Women's Basketball Meets ASU, Arizona In The Desert

Jan. 9, 2001

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The Washington women's basketball team (9-3, 2-0), buoyed byadramatic 2-0 start to the Pac-10 season, hits the road for the firsttimesince Dec. 3. The Huskies first meet Arizona State (9-5, 1-1) at 7 p.m.MST(6 p.m. PST), Thurs., Jan. 11 in Tempe, followed by a game against No.22Arizona at 2 p.m. MST (1 p.m. PST) Sat., Jan. 13 in Tucson. Both gamescanbe heard live on KKOL 1300 a.m.

The Huskies, who have won eight of their last nine, are coming offapair of wins in which they pounded UCLA, 73-54, and then pulled off atripleovertime win against USC, 91-79, to open Pac-10 play. The weekendconcludeda seven-game homestand during which the Huskies posted a mark of 6-1,withthe only loss a two point setback to Colorado State. They sit atop theleague standings this week, alongside three other undefeated teams,including Arizona. Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (46.4 rpg),rebounding margin (+8.2), and assists (16.67 apg) while three Huskiesrankamong the league's top 20 rebounders.

Three Huskies are averaging double figure scoring, led by seniorMeganFranza at 13.8 points per game, and followed by Giuliana Mendiola (12.1ppg)and sophomore Kellie O'Neill (11.2). Three other players are rightbehind,giving UW a balanced attack this season. Loree Payne, last season'sleadingscorer, is quickly returning to form and was back in the starting lineupthis weekend.

ASU opened Pac-10 play with a split on the road, losing at Stanford(92-64) and then winning at California (58-47). After opening the seasonwith four straight wins, the Sun Devils have been unable to win two in arow. They are led Amanda Levens, who is averaging 13.9 points per game.Charli Turner Thorne, who was an assistant at Washington from 1989-90season, is in her fifth year at ASU.

Arizona, ranked No. 22 in the current AP poll and No. 24 in theESPN/USA Today poll, is also 2-0 to start the Pac-10. The Wildcatsopenedwith a win at California (79-68) and then knocked off No. 21 Stanford(68-65). They lead the league in scoring at 81.9 points per game whilelonesenior Reshea Bristol averages 14.6 points and a league-leading 6.54assistsper game. Coach Joan Bonvicini is in her 10th season at Arizona, 22ndyearoverall, and is four wins shy of 500 career victories.

Game 13
Washington Huskies (9-3, 2-0)atArizona State Sun Devils (9-5, 1-1)
7 p.m. MST (6 p.m. PST)
Thurs., Jan. 11
Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
Tempe, Ariz.

Game 14
at Arizona Wildcats (12-2, 2-0)
2 p.m. MST (1 p.m. PST)
Sat., Jan. 13
McKale Center (14,545)
Tucson, Ariz.

The Coaches
June Daugherty (Ohio St. OE78)
Record at UW: 68-59 (5th yr.)
Career record: 191-133 (12th yr.)
Arizona State
Charli Turner Thorne (Stanford OE88)
Record at ASU: 54-71 (5th yr.)
Career: 94-111 (8th yr.)
Joan Bonvicini (S. Connecticut OE75)
Record at UA: 171-107 (10th yr.)
Career: 496-181 (22nd yr.)

Series Notes
UW leads the series with Arizona, 22-7, but UA has won the last three... UWleads ASU, 20-10, with ASU holding a current one game streak.

Huskies on Radio
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Next Games
vs. Oregon, 7 p.m., Jan 18
vs. Oregon State, 2 p.m., Jan. 20
Bank of America Arena
Seattle, Wash.

Keeler to Redshirt:
Freshman forward Sarah Keeler (Pendleton, Ore.) willredshirt this season and begin her first year of play in 2001-02.Keeler, aUSA Today honorable mention selection as a junior in high school,suffered atorn ACL during her senior year at Pendleton High. Keeler had surgeryNov.10 to repair a minor meniscus tear in her left knee. She slightlyre-injuredthe knee during practice recently. Keeler is continuing rehabilitationandis practicing with the team.

'We felt it was best for Sarah to be completely healthy,' said UWcoachJune Daugherty. 'She is going to be an outstanding player for us, and byredshirting this year, she will be able to play a complete and healthyseason next year.'

