Husky Women Look For 12th-Straight Home Win Hosting No. 6 Stanford Thursday

Feb. 12, 2003

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- This Week: Washington women's basketball (17-5, 9-4), coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season, looks to get well when it returns home to the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena this week. The Huskies have a tall task ahead, hosting No. 6 Stanford (19-2, 11-1) on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. and Cal (8-13, 4-8) on Saturday, Feb. 15, at noon. Washington, tied for second in the Pac-10 with Arizona and two and a half games behind first-place Stanford, looks to extend its 11-game unbeaten streak at home. The Huskies dropped out the this week's Associated Press Poll, after being ranked in the Top-25 the last two weeks. The Cardinal defeated UW 77-63 in the team's first meeting of the season at Maples Pavilion, Jan. 18. The Huskies will look for the series split with Stanford, while aiming for a sweep of Cal after defeating the Golden Bears 76-59 at Haas Pavilion, Jan. 16. UW has won two of the last three games against both Cal and Stanford at Bank of America Arena.

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

Probable Husky Starters (2002-03 Stats):
Giuliana Mendiola * G * 5-11 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 17.3 ppg * 6.8 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 5.1 ppg * 4.8 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 15.0 ppg * 2.7 rpg
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.6 ppg * 5.0 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 11.0 ppg * 4.7 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Kellie Dalan * F * 6-1 * Sr. * Edmonds, Wash. * 5.4 ppg * 2.4 rpg
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 4.0 ppg * 3.4 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.8 ppg * 1.4 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.3 ppg * 2.0 rpg
Erica Schelly * G * 5-11 * Fr. * Fort Collins, Colo. * 1.1 ppg * 0.3 rpg
Nicole Castro * G * 5-10 * Rs-Fr. * Darwin, Australia * 0.5 ppg * 0.9 rpg
Alicia Heathcote * 5-9 * G * 5-0 * Seattle, Wash. * 1.0 ppg * 0.9 rpg

Ticket Information: Only general admission tickets are left for Thursday's game vs. Stanford, but plenty remain available. Please contact the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200 for details. Upcoming promotional events: Thursday, Feb. 13 vs. Stanford - PageAhead Book Drive - bring a new kids book to donate and receive a free general admission ticket to the women's game against WSU, March autograph zone with Nicole Castro, Giuliana and Gioconda Mendiola...Saturday, Feb. 15 vs. Cal - Free Husky women's basketball trading cards...Snohomish County Day...Husky kids corner...CPR information pre-game courtesy of the American Heart Association...Hoops for Heart bump contest at halftime...autograph zone with Kristen O'Neill, Kayla Burt and Angie Jones.

Scouting the Huskies: Despite back-to-back losses at Arizona and Arizona State last week, the Huskies are still holding onto second-place in the Pac-10 standings, but now find themselves tied with Arizona (16-6, 9-4). UW went into last week leading the Pac-10 scoring with 78.2 points per game, but failed to come close to its average in the desert. UW's 56 point-performance at ASU was its second-lowest of the season only to its 46 points at UCLA, Jan. 3. UW's 66 points at Arizona ranked sixth-lowest. This performance came just one week after the Huskies blew away USC and UCLA with 94 and 111 points, respectively. The last time a Husky team lost back-to-back games was also at Arizona State and Arizona, Jan. 10, and Jan. 12, of last season. The desert remains a tough place to play for the Huskies, who have lost 12 of the last 14 games played in the state of Arizona. In fact, UW has been swept by the Arizona schools on the road six of the last eight years. Washington has still won eight of its last 11 games and is riding an 11-game winning streak at home. The Huskies continue to be fueled by junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola, who is the team leader in points (17.3), rebounds (6.8) and assists (5.4). Mendiola has scored in double-figures in 21 games, including the last 14 straight, and has recorded a double-double in four of the last five games. Four of the five Husky starters average points in double-figures including senior All-America candidate Loree Payne (15.0), junior Andrea Lalum (11.0) and senior Emily Autrey (10.6). Autrey is second in team rebounding with five boards a game, while sophomore Kristen O'Neill is the team-leader in steals (1.6) and third in rebounding (4.8).

