No. 23 Huskies Aim to Extend Four Game Win Streak
Feb. 13, 2001
Seattle - Game 22
Washington Huskies (15-6, 8-3, T1st)
Oregon State Beavers (11-10, 3-8/9th)
7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 15
Gill Coliseum (9,418)
at Oregon Ducks (12-9, 5-6/6th)
1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 17
McArthur Court (9,087)
Televised live on Fox Sports Net
This Week: The No. 23 Washington womenï¿½s basketball team (15-6, 8-3), in the rankings for the first time since the 1997-98 season, seeks to extend its four-game win streak with a pair of road games in Oregon. The Huskies, who knocked off two ranked opponents last week, play at Oregon State (11-10, 3-8) in Corvallis at 7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 15. Following that, they meet Oregon (12-9, 5-6) in a nationally televised game on Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 17 in Eugene. Both games can be heard on the radio at KKOL 1300 am.
The Huskies are coming off a pair of home wins, over No. 22 Arizona (98-88) and No. 23 Arizona State (79-60) that moved them into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-10 Conference, along with ASU and Stanford.
It was a productive weekend, both offensively and defensively, for the Huskies. They opened with a 10-point victory over Arizona, snapping a three-game losing skid to the Wildcats by hitting 52 percent (33-64) from the field and sinking a Pac-10 record 16 three point baskets. Nine players got in the scoring column and seven of them hit at least one three pointer. The fireworks continued against ASU as Washington shot 42 percent (29-69) from the field and had four players in double figures for the second game in a row.
The Huskies continued to light it up on the defensive end, as well. Once again, they outrebounded both opponents - Arizona by four and ASU by 17 - to maintain their lead as the top rebounding team in the conference at 43.9 per game. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola remains the Huskiesï¿½ leader, pulling down six rebounds against Arizona to keep her average at a team-best 6.3 per game, while fellow freshman Andrea Lalum posted her third double-double of the year against ASU, with 14 points and 11 boards.
This week will see Washington face a pair of teams each hoping to stop a losing skid. Oregon State has dropped its last five, with the last win coming against UCLA back on Jan. 25. The Beavers are led by junior Felicia Ragland, who is second in the Pac-10 in scoring at 19.5 points per game and hits 47 percent of her shots from three point range. Oregon opened Pac-10 play with four straight wins but has since lost four straight and six of its last seven. The Ducks have never lost five straight under head coach Jody Runge. They are led by Angelina Wolvert, who averages 12.6 points per game.
June Daugherty (Ohio St. Oe78)
Record at UW: 74-62 (5th yr.)
Career record: 197-136 (12th yr.)
Judy Spoelstra (Oregon St. Oe83)
Record at OSU: 72-87 (6th yr.)
Career: 170-155 (12th yr.)
Jody Runge (Kentucky Oe83)
Record at Oregon: 155-70 (8th yr.)
Washington leads the series with OSU, 35-21, and has a one game win streak ... Oregon leads the series with UW, 30-27, and has won the last 10 games.
Huskies on Radio
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Huskies In the Rankings: Washington has moved into the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the first time since the 1997-98 season. The Huskies, who knocked off ranked foes Arizona and Arizona State last weekend, stand at No. 23 in the Feb. 12 poll.
Washington is one spot ahead of Arizona State, which dropped a notch to No. 24 after losing, 79-60, to the Huskies Saturday. Stanford is the first team listed as receiving votes in the poll. The Huskies, Sun Devils and Cardinal share the Pac-10 lead with identical 8-3 conference records.
The top 25 ranking is the Huskiesï¿½ first since the week of Feb. 28, 1998, when they were also at No. 23. The current six-player senior class was in its freshman season and helped lead Washington to its last NCAA Tournament appearance. The team was ranked as high as No. 7 that year, after starting the season on a 10-0 run.
Washingtonï¿½s highest ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 was No. 3 in the final poll of the 1990 season.
Probable Washington Starters
Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown Pts., Rbs.
