No. 25 Huskies Battle UCLA Saturday At 1 p.m.

Jan. 31, 2003

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- This Week:
Washington women's basketball wraps up its longest homestand of the season when it hosts UCLA, Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies have won 10-straight games at home, the sixth-longest home winning streak in UW history. UCLA will be a tough test for UW, having won its last four straight Pac-10 road games including an 86-70 victory over Washington State Thursday night. UW is coming off a 94-76 win over USC, with junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola leading the way in points (22), rebounds (10), assists (eight) and steals (three). Washington has won three straight, seven of its last eight and 15 of its last 17 games. This week the Huskies made their season debut in the Associated Press Poll at No. 25. Saturday, Washington celebrates 'National Girls & Women In Sports Day' with many special pre-game activities and a halftime ceremony. All young girls are invited to wear a team uniform and they will be honored on the court at halftime. UW women's soccer and volleyball players will be giving mini-clinics prior to the game in the East Court. The UW women's basketball silent auction will also take place Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Pavilion Addition of Bank of America Arena.

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 * 6.4 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 5.7 ppg * 5.0 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 14.4 ppg * 2.5 rpg
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.7 ppg * 5.1 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 11.3 ppg * 4.4 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Kellie Dalan * F * 6-1 * Sr. * Edmonds, Wash. * 6.0 ppg * 2.3 rpg
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 4.3 ppg * 3.5 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.7 ppg * 1.4 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.4 ppg * 1.9 rpg
Erica Schelly * G * 5-11 * Fr. * Fort Collins, Colo. * 1.2 ppg * 0.3 rpg
Nicole Castro * G * 5-10 * Rs-Fr. * Darwin, Australia * 0.5 ppg * 0.9 rpg
Alicia Heathcote * 5-9 * G * 5-0 * Seattle, Wash. * 1.0 ppg * 0.7 rpg

Scouting the Huskies:
The No. 25 Huskies leap-frogged over No. 24 Arizona and UCLA into second-place in the Pac-10 with their sweep of the Oregon schools last weekend. Washington's 16-3 overall record is its best in its first 19 games since its 17-2 record in 1989-90. That season, UW finished 28-3 overall, tied for first in the Pac-10 and advanced to the NCAA Mideast Region Championship before falling 76-50 to Auburn. UW continued its dominace at home last weekend, defeating Oregon and Oregon State by a combined 45 points. In fact, UW has averaged a 20.6-point margin of victory in its 10 home wins. The Huskies have strung together win streaks of eight and four games this season. Two of the Huskies' three losses came to teams ranked in the Top-25 (No. 13 Texas Tech and No. 18 Arizona). UW's strength remains its three-point shot, as the Huskies began this week the Pac-10 leader in three-pointers (8.06) and ranked sixth nationally. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is the team leader in points (15.5), rebounds (6.4) and assists (5.3) and has scored in double-figures in 18 games including the last 11 straight. Mendiola and senior Loree Payne further etched their names in the Husky record books, as Mendiola became the 18th player to score 1,000 points in a Husky career, while Payne became the ninth player to surpass the 1,500-point plateau. Sophomore Kristen O'Neill has been UW's leading rebounder two of the last three games, grabbing a career-high 12 vs. Oregon and 10 vs. Oregon State.

UW Has Sights Set On New Attendance Record:
With all reserved seating tickets sold out and only general admission tickets available, Washington is looking to surpass its UW women's basketball attendance record at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Saturday. The largest crowd ever was for a Husky game vs. DePaul, March 17, 1990. That attendance figure was 8,170.

Huskies Roll Over USC 94-76:
All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola took control of a close game with 14 second-half points, leading Washington on a 34-17 second-half surge to rout USC, 94-76, before 4,335 fans at Bank of America Arena, Thursday. The win was the 10th in a row at home for Washington, its longest such streak since the 1981-82 season. Mendiola, who finished just two assists shy of the school's first triple-double since 1978, scored 14 of her 22 points after halftime, adding 10 rebounds and eight assists in the contest. Junior center Ebony Hoffman led the Women of Troy with 27 points, equaling her career-high. Both teams shot well from the field, the Huskies hitting 51.6 percent of their shots (32-for-62), and USC (9-12, 4-6) firing at a 41.9 percent clip, as the squads traded baskets for the game's first 30 minutes. With the Huskies ahead, 60-59, at the 10:32 mark of the second half, however, the Huskies' junior point guard took control. Mendiola first hit junior Andrea Lalum for a three-pointer - one of a career-high five by the UW center - before draining one of her own less than a minute later, igniting an 8-0 Husky run. From that point, Washington would never look back, closing out the Women of Troy with a 34-17 run over the game's final 10 minutes. In addition to Mendiola, three other Huskies scored in double-figures including Lalum (19), senior Loree Payne (17) and senior Emily Autrey (10).

