Huskies Host Exhibition with Baden Sports Sunday
Oct. 28, 2004
Washington opens the 31st season of women's basketball hosting an exhibition contest with Baden Sports, Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies will also host an exhibition game with Vanguard University on Monday, Nov. 8. Admission is free for both games, while regular season ticket prices come into effect starting with the team's official home opener with South Carolina, Sunday, Nov. 14.
All Husky women's basketball games, with the exception of both exhibition contests, can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer enters his sixth season calling the action, while former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward will join Sandmeyer on home broadcasts. Fan can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.
2004-2005 Season Outlook:
Washington returns seven letterwinners and two starters returning from last year's squad that finished sixth in the Pac-10 (9-9) and advanced to the second round of the WNIT, finishing with an 18-13 overall record. Sophomore guard Cameo Hicks, a Pac-10 All-Freshman honoree last season, and sophomore forward Breanne Watson are the two returning starters. Also high on the list is sophomore forward Jill Bell who earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention honors in 2004 and was the team's second leading rebounder as a freshman. The Huskies add three players who redshirted last year, including junior guard Kayla Burt, junior guard Kristen O'Neill and sophomore guard Erica Schelly. Five freshmen join the team this year, led by guard Dominique Banks from Stockton, Calif. Also joining up are guard Stefanie Clark, guard Emily Florence, guard Jackie Hollands and forward Andrea Plouffe. The Huskies are young - the roster is void of any seniors. Burt and O'Neill will co-captain the squad, the two elder statesmen on a team with 12 underclassmen. With the exception of Schelly who redshirted last year, Washington's other six sophomores all saw significant playing time last year, and have experience beyond what their one varsity letter may indicate.
Life After Giuli:
The Huskies will have the challenge of playing without 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year and two-time honorable mention All-American, Giuliana Mendiola, who averaged 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season. Mendiola finished her career as UW's second all-time leading scorer and set school records for points and assists in a single season, among many other milestones. Giuli isn't the only player UW will be missing as seniors Andrea Lalum and Gioconda Mendiola were the team's next two leading scorers from a year ago. Last season those three seniors accounted for 63 percent of the team's points and 39 percent of its rebounding.
Juniors Kayla Burt and Kristen O'Neill, along with sophomore Erica Schelly, return to active duty after all using redshirt years last year. O'Neill was sidelined with a stress fracture in her left foot, and Schelly missed the season after suffering a broken foot in the first day of practice. Burt rejoined the roster this year after initally retiring from basketball after a cardiac arrest episode on New Year's Eve, 2002. At the time she was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, but further testing came up negative for the condition. Burt was granted permission by the university to rejoin the team in August, 2004. She will play with a defibrillator implanted in her chest.
Washington will face a challenging schedule this year, facing seven teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament last season and three teams that advanced to the WNIT. Washington will host two home tournaments, the WBCA BTI Classic Nov. 14-15 and the Seattle Times Classic, Nov. 26-27. Seven regular season games will be televised by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Net Northwest. Among those teams highlighting the 2004-05 docket include 2004 NCAA Final Four team Minnesota, Elite Eight team Stanford and Sweet 16 teams Notre Dame and Baylor.
Home Sweet Home:
Washington will have the luxury of playing four of its first five games at home, where it has recorded an overall record of 25-5 over the past two seasons. The Huskies will make their official season debut in the second game of the WBCA BTI Classic, Nov. 14. UW will face South Carolina at 3 p.m., a game preceded by a contest between UNLV and Minnesota at 1 p.m. The Huskies will face the Golden Gophers on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. After a quick trip to play Michigan on Nov. 22, UW will return home to host the Seattle Times Husky Classic, Nov. 26-27.
Huskies On Television:
Seven games have been selected for either national or local broadcast by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Northwest. UW's schedule will kick off with an FSN national broadcast of its home game with Baylor, Wed., Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. Washington's next home game against Colorado, Tues., Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. will be televised locally on FSN Northwest. The Huskies' other FSN nationally televised game will be at Oregon State, Saturday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. FSN Northwest will pick up three additional home contests including Arizona State (Dec. 29, 7 p.m.), USC (Jan. 7, 7 p.m.) and Washington State (Feb. 19, 6 p.m.). Washington's road game at Stanford, Jan. 4, will also be picked up by FSN Northwest. Two more games have the potential to be broadcast as a wildcard selection by FSN, the Feb. 12 home game versus Oregon and the Feb. 26 regular season finale at Arizona.
