Husky Women Open Pac-10 Play At Washington State Saturday

Dec. 22, 2002

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- This Week:
Riding high on a seven-game winning streak and an impressive 8-1 record against non-conference opponents, Washington women's basketball turns its attention now to Pac-10 play as the Huskies open conference action against in-state rival Washington State in Pullman, Saturday, Dec. 28. The 1 p.m. tip-off at Beasley Coliseum will be televised live by Fox Sports Northwest with Rich Waltz and former Husky basketball player Elise Woodward calling the action. UW is coming off a dramatic 64-63 win over Iowa State at home on Sunday. Junior Andrea Lalum sparked the Huskies with the game-winning bank shot with 10 seconds remaining in the game. Lalum scored a season-high 23 points vs. the Cyclones in both teams' first-ever meeting. The Cougars, meanwhile, under the direction of first-year head coach Sherri Murrell find themselves 0-8 after their non-conference slate.

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. * 14.4 ppg * 5.1 rpg
Kayla Burt * G * 5-11 * So. * Arlington, Wash. * 8.0 ppg * 3.8 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 14.6 ppg * 2.2 rpg
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 11.0 ppg * 4.8 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 13.1 ppg * 5.1 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 3.9 ppg * 4.3 rpg
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 4.1 ppg * 4.6 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.2 ppg * 1.1 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.0 ppg * 0.6 rpg

Huskies Off To Hot Start:
After opening the season with a 1-1 record, the Huskies rattled off seven-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 as many as seven straight games was during that same 10-0 run during 1997-98.

UW Shows Marked Improvement With 8-1 Non-Conference Record:
The Huskies tallied eight wins and only one loss to start the season against non-Pac-10 opponents this season, a great turnaround from last year's 5-4 regular season non-conference showing, and the second-best effort for a June Daugherty squad. UW's best non-conference regular season record under coach Daugherty was 9-0 during 1997-98. UW was 7-2 vs. regular season non-conference opponents in 2000-01, the year the Huskies advanced to the Elite Eight. 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 produced two tournament titles, the Seattle Times Husky Classic and the GlaxoSmithKline Invitational at North Carolina State.

A Look At Washington State:
The Cougars have struggled this season, ending their non-conference season with an 0-8 overall record. WSU's closest loss was a 57-53 defeat at the hands of Montana on Dec. 14. Most recently, the Cougs fell to Utah in Pullman, 85-50. Bianca McCall leads the team with 12.3 points and eight rebounds. Holly Harris made her Cougar basketball debut against Utah, scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds in 15 minutes. Harris joined the team after a stellar run with the WSU women's volleyball team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The Cougs have struggled in the turnover department. Their 19 turnovers committed against Montana were the fewest this season. WSU is averaging 25 turnovers in their first eight games. Washington State is under the direction of first-year head coach Sherri Murrell.

Washington-Washington State All-Time Series:
The Huskies have won the last 15 meetings and lead the all-time series with the Cougars 44-10. To find the last Washington State victory, go back to the 1994-95 season when WSU won 72-67. Last year, the Huskies won both contests 98-64 in Seattle and 75-68 in Pullman.

UW Keeps Streak Alive With 64-63 Win Over Iowa State:
Junior forward Andrea Lalum scored 23 points, including the game-winning six-foot bank shot with 10.8 seconds remaining, to bring the Huskies back from a 12-point deficit to win their seventh-consecutive game, 64-63, over Iowa State at Bank of America Arena, Sunday. Lalum's heroics capped a dramatic second half which featured five lead changes, two ties and just one turnover by the Huskies who committed only three in the entire game. Lalum's 23 points were a season-high, while she set career highs with 11 field goals made and 22 field goals attempted. Junior Giuliana Mendiola had 12 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Kayla Burt had career-highs in assists (eight) and rebounds (seven) to go along with 11 points. Senior Emily Autrey, making her first start of the season in place of an injured Kellie Dalan, added 10 points and seven boards. Seattle native Lindsey Wilson led all Iowa State players with 22 points.

