Husky Women Host Oregon Schools This Weekend

Jan. 14, 2004

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This Week:
Having played five of its last seven games on the road and looking to snap a three-game losing streak, Washington women's basketball (8-7 overall, 1-5 Pac-10) aims to get well at home this weekend opening a three-game homestand with the Oregon schools. The Huskies will first face the Ducks (9-6 overall, 1-4 Pac-10), Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., followed by a locally televised game with the Beavers (9-5, 3-2 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. Saturday's game, televised live by Fox Sports Northwest, will feature commentary from Jim Watson and former Husky Elise Woodward. Both games this weekend can be heard on the radio at KKNW AM 1150 with Steve Sandmeyer calling the action from Bank of America Arena. Entering this week, Washington finds itself in ninth-place in the Pac-10 standings, while OSU is tied for third with Arizona State and Oregon is one spot above UW in eighth place. The Huskies will wrap their homestand with cross-state rival Washington State, Saturday, Jan. 24. Washington is coming off losses at USC and UCLA last weekend, while Oregon edged OSU 56-54 in its Civil War contest last Saturday. UW has won 19 of its last 21 home games.

Dawg Bites:
Senior Giuliana Mendiola, the Pac-10's nominee for WBCA December Player of the Month, is second in the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.6 ppg...she also leads the Huskies with 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists...Mendiola has scored at least 20 points in nine games, including three of the last six...she ranks ninth on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,561 points...she needs 36 points to move into eighth place on the UW list and needs 22 more to move into No. 25 on the Pac-10 career scoring chart...the Huskies have two of the top four scorers in the Pac-10 with senior center Andrea Lalum ranking fourth with 17.1 ppg (along with 5.3 rpg)...Washington has lost three-straight, the longest losing streak since the 1999-2000 season...that season UW suffered a six-game losing streak and a five-game losing streak, ending the season 8-22...redshirt freshman Jill Bell has made significant contributions on the boards, leading the team in rebounding in seven of UW's last nine games...Bell is second on the team with 6.4 rpg...senior guard Gioconda Mendiola has scored in double-figures in five of the last 10 games including a career-high 16 at Iowa State and 15 at Arizona...Mendiola averaged 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in her career going into this year...the Huskies committed a season-high 22 turnovers at USC...ASU and UCLA are the only opponents the Huskies have outrebounded (40-34) but still lost to...the Huskies had led the conference in scoring until this week and enter this weekend's game in third with 73.0 ppg...in Pac-10 play, UW averages just 66.5 points and has been outscored by a 6.7 margin...Pac-10 opponents average 73.2 points against Washington...the Huskies allowed a season-high 13 three-pointers to Stanford.

Mendiola On The Verge Of Making Pac-10 History:
With 1,561 career points, senior Giuliana Mendiola needs 22 more to move into No. 25 on the Pac-10 career scoring chart. Mendiola, who ranks 10th in the league in career assists (529), would become the first player in conference history to rank in both the Top-25 in scoring and the Top-10 in assists. She currently ranks ninth on Washington's all-time scoring list and second in assists.

Home Sweet Home:
Thanks to an 18-game home winning streak which was halted by Texas Tech in December, Washington has won 19 of its last 21 home games. With the Huskies' last home contest being a 69-77 loss to No. 9 Stanford, UW has not lost two-straight home games since 1999-2000, when the Huskies lost back-to-back home games to USC and UCLA on March 9 and March 11, respectively. Both home losses this year have come to Top-10 opponents: No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 9 Stanford.

Road Warriors:
The Huskies welcome their three-game homestand opening this weekend with the Oregon schools. Until this week, UW had played five of its last seven games on the road including four Pac-10 contests. The Huskies have won just one road game in its last five contests away from Bank of America Arena, with a 76-55 victory over Iowa State. In its last five road games, the Huskies averaged 68.2 points while their opponents averaged 72.6. UW shot 41.8 percent from the field and 57.4 percent from the free-throw line. Washington did outrebound its last five road opponents, averaging 37.4 rpg to 36.8 rpg.