Raising Arizona:
The Husky senior class has extra motivation on thisfirstPac-10 road trip. They enter the weekend in the desert without everhavingwon at ASU or Arizona. The last time a Washington team won at eitherschoolwas Feb. 1, 1997 in Tempe when the Huskies won, 81-73, over the SunDevils.

Huskies in Overtime:
The triple overtime game against USC Sunday wasWashington's second this season. The Huskies opened the year with a77-74loss at the buzzer in one overtime period at Indiana. The tripleovertimegame against USC was the first in UW school history. Washington'sall-timerecord in overtime is 8-9 since 1976.

UW Against Ranked Teams:
Washington's game against Arizona will mark itssecond against a ranked opponent this season. The first was a loss atthehands of No. 1 Connecticut back on Nov. 24. Though it will only be thesecond ranked team the Huskies have faced this season, their schedule isnotlight. In the Jan. 7 RPI rankings, Washington's schedule is listed asNo. 16in the country, in strength of schedule. It was No. 2 last week.

The Last Time:
Washington opened the conference season 3-0 was in1998-99,when the Huskies defeated Washington State (91-69), Arizona State(86-54)and Arizona (73-63) at home. The last time they opened a Pac-10 season4-0was in 1992.

Looking Back:
After 12 games last season, Washington had a record of4-8... this year, the Huskies are 9-3, and have won eight of their lastninegames ... they opened the Pac-10 season 0-2 last year and now stand 2-0entering their first league road trip.

Washington's 9-3 start on the year is its best since the1997-98season when the Huskies jumped out to a 10-0 mark and a No. 7 nationalranking. That team finished 18-10 and advanced to first round of theNCAATournament. The victory over UCLA Jan. 4 gave UW a mark of 8-3, to equalWashington's win total from last season.

Road Warriors:
Washington returns to the road this week for the firsttimesince a Dec. 3 game at Oklahoma State. The Huskies had success on theroadduring the non-conference season, posting a record of 3-1 away fromhome.The only loss was a 77-74 setback in overtime at the buzzer to anIndianasquad that now boasts a record of 12-3. The three wins came at Michigan,Boise State and Oklahoma State.

Senior Strength:
Husky coach June Daugherty continually points to thesix-player senior class as a major reason for UW's hot start this year,crediting the group with strong leadership in practice and during games.Senior captains Megan Franza and Jill Pimley headline the group. Franzahasbeen a constant in the starting lineup since her freshman year and is aleader on the court. Pimley is in her second season as a team captainand isa vocal leader whether she is playing or on the bench. LeAnn Sheets, whohasstruggled with injuries throughout her career, is healthy and gives theHuskies a veteran presence in the post. Melissa Erickson also offersexperience off the bench, giving the Huskies added height inside. SarahDuncan was named Most Inspirational last season and continues to fillthatrole this year. Carli Halpenny rounds out the group. A redshirt junior,shehas opted to graduate this year in order to spend the spring quarterstudying in Italy. The move puts her back in the class she entered within1997 and strengths the leadership the six-player group provides.

Washington had no seniors on its roster last season when it postedan8-22 record.

Megan Franza will play in her 100th game as a Husky whenWashington faces ASU Thursday.

Happy Birthday!
Gioconda Mendiola - Jan. 7 (20)
Giuliana Mendiola - Jan. 9 (19)
Sarah Keeler - Jan. 28 (19)

Healthy Huskies:
While crediting the senior class with leading theHuskies,coach Daugherty also points to a healthy lineup as cause forcelebration.Washington's frontline was beset by injuries last season, causingDaughertyto constantly shuffle her lineup. No less than five different playerswereon the bench with injuries at one point or another last year. LeAnnSheetsmissed the first eight games of the season after foot surgery. CherylSorenson ended up redshirting after a torn ACL in preseason. MelissaErickson was hampered by a sore shoulder during the non-conferenceportionof the schedule. Carli Halpenny was limited by a stress reaction in herhipand was initially declared out for the season and Kellie O'Neill had apremature end to her freshman year after suffering a severe ankle sprainmidway through the season.