High-Scoring Huskies:
In its nine games this season, Washington is averaging 80.6 points on a 46.3 field goal shooting percentage, a 40.3 three-point field goal percentage and a 73.6 free-throw percentage. But more impressively, the Huskies have now posted an average margin of victory of 21 points in its eight wins, including a 33-point margin in their five home wins. Washington has won seven of its eight victories by at least a 10-point margin.

Huskies Lose Dalan To Stress Fracture Injury:
Husky senior forward Kellie Dalan suffered a stress fracture in her right foot and will be out for six weeks, Washington women's basketball coach June Daugherty announced Saturday, Dec. 21. Dalan, who has started all eight of Washington's games, had been feeling pain in her right foot and an X-ray performed after the Huskies' 83-56 win over San Francisco Friday night revealed the stress fracture. Dalan had been averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds a game. Senior Emily Autrey, who averaged 11.1 points off the bench in the first eight games, has taken Dalan's place in the lineup.

UW Makes Up For Early Deficit, Blows Past USF 83-56:
Washington women's basketball cruised to its sixth-straight win, defeating San Francisco 83-56 in front of 3,939 fans at Bank of America Arena, Friday evening. A total of 12 players scored for the Huskies, led by seniors Emily Autrey and Loree Payne with 16 each. Tonight marked the sixth-consecutive game that Payne scored at least 14 points, while all of Autrey's points came off the bench. Junior Andrea Lalum and sophomore Kristen O'Neill both tallied a team-high seven rebounds. Junior Giuliana Mendiola tied her career and season high with eight assists, while scoring seven points and adding five rebounds. After falling behind 12-6 just over three minutes into the game, the Huskies scored seven consecutive points - all by Autrey - and 12 of the next 15 points to open a 25-17 lead with 7:46 to play in the first half. A brief 7-4 run by USF cut the lead to five with six minutes to play, but Washington ripped off 10 consecutive points to spark a 19-2 run to end the half. Washington ran away with the game in the second half and led by as many as 39 points with five minutes left to play.

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 six of the Huskies' nine games with Payne averaging 14.6 points a contest and Mendiola averaging 14.4. Both were All-Pac-10 first-team selections last year. In her third season as a Husky team captain, Payne has scored in double-figures in seven of UW's nine games, including a season-high 27 vs. Wisconsin. She also leads the team with 23 three-pointers and needs just 10 to set the UW career three-pointers made record. Mendiola, in her second year as team co-captain, has scored in double-figures in all but one of the Huskies' nine games, while also being a consistent rebounder with 5.1 boards a game. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 47 assists.

UW Powered By Three-Point Prowess:
As evidenced by sinking at least 10 three-pointers in five of its last seven straight games, Washington's spark has definitely come from behind the arc. UW's 87 treys easily leads the Pac-10 this season. Going into last weekend's games, the Huskies had made 75 three-pointers, 36 more than the next highest Pac-10 team. Arizona and Oregon were tied for second in the Pac with 39 three-pointers made. UW also leads the league with a .403 three-point shooting percentage (87-216). Senior Loree Payne, on her way to becoming UW's all-time career leader in three-point shooting, leads all Pac-10 players with 23. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is also in the Pac-10's top five with 17 three-pointers this season. Going into last weekend, three Huskies were among the top four in the league in three-point field goal percentage led by sophomore Kayla Burt with a .667 percentage (10-15). Mendiola was second at .500 (14-28), while senior Emily Autrey was 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:
UW committed a measly three turnovers in its win over Iowa State, including just one in the second-half...Senior Loree Payne needs 10 three-pointers to set the UW career record...Four Huskies average points in double-figures (Payne-14.6, Mendiola-14.4, Lalum-13.1, Autrey-11.0)...Washington has notched at least 10 three-pointers in five of its last seven 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 seven of nine games...Overall, UW is shooting 40 percent (87-216) from beyond the arc...Mendiola is 17-34 (.500) from three-point land, while Payne is 23-58 (.397)...Washington has outrebounded its opponent in the five of the last six games...Juniors Andrea Lalum and Giuliana Mendiola lead the team with 5.1 rebounds a game...Sophomore Kristen O'Neill leads the team with 15 steals...Mendiola leads all Huskies with 47 assists...The Huskies are undefeated at Bank of America Arena (5-0) this season...UW is 2-1 in televised games.

