Women's Basketball Hosts Les Schwab Challenge Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 4, 2000

This Week -

Game 6
Washington Huskies (3-2)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-2)
7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Bank of America Arena (10,000)
Seattle, Wash.

Washington record last year:
8-22 overall, 4-14 (9th) Pac-10
Nebraska record last year:
18-13, NCAA first round

The Coaches

June Daugherty (Ohio St. `78)
Record at UW: 62-58 (5th yr.)
Career record: 185-132 (12th yr.)
Paul Sanderford (Methodist `72)
Record at Nebraska: 66-37 (4th yr.)
Career: 431-157 (19th yr.)

Series Notes
Nebraska leads the series with UW, 2-1, and won the most recent meeting, 89-86, last season in Lincoln ... UW's one win in the series was a 101-71 game back on Dec. 30, 1984.

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.

Next Game
St. Mary's
1 p.m., Dec. 17
Bank of America Arena
Seattle, Wash.
(UW takes a break for final exams until the St. Mary's game)

This Week: The Washington women's basketball team (3-2) opens a seven-game homestand with the fourth annual Les Schwab Challenge versus Nebraska (4-2) Dec. 6 at Bank of America Arena. Game time has been changed to 7:30 p.m. for a live telecast on Fox Sports Northwest. Tod Pickett and former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward will call the action. The game can also be heard on the radio at KKOL 1300 am. The game will be UW's second appearance in the newly renovated Bank of America Arena.
The Nebraska game will be Washington's second straight against an opponent from the Big 12 Conference, as the Huskies are coming off a 66-59 victory at Oklahoma State Sunday night. The win improves Washington's record to 3-1 on the road in the early season, with the only loss coming in the season-opener at Indiana, at the buzzer in overtime.
Nebraska concludes a three-game road swing in Seattle. The Cornhuskers are coming off a 66-57 defeat at Creighton Sunday afternoon, a loss that snapped a five-game win streak. They are led by a trio of seniors, including 6-foot-5 senior center Casey Leonhardt, who is averaging 14.6 points per game, along with Monique Whitfield at 8.2 ppg and Amanda Went at 8.4 ppg. Coach Paul Sanderford is 66-37 in his fourth season at Nebraska. He has a career mark of 431-157 in his 19th season as a head coach. He owns the 13th-best winning percentage in the nation among active coaches and has led the Huskers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Sanderford guided three of his Western Kentucky teams to Final Four appearances prior to his arrival at Nebraska.
Following the Nebraska game, Washington takes a brief break for final exams before continuing the homestand Dec. 17 against St. Mary's.

Probable Washington Starters

Name	Pos.	Ht.	Yr.	Hometown		Pts., Rbs.
24 - Kellie O'Neill F 6-1 So. Lynnwood, Wash. 13.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg
40 - Andrea Lalum C 6-4 Fr. Bozeman, Mont. 5.38ppg,4.2 rgp
13 - Giuliana Mendiola G 5-11 Fr. Lake Forest, Calif. 11.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg
14 - Megan Franza G 5-11 Sr. Leavenworth, Wash. 14.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
32 - Jill Pimley G 5-6 Sr. Goldendale, Wash. 3.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg

UW Against the Big 12: Washington, facing its second straight Big 12 opponent, is 11-14 against schools from the midwest conference. The Huskies defeated Oklahoma State, 66-59, Sunday afternoon to improve the mark. They faced Nebraska last season and suffered an 89-86 loss in Lincoln, Dec. 6, 1999.

So Far, So Good: Washington is off to a good start early in the 2000-2001 season. A win at Oklahoma State improved the Huskies' record to 3-2, with the only setbacks coming in overtime at Indiana and at the hands of No. 1 Connecticut. The third straight road win already equals UW's mark from all of last season. The wins have been impressive, beginning with a 73-60 thumping of a Michigan team that had knocked off Louisiana Tech two nights earlier. The Huskies rebounded from the UConn loss by cruising past Boise State, 87-67, and followed with the win at OSU Sunday afternoon. Washington has seen increased scoring from its bench and has a versatile rotation that is nearly three deep at every position.

