Women's Basketball Returns Home Looking to Continue Win Streak

Feb. 5, 2002

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Thurs., Feb. 7
Arizona at Washington, 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 9
Arizona State at Washington, 1 p.m.
(UW Alumni Game, 10 a.m.)

This Week
Fresh off a three-game road sweep, Washington (13-8, 8-4) returns home to host a pair of critical Pac-10 Conference games at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies meet Arizona (11-11, 7-6) at 7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 7 and then face Arizona State (18-6, 9-4) at 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9.
The annual Husky Alumni game takes place prior to the ASU contest, at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Bank of America Arena.
The sweep over USC and UCLA in Los Angeles propelled the Huskies, who have won four of their last five, into sole possession of third place in the Pac-10, a half-game behind Arizona State. Washington will be seeking redemption for a pair of losses suffered at Arizona and Arizona State in the first round of Pac-10 play this season. Washington also seeks maintain its stellar Pac-10 Conference home record, a mark that stands at 4-1 entering the weekend. The lone loss, at the hands of then-No. 4 Stanford, was the first conference setback for the Huskies in Bank of America Arena since a loss to Oregon back on Jan. 18, 2001.
It should be a high scoring affair between the Wildcats (73.9 ppg) and Huskies (73.8 ppg), who rank second and third, respectively, in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, first (UA-75.2) and second (UW-71.4) in free throw percentage and second (UW-6.67) and third (UA-5.91) in three-point field goals made per game. The Wildcats are coming off a home split of the Oregon schools, with an overtime loss to the Beavers and a win over the Ducks. The Wildcats are tied for sixth, with Oregon, in the Pac-10.
Against ASU, the Huskies will meet a team led by Amanda Levens, the second-leading scorer in the Pac-10 at 18.2 points per game, as the Sun Devils seek their first victory in Seattle since 1996. They are coming off a home sweep of the Oregon schools and stand alone in second place in the Pac-10.

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup
F 23- Emily Autrey 6-0 Jr. Kennewick, Wash. 9.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 12.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg
G 22- Loree Payne 6-0 Jr. Havre, Mont. 13.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg
G 33- Kristen O'Neill 6-0 Fr. Edmonds, Wash. 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
G 13- Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 So. Lake Forest, Calif. 10.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Both the Arizona and Arizona State 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. There is no television for either game .

Mendiola Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her efforts in Washington's sweep of USC and UCLA in Los Angeles. Mendiola, from Lake Forest, Calif., averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and just 1.0 turnover in leading the Huskies to their road victories. The sweep was UW's first of the Los Angeles schools since 1996, with UW posting its first win in Pauley Pavilion since 1997. In her homecoming, Mendiola shot a combined 63.2 percent from the field (12-of-19), was 3-of-8 from beyond the arc (.375) and finished 7-of-10 from the foul line. In the Huskies' 69-63 win at USC, Mendiola scored 20 second-half points, finishing with a career-high tying 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting (.818). She connected on 2 of 3 three-pointers, had six assists and two steals and committed just two turnovers in 33 minutes of play. In the 68-48 win at UCLA Feb. 3, she led UW with 12 points, a game-high eight rebounds and no turnovers in 32 minutes of play. She added three steals and two assists against the Bruins. The honor is the first of Mendiola's career and the 18th all-time selection for Washington.

Dawgbite: The Huskies' next victory will give head coach June Daugherty 95 wins in her six-year tenure at Washington.

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.

Lalum Lights it Up
Sophomore center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) has sparked the Husky offense recently, averaging 15.0 points per game over the last four outings. She tallied 17 points against then-fourth-ranked Stanford Jan. 19 and topped that with a 25-point career-high outburst at Washington State Jan. 25. She added another double figure effort with 12 points at USC Friday night while tallying six at UCLA. The versatile Lalum, at 6-foot-4, has scored in double figures in 13 of 20 games this season and has three double-doubles so far. She is hitting 69 percent from the free throw line and is 17-of-23 over the last four games. Lalum has led the Huskies in scoring four times and 12 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 4.2 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 at the free throw line at UCLA, sinking 10-of-12 all in the second half while also pulling down six rebounds.

