Women's Basketball Hosts WSU in Final Regular Season Home Game

Feb. 28, 2001

Seattle - Game 26
Washington Huskies (18-7, 11-4/2nd)
Washington State Cougars (11-14, 6-9/t7th)
1 p.m., Sat., March 3
Bank of America Arena (10,000)

This Week: Alone in second place in the Pac-10 and in a heated battle for the conference title, the Washington women's basketball team (18-7, 11-4), plays its final regular season home game when it hosts Washington State (11-14, 6-9) at 1 p.m., Sat., March 3 at Bank of America Arena. The game can be heard on the radio at KKOL 1300 am.

The Coaches
June Daugherty (Ohio St. `78)
Record at UW: 77-63 (5th yr.)
Career record: 200-137 (12th yr.)

Washington State
Jenny Przekwas (Wyoming `86)
Record at WSU: 15-38 (2nd yr.)
Career record: 148-137 (10th yr.)

Series Notes
UW leads the series with WSU, 42-14, and has won the last 11 in a row ... WSU is 11-21 in games played in Seattle, with the last victory a 72-67 win Feb. 25, 1995.

Recent Results
UW swept, defeating California, 78-71, and Stanford, 95-87 ... WSU split, losing to Stanford, 87-78, and defeating Cal, 74-59.

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.broadcast.com/sports/ncaa/washington

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

Next Games
March 8 - at USC, 7 p.m.March 10 - at UCLA, 1 p.m.

Senior Salute: Six Huskies play their final regular season game at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion Saturday afternoon against Washington State. It will be the final home appearance for Sarah Duncan, Melissa Erickson, Megan Franza, Carli Halpenny, Jill Pimley and LeAnn Sheets. Together the class has combined to lead Washington to a 77-63 record over the last four years, including the Huskies' most recent NCAA Tournament appearance, when they were freshmen during the1997-98 season. They helped lead UW to a 10-0 start and a No. 7 national ranking in `97 and have engineered the fourth-greatest turn-around in the country this year, from one season to the next. All six players will graduate in June.

Notes on the Game: Washington trails Arizona State in the Pac-10 race by one-half game and enters the weekend after sweeping the Bay Area schools in a pair of home games ... the Huskies have won seven of their last eight games and carry a five-game home win streak ... Washington is No. 16 in the Feb. 16 RPI report, the top Pac-10 school ... UW leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (43.0 rpg), rebounding margin (+4.7 rpg), assist-turnover ratio (0.91), defensive rebounds (26.36 rpg) and three-pointers made per game (7.24 avg.) ... WSU is coming off a weekend split that saw the Cougars drop a nine-point decision to Stanford and then beat California by 15 points ... the Cougars play their final three games on the road.

Probable Washington Starters

Name	Pos.	Ht.	Yr.	Hometown		Pts., Rbs.
42 - LeAnn Sheets F 6-2 Sr. Olympia, Wash. 7.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg
40 - Andrea Lalum C 6-4 Fr. Bozeman, Mont. 9.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg
22 - Loree Payne G 6-0 So. Havre, Mont. 11.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg
14 - Megan Franza G 5-11 Sr. Leavenworth, Wash. 16.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg
13 - Giuliana Mendiola G 5-11 Fr. Lake Forest, Calif. 10.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Top Turnaround: 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 25 games last season, Washington had a record of 7-18 ... this year, the Huskies are 18-7 ... they were 3-12 after 15 Pac-10 games in 2000 ... this year they are 11-4 and in second place in the Pac-10.
With an overall record of 18-7, Washington has more than doubled its win total from last season when it finished 8-22. Here is a look at how Washington ranks among other teams around the country that have also posted similar turnarounds this season:

Team	99-00 record (%)	00-01 record (%)	differential
South Carolina St.5-23 (.179) 16-8 (.667) +.488
Baylor 7-20 (.259) 17-8 (.680) +.458
Montana State 6-21 (.222) 17-8 (.680) +.458
Washington 8-22 (.267) 18-7 (.720) +.453
Colorado 10-19 (.345) 20-6 (.769) +.424
Georgia Southern 10-18 (.357) 21-6 (.778) +.421
Stetson 10-18 (.357) 20-6 (.769) +.412
Houston 7-21 (.250) 18-10 (.643) +.390
San Jose State 3-24 (.111) 12-14 (.462) +.351
Army 9-19 (.321) 18-9 (.667) +.346

