Huskies Head To Eugene To Face Wisconsin-Green Bay In NCAA First Round

March 16, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington women's basketball (22-7) earned its second NCAA tournament berth in the last three years, and will head to Eugene, Ore. as the No. 9 seed in the West Region to face No. 8 seed Wisconsin-Green Bay (27-3) in first-round action, Sat., March 22, at McArthur Court.

No. 1 seed Louisiana State (27-3) and No. 16 seed Southwest Texas State (18-13) round out the four-team field in Eugene. Game times for Saturday are still to be determined. All 63 games of this year's NCAA Women's Championship will be televised by ESPN and its sister networks. All Washington games will broadcast live on the radio in the Seattle area at KKNW 1150 AM. Second round games in Eugene will be played Mon., March 24.

Washington will be making its 14th NCAA appearance and fourth under head coach June Daugherty. The last time the Huskies played in the tournament was 2001, a year that saw Washington make a remarkable run to the NCAA Elite Eight. Three of the five starters from that 2001 squad (Andrea Lalum, Giuliana Mendiola and Loree Payne), are starters on the 2003 team as well. UW has an overall record of 14-13 in the tournament, including a 7-2 record in first round games.

Washington finished the regular season with an overall record of 22-7 and 13-5 in the Pac-10 Conference. UW tied for second-place in the conference standings with Arizona (13-5). It was the second-straight second-place conference finish for UW and the most Pac-10 wins in a single-season under Daugherty, who has led UW to 22 wins for the second time in three years (22-10 in 2001). This year marked the first time that a UW squad under Daugherty registered at least 20 regular season victories, while the Huskies' 21 regular season wins were the most since 1994-95 (23).

The Huskies posted a 1-1 record at this year's Pac-10 Tournament, defeating USC (64-3) in the quarterfinals, before falling to Arizona (74-51) in the semifinals. Washington is led by 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year and Kodak All-America finalist, junior guard Giuliana Mendiola (17.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.4 apg).

Washington is one of three Pac-10 teams to receive NCAA berths, as Stanford is the No. 3 seed in the West Region and will host the first and second rounds, as well as the West Regional, while Arizona is the No. 6 seed in the East Region in Manhatten, Kan.

Saturday marks the first-ever meeting between Washington and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Should they advance to the second round, the Huskies are 1-0 all-time against Louisiana State (63-57, 1992) and 1-0 against Southwest Texas State (58-52, 1992).

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