Women's Basketball Opens 2002-2003 Campaign At Boise State, Texas Tech

Nov. 19, 2002

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This Week:
The 2002-2003 season officially gets underway this weekend for Washington women's basketball as the Huskies open at Boise State, Fri., Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. MT. UW will then head south to face 13th-ranked Texas Tech, Sun., Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. CT. The Huskies' contest with the Lady Raiders in Lubbock will be televised to a national audience on Fox Sports Net. Kevin Eschenfelder and Brenda VanLengen will be doing play-by-play commentary and color analysis. Both games will also be broadcast locally on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM and on the internet at www.gohuskies.com. Calling the play-by-play will be Steve Sandmeyer, in his fourth season as the voice of the Huskies.

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.

Probable Husky Starters vs. Boise State/Texas Tech (2002 Stats):
Giuliana Mendiola * G * 5-11 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 12.5 ppg * 5.5 rpg
Kayla Burt * G * 5-11 * So. * Arlington, Wash. * 5.6 ppg * 2.6 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 14.3 ppg * 3.1 rpg
Kellie 'O'Neill' Dalan * F * 6-1 * Sr. * Lynnwood, Wash. * 7.2 ppg * 3.2 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 11.4 ppg * 5.8 rpg

UW Wins Exhibition Over Bay Area Pro-Am:
The Huskies made their unofficial season debut with an 82-64 exhibition win over Bay Area Pro-Am, Sun., Nov. 10, at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. It was the lone exhibition contest for UW this season. Junior Giuliana Mendiola led the Huskies with 23 points, 11 of which came in the first five minutes of play including a trio of three-pointers. Mendiola also added six rebounds and five assists. Three other Huskies also scored in double-figures, with junior Andrea Lalum adding 16, senior Loree Payne scoring 14 and senior Emily Autrey contributing 11. Forward Melanie Turner led all Pro-Am players with 23 points.

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.

UW Season Openers:
This year marks the fourth-straight time the Huskies open their season on the road. Washington is 18-10 overall in season openers and 1-2 in the last three years away from Seattle. Last year UW defeated Montana State 73-65 in overtime, snapping two-straight season opening losses in 2001 ( vs. Indiana 77-74 ot) and 2000 (vs. UNC Greensboro 67-57).

A Look At Boise State:
Under the direction of first-year head coach Jen Warden, the Boise State Broncos picked up wins in their two exhibition games over Albertson (90-46) and Northwest Nazarene (81-60). Senior guard Abby Vaughan led the Broncos in scoring in those two games with a total of 48 points. Sophomore Simone Grant was the leading rebounder with 16 total boards. Last year, BSU posted a 10-20 overall record and returns three starters from that team. UW leads the all-time series with Boise State 17-2 and has won the last eight-straight meetings dating back to the 1993-94 season.

UW-Boise State Connections:
Boise State is familiar territory for UW head coach June Daugherty and assistant Sunny Smallwood. Daugherty began her head coaching career with the Broncos. She spent seven seasons at BSU (1989-1996), tallying an overall record of 123-74 and leading the Broncos to two Big Sky conference championship titles. Smallwood returns to her alma mater, where she was the starting point guard and off-guard from 1979-83. Smallwood was honored as Mountain West Conference Player of the Week on three separate occasions while playing for the Broncos. She graduated from BSU in 1983 with a bachelor's of science degree in secondary education. Smallwood also served as Boise High School's head coach from 1983-90.

A Look At No. 13 Texas Tech:
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders, ranked No. 7 in the preseason AP poll, dropped to 13th this week after falling in their season opener to Louisiana Tech 85-76, at the State Farm Classic, Nov. 10. Texas Tech was led by Plenette Pierson's 25 points, while Jia Perkins added 16 points and Erin Grant had 13. Since then, the Lady Raiders handily dominated their two exhibition opponents, defeating Spartak Moscow (100-65) Nov. 12, and the Houston Jaguars (97-36), Nov. 17. Last season, TT turned in an overall record of 20-12 and advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals. 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. Sunday marks the sixth meeting in the all-time series between Washington and Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders lead the series 3-2. The last time these teams met was for a pair of games during the 1994-95 season, which they split 79-75 (UW) and 67-52 (TT).

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 were 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 fourth-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.

UW Ranked In Three Preseason Polls:
Washington was ranked in three Top-25 preseason polls. The Huskies checked 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.

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.

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.

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.

