Women's Basketball Set for Inaugural Pac-10 Tournament

Feb. 26, 2002

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Sat., March 2
Washington vs. winner of Oregon-WSU game, 12 noon
All Pac-10 Tournament games take place at Oregon's McArthur Court (9,087), Eugene, Ore.

This Week
It's the beginning of a new era and a new season when the Washington women's basketball team (17-10, 12-6) plays in the inaugural State Farm Pac-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, March 1-4 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore.
As the No. 2 seed, Washington has a first-round bye and will play its first game at 12 noon, Sat., March 2.
Washington and Arizona State finished the conference season tied for second place with records of 12-6, but the Huskies win the tiebreaker and the No. 2 seed based on a combined record of 3-1 versus Southern California and Oregon State while the Sun Devils were 2-2 against the same teams.
The tournament features 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.
Action begins March 1 with No. 7 Oregon playing No. 10 Washington State at 6:30 p.m. followed by No. 8 UCLA versus No. 9 California at 8:45 p.m. Washington meets the winner of the Oregon-WSU game.
Washington finished the regular season with an overall record of 17-10, to go with its 12-6 Pac-10 mark. The Huskies swept their season series against Washington State, winning 98-64 in Seattle and 75-68 in Pullman. They split the series with Oregon, falling, 69-56 in Eugene and winning, 88-80, in Seattle last week.

Tournament Ticket Information - Tickets for the Pac-10 Tournament may be purchased by calling the Oregon ticket office at 1-800-WEBFOOT (932-3668). A full tournament package is available for $60. Single session tickets (two games per session, ie: Saturday 12 noon and 2:15 p.m. / 6 and 8:15 p.m.) are available for $15 per session.

March 1-4, 2002 - McArthur Court, Eugene, Ore. (All game times are Pacific.)
Fri., Mar. 1
Game 1: #7 Oregon vs. #10 Washington State, 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: #8 UCLA vs. #9 California, 8:45 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 2
Game 3: Seed #2 Washington vs. Game 1 winner, 12 noon
Game 4: Seed #3 Arizona State vs. #6 Arizona, 2:15 p.m.
Game 5: Seed #1 Stanford vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 6: Seed #4 USC vs. #5 Oregon State, 8:15 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 3
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 12:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 3 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

Mon., Mar. 4
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m (FOX Sports Net)

Tentative Husky Starting Lineup
F 23- Emily Autrey 6-0 Jr. Kennewick, Wash. 10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg
C 21- Andrea Lalum 6-4 So. Bozeman, Mont. 11.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg
C 4- Sarah Keeler 6-4 Fr.Rs Pendleton, Ore. 3.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg
G 22- Loree Payne 6-0 Jr. Havre, Mont. 14.1 ppg, 2.9 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. 12.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Washington's Pac-10 Tournament 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. The two semi-final and championship games of the tournament will be televised live on Fox Sports Net to a national audience.

Highlighting the Huskies
Propelled by a strong second half the conference season, Washington emerged from a tight conference race to finish tied for second, with Arizona State, in the Pac-10. The Huskies enter tournament action as they are playing their best basketball of the season. They have won seven of their last nine games, with the only setbacks at No. 2 Stanford and in overtime to Oregon State.Here are a few Husky Highlights:
* Balanced Attack - Four Huskies are averaging double figure scoring this season: Loree Payne (14.1), Giuliana Mendiola (12.0), Andrea Lalum (11.6) and Emily Autrey (10.1). Seven different Huskies have led the team in scoring this year, highlighted by a 31-point career-best effort from Mendiola in the final regular season game against Oregon. Six players scored in double figures in UW's win over Indiana in December and five players scored in double figures in four other games.
Coach Daugherty continues to emphasize the depth of her bench, constantly rotating fresh players in and out of the game. The strategy was a key element of the team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament last year and continues to be a source of strength this season.
* Offense - Washington has maintained its reputation as an offensive firepower. The Huskies are ranked third in the Pac-10 in scoring offense with 73.4 points per game. They scored 99 points against Boise State (Nov. 27) and 98 points in the Pac-10 opener versus Washington State (Dec. 21) and have topped 80 or more points six times with a record of 6-0 in those games.
* Versatility - With the offensive firepower comes versatility. The Huskies like to shoot the three and just about anyone can hit from anywhere on the court, including 6-foot-4 center Andrea Lalum. Every player on the court has the green light to shoot, inside or out. Six players have reached double figures in three pointers made this season, led by junior captain Loree Payne, who has 60.
On the flip side, Washington is also third in the conference in field goal percent defense, holding opponents to 39 percent from the field.

Dawgbite: Sixth-year head coach June Daugherty needs two more victories to reach 100 wins in her tenure at Washington. She enters the Pac-10 Tournament with a mark of 98-76 at UW. Her 13-year career record stands at 221-150.
Washington's win over Oregon Feb. 23 was Daugherty's 60th conference victory in her tenure at Washington. Her record in conference games stands at 60-48 during her six years at UW.

Injury Report
Sophomore center Andrea Lalum suffered a sprained left ankle against Oregon State, Feb. 21. She is listed as day-to-day. Junior Cheryl Sorenson suffered a concussion against Oregon, Feb. 23. She is listed as day-to-day.

The Husky-Duck Series
Oregon holds a slim lead in the series with Washington, 32-29. Oregon had won 12 in a row until the Huskies snapped that streak last week, with an 88-80 win in Seattle, Feb. 23. The Ducks are one of only two Pac-10 schools (Stanford is the other) to own a winning series record against the Huskies. Prior to last week, Washington's last victory over Oregon was an 82-66 game Jan. 13, 1996 in Seattle.
Oregon won the first meeting this year, 69-56, Dec. 28 in Eugene.

