Husky Women Return Home To Host Cal and Stanford

Jan. 1, 2004

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- This Week:
Looking to snap a brief two-game losing streak and still in search of its first Pac-10 win, Washington women's basketball (7-4, 0-2 Pac-10) returns to the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena to host Cal (8-3, 1-1 Pac-10) and #9/7 Stanford (9-2, 2-0 Pac-10) this weekend. The Huskies entertain the Golden Bears, Friday, January 2, at 7 p.m., prior to a showdown with the Cardinal, Sunday, January 4, at 4 p.m. Sunday's game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest with Rich Waltz and former Husky Elise Woodward calling the action. Both games can also be heard live on the radio at KKNW AM 1150 with Steve Sandmeyer providing the commentary. At Sunday's game, free Pepsi Rally Rags will be given out to the first 2,000 fans. The Huskies were swept by the Arizona schools on the road last weekend, and dropped this week from the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. Washington returns to Seattle for the first time since December 19, having played its last three games on the road. The Huskies have lost three of their last four games, but have won 18 of their last 19 home contests dating back to last year.

Dawg Bites:
After a 5-0 start to the season, UW has won only two of its last six games...Washington's losses at the Arizona schools last weekend marked the first time this year UW has lost back-to-back games...in addition to Arizona and Arizona State, UW's other two losses came to No. 17 Colorado and Nov. 4 Texas Tech...senior guard Giuliana Mendiola is the team leader in scoring (21.2 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and assists (6.6 apg)...senior center Andrea Lalum is not far behind Mendiola in offensive production with 18.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg...redshirt freshman Jill Bell has made significant contributions on the boards, leading the team in rebounding in four of UW's last five games...Bell is second on the team with 6.1 rpg...senior guard Gioconda Mendiola has scored in double-figures in four of the last six games including a career-high 16 at Iowa State and 15 at Arizona...Mendiola averaged 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in her career going into this year...the Huskies committed a season-high 21 turnovers versus Arizona State...ASU is the only opponent the Huskies have outrebounded (40-34) but still lost to...ASU was the Pac-10 leader in rebounding going into that game.

The Last Time...:
Washington opened the Pac-10 schedule 0-2 was the 1999-2000 season when it lost its first two conference games to then No. 17 UCLA, Jan. 7 (54-90), and USC, Jan. 9 (66-77). Like this year, both opening Pac-10 games were played on the road.

In The Rankings:
Washington made its debut in the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Poll Dec. 8 at No. 23 after receiving votes the previous four weeks. After two straight weeks at No. 24, UW dropped from the Top-25 in the coaches poll this week. The Huskies have not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25, but have received votes.

Scouting California:
California comes to Seattle with an 8-3 overall record and a 1-1 Pac-10 mark. The Golden Bears opened conference play with a 61-57 win over Oregon on Dec. 27, its fifth-straight win. Oregon State snapped the win streak on Dec. 29 with a 70-67 victory. It was just the third setback for Cal, whose other losses came to teams that also defeated Washington this year: Colorado (74-63) and Texas Tech (76-69). Nihan Anaz leads the team with 16.1 points. Leigh Gregory also averages points in double-figures with 12.6 ppg. Gregory is also the team's top rebounder with 6.6 boards per game.

The Series With Cal:
Washington leads the all-time series with Cal, 33-8, and has won the last six straight meetings. In fact, UW as won 19 of the last 23 meetings dating back to 1993. UW swept the season series last year with a 76-59 victory in Berkeley, Jan. 16, before a 74-54 win on Feb. 15 in Seattle. Cal has defeated Washington just twice on its home court - Jan. 29, 2000 (72-59) and Jan. 21, 1992 (67-66 ot). UW is 17-2 versus Cal at home.

Scouting Stanford:
Stanford has been ranked all year and enters this week ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. The Cardinal is 9-2 and 2-0 in the Pac-10. Stanford opened its Pac-10 slate with wins over Oregon State (88-65) and Oregon (77-51). Its only two losses have come to Tennessee (70-66 ot) and Texas Tech (55-46). All-American Nicole Powell leads the team with 19.9 points per game and 10.9 rebounds. Stanford opened the year on a six-game winning streak and since then has lost two of its last three games. The Cardinal has played just three of its 11 games away from Maples Pavilion, posting a 2-1 road record. Stanford is Washington's third ranked opponent of the season.

The Series With Stanford:
Washington trails the all-time series with Stanford, 13-25. UW has won four of the last nine meetings. UW split the season series last year, with Stanford winning on its home court, 77-63 on Jan. 18, before the Huskies upset the sixth-ranked Cardinal 92-68 at home on Feb. 13. It was Stanford's worst Pac-10 loss in over 12 years. UW is 8-8 versus Stanford at home.

Trouble In The Desert:
The Huskies were quite happy to return to Seattle from its annual trip to the desert. Dating back to 1996, Washington has been swept by Arizona and Arizona state seven times in the last nine years. UW's losses at the Arizona schools this year marked the third straight season the Huskies have been swept by both teams on the road. Since 1996, the only times UW has earned a split on its annual trip to the Southwest was in 2001 and 1997, when UW picked up wins versus Arizona State those years. Including Saturday's loss, UW has lost nine straight on the road to Arizona dating back to 1996. The last Husky win in the McKale Center was March 2, 1995 (71-68).

