Women's Basketball Looks for Weekend Sweep Sunday Night vs. USC

Jan. 5, 2002

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The Game
Washington (8-5, 3-1) closes the weekend with a Sunday evening game against Southern California (8-6, 4-1) at 7 p.m., Jan. 6 at Bank of America Arena. The USC game time was changed to 7 p.m. to accommodate the Seattle Seahawks' game at Husky Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Both the Huskies and Trojans are coming off Friday night victories, with UW defeating UCLA, 86-53, and USC downing Washington State, 87-66, in Pullman. Washington and USC enter Sunday's game with nearly identical records and only one conference loss apiece.

Washington holds a slim 17-13 lead in the all-time series between the two schools. The teams split the series last year in a memorable pair of games. The Huskies won the first meeting in Seattle, 91-79, in Washington's first-ever triple overtime victory. USC evened the score in Los Angeles, upsetting the 22nd-ranked Huskies, 88-76, and dropping UW into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-10.

The game also marks a meeting of the two winningest coaches in Washington school history. USC coach Chris Gobrecht, who led the Husky women from 1985-96, is Washington's all-time winningest coach, with a record of 243-89 in her 11-year tenure. Current head coach June Daugherty, who led the Huskies to their furthest point in the NCAA tournament last year, has a record of 89-71 in her six years at Washington. She moved into second place earlier this season, when the Huskies defeated Northeastern Nov. 24. Daugherty is the seventh women's head basketball coach at Washington.

Washington entered this weekend following its first Pac-10 road trip where it earned a split, falling first at Oregon (69-56) and then winning at Oregon State (74-58). The Women of Troy also came off a weekend split, winning at California (69-53) and losing at Stanford (78-66).

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.

With the advent of the first Pac-10 Conference Postseason 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.

The USC games can be heard on the radio at KKNW 1150 am and on the internet via www.gohuskies.com. Steve Sandmeyer calls the action on radio. There is no television for the UW-USC game.

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup

F	24-  Kellie O'Neill	6-1	Jr.	Edmonds, Wash.	7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
F 44- Cheryl Sorenson 6-0 Jr.-RS Milwaukie, Ore. 2.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 12.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg
G 33- Kristen O'Neill 6-0 Fr. Edmonds, Wash. 6.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg
G 13- Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 So. Lake Forest, Calif. 9.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Topping the 1,000-point Plateau
With 5:17 left to go in the game against UCLA Friday, junior guard Loree Payne tallied her 1,000th career point. She finished the game with 15 points on five-of-11 shooting, bringing her career total to 1,001 in her three-and-one-half years at UW. Payne, from Havre, Montana, is just the 17th player in Washington history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and the ninth Husky to reach the mark in her junior season. She was preceded by former teammate Megan Franza, who crossed the barrier as a junior during the 1999-00 season.

Payne, who had started the first 11 games of the season, came off the bench to score a season-high 26 points at Oregon State last weekend and came off the bench again versus UCLA, to reach the milestone. She currently leads the Huskies in scoring, with 14.9 points per game and is averaging 16.5 points through four Pac-10 games.

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 of this season. She has three games of 20+ points so far this year.

Australian Standout Joins UW Women's Basketball Team
Australian high school standout Nicole Castro has joined the Washington women's basketball team, sixth-year head coach June Daugherty announced Jan. 2.

After graduating from St. John's College High School in Nambour, Australia in November, Castro has enrolled at Washington and is expected to redshirt the remainder of the 2001-02 season. She joined the Huskies at practice Jan. 2.

'Nicole is an athletic and versatile guard,' says Daugherty. 'Obviously with her graduation in November she is not on the traditional season, but we look forward to getting her in here to learn our system. She has great speed and the ability to shoot the three. Nicole already has a great deal of experience playing with the junior program in Australia and will be an integral part of the Husky program.'

Castro, a 5-foot-10 guard, was selected to the Adidas All-Star Camp in both 1999 and 2000. Along with being named the 2001 Southern Cross Women's League Player of the Year, Castro was chosen to the league's all-star team in 2000. She was presented the Queensland Academy of Sports Commitment to Excellence award in 1999.

Other accolades that Castro amassed during her prep career include the 1999 Maroochydore Basketball Club Highest Achiever award, along with being named to the 1999 and 2000 All-Australian Reserves.