Weekend Recap
Game 21 - Washington 68, at UCLA 48 (Feb. 3) - Junior captain Loree Payne scored 20 points and Washington won at UCLA for the first time since 1997 as the Huskies trounced the Bruins, 68-48, at Pauley Pavilion. It was the third straight road win for the Huskies.
The victory capped a weekend that saw the Huskies post a sweep in Los Angeles for the first time since 1996.
Nine Huskies reached double figure scoring in the game, led by Payne's 20 and followed by 12 from Giuliana Mendiola and 10 from Emily Autrey. All of Autrey's points came from the free throw line as the Huskies hit 19 of hit their 21 free throws in the second half to preserve the win.
Payne hit two of her four three pointers in the first four minutes of the game as Washington jumped out to a quick start, leading 19-6 at the 13:17 mark. The Huskies led by as many 20 in the first period, up 28-8, after a Kellie O'Neill layup at 9:15. In all, Washington hit five three pointers in the first seven minutes of the game. Along with Payne's two, Giuliana Mendiola, Kellie O'Neill and Kristen O'Neill each added one in the run.
UCLA crept back in though with a 14-2 run, fueled by a pair of field goals and four free throws from Krystle Johnson, to cut the deficit to single digits, 31-22, at 1:52. But another three pointer and field goal by Payne bumped it back up and the Huskies took a 14-point lead, 36-22.
Washington went cold from the field in the start of the second half hitting only free throws until Payne sank a basket at 12:26 to make it 45-30. The Bruins cut it to nine points, 45-36, at 10:05, but Payne hit her fourth three pointer of the game to move Washington's lead back up to 12, 48-36, at 8:51. UCLA got back within nine after another pair of Johnson free throws, but it was all Washington after that as the Huskies sank their free throws and the Bruins managed just two more field goals down the stretch.

Game 20 - Washington 69, at USC 63 (Feb. 1) - Sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola made the most of her homecoming as she scored 20 second half points and led Washington to a 69-63 victory over Southern California in front of 814 fans in Pac-10 action at the Sports Arena Friday night. Washington completed a season sweep of the Trojans and won its second straight road game.
Mendiola's career effort came in the second half, when she rallied the Huskies from a two-point halftime deficit to score 20 of her 22 points en route to the victory. She hit 9-of-11 from the field and passed out six assists, with two steals and only two turnovers in 33 minutes of play. Her 22 points matched the number she scored in the season-opener at Montana State and against California last year.
Ebony Hoffman led the Trojans with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Aisha Hollans added 14 points and Rachel Woodward had 10.
USC opened the game by jumping to a quick 7-2 lead early. Washington took its first lead of the game midway through the first half when a Kayla Burt shot made it 17-16 at 11:44. The Huskies then went on a 12-4 run to move ahead by seven, 27-20, at 6:10.
USC used a 13-4 run to close the half, taking a 33-31 lead at the break, and then started quickly in the second, moving its lead back up to five, 39-34, before Washington called a timeout. The call was effective as sophomore Andrea Lalum rattled off three consecutive baskets to put the Huskies back on top, 44-43, with 12:34 to go in the game. It was all Washington after that as Mendiola scored 12 of the Huskies' next 16 points to put UW up by eight, 62-54, with 3:17 remaining. She capped the run with an acrobatic flip of the ball from her back with one second remaining on the shot clock as she tumbled to the court.
Washington led by 10 points, 66-56, after a Kellie O'Neill basket with 2:02 to go. USC responded with back-to-back three pointers to cut it to four, 67-63, in the final minute but the Huskies hit three free throws down the stretch to close the game.

Husky Home Attendance HighscWashington 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 Jan. 17. That number was topped two days later as 5,672 fans showed up for the Stanford game. c UW, 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.

Pac-10 Notes
Washington, alone in third place in the Pac-10 race, is among the conference leaders in several categories. As a team, the Huskies are second in scoring offense (73.9 ppg) and second in scoring margin (+9.1), trailing Stanford in both. They are second in free throw percentage (71.4), field goal percent defense (.388) and steals (10.38 pg). Individually, Loree Payne (9th) and Andrea Lalum (11th) rank among the Pac-10 scoring leaders while freshman Kristen O'Neill is third in three-point field goal percentage (48.3). Payne is second in three-pointers made and Giuliana Mendiola is fourth in assists (4.81 pg). In addition, Mendiola's assist to turnover ratio of 2.02 is second in the conference.

