Women's Basketball Heads To Oregon For Final Regular Season Road Trip

Feb. 19, 2003

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- This Week:
Washington women's basketball (19-5, 9-4) embarks on its final regular season road trip, as the Huskies head to the Willamette Valley to face Oregon State (12-11, 6-8), Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Corvallis and Oregon (10-13, 6-8), Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in Eugene. Saturday's game will be televised locally in Eugene by the Oregon Sports Network. The tip-off time was changed from 7 p.m. to accommodate the television coverage. The Huskies are looking for a sweep of the Oregon schools after winning both games in Seattle in January. Washington is coming off back-to-back wins at home vs. then-No. 6 Stanford and Cal, and enters the week one and a half games behind the Cardinal in the Pac-10 standings. After a one-week absence from the national rankings, UW made its return to the polls, checking in at No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll. Oregon and OSU enter the week tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with identical 6-8 conference records.

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. * 17.3 ppg * 6.6 rpg
Kristen O'Neill * G * 6-1 * So. * Edmonds, Wash. * 5.2 ppg * 4.6 rpg
Loree Payne * G * 6-0 * Sr. * Havre, Mont. * 14.5 ppg * 2.6 rpg
Kellie Dalan * F * 6-1 * Sr. * Edmonds, Wash. * 6.2 ppg * 2.8 rpg
Andrea Lalum * C * 6-4 * Jr. * Bozeman, Mont. * 11.1 ppg * 4.6 rpg

Huskies Off The Bench (2002-03 Stats):
Emily Autrey * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Kennewick, Wash. * 10.8 ppg * 4.9 rpg
Sarah Keeler * F * 6-4 * Rs-So. * Pendleton, Ore. * 4.2 ppg * 3.5 rpg
Gioconda Mendiola * G * 5-7 * Jr. * Lake Forest, Calif. * 2.8 ppg * 1.5 rpg
Cheryl Sorenson * F * 6-0 * Sr. * Milwaukie, Ore. * 2.3 ppg * 2.0 rpg
Erica Schelly * G * 5-11 * Fr. * Fort Collins, Colo. * 1.0 ppg * 0.3 rpg
Nicole Castro * G * 5-10 * Rs-Fr. * Darwin, Australia * 1.0 ppg * 0.5 rpg
Alicia Heathcote * 5-9 * G * 5-0 * Seattle, Wash. * 1.0 ppg * 0.8 rpg

Scouting the Huskies:
Washington is seeking win No. 20 this week and should the Huskies reach that milestone, it would mark the first time ever that a UW team has reached the 20-win mark during the regular season under head coach June Daugherty. Washington went 22-10 under Daugherty in 2000-01, the year the Huskies advanced to the Elite Eight and the only other 20-win season under Daugherty. The Huskies had a total of 19 wins heading into the NCAA Tournament that season. Last week Washington extended its home-winning streak to 13 games with a pair of wins over Stanford (92-68) and Cal (74-54). UW's 24-point victory over Stanford marked its second-largest in the all-time series and was the Cardinal's most lopsided Pac-10 loss since since a 26-point defeat to Oregon State on March 9, 1991. The Huskies continue to be fueled by junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola, who earned her third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of the season this week. Mendiola averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds in the two games. Mendiola is the team leader in points (17.3), rebounds (6.6) and assists (5.4). She has scored in double-figures in 23 games, including the last 16 straight. Four other Huskies average points in double-figures including senior All-America candidate Loree Payne (14.5), junior Andrea Lalum (11.1) and senior Emily Autrey (10.8). Autrey is second in team rebounding with 4.9 boards a game, while sophomore Kristen O'Neill is the team-leader in steals (1.6).

Mendiola Earns Third Pac-10 Player of the Week Nod:
Junior Giuliana Mendiola continues to put up Conference Player of the Year type performances, earning her third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of the season for her performance vs. the Bay Area schools. Mendiola is the first player in Husky history to earn three Pac-10 Player of the Week nods in a single-season. Three other players (Amy Mickelson-1990, Rhonda Smith-1994, and Amber Hall-1998) were two-time selections but Mendiola is the first three-time selection. Mendiola averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds last week. She was UW's high-scorer in the 92-68 upset of Stanford, scoring 20 points and adding team highs of seven assists and five rebounds. Mendiola has scored at least 20 points in five of the last six games, including a span of five consecutive games (Jan. 30-Feb. 13) in which she averaged 25.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists per contest.