Sheets suffered a sprained ankle at Boise State this year, causingherto miss the next two games, but she has returned to full strength. Inaddition, Loree Payne returned after missing the first six games with astress fracture in her foot. She posted a season-best 21 points againstUSC.

The healthy lineup has given the Huskies increased depth thisseason, afactor that was particularly evident in the triple overtime win againstUSCJan. 7. The Trojans had four key players foul out while the Huskies wereable to constantly rotate fresh players in the game.

So Far, So Good:
Washington wrapped up the non-conference portion ofitsschedule with a mark of 7-3, its best non-league record since 1997-98whenit was 9-0. Included in that record is a 3-1 mark on the road. The onlythree losses of the season came in overtime at the buzzer at Indiana, atthehands of No. 1 Connecticut and a two-point loss to a 10-1 Colorado Stateteam. The third straight road win, at Oklahoma State Dec. 3, equalledUW'smark from all of last season. The wins have been impressive, beginningwitha 73-60 thumping of a Michigan team that had knocked off Louisiana Techtwonights earlier. The Huskies rebounded from the UConn loss by cruisingpastBoise State, 87-67, and followed with the win at OSU and its first homevictory in the new arena, against Nebraska. The Huskies have a home markof6-2. Helping the cause this year has been increased scoring from thebenchand a versatile rotation that is nearly three deep at every position.

Pizza Time!:
Washington's defensive efforts have been stellar so farthisseason and it's not just the Huskies who are reaping the benefits. WhenWashington wins at home and holds its opponent under 55 points, everyfan inBank of America Arena can redeem their ticket stub for a free smallpizza atPapa John's Pizza. It's become a rally cry for the home crowd and sofar,the fans have cashed in twice, against UCLA (54) Thursday night andagainstLoyola Marymount (52) on Dec. 21. They just missed against James Madisonwhen the Dukes tallied 56 points. Overall, the Huskies are holdingopponentsto 65.2 points per game this season.

When Washington defeated UCLA Jan. 4, it gave fifth-year Huskycoach June Daugherty career victory number 190. She enters the ASU/UAserieswith a 12-year mark of 191-135 ... she has a mark of 68-59 in her fifthyearat Washington ... her win total is third among seven Husky coaches overtheyears.

Mendiola Magic:
Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola is off to a great startinher first season as a Husky. The Seattle Times Classic MVP, she leadstheteam in rebounding with an average of 7.7 boards per game, a mark thatisthird-best in the Pac-10. She is the second-leading scorer with 12.1 pergame and has a Pac-10 leading four double-doubles to her credit, againstOklahoma State, Nebraska, Colorado State and USC. Mendiola, who playstheone, two and three guard spots, has started 10 games already and isaveraging 30 minutes per contest. Mendiola, the younger sister ofteammateGioconda, takes care of the ball well, with only one turnover in herfirstcollege game, at Indiana, none at Boise State and none against LoyolaMarymount. She dished out eight assists versus UCLA. In the tripleovertimewin over USC, Mendiola had 12 points, 10 rebound, six assists and onlytwoturnovers in 41 minutes of action.

More Magic:
Freshman guard Gioconda Mendiola established a new careerhighwith a team-leading 10 points against UCLA. Mendiola had only scored intwoof the nine games in which she had played this season. Her previoushighwas five points against James Madison.

Payne Returns to Action:
Sophomore guard Loree Payne returned to thestarting lineup against UCLA and USC. UW's leading scorer as a freshmanlastseason (17.4 ppg), Payne missed the first six games after beingsidelined bya stress fracture in her left foot. The sophomore guard, who was on thegold-medal winning USA Basketball Jones Cup team this summer, tallied agame-high 21 points in the win over USC. It was the 10th time in hercareershe has topped the 20-point plateau. Payne played for the first timethisseason against Loyola Marymount, Dec. 21 and played 10 minutes going3-of-5>from the field, including a three pointer and a free throw, for eightpoints. Against James Madison, Payne played seven minutes and scoredthreepoints with one assist and one steal. Her playing time increased to 21minutes against CSU when she scored nine points. She had five points in17minutes against UCLA.

