Giuliana Mendiola Named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Dec. 9, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington junior guard Giuliana Mendiola has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 2-8, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Mendiola, from Lake Forest, Calif., led Washington to three straight wins, including two in North Carolina State's GlaxoSmithKline Invitational as the Huskies captured the team title. Mendiola averaged 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists as UW defeated Wisconsin at home (81-69), then knocked off the host Wolfpack (88-78) and Houston (76-65) to take the tournament title.

At North Carolina State on Dec. 6, Mendiola posted 20 points, a career-high12 rebounds and six assists, then followed with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists the next day against Houston. Against the Badgers Dec. 2 in Seattle, Mendiola scored 11 points, posted a career-high eight assists and grabbed four rebounds.

Mendiola was named to the GlaxoSmithKline All-Tournament team, one week after earning MVP honors of UW's Seattle Times Husky Classic. So far this season, the All-America candidate leads Washington with 37 assists, to go along with an average of 15.9 points and five rebounds per game.

The Player of the Week honor is the second of Mendiola's career and the 19th all-time selection for Washington.

The Huskies (6-1 overall), off to their second-best start under Coach June Daugherty, are idle until hosting San Francisco on Fri., Dec. 20. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest at 7 p.m. PT.

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