Husky Women Close Out Non-Conference Slate With San Francisco, Iowa State This Weekend

Dec. 18, 2002

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This Week:
Following a 12-day break for final exams, Washington women's basketball (6-1) returns to the court this weekend as the Huskies close out their non-conference slate at home with San Francisco (2-7), Friday, Dec. 20, and Iowa State (3-3), Sunday, Dec. 22. Friday's game with USF will tip-off at 7 p.m. PT and will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. David Locke and former Husky basketball player Megan Franza will be calling the action. Sunday, the Huskies and Cyclones take center stage at 1 p.m. PT. Washington has won five straight games and is coming off a tournament tite at North Carolina State's GlaxoSmithKline Invitational its last time out.

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. * 15.9 ppg * 5.0 rpg
Kayla Burt * G * 5-11 * So. * Arlington, Wash. * 7.6 ppg * 3.6 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 15.9 ppg * 2.4 rpg
Kellie (O'Neill) Dalan * F * 6-1 * Sr. * Edmonds, Wash. * 6.7 ppg * 2.6 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 12.3 ppg * 5.1 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.4 ppg * 5.0 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 4.1 ppg * 4.4 rpg
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 4.6 ppg * 5.0 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 1.9 ppg * 1.1 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 1.8 ppg * 0.3 rpg

Huskies Off To Hot Start:
After opening the 2002-2003 campaign with a 1-1 record, the Huskies rattled off five straight wins, propelling them to their second-best start ever during the June Daugherty era. UW's best start under Daugherty was an incredible 10-0 mark to open the 1997-98 season. The Huskies finished 18-10 that year and reached the NCAA Tournament but fell in their first-round game to Purdue (88-71). The last time Washington won five straight was last season during the heart of the Pac-10 schedule from Jan. 25 through Feb. 9 (WSU, USC, UCLA, Arizona, ASU).

UW Looks To Wrap Up Successful Non-Conference Run:
With two non-conference matchups still remaining this weekend, the Huskies have tallied six wins and only one loss to start the season against non-Pac-10 opponents, a great turnaround from last year's 5-4 regular season non-conference showing. UW's best non-conference regular season record under coach Daugherty was 9-0 during in 1997-98, followed by a 7-2 mark in 2000-01. This year's non-conference slate featured nine teams from eight difference conferences: Boise State (WAC), Texas Tech (Big 12), St. Bonaventure (Atlantic 10), Kentucky (Southeastern), Wisconsin (Big 10), North Carolina State (ACC), Houston (Conference USA), San Francisco (WCC) and Iowa State (Big 12). Washington's early season wins have also produced two tournament titles, the Seattle Times Husky Classic and the GlaxoSmithKline Invitational at North Carolina State.

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 five of the Huskies' seven games with both averaging 15.9 points a contest. 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 currently holds sole possesion of ninth place on Washington's top-10 scoring list with 1,361 points. Payne is also second on UW's career three-pointers list and is tied for fourth on the Pac-10's career three-pointers list with 200. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 37 assists in seven games.

UW Powered By Three-Point Prowess:
As evidenced by sinking at least 10 three-pointers in its last five straight games, Washington's spark has definitely come from behind the arc. The Huskies have made 75 three-pointers this season, 36 more than the next highest Pac-10 team. Arizona and Oregon are tied for second in the Pac with 39 three-pointers made. UW also leads the league with a .436 three-point shooting percentage (75-172). Senior Loree Payne, on her way to becoming UW's all-time career leader in three-point shooting, leads all Pac-10 players with 21. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is also in the Pac-10's top five with 14 three-pointers this season. In three-point field goal percentage, three Huskies are among the top four in the league led by sophomore Kayla Burt with a .667 percentage (10-15). Mendiola is second at .500 (14-28), while senior Emily Autrey is fourth with .476 (10-21). The Huskies tied their Pac-10 and school records with 16 three-pointers vs. St. Bonaventure Nov. 29, while adding 15 vs. North Carolina State Dec. 6. UW shares the Pac-10 record with Stanford.

