Women's Hoops Continues Three-Game Road Swing At UCLA, USC This Weekend

Dec. 30, 2002

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- This Week:
Washington women's basketball (9-1) will ring in the New Year in Southern California this weekend as the Huskies continue a three-game Pac-10 road swing visiting UCLA, Friday, Jan. 3, and USC, Sunday, Jan. 5. Friday's contest tips off at Pauley Pavilion at 7 p.m., while Sunday's game at the LA Sports Arena gets underway at 2 p.m. UW has won eight-straight and will look to add to its 1-0 conference record after opening the Pac-10 season with a 77-69 win over Washington State in Pullman on Saturday.

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. Joining Sandmeyer this season and doing the color commentary for most home games will be former Husky basketball player Elise (Niemela) Woodward. Games can also be heard over the internet. Just click on the official UW website at www.gohuskies.com.

Probable Husky Starters (2002-03 Stats):
Giuliana Mendiola * G * 5-11 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 14.4 ppg * 5.3 rpg
Kayla Burt * G * 5-11 * So. * Arlington, Wash. * 8.0 ppg * 3.7 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 16.0 ppg * 2.4 rpg
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.6 ppg * 5.4 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 13.0 ppg * 5.1 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 3.5 ppg * 4.3 rpg
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 3.7 ppg * 4.1 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.3 ppg * 1.1 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.2 ppg * 1.0 rpg

UW Survives Scare From Cougars, Wins Eighth-Straight:
Senior Loree Payne led all scorers with a career-high 29 points as the Huskies opened Pac-10 play edging in-state rival Washington State 77-69 in Pullman on Saturday. Joining Payne in double figures for UW were juniors Giuliana Mendiola (14) and Andrea Lalum (12). Senior Emily Autrey, making her second start of the season, recorded a season-high 11 rebounds. The Cougars did not go down easily, rallying from a 19-point first-half deficit to take the lead in the second half. UW came out of the gates on fire, cruising to a 35-16 lead at the 7:47 mark of the first half. But the Cougars ended the half with 13 unanswered points to go into the locker room down 37-33. WSU took its first lead of the game (45-44) with 16:28 remaining but UW came back and pulled ahead by as much as nine with 6:50 left in the game. WSU put together a late 14-6 run to get the Cougars within two (71-69) with 2:05 left, only to have the Huskies close out the game on a 6-0 run by way of free throws. UW turned the ball over a season-high 21 times, while the Cougs had 22 turnovers.

Huskies Off To Hot Start:
After opening the season with a 1-1 record, the Huskies have rattled off eight-straight wins, propelling them to their second-best start ever during the June Daugherty era. UW's best start under Daugherty was an incredible 10-0 mark to open the 1997-98 season. The Huskies finished 18-10 that year and reached the NCAA Tournament but fell in their first-round game to Purdue (88-71). The last time Washington won as many as eight straight games was during that same 10-0 run during 1997-98.

The Streak:
The last time Washington lost a basketball game was its second contest of the season at the hands of then-No. 13 Texas Tech, 99-67, Nov. 24. Since that time, the Huskies have won eight straight, averaging 82.8 points, while holding their opponents to an average of 63 points. During the streak, UW has won all but two games by at least 10 points, while outrebounding its opponent in all but two games as well. UW has tallied at least 15 assists and has committed fewer turnovers that its opponent during that span.

Husky Notables:
Senior Loree Payne leads four Huskies in double-figure scoring with 16 points a game...she is followed by junior Giuliana Mendiola (14.4), junior Andrea Lalum (13.0) and senior Emily Autrey (10.6)...Autrey is the team's top rebounder with 5.4 boards a game...Mendiola averages 5.3 rebounds, while Lalum has 5.1 boards a game...Mendiola also leads the Huskies with 48 assists, followed by sophomore Kayla Burt's 41...Payne needs just seven three-pointers to set the UW career record...UW committed a season-high 21 turnovers at Washington State, just after allowing a season-low three vs. Iowa State in its previous game...Washington's three-point shooting has cooled down in its last three games...After draining at least 10 treys in five straight games, UW has hit only 17 in its last three...UW had a season-low 21 percent three-point shooting percentage vs. Iowa State...UW's season-high was 16 three-pointers vs. St. Bonaventure (tying its own school and Pac-10 records)...UW has attempted at least 20 three pointers in seven of 10 games...Overall, UW is shooting 39 percent (92-235) from beyond the arc...Mendiola is 17-35 (.486) from three-point land, while Payne is 26-64 (.406)...Washington has outrebounded its opponent in the six of the last seven games...The Huskies are undefeated at Bank of America Arena (5-0) this season...UW is 3-1 in televised games.