National Rankings:
The Huskies were not ranked in the Top-25 in the Dec. 16 Associated Press Poll or the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll, but have received votes in both. UW received 23 votes last week in the AP poll and 35 votes in the WBCA Coaches poll.

Autrey Thrust Back Into Starting Role:
After starting 26 of 31 games a a junior last year, Autrey was relegated to coming off the bench in the first eight games of her senior campaign this year. The 6-0 forward made the most of her new role, sparking the Huskies with 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds including a career-high performance of points (23) and three-pointers (five) vs. North Carolina State Dec. 6. But with Dalan down with the stress fracture injury, Autrey took her place in the starting five in UW's game with Iowa State, Sunday, and didn't skip a beat. Autrey came three boards shy of a double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds, to go along with two assists.

No Sophomore Jinx For Burt:
Sophomore guard Kayla Burt has made the most of her starting role this season, emerging as a player the Huskies can rely on both offensively and defensively. Burt averages eight points and 3.8 rebounds a game. She ranks second on the team only to All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola with 38 assists, while adding 11 steals. Burt turned in a stellar effort in UW's recent win over Iowa State, either matching or setting career highs in rebounds (seven), assists (eight), three-pointers made (three) and three-pointers attempted (six).

Lalum Steady As She Goes:
Junior forward Andrea Lalum is right behind Mendiola and Payne when it comes to offensive production. Averaging 13.1 points a game, Lalum has scored in double-figures in six of the Huskies' nine games including two performances of 20 points or more. Lalum scored a season-high 23 points vs. Iowa State, two shy of matching her career-high set last year. She also recorded her ninth-career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Houston at the N.C. State Tournament.

UW Heads To LA Schools Next Weekend:
The Huskies will continue Pac-10 play when they travel to Southern California to face UCLA, Friday, Jan. 3 and USC, Sunday, Jan. 5. Friday's game is set for a 7 p.m. tip-off, while Sunday's game with USC is slated for 2 p.m.

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. Payne now has 202 in her career, good for second in Washington history and fourth in Pac-10 history. Payne only needs 10 more three-pointers to set Washington's school record. To take the Pac-10 record, she needs 84. Payne also ranks third all-time in UW history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 598 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 1,381 points. She now needs 128 points to move past Carlin McClary (1979-82) for eighth place (1,508 points). Payne, just the 17th player in UW history to score at least 1,000 points, 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- 1381
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.

Husky Bench Comes Up Big:
Washington's depth has been very apparent in the first nine 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 29 percent of the team's total points (213 of 725), 41 percent of the rebounds (136 of 333) and 38 percent of the assists (75 of 196). 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 averaged 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds a game, to go along with 36 rebounds and 12 steals in her first eight games as a reserve. She rattled off career highs in points (23) and three-pointers (five) in UW's win over N.C. State. O'Neill has 3.9 points a game and 4.3 rebounds, while leading the team with 15 steals to go along with 39 rebounds. Keeler is fourth on the team with an average of 4.6 rebounds, to go along with 4.1 points a game. Junior guard Gioconda Mendiola is the ninth Husky to regularly figure into the rotation, with 2.2 points and 1.1 rebounds a game.

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 (83) and ninth in three-pointers attempted (229). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.362) and Payne is sixth (.338). 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:
Senior Kellie Dalan is out for six weeks with a stress fracture in her right foot...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 and has been cleared 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 108-79 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 231-153. 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.

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.

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 made 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 was the fourth-straight year UW has opened the season away from Seattle. The Huskies made their home debut hosting the Seattle Times Classic, Nov. 29-30, with Kentucky, Saint Bonaventure and Pacific to Seattle. Washington's other preseason tournament was at North Carolina State, Dec. 6-7. Additional teams competing in Raleigh were Florida and Houston. UW hosted 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

UW Basketball Coaches Radio Show:
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar and June Daugherty made its 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: 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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