Huskies Meet No. 16 Michigan in Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge

Dec. 8, 2001

Washington Meets No. 16 Michigan in Les Schwab Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge
Indiana versus Washington State in first game of the day

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 (5-3) hosts the second round of the Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge, featuring the Huskies, Washington State, Indiana and Michigan at Bank of America Arena. The Cougars (2-5) host the first game of the day when they face Indiana (5-2) at 1 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, followed by Washington and No. 16 Michigan (6-1) 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 evened its mark to 12-12 versus schools from the Big Ten Conference, after a win over Indiana Friday night. The Huskies played another Big Ten team this season, suffering an 87-67 loss at Wisconsin, Nov. 18. Washington seeks and weekend sweep and looks to extend its record versus Michigan to 3-0. The Huskies avenged a season-opening overtime loss at Indiana last year with an 85-73 win over the Hoosiers Friday night. Six Huskies scored in double figures to give Washington its third home win of the young season. The 16th-ranked Wolverines overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and shot 65 percent from the field in the second, while holding WSU to 10 percent shooting, and defeated the Cougars, 85-73, in the first game. Michigan will look to earn career victory No. 100 for coach Sue Guevara, who is in her sixth season in Ann Arbor. Washington entered the tournament after a road split to a pair of West Coast Conference schools last weekend, 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 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. 	11.9 ppg, 3.5 rpgC	21- Andrea Lalum	6-4	So.	Bozeman, Mont.	12.5 ppg, 7.4 rpgG	22- Loree Payne	6-0	Jr.	Havre, Mont.	13.1 ppg, 3.5 rpgG	33- Kristen O'Neill	6-0	Fr.	Edmonds, Wash.	6.1 ppg, 3.4 rpgG	13- Giuliana Mendiola	5-11	So.	Lake Forest, Calif.	11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Did You Know ... A win Sunday against Michigan would give Washington 530 victories in its 28 seasons of basketball ... Washington's all-time mark stands at 529-258 (.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.

Last Game - at Washington 85, Indiana 73
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington's women's basketball team put six players in double-digits to defeat Indiana, 85-73, on the first day of the Les Schwab Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge at the Bank of America Arena. Sophomore Giuliana Mendiola led all Washington scorers with 17 points, and equaled a career-high with eight assists. Also scoring in double-figures for the Huskies (5-3) were juniors Loree Payne (16), Kellie O'Neill (12) and Emily Autrey (11), sophomore Andrea Lalum (14) and redshirt freshman Sarah Keeler (10). Senior Jill Chapman led the Hoosiers (4-3) with 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting, before fouling out with 5:27 remaining and Indiana down nine, 67-58. Washington opened the game on a tear, hitting a trio of three-pointers in the first five minutes and taking a 30-13 lead at the 10:19 mark. Poor rebounding dogged the Huskies throughout the half, however, as Indiana took advantage of second-chance shots in the lane to close to 41-31 at the half. Washington increased its lead to as much as 15 midway through the half, but Indiana rallied to close within seven, 76-69, on a layin by Jill Hartman with 2:14 remaining. The Huskies clamped down on defense, however, holding the visitors without a field goal the rest of the way to seal the victory. For the game, Washington was outrebounded 42-31 - just one board better than its season-low of 30 set Sunday at San Francisco - but forced 31 Hoosiers turnovers, while committing just 16.

Quick Notes from Indiana: Redshirt freshman Sarah Keeler had a standout game against the Hoosiers, logging a career-best 10 points as six Huskies reached double figure scoring ... Giuliana Mendiola matched her career high with eight assists ... Cheryl Sorenson passed out a career-high four assists.

Dawgbite: 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 86-69 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 Michigan Wolverines
After opening the season with an 81-66 loss to No. 6 Louisiana Tech, the 16th-ranked Wolverines have rattled off six straight victories ... they entered the weekend coming off 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 99-54 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.

About the Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers are off to a 4-3 start and had won their last three prior to Friday's loss at Washington ... this will be their third meeting against a Pac-10 team after opening the season with an 87-72 loss at then-No. 9 Stanford ... 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 248-117.

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, made her first collegiate start Friday night against Indiana. She is averaging 20 minutes per game and has proved adept at handling point guard duties behind Giuliana Mendiola as well as rotating at shooting guard. O'Neill is shooting 46 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 (St. Mary's, USF), 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. She passed out four assists versus Indiana, the second time this season she has done that.

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). The last game she played was against Northeastern. Sophomore guard Gioconda Mendiola has a stress fracture in her lower right leg. She will be out four to six weeks (beginning Dec. 7). The last game she played was at USF. 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 13.1 points per game. Sophomore Andrea Lalum and junior Emily Autrey are right behind, with 12.5 and 11.9 points per game, respectively and sophomore point guard Giuliana Mendiola rounds out the group with 11.1 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.

Memorials: 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.

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 Ten Challenge, where the Huskies will meet Michigan in game No. 2 Sunday. 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).

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.

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