42 - LeAnn Sheets F 6-2 Sr. Olympia, Wash. 6.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg
40 - Andrea Lalum C 6-4 Fr. Bozeman, Mont. 8.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg
22 - Loree Payne G 6-0 So. Havre, Mont. 10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg
14 - Megan Franza G 5-11 Sr. Leavenworth, Wash. 15.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg
13 - Giuliana Mendiola G 5-11 Fr. Lake Forest, Calif. 10.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Franza Named Pac-10 Player of the Week: Washingtonï¿½s victories over Arizona and Arizona State were led by senior guard Megan Franza, who was named Pac-10 Womenï¿½s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 5-11.
Franza, from Leavenworth, Wash., averaged 23.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists to lead the Huskies to victories over No. 22 Arizona and No. 23 ASU and move UW into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-10. On the week, Franza went 16-for-29 from the field (.551), was 7-of-15 from three-point range (.467) and connected on 8-of-10 free throws.
Franza scored 26 points on 9-of-14 (.643) shooting from the field, with three assists in the win over Arizona. She played a key role in UWï¿½s Pac-10 record 16 treys, going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. In the win over Arizona State, Franza scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting (.467) from the field, including a 3-of-7 mark from three-point range.
Franza ranks fourth in Pac-10 scoring (15.5 ppg) and is averaging 16.9 points in Conference games.
The Player of the Week honor is the second of Franzaï¿½s career and the17th all-time selection for the Huskies. It is the first for UW this season.
UW 79, No. 23 ASU 60 - Washington's Megan Franza scored 21 points in leading the Huskies to a 79-60 victory over No. 23 Arizona State. The victory gave the Huskies a sweep of the season series against the Sun Devils, and the two teams are now tied for first place in the Pacific-10 Conference.
Washington (15-6, 8-3) has won five of its last six games. The Sun Devils had won seven straight since falling to the Huskies 66-62 in Tempe.
The Huskies led by 15 at 63-48 with 6:20 left in the game. The Sun Devils staged a comeback, pulling to 65-59 on Betsy Boardman's 10-footer at 3:15, but that was as close as they came as Washington went on a 14-1 run to finish the game. During the run, Lalum scored six and Franza added four.
Arizona State (16-7, 8-3) has not won in Seattle since 1996. The Sun Devils were led by Melody Johnson, who scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half. Amanda Levens had 17.
Washington's Andrea Lalum posted her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. LeAnn Sheets scored 13, and Loree Payne added 11. The Huskies jumped out to an 8-0 lead over the first 4:15 of the game. The Sun Devils did not make their first field goal until Levens hit a 17-foot jumper at the 14:50 mark.
Arizona State reduced the Husky lead to 23-20 on Levens' 3-pointer with 6:05 to play in the first half, but Washington responded with a 15-8 run and held a 38-28 halftime advantage.
UW-ASU Game Noteso Washington entered the weekend 0-3 against ranked opponents, but swept No.19 Arizona and No.23 Arizona State to earn a share of the Pac-10 conference lead. ASU and Washington are tied at 8-3, with Washington having already beaten the Sun Devils twice this season.o After scoring over 20 points in a game just twice in the first 15 games of the season, Megan Franza has now done so in four of the last six games. Franza had 21 points on 7-15 shooting today.o Andrea Lalum's 14 points marked the fifth time in the last six games she has scored in double digits. Lalum added 11 rebounds to record her third career double-double.o Washington outrebounded Arizona State 49-32 (a +17 margin) equaling its second highest rebounding margin of the year. The Huskies outrebounded UCLA 50-30 on Jan. 4, 2001 and outrebounded USC 57-40 on Jan. 7, 2001. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in rebounding with 42.9 rebounds per game.o UW snapped ASU's seven game win streak, dating back to the Huskies' 66-62 win in Tempe Jan. 11, 2001.o The Huskies put four players in double digits for the second consecutive game. Against Arizona State, Franza, Payne, Lalum, and Sheets accomplished the feat, while Franza, Payne, Mendiola, and O'Neill did so against the Wildcats.
UW 98, No. 22 Arizona 88 - Megan Franza scored 26 points and hit four of Washington's Pac-10 record 16 3-pointers in a 98-88 win over No. 22 Arizona on Thursday night. Guiliana Mendiola scored 15, Loree Payne added 14 and Kellie O'Neill had 10 for the Huskies, who had a season high in points. Washington has won four of five games and its first over a ranked opponent this season. Elizabeth Pickney led Arizona with a career-high 29 points. LaKeisha Taylor added 18 points, Reshea Bristol had 17 and Aimee Grzyb 13. Mendiola's 3-pointer gave the Huskies a 50-30 lead with three minutes to play in the first half. Arizona came back and closed the Washington lead to 70-67 with 11:50 to play in the game, but couldn't get any closer.
