Huskies Cross Country For NCAA Dance With ODU

March 12, 2001

This Week in the NCAA Tournament
West Region
O'Connell Center at University of Florida
Gainesville, Fla.

First Round
Friday, March 16
No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Old Dominion
5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST)
followed by
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Holy Cross
30 minutes after conclusion of first game

Second Round
Sunday, March 18
8:35 p.m. EST
Winner advances to West Regional in Spokane, Wash.

Game 29
Washington Huskies(19-9 overall, 12-6 Pac-10)vs.Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (21-8)

The Coaches
June Daugherty (Ohio St. �78)
Record at UW: 78-65 (5th yr.)
Career record: 201-139 (12th yr.)
Old Dominion
Wendy Larry (Old Dominion �77)
Record at ODU: 309-100 (14th yr.)
Career: 358-131 (17th yr.)

Huskies on Radio
Washington's NCAA Tournament games can be heard live on KOMO Radio am 1000.Steve Sandmeyer calls the action. Games can also be heard live on theinternet at: will also carry an internet broadcast of both games

The Tournament:
The Washington women's basketball team (19-9, 12-6) earnedan at-large berth to the 2001 NCAA Tournament and as a No. 6 seed will face11-seed Old Dominion (21-8) in first round action at 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m.PST), Fri., March 16 in Gainesville, Fla. Third-seeded Florida (23-5) andNo. 14-seed Holy Cross (21-8) complete the field and meet in the second gameof the day, 30 minutes following the first. The Huskies are in the WestRegion.

Washington will be making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance and thirdunder Husky head coach June Daugherty. It marks the first time the Huskieshave been to the tournament since 1998.

Washington finished the regular season with a record of 19-9 overalland 12-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Huskies were crowned conferenceco-champions along with Stanford and Arizona State, who also finished withleague marks of 12-6. Stanford earned the automatic bid to the tournamentthrough the conference tiebreaker. Washington is the highest seed among thefour Pac-10 teams participating in the tournament, as Stanford is at 10, ASU11 and Oregon 13.

Old Dominion earned an automatic berth through the Colonial Conference.The Lady Monarchs are making their 18th trip to the NCAA Tournamentappearance and 11th consecutive appearance. This will mark the first meetingbetween Washington and ODU. Host Florida, making its eighth appearance,earned an at-large berth as one of six Southeastern Conference teams to playin postseason. Holy Cross was an automatic qualifier out of the PatriotLeague and is making its ninth appearance.

First and second round games of the championship will be played atsixteen campus sites March 16 and 18 or March 17 and 19. The winners advanceto four regional sites to be held on March 24 and 26. The regional sitesare: East - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Mellon Area), Mideast - Birmingham,Alabama (Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Area), Midwest - Denver,Colorado (Pepsi Center), and West - Spokane, Washington (Spokane, Wash.).The four regional winners will meet at the NCAA Women's Final Four, March 30and April 1, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

NCAA Tournament History:
On the strength of a remarkable regular seasonthat has seen the Huskies engineer one of the greatest turnarounds in thecountry, Washington is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.The most recent visit was in 1998 when the current Husky senior class werefreshmen. Washington has an overall mark of 11-12 in tournament games andhas advanced as far as the Elite Eight, in 1990.

The Huskies first appeared in 1985, the fourth year of the tournament,and had a string of seven straight years in which they advanced topostseason. After missing out in 1992, when they finished 17-11, the Huskiesreturned every year from 1993-95.

Washington is 6-3 in first round games and 4-5 in second round games.UW owns a record of 1-4 in NCAA tournament games played on a neutral court.

Been There, Done That:
Washington's six-player senior class was the last UWgroup to appear in the NCAA Tournament, when they were freshmen in 1998. TheHuskies lost in the first round, 88-71, at Purdue.

Washington advanced to the second round of the WNIT in 1999.

Top Twenty:
Washington is one victory away from a 20-win season for thefirst time since 1994-95 ... the Huskies finished 25-9 that year andadvanced to the Mideast Regional Semifinal before falling to Texas Tech(67-52) ... UW has posted 11 twenty-win seasons since 1974-75 ... UW'shighest win total was in 1990, when that team finished 28-3 after advancingto the Elite Eight (where it lost to Auburn, 76-50).

Top Dawgs:
When Washington earned a share of the Pac-10 women's basketballtitle, it became the fourth conference crown for a Husky sports team thisyear. The men's and women's soccer teams each won Pac-10 titles, as did theHusky football team.

The men's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAATournament while the women reached the Sweet 16. The Husky football teamearned a berth in the Rose Bowl where it defeated Purdue, 34-24.

