Women's Basketball Hosts Bay Area Pro-Am Sunday

Nov. 8, 2002

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This Week:
Under the direction of seventh-year head coach June Daugherty, the Washington women's basketball team tips off the 2002-2003 season with an exhibition game versus Bay Area Pro-Am, Sunday, Nov. 10, at Bank of America Arena at 1 p.m. The Huskies will play just one exhibition this year, and following Sunday will set their sights on their season opener at Boise State, Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. (MT).

Season Outlook:
Washington opens its 29th season of women's basketball with five starters and 11 letterwinners returning from last year's squad that tied for second in the Pac-10 Conference and advanced as far as the third round of the WNIT. In fact three of those returning starters, senior Loree Payne, junior Andrea Lalum and junior Giuliana Mendiola, were starters on the 2000-01 squad that won a share of the Pac-10 championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. This year's squad features a wealth of veteran leadership with five seniors, three juniors and four sophomores. Added to the mix is one returning redshirt freshman and a talented trio of incoming freshmen.

Returning Husky Starters:
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 9.9 ppg * 4.4 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 14.3 ppg * 3.1 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont * 11.4 ppg * 5.8 rpg
Giuliana Mendiola * G * 5-11 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 12.5 ppg * 5.5 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 6.1 ppg * 3.7 rpg

All-America Candidates:
Leading the way for the Huskies this year will be All-America candidates Loree Payne and Giuliana Mendiola. Both were All-Pac-10 first-team selections last year. In her third season as a Husky team captain, Payne led UW in scoring last year with 14.3 points per game. She is only the 17th player in UW history to score 1,000 points and is nearing Washington's top-10 scoring list as she enters her senior season with 1,250 points. Payne is also No. 10 on the Pac-10's career three-pointers made list with 179. Mendiola, in her second season as a team captain, was the second-leading rebounder on the team with 5.5 boards per game in 2001-02, in addition to her 12.5 points per game. Mendiola boasted the second-best assist to turnover ratio in the Pac-10 last season.

Huskies On The Radio:
With the exception of Sunday's exhibition game, all UW women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 a.m. Calling the play-by-play action is Steve Sandmeyer in his fourth season as the voice of the Huskies. Games can also be heard over the internet. Just click on the official UW website at www.gohuskies.com.

UW Ranked In Three Preseason Polls:
Washington is ranked in three Top-25 preseason polls. The Huskies check in at No. 22 according to Basketball News, and are ranked 25th by Lindy's and Street & Smith. In the Associated Press Preseason Poll, UW ranked 27th with 94 votes, and in the USA Today/ESPN Poll the Huskies are 32nd with 74 votes.

The Schedule:
The Washington women's basketball team faces yet another challenging schedule in 2002-03, a lineup which features 10 teams that competed in the post-season last year, six in the NCAA Tournament and four in the WNIT. And for good measure, three of UW's opponents are ranked in the Preseason AP poll -- No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 23 Iowa State -- while five additional teams on this year's slate received votes in the same poll. UW will make its season debut on the road at Boise State Nov. 22, followed by a trip to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech, Nov. 24. It will be the third straight-year UW has opened the season away from Seattle. The Huskies will make their home debut hosting the Seattle Times Classic, Nov. 29-30, welcoming Kentucky, Saint Bonaventure and Pacific to Seattle. Washington's other preseason tournament will be at North Carolina State, Dec. 6-7. Additional teams competing in Raleigh will be Florida and Houston. UW will host three non-conference games, also in December with Wisconsin, Dec. 2, San Francisco, Dec. 20, and Iowa State, Dec. 22. Washington opens the always competitive Pac-10 schedule with in-state rival Washington State in Pullman, Dec. 28. The second-ever Pac-10 Conference postseason tournament will be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., March 7-10.

Huskies On Television:
Eight games on the Huskies' 2002-2003 slate will be televised, four nationally and four locally. As a part of the Pac-10 Conference television package, Fox Sports Net will televise four UW games: Nov. 24 at Texas Tech, Jan. 18 at Stanford, Jan. 25 vs. Oregon, and Feb. 8 at Arizona State. Washington also has the possibility of being chosen as a Fox Sports Net wildcard selection on Sat., Feb. 15 vs. Cal, Sat. Feb. 22 at Oregon and Sat., Mar. 1 vs. Washington State. Four games will be televised locally by Fox Sports Northwest: Fri., Nov. 29 vs. St. Bonaventure (Seattle Times Classic), Dec. 20 vs. San Francisco, Dec. 28 at Washington State and Jan. 11 vs. Arizona.