Huskies Can't Take Heat Of The Desert: For the fifth-time in the last six seasons, Washington was swept on its annual road trip to the Arizona schools, falling 79-66 at Arizona and 62-56 at Arizona State last week. It marked the first time Washington has lost back-to-back games this season. Against the Wildcats on Thursday, UW trailed by 15 points at halftime, but rallied in the second-half to cut down a 17-point deficit to just six points with 13:01 left in the game. But the Wildcats caught fire again, led by Dee-Dee Wheeler's key 3-pointer that halted the Huskies' momentum. Wheeler led all scorers with 25 points, while Washington was led by 22 points from Giuliana Mendiola and 21 from Loree Payne. This week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, Shawntinice Polk added 14 points, along with Krista Warren. At Arizona State on Saturday, Washington struggled to find its shooting rhythm and was outrebounded by the Sun Devils 39-37. The Huskies held onto a 32-25 lead at halftime, but were outscored 37-24 in the second half of play. After cutting ASU's lead to 57-56 with 1:12 remaining, Washington missed three shots in the final 30 seconds. The Sun Devils, in turn, made five free-throws in the final 20 seconds to secure the win. Mendiola paced UW with her seventh double-double of the season (20 points, 10 rebounds), but only scored four points in the second-half. Payne (16) and Andrea Lalum (11) also scored in double-figures.

UW Drops Out Of This Week's AP Poll: The Huskies dropped out of this week's Associated Press Top-25 Poll after being ranked the last two straight weeks. UW made its season-debut at No. 25 in the Jan. 27 poll, before moving up to No. 20 in the Feb. 3 rankings. UW made its season-debut in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Poll at No. 24 in the Feb. 4 rankings, but fell out of this week's Top-25 as well.

A Look At Stanford: Stanford is 19-2 overall and holds onto first-place in the Pac-10 with an 11-1 conference record. Last week, Stanford extended its home-winning streak to 23-straight games with wins over Oregon (85-54) and Oregon State (71-46), while its only Pac-10 loss came to USC, 75-72, Jan. 26 at the LA Sports Arena. Stanford's other loss was to No. 4 Tennessee in Knoxville, 71-56 on Dec. 18. Junior All-American Nicole Powell leads the team in scoring (18.3) and rebounding (9.3). Other players in double-figure scoring include Kelley Suminski (11.6) and Azella Perryman (10.4). The Cardinal averages 72.2 points per game, while holding its opponents to 58.2 points.

All-Time Series Vs. Stanford: Stanford (19-2, 11-1) leads the all-time series with Washington, 25-12, and has won the last three meetings and five of the past six. The last time the Huskies defeated the Cardinal was on its home court, Feb. 24, 2001 (95-87). UW has its sights set on a series split after falling to Stanford 77-63 at Maples Pavilion, Jan. 18. The Cardinal, which snapped a four-game Husky winning streak, was led by 19 points and 12 rebounds from Nicole Powell. Giuliana Mendiola and Andrea Lalum each scored 14 for Washington, while Loree Payne, who broke the Washington school record for career 3-pointers that day, added 12 points. After trailing the entire first half, UW opened the second-half with a 10-0 run and went ahead on Kristen O'Neill's 3-pointer at 17:12, but the Huskies failed to hold onto their lead.

A Look At Cal: The Golden Bears (8-13, 4-8) have lost three of their last four games and split their games with the Oregon schools at home last weekend. Cal picked up its fourth Pac-10 win over Oregon State (70-55), before falling to Oregon by a mere two points (52-54). In fact the Bears have dropped two of their last three games (to Stanford and Oregon), by a combined five points. Beginning this week in Washington, Cal plays four of their final six regular-season games on the road. The Bears are led by two players in double-figure scoring including Nihan Anaz (10.3) and Timea Ivanyi (10.2). Leigh Gregory has recorded a team-leading 4.8 rebounds per game.

