Women's Basketball Hosts Les Schwab Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge

Dec. 4, 2001

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Washington Hosts Indiana, No. 16 Michigan inLes Schwab Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge
Washington State also set to participate in weekend games

Fri., Dec. 7:
No. 16 Michigan vs. Washington State, 6 p.m.
Indiana vs. Washington, 8 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 9:
Indiana vs. Washington State, 1 p.m.
No. 16 Michigan vs. Washington, 3 p.m.

All games played in Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion (10,000)

This Week
It's the Rose Bowl of basketball as Washington (4-3) returns home to host the Les Schwab Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge featuring the Huskies, Washington State, Indiana and Michigan. The Cougars (2-4) host the first game when they face Michigan (5-1) at 6 p.m., Fri., Dec. 7 in Bank of America Arena. Washington plays the second game that night, hosting Indiana (4-2) at 8 p.m. Round two features WSU and Indiana at 1 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, followed by Washington and Michigan at 3 p.m.

Les Schwab has been an annual sponsor of a premier Husky game each season for the past seven years. This is the first time Washington has hosted a Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge. Washington has a mark of 11-12 versus schools from the Big Ten Conference. The Huskies have already played one Big Ten team this season, suffering an 87-67 loss at Wisconsin, Nov. 18.

Washington will look to avenge a season-opening overtime loss at Indiana last year and to extend its record versus Michigan to 3-0.

The Huskies are coming off a road split to a pair of West Coast Conference schools, first defeating Saint Mary's (62-55) and then falling to San Francisco (72-68). Washington, which entered the year ranked No. 19 in the AP's Preseason Poll, opened its season on the road, splitting games with an overtime win (73-65) at Montana State and loss (87-7) at Wisconsin. They followed with another split in the first home weekend, pounding Northeastern (81-42) in the first round of the Seattle Times Classic but falling, 71-56, to Santa Clara in the championship game. A 99-50 drubbing of Boise State boosted the Huskies' confidence before heading on the Bay Area road trip.

The Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge wraps up the Huskies' non-conference slate for the regular season. The team is off next weekend for final exams and then will re-open play with its first Pac-10 Conference game of the season when it hosts Washington State at 7 p.m., Dec. 21. The inaugural Pac-10 Postseason Tournament, which runs March 1-4, brought a need to adjust the 18-game round robin schedule. The tournament, held on the University of Oregon's campus, will include all 10 conference teams, with the winner receiving the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Washington which entered the year with preseason rankings of No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, received votes in both polls this week.

Listen to the Huskies
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard on the radio at KKNW 1150 am. Steve Sandmeyer is in his third season calling the action for Washington. Games can also be heard over the internet by logging onto http://www.gohuskies.com and following the links from there. There is no television for Washington this weekend.

Projected Husky Starting Lineup

F	23- Emily Autrey	6-0	Jr.	Kennewick, Wash. 	12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpgC	21- Andrea Lalum	6-4	So.	Bozeman, Mont.	12.3 ppg, 7.6 rpgG	22- Loree Payne	6-0	Jr.	Havre, Mont.	12.7 ppg, 3.6 rpgG	33- Kristen O'Neill	6-0	Fr.	Edmonds, Wash.	6.6 ppg, 3.7 rpgG	13- Giuliana Mendiola	5-11	So.	Lake Forest, Calif.	10.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Did You Know ... A pair of wins this weekend would give Washington 530 victories in its 28 seasons of basketball ... Washington's all-time mark stands at 528-258 (.673).

Schedule Changes
There have been some minor changes made to the 2001-02 schedule. The Jan. 19 game against Stanford at home has been changed to a 3:00 p.m. start for television coverage by Fox Sports Northwest. On Feb. 16 when the Huskies take on California in Berkeley, tip-off will be at 1:00 p.m., not 7 p.m., the original time slot. The Jan. 6 game against USC at home has been changed to a 7 p.m. tip on Jan. 6, instead of the orginal 1 p.m. time. The game was rescheduled due to a makeup game for the Seahawks, who are playing at Husky Stadium that afternoon.

Washington's victory over Northeastern in the Seattle Times Classic Nov. 24 made sixth-year Husky head coach June Daugherty the second-winningest coach at Washington. Daugherty, who led the Huskies to their furthest point in the NCAA tournament last year, has a record of 85-69 at Washington. Former coach Chris Gobrecht, who led the Huskies from 1985-96, is the leader with 243 wins against 89 losses in her tenure. Daugherty is the seventh women's head basketball coach at Washington. She passed Kathie Neir (1975-79) when she moved to No. 2.

