Women's Basketball Hosts 16th Annual Seattle Times Husky Classic Nov. 29-30

Nov. 27, 2002

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This Week:
After opening the 2002-03 season on the road last weekend, Washington women's basketball (1-1) returns to the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena to host the 16th Annual Seattle Times Husky Classic Friday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Nov. 30. Day one of the tournament features Pacific and Kentucky at 5 p.m., followed by the Huskies' home opener against Saint Bonaventure at 7:30 p.m. UW's game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest with David Locke and former Husky Megan Franza calling the action. Saturday, the consolation game will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the championship game at 7 p.m. Washington's games will also be broadcast locally on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM and on the internet at www.gohuskies.com. Calling the play-by-play will be Steve Sandmeyer, in his fourth season as the voice of the Huskies.

Probable Husky Starters For Seattle Times Classic (2002-03 Stats):
Giuliana Mendiola * G * 5-11 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 16.0 ppg * 2.5 rpg
Kayla Burt * G * 5-11 * So. * Arlington, Wash. * 9.0 ppg * 3.5 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 9.5 ppg * 1.5 rpg
Kellie 'O'Neill' Dalan * F * 6-1 * Sr. * Lynnwood, Wash. * 6.0 ppg * 3.5 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 12.0 ppg * 2.0 rpg

Seattle Times Husky Classic History:
Washington has won nine of 15 Seattle Times Husky Classic titles dating back to 1986 and has advanced to the finals of all 15 tournaments. The Huskies have finished runner-up three of the last four years, including a 71-56 defeat at the hands of Santa Clara last season. Santa Clara's Tammy Annas was named MVP, while UW's Emily Autrey and Loree Payne were named to the 2001 All-Tournament Team. The Huskies won their last Seattle Times Classic title in 2000, led by Giuliana Mendiola who garnered tournament MVP honors as a freshman. UW defeated James Madison 73-56 in the championship game. Also named to the 2000 All-Tournament team were Megan Franza and LeAnn Sheets. The list of Seattle Times Husky Classic championship teams is prestigious and includes Louisiana Tech (1986), Long Beach State (1988) and Kansas (1998).

UW Home Openers:
Washington is 22-6 in home openers. Last year, the Huskies defeated Northeastern 81-42, snapping a two-game losing streak in home openers. UW lost its home opener to BYU 85-62 during the 1999-00 season and its home opener against UConn 100-54 during the 2000-01 season. With the victory at Boise State Friday, the Huskies won their second straight season opener and improved to 19-10 in overall season openers.

Huskies On The Radio:
All UW women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Calling the play-by-play action is Steve Sandmeyer in his fourth season as the voice of the Huskies. Joining Sandmeyer this season and doing the color commentary for most home games will be former Husky basketball player Elise (Niemela) Woodward. Games can also be heard over the internet. Just click on the official UW website at www.gohuskies.com.

Husky Coaching Staff:
Aiming to guide the Huskies to their sixth postseason appearance during her brief tenure, UW head coach June Daugherty enters her seventh season at the helm of the women's basketball program. She has an overall record of 101-79 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 224-153. Sunny Smallwood is in her 10th year as a Husky women's basketball assistant, while Mike Daugherty enters his seventh season. Shimmy Gray enters her third year on staff.

Husky Story:
Washington (1-1) opened its 2002-2003 campaign on the road last weekend with games at Boise State (73-55) and No. 13 Texas Tech (67-99). Junior Giuliana Mendiola led the Huskies in scoring in both games with 15 points vs. Boise State and 17 vs. Texas Tech. All 17 of her points vs. Texas Tech came in the second half. Senior Loree Payne cracked into UW's all-time career top-10 in scoring this past weekend. With 19 points in the two games, she now owns sole possesion of 10th place with 1,269 career points. Senior Emily Autrey, who celebrated her 22nd birthday in Lubbock on Sunday, was the team's leading rebounder in both games (seven vs. BSU and six vs. TTU). Mendiola is the Huskies' early assists leader with seven in two games. Sophomore Kayla Burt made her second career start vs. Boise State and rattled off 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Scouting The Opponents:
UW welcomes Saint Bonaventure, Kentucky and Pacific to the 2002 edition of the Seattle Times Husky Classic. Friday marks the first-ever meeting between Washington and Saint Bonventure. The Huskies have also never faced Kentucky, but lead the all-time series with Pacific 3-1. The last time UW clashed with the Tigers was during the 1996-97 season, a contest won by the Huskies 79-49.

