Women's Hoops Hosts USC, UCLA This Weekend

Jan. 28, 2003

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- This Week:
Looking to extend its nine-game unbeaten streak at home, 25th-ranked Washington women's basketball hosts USC, Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., and UCLA, Sat., Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies enter the second-half of Pac-10 play a half game out of first-place, thanks to their first sweep of the Oregon schools at home since 1992-93, and losses by No. 5 Stanford and UCLA over the weekend. UW will have its hands full when the LA schools arrive in Seattle, as USC was the team that upset the nation's fifth-ranked team on Super Bowl Sunday, 75-72. The Women of Troy are looking to avenge the 83-81 overtime loss to the Huskies on their home court Jan. 5. In turn, Washington aims to avenge their loss to the Bruins in Westwood, Jan. 3. UCLA is coming off a 69-61 loss to Cal, just its third to a Pac-10 opponent. Washington has won two straight, six of its last seven and 14 of its last 16 games. This week the Huskies made their season debut in the Associated Press Poll at No. 25.

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. * 15.2 ppg * 6.2 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 5.6 ppg * 5.1 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 14.2 ppg * 2.6 rpg
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.8 ppg * 5.1 rpg
Andrea Lalum * F * 6-4 * Sr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 10.9 ppg * 4.5 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Kellie Dalan * F * 6-1 * Sr. * Edmonds, Wash. * 6.2 ppg * 2.5 rpg
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 4.1 ppg * 3.6 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.9 ppg * 1.3 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.3 ppg * 1.8 rpg
Erica Schelly * G * 5-11 * Fr. * Fort Collins, Colo. * 1.1 ppg * 0.4 rpg
Nicole Castro * G * 5-10 * Rs-Fr. * Darwin, Australia * 0.5 ppg * 1.0 rpg
Alicia Heathcote * 5-9 * G * 5-0 * Seattle, Wash. * 1.1 ppg * 0.8 rpg

Scouting the Huskies:
The No. 25 Huskies leap-frogged over No. 24 Arizona and UCLA into second-place in the Pac-10 with their sweep of the Oregon schools this past weekend. Washington's 15-3 overall record is its best in its first 18 games since its 16-2 record in 1989-90. That season, UW finished 28-3 overall, tied for first in the Pac-10 and advanced to the NCAA Mideast Region Championship before falling 76-50 to Auburn. UW continued its dominace at home last weekend, defeating Oregon and Oregon State by a combined 45 points. In fact, UW has averaged a 20.9-point margin of victory in its nine home wins. The Huskies have strung together win streaks of eight and four games this season. Two of the Huskies' three losses came to teams ranked in the Top-25 (No. 13 Texas Tech and No. 18 Arizona). UW's strength remains its three-point shot, as the Huskies began this week the Pac-10 leader in three-pointers (8.06) and ranked sixth nationally. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is the team leader in points (15.2), rebounds (6.2) and assists (5.2) and has scored in double-figures in 17 games including the last 10 straight. Mendiola and senior Loree Payne further etched their names in the Husky record books, as Mendiola became the 18th player to score 1,000 points in a Husky career, while Payne became the ninth player to surpass the 1,500-point plateau. Sophomore Kristen O'Neill has been UW's leading rebounder in the last two games, grabbing a career-high 12 vs. Oregon and 10 vs. Oregon State. UW tallied an impressive 8-1 non-conference record.

UW Cracks Top-25 AP Poll:
Washington women's basketball cracked the Associated Press Top-25 Poll for the first time this season, making their 2002-03 season debut at No. 25 in this week's ranking. UW is one of three Pac-10 teams in the Top-25, joined by No. 6 Stanford and No. 24 Arizona. The last time the Huskies received a Top-25 billing in the AP poll was Nov. 24, 2001. The last time three Pac-10 teams were ranked in the AP Top-25 was Nov. 6, 2001. In that week's poll, Stanford was No. 9, Washington was ranked 19th and Arizona State was 22nd. UW still is not ranked among the Top-25 in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll.