Top Twenty: Washington is nearing a potential 20-win season for the first time since the 1994-95 season ... the Huskies finished 25-9 that year and advanced to the NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinal before falling to Texas Tech (67-52) ... Washington has posted 11 20-win seasons since 1974-75 ... UW's highest win total was in 1990, when that team finished 28-3 after advancing to the Elite Eight (where it lost to Auburn, 76-50).

Last Week
at UW 95, Stanford 87 - Megan Franza scored 21 points and Loree Payne added 19 as Washington overcame 16 Stanford 3-pointers to beat the Cardinal 95-87.
The Huskies made 16-of-20 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
Andrea Lalum scored 18 points for Washington (18-7, 11-4 Pac-10), while LeAnn Sheets and Giuliana Mendiola both added double-doubles for the Huskies. Sheets had 12 points and 13 rebounds while Mendiola added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Stanford's Lindsey Yamasaki scored a career-high 34 points and tied a Pac-10 record with nine 3-pointers.
Nicole Powell scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Cardinal (15-9, 9-5), whose 16 3-pointers tied a conference record set by Washington earlier this season.
Franza, Payne and Lalum each had two of Washington's nine 3-pointers.
Washington has won seven of its last eight games.
The Huskies trailed 62-54 with 12 minutes remaining in the game when Franza scored seven points during a 13-2 run that gave Washington its first lead of the second half at 67-64 with 8:29 remaining.
There were three more lead changes before the Huskies took the lead for good on a Mendiola free throw that put Washington up 74-73 with 3:39 remaining.
Washington coach June Daugherty won her 200th career game. The loss stopped Stanford's four-game road winning streak.

UW-Stanford Postgame Notes
The Washington-Stanford series has featured many milestones over the past two seasons. Saturday's win was the 200th for UW head coach June Daugherty and the 520th in school history. Earlier this season, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer earned her 200th Pac-10 win, against the Huskies. (1/25/01) Last year's Husky win over Stanford in Seattle was the 500th win all-time at UW. Washington and Stanford are the only two Pac-10 schools with 500 wins ... The attendance of 6,714 set a new Bank of America Arena record ... Lindsey Yamasaki set a career-high with 34 points and established a new Pac-10 record for 3-point field goals made in a conference game, and tied the Stanford school record with nine. Yamasaki broke her own record of eight 3-pointers set Feb. 27, 1999 vs. Arizona. Two other players have also made eight 3-pointers in a conference game ... Stanford's 16 three-pointers equaled a Pac-10 record set by Washington earlier this season vs. Arizona (Feb. 8, 2001). Washington made its 16 three-pointers in just 29 attempts, while Stanford took 34 ...The Cardinal made more 3-pointers (16) in tonight's game than 2-pointers (12). Stanford had nine 3-pointers in the first half, a season-high for the team and more than the Huskies had allowed in any complete game this season ... Washington trailed by as much as eight points with 12:22 remaining in the game, but then went on a 25-9 run over the next ten mintues to take a 79-73 lead. Andrea Lalum and Megan Franza combined for 16 of the 25 points ... Giuliana Mendiola and LeAnn Sheets each recorded double-doubles for the Huskies. Mendiola combined 11 points with 12 rebounds and five assists, while Sheets scored 12 and added 13 rebounds ... The 95 points scored by Washington were the most ever scored by the Huskies in the UW-Stanford series. Washington has scored 90 points or more three times in its last seven games ... Washington's 50 free-throw attempts were the most by any Pac-10 team this year, while its 34 completions were a season high and second most in the Pac-10 this year.

