Women's Basketball Wraps Regular Season Against Oregon

Feb. 22, 2002

Sat., Feb. 23:
Washington vs. Oregon, 1 pm.

Game takes place at Bank of America Arena (10,000), Seattle, Wash.

This Week
The Washington women's basketball team (16-10, 11-6) seeks to get back on the winning track when it hosts Northwest rival Oregon (15-11, 10-7) in the regular season finale at 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 23, both at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Washington, coming off a narrow overtime loss to Oregon State Thursday night, stands alone in third place in the Pac-10 while the Ducks are tied for fifth place with Oregon State. The Huskies will attempt to extend their impressive home court record, a mark that stands at 9-4 overall and 6-2 in Pac-10 games. They will also aim to snap a 12-game Oregon win streak in the series with the Ducks. The Huskies have won six of their last eight games, with the only setbacks a loss at second-ranked Stanford on their home court and the overtime fall to OSU Thursday.
The Huskies were playing their first conference road game of the season in their first meeting with Oregon this year and the Ducks took the upper hand at McArthur Court, winning 69-56.
The Huskies have stuck with the same starting lineup that has three players averaging double figure scoring and a bench that is deep and healthy. They are third in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, at 72.8 points per game and third in field goal percent defense. They will meet the Pac-10's second-leading scoring leaders this weekend, in Oregon's Shaquala Williams, who averages17.5 points per game.
Sophomore center Andrea Lalum suffered a sprained left ankle in Thursday's game against Oregon State. She is listed as day-to-day.
Saturday also marks the final home appearance for senior Heather Reichmann. A captain this year, she has been an integral part of a Husky team that has amassed a record of 62-54, claimed a Pac-10 title, posted the biggest turn-around in the Pac-10 and made a run to the final eight of the NCAA tournament during her tenure. Reichmann, who also throws the javelin for the track team, has played in 76 games and has a career-high 12 points, reached in a game her freshman season.

Limited Edition Erickson Bobbleheads Arrive Saturday
Legendary Washington crew coach Dick Erickson will be remembered at Saturday's game when fans are able to collect a limited edition bobblehead doll of his likeness. Erickson, who passed away in July, was involved for nearly 50 years with UW athletics. He participated as an athlete then a coach with the Husky rowing team before serving as the Facilities Manager for the athletic department. Erickson was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on two occasions, in 1984 as part of the 1958 national championship crew and in 1994 as the head coach of the men's crew from 1968-82. As a write-in candidate, Erickson won an on-line vote in the fall in which fans were asked who they would like to have portrayed by a bobblehead doll. He received more votes than current Husky head coaches Bob Bender, Rick Neuheisel and June Daugherty did. Bobbleheads bearing his likeness will be distributed to the first 2,500 spectators at the Feb. 23 basketball game against Oregon. His family will be on hand and recognized during pre-game activities.

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup
F 23- Emily Autrey 6-0 Jr. Kennewick, Wash. 9.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 11.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg
G 22- Loree Payne 6-0 Jr. Havre, Mont. 13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G 33- Kristen O'Neill 6-0 Fr. Edmonds, Wash. 6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg
G 13- Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 So. Lake Forest, Calif. 11.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Notes on the Pac-10 Postseason Tournament
For the first time ever, the Pac-10 Conference will hold a postseason tournament. Set for March 1-4 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., the tournament will feature all 10 conference teams. The winner receives the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The tournament bracket will be seeded according to the final conference standings, with the league champion earning the top seed.
The team that finishes the regular season atop the Pac-10 standings, based on double round robin play, is the conference champion.
The Pac-10 Tournament seedings and bracket will be announced at 4:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 24, following the final two regular seasons games, California at USC and Stanford at UCLA.

The Oregon 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. There is no television for the game.

Dawgbite: Sixth-year head coach June Daugherty needs three more victories to reach 100 wins in her tenure at Washington. She enters the Oregon game with a mark of 97-76 at UW. Her 13-year career record stands at 220-150. The Huskies have one game remaining in the regular season before moving on to the inaugural Pac-10 Conference Tournament.
Daugherty's next Pac-10 victory will be No. 60 in her tenure at Washington. Her record in conference games stands at 59-48 during her six years at UW.

About the Oregon Ducks
The Ducks are on a modest three-game win streak after posting an 88-47 victory over Washington State in Pullman Thursday night. They entered the weekend coming off an 84-83 overtime decision over rival Oregon State. Shaquala Williams, who was Pac-10 Player of the Year two seasons ago, leads the team with 17.5 points per game. First-year coach Bev Smith has led the team to a mark of 15-11 overall.