A Look At USC:
The Trojans (9-11 overall, 4-5 Pac-10) are riding a season-high three-game win streak, coming off its first Pac-10 sweep of the season with wins over Cal and No. 5 Stanford. They enter the week in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 with Arizona State and Oregon State. Rometra Craig, this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, scored nine of her 19 points in the final six minutes in the 75-72 upset of the Cardinal. A season-high six players scored in double-figures against Cal. Junior starting guard Aisha Hollans missed the Stanford game after suffering a sprained right knee against Cal. Ebony Hoffman leads the team in scoring (15.4) and rebounding (9.8). Also scoring in double-figures are Craig (13.3), Hollans (12.7) and Rachel Woodward (10.0). The Women of Troy are led by former Husky head coach Chris Gobrecht. She posted a 243-89 record (.732) in 11 years at Washington, leading the Huskies to a 12-9 record in nine NCAA tournament appearances.

A Look At UCLA:
The Bruins (11-7, 6-3) fell from second place into a tie for third after losing both games in the Bay Area last weekend. UCLA lost to Stanford 80-78 and 69-61 to Cal. After a 6-0 mark to open conference play, the Bruins have lost three-straight. Senior guard Michelle Greco continues to be the Bruins' leader averaging 19.3 points a game and 4.8 rebounds. Greco, the Pac-10's scoring leader, recorded her first career double-double vs. Cal (23 pts./10 reb) and had a career-high eight steals to go along with 28 points vs. Stanford. Freshman standout Nikki Blue has 15.6 points a game and 5.3 rebounds.

All-Time Series Vs. Opponents:
The Huskies are going for the season-sweep over USC, after their dramatic 83-31 overtime victory at the LA Sports Arena, Jan. 5. UW junior Giuliana Mendiola had 23 points, including the game-winning bucket with 17 seconds left in overtime, and eight assists to lead the Huskies to the emotional win. It was their first win since their teammate Kayla Burt had been hospitalized after her heart stopped beating on New Year's Eve. That game marked the fourth time in the last seven meetings that USC and Washington played into overtime. The Huskies lead the all-time series with USC 21-13 dating back to 1987. UW has won four of the last five meetings including all three games played last year. The last time USC defeated Washington (88-76) was March 8, 2001. UW would like nothing better to avenge its Jan. 3 loss to UCLA in Westwood (72-46). The Huskies played that game just three days after Burt was hospitalized. Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA 23-12 dating back to 1985. The Huskies have won three of the last five meetings, including both contests played last year, 86-53 and 68-48.

Huskies Roll Past Beavers 82-56:
Junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola equaled a school-record with 13 assists, leading UW to an 82-56 win over Oregon State, Saturday. Mendiola - UW's season leader in points, rebounds and assists - also added 13 points against the Beavers to tally her fourth double-double of the season. Mendiola shared the team lead in scoring with senior Emily Autrey (13). UW shredded an OSU defense which entered the game leading the Pac-10 with just over 55 points allowed per game. UW drained a Pac-10 season-high 11 3-pointers.

Payne Leads UW Over The Ducks 79-60:
Senior All-America candidate Loree Payne made six three-pointers and scored 29 points, leading UW to a 79-60 victory over Oregon in front of 4,299 fans at Bank of America Arena, Thursday. Payne's 29 points equaled her career high, while her six three-pointers improved the senior's career total to 219. Oregon freshman Carolyn Ganes led all Ducks' scorers with 24 points, while Washington junior Giuliana Mendiola contributed across the board with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Also scoring in double figures for Washington were senior Emily Autrey (11) and junior Andrea Lalum (11). Sophomore Kristen O'Neill pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.