Weekend Recap
Game 6 - Nov. 30, 2001 - Washington 62, at Saint Mary's 55
Moraga, Calif. - Washington outscored Saint Mary's 20-3 over the last 8:30 of the game to post a 62-55 non-conference victory over the Gaels Friday. Saint Mary's jumped out to a quick start and had an 8-2 lead at the 15:12 mark of the first half. Washington scored nine of the next 11 points to even the game at 11-11 before Saint Mary's ran off eight straight to take a 19-11 lead midway through the first period. The lead would reach as much as nine points, 26-17, before a 28-21 Gaels lead at the intermission. The second half saw the Gaels open an 11-point lead on baskets by Jermisha and Jerkisha Dosty to open the half. The Huskies chipped away and when freshman Kristen O'Neill hit her third three pointer of the night, she pulled the Huskies within two, 37-35, at 13:14 to go. O'Neill was 3-of-6 from the field at that point, all three pointers. Kellie O'Neill added another three to pull within one, 39-38, at 12:28. Washington's first lead of the night did not come until the 11:40 mark, when Andrea Lalum scored. Gioconda Mendiola made a diving save on the floor and flipped the ball to her sister Giuliana, who passed it to Cheryl Sorenson, all alone under the basket, to tie it at 52-52, at 4:38 to go. Lalum scored off an inbounds pass to give Washington a 54-52 lead before Jerkisha Dosty's jumper with 3:18 evened the score. One free throw was the only point for Saint Mary's over the final three minutes of the game. Saint Mary's shot 36.2 percent from the floor and held Washington to 29.7 percent shooting for the game, including an abysmal 22 percent in the first half. However, the Huskies dominated the boards, using 21 offensive rebounds to win the battle of the boards, 55-39. Junior Emily Autrey led the Huskies in scoring for the third time in the last four games, logging 15 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Lalum added a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Giuliana Mendiola was the spark, as she scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists and added four steals. Cheryl Sorenson grabbed six offensive boards en route to 10 rebounds.

Game 7 - Dec. 2, 2001 - at San Francisco 72, Washington 68
San Francisco, Calif. - San Francisco made four free throws and grabbed two offensive rebounds in the final 16 seconds to knock off Washington, 72-68, at Memorial Gym Sunday. Andrea Lalum scored 14 second half points and finished with 17 to lead Washington and Loree Payne and Kristen O'Neill each added 12 points. Carey Sauer, from Newport High School in Newport, Wash., led the Dons with 14 points on 4-of-5 from the field. For the second straight game, Washington slogged through a sloppy first half, committing 19 turnovers - two short of its season-high for a game - and trailing by 10, 33-23, at the break. Lalum and junior Emily Autrey got Washington rolling in the second half, scoring 20 of the Huskies' first 22 points to open the second period. Lalum hit a pair of three pointers in that stretch and her second tied it at 45-45 at the 12:56 mark. The Huskies used a 13-0 run in that stretch to take their largest lead of the night, 50-45, at 11:37. A falling three pointer by USF's Alicia Hernandez as the shot clock expired put the Dons back up by five, 63-58, with 2:18 remaining. Husky freshman Kristen O'Neill quickly answered with her second three pointer of the game, to cut the deficit back to two points, 63-61, at 1:57. Payne added a layup, drew the foul and made her free throw to close it to two again, 66-64, with one minute remaining, but it was all USF after that.

About the Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers are off to a 4-2 start and have won their last three ... this will be their second meeting against a Pac-10 team after opening the season with an 87-72 loss at then-No. 9 Stanford ... the other loss was a five-point decision, 50-45, to No. 10 North Carolina State ... a trio of seniors average double-figure scoring, led by Jill Chapman with 16.2 points per game ... the team is averaging 76.7 points and 44.2 rebounds per game ... Kathi Bennett is in her second year at IU and led the team to a 20-11 mark and the second round of the WNIT in her first season ... she is has a 14-year career mark of 248-116.

The Husky-Hoosier Series
Washington will be looking for its first win against the Hoosiers, who own a 2-0 record in the series ... the Huskies will also be seeking to avenge last year's season-opening loss at Indiana, a 77-74 overtime decision at Assembly Hall ... the only other meeting was also a close one, back in the 1982-83 season, when IU defeated UW, 80-78, at the Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. ... Husky coach June Daugherty has an 0-2 career mark against Indiana ... her Boise State team lost at Indiana (75-59) in the 1995-96 season.