The Husky-Duck Series
Oregon leads the series with Washington, 32-28, and has won the last 12 in a row. The Ducks are one of only two Pac-10 schools (Stanford is the other) to own a winning series record against the Huskies. Washington's last victory over Oregon was an 82-66 game back on Jan. 13, 1996 in Seattle.
Oregon won the first meeting this year, 69-56, Dec. 28 in Eugene.

First Meeting This Year
Game 11 - at Oregon 69, Washington 56 (Dec. 28) - Sparked by Jamie Craighead's seven 3-pointers, Oregon won Friday night over Washington, 69-56, before a season-high 4,791 fans at McArthur Court. The Ducks, who have defeated Washington 12 straight times, improved its record to 7-5 and 2-1 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies dropped to 6-5, 1-1.
Craighead drilled 7-of-11 from downtown to tie her career high for 3-pointers and points with 21. Oregon freshman Andrea Bills and sophomore Cathrine Kraayeveld also had career nights. Bills scored 13 of her career-best 18 points in the first half along with grabbing a career-high eight rebounds in 23 minutes.
Oregon dominated the boards with 48 compared to Washington's 28. Oregon took its final lead at 28-25 following a Craighead 3-pointer with 2:53 left before halftime. The Ducks extended their advantage to 58-40 with 9:03 remaining in the game before the Huskies went on a 14-3 run behind five points from Loree Payne. But Oregon countered with five points from Bills and a desperation 22-foot 3-pointer by Shaquala Williams (13 points) with time running out on the shot clock, increasing the lead to 65-54 with 2:31 left.
Kristen O'Neill led the Huskies with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting while Emily Autrey added 11.

Statistical Comparison	UW	UOPoints per game	72.8	71.0Conference points per game	72.5	72.3Rebounds	38.5	37.2Opponent rebounds	41.1	36.33-pt. FGM-FGA	175-537	138-421Free throw %	71.1	68.6Assists	413	405Blocks	82	94Steals	256	209

Pac-10 Notes
Washington, alone in third place in the Pac-10 race, is among the conference leaders in several categories. As a team, the Huskies are third in scoring offense (72.8 ppg) and scoring margin (+7.9). They are second in free throw percentage (71.1), third in field goal percent defense (.392) and steals (9.85 pg). Individually, Loree Payne (9th) and Andrea Lalum (15th) rank among the Pac-10 scoring leaders while freshman Kristen O'Neill is second in three-point field goal percentage (46.4). Payne is second in three-pointers made (56) and Giuliana Mendiola is fourth in assists (4.92 pg). In addition, Mendiola's assist to turnover ratio of 2.06 is second in the conference.

Last Game
Oregon State 73, at Washington 71 (OT) (Feb. 21) - Oregon State sophomore guard Leilani Estavan hit a game-tying three-pointer from half court at the end of regulation, and scored the winning basket with 11.4 seconds left in overtime to give the Beavers a 73-71 victory over the Washington Huskies at Bank of America Arena. The Beavers have gone to overtime in four of their last six games and are 3-1 in that stretch.
Kellie O'Neill led all Husky scorers with 16 points, while Pac-10 leading scorer Felicia Ragland scored 25 for Oregon State.
After trailing by as many as four points midway through the second half, Washington battled back to take a 60-56 lead with just over a minute to play. A quick three-pointer directly in front of the OSU bench by the Beavers' Jessica Jones cut the lead to one, 60-59. A layin by Washington's Emily Autrey and a pair of free throws by Ragland made the score 62-61 with 39.6 seconds to go.
Neither team could hold onto the ball on their ensuing possessions, however, forcing OSU to send Washington's Loree Payne to the free-throw line with 2.5 seconds remaining. Payne made both shots to give the Huskies a 64-61 lead. Estavan then took the inbounds pass, dribbled to midcourt, and heaved up a desperation 47-footer that found the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded to force overtime.
Payne scored Washington's first five points of the extra session to give the Huskies a 69-67 edge, but the home team was held scoreless for the next 3:46, until Giuliana Mendiola hit a two-pointer in the lane with two seconds remaining to provide the final margin. Washington played nearly the entire game without the services of sophomore center Andrea Lalum, who suffered a sprained left ankle just 1:11 into the game and did not return. Despite Lalum's absence, Washington tied OSU with 24 points in the paint apiece and stayed close in the rebounding margin, pulling down 34 boards to the Beavers' 38.

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