Home Sweet Home:
With their latest wins over Oregon and OSU, the Huskies' perfect record this season at Bank of America remained intact. UW has now won nine straight at home for the second time in school history. The only other time UW won nine-straight was between the 1981-82 seasons. The school record for a home winning streak is 30 games, set from 1986-88. UW credits much of its home success to stellar fan support, as the Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 (behind Oregon) with an average attendance of 3,809 fans. UW's season-high crowd was 5,964 vs. Oregon State, the third-largest single game Pac-10 crowd of the 2002-03 season.

Dalan Comes Back From Stress Fracture Injury:
The Huskies were happy to welcome senior forward Kellie Dalan back to the floor in their game with Oregon after missing the last eight games with a stress fracture in her right foot. Dalan got the clearance following shoot around prior to UW's game with the Ducks, Jan. 23. Dalan, who had started the first eight games, logged 13 minutes vs. Oregon and had two points and three rebounds. Against OSU she had her second-highest scoring game this season (nine points). Dalan had been averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds a game prior to the injury.

Payne Sets UW Career Three-Pointers Record:
Netting a trio of treys vs. Cal and Stanford, senior Loree Payne surpassed her former Husky teammate Megan Franza to claim the UW career record for three-pointers made. Payne currently has 221 career three-pointers, 10 more than Franza who had 211 from 1997-01. Payne also moved ahead of Franza on the Pac-10 list, to secure second only to Arizona's Lisa Griffith (285). Payne ranks third all-time in UW history and fourth in Pac-10 history with 663 three-pointers attempted.

Mendiola Joins 1,000-Point Club, Payne 1,500 Club:
Giuliana Mendiola and Loree Payne have established themselves among the elite women's basketball players to have competed in the Husky program. Mendiola's 13 points vs. Oregon helped her become the 18th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She now has 1,015. Payne's nine points vs. Oregon State made her the ninth player ever at UW to score at least 1,500 points. She currently has 1,506 in her career.

High-Scoring Huskies:
Washington averages 75.6 points a game, third-highest in the Pac-10 behind Arizona (76.4) and UCLA (75.6) and 22nd highest in the nation. The Huskies have also posted an average margin of victory of 16.9 points in their 15 wins, including a 20.9-point margin in their nine home wins. Washington has won 11 of 15 games by at least a 10-point margin.

More Husky Notes:
UW leads the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made (8.06) and assist-turnover ratio (1.3)...UW ranks second in four categories: 3-point FG percentage (.363), free-throw percentage (.721), assists (18.61) and turnover margin (+4.22) ...UW has been outrebounded in five of its nine Pac-10 games...UW made 11 3-pointers vs. OSU, the first time the team has reached double-digit threes in the last 10 games...UW hit at least 10 threes in five straight non-conference games...The Huskies are 12-0 when leading at the half and 10-0 when outrebounding their opponent...UW is 13-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent...UW has not lost a game when it scores at least 70 points...In addition to Mendiola, three other players are averaging double-digits including senior Loree Payne (14.2), junior Andrea Lalum (10.9), senior Emily Autrey (10.8)...Autrey is second behind Mendiola with 5.1 boards a game...Mendiola is the Pac-10 leader in assists (5.17)...Autrey leads the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting percentage (.431).

UW Leads Pac-10, Ranks Sixth Nationally In 3-Pointers:
As of Jan. 27, the Huskies ranked sixth in the nation with 8.1 three-pointers per game. Villanova is the nation's leader with 8.8 treys per game. UW has drained at least 10 three-pointers in six games and its 145 treys lead the Pac-10 this season. Senior Loree Payne, UW's all-time career leader in 3-pointers, was second among conference players with 42 heading into this week. UW had two of the top three players in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Senior Emily Autrey is first with a .431 percentage (22-51) and junior Giuliana Mendiola is tied for second with a .421 percentage (24-57). 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.

More National Rankings:
As of Jan. 27, UW was also 15th in the nation with 18.6 assists per game and 22nd in scoring offense (75.6).

