Women's Basketball Travels to Desert for Games with ASU, UA

Jan. 8, 2002

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Washington Visits Desert for Games at ASU and Arizona
Hot Huskies Seek to Extend Three-Game Win Streak vs. Devils, Cats

Thurs., Jan. 10
UW at Arizona State, 7 p.m. MT (6 p.m. PT)
Well Fargo Arena (14,198), Tempe, Ariz.

Sat., Jan. 12
UW at Arizona, 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT) - Fox Sports Net TV
McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.

This Week
Washington (9-5, 4-1) seeks to extend its three-game win streak when it travels to the desert Southwest for games at Arizona State (12-4, 3-2) and Arizona (5-8, 1-4). First up is a meeting with the Sun Devils, who shared a part of the Pac-10 Conference tri-championship with Washington last season. The game tips at 7 p.m. MT (6 p.m. PT), Thurs., Jan. 10 at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.
The weekend wraps up with a meeting between the Huskies and Wildcats in a nationally televised game at 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT), Sat., Jan. 12 at McKale Center in Tucson. Fox Sports Net will air the game live to a national audience with Jim Watson and Tammy Blackburn calling the action.
Washington, winners of three of its first four Pac-10 games enters the weekend looking for its first road sweep of the Arizona schools since 1995. The Huskies downed the Sun Devils, 66-62, in Tempe last year. They have not been so fortunate in Tucson, having not picked up a road victory over the Wildcats since the 1995 season.
The Huskies are in second place in the Pac-10 Conference, with just one loss in league play, behind leader Stanford (4-0). They are second in the conference in scoring offense (75.4 ppg) and are beating teams by an average of 10.4 points per game.
ASU has also won three of its last four games and 10 of its last 12 entering the series. The team split the Oregon series on the road last weekend, falling to the Beavers and knocking off the Ducks. Arizona is on a three-game losing skid and will be playing at home for the first time since its victory over California Dec. 21. The Wildcats dropped both games in Oregon last weekend, losing 72-53 to the Ducks and 71-56 to the Beavers.

Washington's game at Arizona Jan. 12 will be televised to a national audience on Fox Sports Net. Tip-off is 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT). Both 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.

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup

F	24-  Kellie O'Neill	6-1	Jr.	Edmonds, Wash.	7.7 ppg, 3.8 rpgF	44-  Cheryl Sorenson	6-0	Jr.-RS	Milwaukie, Ore.	3.0 ppg, 3.9 rpgC	21- Andrea Lalum	6-4	So.	Bozeman, Mont.	12.8 ppg, 7.0 rpgG	33- Kristen O'Neill	6-0	Fr.	Edmonds, Wash.	6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpgG	13- Giuliana Mendiola	5-11	So.	Lake Forest, Calif.	10.6 ppg, 5.6 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. 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.
Her career scoring at the end of the weekend stands at 1,010 points over her three-and-one-half years.
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.

More Payne, More Pleasure
Loree Payne's stellar weekend continued against USC Sunday evening when she came off the bench again and hit a driving layin with 4.8 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Huskies to an 80-79 victory over USC.
Payne shot just four-for-13 for the night, but hit the Huskies two biggest shots of the game, one to tie the score at 71-71 at the end of regulation, and the winning basket in overtime. She finished the night with nine pointsen route to the Huskies' third straight victory.

Dawgbite: Loree Payne's 26 points at Oregon State Dec. 30 were the most points scored by a Husky since Megan Franza tallied the same amount last season in a 98-88 win over Arizona in Seattle (Feb. 8, 2001). The total was two short of Payne's career high 28, reached twice in her freshman season. (vs. Oklahoma St. 12/19/99 and vs. USC 3/9/00).

Three Point Payne
Loree Payne continues as one of the Huskies' all-time hot shooters from long range. She currently stands third in the Pac-10 in three point field goals made this season, with 33. On Washington's career charts, Payne has moved from No. 5 up to No. 3 with 140 three pointers made and moved from No. 4 to No. 3 with 430 attempts over her three-and-one-half years. Here is a look at her standings on the UW career charts:

Career	3-pt. FG made	3-pt. FG attempts1. Megan Franza (1997-01)	211	7182. Jamie Redd (1996-00)	192	6753. Loree Payne (1999-present)	140	430

Australian Standout Joins UW Women's Basketball Teamc
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 last week.
'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.

