Huskies Test Home Winning Streak Against Notre Dame Sunday

Dec. 3, 2003

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This Week:
Undefeated this season and riding a 16-game home winning streak, Washington women's basketball (4-0) entertains the Fighting Irish from Notre Dame, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. The game will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net, with Rich Waltz and Cathy Nelson calling the action from Bank of America Arena. Washington's game can also be heard on the airways at KKNW AM 1150, with Steve Sandmeyer and Elise Woodward providing courtside commentary. For tickets, visit the Huskies' official website at www.gohuskies.com or contact the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200. A win for Washington on Sunday would give Husky head coach June Daugherty 250 career victories. The Huskies are coming off a pair of tournament victories to open the 2003-2004 season, winning the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic and last week's Seattle Times Husky Classic. Sunday's game wraps a three-game homestand for Washington, which hits the road and heads to Boulder to face Colorado, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (6 p.m. PT). Colorado is ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll.

Hot Start:
Washington is undefeated in its first four games of the season, marking the first time since 1997-98 that the Huskies posted a 4-0 opening mark. That year, saw Washington open the year on a 10-game winning streak, the second-best ever start in school history. UW went on to post an overall season record of 18-10 in 1997-98. The school record was an 11-0 to open the 1976-77 season, with UW finishing 22-4 overall.

16 And Counting...:
The Huskies are riding a 16-game home winning streak heading into this weekend's game with Notre Dame. Washington's win-streak began with last season's home opening win over St. Bonaventure, Nov. 29, 2002 (105-48). The 16-game streak is the fourth-longest in school history. Washington has also notched home winning streaks of 30 (1986-88), 22 (1989-91) and 19 (1984-85). The last Husky loss at home was to Oregon in the third round of the WNIT, on March 22, 2002. UW's current streak included wins over No. 18 Arizona (60-59) and No. 6 Stanford (92-68) in 2003.

June Daugherty One Win Shy Of 250:
Washington head coach June Daugherty, in her eighth season with the Huskies and 14th overall, is just one win shy of 250 career victories. Daugherty is 126-86 overall at Washington, after posting a 123-74 record as the head coach at Boise State from 1990-1996. Her overall career head coaching record stands at 249-160.

Home Openers:
With its home opening win over Gonzaga (Nov. 28), Washington improved its overall record in home openers to 25-6, winning the last three 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). The Huskies won their last three straight season openers, including this year's 82-70 victory over Maine. UW is 20-10 in season openers.

Offensive Minded:
Washington picked up right where it left off last season in terms of its offensive production. Last year, the Huskies led the Pac-10 with 75.6 points per game and despite losing 51 percent of its scoring from 2002-03, including UW's most prolific three-point shooter in a graduated Loree Payne, Washington has not lost any ground in 2003-2004. The Huskies once again lead the Pac-10 with 79.8 points per game, as of Nov. 30. Picking up the slack so far has been senior center Andrea Lalum, who averages 22 points, while senior guard Giuliana Mendiola has 19.8 points per game.

Scouting Notre Dame:
Notre Dame, which hosts Wisconsin, Dec. 4, is 2-3 so far this season. After opening the season as a Top-20 team, Notre Dame dropped out of both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA coaches' poll this week. The Fighting Irish have defeated Auburn (77-64) and Valparaiso (74-57), but fell to Colorado (67-63), Michigan State (92-63) and Tennessee (83-59). Notre Dame comes to Seattle still in search of its first road win of the season. Junior forward Jacquelin Batteast leads the team with 16.6 ppg and 7.4 rpg, while sophomore guard Megan Duffy (10.2 ppg) and senior guard Le'Tania Severe (10.2 ppg) also average in double-figures. Notre Dame has advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 three of the last four years, including its 2001 NCAA National title run.

The Series With Notre Dame:
Sunday marks just the second meeting between these teams in the all-time series. Notre Dame won the first, 80-67, on Dec. 2, 1995 on a neutral court at the Kona Tournament. This is head coach June Daugherty's first time facing the Fighting Irish at UW.

Scouting Colorado:
The Buffaloes (No. 17-AP/No. 15-Coaches Poll) face Colorado State on the road, Dec. 3, before returning home and awaiting the Huskies' arrival on Dec. 9. Colorado is 5-1, its only loss of the year coming at Minnesota (91-65). Like Washington, Colorado is a high-scoring team, averaging 77.7 points per game. Colorado is led by senior center Tera Bjorklund with 21 ppg and 7.2 rpg. Also averaging in double-figure scoring are senior guard Kate Fagan (14.3), senior forward/center Randie Wirt (10.2) and freshman guard Emily Waner (10.0). Colorado downed Notre Dame in overtime, 67-63. Its most recent win came over California, 74-63. The Buffs have advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last three years, including a trip to the Sweet 16 last year. Colorado advanced to the Elite Eight in 2002.

