Women's Basketball Travels to Bay Area on Five-Game Win Streak
Feb. 13, 2002
Thurs., Feb. 14
Washington at No. 2 Stanford, 7 p.m.
Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, Calif.
Sat., Feb. 16
Washington at California, 1 p.m.
Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
The Washington women's basketball team (15-8, 10-4), winners of five straight, travels to the Bay Area for games at No. 2 Stanford (24-1, 14-0) and at California (6-17, 1-13). The Huskies, who took over sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 after a home sweep last weekend, will spend Valentine's Day at Stanford in a game that tips at 7 p.m., Feb. 14 at Maples Pavilion. Following that is a Saturday afternoon game against the Bears at 1 p.m., Feb. 16 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.
The first game pits a hot Husky team against a Cardinal club that will be looking to clinch the Pac-10 crown outright. The first meeting between the teams this season was a close affair, with then fourth-ranked Stanford prevailing, 75-67, in one of its smallest margins of victory against a conference opponent. It was after that game the Husky win streak started, as they rattled off five straight, including three on the road. Coming off the home sweep over Arizona and Arizona State, the Huskies are seeking their first win on The Farm since the 1998-99 season. Stanford has dropped just one game this season, a 68-62 setback to Tennessee back on Dec. 16.
Against California, Washington meets a team that consistently challenges the Huskies in Haas Pavilion. The Bears have won two of the last three meetings in Berkeley and the total margin of victory in the last three meetings down there is five points. Washington trounced the Bears in the first meeting, 85-46, in Seattle.
Washington used a 77-73 win over Arizona and a 68-50 win over Arizona State to boost its record heading into the home stretch of the regular season. The Huskies are sticking with the same starting lineup that has four players averaging double figure scoring and a bench that is deep and healthy. They are third in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, at 73.7 points per game and second in field goal percent defense.
Washington received 29 votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week, the first time the team has been mentioned since Dec. 10. The Huskies received one vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the first mention since the week of Dec. 24.
Tentative Husky Starting Lineup
F 23- Emily Autrey 6-0 Jr. Kennewick, Wash. 10.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 11.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg
G 22- Loree Payne 6-0 Jr. Havre, Mont. 14.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg
G 33- Kristen O'Neill 6-0 Fr. Edmonds, Wash. 6.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg
G 13- Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 So. Lake Forest, Calif. 11.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg
The Stanford and California 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.
The Last Time
The last time Washington faced a team ranked in the top five of the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 standings was last season when the Huskies hosted Connecticut in their home opener at Bank of America Arena. The Connecticut Huskies, defending national champions, won, 100-54.
Dawgbite: Sixth-year head coach June Daugherty needs four more victories to reach 100 wins in her tenure at Washington. The Huskies have four games remaining in the regular season before moving on to the inaugural Pac-10 Conference Tournament.
Washington, alone in second place in the Pac-10 race, is among the conference leaders in several categories. As a team, the Huskies are third in scoring offense (73.7 ppg) and scoring margin (+9.3). They are second in free throw percentage (71.3), field goal percent defense (.384) and steals (9.96 pg). Individually, Loree Payne (9th) and Andrea Lalum (12th) rank among the Pac-10 scoring leaders while freshman Kristen O'Neill is third in three-point field goal percentage (46.0). Payne is second in three-pointers made (53) and Giuliana Mendiola is fourth in assists (4.83 pg). In addition, Mendiola's assist to turnover ratio of 1.98 is second in the conference.
