Women's Hoops Hosts Cal, No. 4 Stanford

Jan. 15, 2002

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Washington at Home to Host California, No. 4 Stanford
Huskies Seek to Keep Pac-10 Home Record Intact Thursday, Saturday

Thurs., Jan. 17California at Washington, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 19No. 4 Stanford at Washington, 3 p.m. - Fox Sports Northwest TV

Games played in Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

This Week
Washington (9-7, 4-3) returns home to host a pair of games against the Bay Area schools this week. California (5-10, 0-6) is up first at 7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 17 followed by an afternoon game against fourth-ranked Stanford (16-1, 6-0) at 3 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19. The Stanford game, originally scheduled at 1 p.m., was moved to a 3 p.m. tip so that it may be aired live to a regional audience on Fox Sports Northwest.

The Huskies seek to keep a perfect Pac-10 home record (3-0) intact while also getting back on the winning track after suffering a pair of road losses in Arizona last weekend. Washington continues to have four players average double figure scoring, led by junior captain Loree Payne at 13.6 points per game. The Huskies are second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, at 74.1 points per game, behind leader Stanford at 81.9 points.

The Cal Bears will be seeking their first Pac-10 since last season, having gone 0-7 in league games at this point in the 2002 campaign. On the flip side, Stanford seeks to defend an eight-game win streak and unblemished conference mark. The fourth-ranked Cardinal have tallied just one loss overall and hold a one and a half game lead in the Pac-10 race. The game will mark Washington's second contest this season against a ranked opponent, with the first being a loss to then-No. 16 Michigan Dec. 9 in Seattle.

Husky Women's Basketball Auction - Saturday, Jan. 19
The Washington women's basketball team is hosting an auction to help raise funds for its tour to Australia in June, 2002. The event, the first of its kind by a Husky team, will be held in conjunction with the Stanford game Jan. 19 at Bank of America Arena.

Two fun events are featured on the day. The first is a silent auction that begins at 1:30 p.m. in the North Court (Pavilion Addition) of Bank of America Arena. No registration is required for the chance to bid on a variety of different items including autographed game balls, autographed pictures and much, much more. Doors will close at 2:45 p.m. for the 3 p.m. game start.

The live auction, featuring auctioneers Linn Dunn and Steve Sandmeyer, is set for postgame. Registration is required for this event. For questions, please contact the UW Athletic Department at (206) 616-9280.

Feature items at the live auction include special event time with the Huskies, and other exciting travel and entertainment items, courtside Sonics tickets, a suite at a Seattle Storm game, sideline passes to a Husky football game and more.

Cal/Stanford Ticket Update
Plenty of reserved and general admission seats remain available for the California game Thursday night. For the Stanford game Saturday, reserved seats are available only on both endcourts, above the concourse. Courtside reserved seats are soldout. General admission tickets for the Stanford game are still available. Tickets may be purchased through the Husky Ticket Office (206) 543-2200 or online at www.gohuskies.com.

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup

F	24-  Kellie O'Neill	6-1	Jr.	Edmonds, Wash.	7.4 ppg, 3.4 rpgC	21- Andrea Lalum	6-4	So.	Bozeman, Mont.	11.9 ppg, 6.5 rpgG	22-- Loree Payne	6-0	Jr.	Havre, Mont.	13.6 ppg, 2.9 rpgG	33- Kristen O'Neill	6-0	Fr.	Edmonds, Wash.	7.6 ppg, 3.5 rpgG	13- Giuliana Mendiola	5-11	So.	Lake Forest, Calif.	10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Washington's game versus Stanford Jan. 19 will be televised to a regional audience on Fox Sports Northwest. Tip-off is 3 p.m. PT. Tod Pickett will call the action along with former Husky basketball player Elise (Niemela) Woodward. Both games can also be heard on the radio at KKNW 1150 am and on the internet via www.gohuskies.com. Steve Sandmeyer calls the action on radio.

From Way Downtown
Washington's game against Stanford Saturday will feature the Pac-10's top two three point shooting teams. The Cardinal tops the list with 127 made (of 310) and is hitting 41 percent of its shots. The Huskies have made 112, second in the Pac-10, and are connecting on 32 percent. Washington is tops in number attempted with 343 while Stanford has attempted 310. No other school has gone over 300 attempts. Oregon State and Oregon are next with 285 attempts each.