Last Meeting - Nov. 17, 2000 - at Indiana 77, UW 74 (OT) - In a wild first game, the Washington women's basketball team lost its season-opener at the buzzer, 77-74, in overtime at Assembly Hall. After missing a pair of free throws, Indiana's Tara Jones got the ball on an inbounds pass and sank a three pointer as time expired to lift the Hoosiers to their first win. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola hit a three-pointer of her own at the buzzer in regulation to tie the game at 65-65 and send it to overtime, capping a second half in which the Huskies outscored the Hoosiers by six. Mendiola, making her collegiate debut, finished the game wih 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including two three pointers. Senior Megan Franza, who missed her first nine shots of the game, led all scorers with 23 points, including five three pointers. Sophomore Cheryl Sorenson, playing for the first time since the 1998-99 season, scored 12, while LeAnn Sheets had a game-high 10 rebounds before fouling out.

About the Michigan Wolverines
After opening the season with an 81-66 loss to No. 6 Louisiana Tech, the 16th-ranked Wolverines have rattled off five straight victories ... the most recent was a 78-63 win over defending national champion and 23rd-ranked Notre Dame ... four players averge double-figure scoring, led by LeeAnn Bies with 16.2 per game ... she also pulls down a team-high 8.3 rebounds ... the team is averaging 73.5 points and 38.5 rebounds per game ... coach Sue Guevara is in her sixth year at Ann Arbor and has a career mark of 98-54 in that span ... the Wolverines advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Notre Dame last year.

The Husky-Wolverine Series
Washington leads the series with Michigan, 2-0 ... the Huskies won the most recent meeting, 73-60, last year in Ann Arbor ... the only other meeting was in the 1991-92 season when the Huskies defeated the Wolverines, 67-62, in the first round of the Seattle Times Classic at Hec Edmundson Pavilion ... Washington assistant coach Shimmy Gray played at Michigan from 1991-94 and was a captain her senior season ... despite playing only three years, she moved onto several Michigan career charts ... she is still ranked among the UM greats in seven different categories, including steals (6th) and rebounds (15th) ... the Washington and Michigan football teams met earlier this year and the Huskies came away with a 23-18 win in their season-opener.

Last Meeting - Nov. 19, 2000 - Washington 73, at Michigan 60 - Washington rebounded from a tough loss at Indiana to beat Michigan 73-60 at Crisler Arena. Sophomore Emily Autrey and senior Megan Franza led the Huskies in scoring with 15 apiece, while Kellie O'Neill added 13 and Giuliana Mendiola scored 10. Raina Goodlow and LeeAnn Bies collected 17 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the Wolverines. The teams split the first 12 points of the contest before a three by Franza gave Washington a lead. The Huskies led by as much as 11 in the first half, 36-25, but led just 39-35 at the half. After Michigan tied the contest at 48-48 at the 14:18 mark, Mendiola drilled a pull-up triple to give Washington a lead it would not relinquish. From there, the Huskies methodically increased their lead to nine (60-51), holding the Wolverines to just two field goals in the final seven minutes. Washington held Michigan to just .267 (8-30) shooting in the second half and .385 (20-52) shooting for the game to collect its first win of the season.

Point the Way
It's still early but freshman Kristen O'Neill has steadily emerged as a capable floor leader. O'Neill, a 6-foot guard, is expected to move into the starting lineup this weekend. She is averaging 18 minutes per game and has proved adept at handling point guard duties behind Giuliana Mendiola. O'Neill is shooting 48 percent from the floor and several times has come up with clutch baskets late in the game. Accurate from any distance, she was 5-of-7 from three point range over the last two games, with all three of her field goals from behind the arc at St. Mary's.

Steady as She Goes
Often overlooked on the stat sheet, redshirt junior Cheryl Sorenson is one of the Huskies' most consistent players. A versatile guard/forward, she is averaging 19 minutes a game and is adept at coming off the bench and breaking down the opponents' defense. Sorenson also gives the Huskies, who have just one senior on the roster, a four-year player who knows the system. She pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds at St. Mary's last Friday, a figure that included six offensive boards.