Burt is Back
Freshman Kayla Burt's return to the court has been a welcome addition to the Husky lineup. After sitting out seven games with a stress fracture in her left foot, she returned to action for the first time at Oregon Dec. 28. After seeing limited time in the UO and OSU games, she came alive in Washington's win over UCLA, leading all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-11 from the field. She was 3-of-5 from three point range and added four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 19 minutes.
Against USC, Burt was again productive from the field, hitting 5-of-9 while pulling down a team-high six rebounds. Her versatility strengthens the Huskies' guard rotation and adds to their inside-outside game. Known as a scorer who is already making the most of her minutes on the court, she is hitting 46 percent from the field as a freshman.

A Look at the Lineup
Washington is on its third different lineup this season, having changed the look at Oregon State two weeks. Here is a look at what the Huskies have done:Games 1-7 Record: 4-3
Autrey, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Gioconda Mendiola
Games 8-11 Record: 2-2
Autrey, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill
Games 12-14 Record: 3-0
Sorenson, Kellie O'Neill, Lalum, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill

Balanced Attack
Four Huskies are averaging double figure scoring this season: Loree Payne (14.5), Andrea Lalum (12.8), Emily Autrey (10.6) and Giuliana Mendiola (10.6). Six Huskies reached double figure scoring in the win over Indiana while five Huskies have reached double figures in three different games.

Weekend Recap
Game 14 - at Washington 80, USC 79 OT (Jan. 6) - Loree Payne hit a driving layin with 4.8 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Huskies to an 80-79 victory over USC at Bank of America Arena.
Payne, who two days earlier became just the 17th player in school history with 1,000 career points, shot just four-for-13, but hit the Huskies two biggest shots of the game, one to tie the score at 71-71 at the end of regulation, and the winning basket in overtime.
Down 79-78 with 19.9 seconds remaining, Washington opted not to use its final timeout and instead fed the ball to Payne, who was fouled on a successful driving layin with 4.8 seconds on the clock. The junior missed the ensuing free throw, but a half-court attempt by USC's Rachel Woodward missed wide as time expired.

Sophomore Aisha Hollans led the Trojans with 26 points, but was held scoreless after the 7:22 mark in the second half before fouling out with 4.8 seconds remaining.Washington earned a season-high 18 steals and pressured USC into 26 turnovers. Sophomore Giuliana Mendiola was the Huskies' leading scorer with 20, including 13 after halftime.
The game featured 26 lead changes and 17 ties, including an 11-minute span in the middle of the second half in which neither team led by more than two points. The Trojans opened up a six-point lead, 67-61, with 4:16 remaining, but the Huskies forged a 10-4 run to end the half, capped by Payne's leaning 18-footer in the final second of regulation.
Junior Kellie O'Neill followed a pair of free throws by USC's Carmen Krause to open the overtime with a three-pointer from the baseline to give the Huskies a 74-73 lead. The two teams swapped the lead six times over the next three minutes, the last on Payne's layin.

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.

Weekend Highlights
UCLA - Washington's three freshmen, Kayla Burt, Kristen O'Neill and Sarah Keeler combined for 43 points in the UCLA 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 was 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 ... The game marked the 12th time in 13 games this season that the Huskies had fewer turnovers than their opponent.USC - Washington's current three game winning streak is its longest since the first three games of the 2001 NCAA tournament ... the game marks the third consecutive overtime contest between the teams in Seattle, dating back to an 88-76 Trojan victory on March 9, 2000. The two teams battled to a 91-79 Husky win in triple overtime last year in Seattle ... The Huskies were outrebounded 43-32 over the course of the game, including 20-11 in the second half. It marked the 10th game this season Washington had been outrebounded and the fourth consecutive such game ... The Huskies 21 turnovers were the second most this season. They had 27 in a 72-68 loss at San Francisco ... Washington's 18 steals equaled a season high ...There were 26 lead changes and 15 ties in the game. USC's biggest lead was a 36-29 margin at 19:45 of the second half, while Washington led by as much as six, 12-6, at the 13:31 mark of the first half. From the 15:34 mark of the second half, neither team led by more than two points.

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.

Non-Conference Action
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.

Overtime Action
Washington's game against USC Jan. 6 was its second extra period game this season. The Huskies are 2-0 in overtime games after opening the 2001-2002 campaign with a 73-65 win at Montana State. The two victories evened Washington's all-time record in overtime games at 10-10. Washington is 4-5 in overtime games during coach June Daugherty's six-year tenure.

On the Road
The Huskies enter the Arizona series with a record of 3-3 in road games this season. They split the first Pac-10 road trip, losing first at Oregon (69-56) and then winning at Oregon State (74-58). In non-conference play, Washington won its 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).

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.
Washington opened defense of its Pac-10 title with a 98-64 thumping of Washington State. Five Huskies reached double figure scoring, led by Andrea Lalum's 22 points.
The first conference road trip brought a split, as the Huskies first fell at Oregon (69-56), to extend the Ducks' series streak to 13 games, and then winning at Oregon State (74-58). The Huskies swept the next series, at home against UCLA (86-53) and in another overtime thriller over USC (80-79). It marked the third straight UW-USC game in Seattle that had gone to overtime.

