Huskies Entertain Cross-State Rival Washington State Saturday

Jan. 21, 2004

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- This Week:
Coming off a sweep of the Oregon schools at home last weekend, the Washington women's basketball team (10-7, 3-5 Pac-10) wraps a three-game homestand against its Northwest opponents hosting in-state rival Washington State (4-13, 0-8 Pac-10), Saturday, January 24, for a 2 p.m. tip-off at Bank of America Arena. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net with Tracy Warren and Mary Murphy calling the action. The contest can be heard on the radio at KKNW AM 1150 with Steve Sandmeyer calling the action courtside. Washington is coming a pair of commanding wins over its other Northwest foes, taking care of Oregon (95-50) and Oregon State (87-74) last week. Saturday's contest will be the only game for the Huskies this week, who hit the road again for its annual Bay Area swing next weekend. Washington has won the last 16-straight over WSU and leads the series in Seattle, 23-6. UW has won 21 of its last 23 games at Bank of America Arena. Washington enters the week in seventh place in the Pac-10, while the Cougars occupy the cellar spot.

Dawg Bites:
Senior Giuliana Mendiola is second in the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.4 ppg...she also leads the Huskies with 6.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists...Mendiola has scored at least 20 points in nine games and has reached double-figures in all but one game...she is tied for eighth on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,596 points...Mendiola is also tied for 23rd on the Pac-10 scoring list...the Huskies have two of the top four scorers in the Pac-10 with senior center Andrea Lalum ranking fourth with 16.9 ppg (along with 5.5 rpg)...Washington's wins over Oregon and Oregon State marked the first back-to-back wins since opening the year 5-0...before the sweep of the Oregon schools, Washington had lost three-straight, the longest losing streak since the 1999-2000 season...that season UW suffered a six-game losing streak and a five-game losing streak, ending the season 8-22...redshirt freshman Jill Bell has made significant contributions on the boards, leading the team in rebounding in eight of UW's last 11 games...Bell leads the team in rebounding and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 (6.6 rpg)...senior guard Gioconda Mendiola has scored in double-figures in seven of the last 12 games -- including the last three-straight...she scored a career-high 22 points versus Oregon State...Mendiola also drained six 3-pointers versus the Beavers, one shy of the Husky single-game record...Mendiola averaged 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in her career going into this year...freshman starter Breanne Watson averaged 18.5 points and seven boards in the series versus the Oregon schools...she also scored a career-high 22 points vs. the Ducks and tied a career-high with eight rebounds vs. the Beavers...UW's 45-point win over Oregon was the Ducks' worst Pac-10 loss in school history...the 95 points Washington dropped on Oregon were the most by a Pac-10 team this year...five UW players have scored in double-figures in the last two straight games...the Huskies committed a season-high 22 turnovers at USC...ASU and UCLA are the only opponents the Huskies have outrebounded but still lost to...with their 95-point performance versus Oregon, UW regained its Pac-10 lead in scoring and currently enters the week with a conference high 75.1 ppg...in Pac-10 play, UW averages 72.6 points...Pac-10 opponents average 70.4 points against Washington.

Mendiola Among Pac-10's Elite:
Senior Giuliana Mendiola is the second Pac-10 player ever to rank in the Top-25 in scoring and the Top-10 in assists. With 1,596 career points, Mendiola is tied for 23rd with fellow Husky Karen Deden on the conference scoring list. She also ranks 10th on the Pac-10 career assists list with 541, eight shy of moving into ninth place. She currently is tied for eighth with Deden on Washington's all-time scoring list and second in assists. Stanford's Jennifer Azzi was the first player to accomplish the feat and she ranks 19th in scoring (1,634) and second in assists (751).

Mendiola Closes In On Assists Record:
Giuliana Mendiola needs just 20 more assists to surpass Leteia Hughley's UW career record of 559. Hughley played with the Huskies from 1982-85. Mendiola, currently with 540 career assists, set a single-season Husky record with 162 assists last year.

Home Sweet Home:
Thanks to an 18-game home winning streak which was halted by Texas Tech in December, Washington has won 21 of its last 23 home games. The Huskies have not lost two-straight home games since 1999-2000, when the Huskies lost back-to-back home games to USC and UCLA on March 9 and March 11, respectively. Both home losses this year have come to Top-10 opponents: No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 9 Stanford.

Road Warriors:
The Huskies welcomed their three-game homestand opening last weekend with the Oregon schools. Until its home contests last week, UW had played five of its last seven games on the road including its first four Pac-10 contests. The Huskies have won just one road game in their last five contests away from Bank of America Arena, with a 76-55 victory over Iowa State. In its last five road games, the Huskies averaged 68.2 points while their opponents averaged 72.6. UW shot 41.8 percent from the field and 57.4 percent from the free-throw line. Washington did outrebound its last five road opponents, averaging 37.4 rpg to 36.8 rpg.

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 received votes in the coaches poll until this week. The Huskies have not appeared in the Associated Press Top-25, but have received votes all season until the last two weeks.

Scouting Washington State:
Washington State (4-13, 0-8 Pac-10) opens a three-game road trip in Seattle this week. The Cougs head to the Bay Area, along with the Huskies, next weekend. WSU has lost 11-straight games, including a pair to Oregon State (51-62) and Oregon (50-60) at home last weekend. The Cougar's last win was a 56-49 victory over Utah Valley State on Dec. 6. WSU opened the year 3-0, picking up wins over Fresno State, Wyoming and Eastern Washington. With four wins this season, the Cougars have matched their combined win total over the past two seasons (2-27, 2-26). Senior Bianca McCall leads the team with 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Kate Benz averages 8.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg. The Cougs average 56.8 points per game, while their opponents average 67.5.

