Women's Basketball Wraps Regular Season at Home vs. OSU, UO

Feb. 20, 2002

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Thurs., Feb. 21
Washington vs. Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 23
Washington vs. Oregon, 1 pm.

Both games take place at Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

This Week
The Washington women's basketball team (16-9, 11-5) returns home for its regular season finale when it hosts Northwest rivals Oregon State and Oregon. The Huskies meet the Beavers (13-13, 9-7) at 7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 21 followed by the Ducks (14-11, 9-7) at 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 23, both at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Washington, coming off a split in the Bay Area, enters the weekend alone in third place in the Pac-10 while the Beavers and Ducks are tied for fifth place. The Huskies will attempt to extend their impressive home court record, a mark that stands at 9-3 overall and 6-1 in Pac-10 games. They will also aim for a season sweep over Oregon State and to snap a 12-game Oregon win streak in the series with the Ducks. The Huskies have won six of their last seven games, with the lone setback a loss at Stanford on the home court of the second-ranked team in the country. The Huskies were playing their first conference road games of the season in their first meetings with the Ducks and Beavers this year. The Ducks took the upper hand at McArthur Court, winning 69-56. The Huskies rebounded with a 74-58 win over the Beavers in Corvallis, in a game that saw junior guard Loree Payne come off the bench for 26 points.
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 72.9 points per game and second in field goal percent defense. They will meet the two Pac-10 scoring leaders this weekend, with OSU's Felicia Ragland (19.9 ppg) here Thursday and Oregon's Shaquala Williams (17.2 ppg) in town Saturday.
This weekend also marks the final home appearance for senior Heather Reichmann. A captain this year, she has been an integral part of a Husky team that has amassed a record of 62-54, claimed a Pac-10 title, posted the biggest turn-around in the Pac-10 and made a run to the final eight of the NCAA tournament during her tenure. Reichmann, who also throws the javelin for the track team, has played in 76 games and has a career-high 12 points, reached in a game her freshman season.

Limited Edition Erickson Bobbleheads Arrive Saturday
Legendary Washington crew coach Dick Erickson will be remembered at Saturday's game when fans are able to collect a limited edition bobblehead doll of his likeness. Erickson, who passed away in July, was involved for nearly 50 years with UW athletics. He participated as an athlete then a coach with the Husky rowing team before serving as the Facilities Manager for the athletic department. Erickson was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on two occasions, in 1984 as part of the 1958 national championship crew and in 1994 as the head coach of the men's crew from 1968-82. As a write-in candidate, Erickson won an on-line vote in the fall in which fans were asked who they would like to have portrayed by a bobblehead doll. He received more votes than current Husky head coaches Bob Bender, Rick Neuheisel and June Daugherty did. Bobbleheads bearing his likeness will be distributed to the first 2,500 spectators at the Feb. 23 basketball game against Oregon. His family will be on hand and recognized during pre-game activities.

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup
F 23- Emily Autrey 6-0 Jr. Kennewick, Wash. 9.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 12.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg
G 22- Loree Payne 6-0 Jr. Havre, Mont. 13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G 33- Kristen O'Neill 6-0 Fr. Edmonds, Wash. 6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg
G 13- Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 So. Lake Forest, Calif. 11.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Notes on the Pac-10 Postseason Tournament
For the first time ever, the Pac-10 Conference will hold a postseason tournament. Set for March 1-4 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., the tournament will feature all 10 conference teams. The winner receives the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The tournament bracket will be seeded according to the final conference standings, with the league champion earning the top seed.
The team that finishes the regular season atop the Pac-10 standings, based on double round robin play, is the conference champion.
The Pac-10 Tournament seedings and bracket will be announced at 4:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 24, following the final two regular seasons games, California at USC and Stanford at UCLA.

Televison/Radio
Both the Oregon State and Oregon 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.

Dawgbite: Sixth-year head coach June Daugherty needs three more victories to reach 100 wins in her tenure at Washington. She enters the Oregon State game with a mark of 97-75 at UW. Her 13-year career record stands at 220-149. The Huskies have two games remaining in the regular season before moving on to the inaugural Pac-10 Conference Tournament. Daugherty's next Pac-10 victory will be No. 60 in her tenure at Washington. Her record in conference games stands at 59-47 during her six years at UW.

About the Oregon State Beavers
Three of Oregon State's last five games have gone to overtime with the Beavers picking up victories in two of those. The most recent game was an 84-83 overtime loss to rival Oregon at Mac Court in Eugene. Senior guard Felicia Ragland leads her team and the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.9 points per game. She stands at No. 14 on the Pac-10 all-time scoring chart. Coach Judy Spoelstra has a record of 91-103 in her seventh year at Oregon and has a 13-year career mark of 189-171.

The Husky-Beaver Series
Washington leads the all-time series with OSU, 37-21. The Huskies won the first meeting this year, 74-58, in Corvallis Dec. 30. Washington swept both games last year while the Beavers took both two years ago.

First Meeting This Year
Game 12 - Washington 74, at Oregon State 58 (Dec. 30) - Loree Payne scored 26 points as Washington beat Oregon State, 74-58, in the second game of its Pac-10 road trip.
Andrea Lalum added 15 points and a game-best nine rebounds for the Huskies. Felicia Ragland led Oregon State with 26 points, while Hollye Chapman scored 17 points.
Payne, who came off the bench for the first time in the season, made nine of 20 shots, including 5-of-12 from the 3-point line en route to her best scoring output of the year. Washington coach June Daugherty changed to a bigger starting line up after being outrebounded 48-28 in a 69-56 loss at Oregon two nights earlier. The Huskies outrebounded Oregon State, 43-33.
Washington, second in the conference in 3-pointers made, hit 11-of-25 from behind the arc, made all nine of their free throws and forced 23 turnovers. The Beavers, who held Washington State to conference lows of 17 percent shooting and 33 points, allowed Washington to shoot 41 percent from the field.
After Oregon State got to within two points early in the second half, the Huskies went on a 12-0 run capped by five points from Payne to take a 49-35 lead with 13:35 to play. The Beavers closed the score to 62-54 before Payne hit a 3-pointer with 3:41 remaining to put the game away.