Husky Notables:
Senior Loree Payne needs 12 three-pointers to set the UW career record...Four Huskies average points in double-figures (Mendiola-15.9, Payne-15.9, Lalum-12.3, Autrey-10.4)...Washington has notched at least 10 three-pointers in its last five-straight games...UW's season-high was 16 three-pointers vs. St. Bonaventure (tying its own school and Pac-10 records)...UW has attempted at least 20 three pointers in five of six games...Overall, UW is shooting 44 percent (75-172) from beyond the arc...Mendiola is 14-28 (.500) from three-point land, while Payne is 21-49 (.429)...Washington has outrebounded its opponent in the last four games...Junior Andrea Lalum leads the Huskies with 5.1 rebounds a game...Senior Emily Autrey, redshirt sophomore Sarah Keeler and Mendiola also average 5 rebounds per game...Sophomore Kristen O'Neill leads the team with 14 steals...Mendiola leads all Huskies with 37 assists...The Huskies are undefeated at Bank of America Arena (3-0) this season...UW is 1-1 in televised games.

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 23 votes this week in the AP poll and 35 votes in the WBCA Coaches poll.

A Look San Francisco:
The Dons are 2-7 this season, but their record can be deceiving. USF nearly pulled the rug out from No.5 Stanford, Nov. 24, but fell by a slim 59-57 margin. The Dons also have have two more losses by three points or less, to then-No. 19 BYU (68-65) on Dec. 5, and Montana (68-66), Dec. 9. In fact, only two other losses were by more than a four-point margin. Most recently, the Dons were defeated by Southern Mississippi 53-44 at home on Dec. 17. San Francisco picked up its two wins against Nevada (57-46) and Seton Hall (62-44). Junior forward Carey Sauer leads the Dons with 15.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. Last year's WCC Freshman of the Year, Toni Russell, averages 10.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. Junior forward Mary Jane Krueger leads USF on the boards with 9.2 rebounds per game. Mary Hile-Nepfel is in her 16th-year at the helm of the USF program.

USF-UW Series Notes:
The Huskies lead the all-time series 5-2 but the Dons won last year's meeting in San Francisco 72-68. Until the 2001-02 season, these teams had not faced each other since the 1984-85 campaign. USF and UW met six times in five years from 1981-1985. The Dons' other win in the series came in the first-ever meeting (58-48).

USF Assistant Coach Hardwick Returns To Alma Mater:
San Francisco assistant coach Erika Hardwick, in her third year with the Dons, was a standout player at Washington, graduating in 1993. Hardwick, who also served as an assistant coach at Arizona State on Charli Turner Thorne's staff before coming to USF, served as team captain as the Huskies advanced to three NCAA appearances during her tenure. Hardiwick's 1990 team reached the NCAA Elite Eight, while in 1991, the Huskies won a Pac-10 championship and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

A Look At Iowa State:
The Cyclones, led by Seattle native Lindsey Wilson, bring a 3-3 record to Bank of America Arena, Sunday. Wilson, a 1999 graduate of Roosevelt HS and two-time All-Big 12 player, is Iowa State's leading scorer with 14.2 points a game to go along with a team-high 31 assists. Sophomore forward Lisa Kriener also averages 10.5 points a game and 5.2 rebounds. ISU won its own Cyclone Classic last weekend in Ames with victories over High Point (109-46) and Colgate (86-46). Iowa State began the season in the AP and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top-25 rankings but dropped from the AP poll Dec. 2 and the WBCA poll Dec. 10. Last year the Cyclones advanced to the second round of the Midwest Regional in the NCAA Tournament. Bill Fennelly is in his eighth year as head coach of the Cyclones. Like USF, Iowa State has yet to win a game on the road this season.

Iowa State-UW Series Notes:
This is the first-ever meeting between Iowa State and Washington in women's basketball.