Injury Update
Freshman guard Kayla Burt has a stress fracture in her left foot and will be out four to six weeks (beginning Nov. 24). She did not play in the Santa Clara game. All other Huskies are healthy entering the week.

Double Digits
Washington currently has four players averaging double figure scoring, led by junior Loree Payne's 12.7 points per game. Sophomore Andrea Lalum and junior Emily Autrey are right behind, with 12.3 and 12.0 points per game, respectively and sophomore point guard Giuliana Mendiola rounds out the group with 10.3 ppg. Coach Daugherty continues to emphasize the depth of her bench, constantly rotating fresh players in and out of the game. The strategy was a key element of the team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament last year and continues to be a source of strength this season.

The Washington basketball team is wearing a black memorial stripe on their uniforms this season. The stripe, which has the number 16 on it, is in memory of the 16 Husky fans who lost their lives in a plane crash in Mexico Sept. 12, 2001. The fans were on a side-trip of a Husky fan cruise to the Miami-Washington football game that had been scheduled for Sept. 15. In addition, the team is wearing an American flag on the back of their jerseys to remember victims of the events of Sept. 11.

A Glance at the Huskies
Coming off of a season in which the Huskies posted a 22-10 overall record, earned a share of the Pac-10 title, and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight, the 2001-02 team has high expectations for 2002. Washington opened its 28th season of women's basketball with three of its five starters returning, five additional letterwinners who have seen extensive playing time, a key redshirt and five talented newcomers. Leading scorer Megan Franza, who finished her career sixth in the school record books with 1,612 points, is gone along with LeAnn Sheets who averaged almost seven rebounds a game in 2001. Four other seniors graduated as well, but the Husky game plan has not skipped a beat. The team is young but talented and experienced. The Huskies featured a deep rotation that saw every player on the bench get in the game last year. This season should be no different.

Top Turnarounds
Washington had several impressive turnarounds last year. First and foremost was the Pac-10 swing, from an 8-22 record and ninth place finish in 1999-00, to a 22-10 overall record, 12-6 conference mark and a share of the Pac-10 championship in 2001. The conference swing was the greatest in league history. It was also the second-best turnaround in the country, from one season to the next (behind Baylor). Washington also posted the second-largest turnaround in home game attendance from one year to the next. The Huskies drew 2,338 fans per game in 2000 and saw that number jump to 4,179 per game in 2001. Overall, Washington stood 19th in the country in average attendance.

Leading the Way
Four members of the Washington team will act as captains this year. Heather Reichmann, the lone senior on the squad, earned captain duties for the first time in her career. She will be joined by juniors Loree Payne and Cheryl Sorenson, along with sophomore Giuliana Mendiola. It is Payne's second year as a captain.

The Schedule
Washington faces its usual tough schedule in the 2001-02 campaign, with 10 of its 19 opponents having played in the postseason. The Huskies face six teams that were selected to the NCAA tournament, along with four teams that competed in NIT postseason play. Conference opponents Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon all made Big Dance appearances, with the Cardinal the only team to advance past the first round.

Sister Act II
In a unique twist, the 2001-02 Husky roster boasts two sets of sisters, including sophomores Giuliana and Gioconda Mendiola, along with junior Kellie O'Neill and her sister Kristen O'Neill, a freshman this year. The Mendiolas are one year apart in age, almost to the day, but Gioconda took a year off between high school graduation and college so that she could play four years of college ball with her sister. The only other pair of sisters to play together at Washington were Heidi (1993-96) and Molly Hills (1996-99), who overlapped the 1996 season.

Special K
The five newcomers to this year's team are all local standouts from the greater Northwest area, furthering Washington's dominance in recruiting out of their own backyard. The group is led by a trio of the top players in the state, along with a pair of walk-on members. Kirsten Brockman, a forward out of Snohomish, Wash., (Snohomish H.S.) was among the top 10 scorers in the state her junior season and a Street and Smith's honorable mention All-America selection. One of four guards to join the team this season, Kayla Burt from Arlington, Wash., (Arlington H.S.) is expected to continue the long-line of Husky greats at this position. Ranked No. 94 among the top 750 seniors in the class of 2001, Burt was also a Street and Smith's honorable mention All-America selection, along with garnering USA Today honorable mention All-America honors. Kristen O'Neill out of Edmonds, Wash., (Meadowdale H.S.) joins the team as a Parade Magazine third team All-American, Gatorade Player of the Year in the state, and ranked 38th for the national class of 2001. O'Neill comes to Washington as the top recruit out of the state, finishing her prep career 1,154 points, 516 rebounds, 342 steals and 185 blocks. Two walk-ons, Sara Best from Redmond, Wash., (Inglemoor H.S.) and Alicia Heathcote out of Seattle, Wash. (Blanchet/North Seattle CC) will also compete for playing time. Best was a two-sport athlete at the University of Idaho, where she played one year of soccer and redshirted her freshman season of basketball under former Husky Hilary Recknor. Heathcote was a member of the Blanchet High team that won the state championship her sophomore season and made return trips to the tournament in 1997 and 1998, earning third and second place, respectively. The 2001 Husky squad breakdown is as follows: California (2), Montana (2), Oregon (2) and Washington (8).

