North Carolina State Tournament Up Next For Women's Hoops

Dec. 3, 2002

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This Week:
Off to its second-best start ever under head coach June Daugherty, Washington women's basketball (4-1) takes its three-game winning streak on the road this weekend. The Huskies head east for the GlaxoSmithKline Invitational hosted by North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Fri., Dec. 6 through Sat., Dec. 7. UW will face N.C. State in the opening round of the tournament, Friday at 3:30 p.m. PT, while Florida and Houston face-off at 5:30 PT. Saturday, the consolation game is slated for 2 p.m. PT with the championship game to follow at 4 p.m. PT.

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.

Probable Husky Starters (2002-03 Stats):
Giuliana Mendiola * G * 5-11 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 15.6 ppg * 3.4 rpg
Kayla Burt * G * 5-11 * So. * Arlington, Wash. * 7.0 ppg * 3.8 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 16.0 ppg * 1.6 rpg
Kellie (O'Neill) Dalan * F * 6-1 * Sr. * Edmonds, Wash. * 8.0 ppg * 3.0 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 12.8 ppg * 4.6 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 8.2 ppg * 4.6 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 4.2 ppg * 4.0 rpg
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 4.2 ppg * 5.0 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.6 ppg * 1.6 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.2 ppg * 0.4 rpg

Huskies Off To Hot Start:
After opening the 2002-2003 campaign on the road with a 1-1 record, Washington returned home to Seattle to face a vigorous schedule of three games in four days. The Huskies responded, winning all three and in the process, scored at least 80 points in wins over St. Bonavenure (105-48), Kentucky (88-56) and Wisconsin (81-69). Washington's 4-1 start is the second best during the June Daugherty era. UW's best start under Daugherty was an incredible 10-0 record to open the 1997-98 season. The Huskies finished 18-10 that season and reached the NCAA Tournament but fell in their first-round game to Purdue (88-71).

All-America Candidates Leading The Way:
As was expected, All-America candidates Loree Payne and Giuliana Mendiola have led the way for the Huskies so far this season. The pair has shared high-scoring honors in the five Husky games with Mendiola (averaging 15.6 points a game) the high-scorer in three and Payne (averaging 16) in two. Both were All-Pac-10 first-team selections last year. In her third season as a Husky team captain, Payne is only the 17th player in UW history to score 1,000 points and is tied for ninth on Washington's top-10 scoring list with 1,330 points. Payne is also tied for second on UW's career three-pointers list and is tied for fourth on the Pac-10's career three-pointers list with 192. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 27 assists in five games.

Husky Notables:
Washington has notched at least 10 three-pointers in three-straight games...The Huskies had 10 three-pointers against the Badgers, 16 threes in 28 attempts against St. Bonaventure and 10 in 22 attempts against Kentucky...Overall, UW is shooting 43 percent (49-113) from beyond the arc...Mendiola is 11-19 (.579) from three-point land, while Payne is 13-29 (.448)...Washington outrebounded its opponent for the second-straight game vs. Wisconsin (28-25)...It marked the first time since the fifth and sixth games of the 2001-02 season (11/27/01 vs. Boise State and 11/30/01 at St. Mary's) that the Huskies have had more rebounds than their opponent in any two consecutive games...Redshirt sophomore Sarah Keeler leads the Huskies with an average of 5 rebounds per game...Senior Emily Autrey and junior Andrea Lalum each average 4.6 rebounds a game...Sophomore Kristen O'Neill leads the team with 11 steals...In addition to Payne and Mendiola, Lalum is also averaging double-digit points with 12.8 per game...Mendiola leads all Huskies with 27 assists.

A Look At The NC State Tournament:
The Huskies will head East to play in their second and final preseason tournament this weekend. UW will face host North Carolina State (1-3) in the opening round at Raleigh, N.C., Fri, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. ET. NC State picked up its first win of the season at the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic over Iowa in overtime 69-66, but lost in the championship to host LMU 66-58. The Wolfpack faces East Carolina on the road Tuesday, before returning home to host the tournament. Redshirt-junior Kaayla Chones leads the team in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounds (8.0 rpg). Pending the outcome against North Carolina State, UW could face either Houston or Florida in either the consolation or championship game. Houston is 3-2, coming off a pair of wins at the Houston Classic Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The Lady Cougars defeated Northern Iowa 92-74 before a 106-54 victory over Sam Houston State. Chandi Jones leads all Houston players with 24 points and 8 rebounds per game. Houston faces UTEP Wednesday in El Paso before making the trip to Raleigh. Like N.C. State, Florida (4-1) spent Thanksgiving weekend in Southern California, defeating Long Beach State 72-69, Sunday. The Gators fly home to host Miami on Tuesday, before heading to Raleigh. Freshman forward Bernice Mosby leads the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game. Also in double-figures is freshman guard Sarah Lowe (10.8 ppg).

All-Time Series Vs. The Opponents:
Washington leads the all-time series with North Carolina State, 2-1. The Huskies have won the last two meetings, 95-88 (1997-98) and 83-80 (1992-93). The Wolfpack won the first-ever meeting, 61-42 during the 1979-80 season. UW is 1-0 all-time against Florida, defeating the Gators 86-75 at the 2001 NCAA West Regional in Gainesville. The Huskies have also never lost to Houston, leading the all-time series 2-0. UW won 86-52 during the 1996-97 season and 82-69 during the 1984-85 campaign.