UW Cracks Top-25 AP Poll:
Washington women's basketball cracked the Associated Press Top-25 Poll for the first time this season, making their 2002-03 season debut at No. 25 in this week's ranking. UW is one of three Pac-10 teams in the Top-25, joined by No. 6 Stanford and No. 24 Arizona. The last time the Huskies received a Top-25 billing in the AP poll was Nov. 24, 2001. The last time three Pac-10 teams were ranked in the AP Top-25 was Nov. 6, 2001. In that week's poll, Stanford was No. 9, Washington was ranked 19th and Arizona State was 22nd. UW still is not ranked among the Top-25 in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll.

A Look At UCLA:
The Bruins (12-7, 7-3) fell from second place into a tie for third after losing both games in the Bay Area last weekend. UCLA lost to Stanford 80-78 and 69-61 to Cal. After a 6-0 mark to open conference play, the Bruins lost three-straight but bounced back with an 86-70 victory over Washington State Thursday night. UCLA now sits in third place, one game behind UW. Senior guard Michelle Greco continues to be the Bruins' leader averaging 19.2 points a game and 4.8 rebounds. Greco, the Pac-10's scoring leader, recorded her first career double-double vs. Cal (23 pts./10 reb) and had a career-high eight steals to go along with 28 points vs. Stanford. Freshman standout Nikki Blue has 16.1 points a game and 5.4 rebounds.

Going For The LA Sweep:
UW would like nothing better to avenge its Jan. 3 loss to UCLA in Westwood (72-46). The Huskies played that game just three days after Kayla Burt was hospitalized. Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA 23-12 dating back to 1985. The Huskies have won three of the last five meetings, including both contests played last year, 86-53 and 68-48. Coupled with its win over USC Thursday, the Huskies would look to repeat a home sweep of the LA schools for the third-straight season.

Huskies Roll Past Beavers 82-56:
Junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola equaled a school-record with 13 assists, leading UW to an 82-56 win over Oregon State, Jan. 25. Mendiola - UW's season leader in points, rebounds and assists - also added 13 points against the Beavers to tally her fourth double-double of the season. Mendiola shared the team lead in scoring with senior Emily Autrey (13). UW shredded an OSU defense which entered the game leading the Pac-10 with just over 55 points allowed per game. UW drained a Pac-10 season-high 11 3-pointers.

Payne Leads UW Over The Ducks 79-60:
Senior All-America candidate Loree Payne made six three-pointers and scored 29 points, leading UW to a 79-60 victory over Oregon in front of 4,299 fans at Bank of America Arena, Jan. 23. Payne's 29 points equaled her career high, while her six three-pointers improved the senior's career total to 219. Oregon freshman Carolyn Ganes led all Ducks' scorers with 24 points, while Washington junior Giuliana Mendiola contributed across the board with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Also scoring in double figures for Washington were senior Emily Autrey (11) and junior Andrea Lalum (11). Sophomore Kristen O'Neill pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies' continue their roll as an unbeatable team at home this season. UW has now won 10 straight at home, the sixth-longest home winning streak in Husky history. It is the longest streak since UW won 13 straight during the 1988-89 seasons. The school record for a home winning streak is 30 games, set from 1986-88. UW credits much of its home success to stellar fan support, as the Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 (behind Oregon) with an average attendance of 3,809 fans. UW's season-high crowd was 5,964 vs. Oregon State, the third-largest single game Pac-10 crowd of the 2002-03 season.

Dalan Comes Back From Stress Fracture Injury:
The Huskies were happy to welcome senior forward Kellie Dalan back to the floor in their game with Oregon after missing the previous eight games with a stress fracture in her right foot. Dalan got the clearance following shoot around prior to UW's game with the Ducks, Jan. 23. Dalan, who had started the first eight games, logged 13 minutes vs. Oregon and had two points and three rebounds. Against OSU she had her second-highest scoring game this season (nine points). Dalan had been averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds a game prior to the injury.

