Women's Hoops Hosts 17th Annual Seattle Times Husky Classic

Nov. 27, 2003

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This Week:
Washington's 14-game home winning streak will be on the line when the Husky women's basketball team (2-0) hosts the 17th annual Seattle Times Husky Classic presented by AT&T Wireless, Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies will make their home debut against intrastate rival Gonzaga, Friday at 7 p.m., a game preceded by the Yale versus Oklahoma State first-round match-up at 5 p.m. Tournament action continues Saturday, with the consolation game slated for 5 p.m., followed by the championship game at 7 p.m. Steve Sandmeyer and Elise Woodward will be calling the action on KKNW 1150 AM. For tickets, visit the Huskies' official website at www.gohuskies.com or contact the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200. Last weekend, Washington opened the 2003-2004 season winning the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, defeating Maine, 82-70, in its season opener followed by a 72-58 victory over Lipscomb.

Seattle Times Husky Classic:
The Seattle Times Husky Classic is in its 17th year, with Washington earning championship honors 10 times (1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002). Gonzaga and Yale are making their first appearances in the tournament, with Oklahoma State making a return trip. The Cowgirls defeated the Huskies, 87-76, to win the 1999 title. Additional tournament winners include Louisiana Tech (1987), Long Beach State (1988), Colorado (1994), Kansas (1998) and Santa Clara (2001).

Tournament Field:
Gonzaga, Oklahoma State and Yale make the Thanksgiving trip to Seattle this weekend. Two of the three teams are still in search of their first win of 2003-04 with OSU and Yale coming into their matchup at 0-2. Gonzaga has one win under its belt, defeating Butler, 65-59, while dropping their other two games to Houston (54-66) and Oregon (57-73). Oklahoma State is the only team to have previously competed in the Husky Classic, with the Cowgirls winning it all in 1999, thanks to a pair of wins over Portland (88-76) and Washington (87-76).

Home Openers:
Washington has an overall record of 23-6 in its home openers, winning the last two straight. Last year, the Huskies got off to a hot start, dismantling St. Bonaventure 105-48 in its home opener. In 2001-02, Washington defeated Northwestern 81-42. Washington's six losses in home openers have come to Connecticut (2000-01), BYU (1999-00), Louisiana Tech (1996-97), Western Washington (1979-80), Seattle Pacific (1975-76) and Oregon State (1974-75).

14-Game Winning Streak On The Line:
The Huskies are riding a 14-game winning streak heading into their home opener with Gonzaga. Washington's win-streak began with last season's home opening win over St. Bonaventure, also a first-round game at the Seattle Times Husky Classic, Nov. 29, 2002. The 14-game streak is the fifth-longest in school history. Washington has also notched home winning streaks of 30 (1986-88), 22 (1989-91), 19 (1984-85) and 15 games (1977-78). The last Husky loss at home was to Oregon in the third round of the WNIT, on March 22, 2002.

June Daugherty Three Wins Shy Of 250:
Washington head coach June Daugherty, in her eighth season with the Huskies and 14th overall, is just three wins shy of 250 career victories. Daugherty is 124-86 overall at Washington, after posting a 123-74 record as the head coach at Boise State from 1990-1996.

Season Openers:
Washington opened the season on the road for the fifth-straight year at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic last weekend. Overall, the Huskies are 20-10 in season openers, winning five of the last seven. UW is 3-2 in its last five season openers on the road, having won the last three-straight including Saturday's victory over Maine. Last year, Washington defeated Boise State, 75-55, and in 2001-02 took care of Montana State, 73-65. The Huskies lost to Indiana, 77-74, to open the 2000-01 season following a 67-57 loss to UNC-Greensboro in 1999-2000.

Scouting Gonzaga:
Gonzaga comes to Seattle with a 1-2 record, defeating Butler (65-59), but falling to Houston (54-66) and Oregon (57-73). Ashley Burke leads the team with 17.0 points per game, while the Bulldogs' top rebounder is Ashley Anderson with an average of six boards. The Zags return 12 letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that recorded an overall record of 18-12. Washington has dominated the all-time series with Gonzaga, leading 15-0. The last time these two teams met was Nov. 24, 1998, in Seattle with the Huskies posting a 92-57 victory.

