Women's Basketball Meets California Saturday at 1 p.m.

Feb. 16, 2002

Washington at California
1 p.m. PST
Saturday, Feb. 16
Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.

The Game
The Washington women's basketball team (15-9, 10-5) attempts to get back on its win streak when it meets California (7-17, 2-13) in a 1 p.m. game Sat., Feb. 16 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. The Huskies, who dropped from second to third place after a Thursday night loss at No. 2 Stanford, had entered the weekend on a five-game win streak.
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 three 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. 9.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 12.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg
G 22- Loree Payne 6-0 Jr. Havre, Mont. 14.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G 33- Kristen O'Neill 6-0 Fr. Edmonds, Wash. 6.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg
G 13- Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 So. Lake Forest, Calif. 11.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Televison/Radio
The California game 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 the game.

Dawgbite: Sixth-year head coach June Daugherty needs four more victories to reach 100 wins in her tenure at Washington. The Huskies have three games remaining in the regular season before moving on to the inaugural Pac-10 Conference Tournament.

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.

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