Injury Update: Freshman Sarah Keeler had surgery Nov. 10 to repair a minor meniscus tear in her left knee. She is hopeful for the Seattle Times Classic, Dec. 21-22. Sophomore Loree Payne has a stress fracture in her left foot and is out four to six weeks. She is hopeful for the start of the Pac-10 season in January. Cheryl Sorenson missed the Boise State game with tendinitis in her knee but played at four minutes at OSU. LeAnn Sheets suffered a left ankle sprain at Boise State is out for the Nebraska game. Her status will be evaluated after that.

Last Year at Nebraska (Dec. 6 in Lincoln): Three nights after matching her career-high, Megan Franza topped it, but it was not enough as Nebraska handed Washington an 89-86 loss in front of 3,020 fans at the Devaney Center.
Franza led all scorers with 26 points, including four three pointers, to better her 24-point performance against Boise State. Loree Payne added 22 points, including 12-of-14 from the free throw line, and Kellie O'Neill logged her third double-double of the year with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Cornhuskers were led by all-America candidate Nicole Kubik, who had a double-double with 23 points and 10 assists and also picked off nine steals.
Washington controlled the game early in a fairly even first half. The Huskies opened up by hitting five of their first six shots from the field. Franza hit back-to-back three pointers to give UW an 18-12 lead before the Huskers evened it up at 18 with 11:33 to go. Nebraska took its first lead of the half, 23-22 at 8:44, when they hit four straight free throws. The Huskies answered with their own run and went up by as many as 11 with just under six minutes remaining. Washington led the rest of the way and took a 45-42 lead at the half. The teams shot an identical 45.5 percent (15-33) from the field and were both 12-of-14 from the free throw point to that point.
Then Nebraska took over. The Cornhuskers started the second half on fire, scoring 23 unanswered points in a 25-3 run and taking a 67-48 lead. A three pointer by Loree Payne in the opening minute of the half was the only Husky bucket until a layup by Franza at the 12:21 mark. O'Neill picked up a quick offensive rebound and the Huskies started to chip away at the gap. They trimmed the Husker lead to single digits, 77-68, on another Franza layup at 6:17 and had it down to six points, 78-72, with five minutes to go. It went back and forth from there until Franza added her fourth three pointer of the game to again cut Nebraskas lead to six with 1:32 to play. O'Neill picked up the rebound off a Franza miss to cut it to four, 88-84 with :43 to play. Franza made the final layup of the game, picking up the offensive rebound on a three point miss by Julia Gray with five second to go, to end the Husky scoring at 86.

Catching up with Kellie: Sophomore Kellie O'Neill is off to a hot start in her second season as Husky. A 6-1 guard-forward who started only nine games and averaged 6.4 points before suffering an ankle injury last season, poured in a game-high 27 points against Connecticut in Washington's home-opener Nov. 24.
O'Neill, who topped her previous career-best 16-point from December 1999, went 12-for-18 from the field, including a 2-for-3 effort from 3-point range. Even more impressive was who it came against. O'Neill put in the highest individual scoring effort against UConn so far this season. Only three players - including 2000 WNBA Rookie of the Year Betty Lennox - were able to score at least 25 points against UConn and its stingy defense last season.
She rebounded from a three-point performance at Boise State to nearly eclipse a Husky school record for field goal percentage at Oklahoma State. O'Neill hit her first nine shots from the field, en route to a 20 point, nine rebound effort against the Cowgirls. She was nearing former standout Karen Deden's mark of 10-of11 (.919) versus Arizona State back in 1989. O'Neill enters the Nebraska game averaging 13.6 points per game.
O'Neill, whose younger sister Kristen recently signed with Huskies for next season, finished her high school career at Meadowdale with 1,414 points, 810 rebounds, 213 steals and 170 blocks with a career field goal percentage of 50.9 percent.