15 - Nicole Castro
5-10 Guard Darwin, Australia (St. John's College H.S.)Attended St. John's College in Nambour, Australia, graduating in Nov. 2001 ... two-time team captain ... selected to the Adidas All-Star Camp in 1999 and 2000 ... participated in the 2000 Youth Olympics ... 1999 and 2000 All Australian Reserve ... earned the 1999 Queensland Academy of Sports Commitment to Excellence award ... was named the 2001 Southern Cross Women's League Youth Player of the Year ... also competed in track and field and placed fourth in the 400-meters at the 1998 Queensland Titles competition.Personal: Nicole Louise Castro ... daughter of Luis and Michelle Castro ... born Feb. 3, 1984 in the Top End of Australia Darwin, Northern Territory ... has one older brother, Marc (20) ... father is a computer network technician and mother is an application administrator.

UCLA Recap
Game 13 - at Washington 86, UCLA 53 (Jan. 4) - Junior guard Loree Payne became just the 17th player in Washington women's basketball history with over 1,000 career points, leading the hot-shooting Huskies to a 86-53 win over UCLA before 3,077 fans at Bank of America Arena. Freshman Kayla Burt - who entered the game with just 14 points in the Huskies' first 12 games - led all scorers with 18 on seven-of-11 shooting, including three three-pointers. Fellow frosh Kristen O'Neill (13) and Sarah Keeler (12) each set or equaled career-highs as well, while Payne (15) and junior Kellie O'Neill (10) joined the freshman trio in double-figure scoring. Senior center Shalada Allen led the Bruins with 16 points. Payne's 1000th point came on the front end of a trip to the free-throw line and extended the Huskies' lead to 76-47 at the 5:17 mark of the second half. Payne's accomplishment contrasted a dominant defensive effort by Washington, which recorded a season-high nine blocks - nearly doubling the previous high of five - and held the Bruins to just 28 percent shooting. The Huskies' 33-point win was its largest in the series, and extended its all-time series lead to 22-11.

Washington vs. UCLA Game Notes
With 5:17 left to go in the game, Washington's Loree Payne tallied her 1000th career point. She finished the game with 15 points on five of 11 shooting, bringing her career total to 1,001 ... Washington's three freshmen, Kayla Burt, Kristen O'Neill and Sarah Keeler combined for 43 points in tonight's game, with each at least equaling their previous career highs. Burt's 18 points shattered her previous high of five, while O'Neill scored 13 to equal her season high (at Oregon, 12/28). Keeler scored 12 points, bettering her career high of 10 ... The Huskies' 33 point victory is its largest in the UW-UCLA series. Washington's previous high was a 23 point, 98-75 win in Seattle on Jan. 4, 1997 ... The Huskies nine blocks was a season high, eclipsing the previous high of five set versus Santa Clara and WSU. The Huskies had eight blocks in the first half alone ... Washington put five players in double-digit scoring for the fourth time this season, and second time in the last four games ... UCLA's 28% shooting was the second lowest by a Husky opponent this season, only Northeastern (14 of 54, 26%) shot worse than the Bruins ... This game marks the 12th time in 13 games this season that the Huskies had fewer turnovers than their opponent.

About the Women of Troy
USC is coming off a weekend split, winning at California (69-53) and losing at Stanford (78-66). The Trojans, picked to finish third in the Pac-10 behind Washington in the Pac-10 Coaches' Poll, have four players averaging double figure scoring, Aisha Hollans (17.8), Ebony Hoffman (14.7), Tiffany Elmore (12.3) and Rachel Woodward (10.2). The recent loss at Stanford snapped a four-game win streak. The USC schedule is loaded this season as the Trojans have played at Tennessee, versus Florida and Texas and at defending national champion Notre Dame. USC is coached by Chris Gobrecht, who was head coach at Washington from 1985-96. She has a five-year record of 56-70 at USC and a career record of 388-273 in 23 years overall.

The Husky-Trojan Series
Washington holds a slim 17-13 lead in the all-time series with USC. The teams split last year, with each winning at home. UW defeated USC, 91-79, in three overtime periods in Seattle and USC won, 88-76, in Los Angeles.

Statistical Comparison UW USC

Points per game	75.0	74.1
Conference points per game 78.5 74.8
Rebounds 39.2 42.8
Opponent rebounds 41.2 35.4
3-pt. FGM-FGA 97-286 (.339) 39-154 (.247)
Free throw % 73.3 70.0
Assists 214 197
Blocks 41 58
Steals 119 146

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