Saint Bonaventure (3-0) --
The Bonnies, led by third-year coach Jim Crowley, are off to the second-best start in the program's history with a 3-0 record. St. Bonaventure opened the season with a 78-64 win over Bucknell Nov. 22, and followed with wins over Kent State (67-44), Nov. 24, and St. Francis (79-54), Nov. 26. All three games featured different high-scorers: Eva Kadlecova (22 vs. Bucknell), Lyndsey Maurer (17 vs. Kent State) and Emma Haywood (15 vs. St. Francis). Eight letterwinners and two starters return from last year's team.

Pacific (0-2) --
Pacific is led by first-year head coach Craig Jackson. The Tigers are 0-2 on the season, losing their home opener to Northern Arizona 59-58, Nov. 22, before falling to No. 7 Purdue 92-57 on the road Nov. 24. Mischa Clark is Pacific's high-scorer in two games, with an average of 13 points per game. Clark scored a team-high 18 points in the Tigers' narrow loss to NAU. Gillian d'Hondt is their leading rebounder with an average of seven boards a game. Pacific returns 10 letterwinners from last season's 19-11 team that advanced to the championship game of the Big West Tournament for the first time since 1996.

Kentucky (1-0) --
Kentucky is led by Bernadette Mattox in her eighth season as the head coach. Kentucky is 1-0, winning its season opener at home vs. Southern Illinois, 79-53. Rita Adams paced the Wildcats with 16 points, 12 coming in the second half. In fact, five Kentucky players scored in double digits including Shambrica Jones (13 points, 11 rebounds), SeSe Helm (15), Sara Potts (11) and Keiko Tate (10). Kentucky returns seven letterwinners, including four starters, from last year's squad.

Payne Breaks Into UW Top-10 Scoring:
Senior All-America candidate Loree Payne broke into the UW Top-10 career scoring list with her first bucket vs. Texas Tech, Nov. 24. Her three-pointer gave her 1,263 career points and sole possession of 10th place on the list. Payne currently has 1,269 points and needs 61 more to tie Amber Hall (1995-99) for ninth. See a note later in this release for a complete rundown of UW's career scoring leaders.

Season Outlook:
Washington opens its 29th season of women's basketball with five starters and 11 letterwinners returning from last year's squad that tied for second in the Pac-10 Conference and advanced as far as the third round of the WNIT. In fact three of those returning starters, senior Loree Payne, junior Andrea Lalum and junior Giuliana Mendiola, were starters on the 2000-01 squad that won a share of the Pac-10 championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. This year's squad features a wealth of veteran leadership with five seniors, three juniors and four sophomores. Added to the mix is one returning redshirt freshman and a talented trio of incoming freshmen.

All-America Candidates:
Leading the way for the Huskies this year will be All-America candidates Loree Payne and Giuliana Mendiola. Both were All-Pac-10 first-team selections last year. In her third season as a Husky team captain, Payne led UW in scoring last year with 14.3 points per game. She is only the 17th player in UW history to score 1,000 points and is 10th on Washington's top-10 scoring list with 1,269 points. Payne is also No. 10 on the Pac-10's career three-pointers made list with 180. Mendiola, in her second season as a team captain, was the second-leading rebounder on the team with 5.5 boards per game in 2001-02, in addition to her 12.5 points per game. Mendiola boasted the second-best assist to turnover ratio in the Pac-10 last season.

No. 13 Texas Tech Too Much For Huskies:
Natalie Ritchie made four three-pointers and scored 20 points to lead No. 13 Texas Tech to a 99-67 victory over Washington in front of 9,731 fans at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Sunday, Nov. 24. Junior Giuliana Mendiola was Washington's high-scorer for the second-straight game with 17 points, all coming in the second half. Also in double-figures for the Huskies was junior Andrea Lalum (10 points). Senior Loree Payne and senior Emily Autrey each added nine points. Autrey had a team-high six rebounds and four assists. Payne nailed a three-pointer in the opening minutes of the game, giving her sole possession of 10th-place on UW's career scoring list. Texas Tech went on first-half runs of 11-0 and 13-0 to bury the Huskies who weren't able to get within lower than a 20-point deficit in the second half. The 32-point loss was Washington's largest losing margin since a 33-point loss to Oregon State (94-61) on Feb. 16, 1981. Plenette Pierson scored 15 points and Latoya Davis added 14 for Texas Tech.

