Women's Basketball Tips Off Super Bowl Sunday vs. UCLA

Feb. 2, 2002

Sun., Feb. 3
Washington at UCLA
11 a.m. PST
Pauley Pavilion (12,800), Los Angeles

The Game
Super Bowl Sunday begins early when Washington (12-8, 7-4) plays the final game of a three-game road swing versus UCLA (6-14, 3-9) at 11 a.m., Sun., Feb. 3. The game takes place in venerable Pauley Pavilion and will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net.
Jim Watson and Tammy Blackburn will call the action for Fox Net.
The Huskies are coming off a 69-63 win at USC Friday night, giving them two straight victories on the road and a season sweep over the Trojans. The Huskies entered the weekend after a 14th consecutive victory over Washington State last week. Washington stands alone in sixth place, with Oregon, in the Pac-10 Conference. Stanford remains undefeated and alone in first place at 11-0 and Arizona State and Oregon State are tied for second at 8-4 in league play. The Bruins, with three conference victories, stand alone in eighth place.
Washington is aiming for a season sweep over the Los Angeles schools while also looking to string together three consecutive road victories to top the wins at Washington State and USC. The Huskies opened the new year in early January with a 33-point victory (86-53) over UCLA Jan. 4 and a one-point overtime thriller (80-79) over USC for a home sweep back on Jan. 6.
Washington has three players average double figure scoring, led by junior captain Loree Payne at 13.3 points per game. The Huskies remain second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, at 74.1 points per game, behind leader Stanford at 81.4 points.
UCLA snapped a five-game losing skid with a 79-55 thumping of Washington State. It was the first home Pac-10 victory for the Bruins, who completed a season sweep of the Cougars. They entered the weekend after dropping both games in Oregon, 77-36 at OSU and 76-54 at UO.

Tentative Husky Starting LineupF 23- Emily Autrey 6-0 Jr. Kennewick, Wash. 9.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 12.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg
G 22- Loree Payne 6-0 Jr. Havre, Mont. 13.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G 33- Kristen O'Neill 6-0 Fr. Edmonds, Wash. 7.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg
G 13- Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 So. Lake Forest, Calif. 10.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Washington's Sunday game at UCLA will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net. Tip-off is 11 a.m. at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. The UCLA game 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.

Mendiola Equals Career-High Scoring in Victory at USC
Sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola, spurred on by nearly 50 friends and family in the stands, had a career night in Washington's 69-63 victory at USC Friday night. After scoring just two points in the first half and with her team trailing by two at the break, she came alive in the second, scoring 20 of her 22 points en route to the victory. Mendiola, from nearby Lake Forest, Calif. and El Toro High School, matched her career-high for scoring. She had the same amount in the season-opener at Montana State and last year against California. Mendiola, the Huskies' point guard, capped the effort with six assists, two steals and two rebounds, with just two turnovers, in 33 minutes of action.

Lalum Lights it Up
Sophomore center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) has sparked the Husky offense the last three games, scoring 17 points against then-fourth-ranked Stanford two weeks ago and topping that with a 25-point career-high outburst at Washington State last week. She added another double figure effort with 12 points at USC Friday night. The versatile Lalum, at 6-foot-4, has scored in double figures in 13 of 19 games this season and has three double-doubles so far. She is hitting 69 percent from the free throw line and is 17-of-23 over the last three games. Lalum has led the Huskies in scoring four times and 12 times in rebounding.

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 with a near double figure scoring average (9.9 ppg). A versatile guard/forward, Autrey is often the fastest player on the court and is accurate from any spot. She is also averaging 4.2 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.

Last Game - Washington 69, at USC 63 (Feb. 1) -
Sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola made the most of her homecoming as she scored 20 second half points and led Washington to a 69-63 victory over Southern California in front of 814 fans in Pac-10 action at the Sports Arena Friday night. Washington completed a season sweep of the Trojans and won its second straight road game.
Mendiola's career effort came in the second half, when she rallied the Huskies from a two-point halftime deficit to score 20 of her 22 points en route to the victory. She hit 9-of-11 from the field and passed out six assists, with two steals and only two turnovers in 33 minutes of play. Her 22 points matched the number she scored in the season-opener at Montana State and against California last year.
Ebony Hoffman led the Trojans with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Aisha Hollans added 14 points and Rachel Woodward had 10.
USC opened the game by jumping to a quick 7-2 lead early. Washington took its first lead of the game midway through the first half when a Kayla Burt shot made it 17-16 at 11:44. The Huskies then went on a 12-4 run to move ahead by seven, 27-20, at 6:10.
USC used a 13-4 run to close the half, taking a 33-31 lead at the break, and then started quickly in the second, moving its lead back up to five, 39-34, before Washington called a timeout in the opening minutes.
The call was effective as sophomore Andrea Lalum rattled off three consecutive baskets to put the Huskies back on top, 44-43, with 12:34 to go in the game. It was all Washington after that as Mendiola scored 12 of the Huskies' next 16 points to put UW up by eight, 62-54, with 3:17 remaining. She capped the run with an acrobatic flip of the ball from her back with one second remaining on the shot clock as she tumbled to the court.
Washington led by 10 points, 66-56, after a Kellie O'Neill basket with 2:02 to go. USC responded with back-to-back three pointers to cut it to four, 67-63, in the final minute but the Huskies hit three free throws down the stretch to close the game.

