Huskies Host No. 4 Stanford Saturday Afternoon at 3 p.m.

Jan. 18, 2002

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

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

The Game
Washington (10-7, 5-3) seeks to keep its Pac-10 home record intact as it hosts No. 4 Stanford (17-1, 7-0) in an afternoon game at 3 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19 at Bank of America Arena in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The game will be televised live to a regional audience on Fox Sports Northwest.

The Huskies, coming off a romp over California (85-46), will aim to move their Pac-10 home record to 5-0 this season and string together a second conference sweep when it meets the Cardinal. Washington owns an impressive 12-1 record in Pac-10 Conference games, dating back to last season, in the renovated Bank of America Arena. The last conference loss was a 67-53 setback at the hands of Oregon back on Jan. 18, 2001.

Mixed in that streak is a 95-87 victory over Stanford on Feb. 24 of last year. A Pac-10 record-tying 16 three-pointers by the Cardinal could not stop the Huskies, who hit nine threes of their own. Stanford's Lindsey Yamasaki connected on nine three-pointers all alone, en route to a career-high 34 points. Senior Megan Franza fueled the 13-2 Washington run that put the Huskies up for the first time with 8:29 to go. The game see-sawed back and forth down the stretch before Washington went ahead for good with 3:39 remaining and hit 16 of its final 20 free-throw attempts for the win. It was career victory No. 200 for June Daugherty.

Washington continues to have four players average double figure scoring, led by junior captain Loree Payne at 13.5 points per game. The Huskies are second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, at 74.7 points per game, behind leader Stanford at 83.2 points.

Stanford enters the game fresh off a 104-57 thumping of Washington State Thursday night and seeks to defend a nine-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. Yamasaki and sophomore Nicole Powell led the team with 15.8 points apiece.

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 pregame event and 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 the postgame 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.

Stanford Ticket Update
A limited number of reserved seats, located on both endcourts above the concourse, remain available for the game Saturday. 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

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup

F	23-  Emily Autrey	6-0	Jr.	Kennewick, Wash.	10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpgC	21- Andrea Lalum	6-4	So.	Bozeman, Mont.	11.6 ppg, 6.4 rpgG	22-- Loree Payne	6-0	Jr.	Havre, Mont.	13.5 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.	10.1 ppg, 5.4 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. The game can also be heard on the radio at KKNW 1150 am and on the internet via Steve Sandmeyer calls the action on radio.

From Way Downtown
Washington's game against Stanford Saturday will feature the Pac-10's top three point shooting teams. The Cardinal tops the list with 135 made (of 327) and is hitting 41 percent of its shots. The Huskies have made 120 (of 361), second in the Pac-10, and are connecting on 33 percent. Washington is tops in number attempted with 361 while Stanford has attempted 327. No other school has gone over 300 attempts. Arizona is next with 290 attempts.

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 65 percent from the field in conference games. She is hitting 54 percent over all 17 games this season. In addition, O'Neill, who plays both point and shooting guard, is hitting 54 percent from three point range (67 percent in Pac-10 games), a mark that is second in the Pac-10 behind another freshman - Stanford's Kelley Suminski (55%). Both O'Neill's field goal percentage marks are UW team bests. She is second on the team in three-pointers made (26) this year.

O'Neill hit three consecutive three-pointers to close the first half versus California Thursday night.

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 five 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 against the Bruins.

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 43 percent overall and 45 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, who moved back into the starting lineup Thursday against California, has developed into an integral part of the Husky offense this season as one of four players averaging double figures (10.4 ppg). 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 was coming off the bench in the five games prior to California. 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 85 percent on 41-of-48 attempts. Mendiola, who runs the Husky offense, has missed only one attempt in Pac-10 play, when she was 9-of-10 versus USC. She was a perfect 4-of-4 against California.

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 13.5 points per game.