UW - Arizona Game Notes
o Washington set a Pac-10 record with 16 three-pointers (16-29). The previous record was 14 set by three teams. (Stanford vs. Washington State, Feb. 22, 1996, Washington State vs. Gonzaga, Dec. 18, 1998, Washington State vs. Arizona, Jan. 7, 1999).
The previous UW school record for three pointers in a game was 13 versus North Carolina State in 1997.
o UW's 29 three-point attempts were its third-highest total in school history, three short of the school record of 32 set earlier this season at Arizona.
o Washington's win over No. 22 Arizona was its first over a ranked team this season. The Huskies were 0-3 versus ranked teams entering the game.
o Washington's 98 points were its most of the season and most in a conference game since a 98-75 win over UCLA Jan. 4, 1997. The Huskies have only scored more than 98 in a Pac-10 game three times, the last a 104-73 win over USC on Jan. 27, 1989.
o Washington's 55 points were its most at the half this season.
o Megan Franza's 22 points at the half equaled her career-high one-half output. Only three games ago, Franza also had 22 in the first half, at California, Jan. 27, 2001. She finished that game with 30 points.
o Over the past three games Franza has averaged 23.7 points and has hit 13 of her last 23 (.565) 3-pointers. In the previous 17 games Franza was just 26-for-113 (.230) beyond the arc.
Dawgbite: Seven Huskies connected on at least one three point against Arizona ... Megan Franza and Giuliana each hit four and Loree Payne sank three from long range. Kellie Oï¿½Neill had two and starting center Andrea Lalum hit one, as did Jill Pimley and Cheryl Sorenson.
Recent Results: Washington defeated No. 22 Arizona, 98-88, and No. 23 ASU, 79-60, in Seattle ... OSU lost at Cal, 72-60, and at Stanford, 87-76 ... Oregon lost at Stanford, 63-54, and at Cal, 68-57.
Erickson Out for the Year: Senior forward Melissa Erickson (Littleton, Colo.) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee at California, Jan. 27, and is out for the remainder of the year. She had an MRI Jan. 31 to determine the extent of the injury and proceeded with surgery, Feb. 5. Erickson, who had played in 18 games this season, concludes her collegiate career having played in 92 games over four years for the Huskies. She had a career scoring mark of 2.46 points per game.Erickson, who started nine games as a junior, had career-bests of 13 points, at Hawaii, and 10 rebounds at Arizona, both last season She will graduate in June, with a degree in sociology, and plans to pursue a career in coaching basketball.
Some Pac-10 Notes: UW continues to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding, at 43.9 boards per game ... the Huskies are third in scoring offense (73.1 ppg) while OSU is fourth (68.0 ppg) ... Oregon is second in field goal percentage (.459) and OSU is second in three point field goal percentage (.351) ... the Ducks lead the league in field goal percent defense, holding opponents to .389 from the field ... OSUï¿½s Felicia Ragland is No. 2 in scoring (19.5 ppg) and Megan Franza is No. 4 (15.5 ppg) ... Oregon senior Jenny Mowe hits 57 percent of her shots from the field, third in the Pac-10 ... the three point barrage could be high this weekend as UOï¿½s Jamie Craighead leads the conference with 56 made this year (2.67 pg), followed by Ragland in second with 46 made (2.19) and Franza in fourth with 43 made (2.00 pg).
UW Against Ranked Teams: Washington made a national statement last week as it knocked off both No. 22 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State, the first ranked opponents UW had defeated this season. The Huskies had entered the week with a mark of 0-3 versus teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The effort moved UW into the rankings for the first time since 1998. The losses to ranked opponents have been as follows: No. 1 Connecticut (100-54), No. 22 Arizona (88-72) and No. 18 Oregon (67-53).