In The Pac:
With one Pac-10 win under its belt, Washington is second in the conference, behind first-place teams Stanford and UCLA with two wins each. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in six team categories: scoring offense (80.2 points), scoring margin (+14.4), three-point field goal percentage (.461), three-point field goals made (92), assists (21.10) and assist-turnover ratio (1.49). Sophomore Kayla Burt leads the conference in two categories, with a .538 three-point shooting percentage (10-14) and a 3.42 assist-to-turnover ratio. Senior Loree Payne is second with 26 three-pointers and fourth with 16 points a game. Junior Giuliana Mendiola ranks among the top-10 players in scoring (10th), free-throw percentage (fourth), three-point field goal percentage (third), assists (second), three-pointers (ninth) and assist-to-turnover ratio (tied for fourth).

A Look At UCLA:
The Bruins (7-4, 2-0) have won three straight, including their first two Pac-10 games at Oregon and Oregon State, and share an early Pac-10 lead with Stanford (8-1, 2-0). UCLA blew by the Ducks 93-68, led by guard Nikki Blue's 26 points. Forward Whitney Jones added a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Bruins' game with Oregon State was much tighter with both teams tied at halftime with 26 points apiece, before UCLA ended up with the four-point victory in Corvallis 58-54. Guard Michelle Greco, who drained 29 points against the Beavers, leads the Bruins with 19.3 points a game, to go along with 4.4 boards. Blue averages 15.6 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.

UW-UCLA All-Time Series Notes:
Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA 23-11 dating back to 1985. The Huskies have won three of the last four meetings, including both contests played last year, 86-53 and 68-48. The last time UCLA defeated Washington (85-66) was March 11, 2000.

A Look At USC:
The Trojans (5-7, 0-2) have met the opposite fate as the Bruins, losing their last three straight, including their first two Pac-10 games. USC fell in two close games at the Oregon schools last weekend, 63-61 to Oregon State and 79-73 to Oregon. Four Trojans are scoring in double-figures, led by guard Rometra Craig (16.0). Forward Ebony Hoffman averages 15.1 points and 9.5 rebounds a game, followed by guard Aisha Hollans (11.3) and Rachel Woodward (10.5).

UW-USC All-Time Series Notes:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with USC 20-13 dating back to 1987. UW has won three of the last four meetings including all three games played last year. UW defeated the Trojans during the regular season 80-79 in overtime and 69-63, before a 97-87 victory in the second round of the postseason WNIT. The last time USC defeated Washington (88-76) was March 8, 2001.

National Rankings:
Washington has not yet cracked the Top-25 polls, but was the highest team not among the top-25 receiving votes in the Dec. 30 Associated Press Poll. UW received 54 votes by the AP, below 25th-ranked Colorado (74). The USA Today/ESPN/WBCA poll comes out Tuesday. Last week, UW received 39 points in the coaches' poll.

High-Scoring Huskies:
Washington is averaging 80.2 points on a 46.1 field goal shooting percentage, a 39.1 three-point field goal percentage and a 73.3 free-throw percentage. But more impressively, the Huskies have now posted an average margin of victory of 19.6 points in its nine wins, including a 33-point margin in their five home wins. Washington has won seven of its nine victories by at least a 10-point margin.

All-America Candidates Leading The Way:
As was expected, All-America candidates Loree Payne and Giuliana Mendiola have led the way for the Huskies so far this season. The pair has shared high-scoring honors in seven of the Huskies' 10 games with Payne averaging 16.0 points a contest and Mendiola averaging 14.4. Both were All-Pac-10 first-team selections last year. In her third season as a Husky team captain, Payne has scored in double-figures in eight of UW's 10 games, including a career-high 29 vs. Washington State. She also leads the team with 26 three-pointers and needs just seven to set the UW career three-pointers made record. Mendiola, in her second year as team co-captain, has scored in double-figures in all but one of the Huskies' 10 games, while also being a consistent rebounder with 5.3 boards a game. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 48 assists.