at UW 78, Cal 71 - Giuliana Mendiola scored a career-high 22 points to lead Washington to a 78-71 victory over California.
Mendiola made 9 of 11 from the field, including both of her 3-point attempts. The Washington victory put an end to California's five-game winning streak. The Huskies (17-7, 10-4 Pac-10) remain alone in second place in the conference, one game behind Arizona State.
The game was tied at 54 before the Huskies went on a 8-0 run that was capped by Mendiola's 3-pointer at 3:53. California came right back with a seven-point run that reduced the Washington lead to 62-61 with 2:11 to play. The Bears would get no closer as the Huskies outscored the Bears 16-10 for the remainder of the game.
Megan Franza scored 21 for Washington, which swept the both meetings between the two teams.
The leading scorers from each team were held to no points in the first half. California's Courtney Johnson (14.0 ppg) missed the three shots she attempted, while Franza (15.8) was prevented from taking a shot.
Johnson's first field goal tied the game at 31 apiece, and Lauren Ashbaugh followed with a layup 45 seconds later to give the Bears their first lead of the game, 33-31, 2:15 into the second half.
California (11-12, 7-6) had four players in double-figure scoring, led by the 16 of Johnson, who got all of her points in the second half. Kenya Corley had 15 points, and Ashbaugh added 14. Ami Forney scored 11.
The Huskies led by nine points early, as Emily Autrey's jumper gave Washington a 15-6 advantage with 12:28 to play in the first half. Corley helped cut the Washington lead to 18-16, scoring all of California's points during a 10-5 run.
Washington held a 29-27 halftime advantage.

UW-Cal Game Notes
With 21 points in today's game, Megan Franza now has 1,481 points in her career, and is now just 27 points shy of seventh place on UW's all-time scoring chart. (Carlin McClary, 1,508) ... Franza did not attempt a field goal until the 18:08 mark of the second half and scored her first points with 15:32 remaining in the game. She went on to shoot 6-9 from the field, including two 3-pointers and 7-11 free-throw shooting ... Giuliana Mendiola's 22 points were a career high, eclipsing her previous mark of 20 set Dec. 21 vs. Loyola Marymount. Mendiola was 9-11 shooting from the field and combined with Franza to score 34 of the Huskies 49 second half points ... The loss for Cal ends a five-game winning streak, and was its first loss since a 69-68 defeat by Washington in Berkeley on Jan. 27 ... Washington was 19-26 from the free-throw line tonight, including 12-14 in the game's final two minutes.

In the Rankings: Washington dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 after standing at No. 23 for the week of Feb. 12. The Huskies received votes for the week of Feb. 26. At No. 22, Arizona State is the lone Pac-10 team in the rankings this week. When Washington moved into the rankings Feb. 12, it marked the first time a Husky team had been in the top 25 since the 1997-98 season. They were ranked the week of Feb. 28, 1998, at No. 23. The current six-player senior class was in its freshman season then and helped lead Washington to its last NCAA Tournament appearance. That team was ranked as high as No. 7, after starting the season on a 10-0 run.
UW's highest ranking in the AP Top 25 was No. 3 in the final poll of the 1990 season.

Dawgbite: Fifth-year Husky coach June Daugherty collected career victory No. 200 against Stanford Feb. 24 ... she enters the WSU game with a 12-year mark of 200-136. Daugherty is 77-63 in her five years at Washington. Her UW record is third-best among Washington coaches.
Daugherty currently stands fifth among Pac-10 coaches in career victories. Stanford's Tara VanDerveer is first with 512, followed by Joan Bonvicini (UA, 502), Chris Gobrecht (USC, 376) and Caren Horstmeyer (Cal, 232).

Three Point Barrage: By hitting 14 more three point baskets last weekend, the Huskies have now connected on 69 treys in the last eight games ... Washington is first in the Pac-10 in three point field goals made with 181 in 25 games ... the team has far surpassed the previous season high of 150 three pointers made in 1998. With three regular season games remaining, the Pac-10 single season record of 213 treys is not entirely out of the question. The Huskies already broke the single game mark when they sank 16 from long range against Arizona Feb. 8. Stanford tied that mark when it hit 16 against Washington Feb. 24.

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.

Fanfare: A crowd of 6,714 showed up to watch the Huskies defeat Stanford last Saturday ... it was the largest crowd to watch a UW basketball game, men's or women's, in the newly remodeled Bank of America Arena. Washington's average home attendance has increased by nearly 1,500 fans this season.

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