About the Oregon Ducks
The Ducks are on a modest two-game win streak with its most recent victory an 84-83 overtime decision over rival Oregon State. Shaquala Williams, who was Pac-10 Player of the Year two seasons ago, leads the team with 17.2 points per game. First-year coach Bev Smith has led the team to a mark of 14-11 overall.

The Husky-Duck Series
Oregon leads the series with Washington, 32-28, and has won the last 12 in a row. The Ducks are one of only two Pac-10 schools (Stanford is the other) to own a winning series record against the Huskies. Washington's last victory over Oregon was an 82-66 game back on Jan. 13, 1996 in Seattle.
Oregon won the first meeting this year, 69-56, Dec. 28 in Eugene.

First Meeting This Year
Game 11 - at Oregon 69, Washington 56 (Dec. 28) - Sparked by Jamie Craighead's seven 3-pointers, Oregon won Friday night over Washington, 69-56, before a season-high 4,791 fans at McArthur Court. The Ducks, who have defeated Washington 12 straight times, improved its record to 7-5 and 2-1 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies dropped to 6-5, 1-1.
Craighead drilled 7-of-11 from downtown to tie her career high for 3-pointers and points with 21. Oregon freshman Andrea Bills and sophomore Cathrine Kraayeveld also had career nights. Bills scored 13 of her career-best 18 points in the first half along with grabbing a career-high eight rebounds in 23 minutes.
Oregon dominated the boards with 48 compared to Washington's 28. Oregon took its final lead at 28-25 following a Craighead 3-pointer with 2:53 left before halftime. The Ducks extended their advantage to 58-40 with 9:03 remaining in the game before the Huskies went on a 14-3 run behind five points from Loree Payne. But Oregon countered with five points from Bills and a desperation 22-foot 3-pointer by Shaquala Williams (13 points) with time running out on the shot clock, increasing the lead to 65-54 with 2:31 left.
Kristen O'Neill led the Huskies with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting while Emily Autrey added 11.

Statistical Comparison UW OSU UO
Points per game 72.9 67.0 70.3
Conference points per game 72.6 69.6 71.3
Rebounds 38.7 39.2 37.0
Opponent rebounds 41.2 38.7 36.6
3-pt. FGM-FGA 166-512 131-404 128-406
Free throw % 71.2 67.1 68.5
Assists 399 393 379
Blocks 81 90 92
Steals 249 238 200

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 third in scoring offense (72.9 ppg) and scoring margin (+8.3). They are second in free throw percentage (71.2), field goal percent defense (.388) 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 tied for second in three-point field goal percentage (46.2). Payne is second in three-pointers made (54) and Giuliana Mendiola is fourth in assists (4.96 pg). In addition, Mendiola's assist to turnover ratio of 2.03 is second in the conference, behind OSU's Leilani Estevan (2.32).

Weekend Recap
Game 25 - Washington 64, at California 53 (Feb. 16) - Junior Kellie O'Neill came off the bench to score 14 points as Washington recovered from a slow start to defeat California, 64-53, on its Senior Day at Haas Pavilion. The victory kept Washington in third place in the conference. Washington used a balanced attack to offset the Bears, as O'Neill was 6-of-12 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three point range. Sophomore Andrea Lalum and Giuliana Mendiola each added 10 points, with Mendiola also dishing off seven assists.
Kiki Williams led the Bears with 12 points, Leigh Gregory added 11 and Ami Forney had 10. The game jumped out to a frenetic start and Cal used its quickness to build a 26-20 lead at 8:32 in the first half. The Huskies responded with a trapping zone defense to slow Cal and moved ahead, 36-33, at halftime.
Cal tied the game at 42 midway through the second half but Washington called a timeout and then responded with a 14-0 run over the next 4:30 to put the game away.

Game 24 - at No. 2 Stanford 81, Washington 65 (Feb. 14) - Nicole Powell had 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as second-ranked Stanford won its 17th straight game and clinched the Pac-10 Conference title with an 81-65 victory over second-place Washington. It was Powell's third triple-double of the season and fourth of her career.
Lindsey Yamasaki added 19 points and Bethany Donaphin 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Cardinal broke a five-game winning streak by the Huskies.
Andrea Lalum led Washington with 18 points, Giuliana Mendiola added 14 and Loree Payne 11. The Huskies' last defeat was to Stanford on Jan. 19. The Cardinal, who assured themselves the top seed at the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament next month, used long-distance shooting to take control early in the second half. Stanford went on a 26-11 run in the second half thanks in part to five 3-pointers - three from Yamasaki.

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 points, 68-50. The lone home conference loss this season has been at the hands of then-fourth-ranked Stanford, 75-67. The non-conference losses were to No. 16 Michigan and Santa Clara.
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 Pac-10 home loss was a 67-53 setback at the hands of Oregon back on Jan. 18, 2001.

Husky Home Attendance Highs
Washington, which consistently ranks among the nation's leaders in home attendance, welcomed 4,735 fans to its most recent home game, against ASU. It was 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.

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