeled Hec EdmundsonPavilion. The Huskies brought an average of 4,185 fans per home game, upfrom last year's mark of 2,338 from last season and 3,608 from the 1999season. That's an increase of 1,847 from last year to this year and up 577from two years ago.
Washington ranks sixth in the nation in three point field goalsmade per game. The Huskies average 7.4 per contest. The national leader isIowa State at 9.2.
Three Point Barrage:
Washington is first in the Pac-10 in three point fieldgoals made with 222 in 30 games ... the Huskies broke the Pac-10 singleseason record in the first round of the NCAA Tournament versus Old Dominionafter they tallied seven in that game for a total of 215 (old mark - 213,Stanford, 2000) ... the team has far surpassed the previous UW season highof 150 three pointers made in 1998. The Huskies broke the single game markwhen they sank 16 from long range against Arizona Feb. 8. Stanford tied thatmark when it hit 16 against Washington Feb. 24.
Some Pac-10 Notes:
UW continues to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding, at 42.9boards per game ... the Huskies are second in scoring offense (73.7 ppg) ...second in assists (16.53 apg) ... first in offensive rebounds and defensiverebounds ... first in three point field goals made (7.43) and first inassist to turnover margin (0.91).
Fifth-year Husky coach June Daugherty has engineered one of thegreatest turnarounds in the Pac-10 and the nation this season ... she entersthe NCAA West Regional with a 12-year career mark of 203-139. Daugherty is80-65 in her five years at Washington. Her UW record is third-best amongWashington coaches and with two more wins, she will tie Kathie Nier(1975-79) for most second-most UW victories.
Daugherty currently stands fifth among Pac-10 coaches in careervictories, behind Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, Arizona's Joan Bonvicini,USC's Chris Gobrecht and Caren Horstmeyer at Cal. She collected careervictory No. 200 Feb. 24 versus Stanford.
UW Against Ranked Teams:
Washington has a record of 3-3 versus ranked teamsthis season, most recently knocking off Florida on its home floor in thesecond round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Washignton made a statement the week of Feb. 8 when it knocked off bothNo. 22 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State, the first ranked opponents UW haddefeated this season. The effort moved UW into the rankings, at No. 23, forthe 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).
Husky coach June Daugherty continually points to thesix-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 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, until she injuredher knee Jan. 27, brought experience off the bench, giving the Huskies addedheight inside. Sarah Duncan was named Most Inspirational last season andcontinues 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 thespring quarter studying in Italy. The move puts her back in the class sheentered with in 1997 and strengths the leadership the six-player groupprovides.
Washington had no seniors on its roster last season when it posted an8-22 record, the only losing season in school history.
Washington, a tri-champion in the Pac-10, was picked to finishsixth in a preseason vote of Pac-10 coaches. The Huskies were picked seventhin the media poll.
While Washington's six player senior class has played alarge role in the Huskies' success this year, the freshmen class has beenjust as vital to the winning season. Versatile guard Giuliana Mendiola andcenter Andrea Lalum are mainstays in the starting lineup and average 30minutes and 22 minutes a game, respectively. Mendiola has a team-leadingfive double-doubles this year and Lalum has four.
Mendiola, who plays point guard and either wing position, led theHuskies in rebounding all season and is currently second on the team with6.3 boards per game. She is the second-leading scorer, with 11.0 points agame and her assist to turnover ratio (1.70) is third in the Pac-10.Mendiola, who was the Husky Classic MVP earlier this season, has started 28of 30 games this season.
Lalum, who moved into the starting lineup a month ago, is among theHuskies' leaders in field goal percentage at 44 percent from the field. Shehas averaged a team-best 47 percent from the field in conference games.
