Women's Basketball Continues Road Swing in LA

Jan. 29, 2002

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Huskies Meet USC, UCLA on Three-Game Road Swing
Super Sunday Begins Early as Huskies Meet Bruins at 11 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 1
Washington at USC, 7 p.m.
LA Sports Arena (15,509), Los Angeles
Sun., Feb. 3
Washington at UCLA, 11 a.m.
Pauley Pavilion (12,800), Los Angeles

This Week
Washington (11-8, 6-4), continues its three-game road swing with a pair of games in Los Angeles. The Huskies first meet USC (11-9, 7-4) at 7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 1 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Following that is a Sunday morning game against UCLA (5-14, 2-9) that tips at 11 a.m., Feb. 3 at Pauley Pavilion. That game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
The Huskies, who are coming off a 14th consecutive victory over Washington State last Friday night, stand alone in sixth place in the Pac-10 Conference but are just one game out of second place. The Women of Troy are among the four teams clustered in second place, along with Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State. The Bruins, with a pair of conference victories, stand alone in eighth place. Stanford remains the league leader with an unblemished 10-0 conference mark.
Washington will aim for a season sweep over the Los Angeles schools while also looking to string together a pair of road victories to top the win at Washington State. The Huskies opened the new year in early January with a 33-point victory (86-53) over UCLA Jan. 4 and a one-point overtime thriller (80-79) over USC for a home sweep back on Jan. 6.
Washington has three players average double figure scoring, led by junior captain Loree Payne at 13.7 points per game. The Huskies remain second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, at 74.3 points per game, behind leader Stanford at 81.4 points.
USC is coming off a road split, having dropped a game at Oregon (75-65) and pulled out a win at Oregon State (60-58). UCLA is in the midst of a five-game losing skid, after dropping both games in Oregon, 77-36 at OSU and 76-54 at UO.

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup
F 23- Emily Autrey 6-0 Jr. Kennewick, Wash. 9.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 12.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg
G 22- Loree Payne 6-0 Jr. Havre, Mont. 13.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G 33- Kristen O'Neill 6-0 Fr. Edmonds, Wash. 7.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg
G 13- Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 So. Lake Forest, Calif. 10.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Televison/Radio
Washington's Sunday game at UCLA will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net. Tip-off is 11 a.m. at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. Both the USC and UCLA games can be heard on the radio at KKNW 1150 am and on the internet via www.gohuskies.com. Steve Sandmeyer calls the action on radio.

Lalum Lights it Up
Sophomore center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) has sparked the Husky offense the last two games, scoring 17 points against then-fourth-ranked Stanford two weeks ago and topping that with a 25-point career-high outburst at Washington State last week. The versatile Lalum, at 6-foot-4, has scored in double figures in 13 of 19 games this season and has three double-doubles so far. She is hitting 68 percent from the free throw line and was 15-of-21 over the last two games. Lalum has led the Huskies in scoring four times and 11 times in rebounding.

Autrey is Alright
Junior Emily Autrey, who moved back into the starting lineup against California Jan. 17, has developed into an integral part of the Husky offense this season as one of four players with a near double figure scoring average (9.9 ppg). A versatile guard/forward, Autrey is often the fastest player on the court and is accurate from any spot. She is also averaging 4.3 rebounds per game. A two-time state champion in the 100-meter dash while at Kamiakin High in Kennewick, Wash., Autrey started the first 11 games of the season and was coming off the bench in the five games prior to California. She led Washington in scoring with 14 points at Arizona.

Husky Home Attendance Highs
Washington attracted 9,679 fans to Bank of America Arena for the Cal/Stanford home series, the Huskies' last games in Seattle. A season-high 4,007 fans watched the Huskies thump the Cal Bears Thursday night. That number was topped two days later as 5,672 fans showed up for the Stanford game.
Washington, which consistently ranks among the top 20 in the nation in home attendance, stands third in the Pac-10 with an average of 3,341 fans per game. Oregon leads the conference with 4,574 followed by Stanford with 3,663.