The Husky-Cougar Series
Washington owns a healthy 44-10 lead in the series with cross-state rival Washington State. The Huskies have won the last 14 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.
Washington won both meetings this year, 98-64 in Seattle, Dec. 21 and 75-68 in Pullman, Jan. 25.

Meetings This Year
Game 27 - at Washington 88, Oregon 80 (Feb. 23) - Giuliana Mendiola scored a career-high 31 points and Loree Payne added 22 as Washington broke a 12-game losing streak against Oregon with a 88-80 win over the Ducks at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies had not beaten Oregon since an 82-66 victory on Jan. 13, 1996 in Seattle.
Emily Autrey scored 16 points and Kellie O'Neill 12 for Washington. Mendiola was 15-of-17 from the free throw line and Payne hit four 3-pointers. Sarah Keeler had her first career start in place of injured Andrea Lalum.
Shaquala Williams and Andrea Bills scored 16 points apiece while Edniesha Curry added 13 for Oregon. Bills also grabbed 11 rebounds to record her first career double-double. Autrey scored nine points and O'Neill eight as Washington took the lead for good during a 23-9 run late in the first half. The Huskies led 45-33 at halftime. Oregon closed to within eight points three times in the game's final three minutes, but got no closer.
The win gave the Huskies the No. 2 seed in the tournament after finishing second in the Pac-10 regular conference standings and Oregon will be seeded seventh.

Game 11 - at Oregon 69, Washington 56 (Dec. 28) - Sparked by Jamie Craighead's seven 3-pointers, Oregon defeated Washington, 69-56, before a season-high 4,791 fans at McArthur Court. It was the Ducks' 12th-straight victory over the Huskies.
Craighead drilled 7-of-11 from long range 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.

Game 19 - Washington 75, at Washington State 68 (Jan. 25) - Sophomore center Andrea Lalum scored a career-high 25 points and Washington extended its streak over cross-state rival Washington State to 14 games as the Huskies downed the Cougars, 75-68, at Friel Court. Junior Loree Payne scored 13 points and freshman Kayla Burt added 10 as the Huskies overcame a two-point halftime deficit, 33-31, to capture the victory.
WSU's Brittney Hawks recorded her Pac-10-leading 10th double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. She led a group of four Cougars in double figures. The difference in the game occurred at the foul line as both teams made 25 field goals in the contest. Washington converted 21-of-28 free throw attempts while WSU converted 13-of-20 attempts from the charity stripe.
After leading at the break, the Cougars extended their lead to nine points, 50-41, with 11:22 remaining in the game. Washington used a 10-0 run over the next 1 minute, 20 seconds to move ahead, 51-50, at 10:02. With the game tied at 55 with 8:34 left, four consecutive points by Payne began an 8-0 Washington run that gave the Huskies a 63-55 lead with 6:33 remaining.
Washington maintained its advantage and held a 67-59 lead with 5:14 remaining. On the momentum of a 7-0 run, the Cougars pulled to within 67-66 with 2:44 left. However, that was as close as WSU would get as Washington held off the Cougar rally by scoring eight of the game's final 10 points.

Game 10 - at Washington 98, Washington State 64 (Dec. 21) - 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 (6-4, 1-0) 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 (2-9, 0-1) in scoring, while senior center Brittney Hawks added 18 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth-consecutive double-double.
Washington forced 29 Washington State 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 win was the 13th-consecutive for the Huskies in the rivalry, which dates back to 1974-75, the team's first season of competition. The Cougars last defeated Washington on Feb. 25, 1995 in Pullman, 72-67. Washington has not lost to Washington State in Seattle since the 1993 season.

Statistical Comparison	UW	UO	WSUPoints per game	73.4	71.3	55.8Conference points per game	73.4	72.7	53.7Rebounds	38.4	37.0	37.3Opponent rebounds	40.7	36.3	44.63-pt. FGM-FGA	182-553	146-441	114-381Free throw %	71.7	68.9	65.4Assists	429	426	351Blocks	84	96	100Steals	267	217	206	

Pac-10 Notes
Washington, tied for second at the end of the regular season, is among the Pac-10 leaders in several categories. As a team, the Huskies are third in scoring offense (723.4 ppg) and scoring margin (+7.9). They are second in free throw percentage (71.7), third in field goal percent defense (.395) and tied for second in steals (9.89 pg). Individually, Loree Payne (9th), Giuliana Mendiola (13) and Andrea Lalum (16th) rank among the Pac-10 scoring leaders while freshman Kristen O'Neill is third in three-point field goal percentage (45.7). Payne is second in three-pointers made (60) and Giuliana Mendiola is fourth in assists (4.96 pg). In addition, Mendiola's assist to turnover ratio of 2.06 is second in the conference.

Leader in the Dawghouse
Sophomore captain Giuliana Mendiola posted a career-best 31 points in Washington's 88-80 win over Oregon last week, topping her previous high of 22. She was the first Husky to go over the 30-point plateau this year. Mendiola, the Huskies' point guard, was 8-of-15 from the field and an impressive 15-of-17 from the free throw line. Her free throw numbers were season-highs for the team and individual career bests.
Mendiola, who has started all but two games in her two years at UW, has scored in double figures in 16 games this season and 20 or more points in four games.

A Look at the Lineup
Prior to its final regular season game, when an injury forced change, Washington had stuck with the same lineup for its previous 10 games and had a 9-5 record with that starting group. The final lineup was the fifth different one used this season, and featured freshman center Sarah Keeler in her first start.
Here is a look at what the Huskies have done:
Game 27 Record: 1-0
Autrey, Keeler, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill
Games 8-11, 17-26 Record: 9-5
Autrey, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Kristen O'Neill
Games 1-7 Record: 4-3
Autrey, Lalum, Payne, Giuliana Mendiola, Gioconda Mendiola
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

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