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 ... UWs all-time won-loss record stands at 533-260 (.672).

Schedule Changes
There have been some minor changes made to the 2001-02 schedule:Jan. 19 Stanford 3 p.m. Fox Sports Northwest TVFeb. 3 at UCLA 11 a.m. Fox Sports Net TVFeb. 16 at California 1 p.m.

Three Point Barrage
The Huskies, who shattered Pac-10 three point field goal marks last year, continue the assault this season. They have connected on 102 long range baskets, good for second in the conference behind Stanford (111). The Huskies are hitting 33 percent of their shots from three point range (102-303). Washington recently broke its school record for three point attempts in a game with 36 versus Michigan (made 11).
Last year, the Huskies set Pac-10 Conference marks for three point field goals made in a season (237), attempted in a season (713) and three pointers in a game (16 vs. Stanford).

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 90-71 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 ASU Sun Devils
ASU has won three of its last four games and 10 of its last 12 entering the weekend. The team split the Oregon series on the road last weekend, falling to the Beavers and knocking off the Ducks. The team is led by senior Amanda Levens who averages 20.2 points per game, good for second in the Pac-10. As a team, ASU is hitting 43 percent of its shots from the field. Coach Charli Turner Thorne is in her sixth season with the Sun Devils and has a record of 77-81 in that span along with a career mark of 117-1221 over nine years. Turner Thorne was a graduate assistant to coach Chris Gobrecht at Washington from 1988-90. Her tenure was highlighted by Pac-10 championships in 1988 and '90 and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in '90.

The Husky-Sun Devil Series
Washington holds a 22-10 lead in the all-time series with ASU. The Huskies swept last year, winning 66-62 in Tempe and 79-60 in Seattle. The victory in Tempe last year marked the first win for the Huskies down there since 1997. The games in Tempe have a history of being close. Last year it was 66-62 in UW's favor. The three years prior, all ASU wins, were scores of 78-76 in 2000, 72-69 in overtime in 1999 and 77-76 in 1998. That's a total of 10 points over the last four years.

About the Arizona Wildcats
Arizona is on a three-game losing skid and will be playing at home for the first time since its victory over California Dec. 21. The Wildcats dropped both games in Oregon last weekend, losing 72-53 to the Ducks and 71-56 to the Beavers. They are led by senior Elizabeth Pickney who averages 16.2 points per game. Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler comes off the bench to contribute 12.8 points a game. Coach Joan Bonvicini, the winningest coach in UA history, has 184-125 mark in her 1th season at Arizona and has a 23-year career mark of 509-196.

The Husky-Wildcat Series
Washington owns a commanding 23-8 lead in the series with Arizona. The teams split last season with the Cats winning in Tucson, 87-72, and the Huskies in Seattle, 98-88. Washington will be looking for its first victory in Tucson since 1995, when that Husky squad posted a 71-68 win.

Statistical Comparison	UW	ASU	ArizonaPoints per game	75.4	69.8	69.2Conference points per game	78.8	74.4	59.2Rebounds	38.6	37.9	37.5Opponent rebounds	41.3	32.2	38.63-pt. FGM-FGA	102-303	70-194	68-207Free throw %	72.1	63.8	76.3Assists	229	244	176Blocks	45	24	38

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, moved into the starting lineup against Indiana, Dec. 7 and has been there since. She is averaging 22 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 nearly 50 percent from the floor (33-67) and several times has come up with clutch baskets late in the game. She was the leading scorer for Washington at Oregon, with 13 points on 5-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-3 from long range.

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 made her first career start at Oregon State last Sunday and played 29 minutes in the victory. Sorenson, from Milwaukie, Ore., is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game, making her a valuable figure in Washington's attempt to control the boards. She is averaging 20 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.

Injury Update: Freshman guard Kayla Burt was plagued by a stress fracture in her left foot and had been out since Nov. 24. She has returned to action against Oregon and Oregon State Dec. 28-30. Prior to the Oregon game, the last game she played was against Northeastern, Nov. 23.
Sophomore guard Gioconda Mendiola has a stress fracture in her lower right leg. She has been out since Dec. 7 but returned to practice the first week of January. The last game she played was at USF. Alicia Heathcote also has a stress fracture in her foot and will be out approximately four weeks.
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 is at 12.8 per game followed by junior Emily Autrey and sophomore point guard Giuliana Mendiola at 10.6 points each. Seven different Huskies have led the team in scoring over 14 games so far.
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.

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