Seattle Times Classic:
Following this weekend's games at Boise State and Texas Tech, UW will host the 16th Annual Seattle Times Husky Classic, Nov. 29-30. Kentucky and Pacific will tip-off the tourney Fri., Nov. 29 at 5 p.m., followed by UW's game with St. Bonaventure at 7:30 p.m. UW's home debut will be televised live by Fox Sports Northwest. Saturday, the consolation game will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the championship game at 7 p.m.

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 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). Finally, in total scoring, Payne needs just 12 points to break into the UW Top-10 career scoring leaders.

Mendiola On Payne's Heels In Career 3-Pointers:
Junior Giuliana Mendiola is one year behind fellow All-America candidate senior Loree Payne, but she is right on her heels on the UW career three-point scoring lists. Mendiola is seventh all-time in both three-pointers made (93) and three-pointers attempted (277). In fact, Mendiola ranks ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.335) and Payne is seventh (.331). Last year as a sophomore, Mendiola also turned in the third-highest single season assists (152) in UW history. Only Lisa Raschkow (1987, 161) and Katia Foucade (1995, 157) have more assists in a season than Mendiola did in 2002.

Sister Act:
For the second-straight season, the Husky roster boasts two sets of sisters: juniors Giuliana and Gioconda Mendiola, and senior Kellie Dalan and sophomore Kristen O'Neill. The Mendiolas are one year apart in age, almost to the day, but Gioconda took a year off between high school graduation and college so that she could play four years of college ball with her sister. Kellie Dalan, formerly O'Neill, got married this summer, hence the name change. The only other pair of sisters to play together at Washington were Heidi (1993-96) and Molly Hills (1996-99), who overlapped the 1996 season.

Injury Update:
Sophomore Kirsten Brockman is out for the season, recovering from surgery to repair a stress fracture in her left foot...freshman Angie Jones re-tore the ACL in her right knee during an Oct. 22 practice...she is slated to have surgery Nov. 22...Jones tore the same ACL during her junior season at Holy Names Academy (Seattle)...freshman Jill Bell had surgery to repair a ligament in her left thumb Nov. 7...she could be out of action for a few more weeks.

New Faces:
Washington's roster boasts four new faces this year in redshirt freshman Nicole Castro and true freshmen Jill Bell, Angie Jones and Erica Schelly. Bitten by the preseason injury bug, Bell and Jones won't be making their collegiate debuts just yet. Jones, from Seattle, tore her ACL in an Oct. 22 practice and will have surgery Nov. 22. At Holy Names Academy, Jones led her team to two straight Class 3A state appearances and two consecutive Metro league chamionships. She earned All-Metro first-team honors in 2001 and 2002. Bell, from Bellevue, Wash., had surgery to repair a torn ligament in her left thumb but could be back to action in a few weeks. At Bellevue High School, Bell led her team to four straight state tournament appearances and four straight league crowns. Castro, from Darwin, Australia, joined the team in January of last year after graduating from high school in the fall of 2002. Castro, who attended St. John's College High School, was selected twice to the Adidas All-Star Camp in 1999 and 2000 and was named the 2001 Southern Cross Women's League Youth Player of the Year. Schelly, from Fort Collins, Colo., is the only true freshmen ready to play. She was honored as a Nike All-American and entered her senior season at Poudre High School as a Street & Smith's Preseason All-America pick. Schelly led Poudre High to the Class 5A state tournament four straight years and was a four-time first-team all-conference honoree. She garnered honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore and junior.

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.

Huskies On The Radio:
All UW women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. 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 Basketball Coaches Radio Show:
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar and June Daugherty debuts Wed., Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. on SportsRadio KJR AM-950. The weekly show will air on Monday or Tuesday night during the season. Daugherty will talk Husky women's hoops from 7:30-8 p.m., following Romar from 7-7:30 p.m. The show is hosted by basketball play-by-play announcers Bob Rondeau (men) and Steve Sandmeyer (women) and KJR on-air personality David Locke. The first three shows are as follows: Wed., Nov. 20; Mon., Nov. 25; and Tues., Dec. 3.

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.

UW Represented on NCAA Advisory Committee:
Washington senior associate athletic director for sports programs and student services, Marie Tuite, is serving on this year's NCAA Div. I Women's Basketball Committee. Her appointment began Sept. 1, 2001. The NCAA Committee is charged with the selection of teams and overall administration of the NCAA Div. I Women's Basketball Championship. Tuite, in her eighth-year at Washington, brings an extensive background in women's basketball to the committee.

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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