Husky Women Head To San Jose For 2003 Pac-10 Tournament

March 4, 2003

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- This Week:
After culminating the season tied for second-place in the Pac-10 for the second-straight season, Washington women's basketball (21-6, 13-5) heads to San Jose as the No. 2 seed in the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament at HP Pavilion, March 7-10. The Huskies will play either No. 7 USC or No. 10 Washington State, Sat., March 8, at 11 a.m. The Trojans and Huskies square off in the first game of the tournament, Fri., March 7, at 6:30 p.m. Washington tied with Arizona for second-place in the conference standings but earned the tie-breaker for the No. 2 seed. The Huskies and Wildcats split their series and had identical records vs. the remaining eight Pac-10 teams. UW edged Arizona with a better overall record to grab the higher seed. UW is the second-seed in the Pac-10 Tournament for the second-straight season. The No. 2 Huskies were ousted in their first game by No. 7 Oregon, 78-64, one year ago. The winner of the Pac-10 Tournament receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.

Fri., Mar. 7
Game 1: No. 7 USC vs. No 10 Washington State, 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 9 California, 8:45 p.m.

Sat., Mar, 8
Game 3: No. 2 Washington vs. Winner 7/10, 11:00 a.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Arizona vs. No. 6 Oregon State, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. Winner 8/9, 5:00 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 5 Oregon, 7:15 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 9
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. 3/6 winner, 12:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net )
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. 4/5 winner, 3 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

Mon., Mar. 10
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Television Coverage:
Both semifinal games played on Sunday, March 9, and the championship game on Monday, March 10, will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.

Huskies On The Radio:
Steve Sandmeyer, in his fourth season as the voice of the Huskies, and Elise (Niemela) Woodward, a former UW standout, will be calling the action from San Jose live on KKNW 1150 AM. 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. * 17.3 ppg * 6.5 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 5.1 ppg * 4.4 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 14.8 ppg * 2.8 rpg
Kellie Dalan * F * 6-1 * Sr. * Edmonds, Wash. * 7.7 ppg * 2.9 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 11.0 ppg * 4.7 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.5 ppg * 4.7 rpg
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 4.0 ppg * 3.7 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.5 ppg * 1.7 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.2 ppg * 2.0 rpg
Erica Schelly * G * 5-11 * Fr. * Fort Collins, Colo. * 1.0 ppg * 0.2 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 * 0.7 rpg

Scouting the Huskies:
Washington tied for second-place in the regular-season Pac-10 standings for the second-straight year...UW's 21 regular season wins are the most since reaching 23 during the 1994-95 season...13 Pac-10 victories also equal the most since 1994-95...Washington reached the 20-win mark during the regular season for the first time under the seven-year tenure of head coach June Daugherty...It is the second 20-win season for Daugherty, who led the Huskies to a 22-10 mark in 2000-01 and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight...That season UW compiled a regular season record of 19-9...13 Pac-10 victories are also the most under Daugherty, whose Huskies had won 12 conference games the last two seasons...Daugherty has been named one of 25 finalists for the Naismith Women's College Basketball Head Coach of the Year Award which will be presented in Georgia on April 11, 2003...With its 73-49 regular season finale win over Washington State, March 1, Washington ended the year undefeated at home with a 14-0 record...It was the first undefeated home season since 1990 when the Huskies also went 14-0...The Huskies continue to be fueled by junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola...A three-time Pac-10 Player of the Week this season, Mendiola is the team leader in points (17.3), rebounds (6.5) and assists (5.4)...Mendiola has scored at least 20 points in seven of the last nine games and only twice has she been held under double-figures ...Senior Kellie Dalan has come on strong recently, notching five-straight double-figure scoring games including a season-high 23 points vs. Oregon, Feb. 22...Senior Loree Payne is the team's second-leading scorer with 14.8 points per game and has notched at least 20 points in two of the last three games.

A Look At USC:
The Trojans (13-16, 8-10) ended the regular season in a three-way tie for fifth-place in the conference standings but ended up the No. 7 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament. USC finished the regular season by splitting a pair of games at home vs. Oregon (70-75) and Oregon State (87-44). Four players average points in double-figures, led by Ebony Hoffman (16.1) who is also the team's top rebounder (9.4). Rometra Craig (14.0), Aisha Hollans (12.5) and Rachel Woodward (10.2) round out the top-four. The Trojans average 66.7 points a game, a mere advantage over their opponents' 65.8 per game.