UW Picked Runner-Up In Pac-10 Coaches Poll:
UW women's basketball was picked by the league's coaches to finish second in the Pac-10 Conference for the 2002-2003 season, the conference announced Oct. 17. Stanford, who claimed the conference title last season with a perfect 18-0 record, was tabbed to win this year's Pac-10 title. The Cardinal received nine first-place votes, while third-place pick Oregon received the remaining vote. UW was also picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll.
2002-2003 Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Stanford (9) 90 pts.
2. Washington 77 pts.
3. Oregon (1) 71 pts.
4. USC 67 pts.
5. Arizona 61 pts.
6. Arizona State 51 pts.
7. Oregon State 40 pts.
8. UCLA 36 pts.
9. California 26 pts.
10. Washington State 21 pts.

Leading The Way:
Three members of the Washington women's basketball team will act as captains this season, senior Cheryl Sorenson, senior Loree Payne and junior Giuliana Mendiola. It is Payne's third year as a team captain and the second year for Sorenson and Mendiola.

Husky Coaching Staff:
Aiming to guide the Huskies to their sixth postseason appearance during her brief tenure, UW head coach June Daugherty enters her seventh season at the helm of the women's basketball program. She has an overall record of 100-78 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 223-152. Sunny Smallwood is in her 10th year as a Husky women's basketball assistant, while Mike Daugherty enters his seventh season. Shimmy Gray enters her third year on staff.

Payne Climbing Career Lists:
Entering her senior season with the Husky women's basketball team, senior Loree Payne is ranked in the Top-10 on three UW career lists. Payne is third all-time with 179 three-point field goals made and is also third with 540 three-point field goals attempted. Megan Franza holds both UW career records with 211 three-pointers made and 708 three-pointers attempted. Jamie Redd is second on both lists with 192 three-pointers made and 675 attempted. Payne also ranks seventh all-time in three-point field goal percentage (.331). Also to her credit, Payne is tied with Franza for both a school record 72 three-pointers made in a single season (2001-02) and a school record seven three-pointers in a single game (2001-02). And in total scoring, Payne needs just 12 points to break into the UW Top-10 career scoring leaders.

Quick Glance At Boise State, Texas Tech:
UW will open the season at Boise State, a team led by first-year coach Jen Warden. UW head coach June Daugherty will also be returning to her old stomping grounds. Daugherty was the head coach of the Broncos from 1989-1996. Last year, BSU posted a 10-20 overall record and returns three starters from that team. The Texas Tech Lady Raiders, ranked No. 7 in the preseason AP poll, turned in an overall record of 20-12 and advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals last season. Two starters return from the team that ended the 2001-02 season ranked 12th by the USA Today/ESPN poll. Texas Tech is coached by Marsha Sharp, in her 21st year in Lubbock.

Huskies Take Off-Season Trip To Australia:
This past June, the Huskies took a tour of Australia, where they played five games against teams from the Australian Young Women's National Teams. It was the UW women's basketball team's second trip to Australia, with the first taken in 1998. UW split its first two games against the Australian Young Women's National Team in Sydney, but won the next three contests against three different opponents. In Brisbane, UW defeated the Brisbane Capitals, 104-78 and the Under-18 South State Team, 128-78. Among those fans cheering on the Huskies was the family of redshirt freshman Nicole Castro, who hails from Darwin, Australia (about one and a half hours from Brisbane). Washington wrapped its 11-day tour with a 128-69 victory over the Kuiyam Pride Women's Team, 128-69, in Cairns.Letter Of Intent Period: High school seniors can officially declare their choice of the college or university they plan to attend the following year during the early letter of intent signing period. The fall period begins Nov. 13 this year. Following that period, the next opportunity that student-athletes may sign is in April. Coaches or other university personnel are not permitted to discuss prospective student-athletes until the school has received their letter of intent. Information on student-athletes will be released by the media relations department upon the arrival of the letters.

Practice Policy:
Washington women's basketball practices are open to the media and public, and will usually be held on the main court or east court at Bank of America Arena. Interviews must be arranged through the media relations office and 24 hours advance notice is requested. Interviews will be scheduled around players' convenience and must be conducted by the start of practice. Please call the UW Media Relations office to confirm practice location and start times. The Husky practice schedule, listed month-to-month, can be found on www.gohuskies.com, on the women's basketball page.

Credential Requests:
Requests from print, electronic and photo journalists for season and individual game credentials should be made on your media outlet's letterhead and mailed or faxed to Erin Rowley at the UW Media Relations office, University of Washington, 229 Graves Building, Box 354070, Seattle, WA, 98195-4070. The fax number is 206-543-5000. Credentials will be issued to legitimate media outlets.

Ticket Information:
Season and individual-game tickets for all Washington home games are now available. Please contact the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200 for details.

This year there is a change in traffic pattern around Bank of America Arena on basketball game days. Fans will no longer be able to enter the Montlake Parking Lot (E1) from the south side on Montlake Blvd., but now must enter the lot from the north side near the UW driving range.

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