Husky Women Open Pac-10 Play In The Desert This Weekend

Dec. 24, 2003

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This Week:
After compiling a successful 7-2 record against its non-conference opponents, Washington women's basketball turns its attention now to Pac-10 play as the Huskies open the conference slate in the desert this weekend. Washington will make its conference debut versus the Arizona Wildcats, Friday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m. PT (2 p.m. MT) at the McKale Center in Tucson.UW will then travel to Tempe to face the Arizona State Sun Devils, Monday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m.MT) at Wells Fargo Arena. Last year Washington tied with Arizona for second-place in the Pac-10, both with 13-5 league records. All Husky games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW AM 1150 with Steve Sandmeyer calling the action. The Huskies are ranked 24th in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll. Washington, coming off a 76-55 win over Iowa State Dec. 21, is in the midst of a three-game road trip and return to Bank of America Arena to host Cal, January 2, and Stanford, January 4.

Dawg Bites:
Washington is in the midst of a three-game road trip, its longest of the season...prior to the break for Christmas, UW defeated Iowa State in Ames, 76-55...after a 5-0 start to the season, UW has won two of its last four games...the Huskies only two losses this year have come to ranked opponents (No. 17 Colorado, Nov. 4 Texas Tech)...senior guard Giuliana Mendiola is the team leader in scoring (20.0 ppg), rebounding (6.2 rpg) and assists (6.4 apg)...senior center Andrea Lalum is not far behind Mendiola in offensive production with 18.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg...redshirt freshman Jill Bell has made significant contributions on the boards, leading the team in rebounding in UW's last three games and averages 5.9 per game...senior guard Gioconda Mendiola has scored in double-figures in three of the last four games including a career-high 16 at Iowa State.

Trouble In The Desert:
In eight trips to the desert dating back to 1996, Washington has been swept by Arizona and Arizona State six times. The Huskies lost both contests to UA and ASU on the road in 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998 and 1996. The only times UW has earned a split on its annual trip to the Southwest was in 2001 and 1997, when UW picked up wins versus Arizona State those years. UW has lost eight straight on the road to Arizona dating back to 1996. The last Husky win in the McKale Center was March 2, 1995 (71-68).

Home Winning Streak Halted At 18...:
It took the country's fourth-ranked team to snap Washington's fourth-longest winning streak in school history as the Lady Raiders downed UW 74-70, December 19. The Huskies extended their home winning streak to 18 games with Tuesday's 82-51 win over Denver. Washington's win-streak began with last season's home opening win over St. Bonaventure, Nov. 29, 2002 (105-48). Washington has also notched home winning streaks of 30 (1986-88), 22 (1989-91) and 19 (1984-85). Prior to Friday, the last Husky loss at home was to Oregon in the third round of the WNIT, on March 22, 2002. UW's current streak included wins over No. 18 Arizona (60-59) and No. 6 Stanford (92-68) in 2003.

Hot Start:
Until Washington's loss at No. 17 Colorado last week, the Huskies were off to a 5-0 start, the first time UW was undefeated in its first five games since 1997-98 when UW opened the year on a 10-0 run.

In The Rankings:
Washington made its debut in the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Poll Dec. 8 at No. 23 after receiving votes the previous four weeks. UW is currently ranked 24th in the coaches'poll. The Huskies have not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25, but have received votes all six weeks.

Scouting Arizona:
Arizona brings a seven-game winning streak into Saturday's Pac-10 opener. The Wildcats are 8-2 this year, having lost only to UC Santa Barbara (then ranked No. 16) and Virginia. Arizona has also won 18 straight home games, the longest home winning streak in the program's history. The Wildcats average 72.8 points per game, led by three players averaging in double-figures. Sophomore center Shawntinice Polk has 16.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler (15.1 ppg) and senior guard Aimee Grzyb (10.5) also average in double-figures. Junior center Danielle Adesfeso is the team's second-leading rebounder with 5.9 boards per game.

The Series With Arizona:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 25-11, but has lost three of the last five meetings. Last year, UW went 1-2 versus the Wildcats. The Huskies defeated UA 60-59 in Seattle (Jan. 11, 2003) before falling in Tucson, 66-79 (Feb. 6, 2003). Arizona also ousted UW from the Pac-10 Tournament, defeating the Huskies (74-51) in the semifinals. Washington has had trouble playing in Tucson, losing its last eight straight games in the McKale Center. The last time the Huskies defeated Arizona on its home court was March 2, 1995 (71-68). Up until the 1996 season, Washington had won 18 of 19 meetings with Arizona.