UW Powered By Three-Point Prowess:
Washington's three-point attack has cooled off in its last three games, but still remains a crucial key to its success. UW has drained at least 10 three-pointers in five games and its 92 treys easily lead the Pac-10 this season. Going into this weekend, the Huskies had made 20 more three-pointers than the next highest Pac-10 team. Stanford is second with a total of 72. UW also leads the league with a 39.1 three-point shooting percentage (92-235). Senior Loree Payne, on her way to becoming UW's all-time career leader in three-point shooting, is second among conference players with 26. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is also in the Pac-10's top 10 with 17 three-pointers this season. Three Huskies were among the top four in the league in three-point field goal percentage led by sophomore Kayla Burt with a .538 percentage (14-26). Mendiola was third at .486 (17-35), while senior Emily Autrey was fourth with .464 (13-28). The Huskies tied their Pac-10 and school records with 16 three-pointers vs. St. Bonaventure Nov. 29, while adding 15 vs. North Carolina State Dec. 6. UW shares the Pac-10 record with Stanford.

Autrey Thrust Back Into Starting Role:
After starting 26 of 31 games a a junior last year, Autrey was relegated to coming off the bench in the first eight games of her senior campaign this year. The 6-0 forward made the most of her new role, sparking the Huskies with 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds off the bench, including a career-high performance of points (23) and three-pointers (five) vs. North Carolina State Dec. 6. But with senior Kellie Dalan down with the stress fracture injury, Autrey took her place in the starting five in UW's game with Iowa State, Sunday, and didn't skip a beat. Autrey came three boards shy of a double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds, to go along with two assists. She followed that up with a team-high 11 rebounds and seven points in her second start vs. Washington State Saturday.

No Sophomore Jinx For Burt:
Sophomore guard Kayla Burt has made the most of her starting role this season, emerging as one of the Huskies' most well-rounded players. Burt averages eight points and 3.7 rebounds a game. She ranks second on the team only to All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola with 41 assists, while adding 14 steals. Burt turned in a stellar effort in UW's recent win over Iowa State, either matching or setting career highs in rebounds (seven), assists (eight), three-pointers made (three) and three-pointers attempted (six).

Lalum Steady As She Goes:
Junior forward Andrea Lalum is right behind Mendiola and Payne when it comes to offensive production. Averaging 13.0 points a game, Lalum has scored in double-figures in seven of the Huskies' 10 games including two performances of 20 points or more. Lalum scored a season-high 23 points vs. Iowa State, two shy of matching her career-high set last year. She also recorded her ninth-career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Houston at the N.C. State Tournament.

Mendiola Named Pac-10 POW:
Junior guard Giuliana Mendiola was named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 2-8. Mendiola, led Washington to three straight wins, including two in North Carolina State's GlaxoSmithKline Invitational as the Huskies captured the team title. Mendiola averaged 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists as UW defeated Wisconsin at home (81-69), then knocked off the host Wolfpack (88-78) and Houston (76-65) to take the tournament title. At N.C. State on Dec. 6, Mendiola posted 20 points, a career-high12 rebounds and six assists, then followed with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists the next day against Houston. Against the Badgers Dec. 2 in Seattle, Mendiola scored 11 points, posted a career-high eight assists and grabbed four rebounds.

Up Next:
The Huskies will put their undefeated record at Bank of America to the test when they return home to face Arizona State Thursday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m.) and Arizona, Saturday, Jan. 11 (8 p.m.). Saturday's game will be televised live by Fox Sports Northwest.

Huskies Lose Dalan To Stress Fracture Injury:
Husky senior forward Kellie Dalan suffered a stress fracture in her right foot and will be out for five more weeks. Dalan, who started the first eight games, had been feeling pain in her right foot and an X-ray performed after the Huskies' 83-56 win over San Francisco Friday night revealed the stress fracture. Dalan had been averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds a game. Senior Emily Autrey, who averaged 11.1 points off the bench in the first eight games, has taken Dalan's place in the lineup.