Series Vs. USC:
Washington swept the season series with USC, winning a nail-biter with the Trojans in overtime, 83-81, in Los Angeles, Jan. 5. Junior Giuliana Mendiola hit the game-winning basket with 17 seconds left in Washington's overtime victory at the LA Sports Arena. Mendiola also led the Huskies with 23 points and eight assists, lifting UW to an emotional victory - its first since the hospitalization of starting sophomore guard Kayla Burt whose heart stopped beating on New Year's Eve. Back in Seattle, UW turned around to notch a more decisive 94-76 victory on Jan. 30. Once again, Mendiola took charge, scoring 14 of her 22 points in the second-half to go along with 10 rebounds and eight assists. Four of the last eight meetings between USC and Washington have gone into overtime. The Huskies lead the all-time series with USC 22-13 dating back to 1987. UW has won five of the last six meetings including all three games played last year. The last time USC defeated Washington (88-76) was March 8, 2001.

A Look At Washington State:
The Cougars (2-25, 1-17) are the No. 10 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament and ended the regular season in last place in the conference standings. WSU lost its regular-season finale to the Huskies, 73-49, in Seattle, March 1, after notching just the second-win of the year vs. Idaho (82-53) on March 27. Bianca McCall leads the Cougs with 13.1 points and eight rebounds per game.

All-Time Series Vs. Washington State:
Washington swept its season-series with in-state rival WSU. The Huskies held on for a 77-69 victory in Pullman on Dec. 28, after the Cougars rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to take the lead in the second half. That game marked the last of sophomore Kayla Burt's career before being diagnosed with a heart-condition just one week later. Washington had an easier time on its home court, winning handily 73-49 on March 1. Four Huskies scored in double-figures led by Giuliana Mendiola's 20 points. Washington has won the last 16-straight meetings with Washington State and leads the all-time series 46-10. The last time the Cougars defeated the Huskies was Feb. 25, 1995, in Pullman (71-68).

Huskies Remain In AP Poll, Fall From Coaches Poll:
The Huskies are ranked No. 25 for the second-straight week in the latest Associated Press Poll, released March 3. Washington has not made the Top-25 of the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Poll for the second-straight week. UW made its season-debut in the AP Poll at No. 25 on Jan. 27, before moving up to its highest season rank of No. 20 in the Feb. 3 poll. UW made its season-debut in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Poll at No. 24 on Feb. 4.

Last Year At The Pac-10 Tourney:
The Huskies opened the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., as the No. 2 seed and faced the Oregon Ducks in the second-round. Oregon had its way with Washington, pulling a 78-64 victory to advance to the semifinals. Giuliana Mendiola led UW with 18 points, while Loree Payne added 15. Oregon's Shaquala Williams led all scorers with 26 points as four Ducks reached double-figures, including Catherine Kraayeveld who had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Washington built a 15-14 advantage in the first half, but the Ducks bounced back with an 11-0 run that put them in the lead for good. Oregon led by as many as 21 points with 3:42 remaining in the game.

Huskies Set Attendance Records Galore:
Washington had a banner year with record setting crowds at Bank of America Arena, setting school records in both home season-average and single-game attendance. The Huskies averaged 4,981 fans, tops in the Pac-10 this season and a mark that surpassed the previous UW season-high average of 4,579 established in 1994. Washington also set a single-game attendance record with its 8,408 fans vs. UCLA, Feb. 1. The very next home contest 8,083 fans were on hand to see Stanford, Feb. 13, the third-highest attendance in school history. Until this season, a single-game attendance mark had reached 8,000 only once in the program's history, yet the Huskies did so in back-to-back games in 2002-03. For good measure, UW finished the regular season with the top-two home attendance marks and six of the top-eight in the Pac-10: (1) vs. UCLA, Feb. 1 (8,408), (2) vs. Stanford, Feb. 13 (8,083), (4) vs. Washington State, March 1 (6,530), (6) vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25 (5,964), (7) vs. Arizona, Jan. 11 (5,458) and (8) vs. Cal, Feb. 15 (5,453). Washington's average attendance also ranked 18th in the nation. The women combined with the men to produce the highest single-season combined attendance (171,715) and the highest single-season combined average ever (11,780).

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies culminated the 2002-03 season undefeated at home with a 14-0 record. The last time Washington went undefeated at home was during the 1990 campaign, when the Huskies also went 14-0 on its home court. UW's current 14-game home winning streak is the fifth-longest in school history and could most likely be extended into next season. The school record for a home winning streak is 30 games, set from 1986-88.

Last Week Recap:
Washington wrapped up the regular season with a 73-49 victory over Washington State, Saturday, March 1 at Bank of America Arena. UW's five seniors Emily Autrey, Kellie Dalan, Alicia Heathcote, Loree Payne and Cheryl Sorenson were honored in a special pre-game ceremony. The Huskies wrapped up a perfect season at home with its win over the Cougs, led by five players in double-figures. Giuliana Mendiola led the way with 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and a career-high five steals. Andrea Lalum (13), Autrey (12) and Dalan (10) also made big contributions. Bianca McCall led the Cougars with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Candace Fields chipped in 13 points and eight boards.

