Women's Basketball Travels to Boise State

Nov. 26, 2000

Seattle -

This Week: After opening its new arena, the Washington women's basketball team (1-2) hits the road again for a Nov. 27 game at Boise State (0-2), where Husky coach June Daugherty spent seven years prior to her arrival at Washington. This is the fourth year in a row that Daugherty will meet her former assistant coach, Trisha Stevens, who was named her successor when Daugherty came to Washington in 1996. Boise State hosts Washington in its home opener at Bronco Pavilion. The Broncos are coming off a pair of road games in which they lost at Gonzaga, 72-60, and at Montana, 73-70.

Game 4
at Boise State Broncos
7 p.m. MST (6 p.m. PST)
Monday, Nov. 27
BSU Pavilion (12,500)
Boise, Idaho

Washington record last year:
8-22 overall, 4-14 (9th) Pac-10
Boise State record last year:
14-14 overall

The Coaches
June Daugherty (Ohio St. `78)
Record at UW: 60-58 (5th yr.)
Career record: 183-132 (12th yr.)
Boise State
Trisha Stevens (Stanford `'91)
Record at Boise St.: 55-58 (5th yr.)Career: same

Series Notes
UW owns a 15-2 lead in the series with Boise State and has won six in a row ... June Daugherty is 3-0 in meetings against her former school.

Huskies on Radio
All UW games air live on KKOL 1300 AM radio. Steve Sandmeyer calls the action. Games can also be heard live on the internet at: http:/www.audionet.com/schools/washington/

June Daugherty Radio Show
KOMO am 1000
Mondays, 6:30-7 p.m.

Probable Washington Starters
Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Points, rebounds
24 - Kellie O'Neill F 6-1 So. 15.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg
23 - Emily Autrey F 6-0 So. 7.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
42 - LeAnn Sheets C 6-2 Sr. 3.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg
14 - Megan Franza G 5-11 Sr. 14.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
32 - Jill Pimley G 5-6 Sr. 1.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg

UW Against the Big West: Washington owns a 9-8 record against teams from the Big West Conference. Boise State was originally a part of the Big Sky, a conference that UW has a 64-13 mark against.

Dawgbite: With the win at Michigan Nov. 19, fifth year Husky coach June Daugherty reached 60 wins in her tenure at Washington ... her win total is third among seven Husky coaches over the years. She is 60-48 at Washington and 183-132 in her 12th season as a head coach.

UConn Recap, Nov. 24, 2000
Connecticut 100, UW 54 at Seattle: Despite scoring 100 points, it was Connecticut's defense that dominated Washington. Svetlana Abrosimova scored 11 of her 23 points during a decisive early run as the No. 1 Huskies coasted to a 100-54 victory Friday night. 'In my 20 years of experience I can't think of another team that has as much talent and depth, short of the (WNBA's) Houston Comets,' Washington coach June Daugherty said. Abrosimova, a two-time All-America, started the early run with a 3-pointer. During a six-minute stretch, Connecticut outscored Washington 24-6 - and forced six turnovers - to take a 30-11 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Connecticut (3-0) never trailed and dominated with defense, forcing 26 turnovers and limiting Washington to 31.7 percent shooting from the field. Asjha Jones and Diana Taurasi each scored 14 points for Connecticut, and Tamika Williams added 11. Abrosimova was 10-of-11 from the field. Kellie O'Neill scored a career-high 27 points for Washington (1-2). Megan Franza, Washington's leading scorer, was limited to six points on 3-of-15 shooting, including 0-of-9 from 3-point range. 'We were prepared,' O'Neill said. 'They're just very good.' Connecticut, which returns all five starters and the top eight scorers from last season's national championship team, led by at least 22 points throughout the second half. Sue Bird scored five points during a 17-0 run by Connecticut early in the second half that made it a rout. Abrosimova missed only one of nine shots in the first half as Connecticut took a 53-27 halftime lead. O'Neill scored 19 of Washington's 27 first half points. It was the inaugural game at the newly renovated Hec Edmundson Pavilion, which was originally constructed in 1927 and underwent a $40 million facelift that increased seating capacity to 10,000.

Dawg Bite: The five-player senior class has a combined 134 game-day starts between them.

Megan on the Move: Senior guard Megan Franza needs just 83 points to move on to UW's career Top 10 scoring chart. After three games this season (23 at Indiana, 15 at Michigan, 6 vs. UConn), she has 1,141 career points in 90 games. Franza averaged 17.2 points per game last season and has a career average of 12.7 ppg. She became the 16th Husky to top the 1,000-point barrier and only the eighth player to pass the mark as a junior last year. Dating back to last season, Franza has scored in double figures in 30 of the last 33 games. She has been in the starting lineup for 87 of UW's last 89 games.

More Megan: Franza entered the year at No. 2 on UW's career three point field goals made list, with 139. She added eight more over the first weekend of the season (none vs. UConn), for a total of 147, including five at Indiana. Franza is chasing former standout Jamie Redd (1995-99), who tops the list with 192 treys. She is also No. 2 on the three point attempts list with 495, again chasing Redd who attempted 675 long range bombs during her career. Franza, at 17.2 ppg, led the Pac-10 in scoring until the final two weeks of the season, while Loree Payne finished fourth with 17.4 points per game. Together they formed the highest scoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history. With the graduation of Maylana Martin (UCLA) and the impending redshirt season for Oregon's injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza enter the 2000-01 season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.