What They're Saying about O'Neill
'I like the way she plays,' Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said of Kellie O'Neill after she scored 27 points against them on Nov. 24. 'You have to guard her at the 3-point line. She's really smart with the ball in the lane. Their guards (Megan Franza and injured Loree Payne) get a lot of mention and notoriety, and they should. But I think that kid (O'Neill) is really, really good.'

On the Rebound: Washington's rebounding efforts have improved from last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, the Huskies are at +5 in the early going this year. Aside from a five-rebound advantage by Connecticut, the Huskies have outrebounded their other four opponents, including a 54-38 showing against Oklahoma State. UW is averaging 42.6 rpg after five games.Giuliana Mendiola is currently the leading rebounder at 6.6 boards per game and Kellie O'Neill is right behind at 5.6 rpg. LeAnn Sheets, who is out with an ankle injury, is at 6.6 rpg. She hopes to return following the Nebraska game.

Home Sweet Home: Over the last year and a half, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion has undergone an extensive renovation. On Nov. 24 the Huskies, who hosted defending national champion Connecticut, moved back into their on-campus arena - a venue that provides the charm of its original 1920s style along with all the modern conveniences of today. Over $40 million dollars in improvements have been made and the new transformation ensures that every person in the building has a great seat with no obstructed views.
The Huskies have enjoyed remarkable success in Hec Edmundson Pavilion, now called Bank of America Arena, building a long-standing tradition of top-notch women's basketball on the west coast and across the country.
This season marks the 72nd year of service for the historical building that has an entirely new look on the inside. The renovation gives Washington a much-needed new competition and practice facility for several of its teams. The seating capacity has been increased from 7,900 to 10,000 and gone are the supports pillars that have obstructed views from the upper level seats since the buildings inception. The renovation design of Hec Edmundson Pavilion began in the summer of 1997. Construction began in March, 1999 with completion in the fall of 2000.

Lalum in the Lineup: Freshman center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) made her first collegiate start at Oklahoma State, in place of injured LeAnn Sheets, and responded by hitting 3-of-6 from the field, including two three pointers. She added seven rebounds, a block and a steal for eight points in 25 minutes. Lalum, at 16 minutes per game, is averaging 5.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Lalum, at 6-foot-4, grew an inch taller from the time she signed her letter of intent to play at Washington.

Megan on the Move: Senior guard Megan Franza needs just 57 points to move on to UW's career Top 10 scoring chart. After five games this season, she has 1,167 career points in 92 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 31 of the last 35 games. She was held to six points versus Connecticut. Franza has been in the starting lineup for 89 of UW's last 91 games.

More Megan: Franza entered the year at No. 2 on UW's career three point field goals made list, with 139. She has added nine more in five games this season for a total of 156, including a high of 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 505, again chasing Redd who attempted 675 long range bombs during her career.
Last year at 17.2 ppg, Franza 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.

Dawgbite: With the win at Oklahoma State Dec. 3, Husky coach June Daugherty recorded her 185th career victory as a head coach ... she has a mark of 62-58 in her fifth year at Washington ... her win total is third among seven Husky coaches over the years. She is 62-58 at UW and 185-132 in her 12th season as a head coach.

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.