UW Looks To Turn Things Around On The Road:
As seems to be the trend this season in the Pac-10, Washington has struggled when playing games away from its home court. Despite sporting a unblemished 13-0 record at home, the Huskies are 5-5 on the road. UW owns a 3-4 road mark against Pac-10 opponents, havint lost its last three-straight. League-leading Stanford and UCLA are the only teams with winning records away from their home courts in conference play. The Huskies average 83.2 points at home and allow their opponents just 61.4 points. While on the road, UW has scored just 69.5 points per game while its opponent averaged 73.1 points. Washington's shooting numbers are lopsided as well: 49.3 percent from the field at home, 39.8 percent on the road; 42.9 percent from three-point range at home, 30.4 percent on the road.

Huskies Return To Top-25 Polls:
Washington moved back into the Top-25 polls after a one-week absence. The Huskies are ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll and are No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll. UW made its season-debut in the AP Poll at No. 25 on Jan. 27, 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.

A Look At Oregon State:
The Beavers are coming off a 68-58 loss at Oregon last Saturday, its fourth consecutive road loss. But Oregon State has won four straight at Gil Coliseum, dating back to Jan. 11. Junior guard Leilani Estavan led the Beavers with 17 points and five assists in their loss to the Ducks, while junior forward Hollye Chapman (15 pts.) and junior center Brina Chaney (10 pts) also scored in double figures. Chapman leads the Beavers overall with 12 points a contest and six rebounds, while Estavan averages 11.6 pts.

All-Time Series Vs. OSU:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State 38-22 and has won 10 of the last 13 meetings under current head coach June Daugherty. UW has won five of the last six contests in Corvallis, including the last two straight. Earlier this season in Seattle, the Huskies cruised to an 82-56 victory over the Beavers. Giuliana Mendiola equaled the school-record with 13 assists, to go along with 13 points to tally her then fourth double-double of the season. Senior Emily Autrey also scored 13 points. These teams split a pair of games last year with UW winning 74-58 in Corvallis and OSU winning 73-71 (overtime) in Seattle.

A Look At Oregon:
Sparked by the return of junior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld, the Ducks defeated Oregon State 68-58 at home last Saturday to give them a modest two-game winning streak. Kraayeveld, returning after a 13-game absence due to a staph infection in her right knee, scored seven points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Kedzie Gunderson also had 12 points and a career-high five assists. In their last three wins, the Ducks have held their opponents to an average of just 54 points. Kraayeveld leads the team in scoring (15.7 points) and rebounding (11.4). Also scoring in double-digits are Carolyn Ganes (11.9) and Brandi Davis (11.1).

All-Time Series Vs. Oregon:
Always a heated battle between these Northwest rivals, Oregon leads the all-time series with Washington 34-29. The Huskies have lost the last 10-straight games to the Ducks in Eugene, including last year's 78-64 Pac-10 Tournament defeat. UW head coach June Daugherty has yet to defeat the Ducks on the road in her seven-year tenure. The last time Washington won a contest in Eugene was Jan. 23, 1993 (87-74) under Chris Gobrecht. That season also marked the last time UW has swept the Oregon schools on the road. The Ducks have won 14 of the last 16 meetings against the Huskies. Oregon had won 12-straight against Washington until an 88-80 UW victory on Feb. 23, 2002 in Seattle. Earlier this season, Washington defeated the Ducks 79-60 at Bank of America Arena on Jan. 23. Senior Loree Payne led the way tying a career-high with 29 points, including six three-pointers. Mendiola contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Kristen O'Neill grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. Last year these teams met a total of four times, with Oregon winning three of the four. Daugherty is 2-13 against Oregon.

Last Week Recap:
Washington extended its home winning streak to 13-straight games with dominating wins over No. 6 Stanford (92-68) and Cal (74-54). UW's 24-point win was the second-largest ever in the all-time series with Stanford and was the worst loss by Stanford since a 26-point defeat to Oregon State March 9, 1991. Giuliana Mendiola led the Huskies with 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Also scoring in double figures were junior Andrea Lalum (16), senior Loree Payne (13), and senior Kellie Dalan (10). The Huskies also racked up the points vs. Cal, as three players ended the day in double-figures. Senior Emily Autrey had 17 points and five rebounds off the bench, while Mendiola and Dalan added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies continue their roll as an unbeatable team at home this season. UW has won 13 straight at home, tying for the fifth-longest home winning streak in Husky history. UW also 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 4,862 fans. UW owns five of the top-seven home attendances marks in the Pac-10 this season: (1) vs. UCLA, Feb. 1 (8,408), (2) vs. Stanford, Feb. 13 (8,083), (5) vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25 (5,964), (6) vs. Arizona, Jan. 11 (5,458) and (7) vs. Cal, Feb. 15 (5,453). Washington's average attendance also ranks 18th in the nation.

