Women's Basketball Aims for 14th Straight Over WSU

Jan. 22, 2002

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Washington Meets Rival Washington State Friday Night
Huskies Seek 14th Consecutive Victory over Cougars

Friday, Jan. 25
Washington at Washington State
7 p.m. - Fox Sports Northwest TV
Friel Court (12,058), Pullman, Wash.

This Week
Washington (10-8, 5-4) opens the second round of Pac-10 play as it takes to the road for a single game this week, versus cross-state rival Washington State (2-17, 0-9) at 7 p.m., Fri., Jan. 25. The game will be played at Friel Court (12,058) in Pullman and televised live to a regional audience by Fox Sports Northwest.
The Huskies, who have won 13 straight over the Cougars, will try to break out of a three-way tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 Conference. Stanford remains the league leader with an unblemished 8-0 conference mark. Arizona, USC and Oregon State stand in a three-way tie for second place all with records of 6-3, while Oregon, Washington and Arizona stand fifth at 5-4.
The Huskies are coming off a split at home over the Bay Area schools. They thumped California, 85-46, then suffered an eight-point setback to fourth-ranked Stanford, 75-67, the slimmest margin of victory by the Cardinal in the Pac-10 season. It also marked just the first conference loss at home in more than a year for the Huskies, who own a stellar 12-2 mark in Pac-10 Conference games, dating back to last season in the renovated Bank of America Arena. Prior to the Stanford game, the last conference home loss was a 67-53 setback at the hands of Oregon back on Jan. 18, 2001.
Washington continues to have four players average double figure scoring, led by junior captain Loree Payne at 13.8 points per game. The Huskies are second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, at 74.3 points per game, behind leader Stanford at 82.7 points.
Washington State enters the game seeking its first Pac-10 victory of the season as the Cougars are mired in a 14-game losing streak. The lone two victories of the season came against a pair of Northwest schools, 55-49 over Portland State and 80-72 over Gonzaga.

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup
F 23- Emily Autrey 6-0 Jr. Kennewick, Wash. 10.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 11.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg
G 22- Loree Payne 6-0 Jr. Havre, Mont. 13.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G 33- Kristen O'Neill 6-0 Fr. Edmonds, Wash. 7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
G 13- Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 So. Lake Forest, Calif. 10.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Washington's game versus Washington State will be televised to a regional audience on Fox Sports Northwest. Tip-off is 7 p.m. PT. Tod Picket will provide play-by-play with color commentary by 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 www.gohuskies.com. Steve Sandmeyer calls the action on radio.

Husky Home Attendance Highs
Washington attracted 9,679 fans to Bank of America Arena for the Cal/Stanford home series last weekend. A season-high 4,007 fans watched the Huskies thump the Cal Bears Thursday night. That number was topped two days later as 5,672 fans showed up for the Stanford game. Washington, which consistently ranks among the top 20 in the nation in home attendance, stands third in the Pac-10 with an average of 3,341 fans per game. Oregon leads the conference with 4,517 followed by Stanford with 3,715.

From Way Downtown
Washington, which shattered Pac-10 three point field goal marks last year, continues its trademark three point barrage this season, standing second in the Pac-10 in treys made with 126 made so far. The Huskies have attempted 386 shots from long distance and are hitting 32 percent. Stanford leads the way with 142 made three-pointers in 348 attempts (40%).
Washington broke its school record for three point attempts in a game with 36 versus Michigan (made 11) on Dec. 9 of this season.
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. Arizona).

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 Jan. 10, 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 impressive 57 percent from the field in conference games. She is hitting 51 percent over all 18 games this season. In addition, O'Neill, who plays both point and shooting guard, is hitting 49 percent from three point range (55 percent in Pac-10 games), a mark that is second in the Pac-10 behind another freshman - Stanford's Kelley Suminski (53%). 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 last week.
O'Neill has proved adept at handling point guard duties behind Giuliana Mendiola as well as rotating at shooting guard. She had a subpar shooting percentage (3-11) versus Stanford, but it was the first time in Pac-10 play she shot under 30 percent (27%). Her high mark came against ASU (5-6/83%).
Burt, who sat out seven games with a stress fracture, made an immediate impact upon her return. She had a string of three straight games in double figure scoring (UCLA, USC, at ASU), with a team-high 18 (7-of-11) versus UCLA Jan. 4. She was 3-of-5 from three point range and added four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 19 minutes in that game against the Bruins.
At ASU Jan. 10, 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.
Burt's versatility continues to strengthen the Huskies' guard rotation and adds to their inside-outside game.

Autrey is Alright
Junior Emily Autrey, who moved back into the starting lineup against California Jan. 17, has developed into an integral part of the Husky offense this season as one of four players averaging double figures (10.1 ppg). A versatile guard/forward, Autrey is often the fastest player on the court and is accurate from any spot. She is also averaging 4.0 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 continues to ranks second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting, connecting on 71 percent of its shots from the line. Leading the way are team captains Loree Payne (84%) and Giuliana Mendiola (83%), who stand at No. 5 and 6 in the Pac-10 respectively, in that category. Prior to the Stanford game last Saturday, Mendiola, who runs the Husky offense, had 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 but was 3-of-5 versus Stanford.