Home Winning Streak Halted At 18...:
It took the country's fourth-ranked team to snap Washington's fourth-longest winning streak in school history as the Lady Raiders downed UW 74-70, December 19. The Huskies extended their home winning streak to 18 games with an 82-51 win over Denver, Dec. 16. Washington's win-streak began with last season's home opening win over St. Bonaventure, Nov. 29, 2002 (105-48). Washington has also notched home winning streaks of 30 (1986-88), 22 (1989-91) and 19 (1984-85). Prior to Dec. 19, 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. The Huskies have now won 18 of their last 19 home games.

Hot Start:
Until Washington's loss at No. 17 Colorado, Dec. 19, 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.

Last Time Out:
The Huskies lost a heartbreaker at Arizona State, 84-81, in overtime at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Dec. 29. Twenty-six points, 12 rebounds and nine assists from senior Giuliana Mendiola weren't enough to lead UW to the victory. The Huskies, who trailed most of the game, erased an eight-point deficit in the final 5:21 of the game, capped by Mendiola's layup with 1.6 seconds left to send the game into overtime. With ASU leading 78-77 and 1:54 left on the clock, Mendiola fouled out. ASU's Carrie Buckner made one of two free throws and Kristen Kovesdy sank two more free throws to give the Sun Devils an 81-77 lead. Gioconda Mendiola made two free-throws of her own and Andrea Lalum made a 16-footer to cut ASU's lead down to 82-81. But Kylan Loney sealed the win for the Sun Devils, sinking both of her free throws with 2.2 seconds left. Lalum had 21 points and six rebounds for UW, while Jill Bell came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points to go along with six rebounds. UW outrebounded ASU, 40-34, but committed a season-high 21 turnovers.

Craddock Makes Husky Debut:
Freshman Cheri (pronounced shu-REE) Craddock, a walkon who made the team in a preseason tryout, made her Husky debut versus Arizona State, Monday. Craddock sank seven points in nine minutes on the floor. She was 3-for-5 from the field, including a three-point basket. The Huskies had intended to redshirt Craddock this season but ended up dropping the redshirt. UW has lost Kristen O'Neill and Erica Schelly for the year due to injury, in addition to losing Kirsten Brockman for the rest of her career. Craddock is the cousin of Husky men's basketball Nate Robinson.

Huskies Lose O'Neill And Schelly To Season-Ending Injuries:
The Huskies learned in mid-December that guards Kristen O'Neill and Erica Schelly, who had 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 Dec. 8 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 featured four Big 12 opponents, with the Huskies going 2-2 against those teams this year. UW defeated Oklahoma State at home and Iowa State on the road, but dropped games at No. 17 Colorado and at home versus No. 4 Texas Tech. UW is 16-17 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 (No. 17-AP) was Washington's first ranked opponent this year. Texas Tech was UW's second Top-25 opponent of the year and first Top-5 opponent as well. Prior to Dec. 19, 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 35-89 against Top-25 teams. Washington is 24-35 at home against ranked opponents, including a 5-10 mark against Top-five teams at home. (Records are according to Associated Press rankings dating back to 1980)

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 129-90 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 252-164.

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. 29, the Huskies once again lead the Pac-10 with 77.4 points per game. Picking up the slack so far have been senior guard Giuliana Mendiola (21.2 ppg) and senior center Andrea Lalum (18.5 ppg).

Winning The Battle On The Boards:
The Huskies have outrebounded all but three of their opponents in 11 games and average 38.6 boards to their opponents' 35.5. Giuliana Mendiola is Washington's top rebounder with 6.9 per game, while Jill Bell averages 6.1 and Andrea Lalum averages 5.5. Three of Washington's four losses this season came when it was outrebounded. Colorado dominated the Huskies on the boards, outrebounding UW 44-30. Against Texas Tech, the Lady Raiders owned the advantage on the boards, 49-38. Arizona outrebounded UW, 43-41. Washington has lost one game in which it outrebounded an opponent, versus Arizona State (40-34).

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 11 games is third on the team in scoring (8.8 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 2.7 boards, while turning in a career-high 16 points versus Iowa State and a career-high 10 assists versus Oklahoma State. Mendiola also had 11 points at Colorado, 12 versus Lipscomb, 13 versus Denver and 15 at Arizona.

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 board�s 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.

Youth Movement:
Six freshmen have made their collegiate debuts for Washington this year. Cameo Hicks and Breanne Watson have led the charge, starting all 11 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 fifth on the team in scoring with 6.5 ppg. Watson is sixth in scoring with 6.3 ppg, to along with 4.4 rpg. 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, is second in team rebounding (6.1 rpg.), and has been UW's top rebounder in four of the last five straight games. Bell had a standout rebounding performance versus Denver, grabbing a career-high 16 boards, the most by a Husky this year. She followed that up with a team-high nine rebounds versus Texas Tech. Walkon Cheri Craddock, also a track athlete at Washington, made her UW debut at Arizona State, scoring seven points in nine minutes on the floor.

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 broadcast is 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 47 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 1,490 points, moving ahead of Amber Hall (1,330 points/1996-99). Mendiola is now 19 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 1,168 points, she is the 19th player in all-time history to reach 1,000 points. Lalum has scored in double-figures in each game so far this season.

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 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 128-90 at Washington and a 14-year career head coaching mark of 252-164. 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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