Scouting Oklahoma State:
The Cowgirls, making their second trip to Seattle for the Husky Classic, return five letterwinners and one starter from last year's team that went 8-21. Senior center Trisha Skibbe, OSU's lone returning starter, averaged 17 points and eight rebounds last year. Skibbe once again leads the team with 11.5 points and 10.0 rebounds so far in 2003-04. Still in search of win No. 1, OSU dropped its first two games of the season to Tulsa (56-58) and Wichita State (49-54). Should Washington and Oklahoma State meet up in either the consolation or championship games, it would be the third meeting between these two teams. OSU won the first meeting over UW, 87-76, in the championship game of the 1999 Seattle Times Husky Classic. Washington evened the series with a 66-59 win over OSU, Dec. 3, 2000, also in Seattle.

Scouting Yale:
Yale is another team still in search of its first victory of the year, opening the season with a pair of back-to-back losses to Quinnipiac University (67-63) and Vermont (78-65). Tory Mauseth leads the team so far with an average of 20 points per game. Christina Phillips also averages in double-figures with 10 ppg. Mauseth is one of four players who hail from the state of Washington. Mauseth is from Sammamish (Skyline HS), while Lindsay Page is from Mukilteo (Kamiak HS), Eleanor MIller is from Seattle (Lakeside HS) and Morgan Richards is also from Seattle (Lakeside HS). Yale returns 10 letterwinners and four starters from last year's 6-21 squad. Should Washington and Yale face each other in the tournament, it would be the first meeting between these two teams.

Last Time Out:
Washington opened its 30th season of women's basketball winning the tournament title at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic hosted by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, last weekend. Senior center Andrea Lalum, who notched a career-high 28 points in UW's season opener versus Maine, was named tournament MVP, joining senior guard Giuliana Mendiola on the all-tournament team. The Huskies won their third-straight season opener with an 82-70 victory over Maine in its first-round game. Joining Lalum with a 20-point scoring performance was Mendiola, who chipped in 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Washington then faced Lipscomb in the championship game, dominating the Lady Bisons from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Four Huskies scored in double-figures, led by Lalum's game-high 21 points. Senior guard Gioconda Mendiola notched a career-high 12 points, while redshirt-freshman forward Jill Bell had 11 points and four rebounds. True freshman forward Breanne Watson added 10 points and five rebounds. Giuliana Mendiola was held to six points but led the team in rebounds (eight), assists (seven) and steals (four).

Youth Movement:
Five freshmen made their collegiate debuts for Washington last weekend, led by first-time starters Cameo Hicks and Breanne Watson. Hicks averaged five points in UW's two games, while Watson was second on the team to senior Giuliana Mendiola in rebounding with an average of 5.5 boards. Watson also reached double-figures in scoring (10 points) versus Lipscomb. Jill Bell, Angie Jones and Maggie O'Hara were sparks off the bench. After two games, Bell is the team's third-leading scorer averaging 9.5 points to go along with three rebounds. The Husky roster features six freshmen, with walkon Cheri Craddock the only player not to see action on the floor yet this season.

International Flavor:
The Huskies have two players on their roster with a bit of international flavor. Sophomore Nicole Castro hails from Darwin, Australia, while freshman Breanne Watson is a native of Canada, but grew up just a few hours away from Seattle in Richmond, B.C.

Up Next:
The Huskies will host No. 17 Notre Dame, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The game will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net.

Radio Coverage:
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer is in his fifth season calling the action. Fans can also listen to the games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.

Coaches Show:
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Radio Show with June Daugherty airs weekly from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM 1150). The day of week varies. The show is hosted by UW play-by-play announcer Steve Sandmeyer. The next broadcasts are Thursday, Dec. 4, and Thursday, Dec. 11.