Game 23 - at Washington 68, Arizona State 50 (Feb. 9) -Washington won its fifth straight game and took over sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 Conference on the strength of a 68-50 victory over Arizona State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies moved a half-game ahead of the Sun Devils with the victory. Junior co-captain Loree Payne led Washington in scoring for the third straight game, tallying a game-high 20 points on 8-of-15 from the field, including three from long distance. She is averaging 21 points per game over the last three games. Sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola added 15 points, five rebounds and seven assists while junior Kellie O'Neill was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field with seven rebounds to highlight the effort. Washington held ASU's Amanda Levens, the second-leading scorer in the Pac-10, to two points on 1-of-12 from the field as the Sun Devils managed just 30 percent shooting. Cian Carvalho led ASU with 15 points and Melody Johnson added her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The Huskies jumped out to a quick start in the game, leading 9-2, after Mendiola buried a three-pointer at the 15-minute mark. The game see-sawed back and forth until O'Neill closed the half with a layup and a three-pointer to put the Huskies up by 11 with under a minute to go. ASU's Betsy Boardman hit a jumper with five seconds remaining and Washington took a 33-24 lead at the break. Payne opened the second half with a three-point basket and Emily Autrey added a bucket and a free throw to increase the lead to 15, 39-27, at 18:57. Boardman responded with her own three-pointer and Johnson collected a rebound and basket to cut the margin to 10 points, 39-29, at 17:38 but that was as close as the Sun Devils would get. A three-pointer from O'Neill followed by another from Payne gave the Huskies their largest lead of the game, 61-41, with 6:31 remaining.
With 20 points against ASU, junior Loree Payne has now lead the team in scoring three consecutive games, averaging 21 points per contest ... With the 68-50 victory, Washington is on a five-game winning streak for the first time since they capped off a five-game win streak on Feb. 15, 2001 against Oregon State. Ironically, both streaks came after losses at Stanford ... Andrea Lalum tied a career high with four blocked shots, last recording four swats against St. Mary's on Dec. 17, 2000 ... The Washington defense held the Pac-10's second leading scorer, Amanda Levens, to two points on 1-12 shooting from the field ... The Huskies are now 8-0 when holding their opponent to fewer than 60 points. In those eight games the average margin of victory was 26.6 points.
Game 22 - at Washington 77, Arizona 73 (Feb. 7) - Andrea Lalum added 10 points to a career-high 13 rebounds, and Washington withstood a late Arizona rally, to take a 77-73 win over the Wildcats at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies led by as many as 13 points in the second half, taking a 71-58 edge with 5:34 to go on an eight-foot jumper by Emily Autrey. The Wildcats, however, strung together a 13-4 run over the next four minutes, cutting the lead to two, 75-72, on a long three-pointer by Dee-Dee Wheeler with 30 seconds remaining. Following a free throw by the Huskies' Giuliana Mendiola at the 20-second mark, Arizona had one last chance to tie, but a deep three-point attempt by Wheeler hit the front of the rim, and Washington coralled the rebound and the victory. The win was the fourth in a row for Washington, its longest streak of the season, and improved the team to 21-6 all-time at Bank of America Arena, including a 12-2 home record in Pac-10 play. Four Huskies scored in double figures, including the second-consecutive 20-point game from junior Loree Payne, who finished with 22. In addition to Lalum -who became the first Husky to record double-digit rebounds since Dec. 9 against Michigan - Emily Autrey (15 points) and Mendiola (14) each reached double figures in scoring. Forward Elizabeth Pickney led all Arizona scorers with 22 points, while senior center LaKeisha Taylor tallied a double-double with 16 points and a career-best 17 rebounds. The Huskies struggled early, falling behind in the games opening minutes before rallying to a 39-28 halftime lead on the strength of 11 points by Payne, including a pair of three-pointers.
Andrea Lalum had her fourth double-double of the season, with 10 points and a career high13 rebounds. Lalum's double-double was her first since Dec. 9 vs. Michigan, which also marks the last time any Husky recorded double figure rebounds ... Four Husky players reached double figure scoring, including 22 points by junior Loree Payne. For Payne it marks the fifth time this season she has scored over 20 points, including last Sunday's game at UCLA (20 pts.) ... Freshman Kristen O'Neill dished out a career high six assists.
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 beat Arizona, 77-73, and turned around and thumped Arizona State by 18, 68-50. The lone home conference loss this season has been at the hands of then-fourth-ranked Stanford, 75-67.
The Stanford game marked the first conference loss at home in more than a year for the Huskies, who own a stellar 14-2 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.
The Real Deal
Junior Kellie O'Neill was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three point range, while pulling down seven rebounds against Arizona State. It was her first double digit scoring effort since Jan. 17 versus California and her highest rebound total since the season-opener at Montana State.