20-Point Scorers:
Five different Huskies have reached the 20-point plateau this season, making Washington one of just eight Division I teams to claim that distinction this season. The Huskies are the lone Pac-10 among those eight. Junior Giuliana Mendiola leads the way with 10 20-pt. games this season, followed by senior Loree Payne (6), senior Emily Autrey (2), junior Andrea Lalum (2) and senior Kellie Dalan (1).

UW Just Above .500 Mark On The Road:
As seems to be the trend this season in the Pac-10, Washington has struggled when playing games away from its home court. Despite sporting a unblemished 14-0 record at home, the Huskies struggled on the road during the regular season. UW snapped a four-game road losing streak at Oregon, Feb. 22, to move above the .500 mark overall (7-6), but the Huskies are 4-5 against Pac-10 teams on the road. The Huskies averaged 82.5 points at home and allow their opponents just 60.5 points. While on the road, UW has scored just 71.7 points per game while its opponent averaged 73.5 points. Washington's shooting numbers are lopsided as well: 48.2 percent from the field at home, 41.4 percent on the road; 41.9 percent from three-point range at home, 32.8 percent on the road.

Payne Named To First-Team Academic All-District:
Senior Loree Payne earned Verizon Academic All-District honors for the second-straight year. Payne, a second-team selection last year, earned a first-team nod this year which puts her on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors. She has a 3.65 grade point average and is majoring in psychology. Payne was the lone Pac-10 Player on the District VIII first-team.

Payne Named Semifinalist For Creamland Student-Athlete of the Year:
Senior Loree Payne was also named one of 10 finalists for the Creamland Dairies Women's Collegiate Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year award. In its first year, the award recognizes student-athletes for their athletic and academic achievement as well as community involvement. Three finalists will be named during the NCAA Tournament and the final award will be presented in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 9, 2003.

Mendiola First Three-Time Pac-10 Player of the Week For UW:
Junior Giuliana Mendiola continues to put up Conference Player of the Year type performances, earning her third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of the season for her performance vs. the Bay Area schools Feb. 13-15. Mendiola is the first player in Husky history to earn three Pac-10 Player of the Week nods in a single-season. Three other players (Amy Mickelson-1990, Rhonda Smith-1994, and Amber Hall-1998) were two-time selections but Mendiola is the first three-time selection. Mendiola has earned four Pac-10 Player of the Week nods in her career. She averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds in those two games vs. Stanford and Cal. She was UW's leading scorer in the 92-68 upset of Stanford, scoring 20 points and adding team highs of seven assists and five rebounds. Mendiola has scored at least 20 points in seven of the last nine games, including a span of five consecutive games (Jan. 30-Feb. 13) in which she averaged 25.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists per contest.

High-Scoring Huskies:
Washington continues to lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense with 77.3 points per game. As of last week, the Huskies are also ranked 12th in the nation in that category. Duke was the national leader with 82.9 points. The Huskies have also posted an average margin of victory of 18.6 points in their 21 wins, including a 22 point margin in their 14 home wins. Washington has won 17 games by at least a 10-point margin.

Husky Notables:
In addition to scoring, UW began the week leading the Pac-10 in assists (18.81), 3-pointers made (8.30), 3-point field goal percentage (.373) and assist-turnover ratio (1.27) ...UW ranked second in free-throw percentage (.745), field goal percentage (.449) and turnover margin (3.30) ...UW has outrebounded its opponent in eight of its last 11 games...UW has drained at least 10 3-pointers in five Pac-10 games...UW hit at least 10 threes in five straight non-conference games...The Huskies are 18-1 when leading at the half and 15-1 when outrebounding their opponent...UW is 18-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent...UW lost its first game when scoring at least 80 pts. (vs. Oregon State 2/20)...Mendiola is the Pac-10 leader in assists (5.41), second in 3-point shooting percentage (.447) and FT percentage (.843) and ranks fourth in scoring (17.3) and FG percentage (.543)...Emily Autrey leads the Pac-10 in the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting percentage (.452)...senior Loree Payne ranks second in 3-pointers made (2.33).

UW Leads Pac-10, Ranks Third Nationally In 3-Pointers:
As of Feb. 24, the Huskies ranked third in the nation with 8.4 three-pointers per game. Villanova was the nation's leader with 8.8 treys per game. UW has drained at least 10 three-pointers in nine games and its 224 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 63. UW has the top two players in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Senior Emily Autrey is first with a .452 percentage (33-73) and junior Giuliana Mendiola is second with a .447 percentage (42-94). 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 and UCLA (2/1). UW shares the Pac-10 record with Stanford.

