Huskies Look For Seventh-Straight Win At Home, Host No. 18 Arizona Saturday Night

Jan. 11, 2003

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- This Week:
Undefeated at home and winner of 10 of its last 11 games, Washington women's basketball (11-2, 3-1) hosts the 18th-ranked Arizona Wildcats (10-3, 4-1) Saturday, Jan. 11, at Bank of America Arena. The 8 p.m. tip-off will be televised live by Fox Sports Northwest. Rich Waltz and former Husky basketball player Elise Woodward will call the action. Arizona is just the second Top-25 opponent the Huskies have faced this season. UW lost its first to then-No. 13 Texas Tech in Lubbock on Nov. 24, 99-67, one of just two losses this year. Washington, sparked by the return of sophomore guard Kayla Burt after a near-death episode on New Year's Eve, is coming off a 69-56 win over a young Arizona State team at home on Thursday. UW has won its last two Pac-10 contests, which also included an emotional 83-81 overtime triumph at USC Jan. 5. Arizona has won three-straight, including a 95-65 win over Washington State in Pullman on Thursday evening. Keep an eye out for UW senior Loree Payne, who needs just two three-point field goals to set the Washington career record. UW's 11-2 start is the team's best since opening the 1989-90 season also 11-2. It is the best-start ever under current head coach June Daugherty.

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. Former Husky standout Megan Franza will fill in for Woodward for Saturday's game versus Arizona. 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 * 5.8 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 3.9 ppg * 4.3 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 14.9 ppg * 3.0 rpg
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.9 ppg * 5.1 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 10.9 ppg * 4.8 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 3.5 ppg * 3.9 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.6 ppg * 1.4 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.5 ppg * 1.6 rpg
Erica Schelly * G * 5-11 * Fr. * Fort Collins, Colo. * 1.5 ppg * 0.5 rpg
Nicole Castro * G * 5-10 * Rs-Fr. * Darwin, Australia * 1.0 ppg * 0.1 rpg
Alicia Heathcote * 5-9 * G * 5-0 * Seattle, Wash. * 1.0 ppg * 1.0 rpg

Scouting the Huskies:
Washington is coming off an emotional week that included learning that teammate and starting sophomore guard Kayla Burt has been diagnosed with a career-ending heart condition. But sparked by the fact that their teammate is out of the hospital and able to join them on the sideline, the Huskies turn their attention now to their third weekend of Pac-10 play. UW is looking for its seventh-straight win at home after defeating Arizona State 69-56 on Thursday night. The Huskies are on a modest two-game winning streak after an eight-game win streak was halted with a 72-46 loss at UCLA Jan. 3. UW is averaging 76.9 points a game while holding its opponent to just 66.7 points. It's margin of victory in 11 wins is 17 points. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is the team leader in points (15.6) rebounds (6.1) and assists (61) and has scored in double-figures in 12 games including the last five straight. UW tallied an impressive 8-1 non-conference record this season and it's 11-2 record is its best start since an 11-2 mark to open the 1989-90 campaign.

Kayla Burt's UW Career Comes To A Close:
Washington announced this week that Husky sophomore Kayla Burt will no longer play Div. I basketball due to being diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Long Q-T Syndrome. Burt's heart stopped beating on New Year's Eve and her teammates came to her rescue, performing CPR until paramedics could arrive. On Monday she had surgery to implant a defibrillator in the right side of her chest, a device which will monitor her heart rhythm and shock it back to a normal rhythm should an abnormality occur again. Burt started all 10 Husky games before falling ill. She averaged eight points and 3.7 rebounds a game. Burt turned in a stellar effort in UW's Dec. 22 win over Iowa State, either matching or setting career highs in rebounds (seven), assists (eight), three-pointers made (three) and three-pointers attempted (six).

Burt Named Honorary Captain:
Upon her return to the team, Kayla Burt was asked by her teammates to accept the role of co-captain which she accepted. Burt will join previous co-captains seniors Loree Payne and Cheryl Sorenson and junior Giuliana Mendiola. She was also announced as UW's honorary 'sixth starter' in her first game back with her teammates against Arizona State.

Burt's Story Reaches Nationwide Audience:
The story of Kayla Burt's sudden-death episode and the efforts of her teammates to revive her has not only received a great deal of attention from the Seattle media, but has reached nationwide audiences as well. So far, Burt and her teammates have been featured on Good Morning America and Inside Edition, as well as a live interview on CNN's Connie Chung Tonight that aired Friday night. The story has also been covered by USA Today, ESPN.com and the L.A. Times among other national newspapers.