Lalum Lights it Up
Sophomore center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) continues to spark the Husky offense, averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds over the last five games.v Lalum was in double figures, both scoring and rebounding, in Washington's win over Arizona last week. She tallied 10 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year and first since the Michigan game Dec. 9. She was the first Husky to reach double figure rebounding since that game. She posted a career-best four blocks in the win over the Sun Devils.
The versatile Lalum, at 6-foot-4, has scored in double figures in 14 of 22 games this season and has four double-doubles so far. She is hitting 71 percent from the free throw line and is 12-of-16 over the last five games. Lalum has led the Huskies in scoring four times and 13 times in rebounding.
Autrey is Alright
Junior Emily Autrey has developed into an integral part of the Husky offense this season as one of four players with a double figure scoring average (10.1 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.
Husky Home Attendance Highs
Washington, which consistently ranks among the nation's leaders in home attendance, welcomed 4,735 fans to its Saturday afternoon game against ASU last weekend, the second largest home crowd of the year. The Huskies are currently averaging 3,428 fans per game, good for third in the Pac-10 behind Oregon and Stanford.
Washington's largest crowd of the year was against Stanford when 5,672 fans showed up at Bank of America Arena.
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 152 made so far. The Huskies have attempted 479 shots from long distance and are hitting 31 percent. Stanford leads the way with 186 made three-pointers in 456 attempts (40%).
The Huskies' three treys made against USC was its lowest output of the season. They hit four at WSU 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 6-of-20 against Arizona and 6-of-16 against ASU.
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 has started 16 of 23 games, is shooting 44 percent from the field in her first season of college basketball. In addition, O'Neill, who plays both point and shooting guard, is hitting 46 percent from three point range, a mark that is third in the Pac-10 behind two other freshmen - Stanford's Kelley Suminski (50%) and Sebnem Kimyacioglu (47%). Her three point field goal percentage (48%) in conference games is second the Pac-10.
O'Neill's three-point field goal percentage leads the team and she is second in three-pointers made (29). Against Arizona, she passed out a season-best six assists. 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 14.2 points per game.
Entering the Stanford game, her career scoring total stands at 1,134 points over her three-and-one-half years. She has scored 20 or more points in the last three games and is averaging 15.8 points per game over Washington's five game win streak
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 five 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 second in the Pac-10 in three point field goals made this season, with 53. On Washington's career charts, Payne has moved from No. 5 up to No. 3 with 160 three pointers made and moved from No. 4 to No. 3 with 488 attempts over her three-and-one-half years. She was held without a three-pointer at USC, only the third time this season she has not hit a trey, and then responded by hitting four at UCLA. She added another four versus Arizona and three more against ASU.
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) 160 488
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 (78%), who stand at No. 3 and 8 in the Pac-10 respectively, in that category. Payne is 16-of-18 over the last six games.
A Look at the Lineup
Washington has stuck with the same lineup for the last seven games and overall has an 8-3 record with that starting group. It is the fourth different lineup used this year.Here is a look at what the Huskies have done:
Games 8-11, 17-23 Record: 8-3
Autrey, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill
Games 1-7 Record: 4-3
Autrey, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Gioconda Mendiola
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 Stanford Cardinal
Stanford is ranked second in the nation in both top 25 polls this week and needs one victory to clinch its 11th Pac-10 title. All-America candidates Lindsey Yamasaki, a senior, and sophmore Nicole Powell lead the team at 16.6 and 15.4 points per game, respectively. The Cardinal leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense at 81.4 points per game and is outscoring opponents by 19.8 points. Coach Tara Vanderveer is is 388-103 in her 15-year tenure at Stanford and has a career mark of 540-154 in 22 seasons.
The Husky-Cardinal Series
At 23-12, Stanford is one of only two schools in the Pac-10 to hold a series lead over Washington (the other is Oregon). The teams have split the season series the last three years in a row. The Cardinal won the first meeting this season, 75-67, in Seattle, Jan. 19. Washington's last victory at Stanford was a 74-62 contest on Feb. 18, 1999.