Huskies Happy at Home
Washington traditionally plays well on its home court and Bank of America Arena has become a tough place for opponents. In their last home series, the Huskies thumped California, 85-46, then suffered an eight-point setback to fourth-ranked Stanford, 75-67, the slimmest margin of victory by the Cardinal in the Pac-10 season.
The Stanford game marked the first conference loss at home in more than a year for the Huskies, who own a stellar 12-2 mark in Pac-10 Conference games, dating back to last season in the renovated Bank of America Arena. Prior to the Stanford game, the last conference home loss was a 67-53 setback at the hands of Oregon back on Jan. 18, 2001.

From Way Downtown
Washington, which shattered Pac-10 three point field goal marks last year, continues its trademark three point barrage this season, standing second in the Pac-10 in treys made with 130 made so far. The Huskies have attempted 401 shots from long distance and are hitting 32 percent. Stanford leads the way with 155 made three-pointers in 375 attempts (41%).
Washington broke its school record for three point attempts in a game with 36 versus Michigan (made 11) on Dec. 9 of this season.
Last year, the Huskies set Pac-10 Conference marks for three point field goals made in a season (237), attempted in a season (713) and three pointers in a game (16 vs. Arizona).

Husky Frosh Have Hot Hands
True freshmen Kristen O'Neill and Kayla Burt continue to build on already impressive freshman seasons at Washington. The pair, who led the Huskies in scoring at Arizona State back on Jan. 10, have raised their level of play in the Pac-10 season.
O'Neill, who moved into the starting lineup against Indiana Dec. 7 is shooting an impressive 54 percent from the field in conference games, a mark that stands third in the Pac-10. She is hitting 49 percent over all 19 games this season. In addition, O'Neill, who plays both point and shooting guard, is hitting 48 percent from three point range, a mark that is second in the Pac-10 behind another freshman - Stanford's Kelley Suminski (50%). Her three point field goal percentage (53%) in conference games leads the Pac-10.
Both O'Neill's overall field goal percentage marks are UW team bests and she is second on the team in three-pointers made (27). O'Neill isn't only known for her offense though. At Washington State last week, she pulled down seven rebounds and a season-high six steals.
Burt, who sat out seven games in December with a stress fracture, made an immediate impact upon her return. She had a string of three straight games in double figure scoring (UCLA, USC, at ASU), with a team-high 18 (7-of-11) versus UCLA Jan. 4. She was 3-of-5 from three point range and added four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 19 minutes in that game against the Bruins.
At ASU Jan. 10, Burt led the Huskies in scoring with 15 points on 4-of-6 from the field, moving her season field goal percentage mark to nearly 49 percent (21-43/.488) at that point. She was perfect from the free throw line, hitting 7-of-7 against the Sun Devils.
Burt's versatility continues to strengthen the Huskies' guard rotation and adds to their inside-outside game.

Topping the 1,000-point Plateau
Junior guard Loree Payne became the 17th Husky player to cross the 1,000-point plateau when she sank a free throw against UCLA Jan. 4. Payne, from Havre, Montana, is just the ninth Husky to reach the mark in her junior season. She was preceded by former teammate Megan Franza, who crossed the barrier as a junior during the 1999-00 season.
Payne, who started the first 11 games of the season, came off the bench to score a season-high 26 points at Oregon State Dec. 30 and came off the bench again versus UCLA, to reach the milestone. She returned to the starting lineup at Arizona Jan. 12 and currently leads the Huskies in scoring, with 13.7 points per game.
Entering the USC/UCLA series, her career scoring total stands at 1,068 points over her three-and-one-half years.
A prolific scorer since she arrived two years ago, Payne holds the UW freshman scoring record with 521 points in the 1999-00 season. She tied Franza's record for three point baskets in a game, with seven, against No. 16 Michigan, Dec. 9 of this season. She has three games of 20+ points this year.

Dawgbite: Loree Payne's 26 points at Oregon State Dec. 30 were the most points scored by a Husky since Megan Franza tallied the same amount last season in a 98-88 win over Arizona in Seattle (Feb. 8, 2001). The total was two short of Payne's career high 28, reached twice in her freshman season. (vs. Oklahoma St. 12/19/99 and vs. USC 3/9/00).