Scouting Arizona State:
Arizona State brings a 6-3 record into Pac-10 play this weekend and opens with Washington State on Saturday prior to Monday's game with Washington. ASU has played its last two games on the road, falling at No. 1 UConn (81-55), Dec. 18, before bouncing back with an 81-56 win over Holy Cross, Dec. 20. Junior guard Betsy Boardman leads the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game. Sophomore forward Kristen Kovesdy is the top Sun Devil rebounder with 5.9 boards per game. The Sun Devils have a significant rebounding advantage versus their opponents, 42.6 rpg to 30.2 rpt.

The Series With Arizona State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 23-12, having won four of the last six meetings. UW has lost the last two-straight games at Wells Fargo Arena, and five of the last six in Tempe. Last year, these teams split their Pac-10 series with Washington winning the contest played in Seattle, 69-56 (Jan. 9, 2003) and ASU winning the game played in Tempe, 62-56 (Feb. 8, 2003).

Last Time Out:
The senior trio of Andrea Lalum and Giuliana and Gioconda Mendiola all scored in double-digits, leading Washington to a 76-55 victory over Iowa State in front of 7,232 fans at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, Sunday. Lalum had a team-high 18 points, while the Mendiola sisters each chipped in 16 - which was a career-high effort for Gioconda - to spark the Huskies (7-2), playing in their final regular season non-conference contest of the season. Washington had a season-high 10 three-pointers, led by a career-high four from Gioconda Mendiola. The Huskies held the Cyclones (5-4) to just four three's on the day. ISU had made 10 or more three-pointers five times this season. The Huskies outrebounded Iowa State 35-33 and forced 17 turnovers to their own 10. Giuliana Mendiola and freshman Jill Bell led the rebounding effort with six boards apiece. Giuliana Mendiola added a team-high six assists. Iowa State was fueled by a game-high 20 points from Anne O'Neill, while Brittany Wilkins came off the bench to turn in a team-high six rebounds.

Huskies Lose O'Neill And Schelly To Season-Ending Injuries:
The Huskies learned last week that guards Kristen O'Neill and Erica Schelly, who had both missed the first seven games with foot injuries, will be out for the entire season. O'Neill, a junior, has been out with a stress fracture in her left foot and an MRI performed on Monday showed the injury to be much more severe, causing her to miss the rest of the year. After breaking her left foot in the first official day of practice, Schelly, a sophomore, will also miss the rest of 2003-2004. She is rehabilitating after surgery performed shortly after the injury. Last year, O'Neill started all but 10 games for UW, averaging 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. She was one of the Huskies' top defensive players, tying with Giuliana Mendiola for the team lead in steals (51). Schelly came off the bench in 19 games as a freshman, averaging 1 point and 0.3 rebounds per game.

Washington Against The Big 12:
Washington's non-conference slate featured four Big 12 opponents, with the Huskies going 2-2 against those teams this year. UW defeated Oklahoma State at home and Iowa State on the road, but dropped games at No. 17 Colorado and at home versus No. 4 Texas Tech. UW is 16-17 all-time against Big 12 opponents.

Ranked Opponents:
Washington had five 2003-04 opponents ranked in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top-25 Preseason Coaches Poll (released Nov. 4), including No. 6 Texas Tech, No. 7 Stanford, No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 20 Colorado and No. 22 Arizona. With Notre Dame dropping from the Top-25 prior to that game, Colorado (No. 17-AP) was Washington's first ranked opponent this year. Texas Tech was UW's second Top-25 opponent of the year and first Top-5 opponent as well. Prior to Friday, the last time Washington faced a Top-five team was at then No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 18, 2003 (Stanford won 77-63). The Huskies have posted an overall record of 35-89 against Top-25 teams. Washington is 24-35 at home against ranked opponents, including a 5-10 mark against Top-five teams at home. (Records are according to Associated Press rankings dating back to 1980)

June Daugherty Reaches Career Win 250:
Washington head coach June Daugherty, in her eighth season with the Huskies and 14th overall, reached 250 career victories with UW's 85-74 win over Notre Dame on Dec. 7. Daugherty is 129-88 overall at Washington, after posting a 123-74 record as the head coach at Boise State from 1990-1996. Her overall career head coaching record stands at 252-162.

Offensive Minded:
Washington picked up right where it left off last season in terms of its offensive production. Last year, the Huskies led the Pac-10 with 75.6 points per game and despite losing 51 percent of its scoring from 2002-03, including UW's most prolific three-point shooter in a graduated Loree Payne, Washington has not lost any ground in 2003-2004. Through Dec. 15, the Huskies once again lead the Pac-10 with 78.0 points per game, butcurrently averages 77.3. Picking up the slack so far have been senior guard Giuliana Mendiola (20.0 ppg) and senior center Andrea Lalum (18.7 ppg).