Husky coach June Daugherty was an assistant coach at Stanford from 1985-89.
First Meeting This Year
Game 18 - No. 4 Stanford 75, at Washington 67 (Jan. 19) - Junior Loree Payne scored 19 points, Andrea Lalum 17 and Giuliana Mendiola 11 as Washington staged a late second half rally but it was not enough as No. 4 Stanford held off the charge to win, 75-67, in Seattle. It was Washington's first loss in a conference home game in more than a year and for Stanford, it was the first win in Seattle since 1999.
Cardinal senior Lindsey Yamasakai scored seven of her 19 points in the final three minutes. Sebnem Kimyacioglu hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points, Cori Enghusen added 13 and Kelley Suminski 10 for the Cardinal. Lalum scored 15 of her 17 points in the second and hit 9-of-11 free throws.
Washington, which went on a late 13-2 run to make it close, shot just 31.9 percent from the field - including 24.1 percent in the first half. Payne made two 3-pointers to pull the Huskies to 68-63 with 2:11 remaining in the game, but Washington could get no closer. Stanford took charge with an early 16-2 run led by Enghusen's eight points as the Cardinal jumped out to a 28-14 lead with 6:41 left in the first half.
Suminski and Kimyacioglu hit 3-pointers during an 8-0 Stanford run that closed out the half and gave the Cardinal a 40-23 halftime lead. Stanford led by five early in the second half, and Enghusen scored five points during a 16-7 run that gave the Cardinal a 14-point lead with 9:46 remaining.
About the California Golden Bears
California has struggled this season, posting just one conference victory so far, a 62-50 win at Washington State. They are led by senior Ami Forney who averages 11.9 points per game while freshman Kristin Iwanaga has emerged as a capable point guard. Second year coach Caren Horstmeyer is 18-33 in her tenure with the Bears and has a 14-year career mark of 239-157.
The Husky-Bear Series
Washington owns a commanding 30-8 lead in the series with California but the Bears have won two of the last three in Berkeley. The total margin of victory over the last three games in Berkeley is a mere five points. Washington won last year, 69-68, and Cal won the two previous years, 51-49 in 2000 and 58-56 in 1999.
Washington won the first meeting this season, 85-46, Jan. 17 in Seattle.
First Meeting This Year
Game 17 - at Washington 85, California 46 (Jan. 17) - Washington won its 10th-consecutive Pac-10 home game, routing California, 85-46, before a season-high 4,007 fans at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies have not lost a Pac-10 home game since Jan. 18, 2001.
The Huskies scored 54 points in the first half, despite being held without a basket for the first 4:42 of the contest. Junior Loree Payne broke the drought with a 15-foot jumper, keying a 25-7 run that buried the Bears (10-6, 0-7) with 8:20 remaining in the half. Washington shot 58 percent in the half, while holding Cal to just five field goals on 20 percent shooting. Twelve Huskies put points on the scoreboard, led by the 12 points of junior Kellie O'Neill. Sophomore LaTasha O'Keith led Cal with 10.
Washington pounded the ball inside to the benefit of its post players, who combined for 45 points to help the Huskies post a 40-4 scoring advantage in the paint. The strategy also helped the team tally a season-high 26 assists, led by five apiece from guards Giuliana Mendiola and Cheryl Sorenson.
Defensively, Washington flummoxed the Bears, forcing 26 turnovers and holding Cal to just 11 field goals on 20.8 percent shooting, both Husky opponent lows. After separate 29-5 and 23-11 scoring runs to build a 54-20 halftime lead, the Huskies opened the second half with a 21-6 run, holding its largest lead, 75-26, with 10:18 to play.
Statistical Comparison UW Stanford CalPoints per game 73.7 81.4 57.0Conference points per game 73.8 81.3 53.4Rebounds 38.7 43.3 35.9Opponent rebounds 41.1 34.3 38.03-pt. FGM-FGA 152-479 186-456 80-277Free throw % 71.3 70.3 64.4Assists 368 492 275Blocks 78 128 31Steals 229 153 209