All-Time Series Vs. Cal: Washington leads the all-time series with Cal, 32-8, and has won the last five-straight meetings and 12 of the last 13 games played in Seattle. The last time the Bears pulled a victory at Hec Edmundson Pavilion was Jan. 29, 2000 (72-59). The Huskies are looking for their third-straight season sweep of Cal. Last month in Berkeley, Kristen O'Neill scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Huskies over the Bears, 76-59. UW trailed Cal for most of the first-half and by as much as a 12-point deficit. But down 27-18, Washington rattled off a 15-0 run to end the half leading 32-27, and opened the second-half with an 18-4 run to take a comfortable 19-point cushion. Giuliana Mendiola scored 16 points, to go along with six rebounds and six assists, while Emily Autrey contributed 13 points and six boards.

Home Sweet Home: The Huskies continue their roll as an unbeatable team at home this season. UW has won 11 straight at home, the sixth-longest home winning streak in Husky history. It is the longest streak since UW won 13 straight during the 1988-89 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 lead the Pac-10 with an average crowd of 4,515 fans. UW owns three of the top-five home attendances marks in the Pac-10 this season: (1) vs. UCLA, Feb. 1 (8,408), (4) vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25 (5,964), (5) vs. Arizona, Jan. 11 (5,458). Washington's average attendance also ranks 18th in the nation.

High-Scoring Huskies: Despite dismal scoring totals at the Arizona schools last week, Washington still leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense with 76.7 points per game. The Huskies also began the week ranked 14th in the nation in that category. Tennessee is the national leader with 82.1 points.The Huskies have also posted an average margin of victory of 18 points in their 17 wins, including a 21.8 point margin in their 11 home wins. Washington has won 14 games by at least a 10-point margin.

Husky Notables: In addition to scoring, UW leads the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made (8.32), 3-point field goal percentage (.376) and assist-turnover ratio (1.25) ...UW ranks second in free-throw percentage (.749), and assists (18.86) ...UW has outrebounded its opponent in five of its last six games...UW hit a total of 11 3-pointers in both games in Arizona after recording double-digit 3-pointers in the last three (11 vs. OSU, 12 vs. USC, 15 vs. UCLA)...UW hit at least 10 threes in five straight non-conference games...The Huskies are 14-1 when leading at the half and 12-1 when outrebounding their opponent...UW lost its first games when leading at the half (ASU) and when outrebounding its opponent (Arizona) last week...UW is 14-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent...UW has not lost a game when it scores at least 70 points...Mendiola is the Pac-10 leader in assists (5.41) and 3-point shooting percentage (.447) and ranks second in free-throw percentage (.841) and third in scoring (17.3)...Autrey ranks second in the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting percentage (.444).

Records Fall In Historic Win Over UCLA: Junior Giuliana Mendiola scored a school-record 43 points in front of a school-record crowd of 8,408 fans, in Washington's historic 111-77 win over UCLA, Saturday, Feb. 1. The Huskies burst out of the gates on a 22-2 run to put the Bruins away early, and Mendiola dazzled the crowd with perhaps the best individual performance by a UW player in the history of the program. Here is a look at the notable achievements for both Mendiola and her teammates:
* UW's 111 points was the highest point-total vs. a Pac-10 opponent, and three points shy of the overall school record (114 vs. Weber State, Dec. 20, 1985)
* Mendiola's 43 points surpassed the previous UW record of 39 held by Shaunda Greene (vs. Northern Illinois, Nov. 30, 1991) and was the fifth-best performance in the nation this year
* Mendiola was the first UW player to score 40 points in a single game
* Mendiola also tied a career-high with 12 rebounds, had a career-high six three-pointers and added seven assists
* UW set a new women's basketball attendance record with 8,408 fans. The previous record was 8,170 vs. Depaul on March 17, 1991.
* UW set a school record for 3-point shooting (60 percent), while its 15 treys was one short of its school and Pac-10 records
* UW also shot an impressive 63.3 percent from the field (38-60)
* Win marked UW's 11-straight win at home, the longest streak since a 13-game streak during the 1988-89 seasons.

Mendiola Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week: Mendiola garnered her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on Feb. 3, averaging a near triple-double vs. the L.A. schools with 32.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals. On the weekend she shot a combined 72.7 percent from the field (24-33), 58.3 percent from 3-point range (7-12) and 90.9 percent from the line (10-11), not to mention her school-record 43 points.