Coaching Staff: Head coach June Daugherty and her staff enter their fifth year at Washington, with one newcomer on list. Former Michigan Wolverine Yeshimbra 'Shimmy' Gray joins the Huskies this season, replacing Hulett Brooks who left to pursue private business. Daugherty, who was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in September, and her assistants, Sunny Smallwood and Mike Daugherty, have been together since the 1996-97 season.

A Healthy Front Line: Fifth year coach June Daugherty relishes the opportunity to open the season, even open practice, with a healthy front line. The group was straddled with injuries during the majority of last season, causing Daugherty to constantly alter her starting lineup and rotation. This year, senior LeAnn Sheets, the leading returning rebounder (6.8 rpg) in the Pac-10, enters her final campaign with no lingering effects from her foot surgery. In addition, sophomore Cheryl Sorenson, a guard/forward whom Daugherty calls the most critical missing piece last season - because of her versatility - is recovered from ACL surgery last November. Kellie O'Neill, who had an immediate impact last season, particularly in rebounding, but missed the tail end of the year with a severely sprained ankle, is stronger and faster as she enters her second season. The addition of two freshmen post players, Andrea Lalum (6-4) and Sarah Keeler (6-3) further bolsters the Husky interior game.

The Schedule: As is tradition, the Washington women's basketball team faces a challenging schedule as it enters the 2000-2001 season. The Huskies face 11 teams that played in the postseason last year, seven in the NCAA Tournament, including none other than defending national champion Connecticut in the home opener Nov. 24. Four Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and four opponents played in the WNIT, including national semi-finalist Colorado State.

Gold Medal Count: Sophomore Loree Payne capped a stellar freshman campaign with her selection to the USA Basketball R.William Jones Cup team that annually plays in Taiwan. The youngest player on the squad and the lone representative from the Pac-10, Payne helped lead the team to a gold medal in the four-game tournament. She finished with 16 points, three rebounds and four assists in three games played. Payne tallied 11 points in the gold medal game.

Huskies Among Returning Pac-10 Leaders
Pac-10 Conference 1999-2000 Final Individual Statistics
(returning players in bold)
**1. Williams, Shaquala, ORE 31 189 53 118 549 17.7
2. Martin, Maylana, UCLA 29 193 0 120 506 17.4
3. Payne, Loree, WASH 30 183 60 95 521 17.4
4. Franza, Megan, WASH 30 192 62 69 515 17.2
5. Dietel, Alke, WSU 27 142 35 47 366 13.6
6. Ragland, Felicia, OSU 30 146 28 68 388 12.9
7. Pierce, Sissel, OSU 29 166 0 43 375 12.9
8. Lackey, Angela, ARIZ 31 137 1 119 394 12.7
9. Brown, Tatum, ARIZ 32 154 0 88 396 12.4
10. Moos, Carolyn, STAN 30 128 15 100 371 12.4
**injured, expected out for season

Injury Update: Freshman Sarah Keeler had surgery Nov. 10 to repair a minor meniscus tear in her left knee. She will be out four to five weeks. Sophomore Loree Payne will be out for the next two weeks, with a stress fracture in her left foot. Her status will be determined later.

Dawgbites: Sophomore forward Emily Autrey had a career-high 15 points and five steals at Michigan ... she has stepped into the starting lineup in the absence of Loree Payne, giving the Huskies more of a two-gaurd offense (rather than three-guard) ... redshirt sophomore Cheryl Sorenson was impressive in her first game back after a year off following ACL surgery ... at Indiana, she hit 5-7 FG, 1-1 3FG for 12 points, along with four rebounds ... Sorenson played sparinly at Michigan, to rest her knee.

Team Captains: The Huskies will be led by tri-captains this season. They are senior guard Megan Franza, senior point guard Jill Pimley and sophomore guard/forward Loree Payne. Pimley was a captain for the 1999-00 season.

Recapping 1999-2000: Faced with a spate of injuries to its front line and a young squad with no seniors, Washington suffered through its first losing season in school history with a record of 8-22 overall and 4-14th for a ninth place finish in the Pac-10. The season was not without its highlights though, the biggest coming back on Jan. 27 when the Huskies upset No. 24 Stanford and captured the 500th win for the women's basketball program. It was the second victory in a row over Stanford and career win No. 180 for coach June Daugherty. Washington was led by the scoring duo of Loree Payne (17.4 ppg) and Megan Franza (17.2 ppg), who combined to form the highest scoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history. Franza was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, continuing a tradition which has seen Washington have a player on the first team every year but two since the league began play in the 1986-87 season. Payne finished the year as one of the most prolific freshman players in UW history. She broke eight freshman records, highlighted by her scoring mark of 521 points.