Huskies Win Season Opener At Boise State:
Led by four players in double-figure scoring, Washington cruised to a 73-55 win over Boise State in both teams' season opener in Boise, Idaho, Friday, Nov. 22. Junior Giuliana Mendiola led UW with 15 points, while adding four assists and three rebounds. Junior Andrea Lalum, who nailed back-to-backthree-pointers igniting a 13-0 Husky run in the second half, tallied 14 points. In fact, 10 of Lalum's 14 points came during that run. Also scoring in double-figures were sophomore Kayla Burt (13) and senior Loree Payne (10). Burt, making her second career start, scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half. Payne was one two-point bucket shy of tying for 10th on the UW all-time scoring list. Boise State kept pace with the Huskies in the first half as UW held a 35-26 lead at the intermission. But Washington broke open the game in the second half and held as much as a 27-point lead. Senior Emily Autrey led all Huskies with seven rebounds and five steals. BSU's Abby Vaughan led all scorers with 18 points. The win was June Daugherty's 101st career victory as head coach of the Huskies and came over her former team. Daugherty was the head coach of the Broncos from 1989-1996. Two freshmen made their Husky debuts against Boise State. True freshman Erica Schelly and redshirt freshman Nicole Castro made their first appearances in the purple and gold in the last few minutes of the game. Schelly scored her first career points, nailing a pair of free throws in the last minute.

UW Wins Exhibition Over Bay Area Pro-Am:
The Huskies made their unofficial season debut with an 82-64 exhibition win over Bay Area Pro-Am, Sun., Nov. 10, at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. It was the lone exhibition contest for UW this season. Junior Giuliana Mendiola led the Huskies with 23 points, 11 of which came in the first five minutes of play including a trio of three-pointers. Mendiola also added six rebounds and five assists. Three other Huskies also scored in double-figures, with junior Andrea Lalum adding 16, senior Loree Payne scoring 14 and senior Emily Autrey contributing 11. Forward Melanie Turner led all Pro-Am players with 23 points.

Quick Turnaround:
UW will have just one day to rest following the Seattle Times Husky Classic before welcoming Wisconsin to Bank of America Arena, Monday, Dec. 2. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. PT. The Badgers (0-2) are competing at the Pepperdine Tournament this weekend in Malibu before heading north to Seattle. Also competing in the tournament will be St. John's and Texas-Arlington. Last year Wisconsin compiled an overall record of 19-12 and received a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, losing 73-70 to Arizona State in the first round of the Midwest Sub-regional at Nashville, Tenn.

The Schedule:
The Washington women's basketball team faces yet another challenging schedule in 2002-03, a lineup which features 10 teams that competed in the post-season last year, six in the NCAA Tournament and four in the WNIT. And for good measure, three of UW's opponents were ranked in the Preseason AP poll -- No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 23 Iowa State -- while five additional teams on this year's slate received votes in the same poll. UW will make its season debut on the road at Boise State Nov. 22, followed by a trip to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech, Nov. 24. It will be the fourth-straight year UW has opened the season away from Seattle. The Huskies will make their home debut hosting the Seattle Times Classic, Nov. 29-30, welcoming Kentucky, Saint Bonaventure and Pacific to Seattle. Washington's other preseason tournament will be at North Carolina State, Dec. 6-7. Additional teams competing in Raleigh will be Florida and Houston. UW will host three non-conference games, also in December with Wisconsin, Dec. 2, San Francisco, Dec. 20, and Iowa State, Dec. 22. Washington opens the always competitive Pac-10 schedule with in-state rival Washington State in Pullman, Dec. 28. The second-ever Pac-10 Conference postseason tournament will be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., March 7-10.

UW Ranked In Three Preseason Polls:
Washington was ranked in three Top-25 preseason polls. The Huskies checked in at No. 22 according to Basketball News, and are ranked 25th by Lindy's and Street & Smith. In the Associated Press Preseason Poll, UW ranked 27th with 94 votes, and in the USA Today/ESPN Poll the Huskies are 32nd with 74 votes.

UW Picked Runner-Up In Pac-10 Coaches Poll:
UW women's basketball was picked by the league's coaches to finish second in the Pac-10 Conference for the 2002-2003 season, the conference announced Oct. 17. Stanford, who claimed the conference title last season with a perfect 18-0 record, was tabbed to win this year's Pac-10 title. The Cardinal received nine first-place votes, while third-place pick Oregon received the remaining vote. UW was also picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll.2002-2003 Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Stanford (9) 90 pts.
2. Washington 77 pts.
3. Oregon (1) 71 pts.
4. USC 67 pts.
5. Arizona 61 pts.
6. Arizona State 51 pts.
7. Oregon State 40 pts.
8. UCLA 36 pts.
9. California 26 pts.
10. Washington State 21 pts.