The Series With Colorado:
Colorado leads the all-time series record 4-2, with the last meeting between these two teams in 1995. Colorado has won the last three straight games versus Washington, in 1995 (64-54), 1994 (55-51) and 1993 (76-65).

Most Valuable Huskies:
Having played in two preseason tournaments, Washington players have garnered Most Valuable Player honors in both. Senior Andrea Lalum earned MVP acclaim at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, leading UW to the tourney title with 28 points versus Maine and 21 versus Lipscomb. Senior Giuliana Mendiola led the Huskies to the championship crown at their own Seattle Times Husky Classic last weekend, scoring 22 points versus Gonzaga and a season-high 30 points versus Oklahoma State.

Senior Leadership:
On a team with six freshmen, the Huskies are heavily relying upon the senior leadership from Andrea Lalum, Gioconda Mendiola and Giuliana Mendiola. Lalum and Giuliana Mendiola are four-year starters with already much expected from them on the court. Gioconda Mendiola has stepped into a starting role this year at point guard and after four games is fourth on the team in scoring (7 ppg). The elder Mendiola had started just seven games in her career heading into this year, all during her sophomore campaign. Mendiola averaged just two points and 1.2 rebounds per game in her career prior to this year. This season she is also averaging 3.3 boards, while turning in a career-high 12 points versus Lipscomb and a career-high 10 assists versus Oklahoma State.

Last Time Out:
Led by a Pac-10 Player of the Week worthy performance from senior Giuliana Mendiola, Washington cruised to the tournament title at its own Seattle Times Husky Classic Nov. 28-29. Mendiola scored 30 points to go along with eight rebounds, six assists and two steals to lead UW to an 89-65 win over Oklahoma State in the championship game. Mendiola went 10-15 from the field, 4-4 from three-point range and 6-6 from the free-throw line. Mendiola was named tournament MVP, joining senior Andrea Lalum on the All-Tournament team. Lalum had 14 points versus Oklahoma State, following a team-high 25 in UW's first-round win over Gonzaga (70-56). It was the second-straight Seattle Times Husky Classic win for Washington and 11th overall. The victories also extended UW's home winning streak to 16 games dating back to March 20, 2002. Also named to the all-tournament team were Yale's Erica Davis, Gonzaga's Rachel Kane and Ashley Anderson, as well as Oklahoma State's Triska Skibbe. Gonzaga earned third-place tournament honors, defeating Yale in the consolation game 69-48.

Mendiola Earns Season's First Pac-10 POW:
Senior Giuliana Mendiola earned the year's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for her performance in the Seattle Times Husky Classic. Mendiola averaged 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the two games. Prior to her 30-point game versus Oklahoma State, Mendiola dropped 22 points, while adding six boards and six assists. Her performances last week moved her into 10th-place on Washington's all-time scoring list (1,346). The Player of the Week honor is the fifth for Mendiola and the 22nd all-time selection for Washington.

Youth Movement:
Five freshmen made their collegiate debuts for Washington in its opening tournament in Hawaii and they continue to make significant contributions on the floor. Cameo Hicks and Breanne Watson have led the charge, starting all four games of their brief Husky careers. Watson is third on the team in scoring with 7.5 ppg, to go along with 4.3 boards per game. Watson reached double-figures in scoring (10 points) versus Lipscomb. Hicks has 5.3 ppg and 2.3 boards per game. Jill Bell, Angie Jones and Maggie O'Hara have all been sparks off the bench. Bell has taken charge on the boards and is tied with Watson for third in team rebounding (4.3 rpg.) -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.

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, 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 94 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 page three for current Huskies on UW's career Top-10 lists.

Mendiola Cracks All-Time Top-10 Scoring List:
With 52 points last weekend, senior Giuliana Mendiola moved into the No. 10 spot on Washington's all-time career scoring list. Mendiola has 1,346 points, moving ahead of Amber Hall (1,330 points/1996-99). Mendiola is now 163 points away from moving into the No. 9 spot, currently occupied by Carlin McClary (1,508/1979-82). 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 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. Currently with 1,053 points, she is the 19th player in all-time history to reach 1,000 points.

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 Dec. 2), Washington received 39 votes and ranks 28th. UW has not been ranked the Top-25 AP poll yet this year, but has received votes. Notre Dame, after being ranked No. 17 in both polls last week, dropped from this week's Top-25 in both.

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 126-86 at Washington and a 14-year career head coaching mark of 249-160. 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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