The Last Time...:
Washington opened the Pac-10 schedule 1-5 was the 1999-2000 season. That year UW lost its first two conference games to then No. 17 UCLA, Jan. 7 (54-90), and USC, Jan. 9 (66-77) on the road. After a win over Arizona State (78-46), UW lost to then-No. 20 Arizona (85-96), Oregon (51-65) and Oregon State (59-78), Washington opened the Pac-10 season 5-1 last year.

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. After two straight weeks at No. 24, UW dropped from the Top-25 in the coaches poll Dec. 30. UW has received votes in the coaches poll the last three weeks. The Huskies have not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25, but have received votes all season until this week.

Scouting Oregon:
Oregon is 9-6 overall and 1-4 in Pac-10 play heading into Thursday's Northwest rivalry game. The Ducks' only Pac-10 victory was a 56-54 win over Oregon State in Eugene on Saturday. The win over the Beavers snapped a five-game losing streak after opening the year 8-1. The Ducks picked up a big 76-67 win over then No. 9/10 LSU at the Women's Sports Foundation Classic in Eugene, Nov. 16. Oregon has yet to win a Pac-10 game on the road with an 0-2 record and overall is 2-4 away from McArthur Court. Andrea Bills leads the team with 12.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Oregon lost senior All-America candidate Cathrine Kraayeveld to a season ending knee injury just five games into the season. Kraayeveld had been averaging 17.2 points per game and 8.6 rebounds.

The Series With Oregon:
Washington trails the all-time series with Oregon 30-34. The Huskies swept the season series last year with wins in Seattle (79-60) and Eugene (75-59). Until that point, Oregon had won 14 of the last 15 contests. The Huskies are 15-8 against the Ducks on their home court, having won the last two-straight at home. But Oregon has won five of the last seven contests in Seattle dating back to the 1997 season.

Scouting Oregon State:
Oregon State, which faces Washington State in Pullman on Thursday, enters the week 9-5 and 3-2 in conference play. The Beavers had won three straight until being edged by Oregon 56-54 in Eugene on Saturday. OSU's Pac-10 wins have come over Cal, UCLA and USC, teams which Washington has posted a 1-2 record against so far. The Beavers are 1-2 in Pac-10 games on the road, 3-3 overall. Senior center Brina Chaney needs two blocked shots to surpass Sissel Pierce (1997-2000) for first place on the OSU career chart. With 175 career blocks, Chaney also ranks sixth on the Pac-10 list. Chaney has 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Junior transfer Shannon Howell has averaged 22.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in her first five games with OSU. Howell has notched one 30-point performance and three 20-point games.

The Series With Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 38-23. The Huskies and Beavers split their season series last year with Washington winning the duel in Seattle, 79-45, before OSU pulled a 100-86 stunner over the Huskies in Corvallis. UW has won four of the last six meetings and has posted a 20-8 record at home against the Beavers.

Last Time Out:
Washington lost its third straight and fourth Pac-10 contest falling to the UCLA Bruins, 60-65 in Westwood, Sunday. The Huskies had three players in double figures, led by 18 points from Andrea Lalum. Giuliana Mendiola added 11 points, while Gioconda Mendiola chipped in 10. Jill Bell led the rebounding effort with eight boards. The Bruins were led by 19 points from Lisa Willis, while Noelle Quinn had 17 and Nikki Blue had 11. After grabbing an early lead, Washington trailed 36-23 at halftime. The Huskies outscored the Bruins 37-29 in the second half and staged a furious comeback, making a 12-2 run to cut the UCLA lead to six with 4:52 left in the game. After a pair of free-throws from Quinn, Washington closed to within four points, at 62-58, on a free-throws from Lalum with 1:54 left. With 33 seconds left, Bell was fouled and went to the line, making both her shots to get within two points. But the Bruins inbounded the ball and ran down the clock before Willis was fouled with seven seconds to play. Willis sank both attempts, giving UCLA a 64-60 lead. The Huskies lost the ball on their next possession and fouled Whitney Jones with two seconds on the clock. Jones sank the first of two free-throws and UW grabbed the rebound of the second shot, but was unable to get a shot off before time expired.