Huskies On Television:
Eight games on the Huskies' 2002-2003 slate will be televised, four nationally and four locally. As a part of the Pac-10 Conference television package, Fox Sports Net will televise four UW games: Nov. 24 at Texas Tech, Jan. 18 at Stanford, Jan. 25 vs. Oregon, and Feb. 8 at Arizona State. Washington also has the possibility of being chosen as a Fox Sports Net wildcard selection on Sat., Feb. 15 vs. Cal, Sat. Feb. 22 at Oregon and Sat., Mar. 1 vs. Washington State. Four games will be televised locally by Fox Sports Northwest: Fri., Nov. 29 vs. St. Bonaventure (Seattle Times Classic), Dec. 20 vs. San Francisco, Dec. 28 at Washington State and Jan. 11 vs. Arizona.

Leading The Way:
Three members of the Washington women's basketball team will act as captains this season, senior Cheryl Sorenson, senior Loree Payne and junior Giuliana Mendiola. It is Payne's third year as a team captain and the second year for Sorenson and Mendiola.

Sister Act:
For the second-straight season, the Husky roster boasts two sets of sisters: juniors Giuliana and Gioconda Mendiola, and senior Kellie Dalan and sophomore Kristen O'Neill. The Mendiolas are one year apart in age, almost to the day, but Gioconda took a year off between high school graduation and college so that she could play four years of college ball with her sister. Kellie Dalan, formerly O'Neill, got married this summer, hence the name change. The only other pair of sisters to play together at Washington were Heidi (1993-96) and Molly Hills (1996-99), who overlapped the 1996 season.

Injury Update:
Sophomore Kirsten Brockman is out for the season, recovering from surgery to repair a stress fracture in her left foot...freshman Angie Jones re-tore the ACL in her right knee during an Oct. 22 practice...she had surgery Nov. 22...Jones tore the same ACL during her junior season at Holy Names Academy (Seattle)...freshman Jill Bell had surgery to repair a ligament in her left thumb Nov. 7...she could be out of action for a few more weeks.

Payne Climbing Career Lists:
Senior Loree Payne is ranked in the Top-10 on four UW career lists. Most recently, she cracked into the Top-10 in career scoring and has a total of 1,269 points, 61 behind Amber Hall (1330). Payne is third all-time with 180 three-point field goals made and is also third with 548 three-point field goals attempted. Megan Franza holds both UW career records with 211 three-pointers made and 708 three-pointers attempted. Jamie Redd is second on both lists with 192 three-pointers made and 675 attempted. Payne entered the season seventh all-time in three-point field goal percentage (.331). Also to her credit, Payne is tied with Franza for both a school record 72 three-pointers made in a single season (2001-02) and a school record seven three-pointers in a single game (2001-02).

UW Career Scoring Leaders
1. Jamie Redd 1995-99 2027
2. Rhonda Smith 1992-95 1801
3. Karen Murray 1981-84 1745
4. Leteia Hughley 1982-85 1704
5. Yvette Cole 1986-89 1681
6. Megan Franza 1997-01 1612
7. Karen Deden 1988-91 1596
8. Carlin McClary 1979-82 1508
9. Amber Hall 1995-99 1330
10. Loree Payne 1999- 1269

Mendiola On Payne's Heels In Career 3-Pointers:
Junior Giuliana Mendiola is one year behind fellow All-America candidate senior Loree Payne, but she is right on her heels on the UW career three-point scoring lists. Mendiola is seventh all-time in both three-pointers made (96) and three-pointers attempted (283). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.335) and Payne is seventh (.331). Last year as a sophomore, Mendiola also turned in the third-highest single season assists (152) in UW history. Only Lisa Raschkow (1987, 161) and Katia Foucade (1995, 157) had more assists in a season than Mendiola did in 2002.