More National Rankings:
As of Feb. 24, UW ranked fourth in the nation in assists (18.9), 19th in three-point field goal percentage (37.7) and 28th in FG percentage (45.3).

Mendiola Second On All-Time Assists List, Needs 16 To Set Single Season Record:
With a league-leading 146 assists for far this season, junior Giuliana Mendiola has moved into second-place on Washington's career assists list. She currently has 424, second only behind Leteia Hughley (559, 1982-85). In fact, Mendiola needs just 16 more assists to set the single-season record. Lisa Raschow holds the UW record with 161 (1987). Last year as a sophomore, Mendiola also turned in the third-highest single season assists (152) in UW history. Katia Foucade (1995, 157) is second on that list.

Payne Sets UW Career Three-Pointers Record:
Senior Loree Payne made her mark as the most prolific 3-point shooter in UW history this season, setting Husky career records in both 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted. Both previous records were held by former teammate and good friend Megan Franza. Payne set the 3-pointers made record vs. Stanford, Jan. 18, before claiming the 3-point attempts record in the regular season finale vs. WSU, March 1. Payne currently hast 242 3-pointers and 713 3-point attempts and is second on both Pac-10 career lists as well.

Mendiola's Numbers Speak For Themselves:
Junior Giuliana Mendiola, is the Huskies' team leader in every sense of the word. She is the Huskies leader in scoring (17.3), rebounding (6.5) and assists (5.4) and is steadily climbing four UW single-season lists, not to mention a few career lists as well. In her second year as team co-captain, Mendiola has scored in double-figures in all but two games. 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 (three times - Dec. 2-8/Jan. 27-Feb.1/Feb. 10-17). Mendiola has notched seven double-doubles this season and has 12 in her Husky career. She came just two assists shy of notching 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. She was also just three assists short of another triple-double vs. UCLA with a school-record 43 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. That was the best scoring effort in the Pac-10 this season and the the fifth-best scoring effort in the nation to date.

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, Jan. 23, helped her become the 18th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She now has 1,209 and needs 121 to crack UW's top-20 career scoring leaders list. Payne's nine points vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25 made her the ninth player ever at UW to score at least 1,500 points. She currently has 1,649 in her career and is sixth all-time.

Dalan Makes Most Of Return To The Lineup:
Senior Kellie Dalan has made the most of the last few games of her collegiate career. Since returning to the starting lineup Feb. 13 vs. Stanford after missing a month of action with a stress fracture in her right foot, Dalan has scored in double-figures in the last five-straight games including a season-high 23 points vs. Oregon, Feb. 22. During that span she has averaged 14 points and 4.2 rebounds. Prior to Feb. 13, Dalan had come off the bench since returning to the court on Jan. 23 vs. Oregon. She had been out with a stress fracture since Dec. 20. Dalan started the first eight games of the season.

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 moving into the starting five, O'Neill has established career highs in either points or rebounds. First she recorded then-career-highs in points (17) and rebounds (nine) against Arizona, Jan. 11, as well as hitting the game-winning shot to lift UW to the dramatic 60-59 win. She followed up that performance with a new career-high 18 points vs. Cal, Jan. 18. Against Oregon, Jan. 23, she upped her career total of rebounds to 12, tying for the highest rebound total by a Husky this season. She then pulled down double-figures in rebounds in back-to-back games (10 vs. OSU, Jan. 25). 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 17.

Lalum Steady As She Goes:
Junior forward Andrea Lalum is right behind Mendiola and Payne when it comes to offensive production. Averaging 11 points a game, Lalum has scored in double-figures in 17 games (nine of the last 12) 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.

Injury Update:
Senior Kellie Dalan made her return to action vs. Oregon, Jan. 23, after being out nearly a month 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:
Loree Payne has 1,649 career points and is just the ninth-player in school history to reach the 1,500-point plateau. Payne continues her climb, most recently moving into the No. 6 spot with 22 points vs. Oregon State, Feb. 22. She surpassed former teammate Megan Franza (1997-01) who had 1,612 career 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. Loree Payne 1999-03 1649
7. Megan Franza 1997-01 1612
8. Karen Deden 1988-91 1596
9. Carlin McClary 1979-82 1508
10. Amber Hall 1995-99 1330

Mendiola On Payne's Heels In Career 3-Pointers:
Junior Giuliana Mendiola is one year behind fellow teammate Loree Payne, but she is on her heels on the UW career three-point scoring lists. Mendiola is sixth all-time in three-pointers made (108) and is seventh in three-pointers attempted (289). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fourth (.374) and Payne is fifth (.339).

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.

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