Lalum, who grew an inch last year up to 6-foot-4, is a versatile playerwho provides the Huskies with a physical inside presence but has alsoconnected on 21 three-point shots this year. She was 3-for-3 from behind thearc as a part of her 19-point effort at Stanford. She also blocked fourshots against St. Mary's Dec. 17, the highest single game mark by a Huskyplayer since Amber Hall swatted four away at Texas, Dec. 2, 1996. Hall, thena junior, went on to finish her career as Washington's career-leadingrebounder (1,003 rebounds, 1996-99).
Fellow freshman Gioconda Mendiola, the older sister of Giuliana,returned to action after missing three games because of surgery on herthumb. Mendiola graduated from high school in June, 1999 and then remainedat home in California for a year before starting school. She and Giulianawanted to start college at the same time and play four years together.
Rounding out the freshman class is Sarah Keeler, who is redshirtingthis season.
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.
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.
Only recently have the Huskies been hit by the injury bug. CherylSorenson missed two weekends with a sore knee as did Carli Halpenny, with asore hip. Sorenson returned to the lineup three weeks while Halpenny saw herfirst action in more than a month in the Florida game.
Washington's 95 points against Stanford Feb. 24 marked the 12thtime a June Daugherty-coached Husky team has topped the 90-point barrier,including four times this season. They scored 91 points at WSU, matched theeffort in a triple overtime game against USC and then scored 98 againstArizona. The Huskies topped the barrier once last year, nearly reaching thecentury mark with 99 points against Idaho. Two years prior, in 1998-99, thehigh-scoring Huskies scored 90 or more points four times. The Washingtonschool record for points in a game is 114 versus Weber State in 1985.
Megan on the Move:
Senior guard Megan Franza is nearing the conclusion of astellar four year career at Washington, capped by a return to the NCAATournament.
She became the Huskies' career leader in three-point field goals made March3 and continues as the leading scorer on the team with 16.2 points per game.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 againstArizona. Here are a few notes on what Franza is doing in her final season asa Husky:
- Kodak All-America Finalist
- Verizon/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American ... one of the top 10players in the country to make the first and second teams.
- Broke her own school record for three pointers made when she hit seventreys in the final regular season game of the year at UCLA, March 10 ...Tied her own school record with six three pointers at Cal (shares recordwith two others).
- Matched her 22-point first half effort at Cal (1/27), against No. 22Arizona (2/8) ... scored 21 points in the second half against California(2/22) after not attempting a shot in the first half
- UW single season high 68 three pointers made entering NCAA West Regional
- Season-high 30 points at California, Jan. 27
- Third career performance of 30 or more points (35 vs. Idaho, 12/18/99, 33vs. Stanford, 1/27/00)
- Started 115 of last 117 games ... last time not starting was Nov. 15,1998, vs. Iowa sophomore year ... broke school record for game day startsagainst Florida, with 115.
- Reached double figure scoring in 51 of last 57 games ... has led UW inscoring last two seasons
- Career scoring average of 13.4 points per game
Franza on the UW Career Charts
- No. 1 on three point field goals made chart (207 made) ... passed all-timeleader Jamie Redd (192) March 3 vs. Washington State
- No. 1 on career three point field goal attempts chart (695) ...equalledher career high attempts with 13 versus Nebraska this season (Dec. 6)
- No. 7 on UW career scoring chart with 1,583 points ... needs 13 points topass former Husky great Karen Deden (1,596 pts., 1988-91).
- No. 8 on career field goals made chart (589) ... No. 3 on field goalattempts chart (1,501)
- A first team All-Pac-10 selection last year, Franza became the 16th Huskyto top the 1,000-point barrier and only the eighth player to pass the markas a junior.
Franza on the Pac-10 Conference Career Charts
- Points - No. 19 with 1,583 ... needs 14 to pass UW great Karen Deden andmove to No. 17 on the conference chart
- Three point field goal attempts - No. 2 with 695 ... needs 52 to hit No. 1
- Three point field goals made - No. 3 with 207 ... needs 4 to pass No. 2Vanessa Nygaard (210, Stanford, 1995-98).