Welcome Back to the Court
After suffering a knee injury in her junior season, Kirsten Brockman was forced to sit out her entire senior season of high school. She returned to the court in July and has been steadily improving ever since. With her injury behind her, she is expected to make an immediate impact and the Huskies coaches are calling her 'one of the strongest players we've ever seen.' Also cleared for play is redshirt freshman Sarah Keeler who tore her anterior cruciate ligament at an all-star camp during the summer of 2000. She had surgery prior to her freshman season at Washington and utilized her redshirt last year. Keeler, at 6-foot-4 who figures to be a key factor in replacing graduated senior LeAnn Sheets and her rebounding numbers.

Happy Birthday
Eight Huskies will be celebrating their birthdays in-season this year. Emily Autrey (11/24/80) celebrated her 21st birthday when Washington played Santa Clara in the championship game of the Seattle Times Classic. Freshman Kirsten Brockman (12/9/82) will blow out 19 candles prior to tip-off of the Les Schwab Pac-10/Big 10 Challenge, where the Huskies will meet Michigan in game No. 2. Other birthdays this season include: Alicia Heathcote (1/26/80), Sarah Keeler (1/28/82), Andrea Lalum (12/5/81), Gioconda Mendiola (1/7/81), Giuliana Mendiola (1/9/82) and Cheryl Sorenson (3/18/80).

More Polls
Washington also made its mark in the national preseason polls. The Huskies were picked to finish 13th in the country by Athlon, ninth by Slam Magazine and 20th by Lindy's.

Women's Basketball Auction - Jan. 19, 2002
The Washington women's basketball team is hosting an auction to help raise funds for its tour to Australia in June, 2002. The event, the first of its kind by a Husky team, will be held in conjunction with the Stanford game Jan. 19 at Bank of America Arena. Feature auction items to be included are Husky memorabilia, special event time with the Huskies, and other exciting travel and entertainment items.Date: Saturday, January 19, 2001When: Silent Auction- Pre-game 1:30am (tip-off 3 p.m.)Location: North Court, Bank of America Arena at Hec EdmundsonRegistration: There will be no registration for the silent auction. Aregistration fee of $25 is required for the Live Auction (dinnerprovided). Invitations will be mailed Dec. 15.To register, please contact Chris Miller in the UW Athletic Department at (206) 616-9280.

New Huskies
Three top girls basketball players have signed national letters of intent during the early signing period, to attend Washington next year. Erica Schelly, Angie Jones and Jill Bell will play for the Huskies beginning in the fall of 2002. As a 5-foot-11 guard, Schelly joins the Huskies from Fort Collins, Colo. (Poudre HS) as a NIKE All-American. She led the Impalas to the Sweet 16 of the Class 5A state tournament in each of her three basketball campaigns, along with a third place finish in the Northern Colorado league three straight years. Schelly garnered first team all-conference honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000, while also earning all-state honorable mention honors her last two seasons. Jones, a 5-foot-9 guard out of Seattle, Wash. (Holy Names Academy) led Holy Names to two consecutive Class 3A state appearances. While also helping her team win two Metro league championships in 1999 and 2000, Jones was invited to NIKE's Best in the West tournament and the Superstar Basketball Camp. She did not play basketball during her junior season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament but returns for her senior year. Bell, a 6-foot-0 forward hailing from Bellevue, Wash., (Bellevue HS) earned honorable mention honors in the KingCo league her sophomore and junior seasons. She led the Wolverines to a first place finish in conference play all three years and to sixth place at the Class 3A state championship in 2001. Bell also excelled in track and field, claiming the top mark in the state's long jump two consecutive years.

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