Kayla Burt's UW Career Comes To A Close:
Washington announced Jan. 6 that Husky sophomore Kayla Burt will no longer play Div. I basketball due to being diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Long Q-T Syndrome. Burt's heart stopped beating on New Year's Eve and her teammates came to her rescue, performing CPR until paramedics could arrive. On Jan. 6 she had surgery to implant a defibrillator in the right side of her chest, a device which will monitor her heart rhythm and shock it back to a normal rhythm should an abnormality occur again. Burt started all 10 Husky games before falling ill. She averaged eight points and 3.7 rebounds a game. Burt turned in a stellar effort in UW's Dec. 22 win over Iowa State, either matching or setting career highs in rebounds (seven), assists (eight), three-pointers made (three) and three-pointers attempted (six). Upon her return to the team, she was asked by her teammates to accept the role of co-captain which she accepted. Burt will join previous co-captains seniors Loree Payne and Cheryl Sorenson and junior Giuliana Mendiola.

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. After Payne joined the 1,000-point club last year, Mendiola did so this season in the Oregon game. She now has 1,015 points in her career. The pair has shared high-scoring honors in 13 of 18 games with Mendiola averaging 15.2 points a contest and Payne averaging 14.2. 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 12 games, including career-highs of 29 vs. Washington State and Oregon. She also leads the team with 42 three-pointers and has recently set the UW career record (221). Mendiola, in her second year as team co-captain, has scored in double-figures in all but one game, while also leading the team with 6.2 rebounds. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 93 assists. The Husky guard hit the game-winning shot in UW's 83-81 overtime win at USC Jan. 5, and has been the only Husky named Pac-10 Player of the Week this year (Dec. 2-8).

O'Neill Keeps Heatin' Up:
Sophomore Kristen O'Neill had big shoes to fill when stepping in for Kayla Burt in the starting five, but the 6-1 guard has thrived since. O'Neill has recorded career highs in either points or rebounds in three of the last five games, as well as hitting the game-winning shot to lift UW over Arizona, Jan. 11. First she recorded then-career-highs in points (17) and rebounds (nine) against Arizona. She followed up that performance with a new career-high 18 points vs. Cal. Most recently vs. Oregon, she upped her career total of rebounds to 12, tying for the highest rebound total by a Husky this season. She then did something no other Husky has done this season, she pulled down double-figures in rebounds in back-to-back games (10 vs. OSU). O'Neill came off the bench in UW's first 10 games, after starting 24 as a freshman last year. She has started the last eight.

Autrey Thrust Back Into Starting Role:
After starting 26 of 31 games a a junior last year, senior Emily Autrey was relegated to coming off the bench in the first eight games of her senior campaign this season. The 6-0 forward made the most of that 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 when senior Kellie Dalan went down with the stress fracture injury, Autrey took her place in the starting five in UW's game with Iowa State and has started since. Autrey came three boards shy of a double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds, to go along with two assists in that game vs. Iowa State. She followed that up with a team-high 11 rebounds and seven points in her second start vs. Washington State. Autrey, fourth on the team with 10.8 points and second in rebounding with 5.1 boards, has scored in double-figures in nine games.

Lalum Steady As She Goes:
Junior forward Andrea Lalum is right behind Mendiola and Payne when it comes to offensive production. Averaging 10.9 points a game, Lalum has scored in double-figures in 11 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. She is currently third on the team in scoring (10.9 points) and third in rebounds (4.5).

Injury Update:
Senior Kellie Dalan was out since Dec. 20 with a stress fracture in her right foot but made her return in UW's game vs. Oregon, Thursday...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.

Payne Continues To Climb UW Top-10 Scoring List:
Loree Payne has 1,506 career points and is just the ninth-player in school history to reach the 1,500-point plateau. Payne is also just three points away from moving into the No. eight spot on UW's career scoring list. Carlin McClary (1979-82) is currently in eighth with 1,508 career 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- 1506
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.

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 is seventh all-time in three-pointers made (90) and eighth in three-pointers attempted (252). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.357) and Payne is sixth (.333). 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.

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 115-81 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 238-155. 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 had 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

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