- Field goal attempts - No. 9 with 1,501
Megan Franza's game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds on the clockagainst Oregon State (Jan. 20), capped a 28-point performance for the seniorguard. That was followed by her 30-point performance two games later atCalifornia. 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
On the Rebound:
Washington's rebounding efforts have improved tremendouslyfrom last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, theHuskies have a margin of +3.6 over opponents this season. The Huskies hadaveraged nearly a +4.7 margin through most of the regular season, to leadthe Pac-10. Washington has outrebounded all but 12 opponents this season.The team is averaging 42.9 rpg, first in the Pac-10. Senior LeAnn Sheetsleads the team with 6.6 rpg with freshman Giuliana Mendiola right behind at6.3 per game.
Carli Halpenny has a sore left hip and will continue to beevaluated this week. She played four minutes at Florida.
Loree Payne missed the first six games with a stress fracture in herleft foot but returned Dec. 21. LeAnn Sheets suffered a left ankle sprain atBoise State and missed the Nebraska and Oklahoma State games. Sarah Keelerhad a minor meniscus tear in December and is redshirting this season.
Erickson Out for the Year:
Senior forward Melissa Erickson (Littleton,Colo.) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee at California,Jan. 27, and is out for the remainder of the year. She had an MRI Jan. 31to determine the extent of the injury and proceeded with surgery, Feb. 5.Erickson, who had played in 18 games this season, concludes her collegiatecareer having played in 92 games over four years for the Huskies. She had acareer scoring mark of 2.46 points per game.Erickson, who started nine gamesas a junior, had career-bests of 13 points, at Hawaii, and 10 rebounds atArizona, both last season She will graduate in June, with a degree insociology, and plans to pursue a career in coaching basketball.
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.
Huskies in Overtime:
Washington's 64-60 overtime loss at Oregon Feb. 17 wasits third extra period game this year. The Huskies have a mark of 1-2 inovertime games this season, with a 77-74 loss at the buzzer in one overtimeperiod at Indiana and a 91-79 triple overtime win at home against USC. Thetriple 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 gamesin one season, during the 1991-92 year. The Huskies were 2-1 in OT gamesthat year.
Huskies Among National Leaders in RPI Rankings
Washington's impressive stand in the RPI rankings continues. In theMarch 11 Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Ratings, UW stands at No. 31in the nation and its strength of schedule is listed at No. 39. The Huskiesare just behind Pac-10 counterpart Stanford while ASU is listed at No. 46and Oregon is at No. 50.
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.
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 fall 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.
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.
- Washington is participating in its 13th NCAA Tournament. The Huskies are13-12 all-time in the tournament.
- UW's last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 1998. The Huskies lost, 88-71,to Purdue.
- The Huskies' last Sweet 16 appearance was in 1995. They lost, 67-52, toTexas Tech in Knoxville, Tenn.
- Washington has reached the round of 16 four times.
- Washington was the highest seed among four Pac-10 Conference teamsappearing in the tournament. The Huskies are the lone remaining Pac-10 team.
- Sixth-seeded Washington is the second-lowest seed remaining in thetournament. No. 10 Missouri is the lowest seed still alive.
- UW broke the Pac-10 single season mark for three pointers made in thefirst round of the NCAA Tournament . The Huskies have hit 222 treys thisseason, surpassing the old mark of 213 set by Stanford in 2000.
- The Huskies broke the Pac-10 record for three pointers in a game with 16versus Arizona, Feb. 8.
- The Huskies have hit at least five three point baskets in all but fourgames this season.
- The Huskies' lead the Pac-10 in rebounding with 42.5 boards per game.
- The victory at Florida gave head coach June Daugherty win No. 80 in herfifth year at UW. She has a five-year mark of 80-65 and a 12-year careerrecord of 203-139.
- UW's all-time record is 523-254 in 27 years of women's basketball at UW.
- Washington has won 20 games for the first time since 1995.
- LeAnn Sheets posted a season-high 15 rebounds versus Old Dominion in thefirsr round.