The Series with ASU
Overall: UW leads, 20-10
Current streak: ASU has won 1 game
Last six games: Even, 3-3
Last year: Split, UW won, 78-76 in Seattle, ASU won, 74-53 in Tempe
Longest UW streak in series: 11 games Longest ASU streak: 3 games
Last UW win in Tempe: Feb. 1, 1997 (81-73)
June Daugherty vs. ASU: 5-3

Last Year at ASU:
(Feb. 12, 2000) ASU senior Rachel Holt scored 20points asthe Sun Devils downed Washington, 74-53. The 21-point victory matchedASU'sbiggest win over the Huskies, dating back to an 82-61 decision in TempeonNov. 23, 1979.

ASU pulled ahead in the game with a 19-2 run midway through thefirsthalf to lead 32-15. By halftime, the Sun Devils had increased their leadto45-22, the team's largest halftime lead of the year. Arizona State shot50percent in the first half and turned the ball over a season-low fivetimesin the first 20 minutes. In the second half, the Sun Devils increasedtheirlead to as many as 29 points en route to the 74-53 victory. ArizonaStateoutrebounded Washington 25-9 in the second half and finished with a43-24advantage on the boards in the game.

Megan Franza, the leading scorer in the Pac-10, led the Huskieswith 19points. She scored the first basket 23 seconds into the game, to put herover the 1,000 point mark for her career. She entered the game with 999points. Emily Autrey came off the bench to score 11 points and ateam-highsix rebounds and four assists.

Last Year at Arizona:
(Feb. 10, 2000) Reshea Bristol scored aseason-high 18points as No. 16 Arizona beat Washington 96-81. Bristol made her firstsixshots and finished with six rebounds. Angela Lackey scored 17 points,TatumBrown added 15 and Elizabeth Pickney and Lisa Griffith had 13 apiece fortheWildcats.Washington was led by Megan Franza's 18 points. LeAnn Sheets matched hercareer-high with 14 and Loree Payne 13 for the Huskies.

After four ties and 10 lead changes, Arizona took a 49-40 lead atthebreak. Franza missed her first five field goal attempts but then hitthreestraight three pointers to get going. She scored 11 straight points andSheets added a free throw to make it 41-38 with 2:19 to go in the first.Arizona then went on a 9-2 run to end the half and opened the secondwith a20-6 run. The Wildcats twice extended their lead to 30-point marginsbeforethe Huskies used a 21-6 run over the final five minutes to close thegap.

Injury Update:
Loree Payne missed the first six game with a stressfracture in her left foot but has returned. She saw her first gameactionDec. 21 against LMU, playing 10 minutes. Cheryl Sorenson has beennursingtendinitis in her knee and is playing sparingly. LeAnn Sheets suffered aleft ankle sprain at Boise State and missed the Nebraska and OklahomaStategames. She returned to action against St. Mary's and is back thestartinglineup. Sarah Keeler, who had a minor meniscus tear in December, willredshirt this season.Huskies Honor UW Football Player: The women's basketball team iswearing apatch with the initials 'CW' on its jerseys this season, to supportseniorfootball player Curtis Williams, who suffered a spinal cord injuryduringthe Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. Williams, who attended the RoseBowl,is currently in a rehabilitation center in San Jose, Calif.

Megan on the Move:
Senior guard Megan Franza continues to move up theWashington's career Top 10 scoring chart, now standing at No. 9 with1,263points. Her 18 points against USC bumped her ahead of Laurie Merlino,whohad 1,262 points from 1988-91. Franza moved onto the list against JamesMadison, Dec. 22, moving past Amy Mickelson, who had 1,224 points from1987-90. Franza, the Huskies' leading scorer this year at 13.8 per game,is67 points away from tying former teammate Amber Hall, who scored 1,330points from 1995-99.

A first team All-Pac-10 selection last year, Franza has a careerscoring average of 12.8 points per game.

She became the 16th Husky to top the 1,000-point barrier and onlytheeighth player to pass the mark as a junior last year. Dating back tolastseason, Franza has scored in double figures in 36 of the last 41 games.Shehas been in the starting lineup for 96 of UW's last 98 games.

More Megan:
Franza entered the year at No. 2 on UW's career three pointfield goals made list, with 139. She has added 17 more in 12 games thisseason for a total of 156, including a high of five at Indiana. Franzaischasing former standout Jamie Redd (1995-99), who tops the list with 192treys. She is also No. 2 on the three point attempts list with 568,againchasing Redd who attempted 675 long range bombs during her career.Franzaequaled her career-high for attempts, with 13 against Nebraska Dec. 6.