Winning The Battle On The Boards:
The Huskies have outrebounded all but two of their opponents in eight games and average 38.2 boards to their opponents' 34.9. Giuliana Mendiola is Washington's top rebounder with 6.2 per game, while Jill Bell averages 5.9 and Andrea Lalum averages 5.7. Washington's only two losses this season came when they were outrebounded. Colorado dominated the Huskies on the boards, outrebounding UW 44-30. Against Texas Tech, the Lady Raiders owned the advantage on the boards, 49-38.

Most Valuable Huskies:
Having played in two preseason tournaments, Washington players have garnered Most Valuable Player honors in both. Senior Andrea Lalum earned MVP acclaim at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, leading UW to the tourney title with 28 points versus Maine and 21 versus Lipscomb. Senior Giuliana Mendiola led the Huskies to the championship crown at their own Seattle Times Husky Classic, scoring 22 points versus Gonzaga and a season-high 30 points versus Oklahoma State.

Senior Leadership:
On a team with six freshmen, the Huskies are heavily relying upon the senior leadership from Andrea Lalum, Gioconda Mendiola and Giuliana Mendiola. Lalum and Giuliana Mendiola are four-year starters with already much expected from them on the court. Gioconda Mendiola has stepped into a starting role this year at point guard and after eight games is third on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg). The elder Mendiola had started just seven games in her career heading into this year, all during her sophomore campaign. Mendiola averaged just two points and 1.2 rebounds per game in her career prior to this year. This season she is also averaging 3.2 boards, while turning in a career-high 16 points versus Iowa State and a career-high 10 assists versus Oklahoma State. Mendiola also had 11 points at Colorado, 12 versus Lipscomb and 13 versus Denver.

Mendiola Earns Season's First Pac-10 POW:
Senior Giuliana Mendiola earned the year's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for her performance in the Seattle Times Husky Classic. Mendiola averaged 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the two games. Prior to her 30-point game versus Oklahoma State, Mendiola dropped 22 points, while adding six boards and six assists. Her performances that week moved her into 10th-place on Washington's all-time scoring list (1,346). The Player of the Week honor is the fifth for Mendiola and the 22nd all-time selection for Washington.

Youth Movement:
Five freshmen made their collegiate debuts for Washington in its opening tournament in Hawaii and they continue to make significant contributions on the floor. Cameo Hicks and Breanne Watson have led the charge, starting all nine games of their brief Husky careers. Hicks had the game of her young career, with 24 points and eight rebounds versus Notre Dame (Dec. 7). She is currently fifth on the team in scoring with 7.0 ppg. Watson is fourth in scoring with 7.2 ppg, to along with 4.3 rpg. Watson reached double-figures in scoring (10 points) versus Lipscomb and Denver (12). Jill Bell, Angie Jones and Maggie O'Hara have all been sparks off the bench. Bell has taken charge on the boards, is second in team rebounding (5.9 rpg.), and has been UW's top rebounder in the last three straight games. Bell had a standout rebounding performance versus Denver, grabbing a career-high 16 boards, the most by a Husky this year. She followed that up with a team-high nine rebounds versus Texas Tech. The Husky roster features six freshmen, with walkon Cheri Craddock the only player not to see action on the floor yet this season.

International Flavor:
The Huskies have two players on their roster with a bit of international flavor. Sophomore Nicole Castro hails from Darwin, Australia, while freshman Breanne Watson is a native of Canada, but grew up just a few hours away from Seattle in Richmond, B.C.

Radio Coverage:
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer is in his fifth season calling the action. Fans can also listen to the games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.

Coaches Show:
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Radio Show with June Daugherty airs weekly from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM 950). The day of week varies. The show is hosted by UW play-by-play announcer Steve Sandmeyer. The next broadcasts is Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Mendiola Garners Preseason Honors:
Senior guard Giuliana Mendiola, last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-America selection, garnered her share of preseason honors heading into the start of her final collegiate campaign. Mendiola has been selected to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team and is a preseason candidate for The State Farm Wade Trophy. She was also named to the Preseason All-Pac-10 squad, as well as Street & Smith's All-America Terrific 10 team and the preseason All-America team for Women's Basketball News Service. Last year, Mendiola led the Huskies in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounding (6.5) and assists (5.4). Mendiola set a UW record with 43 points versus UCLA (Feb. 1, 2003) and equaled a UW record with 13 assists versus Oregon State (Jan. 25, 2003). With 162 assists last year, Mendiola also set a new single-season assists record. She entered her senior campaign with 1,267 points (11th all-time) and 440 career assists (second all-time). Mendiola needs 62 assists to eclipse Leteia Hughley's school record of 559. In addition to the all-time assists list, Mendiola ranks among the Top-10 in seven other career lists (field goal percentage, free-throw percentage, free-throws attempted, three-point field goals made, three-point field goals attempted and three-point field goal percentage). See the chart on page three for current Huskies on UW's career Top-10 lists.