Husky Frosh Have Hot Hands
True freshmen Kristen O'Neill and Kayla Burt continue to build on already impressive freshman seasons at Washington. The pair led the Huskies in scoring at Arizona State, with Burt posting a team-high 15 points and O'Neill 14. Both have raised their level of play in the Pac-10 season.
O'Neill, who moved into the starting lineup against Indiana Dec. 7 is shooting an astounding 64 percent from the field in conference games. She is hitting 53 percent over all 16 games this season. In addition, O'Neill, who plays both point and shooting guard, is hitting 52 percent from three point range (65 percent in Pac-10 games). Both marks are team bests. She is second on the team, and 10th in the Pac-10, in three pointers made (23) this year.
O'Neill has proved adept at handling point guard duties behind Giuliana Mendiola as well as rotating at shooting guard. She had a superb game at ASU last week, scoring 14 points on 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. She also passed out five assists while playing 30 minutes.
Burt, who sat out seven games with a stress fracture, has made an immediate impact upon her return. She has reached double figure scoring in three of the last four games with a team-high 18 (7-of-11) versus UCLA two weeks ago. She was 3-of-5 from three point range and added four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 19 minutes.
At ASU Burt led the Huskies in scoring with 15 points on 4-of-6 from the field, moving her season field goal percentage mark to nearly 49 percent (21-43/.488) at that point. She was perfect from the free throw line, hitting 7-of-7 against the Sun Devils.
Her field goal percentage is impressive as well, as she is now connecting on 42 percent overall and 44 percent in Pac-10 games. Her versatility strengthens the Huskies' guard rotation and adds to their inside-outside game.

Autrey is Alright
Junior Emily Autrey has developed into an integral part of the Husky offense this season as one of four players averaging double figures with 10.5 points per game. A versatile guard/forward, Autrey is often the fastest player on the court and is accurate from any spot. She is also averaging 3.9 rebounds per game. A two-time state champion in the 100-meter dash while at Kamiakin High in Kennewick, Wash., Autrey started the first 11 games of the season and has come off the bench in the last five, a string that included three straight victories. She led Washington in scoring with 14 points at Arizona.

Huskies at the Line
Washington ranks second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting, connecting on 72 percent of its shots from the line. Leading the way is sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola, who is at 84 percent on 37-of-44 attempts. Mendiola, who runs the Husky offense, has missed only one attempt in Pac-10 play, when she was 9-of-10 versus USC.

Topping the 1,000-point Plateau
Junior guard Loree Payne became the 17th Husky player to cross the 1,000-point plateau when she sank a free throw with 5:17 left in the game against UCLA two weeks ago. Payne, from Havre, Montana, is just 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 Dec. 30 and came off the bench again versus UCLA, to reach the milestone. She returned to the starting lineup at Arizona and currently leads the Huskies in scoring, with 13.6 points per game.
Entering the Cal/Stanford weekend, her career scoring total stands at 1,025 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
After reaching the 1,000-point mark, Loree Payne's stellar weekend continued against USC 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 the Trojans. 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 points en route to the Huskies' third straight victory at that point.

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 36. On Washington's career charts, Payne has moved from No. 5 up to No. 3 with 143 three pointers made and moved from No. 4 to No. 3 with 443 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)	143	443

Australian Standout Joins UW Women's Basketball Team
Australian high school standout Nicole Castro has joined the UW women's basketball team, 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. '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.

A Look at the Lineup
Washington is on its fourth different lineup this season, having first changed the look at Oregon State back on Dec. 30. The loss at ASU last week was the Huskies' first setback with their lineup that had won three straight. 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 12-15 Record: 3-1
Sorenson, Kellie O'Neill, Lalum, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill
Game 16 Record: 0-1
Kellie O'Neill, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill

Balanced Attack
Four Huskies are averaging double figure scoring this season: Loree Payne (13.9), Andrea Lalum (11.9), Emily Autrey (10.3) and Giuliana Mendiola (10.3). 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 16 - at Arizona 83, Washington 69 (Jan. 12) - Five Huskies scored in double digits but it was not enough as Washington lost in Tucson for the seventh year in a row, falling, 83-69, to Arizona. Washington has not won a game in Tucson since 1995. Washington closed the weekend with a pair of losses while Arizona completed a sweep of the Northwest schools. Junior forward Emily Autrey came off the bench to lead all Huskies with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Andrea Lalum and Kristen O'Neill had 11 points each, and guards Giuliana Mendiola and Loree Payne tallied 10 points apiece. Payne returned to the starting lineup, in place of Cheryl Sorenson, after a four-game stint coming off the bench. Arizona sophomore guard Candice Allen led the game with a career-best 25 points as the Wildcats won their first back-to-back games since November. The game was even through the first five-and-a-half minutes, with both teams tied, 12-12, at the 14:33 mark. Then Washington capitalized on six straight Arizona turnovers and scored six unanswered points to go ahead, 18-12, just over a minute later. The Huskies pushed their lead to seven (24-17) at the 8:29 mark, and that was when Arizona turned up the heat. The Wildcats forced six Washington turnovers, and the Huskies missed three straight shots, as Arizona put on a 14-2 run to take a five-point (31-26) lead with just under four minutes left in the first. Washington's only points during that stretch came from the free throw line. UW regained control of the game, though, and ended the half on an 8-2 spurt to hold a one-point lead at halftime, 34-33. Both teams were tied at 39-39 three minutes into the second half, then Arizona, fueled by six points from senior forward Elizabeth Pickney, went on an 11-2 run to gain a nine-point (50-41) advantage at 11:37. UW cut the Cats' lead down to three (55-52) barely three minutes later, which Arizona answered with a 9-2 spurt to gain a 10-point (64-54) spread with just under six minutes left in the game. The Huskies got to within seven points twice after that but were never able to get back into the game as the Wildcats finished the contest by out-scoring UW, 19-15.

