Women's Hoops Hosts No. 4 Texas Tech Friday

Dec. 18, 2003

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This Week:
Washington women's basketball (6-1) wraps up its non-conference slate with a pair of Big 12 opponents this weekend. The Huskies face their toughest test of the season when the fourth-ranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders come to Seattle for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Bank of America Arena, Friday, Dec. 19. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net Northwest, with Jim Watson and former Husky Rhonda Smith calling the action. Washington's 18-game home winning streak, kept intact by Tuesday's 82-51 victory over Denver, will be on the line. Friday's contest also features TGIP Night. Free TGIP purple T-shirts will be given away to all fans in the lower bowl and to those who arrive early to the arena. The Huskies will board a plane Saturday and head to Ames, Iowa, to face the Cyclones, Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. PT, for the first of three-straight road contests. Washington opens the Pac-10 slate after Christmas at Arizona (Saturday, Dec. 27) and at Arizona State (Monday, Dec. 29). All Husky games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW AM 1150 with Steve Sandmeyer calling the action. The Huskies are ranked 24th in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll, while receiving votes in the Associated Press rankings. Texas Tech, Washington's second ranked opponent of the year, is ranked fourth in the AP poll and third in the Coaches' Poll. Friday's game will be Washington's second against a Top-25 opponent and the first against a Top-5 opponent this year.

18 And Counting...:
The Huskies extended their home winning streak to 18 games with Tuesday's 82-51 win over Denver on Tuesday. Washington's win-streak began with last season's home opening win over St. Bonaventure, Nov. 29, 2002 (105-48). The 18-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.

Hot Start:
Until Washington's loss at No. 17 Colorado last week, the Huskies were off to a 5-0 start, the first time UW was undefeated in its first five games since 1997-98 when UW opened the year on a 10-0 run. The Huskies only need to look to last year to see the last time they were 6-1 in their first seven games. In 2002-03, UW opened 6-1 with its only loss in those first seven contests coming to one of this week's opponents, Texas Tech, in Lubbock.

In The Rankings:
Washington made its debut in the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Poll last week at No. 23 after receiving votes the previous four weeks. UW is currently ranked 24th in the coaches'poll. The Huskies have not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25, but have received votes all six weeks.

Scouting Texas Tech:
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders bring an undefeated 9-0 record to Bank of America Arena on Friday. Ranked fourth in the AP poll and third in the coaches poll, Texas Tech has cruised past its nine opponents, outscoring those teams by an average of 32.9 points per game. The Lady Raiders' last two games saw them hold Wyoming to 26 points and Pacific to 39 points. Texas Tech defeated Wyoming 77-26 and Pacific 100-39. Senior guard Jia Perkins is the team's high-scorer with 18.1 ppg, while senior forward Casey Jackson averages 7.4 rebounds per game. Texas Tech advanced to its fifth-straight NCAA Sweet 16 last year and fourth Elite Eight. They finished the year ranked sixth in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA poll and and seventh in the final Associated Press poll.

The Series With Texas Tech:
Washington trails the all-time series with Texas Tech 2-4. The Lady Raiders have won the last two meetings, including last year's 99-67 victory over the Huskies in Lubbock, Nov. 24, 2002. Friday marks the first time Washington has hosted the Red Raiders as all previous six meetings were held either in Lubbock or on a neutral court.

Scouting Iowa State:
Sunday's game will be Iowa State's first in the last week after the Cyclones have been off for final exams. Sunday also marks the third straight home game for ISU. The Cyclones bounced back from a brief two-game losing streak with a pair of wins against Texas Southern and Long Island en route to winning its own Cyclone Classic Dec. 12-13. Iowa State has excelled from beyond the arc this year, making 10 or more three-pointers in a game on five different occasions. The Cyclones have three different players averaging points in double-figures: Lyndsey Medders (13.0 ppg), Erica Junod (12.0) and Anne O'Neil (11.4). Lisa Kriener is the squad's top rebounder with 6.5 boards per game.

The Series With Iowa State:
Last year's meeting was the first between Washington and Iowa State, as the Huskies downed the Cyclones 64-63 in dramatic fashion in Seattle. Andrea Lalum's bucket with 10 seconds on the clock gave the Huskies their seventh-straight win.

Huskies Lose O'Neill And Schelly To Season-Ending Injuries:
The Huskies learned this week that guards Kristen O'Neill and Erica Schelly, who have both missed the first seven games with foot injuries, will be out for the entire season. O'Neill, a junior, has been out with a stress fracture in her left foot and an MRI performed on Monday showed the injury to be much more severe, causing her to miss the rest of the year. After breaking her left foot in the first official day of practice, Schelly, a sophomore, will also miss the rest of 2003-2004. She is rehabilitating after surgery performed shortly after the injury. Last year, O'Neill started all but 10 games for UW, averaging 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. She was one of the Huskies' top defensive players, tying with Giuliana Mendiola for the team lead in steals (51). Schelly came off the bench in 19 games as a freshman, averaging 1 point and 0.3 rebounds per game.