Bottom to Top:
Washington's first place finish in the Pac-10 Conferencemarked the single greatest turnaround by a team, from one year to the next,since Pac-10 play began in 1986-87. The Huskies, who share the Pac-10championship with Arizona State and Stanford, finished ninth last year. Noother team has ever made that great a leap in one season. Previously, themost dramatic turnaround was an Oregon team that went from fourth place in1997-98 to Pac-10 champions in 1998-99.

Pac-10 History:
Washington has claimed three Pac-10 titles since theconference began women's play in 1986-87. The Huskies won the second titleawarded, in 1988, when they finished with an overall record of 25-5 and 16-2in conference play. That team advanced to the NCAA West Region Semifinal,where it lost to Long Beach State, 104-78, in Long Beach. The Huskies wereco-champions with Stanford in 1990 when they posted Washington's best recordever, at 28-3 overall, with a 17-1 conference mark. The Huskies, whofinished the year ranked No. 3, advanced to the Elite Eight, where theseason ended with a 76-50 loss to Auburn at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in IowaCity.

In the 14 previous years of Pac-10 play, the conference's automaticqualifier hosted NCAA first round games. In 1990, when Washington andStanford were co-champions, both were No. 1 seed and hosted tournamentgames. When UCLA and Oregon shared the title in 1999, the Bruins had theautomatic bid and hosted while the Ducks played at Iowa.

Senior Salute:
Six Huskies are entering the home stretch of theircollegiate careers. This weekend marks the second NCAA Tournament appearancefor Sarah Duncan, Melissa Erickson, Megan Franza, Carli Halpenny, JillPimley and LeAnn Sheets. Together the class has combined to lead Washingtonto a 78-65 record over the last four years, including the Huskies' mostrecent NCAA Tournament visit, when they were freshmen in 1998. They helpedlead UW to a 10-0 start and a No. 7 national ranking in �97-98 and haveengineered the fourth-greatest turn-around in the country, from one seasonto the next, this year. All six players will graduate in June.

Top Turnaround:
Washington has engineered a dramatic turnaround from lastseason, when the Huskies played their home games in downtown Seattle, werecontinually plagued by injuries and lacked a senior class. At the end oflast season, Washington had a record of 8-22, the first losing season inschool history, and a ninth place finish in the Pac-10 ... this year, theHuskies finished the regular season at 19-9 and as Pac-10 co-champions.

With an overall record of 19-9, Washington more than doubled its wintotal from last season when it finished 8-22.

In the Rankings:
Washington moved into the Associated Press Top 25 for thesecond time this season, at No. 22 for the week of March 5. The Huskiesbroke into the poll for the first time this season at No. 23 on Feb. 12.They dropped out the following week after losing at Oregon but then wonthree straight. Washington was the only newcomer in the poll that week.

When Washington moved into the rankings Feb. 12, it marked the firsttime a Husky team had been in the top 25 since the 1997-98 season. They wereranked the week of Feb. 28, 1998, at No. 23. The current six-player seniorclass was in its freshman season then and helped lead Washington to its lastNCAA Tournament appearance. That team was ranked as high as No. 7, afterstarting the season on a 10-0 run.

UW's highest ranking in the AP Top 25 was No. 3 in the final poll ofthe 1990 season.

Hear the Roar:
Washington's home attendance has increased dramatically thisseason, the first year of play in the newly remodeled Hec EdmundsonPavilion. The Huskies are bringing an average of 4,185 fans per home game,up from last year's mark of 2,338 from last season and 3,608 from the 1999season. That's an increase of 1,847 from last year to this year and up 577from two years ago.

Last Week
at UCLA 81, No. 22 Washington 56 - Kristee Porter scored 22 points and led asecond-half comeback as UCLA beat No. 22 Washington 81-56, cinching athree-way tie for the Pac-10 title between Washington, Arizona State andStanford.

The Huskies were led by the 22 points of senior guard Megan Franza,playing in her last regular-season game. Franza broke her own school recordfor three-pointers in a game, hitting seven on 14 attempts, including fivein the first half as the Huskies built a 34-28 lead.

UCLA, which entered the game with just five wins all season, shot 20-for-26from the line in the second half, and outscored Washington 53-22 afterhalftime. UCLA scored 10 of the first 14 points in the second half and tooka 40-38 lead at the 14:00 mark on a basket by Whitney Jones. Jones finishedwith a career-high 21 points.