Mendiola Garners Preseason Honors:
Senior guard Giuliana Mendiola, last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-America selection, has already garnered her share of preseason honors heading into the start of her final collegiate campaign. Mendiola has been selected to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team and is a preseason candidate for The State Farm Wade Trophy. She was also named to the Preseason All-Pac-10 squad, as well as Street & Smith's All-America Terrific 10 team and the preseason All-America team for Women's Basketball News Service. Last year, Mendiola led the Huskies in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounding (6.5) and assists (5.4). Mendiola set a UW record with 43 points versus UCLA (Feb. 1, 2003) and equaled a UW record with 13 assists versus Oregon State (Jan. 25, 2003). With 162 assists last year, Mendiola also set a new single-season assists record. She entered her senior campaign with 1,267 points (11th all-time) and 440 career assists (second all-time). Mendiola needs 106 assists to eclipse Leteia Hughley's school record of 559. In addition to the all-time assists list, Mendiola ranks among the Top-10 in seven other career lists (field goal percentage, free-throw percentage, free-throws attempted, three-point field goals made, three-poing field goals attempted and three-point field goal percentage). See the chart on the left for current Huskies on UW's career Top-10 lists.

Mendiola Nears Top-10 All-Time Scoring List:
With 1,294 career points, senior Giuliana Mendiola needs just 34 more to crack Washington's Top-10 All-Time scoring list. Mendiola is currently in 11th place, behind Amber Hall who had 1,330 points from 1996-99. Jamie Redd owns the Huskies' all-time scoring record with 2,027 points from 1996-99, the only UW player to reach the 2,000-point plateau.

Lalum Reaches 1,000-Point Plateau:
Senior Andrea Lalum's high-scoring performances at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic last weekend helped her reach the 1,000-point plateau. Lalum had a career-high 28 points versus Maine, followed by a game-high 21 points versus Lipscomb to give her 1,014 points in her career. She is the 19th player in all-time history to reach 1,000 points. Lalum needs 129 points to tie for 18th on Washington's all-time scoring list.

The Schedule:
The UW women's basketball team faces yet another challenging schedule in 2003-2004, a slate that features nine televised games and five teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last year. After making its season debut in Hawaii, Washington returns home to host its own tournament, the Seattle Times Husky Classic, Nov. 28-29. The Huskies will welcome Gonzaga, Yale and Oklahoma State. The rest of Washington's non-conference schedule will truly test the Huskies for the Pac-10 slate, hosting games with Notre Dame, Texas Tech and Denver, while traveling to Colorado and Iowa State. Washington opens the always competitve Pac-10 schedule at the Arizona schools, Dec. 27 (Arizona) and Dec. 29 (Arizona State). The third annual Pac-10 Conference postseason tournament will be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., March 5-8.

Preseason RPI Rankings:
According to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association-Summerville RPI rankings, Washington has a non-conference rank of 46th, while its overall strength of schedule ranks 85th. Tennessee ranks No. 1 in both RPI polls. USC has the highest overall (28th) and non-conference (sixth) RPI strength of schedule rankings of any Pac-10 team.

Ranked Opponents:
This year Washington will face five opponents ranked in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top-25 Preseason Coaches Poll (released Nov. 4), including No. 6 Texas Tech, No. 7 Stanford, No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 20 Colorado and No. 22 Arizona. Washington did not appear in the preseason Top-25, but finished 33rd in the voting. In this week's coaches poll (released Nov. 25), Washington received 24 votes and ranks 31st. UW has not been ranked the Top-25 AP poll yet this year, but has received votes.

Television Exposure:
Nine games on the Huskies' 2003-2004 slate will be televised, including four to a national audience on Fox Sports Net and five to a local audience on Fox Sports Net-Northwest. Washington's game with Notre Dame on Sun., Dec. 7 (1 p.m.) at Bank of America Arena in Seattle will be one of three home contests nationally televised. Additional home games include the Huskies' Jan. 24 game with Washington State (2 p.m.) and their regular season finale with Arizona, Sat., Feb. 28 (1 p.m.). The fourth contest televised nationally will be Washington's game at UCLA, Sun., Jan. 11 (12 p.m.). Home contests televised locally include the Texas Tech game, Fri., Dec. 19 (7:30 p.m.) and Stanford, Sun., Jan. 4 (4 p.m.). Also televised will be UW's home game with Oregon State, Sat., Jan. 17 (5 p.m.) and a road game with WSU in Pullman, Sat., Feb. 21 (1 or 3 p.m.). Additionally, one more road game has the potential to be picked up by Fox Sports Net as a wildcard selection, the Feb. 14 contest at Oregon (2 p.m.).