Looking Back: Washington has engineered a dramatic turnaround from last season, when the Huskies played their home games in downtown Seattle, were continually plagued by injuries and lacked a senior class. After 21 games last season, Washington had a record of 7-14 ... this year, the Huskies are 15-6 ... they were 3-8 after the first 11 Pac-10 games in 2000 ... this year they are 8-3 and in a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-10 as they continue the second round of play.
Huskies Hit High Field Goal Mark: Washington hit a season-high in field goal percentage for the second game in a row when it connected on 52 percent (33-64) of its shots against No. 22 Arizona last week ... that mark included a sizzling 58 percent (21-36) in the first half, buoyed by 11-of-19 shots (58%) from three point range ... two weeks ago at Washington State, the Huskies hit 50 percent from the field (33-66) for its highest mark to that point in the year ... the previous high was 47 percent (28-59) in the second game of the season at Michigan ... UWï¿½s individual leader is freshman Andrea Lalum, who is hitting 47 percent (69-146) from the field.
Balanced Attack Continues: Washingtonï¿½s 98 points versus Arizona was a season high, coming only one game after it had matched its previous mark of 91 at WSU ... the Huskies also scored 91 points in a triple overtime game versus USC, Jan. 4 ... nine Huskies in the game scored against the Wildcats, led by four Huskies in double figures and seven players hitting three point baskets ... at WSU 10 of the 12 Huskies in the game against the Cougars contributed in the scoring column ... Washingtonï¿½s Pac-10 record 16 three pointers also came after the Huskies connected on 12 at WSU .... The previous mark was 10 at Arizona, Jan. 13 ... the balance remained against ASU as four Huskies reached double figure scoring for the second game in a row and 10 of 12 players in the game scored points.
Dawgbite: Washingtonï¿½s 98 points againts Arizona marked the 11th time a June Daugherty-coached Husky team has topped the 90-point barrier, including twice earlier this season when they scored 91 points at WSU and matched the effort in a triple overtime game against USC. The Huskies topped the barrier once last year, nearly reaching the century mark with 99 points against Idaho. Two years prior, in 1998-99, the high-scoring Huskies scored 90 or more points four times. The Washington school record for points in a game is 114 versus Weber State in 1985.
The Series with Oregon State
Overall: Washington leads, 35-21
Current streak: Washington has won 1 game
Last six games: UW, 4-2
Last year: OSU swept, 78-59 in Corvallis and 57-50 in Seattle
Longest UW streak in series: 15 games
Longest OSU streak: 10 games
Last UW win in Corvallis: Jan. 17, 1999 (72-67)
June Daugherty vs. OSU: 9-4
First Meeting This Season
at UW 69, OSU 67 (Jan. 20): Megan Franza scored a season-high 28 points and her pull-up jumper from the free-throw line with 4.5 seconds remaining lifted Washington to a 69-67 victory over Oregon State on Saturday.
The Beavers had one final chance to win, but Leilani Estavanï¿½s desperation shot from 35 feet was far off the mark as time expired. Loree Payne scored 15 points and Andrea Lalum added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Washington (11-5, 4-2 Pac-10).
Nicole Funn, Felicia Ragland and Hollye Holbrook each scored 12 points for Oregon State (10-5, 2-3). Ragland notched her third double-double in her last four games by grabbing 10 rebounds.
Payneï¿½s driving layup tied the game at 67-67 with 46.3 seconds remaining. Oregon State called timeout, then worked the ball inside to Holbrook, whose offensive foul in the post turned the ball over with 20.4 seconds remaining. Washington quickly inbounded the ball and moved it downcourt to Franza, who pulled up at the free-throw line for the game-winner. After a timeout, Oregon State inbounded to Estavan, who dribbled downcourt and heaved a 35-footer under pressure that didnï¿½t come close.
UW shot just 34.3 percent from the field but made 8-of-25 from 3-point range. Franza hit four 3-pointers, while OSU managed only two. The leading rebounding team in the conference, UW outrebounded the Beavers 36-34. OSU opened the second half with a 27-12 run to take its biggest lead of the game. Ericka Cookï¿½s 3-point play with 9:24 remaining in the game capped the run and gave the Beavers a 57-47 lead. Franza and Payne scored six points apiece as UW erased the deficit with a 16-6 run. Payneï¿½s 3-pointer with 2:54 remaining tied the game at 63-63. Two more ties and two lead changes followed before Franza hit her decisive pull-up jumper. The Huskies led 35-30 at halftime.