Senior LeAnn Sheets just missed a double-double with 11 points and ninerebounds, and freshman Giuliana Mendiola capped the regular season with 10points.

at USC 88, No. 22 UW 76
- Tashara Carter scored a career-high 24 points andDenise Woods added 20 as Southern California beat No. 22 Washington 88-75,snapping the Huskies' three-game winning streak and dropping them into atie for first place in the Pac-10.

USC led by as many as 18 points in the first half before Washington went ona 22-7 run and closed within to three, 40-37, at halftime.

Washington tied the game twice early in the second half, once at 42-42 aftera three-pointer by Giuliana Mendiola, but USC pulled away and led by ninepoints with 2 minutes left when Washington began fouling. Jessica Cheeksshot 7-for-10 from the line down the stretch to seal the win.

Andrea Lalum led Washington with 19 points.

Washington ranks sixth in the nation in three point field goalsmade per game. The Huskies average 7.4 per contest. The national leader isIowa State at 9.2. Stanford, which tied UW's Pac-10 record 16 threes in agame Feb. 24, is the only other Pac-10 school in the top 25, at No. 20 with6.4 per game.

Three Point Barrage:
Washington is first in the Pac-10 in three point fieldgoals made with 208 in 28 games ... the team has far surpassed the previousseason high of 150 three pointers made in 1998. Entering postseason play,the Pac-10 single season record of 213 treys is not entirely out of thequestion. 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 hit16 against Washington Feb. 24.

Some Pac-10 Notes:
UW continues to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding, at 42.9boards per game ... the Huskies are third in scoring offense (73.5 ppg) ...second in assists (16.54 apg) ... first in offensive rebounds and defensiverebounds ... first in three point field goals made (7.43) and first inassist to turnover margin (0.90).

Fifth-year Husky coach June Daugherty has engineered one of thegreatest turnarounds in the Pac-10 and the nation this season ... she entersthe postseason weekend with a 12-year career mark of 201-139. Daugherty is78-65 in her five years at Washington. Her UW record is third-best amongWashington coaches. She collected career victory No. 200 Feb. 24 versusStanford.

Daugherty currently stands fifth among Pac-10 coaches in careervictories, behind Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, Arizona's Joan Bonvicini,USC's Chris Gobrecht and Caren Horstmeyer at Cal.

UW Against Ranked Teams:
Washington made a national statement the week ofFeb. 8 when it knocked off both No. 22 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State, thefirst ranked opponents UW had defeated this season. The Huskies had enteredthe week with a mark of 0-3 versus teams ranked in the Associated Press Top25. The effort moved UW into the rankings, at No. 23, for the first timesince 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).

Take Note:
Washington, a co-champion in the Pac-10, was picked to finishsixth in a preseason vote of Pac-10 coaches. The Huskies were picked seventhin the media poll.

Senior Strength:
Husky coach June Daugherty continually points to thesix-player senior class as a major reason for UW's success this year,crediting the group with strong leadership in practice and during games.Senior captains Megan Franza and Jill Pimley headline the group. Franza hasbeen 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 captain and isa vocal leader whether she is playing or on the bench. LeAnn Sheets, who hasstruggled with injuries throughout her career, is healthy and gives theHuskies a veteran presence in the post. Melissa Erickson, until she injuredher knee Jan. 27, brought experience off the bench, giving the Huskies addedheight inside. Sarah Duncan was named Most Inspirational last season andcontinues 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 thespring quarter studying in Italy. The move puts her back in the class sheentered with in 1997 and strengths the leadership the six-player groupprovides.

Washington had no seniors on its roster last season when it posted an8-22 record.

Fabulous Freshmen:
While Washington's six player senior class has played alarge role in the Huskies' success this year, the freshmen class has beenjust as vital to the winning season. Versatile guard Giuliana Mendiola andcenter Andrea Lalum are mainstays in the starting lineup and average 30minutes and 22 minutes a game, respectively. Mendiola has a team-leadingfive double-doubles this year and Lalum has four.

Mendiola, who plays point guard and either wing position, led theHuskies in rebounding all season and is currently second on the team with6.3 boards per game. She is the second-leading scorer, with 10.8 points agame and her assist to turnover ratio (1.70) is third in the Pac-10.Mendiola, who was the Husky Classic MVP earlier this season, has started 26of 28 games this season.

Lalum, who moved into the starting lineup a month ago, is among theHuskies' leaders in field goal percentage at 44 percent from the field. Shehas averaged a team-best 47 percent from the field in conference games.

