Women's Basketball Team Awards Announced At Season-End Banquet

April 17, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - Junior guard Giuliana Mendiola (Lake Forest, Calif.) was named the Big Dawg honoree for the third-straight season, highlighting the team awards presented at the annual Husky women's basketball banquet at the Don James Center on the University of Washington campus, Thursday evening.

Mendiola, the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-Pac-10 First-Team selection, led the Huskies to an overall record of 22-8 which included an undefeated 14-0 mark at home. UW tied for second in the Pac-10 with a 13-5 conference record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons.

The team's leader in scoring (17.5), rebounding (6.5) and assists (5.4), Mendiola earned the Big Dawg honor as a result of a season-long tally for on-court performance. Mendiola's junior campaign included eight double-doubles and a school-record 43 points against UCLA on Feb. 1.

Mendiola was also named the Lion's Club Assists Leader for the third-consecutive season. She passed out a UW single-season record of 162 assists and tied the school record for assists in a game with 13 against Oregon State, on Jan. 25. Mendiola finished the year as the Pac-10's leader in assists (5.4) and was third in assist-turnover ratio (1.60).

Senior forward Kellie Dalan (Edmonds, Wash.) also took home two awards from the season-end banquet, honored as the Coaches' Award Winner and the 101 Club Outstanding Scholar. Dalan, who battled a stress fracture injury this season, started 16 of 22 games and averaged 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds.

Sophomore Kayla Burt (Arlington, Wash.), whose career ended prematurely after being diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Long Q-T Syndrome in early January, was selected the team's Most Inspirational Player. Beginning this year, the award will be known as the Kayla Burt Most Inspirational Player Award.

Sophomore guard Kristen O'Neill (Edmonds, Wash.) received the KKNW Radio 1150 Outstanding Defensive Player Award, for the second-straight season. O'Neill started 20 games for UW, filling Burt's role in the lineup, and tied for the team lead in steals with Mendiola (51). O'Neill, who shared the award last year with Cheryl Sorenson, averaged 5.3 points and 4.4 rebounds.

The Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award went to sophomore forward Kirsten Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.). Brockman redshirted this season while rehabbing from surgery to repair a stress fracture in her left foot. Freshman forward Jill Bell (Bellevue, Wash.), who also redshirted this year, and redshirt-freshman guard Nicole Castro (Darwin, Australia) were named the team's Most Improved Players.

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