High-Scoring Huskies:
Washington leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense with 77.2 points per game. The Huskies also began the week ranked 13th in the nation in that category. Tennessee is the national leader with 81.8 points.The Huskies have also posted an average margin of victory of 18.4 points in their 19 wins, including a 21.8 point margin in their 13 home wins. Washington has won 15 games by at least a 10-point margin.

Husky Notables:
In addition to scoring, UW leads the Pac-10 in assists (18.79), 3-pointers made (8.29), 3-point field goal percentage (.377) and assist-turnover ratio (1.27) ...UW ranks second in free-throw percentage (.749), and field goal percentage (.454) ...UW has outrebounded its opponent in six of its last eight games...UW has drained at least 11 3-pointers in four Pac-10 games...UW hit at least 10 threes in five straight non-conference games...The Huskies are 16-1 when leading at the half and 13-1 when outrebounding their opponent...UW is 16-1 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 (5.42) and 3-point shooting percentage (.463) and ranks third in scoring (17.3), FG percentage (.557) and FT percentage (.833)...Autrey ranks third in the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting percentage (.441)...senior Loree Payne ranks second in 3-pointers made (2.29)

UW Leads Pac-10, Ranks Third Nationally In 3-Pointers:
As of Feb. 17, the Huskies ranked third in the nation with 8.3 three-pointers per game. Villanova is the nation's leader with 9.0 treys per game. UW has drained at least 10 three-pointers in nine games and its 199 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 55. UW has two of the top three players in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Junior Giuliana Mendiola is first with a .463 percentage (38-82) and senior Emily Autrey is third with a .441 percentage (30-68). 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. 17, UW ranked fifth in the nation in assists (18.8), 17th in three-point field goal percentage (37.7) and 28th in FG percentage (45.4).

Mendiola Ranks Third All-Time On UW Assists List:
With a league-leading 130 assists for far this season, junior Giuliana Mendiola has moved into third-place on Washington's career assists list. She currently has 408 in her career, third behind Leteia Hughley (559, 1982-85) and Karen Murray (416, 1981-84). Mendiola needs just nine more to move into second place all-time. 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.

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 234 career three-pointers, 23 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 692 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 1,157. 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 1,598 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. Mendiola has averaged 17.3 points a contest and Payne has averaged 14.5. 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 17 games, including career-highs of 29 vs. Washington State and Oregon. She also leads the team with 55 three-pointers and has recently set the UW career record (234). 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 6.6 rebounds. Mendiola has also dished out a team-high 130 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 (three times - Dec. 2-8/Jan. 27-Feb.1/Feb. 10-17). 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.

Dalan Makes Most Of Return To The Lineup:
Senior Kellie Dalan returned to the starting lineup last week for the first time since Dec. 20 and notched back-to-back standout performances. Against Stanford, Dalan was the Huskies' third-leading scorer with 13 points and tied Giuliana Mendiola for the team-high in rebounds (six). She followed up that performance with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists in UW's win over Cal. Prior to last week, Dalan had come off the bench since returning to the court on Jan. 23 vs. Oregon. She had been out with a stress fracture since Dec. 20.

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 14.

Lalum Steady As She Goes:
Junior forward Andrea Lalum is right behind Mendiola and Payne when it comes to offensive production. Averaging 11.1 points a game, Lalum has scored in double-figures in 15 games (nine of the last 11) 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 1,598 career points and is just the ninth-player in school history to reach the 1,500-point plateau. Payne continues her climb, most recently moving into the No. 7 spot with six points vs. Cal, Feb. 15. She surpassed Karen Deden (1988-91) who had 1,596 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.

Payne Named Semi-Finalist For Senior CLASS Award:
Senior Loree Payne was one of 30 semi-finalists for the second annual Senior CLASS Award. Payne, though, was not included on the list of 10 finalists released this week. 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 sixth all-time in three-pointers made (104) and is seventh in three-pointers attempted (277). In fact, Mendiola entered the season ranked ahead of Payne in career three-point field goal percentage. Mendiola is fifth (.375) and Payne is sixth (.337).

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 119-83 at Washington and a 13-year career head coaching mark of 242-157. 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.

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