Lalum, who grew an inch last year up to 6-foot-4, is a versatile playerwho provides the Huskies with a physical inside presence but has alsoconnected on 21 three-point shots this year. She was 3-for-3 from behind thearc as a part of her 19-point effort at Stanford. She also blocked fourshots against St. Mary's Dec. 17, the highest single game mark by a Huskyplayer since Amber Hall swatted four away at Texas, Dec. 2, 1996. Hall, thena junior, went on to finish her career as Washington's career-leadingrebounder (1,003 rebounds, 1996-99).

Fellow freshman Gioconda Mendiola, the older sister of Giuliana, hasreturned to action after missing three games because of surgery on herthumb. Mendiola graduated from high school in June, 1999 and then remainedat home in California for a year before starting school. She and Giulianawanted to start college at the same time and play four years together.

Rounding out the freshman class is Sarah Keeler, who is redshirtingthis season.

Healthy Huskies:
While crediting the senior class with leading the Huskies,coach Daugherty also points to a healthy lineup as cause for celebration.Washington's frontline was beset by injuries last season, causing Daughertyto constantly shuffle her lineup. No less than five different players wereon the bench with injuries at one point or another last year. LeAnn Sheetsmissed 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-conference portionof the schedule. Carli Halpenny was limited by a stress reaction in her hipand 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.

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

Only recently have the Huskies been hit by the injury bug. CherylSorenson missed two weekends with a sore knee as did Carli Halpenny, with asore hip. Sorenson has returned to the lineup while Halpenny isquestionable.

Washington's 95 points against Stanford Feb. 24 marked the 12thtime a June Daugherty-coached Husky team has topped the 90-point barrier,including four times this season. They scored 91 points at WSU, matched theeffort in a triple overtime game against USC and then scored 98 againstArizona. The Huskies topped the barrier once last year, nearly reaching thecentury mark with 99 points against Idaho. Two years prior, in 1998-99, thehigh-scoring Huskies scored 90 or more points four times. The Washingtonschool record for points in a game is 114 versus Weber State in 1985.

Megan on the Move:
Senior guard Megan Franza is nearing the conclusion of astellar four year career at Washington, capped by a return to the NCAATournament.

Franza on the UW Career Charts

  • No. 1 on three point field goals made chart (204 made) ... passed all-timeleader Jamie Redd (192) March 3 vs. Washington State
  • No. 1 on career three point field goal attempts chart (683) ...equalledher career high attempts with 13 versus Nebraska this season (Dec. 6)
  • No. 7 on UW career scoring chart with 1,556 points ... needs 41 points topass former Husky great Karen Deden (1,596 pts., 1988-91).
  • No. 8 on career field goals made chart (579) ... No. 3 on field goalattempts chart (1,478)
  • A first team All-Pac-10 selection last year, Franza became the 16th Huskyto top the 1,000-point barrier and only the eighth player to pass the markas a junior.

Chart Topper:
Megan Franza's game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds on the clockagainst Oregon State (Jan. 20), capped a 28-point performance for the seniorguard. That was followed by her 30-point performance two games later atCalifornia.

On the Rebound:
Washington's rebounding efforts have improved tremendously>from last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, theHuskies have a margin of +3.8 over opponents this season. The Huskies hadaveraged nearly a +4.7 margin through most of the regular season, the leadthe Pac-10. Washington has outrebounded all but 11 opponents this season.The team is averaging 42.9 rpg, first in the Pac-10. Senior LeAnn Sheetsleads the team with 6.6 rpg with freshman Giuliana Mendiola right behind at6.3 per game.

Injury Update:
Carli Halpenny has a sore left hip and will be furtherevaluated this week. Her status is questionable.

Loree Payne missed the first six games with a stress fracture in herleft foot but returned Dec. 21. LeAnn Sheets suffered a left ankle sprain atBoise State and missed the Nebraska and Oklahoma State games. Sarah Keelerhad a minor meniscus tear in December and is redshirting this season.

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. 31to determine the extent of the injury and proceeded with surgery, Feb. 5.Erickson, who had played in 18 games this season, concludes her collegiatecareer having played in 92 games over four years for the Huskies. She had acareer scoring mark of 2.46 points per game.Erickson, who started nine gamesas a junior, had career-bests of 13 points, at Hawaii, and 10 rebounds atArizona, both last season She will graduate in June, with a degree insociology, and plans to pursue a career in coaching basketball.

Huskies in Overtime:
Washington's 64-60 overtime loss at Oregon Feb. 17 wasits third extra period game this year. The Huskies have a mark of 1-2 inovertime games this season, with a 77-74 loss at the buzzer in one overtimeperiod at Indiana and a 91-79 triple overtime win at home against USC. Thetriple overtime game against USC was the first in UW school history.Washington's all-time record in overtime is 8-10 since 1976.