Payne Needs Seven Treys To Break UW Record:
One of the most prolific 3-point shooters in Pac-10 and Husky history, senior Loree Payne continues her climb up both career lists for three-point field goals made. Payne now has 205 in her career, good for second in Washington history and fourth in Pac-10 history. Payne only needs seven more three-pointers to set Washington's school record. To take the Pac-10 record, she needs 81. Payne also ranks third all-time in UW history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 604 three-pointers attempted.

Payne Continues To Climb UW Top-10 Scoring List:
After breaking into the UW top-10 career scoring list vs. Texas Tech, Nov. 24, senior All-America candidate Loree Payne continues to climb the ranks as the season continues. Payne is in sole possession of ninth-place with 1,410 points. She now needs 198 points to move past Carlin McClary (1979-82) for eighth place (1,508 points). Payne, just the 17th player in UW history to score at least 1,000 points, broke into the UW Top-10 career scoring list with her first bucket vs. Texas Tech, Nov. 24. Her three-pointer gave her 1,263 career points and sole possession of 10th place on the list.
UW Career Scoring Leaders
1. Jamie Redd 1995-99 2027
2. Rhonda Smith 1992-95 1801
3. Karen Murray 1981-84 1745
4. Leteia Hughley 1982-85 1704
5. Yvette Cole 1986-89 1681
6. Megan Franza 1997-01 1612
7. Karen Deden 1988-91 1596
8. Carlin McClary 1979-82 1508
9. Loree Payne 1999- 1410
10. Amber Hall 1995-99 1330

Payne Named Finalist For Senior CLASS Award:
Senior Loree Payne is one of 30 finalists nominated for the second annual Senior CLASS Award. The Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award is presented to the nation's senior player of the year for NCAA Div. I men's and women's basketball. The award was developed in response to the recent trend of college basketball players leaving early to turn professional. Last year, Connecticut's Sue Bird and Maryland's Juan Dixon each won the award.

Husky Bench Comes Up Big:
Washington's depth has been very apparent this season. In addition to its five starters, three more Huskies have seen significant time in the rotation, averaging at least 14.5 minutes of playing time. In the N.C. State Tournament alone, the Washington bench outscored its opponents' bench 53-9. Sophomore forwards Kristen O'Neill and Sarah Keeler, figure into the rotation on a regular basis, as does junior guard Gioconda Mendiola. O'Neill has 3.5 points a game and 4.3 rebounds, while leading the team with 19 steals to go along with 43 rebounds. Keeler is fifth on the team with an average of 4.1 rebounds, to go along with 3.7 points a game. Mendiola is the eighth Husky to regularly figure into the rotation, with 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds. She is third on the team with 28 assists and has been the team's assists leader in three different games.

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 on her heels on the UW career three-point scoring lists. Mendiola ranks eighth all-time in three-pointers made (83) and ninth in three-pointers attempted (230). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.361) and Payne is sixth (.339). 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) had 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:
Senior Kellie Dalan is out for five more weeks with a stress fracture in her right foot...sophomore Kirsten Brockman is out for the season, recovering from surgery to repair a stress fracture in her left foot...freshman Angie Jones is rehabilitating her right knee after ACL 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 and has been cleared to play.

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 109-79 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 232-153. 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.

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 have yet to make their collegiate debuts. 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 in November and has been cleared to play, but hasn't appeared in a game yet. 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 to have seen any playing time. 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.

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 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. Upcoming promotional events include Daugherty's Dawgs - a discounted reserved ticket, Daugherty's Dawgs T-shirt, a visit by KJR-AM on-air personality and a Husky coach - all for just $8 and available for the Arizona and Oregon State games. Free Husky women's basketball mouse pads will be given out at the Arizona State game. And Take a Kid to the Game will be available at the Arizona game - buy one general admission ticket and get one free. UW alums can visit www.uwalum.com for discounted tickets at the Arizona State game. UWAA members will also receive free kettle corn and concessions discounts when they present their membership card.

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.

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.

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