Husky Women Face Tough Test On Bay Area Swing

Jan. 14, 2003

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- This Week:
Coming off a sweep of the Arizona schools at home, Washington women's basketball (12-2, 4-1 Pac-10), heads to the Bay Area to face Cal (5-8, 1-3) and No. 6 Stanford (12-1, 4-0) this weekend. UW's game with Cal tips off Thursday at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion on the Berkeley campus. The Huskies will then set their sights on No. 6 Stanford, Saturday, at noon at Maples Pavilion. Saturday's game will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action. Washington has won three-straight and 11 of its last 12 games. The Huskies have had a flair for the dramatic as of late, winning two of their last three games on last-second shots. UW downed USC 83-81 in overtime Jan. 5, before coming back to stun then-No. 18 Arizona 60-59 on Kristen O'Neill's last-second bucket. 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 12-2 start is the team's best since opening the 1989-90 season also 12-2. 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. 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. * 15.5 ppg * 6.2 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 4.9 ppg * 4.6 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 14.3 ppg * 2.9 rpg
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.6 ppg * 5.1 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 10.9 ppg * 4.7 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 3.5 ppg * 3.6 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.6 ppg * 1.4 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.3 ppg * 1.5 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: The Huskies embark on their fourth weekend of Pac-10 play with a third-place conference standing. UW is on a modest three-game winning streak after an eight-game win streak was halted with a 72-46 loss at UCLA Jan. 3. The Huskies' only other loss of the season was vs. then-No. 13 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Nov. 24. UW averages a margin of victory of 17 points in 12 wins, but has won two of its last three games in the final seconds of the contest. The Huskies bounced back from the UCLA loss with an 83-81 overtime win over USC on a bucket by junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola. And most recently against Arizona Saturday, UW pulled off a 60-59 win at Bank of America Arena on a Kristen O'Neill layin. UW is averaging 75.7 points a game while holding its opponent to just 66.1 points. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is the team leader in points (15.5), rebounds (6.2) and assists (65) and has scored in double-figures in 13 games including the last six straight. UW tallied an impressive 8-1 non-conference record this season and it's 12-2 record is its best start since a 12-2 mark to open the 1989-90 campaign. UW will face a ranked opponent in No. 5 Stanford for the second-straight week. The Huskies are 1-1 against teams in the Top-25.

Kayla Burt's UW Career Comes To A Close:
Washington announced Jan. 6 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 Jan. 6 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, Still:
Senior Loree Payne will make Washington history with her next two three-point buckets. Her first three-pointer this weekend 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. The Husky guard has been sitting on 210 three-pointers for the last two games, failing to sink a three-point shot in consecutive games for the first time this season. 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 627 three-pointers attempted.

Home Sweet Home:
With a pair of wins vs. Arizona State and Arizona at home last weekend, the Huskies' perfect record this season at Bank of America remained intact. UW has now won seven straight at home 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 two 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 60, Arizona 59:
UW stunned Arizona 60-59 in front of a season-high crowd of 5,458 fans at Bank of America Arena, Saturday. Sophomore Kristen O'Neill scored with less than two seconds left to lift the Huskies to their seventh-straight win at home. Battling back from as many as 11 points in the second-half, O'Neill's bucket gave UW win after rebounding a shot from Giuliana Mendiola. The Huskies led just twice in the entire game, first at 24-23 with 6:22 to go in the first half and then again for the final two seconds. In fact, UW led for just 25 seconds of the entire game. O'Neill led Washington with career-highs in points (17) and rebounds (nine). Also scoring in double-figures were Mendiola (14) and Andrea Lalum (10). Shawntinice Polk had a game-high 20 points for Arizona. The Huskies won despite their second-lowest point total of the season. The last time UW won a game when scoring 60 or less was a 56-55 win vs. WSU on Feb. 6, 2000.

A Look At California:
The Golden Bears are 5-8 overall and 1-3 in conference games this year. Cal is anxious to return home after being on the road for its last four-straight. Cal has lost three straight, its last two coming at Oregon (67-70) and Oregon State (37-68). Cal does not have a single playing averaging points in double-figures, but guard Nihan Anaz and center Timea Ivanyi have 9.3 and 9.1 points a game, respectively. Anaz scored a game-high 22 points vs. Oregon, the second-time a Bear has eclipsed the 20-point plateau this season. Forward Leigh Gregory leads the Bears with 4.7 rebounds. Cal is averaging 59.8 points a game, while it opponents have averaged 65.9 points against them.