Payne Just Two Treys Shy Of UW Career Record:
Senior Loree Payne will make Washington history with her next two three-point buckets. Her first three-pointer vs. Arizona will tie the UW career record owned by former Husky Megan Franza, while her second will establish a new one. Payne has 210 treys in her career. Franza's current UW career record stands at 211. She is also tied for third on the Pac-10 career three-pointers made list. Payne also ranks third all-time in UW history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 604 three-pointers attempted.

Huskies Look For Seventh-Straight Win At Home:
With a 6-0 record at Bank of America Arena this season, the Huskies have won six-straight at home for the fifth time in the program's history. The last time UW won six in a row at home was during the 2001 season. With a win against Arizona, Washington will have won seven-straight in a single-season for the first time since 1992. UW won a string of seven games at home that included the last six contests of the 2001 season and the first game of the 2002 season. The school record for a home winning streak is 30 games, set from 1986-88.

New-Look Lineup:
UW has a new look compared to the team that took the floor to begin the season. UW's initial starting five is down to three, with Burt out and senior Kellie Dalan out for most likely four more weeks with a stress fracture. Taking their places in the starting lineup have been senior Emily Autrey and sophomore Kristen O'Neill, who both played valuable roles coming off the bench earlier in the season. Autrey started 26 games last year and O'Neill started 24.

Last Game Recap - UW 69, ASU 56:
Led by Giuliana Mendiola's third double-double of the season, Washington cruised past Arizona State 69-56, Thursday, in front of a season-high home crowd of 4,017 fans. Mendiola, who scored 20-plus points for the second-consecutive game, had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, all game-highs. Senior Emily Autrey reached double-digits in scoring for the second-consecutive game with 12 points. The Husky defense stifled the Sun Devils, limiting ASU freshman phenom Jill Noe, the Pac-10's sixth-highest scorer, to just five points on 1-of-8 shooting, and holding the Sun Devils to just 2-for-11 shooting (.182) from beyond the three-point line. The main story for UW was the return of Kayla Burt, who saw her teammates play for the first-time since a sudden-death episode suffered on New Year's Eve. Burt, named the team's honorary sixth-starter, was given standing ovations by the Husky fans both before and after the game.

A Look At Arizona:
No. 18 Arizona comes to Seattle with a 10-3 overall record and 4-1 in Pac-10 play. The Wildcats are riding a three-game win streak and have won six of their last seven games. Thursday, the Cats took care of Washington State 86-65 in Pullman. Freshman center Shawntinice Polk leads the team in both points (18.5) and rebounds (11.7) per game. She has 10 double-doubles in 13 career games. UA's No. 18 ranking in both the Associated press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll is its highest this season. Seven of Arizona's 10 wins have been by 21 points or more and in their last five wins, the Cats have had an average margin of victory of 27.5 points per game.

Arizona vs. Washington All-Time Series Notes:
Arizona has won only one game in Seattle in the all-time series with Washington that dates back to 1979-80. The lone win was a 96-85 victory over the Huskies on Jan. 15, 2000. UW leads the all-time series 24-9, and has won three of the last four meetings including both contests played last year.

More Husky Notes:
Washington's 69-56 win over Arizona State marked its fifth-consecutive win in a Pac-10 home opener...UW had also not lost to ASU on its home court since Feb. 3, 1996...Huskies beat ASU despite just four three-point field goals on 14 attempts, both season-lows... UW averages 8.5 three-point field goals a game and is shooting 36.8 percent (110-299) from beyond the arc...The Huskies are 9-0 when leading at the half and 7-0 when outrebounding their opponent...UW is 10-0 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent...UW is 3-0 playing in games televised by Fox Sports Northwest...UW has not lost a game when it scores at least 70 points...In addition to Mendiola, three other players are averaging double-digits including senior Loree Payne (14.9), senior Emily Autrey (10.9) and junior Andrea Lalum (10.9)...Autrey is second behind Mendiola with 5.1 boards a game.

High-Scoring Huskies:
Washington is averaging 76.9 points a game, third-highest in the Pac-10 behind Arizona (79.8) and UCLA (79.2). The Huskies have also posted an average margin of victory of 17 points in its 11 wins, including a 23.7-point margin in their six home wins. Washington has won eight of its 11 victories by at least a 10-point margin.