UW Leads Pac-10, Ranks Third Nationally In 3-Pointers: As of Feb. 10, the Huskies ranked third in the nation with 8.3 three-pointers per game. Villanova is the nation's leader with 9.1 treys per game. UW has drained at least 10 three-pointers in eight games and its 183 treys lead the Pac-10 this season. Senior Loree Payne, UW's all-time career leader in 3-pointers, is second among conference players with 53. UW has two of the top players in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is first with a .447 percentage (34-76) and senior Emily Autrey is second with a .444 percentage (28-63). 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 and UCLA (2/1). UW shares the Pac-10 record with Stanford.

More National Rankings: As of Feb. 10, UW ranked sixth in the nation in assists (18.9) and 21st in three-point field goal percentage (37.6).

Payne Sets UW Career Three-Pointers Record: Netting a trio of treys vs. Cal and Stanford in January, senior Loree Payne surpassed her former Husky teammate Megan Franza to claim the UW career record for three-pointers made. Payne currently has 232 career three-pointers, 21 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 just moved past Jamie Redd into second all-time in UW history and third in Pac-10 history with 688 3-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 1,122. 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 1,579 in her career.

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 17 games with Mendiola averaging 17.3 points a contest and Payne averaging 15.0. 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 15 games, including career-highs of 29 vs. Washington State and Oregon. She also leads the team with 53 three-pointers and has recently set the UW career record (232). 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 6.8 rebounds. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 119 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 (twice - Dec. 2-8/Jan. 27-Feb.1). Mendiola has notched seven double-doubles this season and has 12 in her Husky career. She came just two assists shy of notching the second triple-double in UW history with 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists vs. USC Jan. 30, after tying the school record for single-game assists (13) vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25. She was also just three assists short of another triple-double vs. UCLA with a school-record 43 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

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 moving into the starting five, O'Neill has established career highs in either points or rebounds. First she recorded then-career-highs in points (17) and rebounds (nine) against Arizona, Jan. 11, as well as hitting the game-winning shot to lift UW to the dramatic 60-59 win. She followed up that performance with a new career-high 18 points vs. Cal, Jan. 18. Against Oregon, Jan. 23, she upped her career total of rebounds to 12, tying for the highest rebound total by a Husky this season. She then pulled down double-figures in rebounds in back-to-back games (10 vs. OSU, Jan. 25). 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 12.

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 vs. 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 tied her career high 23 pts. vs. UCLA, Feb. 1, but in the last two games since only scored 7 points and grabbed six rebounds. She has tallied 11 double-figure scoring games.

Lalum Steady As She Goes: Junior forward Andrea Lalum is right behind Mendiola and Payne when it comes to offensive production. Averaging 11.0 points a game, Lalum has scored in double-figures in 13 games (seven of the last nine) 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, including the game-winning bucket in the waning seconds of the game. She also recorded her ninth-career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Houston at the N.C. State Tournament.

Injury Update: Senior Kellie Dalan made her return to action vs. Oregon, Jan. 23, after being out nearly a month 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.

Payne Continues To Climb UW Top-10 Scoring List: Loree Payne has 1,579 career points and is just the ninth-player in school history to reach the 1,500-point plateau. Payne moved into the No. 8 spot with her 17 points vs. USC, Jan. 30. She surpassed Carlin McClary (1979-82) who had 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. Loree Payne 1999- 1579
9. Carlin McClary 1979-82 1508
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 (100) and is seventh in three-pointers attempted (271). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.369) and Payne is sixth (.337). 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 117-83 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 240-157. 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.

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. She will retain her scholarship until graduation.

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.

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.

Parking: 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, 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 Basketball Coaches Radio Show: The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar and June Daugherty made its debut 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 remaining schedule is as follows: Mon., Feb. 18; Tue., Feb. 25, Mon., March 3; Mon, March 10.

Pac-10 Teleconference Call: The Pac-10 men's and women's basketball coaches media teleconference calls will be held on a weekly basis beginning Tuesday, Dec. 17. Media wishing to participate on the conference call may contact Erin Rowley at UW Media Relations or Julie Reuvers at the Pac-10 Office for information on how to dial into those calls.

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