Cal vs. Washington All-Time Series Notes:
Washington has won four straight against Cal, including the last two contests at Haas Pavilion. In their last four meetings in Berkeley, Cal has held UW to an average of just 59.5 points per game, including 56 points last season and 49 points in 1999-2000. The Huskies lead the all-time series 31-8. The last time the Bears defeated UW was Feb. 24, 2000 in Berkeley, 51-49.

A Look At Stanford:
The Huskies will have their hands full with the Cardinal in Palo Alto on Saturday. Stanford (12-1, 4-0), has won 25 straight Pac-10 games dating back to March 3, 2001, including 12-straight at home. In a sweep of the Oregon schools on the road last weekend, the sophomore center Chelsea Trotter averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals off the bench. Stanford had four players in double-figures for the fourth and fifth times this season at both Oregon schools. Four players are averaging in double figures led by All-American Nicole Powell (13.0), followed by Azella Perryman (12.5), Kelley Suminski (12.5) and Sebnem Kimyacioglu (10.8).

Stanford vs. Washington All-Time Series:
Stanford has won four of the last five games with Washington, including the last three at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal leads the all-time series 24-12. The last time UW defeated Stanford was in Seattle, Feb. 24, 2001 (95-87). The last time the Huskies pulled off a victory at Maples Pavilion was during the 1998-99 season on Feb. 18 (74-62).

More Husky Notes:
With the win vs. Arizona Saturday, UW improved to 16-1 all-time at home vs. the Wildcats...In her seven-year tenure, head coach June Daugherty has swept the Arizona schools at home six times...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 8.3 three-point field goals a game and is shooting 36.7 percent (116-316) 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 4-0 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 (14.3), junior Andrea Lalum (10.9) and senior Emily Autrey (10.6) ...Autrey is second behind Mendiola with 5.1 boards a game.

High-Scoring Huskies:
Washington is averaging 75.7 points a game, third-highest in the Pac-10 behind UCLA (78.6) and Arizona (78.4). The Huskies have also posted an average margin of victory of 16 points in its 12 wins, including a 20.4-point margin in their six home wins. Washington has won eight of its 12 victories by at least a 10-point margin.

Up Next:
UW returns return home for four-straight Pac-10 contests, hosting Oregon and Oregon State, Jan. 23 and Jan. 25, followed by USC Jan. 30 and UCLA Feb. 1

UW Ranks Second Nationally In 3-Pointers:
As of Jan. 13, the Huskies ranked second in the nation with 8.3 three-pointers per game. Villanova is the nation's leader also with 8.3 treys per game. UW has drained at least 10 three-pointers in five games and its 116 treys lead the Pac-10 this season. The Huskies have made 18 more three-pointers than the next highest Pac-10 team. Oregon is second with a total of 98. UW is second in the league with a 36.7 three-point shooting percentage (116-316). 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 22 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 .468 percentage (22-47) and senior Emily Autrey is third with a .459 percentage (17-37). 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. 13, UW was also 15th in the nation with 19.0 assists per game and was 24th with 75.7 points per game.

UW Misses Top-25 By One Vote:
UW received 73 votes in this week's AP Poll, one shy of the Top-25. Depaul was the 25th-ranked team with 74 votes. Washington received 11 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, but is ranked 35th.

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' 14 games with Mendiola averaging 15.5 points a contest and Payne averaging 14.3. 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 6.2 rebounds. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 65 assists. The Husky guard hit the game-winning shot in UW's 83-81 overtime win at USC Jan. 5, and has been the only Husky named Pac-10 Player of the Week this year (Dec. 2-8).

O'Neill Has Big Day Against Arizona:
Sophomore Kristen O'Neill had big shoes to fill when stepping in for Kayla Burt in the starting five, but the 6-1 guard has thrived. O'Neill came up huge for the Huskies against Arizona last Saturday, posting team and career-highs in points (17) and rebounds (nine). With UW trailing by one point, O'Neill grabbed the rebound off Giuliana Mendiola's errant shot and layed it in for the game-winning bucket with two seconds left vs. the Wildcats. O'Neill came off the bench in UW's first 10 games, after starting 24 as a freshman last year.

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 season. 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 fourth on the team (with Lalum) with 10.6 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 eight 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.

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 possibly two 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.

Injury Update:
Senior Kellie Dalan should be out for two 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.

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 1,450 points. She now needs 59 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.

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 is tied for seventh all-time in three-pointers made (88) and eighth in three-pointers attempted (242). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.364) and Payne is sixth (.335). 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.

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 112-80 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 235-154. 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.

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