Payne Sets UW Career Three-Pointers Record:
Netting a trio of treys vs. Cal and Stanford, senior Loree Payne surpassed her former Husky teammate Megan Franza to claim the UW career record for three-pointers made. Payne currently has 224 career three-pointers, 13 more than Franza who had 211 from 1997-01. Payne also moved ahead of Franza on the Pac-10 list, to secure second only to Arizona's Lisa Griffith (285). Payne ranks third all-time in UW history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 667 three-pointers attempted.

Mendiola Joins 1,000-Point Club, Payne 1,500 Club:
Giuliana Mendiola and Loree Payne have established themselves among the elite women's basketball players to have competed in the Husky program. Mendiola's 13 points vs. Oregon helped her become the 18th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She now has 1,037. Payne's nine points vs. Oregon State made her the ninth player ever at UW to score at least 1,500 points. She currently has 1,523 in her career.

High-Scoring Huskies:
Thanks in part to its 94-point ouput vs. USC Thursday, the Huskies now lead the Pac-10 in scoring (76.5). UW began the week ranked 22nd in the nation in that category. The Huskies have also posted an average margin of victory of 16.9 points in their 16 wins, including a 20.6-point margin in their 10 home wins. Washington has won 12 games by at least a 10-point margin.

More Husky Notes:
In addition to scoring, UW leads the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made (8.26), 3-point field goal percentage (.373), assist-turnover ratio (1.31) and tied for first in assists (18.79)...UW ranks second in four categories: scoring margin (+10.5), free-throw percentage (.733), field-goal percentage (.446) and turnover margin (+4.05) ...UW has been outrebounded in five of its 10 Pac-10 games...UW hit double-digit three-pointers in back-to-back games vs. USC for the first time since vs. N.C. State and Houston, Dec. 6 and 7...UW hit at least 10 threes in five straight non-conference games...The Huskies are 13-0 when leading at the half and 11-0 when outrebounding their opponent...UW is 14-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent...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 (14.4), junior Andrea Lalum (11.3), senior Emily Autrey (10.7)...Autrey is second behind Mendiola with 5.1 boards a game...Mendiola is the Pac-10 leader in assists (5.32)...Autrey leads the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting percentage (.444).

UW Leads Pac-10, Ranks Sixth Nationally In 3-Pointers:
As of Jan. 27, the Huskies ranked sixth in the nation with 8.1 three-pointers per game. Villanova is the nation's leader with 8.8 treys per game. UW has drained at least 10 three-pointers in seven games and its 157 treys lead the Pac-10 this season. Senior Loree Payne, UW's all-time career leader in 3-pointers, is second among conference players with 45. UW has two of the top three players in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Senior Emily Autrey is first with a .444 percentage (24-54) and junior Giuliana Mendiola is third with a .417 percentage (25-60). 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. 27, UW was also 15th in the nation with 18.6 assists per game and 22nd in scoring offense (75.6).

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). Upon her return to the team, she 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.

Dalan Comes Back From Stress Fracture Injury:
The Huskies were happy to welcome senior forward Kellie Dalan back to the floor in their game with Oregon after missing the previous eight games with a stress fracture in her right foot. Dalan got the clearance following shoot around prior to UW's game with the Ducks, Jan. 23. Dalan, who had started the first eight games, logged 13 minutes vs. Oregon and had two points and three rebounds. Against OSU she had her second-highest scoring game this season (nine points). Dalan had been averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds a game prior to the injury.

Payne Sets UW Career Three-Pointers Record:
Netting a trio of treys vs. Cal and Stanford, senior Loree Payne surpassed her former Husky teammate Megan Franza to claim the UW career record for three-pointers made. Payne currently has 224 career three-pointers, 13 more than Franza who had 211 from 1997-01. Payne also moved ahead of Franza on the Pac-10 list, to secure second only to Arizona's Lisa Griffith (285). Payne ranks third all-time in UW history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 667 three-pointers attempted.

Mendiola Joins 1,000-Point Club, Payne 1,500 Club:
Giuliana Mendiola and Loree Payne have established themselves among the elite women's basketball players to have competed in the Husky program. Mendiola's 13 points vs. Oregon helped her become the 18th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She now has 1,037. Payne's nine points vs. Oregon State made her the ninth player ever at UW to score at least 1,500 points. She currently has 1,523 in her career.

