Husky Women Travel To USC, UCLA This Weekend

Jan. 7, 2004

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This Week:
Washington women's basketball (8-5, 1-3 Pac-10) looks to improve its Pac-10 record when the Huskies head to Southern California to play USC, Friday, January 9, at 7 p.m. at the Lyon Center and UCLA, Sunday, January 11, at Noon at Pauley Pavilion. Sunday's game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net with Mary Murphy and Tracy Warren calling the action. Both games can also be heard live on the radio at KKNW AM 1150 with Steve Sandmeyer providing the commentary. The Huskies split a pair of Pac-10 games at home last weekend, defeating California 65-54, before falling to ninth-ranked Stanford, 69-77. Washington has lost five of its last eight games after opening the year on a 5-0 run. Both USC and UCLA are coming off a split at the Oregon schools last weekend. Both teams defeated Oregon but fell to OSU. The Huskies have won six-straight against the Women of Troy, four games by three points or less, and have won three of the last four contests with Bruins.

Dawg Bites:
Senior Giuliana Mendiola is the Pac-10's scoring leader with 20.8 points per game...she also leads the Huskies with 6.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists...Mendiola has scored at least 20 points in nine games, including three of the last four...she ranks ninth on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,537 points...the Huskies have two of the top three scorers in the Pac-10 with senior center Andrea Lalum ranking third with 17.8 ppg (along with 5.65 rpg)...Washington's losses at the Arizona schools to open Pac-10 play marked the only time this year UW has lost back-to-back addition to Arizona and Arizona State, UW's other three losses all came to ranked opponents: No. 17 Colorado, No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 9 Stanford......redshirt freshman Jill Bell has made significant contributions on the boards, leading the team in rebounding in five of UW's last seven games...Bell is second on the team with 6.3 rpg, averaging just 19.5 minutes on the floor...senior guard Gioconda Mendiola has scored in double-figures in four of the last eight 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...the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense with 75.8 ppg and have a +8.2 scoring margin...but in Pac-10 play, UW averages 72.2 points and has been outscored by a 3.7 margin...Pac-10 opponents average 76 points against Washington...the Huskies allowed a season-high 13 three-pointers to Stanford...UW had a season-low 23 first-half points versus Cal.

he Last Time...:
Washington opened the Pac-10 schedule 1-3 was the 1999-2000 season. UW lost its first two conference games to then No. 17 UCLA, Jan. 7 (54-90), and USC, Jan. 9 (66-77) on the road. After a win over Arizona State (78-46), UW lost to then-No. 20 Arizona (85-96). Washington had opened the Pac-10 season 3-1 the last three years.

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 Dec. 30. UW has received votes in the coaches poll the last two weeks. The Huskies have not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25, but have received votes all season.

Scouting USC:
The Women of Troy enter the week with a 5-6 record and a 2-1 Pac-10 mark. USC won their first two conference contests, defeating cross-town rival UCLA 64-51on Dec. 28 and Oregon 69-55 on Jan. 2. The Women of Troy then fell at Oregon State, 67-72. Senior center Ebony Hoffman posted double-doubles in all three Pac-10 games, averaging 18.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists during the opening week of conference play. Hoffman leads the team with 16.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Rometra Craig also averages points in double-figures with 10.9 points per game. As a team, USC averages 68.2 points per game, while holding its opponents to 65.9. The Women of Troy lead the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds with 16.36 per game and are tied for second in 3-point field goal defense (.300).

The Series With USC:
Washington has won the last six straight meetings with USC and leads the all-time series, 23-13. Four of those last six games have been decided by three or less points, with two of those contests being decided in overtime. These teams faced each other three times last year, with the Huskies winning all three. UW won a thriller in overtime at the Sports Arena on Jan. 5, 2003, (83-81), before a 94-76 victory in Seattle, Jan. 30, 2003. These teams also met in the second round of the Pac-10 Tournament, with Washington escaping with a 64-63 win. The last win by USC over UW was on March 8, 2001, in Los Angeles (88-76). UW is 8-10 on the road versus the Women of Troy.

Scouting UCLA:
The Bruins are 6-6 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 play, falling to USC (51-64) and Oregon State (68-82), while defeating Oregon 63-57. UCLA ranks first in the conference in rebounding in Pac-10 games only and has outrebounded five of the last six opponents and the last three straight. The Bruins have average 61.2 points per game, but have also held their opponents to 61.2 ppg. UCLA has held eight opponents under 60 points this year and only two have scored more than 66 points. Nikki Blue leads the team with 15.3 points per game and averages 6.1 rebounds. Blue leads the Pac-10 steals (3.5).

The Series With UCLA:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Bruins, 24-12, and have won three of the last five meetings. The teams split a pair of games last year, with UCLA defeating Washington, 46-72, on Jan. 3, 2003, in Los Angeles, before the Huskies fought back with a 111-77 victory on Feb. 1, 2003 in Seattle. Giuliana Mendiola set a school record with 43 points versus the Bruins. The Huskies also set a home attendance mark with an all-time high crowd of 8,408 fans on hand at Bank of America Arena. UW is 11-7 against the Bruins on the road, but the Huskies have lost five of the last six games they have played at Pauley Pavilion.

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 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 streak included wins over No. 18 Arizona (60-59) and No. 6 Stanford (92-68) in 2003. The Huskies have now won 19 of their last 21 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:
After winning 18-straight home games dating back to last season, Washington dropped its second in the last three games at Bank of America Arena, falling to No. 9 Stanford, 77-69, Jan. 4. The Huskies had three players in double-figures led by Giuliana Mendiola's 23 points. Andrea Lalum also had 20 points, while Jill Bell notched her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Powell, playing her first game since an ankle injury suffered Dec. 21 against Texas Tech, had 23 points and 13 rebounds. Sebnem Kimyacioglu chipped in 16 and Susan Borchardt had 14 points. The Cardinal outrebounded Washington 36-35. The Huskies allowed a season-high 13 pointers as Stanford shot 54.2 percent (13-24) from beyond the arc. Stanford was 20-26 from the free throw line, while Washington was just 3-6.

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, Dec. 29. Craddock sank seven points in nine minutes on the floor. She was 3-for-5 from the field, including a three-point basket. Craddock followed that performance with eight points and three rebounds against Cal. 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 player 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 35-90 against Top-25 teams. Washington is 24-36 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 130-91 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 253-165.

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 Jan. 5, the Huskies once again lead the Pac-10 with 75.8 points per game. Picking up the slack so far have been senior guard Giuliana Mendiola (20.8 ppg) and senior center Andrea Lalum (17.8 ppg).

Winning The Battle On The Boards:
The Huskies have outrebounded all but four of their opponents in 13 games and average 38.6 boards to their opponents' 35.7. Giuliana Mendiola is Washington's top rebounder with 6.8 per game, while Jill Bell averages 6.3 and Andrea Lalum averages 5.5. Four of Washington's five 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, while Stanford did so as well, 36-35. 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 is third on the team in scoring (8.2 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 2.5 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 13 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 6.6 ppg. Watson is sixth in scoring with 5.8 ppg, to along with 4.1 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 (6.3 rpg.), and has been UW's top rebounder in five of the last seven 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 and had 10 versus Stanford. 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. She followed up that performance with eight points versus California.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

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 is Monday, Jan. 12.

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 38 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 1,537 points and recently moved into ninth place all-time. 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 1,197 points, she is the 19th player in all-time history to reach 1,000 points. Lalum has scored in double-figures in all but one game 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 130-91 at Washington and a 14-year career head coaching mark of 253-165. 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 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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