Washington Against The Big 12:
Washington's non-conference slate features four Big 12 opponents, and so far the Huskies have notched a 1-1 record versus Big 12 teams, falling at Colorado (64-78) but defeating Oklahoma State (89-65) to win the Seattle Times Husky Classic. Two more contests remain with Texas Tech and Iowa State. UW is 15-16 all-time against Big 12 opponents.

Ranked Opponents:
Washington had five 2003-04 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. With Notre Dame dropping from the Top-25 prior to that game, Colorado (currently No. 17-AP) was Washington's first ranked opponent this year. Texas Tech will be UW's second Top-25 opponent of the year and first Top-5 opponent as well. The last time Washington faced a Top-five team was at then No. 5 Stanford, Jan. 18, 2003 (Stanford won 77-63). The Huskies have posted an overall record of 35-88 against Top-25 teams. Washington is 24-34 at home against ranked opponents, including a 5-9 mark against Top-five teams at home. (Records are according to Associated Press rankings dating back to 1980)

Last Time Out:
Led by four players in double-figure scoring, Washington won its 18th-straight home game with an 82-51 victory over Denver at Bank of America Arena, Tuesday. The Huskies were led by 14 points from Andrea Lalum, while senior Gioconda Mendiola chipped in 13, freshman Breanne Watson had 12 and senior Giuliana Mendiola added 11 points. Redshirt-freshman Jill Bell had a career-high 16 rebounds, the most for a Husky this season. UW's 31-point win over Denver was its largest winning margin of the season. Denver's leading scorer was Tasha Jones who had 11 points to go along with six rebounds. Laura Granzow was the squad's rebounding leader with seven, while Stephanie Hart also had six boards. Gioconda Mendiola's 13 points were a career-high for the Husky senior, who also had a season-high five boards. Watson's 12 points were a season-high. The score remained close through most of the first half and knotted at 23 with 5:14 left until the intermission, UW rattled off a 17-0 run and went into the lockeroom with a 15-point lead (42-27). UW never relinquished its advantage, with its smallest lead just a 14-point spread early in the second-half.

June Daugherty Reaches Career Win 250:
Washington head coach June Daugherty, in her eighth season with the Huskies and 14th overall, reached 250 career victories with UW's 85-74 win over Notre Dame on Dec. 7. Daugherty is 128-87 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 251-161.

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. Through Dec. 15, the Huskies once again lead the Pac-10 with 78.0 points per game. But following UW's win over Denver, the Huskies now average 78.6 ppg. Picking up the slack so far have been senior guard Giuliana Mendiola (19.6 ppg) and senior center Andrea Lalum (19.3 ppg).

Winning The Battle On The Boards:
The Huskies have outrebounded all but one opponent in seven games and average 38.7 boards per game to their opponents' 33.1. Andrea Lalum is Washington's top rebounder with 6.3 per game, while Giuliana Mendiola averages 6.1 and Jill Bell averages 5.4. Washington's only loss this season came to a team to which it was outrebounded. Colorado dominated the Huskies on the boards, outrebounding UW 44-30.

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, 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 seven games is third on the team in scoring (8.3 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 3.4 boards, while turning in a career-high 13 points versus Denver and a career-high 10 assists versus Oklahoma State. Mendiola also had 11 points at Colorado and 12 versus Lipscomb.

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 that 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.

Mendiola Leads UW To Seattle Times Husky Classic Title:
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.

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 seven games of their brief Husky careers. Hicks had the game of her young career, with 24 points and eight rebounds versus Notre Dame (Dec. 7). She is currently tied fifth on the team in scoring with 7.3 ppg. Watson is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.9 ppg, to go along with 4.4 boards per game. Watson reached double-figures in scoring (10 points) versus Lipscomb and Denver (12). Jill Bell, Angie Jones and Maggie O'Hara have all been sparks off the bench. Bell has taken charge on the boards and is third in team rebounding (5.4 rpg.). Bell had a standout rebounding performance versus Denver, grabbing a career-high 16 boards, the most by a Husky this year. 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 950). The day of week varies. The show is hosted by UW play-by-play announcer Steve Sandmeyer. The next broadcasts are Thursday, Dec. 18, and Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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 74 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-point 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 during the Seattle Times Husky Classic, senior Giuliana Mendiola moved into the No. 10 spot on Washington's all-time career scoring list. Mendiola has 1,404 points, moving ahead of Amber Hall (1,330 points/1996-99). Mendiola is now 105 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 1,100 points, she is the 19th player in all-time history to reach 1,000 points.

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 128-87 at Washington and a 14-year career head coaching mark of 251-161. 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 11 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.

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.

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