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 Jan. 12 and currently leads the Huskies in scoring, with 13.8 points per game.
Entering the Washington State game, her career scoring total stands at 1,055 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.

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 second in the Pac-10 in three point field goals made this season, with 40. On Washington's career charts, Payne has moved from No. 5 up to No. 3 with 147 three pointers made and moved from No. 4 to No. 3 with 456 attempts over her three-and-one-half years. Here is a look at her standings on the UW career charts:vCareer 3-pt. FG made 3-pt. FG attempts
1. Megan Franza (1997-01) 211 718
2. Jamie Redd (1996-00) 192 675
3. Loree Payne (1999-present) 147 456

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 Jan. 10 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, 17-18 Record: 3-3
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 (13.8), Andrea Lalum (11.9), Giuliana Mendiola (10.2) and Emily Autrey (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.

About the Washington State Cougars
Washington State enters the game seeking its first Pac-10 victory of the season as the Cougars are mired in a school record 14-game losing streak. The lone two victories of the season came against a pair of Northwest schools, 55-49 over Portland State and 80-72 over Gonzaga. Senior center Brittney Hawks leads the team with 13.5 points per game while freshman Francine McCurtain is putting in 11.4 points. Hawks leads the Pac-10, along with USC's Ebony Hoffman, in double-doubles this year with nine. She is averaging nearly a double-double with 9.6 rebounds to go with her 13.5 points. Coach Jenny Przekwas is in her third season with the Cougars and has a record of 17-58 in that span. She is 133-99 in her 11th year overall.

First Meeting This Season
Game 10 - at Washington 98, Washington State 64 (Dec. 21, 2001) - 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 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 in scoring, while senior center Brittney Hawks added 18 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth-consecutive double-double. UW forced 29 WSU 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 Husky-Cougar Series
Washington leads the series with Washington State, 43-10, and has won the last 13 in a row ... WSU's last win in the series was a 72-67 game in Pullman on Feb. 25, 1995 ... The rivalry dates back to 1974-75, the team's first season of competition ... Husky assistant coach Sunny Smallwood was an assistant coach at Washington State from 1990-95, on former coach Harold Rhodes' staff ... Husky head coach June Daugherty has a career mark of 13-4 all-time versus WSU.

Statistical Comparison	UW	WSUPoints per game	74.3	56.5Conference points per game	75.1	53.1Rebounds	38.4	39.0Opponent rebounds	41.3	45.53-pt. FGM-FGA	126-386	81-266Free throw %	71.1	63.7Assists	291	247Blocks	58	69Steals	184	130

Weekend Recap
Game 18 - No. 4 Stanford 75, at Washington 67 (Jan. 19) - Junior Loree Payne scored 19 points, Andrea Lalum 17 and Giuliana Mendiola 11 as Washington staged a late second half rally but it was not enough as No. 4 Stanford held off the charge to win, 75-67, in Seattle. It was Washington's first loss in a conference home game in more than a year and for Stanford, it was the first win in Seattle since 1999.
Cardinal senior Lindsey Yamasakai scored seven of her 19 points in the final three minutes. Sebnem Kimyacioglu hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points, Cori Enghusen added 13 and Kelley Suminski 10 for the Cardinal.
Lalum scored 15 of her 17 points in the second and hit 9-of-11 free throws.
Washington, which went on a late 13-2 run to make it close, shot just 31.9 percent from the field - including 24.1 percent in the first half. Payne made two 3-pointers to pull the Huskies to 68-63 with 2:11 remaining in the game, but Washington could get no closer. Stanford took charge with an early 16-2 run led by Enghusen's eight points as the Cardinal jumped out to a 28-14 lead with 6:41 left in the first half.
Suminski and Kimyacioglu hit 3-pointers during an 8-0 Stanford run that closed out the half and gave the Cardinal a 40-23 halftime lead.
Stanford led by five early in the second half, and Enghusen scored five points during a 16-7 run that gave the Cardinal a 14-point lead with 9:46 remaining.

Stanford Game Notes
The loss marked the first time the Huskies have lost to Stanford at home since a 70-63 loss to the Cardinal on Jan. 23, 1999 ... Washington's 11 turnovers equaled its second lowest of the season (vs. Michigan, 12-09-01). The Huskies lowest turnover total was 10, with a Nov. 27th win against Boise State. The Huskies low turnover rate led to an opponent season low four steals for Stanford ... Stanford outrebounded Washington 27-12 in the first half and was outrebounded 29-22 by Washington in the second half. The Cardinal's 49 rebounds were the second most by an opponent this season, as were their 20 assists ... Andrea Lalum's nine free throws in 11 attempts were both career highs and Husky season highs. Lalum's previous career highs of eight and 10, respectively, were established Feb. 24, 2001, also against Stanford.

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 ... 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 ... 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.

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 Stanford. 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 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).

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 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, 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.

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