UW Picked Fifth In Pac-10 Media Poll, Sixth In Coaches Poll:
The Huskies were picked to finish fifth in the Pac-10 according to a poll of media members who regularly cover the leavue. UW was tabbed to finish sixth according to the Pac-10 Coaches Poll. Stanford and Arizona were picked by the media to tie for the Pac-10 title, while the Cardinal alone was chosen by the coaches to finish first.
Husky Coaching Staff:
June Daugherty enters her ninth season as the head coach of the Husky women's basketball team, having led Washington to the postseason all but one year of her tenure. She has guided UW to four NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2000-01, and three trips to the WNIT. She was also one of 25 finalists for the prestigious Naismith Coach of the Year award in 2002-03. Twice has a Daugherty squad reached the 22-win plateau and only once has a Husky squad finished with less than 16 wins in a season. Daugherty has compiled a UW record of 140-99, and a career record of 263-173. She coached seven seasons at Boise State before coming to Seattle. Her husband, Mike, is the Huskies' Associate Head Coach, while Janet Soderberg and Kellie Lewis-Jay are the two assistants. Mike Daugherty is in his ninth year with the team, while Soderberg begins her first season and Lewis-Jay enters her second year.
The Boise Connection:
Washington's entire coaching staff, as well as two players, all have connections to Boise, Idaho. June and Mike Daugherty coached at Boise State from 1990-1996, and among the players they coached were current UW assistants Janet Soderberg and Kellie Lewis-Jay. Soderberg also coached with the Daughertys for one season at BSU (1995-96), and coached Lewis-Jay as a player from 1995-98. Sophomore Maggie O'Hara and freshman Emily Florence both hail from Boise, Idaho, and were teammates at Timberline High School. Lewis-Jay coached the pair on an AAU Idaho Elite team during their prep careers.
It's safe to say that Washington is beginning a new era in women's basketball, as 12 of the 15 players on the roster are underclassmen - seven sophomores and five freshmen. UW's elder states'women' are redshirt juniors Kayla Burt, Nicole Castro and Kristen O'Neill. Student assistant Kirsten Brockman is a senior, but was forced to retire from basketball after suffering from severe stress fracture injuries. The last time Washington did not have a single senior on its roster was 1999-2000.
Huskies Top Attendance Charts:
Washington led the Pac-10 in home attendance the last two years, as well as ranking among the Top-20 national leaders in home attendance. The Huskies' average attendance in 2003-04 was 4,255 fans per game. UW attracted over 6,000 fans for two home games last year, versus Arizona and USC. In 2002-03, UW set an all-time women's basketball attendance record at the arena, when 8,408 fans packed the house to watch the Huskies defeat UCLA 111-77. And for the first time in school history, UW had back-to-back crowds of over 8,000 when 8,083 attended the game versus Stanford on Feb. 13. Washington's average home attendance in 2002-03 was 4,981 and for Pac-10 home games, an average of 5,839 fans were on hand to cheer on the Huskies.
Redshirt-sophomore guard Angie Jones had arthroscopic surgery on her right knee Oct. 26. Jones, who had two ACL reconstruction surgeries on that same knee, is expected to be back in 3-4 weeks.
The Pac-10 Conference plays host to the fourth annual State Farm Women's Basketball Tournament, March 4-7, 2005, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. This year marks the third year the tournament has been held at that site. 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 has won the last two.
March Madness Is Back In Seattle:
For the second straight year, Washington will play host to NCAA March Madness. After hosting the NCAA West Regional last year, UW will host the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds, Saturday, March 19, and Monday, March 21. The first and second rounds will be conducted at eight predetermined sites, which represents a change from the previous 16 first and second round sites. Tickets are available by calling the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200 or by logging onto www.gohuskies.com. All-session ticket prices for adults are $40, while student and youth (under age 18) will be $24. Single-session prices are $16 for adults and $10 for student/youth. Should the Huskies advance to the NCAA Tournament, they would play on their home court at Bank of America Arena.