Husky Women Look To Halt No. 6 Stanford's 19-Game Home Winning Streak Saturday

Jan. 17, 2003

This Week:
Following a 76-59 win over California in Berkeley Thursday night, Washington women's basketball (13-2, 5-1 Pac-10), faces perhaps it toughest test of the season, facing No. 6 Stanford (13-1, 5-0) at Maples Pavilion Saturday at 12 p.m. Saturday's game will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action. UW will look to put an end to Stanford's 19-game home winning streak. Washington has won four-straight and 12 of its last 13 games. The Huskies have had a flair for the dramatic as of late, winning two of their last four 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 sophomore Kristen O'Neill's last-second bucket. O'Neill has been the story for UW recently, as the team's leading scorer with career-high points in the last two consecutive games. Keep an eye out for UW senior Loree Payne, who needs just one three-point field goal to set the Washington career record. She tied the record (with Megan Franza) vs. Cal with trey No. 211. UW's 13-2 start is the team's best since opening the 1989-90 season also 13-2. 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. * 5.7 ppg * 4.5 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 13.7 ppg * 2.8 rpg
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.8 ppg * 5.1 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 10.7 ppg * 5.0 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 3.7 ppg * 3.5 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.9 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. * 1.3 ppg * 0.4 rpg
Nicole Castro * G * 5-10 * Rs-Fr. * Darwin, Australia * 0.9 ppg * 0.4 rpg
Alicia Heathcote * 5-9 * G * 5-0 * Seattle, Wash. * 0.9 ppg * 0.9 rpg

Scouting the Huskies:
The Huskies are in the midst off their fourth weekend of Pac-10 play with a third-place conference standing. UW is on a modest four-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 16.1 points in 13 wins, but has won two of its last four 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 against Arizona Saturday, Jan. 11, 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 65.7 points. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is the team leader in points (15.5), rebounds (6.2) and assists (71) and has scored in double-figures in 14 games including the last seven straight. UW tallied an impressive 8-1 non-conference record this season and it's 13-2 record is its best start since a 13-2 mark to open the 1989-90 campaign. UW will face a ranked opponent in No. 6 Stanford for the second-straight week. The Huskies are 1-1 against teams in the Top-25.

Last Game Recap - UW 76, Cal 59:
Three players scored in double-figures including, a career-high 18 points from sophomore Kristen O'Neill, to lead Washington women's basketball over Cal 76-59 at Haas Pavilion, Thursday evening. O'Neill, who has started the last five games, registered a career-high point total for the second consecutive contest, after scoring 17 vs. Arizona Saturday. Against Cal she also added two rebounds. Junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola scored 16 points to go along with six rebounds and a team-high six assists. Senior Emily Autrey contributed 13 points and six boards. The Huskies trailed Cal for most of the first half and by as much as a 12-point deficit (22-10) at the 9:27 mark. But down 27-18 at 3:48, Washington rattled off a 15-0 run to head into the lockerroom with a 32-27 lead. UW continued that momentum with an 18-4 run to open the second half, extending its lead to a 19-point cushion, 50-31, at 12:52. Washington's largest lead of the game was 21 points at 11:32.

Payne Needs One Trey To Set UW Career Record:
Senior Loree Payne will make Washington history with her next three-point bucket. After tying the UW career three-pointers made record with her only trey vs. Cal Thursday, Payne's first vs. Stanford will establish a new Husky standard. Payne is tied with former Husky teammate Megan Franza with 211 career three-pointers. Payne's lone three-pointer vs. Cal was her only trey in the last three games. She failed to hit a trey in two consecutive games (USC, ASU) for the first time this season. Payne and Franza are also tied for second on the Pac-10 career three-pointers made list. Payne ranks third all-time in UW history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 627 three-pointers attempted.

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, Jan. 10. The story has also been covered by USA Today, ESPN.com and the L.A. Times among other national newspapers.

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 1-2 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.

A Look At Stanford:
The Huskies will have their hands full with the Cardinal in Palo Alto on Saturday. Stanford (13-1, 5-0), has won 26 straight Pac-10 games dating back to March 3, 2001, including 13-straight at home. In fact, Stanford is riding an 19-game home winning streak, the second longest home winning streak in the nation. The Cardinal upheld that streak with an 85-56 win over Washington State Thursday night. 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 (15.2), followed by Kelley Suminski (12.2), Azella Perryman (12.1) and Sebnem Kimyacioglu (10.7).

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 leads the Pac-10 with 8.3 three-point field goals a game and is shooting 36.7 percent (118-330) from beyond the arc...The Huskies are 10-0 when leading at the half and 8-0 when outrebounding their opponent...UW is 11-0 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 (13.7), senior Emily Autrey (10.8) and junior Andrea Lalum (10.7) ...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 Arizona (78.4) and UCLA (77.4). The Huskies have also posted an average margin of victory of 16.1 points in its 13 wins, including a 20.4-point margin in their six home wins. Washington has won nine of its 13 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, First In The Pac:
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 118 treys lead the Pac-10 this season. The Huskies have made 20 more three-pointers than the next highest Pac-10 team. Oregon is second with a total of 98. Senior Loree Payne, on her way to becoming UW's all-time career leader in three-point shooting, is second among conference players with 32. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is also in the Pac-10's top 10 with 22 three-pointers this season. UW has the top two players in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Mendiola leads with a .449 percentage (22-49) and senior Emily Autrey is second with a .447 percentage (17-38). 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.

UW Stuns Wildcats In Final Seconds:
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.

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' 15 games with Mendiola averaging 15.5 points a contest and Payne averaging 13.7. 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 32 three-pointers and needs just one 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 71 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 Back-To-Back Career Nights:
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 since. O'Neill has posted back-to-back career games for UW. She recorded a then-career-high in points (17) and a career high in rebounds (nine) against Arizona Saturday, Jan. 11. 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. She followed up that performance with a new career-high in points vs. Cal (18). O'Neill came off the bench in UW's first 10 games, after starting 24 as a freshman last year. She has started the last five games.

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 third on the team with 10.8 points and second in rebounding with 5.1 boards.

Lalum Steady As She Goes:
Junior forward Andrea Lalum is right behind Mendiola, Payne and Autrey 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. She is fourth on the team in scoring (10.7 points) and third in rebounds (5.0).

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 1,456 points. She now needs 53 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 (244). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.361) and Payne is tied for sixth (.333). 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 113-80 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 236-154. 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 wom

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