The Series with Oregon
Overall: Oregon leads, 30-27
Current streak: Oregon has won 10
Last six games: Oregon, 6-0
Last year: Oregon swept, 65-51 in Eugene and 70-69 in Seattle
Longest UW streak in series: 11 games
Longest OU streak: 10 games
Last UW win: Jan. 13, 1996 (82-66 in Seattle)
Last UW win in Eugene: Jan. 23, 1993 (87-74)
June Daugherty vs. OU: 1-9
Statistical Comparison UW OSU UO
Overall record 15-6 11-10 12-9
AP ranking 23 na votes
Points per game 73.1 68.0 66.7
Field goal percentage .405 .424 .459
3-Pt. FG percentage .340 .352 .331
Rebounding average 43.9 38.0 32.7/pre>
Take Note: Washington, tied for first place after 11 games in conference play, was picked to finish sixth in a preseason vote of Pac-10 coaches. The Huskies were picked seventh in the media poll.
Look at Lalum: Freshman center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) moved into the starting lineup seven games ago, for the Oregon/Oregon State series, and has responded well to the move. She is averaging 10.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in Pac-10 game so far, topped by a career-best 19 points at Stanford. In addition, her field goal percentage has been stellar in Pac-10 games, at a team-high .550 from the field in 11 conference games, a mark that is fifth in the conference. She has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games. Lalum, who is part Native American, posted her third double-double of the year when she had 14 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona State.
Lalum, who grew an inch last year up to 6-foot-4, is a versatile player who provides the Huskies with a physical inside presence but has also connected on 13 three-point shots this year. She was 3-for-3 from behind the arc as a part of her 19-point effort at Stanford.
She blocked four shots against St. Maryï¿½s Dec. 17, the highest single game mark by a Husky player since Amber Hall swatted four away at Texas, Dec. 2, 1996. Hall, then a junior, went on to finish her career as Washingtonï¿½s career-leading rebounder (1,003 rebounds, 1996-99).
Lalum has now started nine games in her freshman year.
Senior Strength: Husky coach June Daugherty continually points to the six-player senior class as a major reason for UWï¿½s 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. Franza has been a constant in the starting lineup since her freshman year and is a leader on the court. Pimley is in her second season as a team captain and is a vocal leader whether she is playing or on the bench. LeAnn Sheets, who has struggled with injuries throughout her career, is healthy and gives the Huskies a veteran presence in the post. Melissa Erickson, until she injured her knee Jan. 27, brought experience off the bench, giving the Huskies added height inside. Sarah Duncan was named Most Inspirational last season and continues to fill that role this year. Carli Halpenny rounds out the group. A redshirt junior, she has opted to graduate this year in order to spend the spring quarter studying in Italy. The move puts her back in the class she entered with in 1997 and strengths the leadership the six-player group provides.
Washington had no seniors on its roster last season when it posted an 8-22 record.
Healthy Huskies: While crediting the senior class with leading the Huskies, coach Daugherty also points to a healthy lineup as cause for celebration. Washingtonï¿½s frontline was beset by injuries last season, causing Daugherty to constantly shuffle her lineup. No less than five different players were on the bench with injuries at one point or another last year. LeAnn Sheets missed the first eight games of the season after foot surgery. Cheryl Sorenson ended up redshirting after a torn ACL in preseason. Melissa Erickson was hampered by a sore shoulder during the non-conference portion of the schedule. Carli Halpenny was limited by a stress reaction in her hip and was initially declared out for the season and Kellie Oï¿½Neill had a premature end to her freshman year after suffering a severe ankle sprain midway through the season.
Sheets suffered a sprained ankle at Boise State this year, causing her to miss the next two games, but she has returned to full strength. In addition, Loree Payne returned after missing the first six games with a stress fracture in her foot. She posted a season-best 21 points against USC, Jan. 7.
The healthy lineup has given the Huskies increased depth this season, a factor that was particularly evident in the triple overtime win against USC Jan. 7. The Trojans had four key players foul out while the Huskies were able to constantly rotate fresh players in the game.