Up Next:
UW returns to the road to make its annual Bay Area swing. The Huskies face Cal, Thursday, Jan. 16 (7 p.m.), at Haas Pavilion before facing Stanford, Saturday, Jan. 18 (12 p.m), at Maples Pavilion. Saturday's game will be televised to a national audience on Fox Sports Net.

UW Ranks Second Nationally In 3-Pointers: As of Jan. 6, the Huskies ranked second in the nation with 8.8 three-pointers per game. Villanova is the nation's leader with 8.9 treys per game. UW has drained at least 10 three-pointers in five games and its 110 treys easily lead the Pac-10 this season. The Huskies have made 21 more three-pointers than the next highest Pac-10 team. Oregon is second with a total of 89. UW is second in the league with a 36.8 three-point shooting percentage (110-299). Senior Loree Payne, on her way to becoming UW's all-time career leader in three-point shooting, is second among conference players with 31. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is also in the Pac-10's top 10 with 21 three-pointers this season. UW has the top-three players in three-point shooting percentage led by sophomore Kayla Burt with a .538 percentage (14-26). Mendiola is second with a .467 percentage (21-45) and senior Emily Autrey is third with a .457 percentage (16-35). 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.

More National Rankings:
As of Jan. 6, UW was also tied for ninth in the nation with 19.5 assists per game and was 24th with 77.6 points per game.

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 10 of the Huskies' 13 games with Mendiola averaging 15.6 points a contest and Payne averaging 14.9. 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 10 games, including a career-high 29 vs. Washington State. She also leads the team with 31 three-pointers and needs just two 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 game, while also leading the team with 6.1 rebounds. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 61 assists.

USC Recap:
For the fourth time in the last seven meetings, USC and Washington women's basketball played into an overtime period, but it was the Huskies who came out on top this time with an 83-81 victory in front of 805 at the Sports Arena on Sunday. Washington was led by guard Giuliana Mendiola who had 23 points and eight assists in the outing. Also scoring in double-figures were Loree Payne with 17, Emily Autrey with 16 and Kristen O'Neill with 13 points. UW fought its way back from as much as a 12-point deficit early in the second half and a three-pointer by Andrea Lalum with 30 seconds in regulation gave UW a 70-68. USC's Aisha Hollans answered with a trey of her own at the eight-second mark to send the game into overtime. It was Mendiola's bucket with two seconds left in overtime that lifted UW to a emotional 83-81 win.

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 that new role, sparking the Huskies with 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds off the bench, including a career-high performance of points (23) and three-pointers (five) vs. North Carolina State Dec. 6. But with senior Kellie Dalan down with the stress fracture injury, Autrey took her place in the starting five in UW's game with Iowa State. Autrey came three boards shy of a double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds, to go along with two assists in that game. She followed that up with a team-high 11 rebounds and seven points in her second start vs. Washington State. Autrey is tied for third on the team (with Lalum) with 10.9 points per game. She is second in rebounding with 5.1 boards.

Lalum Steady As She Goes:
Junior forward Andrea Lalum is right behind Mendiola and Payne when it comes to offensive production. Averaging 10.9 points a game, Lalum has scored in double-figures in seven 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.

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.

Huskies Lose Dalan To Stress Fracture Injury:
Husky senior forward Kellie Dalan suffered a stress fracture in her right foot and could be out for four more weeks. Dalan, who started the first eight 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.

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 is in sole possession of ninth-place with 1,444 points. She now needs 64 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- 1444
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 (87) and ninth in three-pointers attempted (240). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.363) and Payne is sixth (.337). 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 four more 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 111-80 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 234-154. 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.

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 have yet to make their collegiate debuts. 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 in November and has been cleared to play, but hasn't appeared in a game yet. 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 to have seen any playing time. 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.

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 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 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. Upcoming promotional events include Daugherty's Dawgs - a discounted reserved ticket, Daugherty's Dawgs T-shirt, a visit by KJR-AM on-air personality and a Husky coach - all for just $8 and available for the Arizona and Oregon State games. Free Husky women's basketball mouse pads will be given out at the Arizona State game. And Take a Kid to the Game will be available at the Arizona game - buy one general admission ticket and get one free. UW alums can visit www.uwalum.com for discounted tickets at the Arizona State game. UWAA members will also receive free kettle corn and concessions discounts when they present their membership card.

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.

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., 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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