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Dec. 28, 2001

Washington Hits Oregon,Oregon State for Road Opener
Huskies return to court with first conference road games

Fri., Dec. 28:
Washington at Oregon, 7 p.m., McArthur Court (9,087), Eugene, Ore.
Televised live on Action Sports Cable Network (regional cable)

Sunday, Dec. 30:
Washington at Oregon State, 1 p.m., Gil Coliseum (10,400), Corvallis, Ore.
Televised live on Fox Sports Net

This Week
Washington (6-4,1-0) returns to action after a short holiday break and embarks on its first Pac-10 Conference road trip of the season when it travels south to Oregon. The Huskies first meet Oregon (6-5, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 27 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore.. The game will be televised live on Action Sports Cable Network, a new Paul All-owned regional sports cable station. Next up is Oregon State (5-6, 1-1) at 1 p.m., Sun., Dec. 30 at Gil Coliseum in Corvallis. Correct game time is 1 p.m. Sunday. Schedules had the game previously listed at 2 p.m.

Washington opened defense of its Pac-10 title with a home game against rival Washington State, and pounded the Cougars, 98-64, back on Dec. 21. Five Huskies scored in double figures as the team surpassed 90 points for the second time this season. Junior team captain Loree Payne continues to lead the team in scoring, with 14.5 points per game. She is followed by three others with double figure averages: sophomore Andrea Lalum (14.1), junior Emily Autrey (11.5) and sophomore Giuliana Mendiola (10.2).

The trip to McArthur Court prov ides the Huskies a first look at the site of the inaugural Pac-10 Postseason Tournament. With the advent of the tournament, which runs March 1-4, the conference season opened a full two weeks earlier than usual. The tournament, held on the University of Oregon's campus, will include all 10 conference teams, with the winner receiving the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Following the road trip, the Huskies return home to host UCLA, Jan. 4 and USC, Jan. 6. The USC game time has been changed to a 7 p.m. tip, following a Seattle Seahawks game that is being played at Husky Stadium that day.

Washington finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a record of 5-4, posting victories over Montana State (overtime), Northeastern, Boise State, St. Mary's and Indiana and falling to Wisconsin, Santa Clara, Northeastern and No. 16 Michigan.

Washington entered the year with preseason rankings of No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Huskies received votes in coaches' poll for the week of Dec. 17.

The Washington-Oregon game will be televised live by Action Sports Cable Network, a new Paul Allen-owned network that will broadcast the game in regions of Oregon, Southwest Washington and Northern California. Bob Akamien will call the action. The Washington-Oregon State game will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net at 2 p.m. Sunday with Mary Murphy providing analysis. The game can also be heard on radio at KKNW 1150 am and on the internet via www.gohuskies.com. Steve Sandmeyer calls the action on radio.

Projected Husky Starting Lineup

F	23- Emily Autrey	6-0	Jr.	Kennewick, Wash. 	11.5 ppg, 3.4 rpgC	21- Andrea Lalum	6-4	So.	Bozeman, Mont.	14.1 ppg, 7.7 rpgG	22- Loree Payne	6-0	Jr.	Havre, Mont.	14.5 ppg, 3.2 rpgG	33- Kristen O'Neill	6-0	Fr.	Edmonds, Wash.	5.5 ppg, 3.4 rpgG	13- Giuliana Mendiola	5-11	So.	Lake Forest, Calif.	10.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Defending Champions
This year marks the third time a Washington team has entered the conference season as defending Pac-10 champions. Along with the 2001 campaign, the Huskies won Pac-10 titles in 1988 and 1990. They posted a league mark of 16-2 and an overall record of 25-5 to win Washington's first title in 1988. In 1990, the Huskies had a record of 17-1 in conference play and shared the title with Standford. The 1990 season was Washington's best ever as they finished with an overall record of 28-3 after advancing to the elite eight of the NCAA tournament. Last season saw the Huskies finish with a Pac-10 record of 12-6 and share the conference crown with Stanford and Arizona State.

On the Road
Washington takes its first Pac-10 road trip after posting a mark of 2-2 in non-conference road games. The Huskies won their season-opener in overtime at Montana State (73-65) but followed that with an 87-67 setback at Wisconsin. A split in the Bay Area rounded out the non-conference road season, with a win at St. Mary's (62-55) and a loss at San Francisco (72-68). Washington's 98-64 win over Washington State Dec. 21 gave the Huskies a 12-4 record in Pac-10 openers.