Megan on the Move: Senior guard Megan Franza continues to light it up in her final year as a Husky. After scoring over 20 points in a game just twice in the first 15 games of the season, she has now done so in four of the last six games, highlighted by a 22-point first half performance against Arizona. It was the second time in the last three games she had scored 22 in a half, also reaching the mark at California, Jan. 27, en route to a 30-point game. Over the past four games, she averaged 23.0 points per game and has hit 16-of-30 three pointers. Here are a few notes on what Franza is doing in her final season as a Husky:
o Matched the 22-point first half effort from Cal, against No. 22 Arizona, Feb. 8
o Leading scorer against ASU, the 10th time she has led UW in scoring this year
o Season-high 30 points at California, Jan. 27
o Third career performance of 30 or more points (35 vs. Idaho, 12/18/99, 33 vs. Stanford, 1/27/00)
o Tied her own school record with six three pointers at Cal (shares record with two others) ... she and Jamie Redd (1996-99) both hit six twice
o Started 106 of last 108 games ... last time not starting was Nov. 15, 1998, vs. Iowa sophomore year
o Reached double figure scoring in 42 of last 48 games ... has led UW in scoring last two seasons
o Team captain
Franza on the UW Career Charts
o No. 8 on UW career scoring chart with 1,423 points ... with nine points at Stanford Jan. 25, she passed former teammate Amber Hall (1,330) ... needs 85 points to move to No. 7 (1,508)
o Career scoring average of 13.2 points per game
o No. 8 on career field goals made chart (536) ... No. 5 on field goal attempts chart. (1,380)
o No. 2 on UW career three point field goals made chart (181 made) ... needs 11 to pass all-time leader Jamie Redd (192)
o No. 2 on career three point attempts list with 622 ... again trails Redd (675) ... Franza equalled her career high attempts with 13 versus Nebraska this season (Dec. 6)
o A first team All-Pac-10 selection last year, Franza became the 16th Husky to top the 1,000-point barrier and only the eighth player to pass the mark as a junior.
Franza on the Pac-10 Conference Career Charts
o Points - with 1,423 points, Franza needs 78 to tie No. 25 (1,501, Arianne Boyer, UO, 1994-97)
o Three point field goal attempts - No. 3 with 629 - needs 46 to tie No. 2 Jamie Redd (UW, 1996-99)
o Three point field goals made - No. 7 with 181 - needs eight to tie No. 6 Missy Croshaw (Oregon, 1991-4).
o Field goal attempts - Franza has 1,380 and needs 42 to tie Maylana Martin (UCLA, 1997-00) for 10th place (1,422 fgm).
Chart Topper: Megan Franzaï¿½s game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds on the clock against Oregon State (Jan. 20), capped a 28-point performance for the senior guard. That was followed by her 30-point performance two games later at California. Here is a look at Franzaï¿½s top seven scoring marks:35 ï¿½ vs. Idaho, Dec. 18, 1999
33 ï¿½ vs. No. 24 Stanford, Jan. 27, 2000
30 ï¿½ at California, Jan. 27, 2001
28 ï¿½ vs. Oregon State, Jan. 20, 2001
27 ï¿½ at Colorado State, Dec. 29, 1999
26 ï¿½ at Nebraska, Dec. 6, 1999
26 - vs. No. 22 Arizona, Feb. 8, 2001
And Finally: Last year, with a scoring average of 17.2 ppg, Franza led the Pac-10 in scoring until the final two weeks of the season, while freshman teammate 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 redshirt season for Oregonï¿½s injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza entered the 2000-01 season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.
Franza Named Seattle PI Sports Star of the Year Finalist: Senior guard Megan Franza, a four-year starter for the Huskies, was a finalist for the 66th annual Seattle Post Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year Award. Franza, No. 8 on the UW career scoring chart, was among 10 Seattle-area sports personalities who were finalists for the prestigious award that was presented at the annual banquet Jan. 31. The list of finalists, which includ three additional UW student-athletes, was as follows: Tami Bennett (UW soccer), Megan Franza (UW basketball) Megan Quann (Olympic swimmer), Jennifer Spediacci (UW softball), Jaï¿½Warren Hooker (UW track), Darrell Jackson (Seattle Seahawks), Nate McMillan (Seattle SuperSonics), Gallyn Mitchell (Emerald Downs), Rick Neuheisel (UW football coach), Kazuhiro Sasaki (Seattle Mariners). Quann and Sasaki were named as the 2000 winners.