High-Scoring Huskies:
Thanks in part to its 94-point ouput vs. USC Thursday, the Huskies now lead the Pac-10 in scoring (76.5). UW began the week ranked 22nd in the nation in that category. The Huskies have also posted an average margin of victory of 16.9 points in their 16 wins, including a 20.6-point margin in their 10 home wins. Washington has won 12 games by at least a 10-point margin.

More Husky Notes:
In addition to scoring, UW leads the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made (8.26), 3-point field goal percentage (.373), assist-turnover ratio (1.31) and tied for first in assists (18.79)...UW ranks second in four categories: scoring margin (+10.5), free-throw percentage (.733), field-goal percentage (.446) and turnover margin (+4.05) ...UW has been outrebounded in five of its 10 Pac-10 games...UW hit double-digit three-pointers in back-to-back games vs. USC for the first time since vs. N.C. State and Houston, Dec. 6 and 7...UW hit at least 10 threes in five straight non-conference games...The Huskies are 13-0 when leading at the half and 11-0 when outrebounding their opponent...UW is 14-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent...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 (14.4), junior Andrea Lalum (11.3), senior Emily Autrey (10.7)...Autrey is second behind Mendiola with 5.1 boards a game...Mendiola is the Pac-10 leader in assists (5.32)...Autrey leads the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting percentage (.444).

UW Leads Pac-10, Ranks Sixth Nationally In 3-Pointers:
As of Jan. 27, the Huskies ranked sixth in the nation with 8.1 three-pointers per game. Villanova is the nation's leader with 8.8 treys per game. UW has drained at least 10 three-pointers in seven games and its 157 treys lead the Pac-10 this season. Senior Loree Payne, UW's all-time career leader in 3-pointers, is second among conference players with 45. UW has two of the top three players in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Senior Emily Autrey is first with a .444 percentage (24-54) and junior Giuliana Mendiola is third with a .417 percentage (25-60). 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. 27, UW was also 15th in the nation with 18.6 assists per game and 22nd in scoring offense (75.6).

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). Upon her return to the team, she 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.

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. After Payne joined the 1,000-point club last year, Mendiola did so this season in the Oregon game. She now has 1,037 points in her career. The pair has shared high-scoring honors in 14 of 19 games with Mendiola averaging 15.5 points a contest and Payne 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 12 games, including career-highs of 29 vs. Washington State and Oregon. She also leads the team with 45 three-pointers and has recently set the UW career record (224). 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 6.4 rebounds. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 101 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). Mendiola has notched five double-doubles this season and has 10 in her Husky career. She came just two assists shy of notching just the second triple-double in UW history with 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists vs. USC Jan. 30, after tying the school record for single-game assists (13) vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25.

O'Neill Keeps Heatin' Up:
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 recorded career highs in either points or rebounds in three of the last six games, as well as hitting the game-winning shot to lift UW over Arizona, Jan. 11. First she recorded then-career-highs in points (17) and rebounds (nine) against Arizona. She followed up that performance with a new career-high 18 points vs. Cal. Against Oregon, she upped her career total of rebounds to 12, tying for the highest rebound total by a Husky this season. She then did something no other Husky has done this season, she pulled down double-figures in rebounds in back-to-back games (10 vs. OSU). 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 nine.

Autrey Thrust Back Into Starting Role:
After starting 26 of 31 games a a junior last year, senior Emily 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 when senior Kellie Dalan went down with the stress fracture injury, Autrey took her place in the starting five in UW's game with Iowa State and has started since. Autrey came three boards shy of a double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds, to go along with two assists in that game vs. Iowa State. She followed that up with a team-high 11 rebounds and seven points in her second start vs. Washington State. Autrey, fourth on the team with 10.7 points and second in rebounding with 5.1 boards, has scored in double-figures in 10 games.

Lalum Steady As She Goes:
Junior forward Andrea Lalum is right behind Mendiola and Payne when it comes to offensive production. Averaging 11.3 points a game, Lalum has scored in double-figures in 12 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, including the game-winning bucket in the waning seconds of the game. She also recorded her ninth-career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Houston at the N.C. State Tournament. She is currently third on the team in scoring (11.3 points) and fourt in rebounds (4.4).

Injury Update:
Senior Kellie Dalan was out since Dec. 20 with a stress fracture in her right foot but made her return in UW's game vs. Oregon, last Thursday...sophomore Kirsten Brockman is out for the season, recovering from surgery to repair a stress fracture in her left foot...freshman

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