National Rankings:
The Huskies are not ranked in the Top-25 in either the latest Associated Press Poll or the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll, but have received votes in both. UW received one vote this week in the AP poll and 18 votes in the WBCA Coaches poll.

Payne Continues To Climb UW Top-10 Scoring List:
After breaking into the UW top-10 career scoring list vs. Texas Tech, Nov. 24, senior All-America candidate Loree Payne continues to climb the ranks as the season continues. Payne's 27 points against Wisconsin tied her for ninth all-time with Amber Hall (1995-99) with 1,330 points. Payne's next point will give her sole possesion of ninth place. She is now 178 points from tying Carlin McClary (1979-82) for eighth (1,508 points). 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. See a note later in this release for a complete rundown of UW's career scoring leaders.

Payne Lights Up Wisconsin:
Washington won its third game in four days, taking care of Wisconsin 81-69 at Bank of America Arena, Dec. 2. Senior Loree Payne lit up the scoreboard with 27 points, one shy of her career high, and six three-pointers, one shy of her UW single-game record of seven shared with former Husky Megan Franza. UW led by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Badgers hit seven-of-eight three-point attempts over the final 12 minutes of the game. Junior Giuliana Mendiola equaled her career high with eight assists. On defense, Washington forced 25 turnovers. The Huskies also outrebounded their opponent for the second-consecutive game. Washington shot 49 percent from the field (27-58) including 10 three-pointers. The win avenged a 20-point loss to the Badgers last season in Madison, Wisc.

Huskies Breakout At Seattle Times Husky Classic:
Washington captured its 10th Seattle Times Husky Classic title in 16 tries with commanding wins over St. Bonaventure (105-48) and Kentucky (88-56) at Bank of America Arena Nov. 29-30. Junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola led the way for the Huskies and was named tournament MVP for the second time in her career, the first-ever two-time recipient of Seattle Times Classic MVP honors. Joining Mendiola on the all-tournament team were UW senior Loree Payne and junior Andrea Lalum. Kentucky's Sara Potts, Pacific's Nancy Dinges and St. Bonaventure's Caitlin Crist also earned all-tournament team recognition. Mendiola averaged 17.5 points over two games, including a season-high 21-point performance vs. Kentucky in the championship game. Payne scored 34 points during the tournament, including 18 vs. Kentucky, while Lalum also scored 18 in the championship game and totaled 26 points and 12 rebounds in both games.

Seattle Times Classic Notes:
The 2002 edition of the Seattle Times Husky Classic featured many notable performances by Washington during the two-day tournament:* UW's 16 three-point field goals vs. St. Bonaventure tied the Pac-10 record for three-pointers already shared by Washington and Stanford.
* Huskies' 57-point margin of victory over St. Bonaventure was the largest ever in a Seattle Times Classic game and was the sixth-largest in UW history.
* UW cracked the century mark in scoring vs. St. Bonaventure for the first time since Nov. 26, 1993, when the Huskies defeated West Virginia 105-47.
* UW's 100+ point performance was the first at Washington during the June Daugherty era.
* The Huskies' 105 points equaled the eighth-most in school history.
* UW tallied a two-game point total of 193 points which is the most in STHC history. UW held the previous record of 188 set in 1997.
* UW also set two-game STHC records for field goals (76), three-point field goals (26), three-point field goal attempts (50), three-point field goal percentage (.520), assists (55) and fewest turnovers (21).
* UW set single-game STHC records for field goals (43 vs. St. Bon), three-pointers (16 vs. St. Bon), assists (30 vs. St. Bon). UW equaled a tournament-low with nine turnovers vs. St. Bonaventure.

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.

Up Next:
UW will take the next week off for finals before hosting San Francisco, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. and Iowa State, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at Bank of America Arena.

Payne Named Finalist For Senior CLASS Award:
Senior Loree Payne is one of 30 finalists nominated for the second annual Senior CLASS Award. The Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award is presented to the nation's senior player of the year for NCAA Div. I men's and women's basketball. The award was developed in response to the recent trend of college basketball players leaving early to turn professional. Last year, Connecticut's Sue Bird and Maryland's Juan Dixon each won the award.

Payne Climbing Career Lists:
Senior Loree Payne is ranked in the Top-10 on four UW career lists. With 80 points this season, she has a career total of 1,330 points, which ties Amber Hall for ninth on UW's all-time list. Payne is tied for second all-time with 192 three-point field goals made and is also third with 560 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
9. Loree Payne 1999- 1330

Payne On Her Way Up Pac-10 Lists:
Not only is senior Loree Payne cruising her way up Washington career lists, she is also moving up Pac-10 lists as well. In just five games, Payne has moved up from ninth (tie) to fourth (tie) in career three-point field goals made. Payne has 192 in her career and is now tied with Washington's Jamie Redd (1996-99) and Stanford's Lindsey Yamasaki (1999-2002). The Pac-10 career three-pointers record is 285 set by Arizona's Lisa Griffith (1997-2000). Payne also ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 569 career three-point attempts. Griffith holds that record as well (747).

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 on her heels on the UW career three-point scoring lists. Mendiola ranks eighth all-time in three-pointers made (77) and ninth in three-pointers attempted (214). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.338) 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.

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 two more weeks.

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 104-79 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 227-153. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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