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 140 made so far. The Huskies have attempted 443 shots from long distance and are hitting 31 percent. Stanford leads the way with 171 made three-pointers in 418 attempts (40%).
The Huskies' three treys made against USC was its lowest output of the season. They hit four against WSU last week and also in the first meeting against the Cougars. The team has hit at least five three pointers in every other game this season. They sank 7-of-28 at UCLA.
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 a team-high 47 percent from the field in her first season of college basketball. In addition, O'Neill, who plays both point and shooting guard, is hitting 48 percent from three point range, a mark that is third in the Pac-10 behind two other freshmen - Stanford's Kelley Suminski (51%) and Sebnem Kimyacioglu (50%). Her three point field goal percentage (52%) in conference games is second 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 (28). O'Neill isn't only known for her offense though. At Washington State, she pulled down seven rebounds and a season-high six steals. She added nine more boards in the LA sweep.
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 the first meeting 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 13.6 points per game. Entering the UA/ASU weekend, her career scoring total stands at 1,092 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.

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. She was held without a three-pointer against USC Friday, only the third time this season she has not hit a trey, and then responded by hitting four at UCLA.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) 153 473

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 (84%) and Giuliana Mendiola (80%), who stand at No. 4 and 6 in the Pac-10 respectively, in that category. Payne is 11-of-12 over the last four games while Mendiola hit 5-of-6 at UCLA.

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, 17-21 Record: 6-3
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 Arizona Wildcats
Arizona is coming off a home split against the Oregon schools, falling in overtime, 88-85, to the Beavers and knocking off Oregon, 84-68. Five players average double figure scoring, led by senior Elizabeth Pickney at 16.7 points per game. Freshman Dee-Dee Wheeler follows at 11.9, then Aimee Gryb (10.4), Candice Allen (10.1) and LaKeisha Taylor (10.0). The team was without Krista Warren last weekend after the junior suffered a severe ankle sprain in practice. She is listed as questionable for this week. The Wildcats are led by Joan Bonvicini, who is in her 11th season at Arizona. She owns a record of 190-128 mark in that span and has a 23-year career mark of 515-199.

The Husky-Wildcat Series
Washington owns a commanding 23-9 lead in the series with Arizona, but the Wildcats have won five of the last six games, including an 83-69 win earlier this season in Tucson. The teams split last year with the Cats winning in Tucson, 87-72, and the Huskies in Seattle, 98-88. Arizona's last win in Seattle was during the 2000 season, when they posted a 96-85 win at Mercer Arena. It is the Cats' only victory in Seattle in 15 meetings.

First Meeting This Season
Game 16 - at Arizona 83, Washington 69 (Jan. 12) - Five Huskies scored in double digits but it was not enough as Washington lost in Tucson for the seventh year in a row, falling, 83-69, to Arizona. Washington has not won a game in Tucson since 1995. Washington closed the weekend with a pai
r of losses while Arizona completed a sweep of the Northwest schools. Junior forward Emily Autrey came off the bench to lead all Huskies with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Andrea Lalum and Kristen O'Neill had 11 points each, and guards Giuliana Mendiola and Loree Payne tallied 10 points apiece. Payne returned to the starting lineup, in place of Cheryl Sorenson, after a four-game stint coming off the bench.
Arizona sophomore guard Candice Allen led the game with a career-best 25 points as the Wildcats won their first back-to-back games since November.
The game was even through the first five-and-a-half minutes, with both teams tied, 12-12, at the 14:33 mark. Then Washington capitalized on six straight Arizona turnovers and scored six unanswered points to go ahead, 18-12, just over a minute later. The Huskies pushed their lead to seven (24-17) at the 8:29 mark, and that was when Arizona turned up the heat.
The Wildcats forced six Washington turnovers, and the Huskies missed three straight shots, as Arizona put on a 14-2 run to take a five-point (31-26) lead with just under four minutes left in the first. Washington's only points during that stretch came from the free throw line. UW regained control of the game, though, and ended the half on an 8-2 spurt to hold a one-point lead at halftime, 34-33.
Both teams were tied at 39-39 three minutes into the second half, then Arizona, fueled by six points from senior forward Elizabeth Pickney, went on an 11-2 run to gain a nine-point (50-41) advantage at 11:37. UW cut the Cats' lead down to three (55-52) barely three minutes later, which Arizona answered with a 9-2 spurt to gain a 10-point (64-54) spread with just under six minutes left in the game. The Huskies got to within seven points twice after that but were never able to get back into the game as the Wildcats finished the contest by out-scoring UW, 19-15.