Game 15 - at Arizona State 66, Washington 61 (Jan. 10) - Senior Amanda Levens scored a game-high 20 points as ASU downed Washington, 66-61, at Wells Fargo Arena. The loss snapped a three-game Husky win streak. Arizona State jumped ahead early, taking a 13-6 lead with 13:52 to play in the half. The Sun Devils quickly pushed their lead into double digits on a pair of three-pointers by Levens and led by as many as 12 points en route to a 35-24 halftime advantage. ASU outshot the Huskies 50 to 38.5 percent and outrebounded them 20-11 in the first 20 minutes, while Levens had 14 of her 20 points and knocked down 4-of-6 looks from three-point land in the first half. Washington stormed back in the second half, forcing three Arizona State turnovers and scoring the first eight points of the half. UW freshman Kristen O'Neill hit a pair of three-pointers and junior Cheryl Sorenson knocked down a bucket by to cut the lead to three points, 35-32, with 17:41 to play. ASU then went on a 13-5 run to restore its 11-point lead when sophomore Betsy Boardman knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to make it 48-37 with 13:21 to play, The Huskies made one more run in the game to get within three points twice more when junior Kellie O'Neill converted a pair of free throws to make it 61-58 with 3:02 left in the game and sophomore Giuliana Mendiola hit a three-pointer to make it 64-61 with 58 seconds remaining. ASU, however, knocked down 5-of-7 free throw attempts over the final three minutes of the game to hold onto the 66-61 victory. Levens turned in her 10th 20-point effort of the season with 20 points. Levens also led the Sun Devils with five assists and contributed four rebounds and two steals in the effort. For Washington, freshman Kayla Burt led the team with 15 points, knocking down 4-of-6 attempts from the field and all seven of her free throws, while Kristen O'Neill chipped in with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting which included a pair of three-pointers. The Sun Devils outrebounded the Huskies 44-30 but were outshot 39.3 to 40.4 percent from the field.

About the California Golden Bears
California has lost 10 of its last 11 games and is still searching for its first Pac-10 victory. The most recent victory came during a break from Pac-10 play when the Bears traveled to the Bahamas to compete in the Nassau Knockout Tournament where they defeated Lipscomb. Senior Ami Forney, who scored a career-best 27 points versus the Huskies last year, leads the team with 14.3 per game this season. Caren Horstmeyer is in her second season as coach at Cal and has a record of 17-26 in that span. She has a career mark of 238-150 in her 14th year as a head coach.

The Husky-Cal Bear Series
Washington owns a commanding 29-8 lead in the series with California. The Huskies swept the series last season, winning, 69-68, in Berkeley and 78-71 in Seattle. The Bears' last win over UW was a 51-49 win in Berkeley two years ago. They swept the series that year (2001), also winning, 72-59, in Seattle.

About the Stanford Cardinal
Stanford is ranked No. 4 in both top 25 polls this week and is off to its best conference start, at 6-0, since it went 18-0 in 1996-97. The Cardinal's only loss of the season was at the hands of Tennessee (68-82) and their victory margin is large with the smallest margin over an opponent at nine points. Sophomore Nicole Powell leads the team in scoring and rebounding with a double-double average, at 16.5 points and 10.3 boards per game. Lindsey Yamasaki follows with 15.9 points per game. Coach Tara Vanderveer has a record of 380-103 in her 15 seasons at Stanford and a career mark of 532-154 over 21 years.

The Husky-Cardinal Series
At 22-12, Stanford is one of only two schools in the Pac-10 to hold a series lead over Washington (the other is Oregon). However, the Cardinal have dropped two straight in Seattle. Two years ago, UW recorded its 500th school victory with an 85-83 victory in KeyArena. Last year, despite a Pac-10 record-tying 16 three pointers by Stanford, the Huskies came out ahead, 95-86. Stanford won the first meeting last season, 76-68, in Palo Alto.

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' losses at ASU and Arizona moved their road record to 3-5 on the 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).

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