Only one other time has a Washington team played three overtime gamesin one season, during the 1991-92 year. The Huskies were 2-1 in OT gamesthat year.

Huskies Honor UW Football Player:
The women's basketball team is wearing apatch with the initials 'CW' on its jerseys this season, to support seniorfootball player Curtis Williams, who suffered a spinal cord injury duringthe Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. Williams, who attended the Rose Bowl,is currently in a rehabilitation center in San Jose, Calif.

Huskies Among National Leaders in RPI Rankings
Washington's impressive stand in the RPI rankings continues. In theMarch 11 Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Ratings, UW stands at No. 31in the nation and its strength of schedule is listed at No. 39. The Huskiesare just behind Pac-10 counterpart Stanford while ASU is listed at No. 46and Oregon is at No. 50.

Halpenny Selected to Study Abroad
Carli Halpenny is one of 25 University of Washington undergraduates selectedto participate in a prestigious international study program during thespring quarter. She was chosen from a pool of 50 applicants to participatein the UW's Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) program. Halpenny, aredshirt junior, will spend the spring, 2000 academic quarter at school inRome, Italy in the program that involves the study of literature,architecture and the culture and language of the country. She was one of 12students chosen from outside the UW architecture school to join the25-person travel party.

The program allows Halpenny, who maintains a 3.75 grade point average,to complete her undergraduate degree in zoology and graduate in June, 2001.She has elected to complete her basketball eligibility at the conclusion ofthis season, a move that now gives the Huskies a six-player senior class.Halpenny joins Sarah Duncan, Melissa Erickson, Megan Franza, Jill Pimley andLeAnn Sheets in their final year of eligibility.

Halpenny, a 6-foot-3 center, enters this season healthy for the firsttime since her arrival in 1997-98. She has played in all six games this yearand is averaging 10 minutes and 2.8 points per game. Halpenny suffered atorn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee upon her arrival in 1997 andused a redshirt season for her rehabilitation. She saw limited action in herfirst two seasons, playing in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 1999 andnine games as a sophomore last year.

Home Sweet Home:
Over the last year and a half, Bank of America Arena atHec Edmundson Pavilion has undergone an extensive renovation. On Nov. 24 theHuskies, who hosted defending national champion Connecticut, moved back intotheir on-campus arena � a venue that provides the charm of its original1920s style along with all the modern conveniences of today. Over $40million dollars in improvements have been made and the new transformationensures that every person in the building has a great seat with noobstructed views.

The Huskies have enjoyed remarkable success in Hec Edmundson Pavilion,now called Bank of America Arena, building a long-standing tradition oftop-notch women's basketball on the west coast and across the country.

This season marks the 72nd year of service for the historical buildingthat has an entirely new look on the inside. The renovation gives Washingtona much-needed new competition and practice facility for several of itsteams. The seating capacity has been increased from 7,900 to 10,000 and goneare the supports pillars that have obstructed views from the upper levelseats since the buildings inception. The renovation design of Hec EdmundsonPavilion began in the summer of 1997. Construction began in March, 1999 withcompletion in fall 2000.

Recapping 1999-2000:
Faced with a spate of injuries to its front line and ayoung squad with no seniors, Washington suffered through its first losingseason in school history with a record of 8-22 overall and 4-14th for aninth place finish in the Pac-10. The season was not without its highlightsthough, the biggest coming back on Jan. 27 when the Huskies upset No. 24Stanford and captured the 500th win for the women's basketball program. Itwas the second victory in a row over Stanford and career win No. 180 forcoach 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 highestscoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history. Franza was named to theAll-Pac-10 First Team, continuing a tradition which has seen Washington havea player on the first team every year but two since the league began play inthe 1986-87 season. Payne finished the year as one of the most prolificfreshman players in UW history. She broke eight freshman records,highlighted by her scoring mark of 521 points.

Although Washington did not lose anyone to graduation, twoplayers did not return to the team this season. Starting point guard JuliaGray transferred to UNLV and reserve center Tiffiany Diggins left theprogram. Washington returns four of its starters from a year ago.

Early Signees:
Three of the top girls basketball players in the state havesigned national letters of intent to attend the University of Washingtonnext fall:

Kirsten Brockman
6-0 o Forward o Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)

Kayla Burt
5-11 o Guard o Arlington, Wash. (Arlington HS)

Kristen O'Neill
Guard o 6-1 o Lynnwood, Wash. (Meadowdale HS)