UW Picked Third In Pac-10 Coaches and Media Polls:
UW women's basketball was picked by both the league's coaches and the media to finish third in the final 2003-2004 Pac-10 standings. Stanford, who claimed the conference title last season with a 15-3 record, was tabbed by both the coaches and the media to win this year's Pac-10 title.

UW Coming Off Record Setting Season For Attendance:
Last year, the Huskies wowed record-setting crowds at Bank of America Arena with their 14-0 undefeated record. In 2002-03, the Huskies led the Pac-10 with an average attendance of 4,981. That same mark ranked 18th in the nation. UW also averaged 5,839 fans for its Pac-10 games, a figure which included a single-game attendance record of 8,408 set vs. UCLA. UW's total attendance of 69, 732 was the highest single-season attendance in Husky basketball history.

Husky Coaching Staff:
Aiming to guide the Huskies to their seventh postseason appearance during her tenure, UW head coach June Daugherty enters her eighth season at the helm of the women's basketball program. She has an overall record of 124-86 at Washington and a 14-year career head coaching mark of 247-160. Daugherty, a finalist for last year's Naismith Coach of the Year Award, is assisted by Sunny Smallwood (11th season), Mike Daugherty (eighth season) and Kellie Lewis-Jay (first year).

Two New Additions To The Husky Family:
Kellie Lewis-Jay is in her first season as the Huskies' third assistant coach. On Nov, 8, 2003, she and husband Chris welcomed daughter Kobie Christina into the world.

Student Assistant Coaches:
The careers of three Washington basketball players came to premature ends in the last 10 months, and all three remain with the Husky squad as student assistant coaches. In Januray, 2003, junior Kayla Burt was diagnosed with a career-ending heart condition called Long Q-T Syndrome, following a cardiac episode on New Year's Eve, 2002. Senior Sarah Keeler suffered a torn ACL just a few days before Washington's NCAA first-round game with Wisconsin-Green Bay and announced her retirment following the 2003 season while facing her sixth knee surgery in the last four years. Finally, junior Kirsten Brockman was forced to retire in late October after battling stress fractures in both feet for the last year and a half.

Injury Update:
Washington has been without the services of junior guard Kristen O'Neill and sophomore guard Erica Schelly. O'Neill has a stress fracture in her left foot and looks to return by the time Pac-10 play begins, if not sooner. Schelly broke her left foot during the first day of practice. She had surgery to repair the foot and will also most likely looks to return for the Pac-10 schedule.

Pac-10 Tournament:
The Pac-10 Conference plays host to the third annual State Farm Women's Basketball Tournament March 5-8, 2004, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. A total of nine games will be played, with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Arizona State won the inaugural tournament in 2002, while Stanford won last year's crown.

March Madness Hits Seattle:
Washington is proud to host the 2004 NCAA Women's West Regional, held March 27 and 29, at Bank of America Arena. Tickets can be purchased on the web at www.gohuskies.com or by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200. Games played on Saturday, March 27 are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., while the regional championship on Monday, March 29 will be held at 6 p.m. All games will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

UW Season Ticket and Promotional Info:
Season, fan plan 5-game packs and individual game tickets are now on sale. For more information,contact the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200. Some key promotional dates for Husky fans have already been set:Dec. 19 vs. Texas Tech - TGIP Night (free purple T-shirt giveaway); Jan. 17 vs. Oregon State - Autograph Day; Jan. 24 vs. Washington State - Dodge Challenge (free Harry the Husky bobbleheads for first 2,500 fans); Feb 7 vs. USC - National Girls & Women in Sports Day.

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