A Quick Glance at the Huskies
Washington, which entered the year ranked No. 19 in the AP's Preseason Poll, opened its season on the road, splitting games with an overtime win (73-65) at Montana State and loss (87-7) at Wisconsin. They followed with another split in the first home weekend, pounding Northeastern (81-42) in the first round of the Seattle Times Classic but falling, 71-56, to Santa Clara in the championship game. A 99-50 drubbing of Boise State boosted the Huskies' confidence before heading on the Bay Area road trip. Washington posted a road split to a pair of West Coast Conference schools last weekend, first defeating Saint Mary's (62-55) and then falling to San Francisco (72-68) before hosting the inaugural Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge. The Huskies avenged a season-opening overtime loss at Indiana last year with an 85-73 win over the Hoosiers in the first round. Six Huskies scored in double figures to give Washington its third home win of the young season. The second game of the Challenge came against 16th-ranked Michigan and the Wolverines, led by center LeeAnn Bies' career-high 27 points, came up with the one-point victory, 71-70. Husky junior Loree Payne tied a school record with seven three point field goals while the Huskies broke the school record for long range attempts with 36.

Listen to the Huskies
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard on the radio at KKNW 1150 am. Steve Sandmeyer is in his third season calling the action for Washington. Games can also be heard over the internet by logging onto http://www.gohuskies.com and following the links from there.

Did You Know ... The Dec. 21 victory over Washington State gave Washington 530 victories in its 28 seasons of basketball ... Washington's all-time mark stands at 530-259 (.673).

Schedule Changes
There have been some minor changes made to the 2001-02 schedule. The Jan. 19 game against Stanford at home has been changed to a 3:00 p.m. start for television coverage by Fox Sports Northwest. On Feb. 16 when the Huskies take on California in Berkeley, tip-off will be at 1:00 p.m., not 7 p.m., the original time slot. The Jan. 6 game against USC at home has been changed to a 7 p.m. tip on Jan. 6, instead of the orginal 1 p.m. time. The game was rescheduled due to a makeup game for the Seahawks, who are playing at Husky Stadium that afternoon.

Closing in on 1,000
Junior guard Loree Payne's 23-point outburst versus Michigan Dec. 9 moved her career scoring total to 952 points. She needs 48 points to reach 1,000 and become the 17th Husky player to reach that plateau. Payne, who is currently averaging 14.5 points per game, could become just the ninth Husky to reach the 1,000-point mark as a junior. She was preceded by former teammate Megan Franza, who crossed the barrier as a junior during the 1999-00 season. At her current scoring pace, Payne could reach 1,000 points by the USC game Jan. 6 at Bank of America Arena. A prolific scorer since she arrived two years ago, Payne holds the UW freshman scoring record with 521 points in the 1999-00 season. She tied Franza's record for three point baskets in a game, with seven, against No. 16 Michigan, Dec. 9.

Three Point Barrage
Washington is second in the Pac-10 with 70 three point field goals made this season. The number is 15 behind leader Stanford, at 85, and 12 more than the next nearest school (Arizona 58). Washington recently broke its school record for three point attempts in a game with 36 versus Michigan (made 11).

Last Time Out
Game 10 - at Washington 98, Washington State 64 (Dec. 21) - Washington used balanced scoring and stingy defense to defeat intrastate rival Washington State, 98-64, in the Pac-10 conference opener for both teams at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (6-4, 1-0) put five players in double-digits on the scoreboard for the third time this season, led by the 22 points of sophomore center Andrea Lalum. Also in double figures were juniors Loree Payne (17 points), Emily Autrey (13), and Kellie O'Neill (11), along with sophomore Giuliana Mendiola (11). Francine McCurtain tallied 20 points to lead the Cougars (2-9, 0-1) in scoring, while senior center Brittney Hawks added 18 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth-consecutive double-double. Washington forced 29 Washington State turnovers and held the Cougars to just 33 percent shooting, while sinking 45 percent of its own shots. In the game, the Huskies set season-highs for field goals (34), field goal attempts (76), free throws (26), free throw attempts (37), steals (18) and blocked shots (5). The win was the 13th-consecutive for the Huskies in the rivalry, which dates back to 1974-75, the team's first season of competition. The Cougars last defeated Washington on Feb. 25, 1995 in Pullman, 72-67. Washington has not lost to Washington State in Seattle since the 1993 season.

Dawgbite: Washington's victory over Northeastern in the Seattle Times Classic Nov. 24 made sixth-year Husky head coach June Daugherty the second-winningest coach at Washington. Daugherty, who led the Huskies to their furthest point in the NCAA tournament last year, has a record of 87-70 at Washington. Former coach Chris Gobrecht, who led the Huskies from 1985-96, is the leader with 243 wins against 89 losses in her tenure. Daugherty is the seventh women's head basketball coach at Washington. She passed Kathie Neir (1975-79) when she moved to No. 2.

About the Oregon Ducks
Oregon open conference play with a road trip to Los Angeles where it posted a nine-point victory, 76-67, at UCLAand suffered a 10-point, 83-73, loss at USC. Junior guard Shaquala Williams, the Pac-10 Player of the Year two seaseasons ago, leads the team with 16.8 points per games. Behind her is senior guard Ednisha Curry with 12.1 points. The Ducks are led by first-year coach Bev Smith, who was hired to replace Jody Runge last season. Smith, who played at Oregon (1979-82), was the Canadian National Team coach from 1997-01. She was a two-time all-America in her playing days at Oregon.