UW Opens Pac-10 Play Next Weekend:
The Huskies open the Pac-10 schedule at Washington State in Pullman, Sat., Dec. 28. The 1 p.m. game will be televised live by Fox Sports Northwest. Eager to see conference competition, the Huskies lead the Pac in six different team categories in games played through Dec. 16: Scoring offense (82.6 pts), 3-point field goal percentage (.436), free-throw percentage (.790), assists (21.57), three-point FG made (75) and assist/turnover ratio (1.47).

Huskies Brave Storm, Win N.C. State Tourney:
Despite a two-day voyage to Raleigh, N.C., that included canceled flights, lost luggage and frequent changes in accomodations, Washington won its second tournament title in as many weeks, claiming the 2002 GlaxoSmithKline Invitational hosted by North Carolina State Dec. 6-7. An ice storm that hit the Raleigh area on Dec. 4 caused travel problems for the Huskies, but didn't affect the team on the court as UW played the role of spoiler defeating N.C. State in the first round 88-78, before taking care of Houston 76-65 in the championship game. Senior Loree Payne and junior Giuliana Mendiola were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts. In UW's opening win over N.C. State, senior Emily Autrey led five players in double-figures with a career-high 23 points. Mendiola (20 pts, 12 rebounds) and redshirt sophomore Sarah Keeler (11 pts, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles. Payne and sophomore Kayla Burt added 14 and 10 points, respectively. UW went on a three-point tear in the first half vs. the Wolfpack, scoring its first seven buckets of the game behind the 3-point arc. The Huskies ended up with 12 treys in the first half alone, but added just three more in the second half. In UW's win over Houston, junior Andrea Lalum recorded her ninth career double-double with team-highs in both points (20) and rebounds (10). Payne added 17 points, including five three-pointers, while Mendiola had 13 points and six rebounds.

Mendiola Named Pac-10 POW:
Junior guard Giuliana Mendiola was named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 2-8. Mendiola, 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 N.C. 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.

Payne Cruising Up Pac-10, UW 3-Pointers Lists:
One of the most prolific 3-point shooters in Pac-10 and Husky history, senior Loree Payne continues her climb up both career lists for three-point field goals made. With eight three-pointers in UW's last two games, Payne now has 200 in her career, good for second in Washington history and fourth in Pac-10 history. Payne only needs 12 more three-pointers to set Washington's school record. To take the Pac-10 record, she needs 86. Payne also ranks third all-time in UW history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 589 three-pointers attempted.

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 31 points against N.C. State and Houston gave her sole possession of ninth-place with 1,361 points. She now needs 147 points to move past Carlin McClary (1979-82) for eighth place (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. 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. Loree Payne 1999- 1361
10. Amber Hall 1995-99 1330

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.

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 (80) and ninth in three-pointers attempted (223). 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.

Husky Bench Comes Up Big:
Washington's depth has been very apparent in the first seven games of the season. In addition to its five starters, four more Huskies have seen significant time in the rotation, averaging at least 14 minutes of playing time per game. The UW bench has contributed 38 percent of the team's total points (217 of 578), 51 percent of the rebounds (132 of 259) and 42 percent of the assists (63 of 151). In the N.C. State Tournament alone, the Washington bench outscored its opponents' bench 53-9. Senior forward Emily Autrey and sophomore forward Kristen O'Neill have put up big numbers off the bench, as has sophomore forward Sarah Keeler. Autrey averages 10.4 points and five rebounds a game, is tied for second on the team with 35 total rebounds and 10 steals. She rattled off career highs in points (23) and three-pointers (five) in UW's win over N.C. State. O'Neill has 4.1 points a game and 4.4 rebounds, while leading the team with 14 steals to go along with 31 rebounds. Keeler is tied for second on the team with an average of five rebounds, to go along with 4.6 points a game. Junior guard Gioconda Mendiola is the ninth Husky to regularly figure into the rotation, with 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds a game.

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 is rehabilitating her right knee after ACL 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...Bell continues to rehab and is practicing but it still may be a few weeks before she is ready to play.

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 106-79 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 229-153. 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 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.

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