Three Point Payne
Loree Payne continues as one of the Huskies' all-time hot shooters from long range. She currently stands third in the Pac-10 in three point field goals made this season, with 42. On Washington's career charts, Payne has moved from No. 5 up to No. 3 with 149 three pointers made and moved from No. 4 to No. 3 with 460 attempts over her three-and-one-half years. Here is a look at her standings on the UW career charts:
Career 3-pt. FG made 3-pt. FG attempts
1. Megan Franza (1997-01) 211 718
2. Jamie Redd (1996-00) 192 675
3. Loree Payne (1999-present) 149 460

Huskies at the Line
Washington continues to ranks second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting, connecting on 71 percent of its shots from the line. Leading the way are team captains Loree Payne (85%) and Giuliana Mendiola (82%), who stand at No. 3 and 6 in the Pac-10 respectively, in that category. Payne is 7-of-7 over the last two games while Mendiola has missed only five attempts (23-27) in Pac-10 games. Prior to the Stanford game Jan. 19, Mendiola had missed only one attempt in Pac-10 play, when she was 9-of-10 versus USC.

A Look at the Lineup
Washington is on its fourth different lineup this season, having first changed the look at Oregon State back on Dec. 30. The loss at ASU Jan. 10 was the Huskies' first setback with their lineup that had won three straight. Here is a look at what the Huskies have done:Games 1-7 Record: 4-3
Autrey, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Gioconda Mendiola
Games 8-11, 17-19 Record: 4-3
Autrey, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill
Games 12-15 Record: 3-1
Sorenson, Kellie O'Neill, Lalum, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill
Game 16 Record: 0-1
Kellie O'Neill, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill

About the USC Trojans
USC is currently in a four-way logjam for second place in the Pac-10. The Trojans are coming off a split in Oregon, losing to the Ducks (75-65) and defeating the Beavers (60-58). They are led by four players averaging double figure scoring, Aisha Hollans (17.8), Ebony Hoffman (14.2), Tiffany Elmore (11.7) and Rachel Woodward (10.9). Hollans currently stands at No. 3 in the Pac-10 in scoring. Elmore, a senior, suffered a severe ankle sprain in the game at Washington Jan. 6 and has not played since then. She is listed as probable for this week. USC is coached by former Husky mentor Chris Gobrecht, who was head coach at Washington from 1985-96. She has a record of 59-73 in her fifth year at USC and a 22-year career mark of 391-276.

The Husky-Trojan Series
Washington holds a slim 18-13 lead in the all-time series with USC and is one of only two Pac-10 schools to hold a lead over the Trojans. Washington won the first meeting this season, an 80-79 overtime decision Jan. 6 in Seattle. It marked the third year in a row the UW-USC game in Seattle had gone to ovetime.
The teams split last year, with each winning at home. UW defeated USC, 91-79, in three overtimes in Seattle and USC won, 88-76, in Los Angeles.

First Meeting This Season
Game 14 - at Washington 80, USC 79 OT (Jan. 6) - Loree Payne hit a driving layin with 4.8 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Huskies to an 80-79 victory over USC at Bank of America Arena.
Payne, who two days earlier became just the 17th player in school history with 1,000 career points, shot just four-for-13, but hit the Huskies two biggest shots of the game, one to tie the score at 71-71 at the end of regulation, and the winning basket in overtime.
Down 79-78 with 19.9 seconds remaining, Washington opted not to use its final timeout and instead fed the ball to Payne, who was fouled on a successful driving layin with 4.8 seconds on the clock. The junior missed the ensuing free throw, but a half-court attempt by USC's Rachel Woodward missed wide as time expired.
Sophomore Aisha Hollans led the Trojans with 26 points, but was held scoreless after the 7:22 mark in the second half before fouling out with 4.8 seconds remaining. UW earned a season-high 18 steals and pressured USC into 26 turnovers. Giuliana Mendiola was the Huskies' leading scorer with 20, including 13 after halftime.
The game featured 26 lead changes and 17 ties, including an 11-minute span in the middle of the second half in which neither team led by more than two points. The Trojans opened up a six-point lead, 67-61, with 4:16 remaining, but the Huskies forged a 10-4 run to end the half, capped by Payne's leaning 18-footer in the final second of regulation.
Kellie O'Neill followed a pair of free throws by USC's Carmen Krause to open the overtime with a three-pointer from the baseline to give the Huskies a 74-73 lead. The two teams swapped the lead six times over the next three minutes, the last on Payne's layin.