About the Arizona State Sun Devils
The Sun Devils are coming off a home sweep of the Oregon schools, defeating the Ducks, 69-58, and the Beavers, 71-65. The wins moved them into second place in the conference race, one half-game ahead of the Huskies. The team is led by a pair of seniors averaging double figures, guard Amanda Levens, who is second in the Pac-10 in scoring at 18.2 points per game, and center Melody Johnson at 11.8 per game. Coach Charli Turner Thorne, who was a graduate assistant at UW from 1988-90, is 83-83 in her sixth year at ASU and 123-123 in her nine-year career.

The Husky-Sun Devil Series
Washington holds a 22-11 lead in the all-time series with ASU. The Sun Devils won the first meeting this year, 66-61, in Tempe. They will be looking for their first win in Seattle since 1996, with the last victory an 81-77 game back on Feb. 3, 1996. The Huskies swept last year, winning 66-62 in Tempe and 79-60 in Seattle.
The games in Tempe have a history of being close, as happened again this year, but the games in Seattle have been a bit more lopsided. With the exception of a 78-76 UW win in 2000, the margins have been 19 points ('01), 32 points ('99), 23 points ('98) and nine points ('97).

First Meeting This Year
Game 15 - at Arizona State 66, Washington 61 (Jan. 10)- Senior Amanda Levens scored a game-high 20 points as ASU downed Washington, 66-61, at Wells Fargo Arena. The loss snapped a three-game Husky win streak.
Arizona State jumped ahead early, taking a 13-6 lead with 13:52 to play in the half. The Sun Devils quickly pushed their lead into double digits on a pair of three-pointers by Levens and led by as many as 12 points en route to a 35-24 halftime advantage.
ASU outshot the Huskies 50 to 38.5 percent and outrebounded them 20-11 in the first 20 minutes, while Levens had 14 of her 20 points and knocked down 4-of-6 looks from three-point land in the first half.
Washington stormed back in the second half, forcing three Arizona State turnovers and scoring the first eight points of the half. UW freshman Kristen O'Neill hit a pair of three-pointers and junior Cheryl Sorenson knocked down a bucket by to cut the lead to three points, 35-32, with 17:41 to play. ASU then went on a 13-5 run to restore its 11-point lead when sophomore Betsy Boardman knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to make it 48-3
7 with 13:21 to play, The Huskies made one more run in the game to get within three points twice more when junior Kellie O'Neill converted a pair of free throws to make it 61-58 with 3:02 left in the game and sophomore Giuliana Mendiola hit a three-pointer to make it 64-61 with 58 seconds remaining. ASU, however, knocked down 5-of-7 free throw attempts over the final three minutes of the game to hold onto the 66-61 victory.
Levens turned in her 10th 20-point effort of the season with 20 points. Levens also led the Sun Devils with five assists and contributed four rebounds and two steals in the effort.
For Washington, freshman Kayla Burt led the team with 15 points, knocking down 4-of-6 attempts from the field and all seven of her free throws, while Kristen O'Neill chipped in with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting which included a pair of three-pointers. The Sun Devils outrebounded the Huskies 44-30 but were outshot 39.3 to 40.4 percent from the field.

Statistical Comparison	UW	UA	ASUPoints per game	73.8	73.9	67.2Conference points per game	74.0	72.5	66.8Rebounds	38.8	38.8	37.8Opponent rebounds	41.1	39.7	32.93-pt. FGM-FGA	140-443	130-362	99-288Free throw %	71.4	75.2	62.9Assists	330	323	356Blocks	69	67	32Steals	218	194	199
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