Entering the Stanford game, her career scoring total stands at 1,036 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 37. On Washington's career charts, Payne has moved from No. 5 up to No. 3 with 144 three pointers made and moved from No. 4 to No. 3 with 448 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) 144 448

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.

Balanced Attack
Four Huskies are averaging double figure scoring this season: Loree Payne (13.5), Andrea Lalum (11.6), Emily Autrey (10.4) and Giuliana Mendiola (10.1). Six Huskies reached double figure scoring in the win over Indiana while five Huskies have reached double figures in three different games.
Kellie O'Neill was the seventh different Husky to lead the team in scoring when she had 12 points against California Thursday night.

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, 17 Record: 3-2
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

Last Game
Game 17 - at Washington 85, California 46 (Jan. 17) - Washington won its 10th-consecutive Pac-10 home game, routing California, 85-46, before a season-high 4,007 fans at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies have not lost a Pac-10 home game since Jan. 18, 2001.
The Huskies scored 54 points in the first half, despite being held without a basket for the first 4:42 of the contest. Junior Loree Payne broke the drought with a 15-foot jumper, keying a 25-7 run that buried the Bears (10-6, 0-7) with 8:20 remaining in the half. Washington shot 58 percent in the half, while holding Cal to just five field goals on 20 percent shooting. Twelve Huskies put points on the scoreboard, led by the 12 points of junior Kellie O'Neill. Sophomore LaTasha O'Keith led all Cal scorers with 10.
Washington pounded the ball inside to the benefit of its post players, who combined for 45 points to help the Huskies post a 40-4 scoring advantage in the paint. The strategy also helped the team tally a season-high 26 assists, led by five apiece from guards Giuliana Mendiola and Cheryl Sorenson.
Defensively, Washington flummoxed the Bears, forcing 26 turnovers and holding Cal to just 11 field goals on 20.8 percent shooting, both Husky opponent lows. After separate 29-5 and 23-11 scoring runs to build a 54-20 halftime lead, the Huskies opened the second half with a 21-6 run, holding its largest lead, 75-26, with 10:18 to play.

UW-California Game Notes
The 85-46 win over California marks the biggest margin of victory in the series by either team. It is the largest margin of victory in Pac-10 play for Washington this season ... The Huskies improved to 12-1 all-time in Pac-10 play at Bank of America Arena, including 10 consecutive wins, dating back to a 67-53 loss to Oregon on Jan. 18, 2001 ... Washington held a 40-4 margin in points in the paint ... Gioconda Mendiola returned from her stress fracture, playing in her first game since Dec. 7. Kirsten Brockman also earned playing time, her first since Nov. 30 ... The attendance of 4,007 was a Husky season high ... Washington tallied its second highest first half total of 54, despite being held without a basket for the first 4:42 of the game. After Loree Payne broke that drought with a 15 ft. jumper, the Huskies went on a 23-7 run over the next seven minutes to take a 31-7 advantage with 8:20 remaining in the half. The Huskies 31-7 run to open the game was its best of the year ... Washington had separate runs of 29-5 and 23-11 in the first half, and 21-6 to open the second half ... Husky season highs from the game: 3-pt. field goal percentage (8-18, .444), assists (26), and equaled season high for field goals made (34) ... and opponent lows: field goals made (11), field goal percentage (11-53, .208), assists (6), fouls (10). The Bears 14.3% shooting (2-14) from beyond the arc equaled a Husky opponent season low ... Twelve different Huskies scored in the contest, led by the 12 points of Kellie O'Neill.

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 7-0, 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 is right alongside, also with 15.8 points and 4.8 boards. Coach Tara Vanderveer has a record of 381-103 in her 15 seasons at Stanford and a career mark of 533-154 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.

Statistical Comparison	UW	StanfordPoints per game	74.7	83.2Conference points per game	76.1	85.9Rebounds	38.3	43.5Opponent rebounds	40.9	34.03-pt. FGM-FGA	120-361	135-327Free throw %	72.0	68.6Assists	279	363Blocks	56	98Steals	171	111
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