Husky Women Advance To Face Arizona In Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals Saturday

March 6, 2004

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- Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals:
No. 2 Arizona (23-7, 14-4) vs. No. 6 Washington (17-11, 9-9), Sunday, March 7, 12:30 p.m. (FSN)

D�j� vu:
Following their 67-50 quarterfinal win over USC Saturday, the Huskies advance to the Pac-10 semifinals for the second straight season. Like they did in the quarterfinals, the Huskies will face the same semifinal opponent as it did last year: Arizona. In the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament, Arizona ousted Washington, 74-51. Andrea Lalum had a team-high 14 points in the game, while Emily Autrey had 10 points. Giuliana Mendiola had seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Shawntinice Polk had a game-high 22 points, while Dee-Dee Wheeler and Krista Warren scored 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Arizona Series:
Washington will face Arizona for the second time in its last three games. The Huskies and Wildcats faced each other in both team's regular season finale in Seattle, with the Wildcats coming out on top, 71-55. Seniors Giuliana Mendiola and Andrea Lalum led UW with 22 and 19 points respectively, but it wasn't enough to outlast Arizona. The Wildcats had four players in double-figure scoring led by 22 points from Shawntinice Polk. Polk also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Dee-Dee Wheeler (17 pts), Aimee Grzyb (15) and CoCoa Sanford (11) also reached double-digits in scoring. The win was Arizona's first at Bank of America Arena, as the Wildcats' lone win in the all-time series in Seattle came at Mercer Arena when the Huskies played off-campus that season.

Arizona swept the Huskies this year, winning both contests in Tucson (89-74) and Seattle (71-55). In fact, the Wildcats have won the last four straight meetings dating back to last season. Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 25-13.

Arizona defeated Oregon State, 81-58, in the quarterfinals. Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Aimee Grzyb's game-high 24 points.

Huskies At The Pac-10 Tournament:
Washington's win over USC, Saturday, improved its overall record to 2-2 in Pac-10 Tournament games. Washington has advanced to the semifinals for the second straight season.

Dawg Bites:
Washington has won four of its last five games...with its win over USC Saturday, UW improved its record to 3-0 on a neutral court this year...freshman Breanne Watson made her first appearance on the floor Saturday vs. USC since suffering an AC joint sprain in her right shoulder vs. the same Women of Troy on Feb. 7...Watson missed five games with the injury...Giuliana Mendiola tied the Pac-10 Tournament record for consecutive free throws in a single game with eight (tied Stanford's Nicole Powell vs. OSU, March 3, 2003).

Giuliana Mendiola Notes:
Like she has done all season long, senior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola led Washington to its quarterfinal win over USC, Saturday. Mendiola had 29 points and tied her career high with 12 rebounds, while dishing out seven assists. Mendiola now has scored in double figures 26-straight games and 27 this season. Saturday also marked the 17th time she has topped the 20-point plateau. She has also scored at least 22 points in eight of the last nine games. Mendiola's 29 points and 12 rebounds marked the third double-double for her this season and the 16th of her career. Mendiola holds both Washington career records for double-figure scoring games (95) and 20-point scoring games (36).

More On Mendiola:
With seven assists versus USC, Giuliana Mendiola improved her UW all-time assists record to 596. Mendiola also improved her career scoring total to 1,856 points, which ranks second on Washington's all-time list. Mendiola needs 172 points to eclipse Jamie Redd's school record of 2,027 point (1996-99).

Things Looking Up On The Road:
Washington's win over USC was its third-straight road win, marking the first time since December of last year that the Huskies won three in a row away from Bank of America Arena. Washington won its last two road games of the regular season over Oregon and Washington State, followed by its win over USC on a neutral court Saturday.

Winning Big:
Washington has defeated its opponents this season by an average of 17.4 points. UW's largest winning margin of the season was a 45-point victory over Oregon (95-50), while its smallest winning margin was a 2-point spread over USC in Seattle, Feb. 7.

Andrea Lalum Notes:
With 12 points versus USC, senior Andrea Lalum improved her career point total to 1,404 points. She ranks 11th on Washington's all-time list, 104 points behind Carlin McClary who ranks 10th with 1,508 points. Lalum has also scored in double-figures 24 times this season including the last seven straight games. Lalum has reached the 20-point plateau six times this year.

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