New Look Lineup:
After starting the same five (Mendiola, Mendiola, Andrea Lalum, Breanne Watson and Cameo Hicks) for the first 14 games, the Huskies made a change versus UCLA, inserting redshirt freshman Angie Jones in for Hicks. In her first collegiate start, Jones was held scoreless, had two rebounds and an assist. For the season, Jones averages 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds. Hicks averages 6.1 point and 3.3 boards.

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 an 82-51 win over Denver, Dec. 16. Washington's win-streak began with last season's home opening win over St. Bonaventure, Nov. 29, 2002 (105-48). Washington also notched home winning streaks of 30 (1986-88), 22 (1989-91) and 19 (1984-85). Prior to Dec. 19, the last Husky loss at home was to Oregon in the third round of the WNIT, on March 22, 2002. UW's streak included wins over No. 18 Arizona (60-59) and No. 6 Stanford (92-68) in 2003. The Huskies have now won 19 of their last 21 home games.

Hot Start:
Until Washington's loss at No. 17 Colorado, Dec. 19, 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.

Craddock Makes Husky Debut:
Freshman Cheri (pronounced shu-REE) Craddock, a walkon who made the team in a preseason tryout, made her Husky debut versus Arizona State, Dec. 29. Craddock sank seven points in nine minutes on the floor. She was 3-for-5 from the field, including a three-point basket. Craddock followed that performance with eight points and three rebounds against Cal. The Huskies had intended to redshirt Craddock this season but ended up dropping the redshirt. UW has lost Kristen O'Neill and Erica Schelly for the year due to injury, in addition to losing Kirsten Brockman for the rest of her career. Craddock is the cousin of Husky men's basketball player Nate Robinson.

Huskies Lose O'Neill And Schelly To Season-Ending Injuries:
The Huskies learned in mid-December 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 Dec. 8 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 Dec. 19, 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 35-90 against Top-25 teams. Washington is 24-36 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 130-93 overall at Washington, after posting a 123-75 record as the head coach at Boise State from 1990-1996. Her overall career head coaching record stands at 253-167.

Winning Big:
In Washington's eight wins, the Huskies have defeated their opponents by an average margin of 20 points. UW's largest winning margin of the season was a 31-point victory over Denver (82-51), while its smallest winning margin was an 11-point spread over Notre Dame (85-74). Washington's last two victories have come by 20 points over Iowa State (76-55) and California (65-54).

Winning The Battle On The Boards:
The Huskies have outrebounded all but six of their opponents in 15 games and average 38.2 boards to their opponents' 35.9. Giuliana Mendiola is Washington's top rebounder with 6.5 per game, while Jill Bell averages 6.4 and Andrea Lalum averages 5.3. Five of Washington's seven losses this season came when it was 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. Arizona outrebounded UW, 43-41, while Stanford did so as well, 36-35. USC outrebounded UW 39-30. Washington has lost two games in which it outrebounded an opponent, versus Arizona State (40-34) and UCLA (41-35).

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 is third on the team in scoring (8.1 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 2.4 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, 13 versus Denver, 15 at Arizona and 11 at UCLA.

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:
Six freshmen have made their collegiate debuts for Washington this year. Breanne Watson has started all 15 games, while Hicks started 14 of the first 15 before being replaced by fellow rookie, redshirt Angie Jones. 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 6.1 ppg. Watson is sixth in scoring with 5.8 ppg, to along with 4.2 rpg. Watson reached double-figures in scoring (10 points) versus Lipscomb and Denver (12). Jill Bell and Maggie O'Hara have been sparks off the bench. Bell has taken charge on the boards, is second in team rebounding (6.4 rpg.), and has been UW's top rebounder in seven of the last nine 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 and had 10 versus Stanford. Walkon Cheri Craddock, also a track athlete at Washington, made her UW debut at Arizona State, scoring seven points in nine minutes on the floor. She followed up that performance with eight points versus California.

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 Wednesday, Jan. 21.

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 31assists 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 1,561 points and recently moved into ninth place all-time. 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 1,222 points, she is the 19th player in all-time history to reach 1,000 points. Lalum has scored in double-figures in all but one game 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 130-93 at Washington and a 14-year career head coaching mark of 253-167. 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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