Mendiola Cracks All-Time Top-10 Scoring List:
With 52 points during the Seattle Times Husky Classic, senior Giuliana Mendiola moved into the No. 10 spot on Washington's all-time career scoring list. Mendiola has 1,437 points, moving ahead of Amber Hall (1,330 points/1996-99). Mendiola is now 62 points away from moving into the No. 9 spot, currently occupied by Carlin McClary (1,508/1979-82). Jamie Redd owns the Huskies' all-time scoring record with 2,027 points from 1996-99, the only UW player to reach the 2,000-point plateau.

Lalum Reaches 1,000-Point Plateau:
Senior Andrea Lalum's high-scoring performances at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic helped her reach the 1,000-point plateau. Lalum had a career-high 28 points versus Maine, followed by a game-high 21 points versus Lipscomb to give her 1,014 points in her career. Currently with 1,133points, she is the 19th player in all-time history to reach 1,000 points. Lalum has scored in double-figures in each game so far this season.

Television Exposure:
Nine games on the Huskies' 2003-2004 slate will be televised, including four to a national audience on Fox Sports Net and five to a local audience on Fox Sports Net-Northwest. Washington's game with Notre Dame on Sun., Dec. 7 (1 p.m.) at Bank of America Arena in Seattle will be one of three home contests nationally televised. Additional home games include the Huskies' Jan. 24 game with Washington State (2 p.m.) and their regular season finale with Arizona, Sat., Feb. 28 (1 p.m.). The fourth contest televised nationally will be Washington's game at UCLA, Sun., Jan. 11 (12 p.m.). Home contests televised locally include the Texas Tech game, Fri., Dec. 19 (7:30 p.m.) and Stanford, Sun., Jan. 4 (4 p.m.). Also televised will be UW's home game with Oregon State, Sat., Jan. 17 (5 p.m.) and a road game with WSU in Pullman, Sat., Feb. 21 (1 or 3 p.m.). Additionally, one more road game has the potential to be picked up by Fox Sports Net as a wildcard selection, the Feb. 14 contest at Oregon (2 p.m.).

UW Coming Off Record Setting Season For Attendance:
Last year, the Huskies wowed record-setting crowds at Bank of America Arena with their 14-0 undefeated record. In 2002-03, the Huskies led the Pac-10 with an average attendance of 4,981. That same mark ranked 18th in the nation. UW also averaged 5,839 fans for its Pac-10 games, a figure which included a single-game attendance record of 8,408 set vs. UCLA. UW's total attendance of 69, 732 was the highest single-season attendance in Husky basketball history.

Husky Coaching Staff:
Aiming to guide the Huskies to their seventh postseason appearance during her tenure, UW head coach June Daugherty enters her eighth season at the helm of the women's basketball program. She has an overall record of 128-88 at Washington and a 14-year career head coaching mark of 252-162. Daugherty, a finalist for last year's Naismith Coach of the Year Award, is assisted by Sunny Smallwood (11th season), Mike Daugherty (eighth season) and Kellie Lewis-Jay (first year).

Two New Additions To The Husky Family:
Kellie Lewis-Jay is in her first season as the Huskies' third assistant coach. On Nov, 8, 2003, she and husband Chris welcomed daughter Kobie Christina into the world.

Student Assistant Coaches:
The careers of three Washington basketball players came to premature ends in the last 11 months, and all three remain with the Husky squad as student assistant coaches. In Januray, 2003, junior Kayla Burt was diagnosed with a career-ending heart condition called Long Q-T Syndrome, following a cardiac episode on New Year's Eve, 2002. Senior Sarah Keeler suffered a torn ACL just a few days before Washington's NCAA first-round game with Wisconsin-Green Bay and announced her retirment following the 2003 season while facing her sixth knee surgery in the last four years. Finally, junior Kirsten Brockman was forced to retire in late October after battling stress fractures in both feet for the last year and a half.

Pac-10 Tournament:
The Pac-10 Conference plays host to the third annual State Farm Women's Basketball Tournament March 5-8, 2004, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. A total of nine games will be played, with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Arizona State won the inaugural tournament in 2002, while Stanford won last year's crown.

March Madness Hits Seattle:
Washington is proud to host the 2004 NCAA Women's West Regional, held March 27 and 29, at Bank of America Arena. Tickets can be purchased on the web at www.gohuskies.com or by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200. Games played on Saturday, March 27 are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., while the regional championship on Monday, March 29 will be held at 6 p.m. All games will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

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