Huskies Take Off-Season Trip To Australia:
This past June, the Huskies took a tour of Australia, where they played five games against teams from the Australian Young Women's National Teams. It was the UW women's basketball team's second trip to Australia, with the first taken in 1998. UW split its first two games against the Australian Young Women's National Team in Sydney, but won the next three contests against three different opponents. In Brisbane, UW defeated the Brisbane Capitals, 104-78 and the Under-18 South State Team, 128-78. Among those fans cheering on the Huskies was the family of redshirt freshman Nicole Castro, who hails from Darwin, Australia (about one and a half hours from Brisbane). Washington wrapped its 11-day tour with a 128-69 victory over the Kuiyam Pride Women's Team, 128-69, in Cairns.

New Faces:
Washington's roster boasts four new faces this year in redshirt freshman Nicole Castro and true freshmen Jill Bell, Angie Jones and Erica Schelly. Bitten by the preseason injury bug, Bell and Jones won't be making their collegiate debuts just yet. Jones, from Seattle, tore her ACL in an Oct. 22 practice and will have surgery Nov. 22. At Holy Names Academy, Jones led her team to two straight Class 3A state appearances and two consecutive Metro league chamionships. She earned All-Metro first-team honors in 2001 and 2002. Bell, from Bellevue, Wash., had surgery to repair a torn ligament in her left thumb but could be back to action in a few weeks. At Bellevue High School, Bell led her team to four straight state tournament appearances and four straight league crowns. Castro, from Darwin, Australia, joined the team in January of last year after graduating from high school in the fall of 2002. Castro, who attended St. John's College High School, was selected twice to the Adidas All-Star Camp in 1999 and 2000 and was named the 2001 Southern Cross Women's League Youth Player of the Year. Schelly, from Fort Collins, Colo., is the only true freshmen ready to play. She was honored as a Nike All-American and entered her senior season at Poudre High School as a Street & Smith's Preseason All-America pick. Schelly led Poudre High to the Class 5A state tournament four straight years and was a four-time first-team all-conference honoree. She garnered honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore and junior.

UW Represented on NCAA Advisory Committee:
Washington senior associate athletic director for sports programs and student services, Marie Tuite, is serving on this year's NCAA Div. I Women's Basketball Committee. Her appointment began Sept. 1, 2001. The NCAA Committee is charged with the selection of teams and overall administration of the NCAA Div. I Women's Basketball Championship. Tuite, in her eighth-year at Washington, brings an extensive background in women's basketball to the committee.

Practice Policy:
Washington women's basketball practices are open to the media and public, and will usually be held on the main court or east court at Bank of America Arena. Interviews must be arranged through the media relations office and 24 hours advance notice is requested. Interviews will be scheduled around players' convenience and must be conducted by the start of practice. Please call the UW Media Relations office to confirm practice location and start times. The Husky practice schedule, listed month-to-month, can be found on www.gohuskies.com, on the women's basketball page.

Credential Requests:
Requests from print, electronic and photo journalists for season and individual game credentials should be made on your media outlet's letterhead and mailed or faxed to Erin Rowley at the UW Media Relations office, University of Washington, 229 Graves Building, Box 354070, Seattle, WA, 98195-4070. The fax number is 206-543-5000. Credentials will be issued to legitimate media outlets.

Ticket Information:
Season and individual-game tickets for all Washington home games are now available. Please contact the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200 for details.

Parking:
This year there is a change in traffic pattern around Bank of America Arena on basketball game days. Fans will no longer be able to enter the Montlake Parking Lot (E1) from the south side on Montlake Blvd., but now must enter the lot from the north side near the UW driving range.

UW Basketball Coaches Radio Show:
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar and June Daugherty made is debut Wed., Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. on SportsRadio KJR AM-950. The weekly show will air on Monday or Tuesday night during the season. Daugherty will talk Husky women's hoops from 7:30-8 p.m., following Romar from 7-7:30 p.m. The show is hosted by basketball play-by-play announcers Bob Rondeau (men) and Steve Sandmeyer (women) and KJR on-air personality David Locke. The remaining schedule is as follows: Tues., Dec. 3; Mon., Dec. 9; Tue., Dec. 17; Mon., Dec. 30; Mon., Jan. 6; Mon., Jan. 13; Mon., Jan. 20; Mon., Jan. 27; Tue., Feb. 4; Mon., Feb. 10; Mon., Feb. 18; Tue., Feb. 25, Mon., March 3; Mon, March 10.

Pac-10 Teleconference Call:
The Pac-10 men's and women's basketball coaches media teleconference calls will be held on a weekly basis beginning Tuesday, Dec. 17. Media wishing to participate on the conference call may contact Erin Rowley at UW Media Relations or Julie Reuvers at the Pac-10 Office for information on how to dial into those calls.

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