About the UCLA Bruins
UCLA, alone in eighth place in the Pac-10, is currently on a five-game losing skid, having dropped a pair of games at Oregon State (77-36) and Oregon (76-54). The Bruins have picked up two conference victories, at California (64-48) Dec. 30 and at Washington State (76-64). They are led by Whitney Jones, who averages 8.7 points a game and Natalie Nakase who brings in 8.5 per game. Coach Kathy Olivier is in her eight season at UCLA and as a head coach and has a record of 126-122 in that span.

The Husky-Bruin Series
Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA, 22-11. The Huskies won the first meeting this year, 86-53, on Jan. 4 in Seattle.
The teams split last season, with UW defeating UCLA, 73-54 in Seattle and the Bruins winning, 81-56, in Los Angeles to end the regular season last year.

First Meeting This Season
Game 13 - at Washington 86, UCLA 53 (Jan. 4) - Junior guard Loree Payne became just the 17th player in Washington women's basketball history with over 1,000 career points, leading the hot-shooting Huskies to a 86-53 win over UCLA at Bank of America Arena.
cFreshman Kayla Burt - who entered the game with just 14 points in the Huskies' first 12 games - led all scorers with 18 on seven-of-11 shooting, including three three-pointers. Fellow frosh Kristen O'Neill (13) and Sarah Keeler (12) each set or equaled career-highs as well, while Payne (15) and junior Kellie O'Neill (10) joined the freshman trio in double-figure scoring. Senior center Shalada Allen led the Bruins with 16 points.
cPayne's 1000th point came on the front end of a trip to the free-throw line and extended the Huskies' lead to 76-47 at the 5:17 mark of the second half.
Payne's accomplishment contrasted a dominant defensive effort by UW, which recorded a season-high nine blocks - nearly doubling the previous high of five - and held the Bruins to just 28 percent shooting. The Huskies' 33-point win was its largest in the series.

Statistical Comparison	UW	USC	UCLAPoints per game	74.3	72.6	57.9Conference points per game	75.1	71.5	58.1Rebounds	38.5	42.2	38.4Opponent rebounds	41.1	35.8	41.13-pt. FGM-FGA	130-401	62-230	62-242Free throw %	71.4	69.3	58.4Assists	307	282	216Blocks	64	77	46Steals	197	197	199

Weekend Recap
Game 19 - Washington 75, at Washington State 68 (Jan. 25) - Sophomore center Andrea Lalum scored a career-high 25 points and Washington extended its streak over cross-state rival Washington State to 14 games as the Huskies downed the Cougars, 75-68, at Friel Court. cJunior Loree Payne scored 13 points and freshman Kayla Burt added 10 as the Huskies overcame a two-point halftime deficit, 33-31, to capture the victory.WSU's Brittney Hawks recorded her Pac-10-leading 10th double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. She led a group of four Cougars in double figures. c The difference in the game occurred at the foul line as both teams made 25 field goals in the contest. Washington converted 21-of-28 free throw attempts while WSU converted 13-of-20 attempts from the charity stripe. cAfter leading at the break, the Cougars extended their lead to nine points, 50-41, with 11:22 remaining in the game. Washington used a 10-0 run over the next 1 minute, 20 seconds to move ahead, 51-50, at 10:02. With the game tied at 55 with 8:34 left, four consecutive points by Payne began an 8-0 Washington run that gave the Huskies a 63-55 lead with 6:33 remaining. cWashington maintained its advantage and held a 67-59 lead with 5:14 remaining. On the momentum of a 7-0 run, the Cougars pulled to within 67-66 with 2:44 left. However, that was as close as WSU would get as Washington held off the Cougar rally by scoring eight of the game's final 10 points.

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