Last year at 17.2 ppg, Franza led the Pac-10 in scoring until thefinaltwo weeks of the season, while Loree Payne finished fourth with 17.4pointsper game. Together they formed the highest scoring duo from the sameschoolin Pac-10 history.

With the graduation of Maylana Martin (UCLA) and the redshirtseasonfor Oregon's injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza entered the2000-01season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.

Last Week
UW 91, USC 79 (3OT): Megan Franza scored six of her 18 points in thethirdand final overtime period as Washington finally pulled away for a 91-79victory over USC.

Franza moved into ninth place on UW's career scoring list in thefirsttriple-overtime game in Washington history. Loree Payne scored 21 pointswhile Kellie O'Neill and Giuliana Mendiola added double-doubles. O'Neillscored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Mendiola had 12 points and 10rebounds.

Tashara Carter had a chance to win it for USC in the secondovertimeperiod, but missed the second of two free throws with .5 secondsremainingin the period and the score tied 75-75.

Washington failed to convert on late opportunities to win at theend ofregulation and the first overtime period.With the score tied at 66-66,JillPimley missed a short runner and Payne a 15-foot fadeaway jumper in thefinal five seconds of the first overtime. Mendiola missed a 3-pointerwiththree seconds left in regulation and O'Neill missed a short put-backjumperat the buzzer with the game tied at 58-58.Washington outscored USC 16-4inthe third overtime period. Four Trojans fouled out of the game.

USC led for most of the first half. Washington took command with a22-5run that started with 5:19 remaining in the first half and wrappedaroundhalftime, ending 4:14 into the second half with the Huskies ahead 40-30.TheTrojans responded with a 24-9 run over the next ten minutes and the leadchanged hands three times late before O'Neill scored the final points ofregulation with an eight-foot fadeaway that tied the game at 58-58 with36.3seconds remaining.

UW 73, UCLA 54:
Freshman Gioconda Mendiola scored a career-high 10points inleading the Huskies to a 73-54 victory over UCLA in the Pac-10 openerThursday night.

Mendiola came off the bench to hit 4-of-5 from the field, includingapair of 3-pointers. She was the only Husky player to reachdouble-figures inscoring, but all 13 UW players had at least two points. UCLA's MichelleGreco led all scorers with 19 points, but her shooting touch arrivedlate.Greco entered the game with a conference-leading scoring average of18.7,but was did not score in the first half. She missed her first eightfieldgoal attempts. Greco's 3-pointer with 16 minutes left in the game, cuttheHusky lead to 42-29, but the Bruins could not get any closer. MendiolagaveWashington its largest lead of the game when her 3-pointer made thescore64-36 with 5:50 to play. UW led 18-13 with 12 minutes remaining in thefirsthalf before going on a 13-0 run that increased the Husky advantage to 18points. UCLA went scoreless for 9:18 before Leatham ended the droughtwith afree throw to make the score 31-14. UW turned the ball over 13 times inthefirst half, but built an early lead because of the Bruins' poorshooting.UCLA shot 24 percent in the half, and made only four of its first 22shotsfrom the field. The Huskies led 35-18 at halftime.

USC Game Notes
UW played in its' first triple overtime game in school history ... UW isnow1-1 in overtime this season ... UW outscored USC 16-4 in the finalovertimeperiod, keyed by the six points of Megan Franza ... Loree Payne addedfivepoints in the final five minutes ... UW outrebounded USC 17-7 after theendof regulation ... The Huskies finished witn a season high 57 reboundsand itis the fifth time this season the Dawgs have grabbed more than 50 boards...Loree Payne's 21 points were a season high, marking the tenth time inhercareer she has gone over 20 points ... The Huskies are 9-0 when leadingatthe half ... Giuliana Mendiola's 12 points and 10 rebounds marked herfourthdouble-double of the season. Kellie O'Neill scored 16 points and added10rebound for her first double-double of the season, fourth of her career...USC's eight blocks were a UW season opponent high ... The Huskies 91pointswere a season high and the last time the Dawgs scored over 90 wasDecember18, 1999 vs. Idaho (99-72). The last time Washington scored 90 pointsagainst a Pac-10 opponent was a 96-85 win over UCLA February 27, 1999.