The Husky-Duck Series
Oregon leads the series with Washington, 31-28, and has won the last 11 in a row. Washington's last victory over Oregon was an 82-66 game back on Jan. 13, 1996 in Seattle. The Huskies' last win at McArthur Court was Jan. 23, 1993. Husky head coach June Daugherty has a career mark of 1-11 versus Oregon. Scores in the series sweep by Oregon last year were 67-53 in Seattle and 64-60 (ot) in Eugene.

About the Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State opened with a road split in Los Angeles, falling first in a close game at USC, 69-65, and then winning at UCLA, 79-65. Last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year , Felicia Ragland, leads the team with 21.5 points per game, a mark that leads all conference players. Next closest is Hollye Chapman (10.6), also known as Hollye Holbrook last season. Oregon State is coached by Judy Spoelstra, who is in her seventh season with the Beavers.

The Husky-Beaver Series
Washington leads the all-time series with OSU, 36-21, and swept both games last year, 69-67 in Seattle and 77-70 in Corvallis.

Point the Way: It's still early but freshman Kristen O'Neill has steadily emerged as a capable floor leader. O'Neill, a 6-foot guard, made her first collegiate start against Indiana, Dec. 7. She is averaging 21 minutes per game and has proved adept at handling point guard duties behind Giuliana Mendiola as well as rotating at shooting guard. O'Neill is shooting 42 percent from the floor and several times has come up with clutch baskets late in the game. Accurate from any distance, she was 5-of-7 from three point range on the roadtrip to Saint Mary's and USF, with all three of her field goals from behind the arc at St. Mary's.

Steady as She Goes: Often overlooked on the stat sheet, redshirt junior Cheryl Sorenson is one of the Huskies' most consistent players. A versatile guard/forward, she is averaging 19 minutes a game and is adept at coming off the bench and breaking down the opponents' defense. Sorenson also gives the Huskies, who have just one senior on the roster, a four-year player who knows the system. She pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds at St. Mary's, a figure that included six offensive boards. She passed out four assists versus WSU, the third time this season she has done that.

Injury Update: Freshman guard Kayla Burt has a stress fracture in her left foot and has been out since Nov. 24. She has returned to practice and could see limited playing time this weekend. The last game she played was against Northeastern. Sophomore guard Gioconda Mendiola has a stress fracture in her lower right leg. She will be out four to six weeks (beginning Dec. 7). The last game she played was at USF. All other Huskies are healthy entering the week.

Double Digits: Washington currently has four players averaging double figure scoring, led by junior Loree Payne's 14.5 points per game. Sophomore Andrea Lalum and junior Emily Autrey are right behind, with 14.1 and 11.5 points per game, respectively and sophomore point guard Giuliana Mendiola rounds out the group with 10.2 ppg. Coach Daugherty continues to emphasize the depth of her bench, constantly rotating fresh players in and out of the game. The strategy was a key element of the team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament last year and continues to be a source of strength this season.

Memorials: The Washington basketball team is wearing a black memorial stripe on their uniforms this season. The stripe, which has the number 16 on it, is in memory of the 16 Husky fans who lost their lives in a plane crash in Mexico Sept. 12, 2001. The fans were on a side-trip of a Husky fan cruise to the Miami-Washington football game that had been scheduled for Sept. 15. In addition, the team is wearing an American flag on the back of their jerseys to remember victims of the events of Sept. 11.

A Glance at the Huskies
Coming off of a season in which the Huskies posted a 22-10 overall record, earned a share of the Pac-10 title, and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight, the 2001-02 team has high expectations for 2002. Washington opened its 28th season of women's basketball with three of its five starters returning, five additional letterwinners who have seen extensive playing time, a key redshirt and five talented newcomers. Leading scorer Megan Franza, who finished her career sixth in the school record books with 1,612 points, is gone along with LeAnn Sheets who averaged almost seven rebounds a game in 2001. Four other seniors graduated as well, but the Husky game plan has not skipped a beat. The team is young but talented and experienced. The Huskies featured a deep rotation that saw every player on the bench get in the game last year. This season should be no different.

Top Turnarounds
Washington had several impressive turnarounds last year. First and foremost was the Pac-10 swing, from an 8-22 record and ninth place finish in 1999-00, to a 22-10 overall record, 12-6 conference mark and a share of the Pac-10 championship in 2001. The conference swing was the greatest in league history. It was also the second-best turnaround in the country, from one season to the next (behind Baylor). Washington also posted the second-largest turnaround in home game attendance from one year to the next. The Huskies drew 2,338 fans per game in 2000 and saw that number jump to 4,179 per game in 2001. Overall, Washington stood 19th in the country in average attendance.

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