Departures: Although Washington did not lose anyone to graduation, two players did not return to the team this season. Starting point guard Julia Gray transferred to UNLV and reserve center Tiffiany Diggins left the program. Washington returns four of its starters from a year ago.

Nov. 17, 2000
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In a wild first game, the Washington lost its season-opener at the buzzer, 77-74, in overtime at Assembly Hall. After missing a pair of free throws, Indiana's Tara Jones got the ball on an inbounds pass and sank a three pointer as time expired to lift the Hoosiers to their first win under coach Kathi Bennett. It was almost Washington's win as freshman Giuliana Mendiola hit a three-pointer of her own at the buzzer in regulation to tie the game at 65-65 and send it to overtime. It capped a second half in which the Huskies outscored the Hoosiers by six. IU freshman guard Anna Waugh opened up overtime with a three-pointer, but Husky senior Megan Franza scored five consecutive points to give Washington a 70-68 lead. Indiana tied the score at 70-70 on layup with 2:05 to go. There were three more lead changes before IU's Heather Cassady hit a three-pointer to tie the game once again at 74-74 with :58 seconds remaining. After a Husky miss with 30 seconds remaining, Indiana slowly worked the ball upcourt and got it into the hands of Jones with time running out. IU's Jones tried to go up for a three-pointer with under one second left, when a hand check foul was called on senior starter LeAnn Sheets, who then fouled out of the game, and Jones went to the free throw line. After a five-minute delay due to discrepancies with the clock and number of personal fouls for Sheets, nine-tenths of a second was put on the clock, Jones went to the line and missed both free throws. On the rebound of Jones' second miss, the ball bounced off Husky sophomore Kellie O'Neill, giving the Hoosiers the ball back with seven-tenths of a second left under the offensive basket. Cassady inbounded the ball to Jones behind the arc, and she sank the game-winner. The sequence of events that sent the game to overtime were just as wild. The Huskies got two offensive rebounds off missed free throws but only cashed in on one, as they trailed, 63-62, with 16 seconds remaining in regulation. Franza missed a long three pointer and IU's Erika Christenson was fouled on the rebound, sending her to the line. She sank both free throws to put the Hoosiers up by three. Washington inbounded the ball to Mendiola, who was nearly stripped of the ball, bobbled it several times and then threw up a prayer, hardly looking at the basket, that went at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Mendiola, making her collegiate debut, finished the game wih 15 points, on 5-of-6 from the field, including two three pointers, 3-of-4 from the line and five rebounds. Franza, who missed her first nine shots of the game, led all scorers with 23 points, including five three pointers. When she finally broke out of her slump, her shots came at critical points in the game. Franza hit back-to-back three pointers, sandwiched in between a Melissa Erickson jumper, to pull the Huskies within one, 50-49, at 8:24 in the second half. She hit Washington's first five points in overtime to give the Huskies their first lead of the game at 3:32 in the extra period. Washington also got double figure scoring from Cheryl Sorenson, who was playing for the first time since the 1998-99 season, while Sheets had a game-high 10 rebounds before fouling out. Indiana had four players in double figures, led by Wasugh's 17 points. Indiana led by as many as 11 in the first half and took a 33-27 lead at halftime.

Nov. 19, 2000
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Washington rebounded from its loss at Indiana with a bang, defeating Michigan, 73-60, in a game they led from the tip at Crisler Arena. Michigan suffered the loss less than 48 hours from its season-opening win over No. 8 Louisiana Tech. Washington was led by sophomore Emily Autrey, who finished with 15 to lead four Huskies in double figures. She was followed by Megan Franza, also with 15, and Kellie O'Neill with 13 and Giuliana Mendiola with 10 points. The Wolverines, who never led in the contest, were led offensively by post players Raina Goodlow and LeeAnn Bies, who collected 17 and 16 points, respectively. The Wolverines and Huskies split the first 12 points of the contest before a three from Franza gave Washington a 9-6 lead. Washington would hold on to that lead for the remainder of the first half. Paced by four first-half treys Washington pushed its lead to as much as 11 at 36-25. However, Michigan, which shot .545 (12-22) from the field in the first stanza put together a 10-0 run to shave the lead to one. Washington ended the Michigan run with a conventional three-point play by Giuliana Mendiola with :09 remaining in the half and took a 39-35 lead into the intermission. After Washington scored the first hoop of the second half to lead by six, Michigan went back to work in the post. Heather Oesterle and Goodlow each collected baskets in the paint as Michigan regained its momentum from late in the second half and tied the contest at 46 at the 14:18 mark after an 11-5 run. Washington went back up 48-46, but Bies came right back with a hook in the lane to tie the game back up at 48. The momentum of the game switched on the next possession, however, as Mendiola drilled a pull-up triple to give Washington a lead it would not relinquish. From there, the Huskies methodically increased their lead to nine (60-51), but a Goodlow layup on a nice dish from Thorius brought the Wolverines within five (60-55), with seven minutes to play. That was as close as the Wolverines would get, however, as Washington answered with a triple from Andrea Lalum and Michigan was able to connect on just two more field goals in the final seven minutes. Washington held Michigan to just .267 (8-30) shooting in the second half and.385 (20-52) shooting for the game.

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