Oklahoma State Recap (Dec. 3 at Oklahoma City, Okla)
Washington jumped out to a quick lead and never let up, downing Oklahoma State, 66-59, in front of 211 fans in non-conference action at Oklahoma City College.
Washington improves to 3-2 overall, including a 3-1 mark on the road. OSU drops to 4-3 overall. The game was played at the alternate site while OSU's arena undergoes renovation.
Sophomore forward Kellie O'Neill led the charge for the Huskies, scoring a game-high 20 points and just missing a double-double with nine rebounds. O'Neill hit her first nine shots from the field, and was closing in on Karen Deden's school record (10-11 vs. Arizona State) from 1989 before she missed her first bucket with just under nine minutes to go in the game. O'Neill finished the day with 9-of-14 from the field in 30 minutes of action.
Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola dialed up Washington's first double-double of the year, with 10 points and 11 rebounds, along with six assists and two steals. Megan Franza added another 15 points for the Huskies. Jessica Spinner led OSU with 11 points.
Washington jumped out to a quick lead, starting with a 13-2 mark early and again leading by 11 points, 16-5, at 13:55 in the first half. They jumped out to a 10-point lead two other times, but also let the Cowgirls back in as the gap was down to three points, 22-16, at 9:09. Washington took a 35-30 lead at the break. O'Neill had 10 points at the half on 5-of-5 from the field.
O'Neill came out of the break on fire, hitting the first three Huskies baskets as Washington used a 15-2 run to improve its advantage to 19 points, 51-32, at 14:04 to go. The Cowgirls used an 8-2 run to cut it to 13, 53-40, with 8:20 remaining. OSU hung around and whittled it down to a 10-point ballgame, 57-47, with 3:46 remaining.
A three-pointer by Chantoya Hawkins at 3:07 cut the Huskies' lead to single digits, 57-50, but that was as close as the Cowgirls would get until Machell Roberts hit a three at the buzzer for the final margin.

Player Notes24 - Kellie O'Neill ... Had a career-high 27 points vs. No. 1 Connecticut ... 19 pts. in the first half ... limited to 3 pts. at Boise State but responed with 20 pts., 9 rebounds at Oklahoma State ... hit her first nine shots of the game at OSU.
40 - Andrea Lalum ... Made her first start at Oklahoma State and scored 8 pts., including 2 three pointers ... can pound inside or step and hit for three.
14 - Megan Franza ... Veteran senior captain is again leading scorer with 14.0 ppg ... 23 pts. in season-opener at Indiana ... 15 pts. at Oklahoma State.
13 - Giuliana Mendiola ... Impressive in first 5 games ... 19 points at Boise St., with 4 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers in 30 min. ... started against UConn and BSU ... 1 turnover in first collegiate game at Indiana and also hit 3pointer to send game to OT ... recorded UW's first double-double of the season at Oklahoma State, with 10 points and 11 rebounds ... plays point guard and either wing position.
32 - Jill Pimley ... Started first 2 games at PG ... tri-captain ... defensive stalwart ... 'stat sheet stuffer' who does all the little things ... 9 pts., 6 rebounds at Oklahoma State and 4-4 from the free throw line.

Off the Bench
23 - Emily Autrey ... Came off the bench at Boise St. for a career-high 20 points on 8-11 fg.
4 - Melissa Erickson ... Senior leadership and inside presence ... expect to see more playing time with Sheets injured.
44 - Cheryl Sorenson ... Sat out Boise St. with tendinitis in knee and played 4 minutes at Oklahoma State ... versatile guard/forward ... returns from redshirt season and ACL surgery ... impressive in first game back, at Indiana, with 5-7 fg for 12 pts., 4 rebounds.
33 - Carli Halpenny ... Healthy for first time in three seasons ... has made tremendous improvement in strength and aggressiveness ... initially entered season as a redshirt junior but will complete her eligibility this season and study the spring quarter in Rome, Italy.
12 - Sarah Duncan ... Top defender off the bench ... has played in all five games ... 3 rebounds, 3 assists at Oklahoma State.
31- Gioconda Mendiola ... Averaging five minutes a game in first season ... speedy guard.
41 - Heather Reichmann ... Has seen limited action in first 5 games ... will play more with Sheets out ... 3 rebounds at Oklahoma State.

A Healthy Front Line: Fifth year coach June Daugherty relishes the opportunity to play a season 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. She suffered a left ankle sprain at Boise State, but is expected back in late December. 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), when she returns from a minor menisvus tear, 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.

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.

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