UCLA Game Notes
Jill Pimley's three 3-pointers made and four 3-pointers attempted arebothcareer highs ... Gioconda Mendiola established a new career high with ateam-leading 10 points. Mendiola had only scored in two of the ninegames inwhich she had played this season, her previous career high was fivepointsagainst James Madison ... UCLA's 18 points at halftime were a UWopponentseason low ... After making just six of 25 baskets in the first half(24%),UCLA hit 15 of 33 in the second (45.5%). The Bruins second halfturnaroundwas keyed by junior guard Michelle Greco, who went seven for 13,includingfive for nine from three point range to score 19 points after an 0-8firsthalf ... After UCLA hit two free throws to open the game, Washingtoncameback to take a 4-2 lead and never trailed again ... as a team, UW had aseaon high 23 assists.

Huskies Among National Leaders in RPI Rankings
Washington's impressive stand in the RPI rankings continues. In theJan. 7 Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Ratings, UW stands at No.16in the nation and its schedule is listed as the 21st-toughest. Lastweek,they were No. 7 and listed as having the second-toughest schedule.

Washington has posted a record of 9-3 in the early season,including asix-game win streak that was just snapped by a now 11-2 Colorado Stateteam.The wins have been impressive. UW's victory over Michigan came against aWolverine team that had knocked off then-eighth-ranked Louisiana Tech, a2000 Final Four participant. Washington's season-opening loss atIndiana, atthe buzzer in overtime, came against a Hoosier team that has gone on toposta record of 11-2. UW's other loss came at the hands of top-ranked anddefending national champion Connecticut.

The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is used by the NCAA women'sbasketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams andtheseeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. It is derivedfromthree component factors: Div. 1 winning percentage (25%), schedulestrength(50%) and opponent's schedule strength (25%).

On the Rebound:
Washington's rebounding efforts have improvedtremendouslyfrom last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, theHuskies lead the Pac-10 with a margin of +8.2. Aside from a five-reboundadvantage by Connecticut and a one board margin to St. Mary's, theHuskieshave outrebounded their other 10 opponents. UW is averaging 46.4 rpg,firstin the Pac-10, after 12 games. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola is currentlytheleading rebounder at 7.7 boards per game. LeAnn Sheets, who missed twogameswith an ankle injury, is at 6.5 rpg, after returning to the lineupagainstSt. Mary's and Kellie O'Neill is at 6.0 rpg.

Look at Lalum:
Freshman Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) blocked four shotsinthe game against St. Mary's Dec. 17. That mark is the highest by a Huskyplayer since Amber Hall swatted four away at Texas on Dec. 2, 1996.Hall,then a junior, went on to finish her career as Washington'scareer-leadingrebounder (1,003 rebounds, 1996-99).

Catching up with Kellie:
Sophomore Kellie O'Neill is off to a hot startinher second season as Husky. A 6-1 guard-forward who started only ninegamesand averaged 6.4 points before suffering an ankle injury last season,pouredin a game-high 27 points against Connecticut in Washington's home-openerNov. 24.

O'Neill, who topped her previous career-best 16-point from December1999, went 12-for-18 from the field, including a 2-for-3 effort from3-pointrange. Even more impressive was who it came against. O'Neill put in thehighest individual scoring effort against UConn to that point in theseason.Only three players - including 2000 WNBA Rookie of the Year Betty Lennox

were able to score at least 25 points against UConn and its stingydefenselast season.

She nearly eclipsed a Husky school record for field goal percentageatOklahoma State. O'Neill hit her first nine shots from the field, enroute toa 20 point, nine rebound effort against the Cowgirls. She was nearingformerstandout Karen Deden's mark of 10-of11 (.919) versus Arizona State backin1989. O'Neill, one of three Huskies averaging double figure scoring, isthird on the team at 11.2 points per game.

O'Neill, whose younger sister Kristen recently signed with Huskiesfornext season, finished her high school career at Meadowdale with 1,414points, 810 rebounds, 213 steals and 170 blocks with a career field goalpercentage of 50.9 percent.

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

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