Husky Home Attendance Highs
Washington attracted 9,679 fans to Bank of America Arena for the Cal/Stanford home series, the Huskies' last games in Seattle. 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 4,574 followed by Stanford with 3,663.

Huskies Happy at Home
Washington traditionally plays well on its home court and Bank of America Arena has become a tough place for opponents. In their last home series, the Huskies 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.
The Stanford game marked 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.

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 133 made so far. The Huskies have attempted 415 shots from long distance and are hitting 32 percent. Stanford leads the way with 155 made three-pointers in 375 attempts (41%).
The Huskies' three treys made against USC was its lowest output of the season. They hit four against WSU last week and also in the first meeting against the Cougars. The team has hit at least five three pointers in every other game this season. 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, who led the Huskies in scoring at Arizona State back on Jan. 10, 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 54 percent from the field in conference games, a mark that stands third in the Pac-10. She is hitting 48 percent over all 20 games this season. In addition, O'Neill, who plays both point and shooting guard, is hitting 48 percent from three point range, a mark that is second in the Pac-10 behind another freshman - Stanford's Kelley Suminski (50%). Her three point field goal percentage (53%) in conference games leads the Pac-10.
Both O'Neill's overall field goal percentage marks are UW team bests and she is second on the team in three-pointers made (28). O'Neill isn't only known for her offense though. At Washington State last week, she pulled down seven rebounds and a season-high six steals.
Burt, who sat out seven games in December 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 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.

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 against UCLA Jan. 4. 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 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 13.3 points per game.
Entering the UCLA game, her career scoring total stands at 1,072 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 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 third in the Pac-10 in three point field goals made this season, with 42. On Washington's career charts, Payne has moved from No. 5 up to No. 3 with 149 three pointers made and moved from No. 4 to No. 3 with 460 attempts over her three-and-one-half years. She was held without a three-pointer against USC Friday, only the third time this season she has not hit a trey.
Here is a look at her standings on the UW career charts:
Career 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) 149 462

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 (85%) and Giuliana Mendiola (80%), who stand at No. 3 and 6 in the Pac-10 respectively, in that category. Payne is 7-of-7 over the last three games while Mendiola has missed only six attempts (25-31) in Pac-10 games. Prior to the Stanford game Jan. 19, Mendiola had missed only one attempt in Pac-10 play, when she was 9-of-10 versus USC.

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, 17-20 Record: 5-3
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

About the UCLA Bruins
UCLA, alone in eighth place in the Pac-10, snapped a five-game losing skid with its 79-55 victory over Washington State Friday night at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins entered the weekend having dropped a pair of games at Oregon State (77-36) and Oregon (76-54). The Bruins now have three conference victories, at California (64-48) Dec. 30 and at Washington State (76-64), along with the most recent. They are led by Whitney Jones, who averages 8.7 points a game and Natalie Nakase who brings in 8.5 per game. Coach Kathy Olivier is in her eight season at UCLA and as a head coach and has a record of 127-122 in that span.

The Husky-Bruin Series
Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA, 22-11. The Huskies won the first meeting this year, 86-53, on Jan. 4 in Seattle.
The teams split last season, with UW defeating UCLA, 73-54 in Seattle and the Bruins winning, 81-56, in Los Angeles to end the regular season last year.

First Meeting This Season
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 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 UW, 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.

Statistical Comparison	UW	UCLAPoints per game	74.1	59.0Conference points per game	74.5	59.8Rebounds	38.2	38.6Opponent rebounds	41.0	45.83-pt. FGM-FGA	133-415	64-254Free throw %	71.4	59.9Assists	321	233Blocks	66	48Steals	205	213
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