Dawgbite: Husky head coach June Daugherty enters the weekend with a five-year record of 74-62 and a 12-year career record of 197-136 ... her win total is third among seven Husky coaches over the years.
On the Rebound: Washingtonï¿½s rebounding efforts have improved tremendously from last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, the Huskies have a margin of +5.3 over opponents this season, a mark that is second in the Pac-10, behind Stanford (+5.5). Washington has outrebounded all but six opponents this season (UConn, St. Maryï¿½s, ASU, Oregon, Stanford, Cal). The team is averaging 43.9 rpg, first in the Pac-10. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola is currently the leading rebounder at 6.3 boards per game. LeAnn Sheets follows at 5.8 and Kellie Oï¿½Neill is at 5.2 rebounds per game.
Pizza Time!: Washingtonï¿½s defensive efforts have been stellar so far this season and itï¿½s not just the Huskies who are reaping the benefits. When Washington wins at home and holds its opponent under 55 points, every fan in Bank of America Arena can redeem their ticket stub for a free small pizza at Papa Johnï¿½s Pizza. Itï¿½s become a rally cry for the home crowd and so far, the fans have cashed in twice, against UCLA (54) Jan. 4 and against Loyola Marymount (52) on Dec. 21. They just missed against James Madison when the Dukes tallied 56 points. Overall, the Huskies are holding opponents to 66.7 points per game this season.
Mendiola Magic: Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola is off to a great start in her first season as a Husky and should be considered among the leading candidates for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Here are a few highlights from the season:
o Leads UW in rebounding (6.3) and assists (4.0)
o Third-leading scorer at 10.5 points per game
o No. 8 rebounder in the Pac-10
o Seattle Times Classic MVP ... 37 points, 15 rebounds, three turnovers in two games
o Four double-doubles this season
o Assist to turnover ratio is 1.5 ... fourth-best in the Pac-10
o Has started 19-21 games
o Plays point guard and either wing position
o A few more notes ... the younger sister of teammate Gioconda ... takes care of the ball well, with only one turnover in her first college game, at Indiana, none at Boise State and none against Loyola Marymount ... eight assists versus UCLA ... In the triple OT win over USC, had 12 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and only two turnovers in 41 minutes of action ... was held scoreless at California, for, in her own memory 'probably the first time ever.'
Mendiola, who scored 3,069 points during her prep career, is in the top 10 in five different Pac-10 statistical categories. Here is a look at where she ranks on each Pac-10 list:rank category statistics
No. 4 assist/turnover ratio 1.53
No. 5 assists 4.00 apg
No. 5 defensive rebounds 4.14
No. 8 rebounding 6.3 rpg
No. 10 3 pt. FG made 30 (1.43 pg)
No. 20 scoring 10.5 ppg
Mendiola on the UW Freshman Charts: While current sophomore Loree Payne re-wrote the UW Freshman Top 5 record book last season, Mendiola is set to leave her mark on several charts as well. Here is a look where she stands after just 19 games:Category Mendiola Trailing
o 3-pt. FG made No. 4 - 30 fgm No. 2/3 Jamie Redd and Megan Franza - 33
o 3-pt. FG attempts No. 4 - 80 fga No. 3 Jamie Redd - 116
o Rebounds 133 No. 5
Janet Johnson - 188
o Assists 84 No. 4 C. Hanshaw - 87
More Magic: Freshman guard Gioconda Mendiola, older sister to Giuliana, had a career high when she posted a team-leading 10 points against UCLA Jan. 4. She has missed the last three games after having surgery to repair a sprained thumb.
Mendiola graduated from high school in June, 1999 and then remained at home in California for a year before starting school. She and younger sister Giuliana wanted to start college at the same time, so that they could play four years together.
Injury Update: Gioconda Mendiola had surgery Feb. 1 to repair a sprained thumb on her right hand. She is probable for this weekend.Loree Payne missed the first six game with a stress fracture in her left foot but returned Dec. 21. LeAnn Sheets suffered a left ankle sprain at Boise State and missed the Nebraska and Oklahoma State games. Sarah Keeler had a minor meniscus tear in December and is redshirting this season.