The Series With Washington State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Washington State 46-10 and has won the last 16-straight meetings dating back to the 1996 season. In fact, the Huskies have won 20 of the last 21 games with the Cougars. Washington swept the season series last year, escaping Pullman with a 77-69 Dec. 28, 2002, win before a commanding 73-49 victory in Seattle on March 3, 2003. The Huskies lead the all-time series in Seattle, 23-6, with its last loss on its home court coming on Jan. 19, 1993, a 75-72 overtime thriller won by the Cougs.

Last Time Out:
Senior Gioconda Mendiola scored a career-high 22 points to lead Washington to an 87-74 victory over Oregon State, Jan. 17. The Huskies used a 10-2 run midway through the second half to clinch the victory. OSU's Shannon Howell scored a career-high 40 points, but got little help from her teammates. Brina Chaney was the only other Beaver to score in double-figures with 17 points. Howell's layup in traffic, with just over three minutes to play, pulled the Beavers to within five at 70-65. However, Gioconda Mendiola answered on the next possession with a dagger-like 3-pointer to secure the win. Mendiola had a career-high six 3-pointers, one away from tying the Husky record for a single game. It marked the second-straight game Washington had at least five players in double-figure scoring. Behind Gioconda, Giuliana Mendiola had 16 points, freshman Breanne Watson had 15, senior Andrea Lalum had 14 and freshman Cameo Hicks added 11. OSU had won four of its last five games, but defeated Washington only four times in their last 15 meetings. In the first half, Hicks rattled off eight straight points off the benching sparking a 12-0 run that helped the Huskies pull to a 21-15 lead. UW led 41-35 at the intermission, behind Gioconda Mendiola's nine first-half points including a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

More Oregon/OSU Game Notables:
Five Huskies scored in double-figures in both games...UW's 95 points versus Oregon nearly equaled its entire offensive output at UCLA (60 pts.) and USC (50) the previous weekend (combined 110 pts)...with 22 points versus Oregon and Oregon State, respectively, Breanne Watson and Gioconda Mendiola became the fourth and fifth UW players to score 20 points in game this season, joining Giuliana Mendiola, Andrea Lalum and Cameo Hicks...Jill Bell and Giuliana Mendiola grabbed double-figure rebounds for UW versus Oregon, an individual feat accomplished just four times all season entering that game...of the Huskies' six total double-figure rebound games, three have been recorded by Bell...Mendiola notched her second double-double of the season and 15th of her career versus the Ducks...freshman Cheri Craddock had a career-high 10 points vs. Oregon...Watson and Lalum led the team on the boards versus OSU, both with eight...it tied a career-high for Watson...the Huskies shot a season-high 52.5 percent from the field versus OSU (32-61)...UW drained 11 3-pointers versus Oregon, two shy of its season high of 13 at Arizona.

Winning Big:
In Washington's 10 wins, the Huskies have defeated their opponents by an average margin of 20.8 points. UW's largest winning margin of the season was a 45-point victory over Oregon (95-50), while its smallest winning margin was an 11-point spread over Notre Dame (85-74). Until the win over Oregon, Washington's last two victories have come by 20 points over Iowa State (76-55) and California (65-54).

Injury Update:
Freshman Maggie O'Hara suffered a sprained ankle in Washington's game with Oregon. She sat out the Oregon State game and is listed as day-to-day.

New Look Lineup:
After starting the same five (Mendiola, Mendiola, Andrea Lalum, Breanne Watson and Cameo Hicks) for the first 14 games, the Huskies made a change versus UCLA, inserting redshirt freshman Angie Jones in for Hicks. In her first collegiate start, Jones was held scoreless, had two rebounds and an assist. For the season, Jones averages 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds. Hicks averages 6.4 points and 3.5 boards.

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 21 of their last 23 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.

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. Craddock quietly scored a career-high 10 points against Oregon in 13 minutes on the court. 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 132-93 overall at Washington, after posting a 123-75 record as the head coach at Boise State from 1990-1996. Her overall career head coaching record stands at 255-167.

Winning The Battle On The Boards:
The Huskies have outrebounded all but six of their opponents in 17 games and average 39.2 boards to their opponents' 35.6. Redshirt-freshman Jill Bell leads the team in rebounding (6.6 rpg), while Giuliana Mendiola averages 6.5 rpg and Andrea Lalum averages 5.5. Five of Washington's seven 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. USC outrebounded UW 39-30. Washington has lost two games in which it outrebounded an opponent, versus Arizona State (40-34) and UCLA (41-35).

Lalum Making Mark On UW History:
Giuliana Mendiola isn't the only Husky looking to make her mark on the school record books before her collegiate campaign is up. Senior Andrea Lalum's high-scoring performances at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic to open the season 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. Currently with 1,253 points, Lalum ranks 13th on UW's all-time scoring list, behind Laurie Merlino (1,262 pts/1989-91). The 19th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, Lalum has scored in double-figures in all but two games this season. Lalum also ranks third in Husky history with 91 career blocked shots and ranks in the Top-10 in three-point field goals made, three-point field goals attempted and three-point field goal percentage.

Gioconda Mendiola Saves Best For Last:
With just three seniors on a freshman-laden Husky squad, much was asked of senior guard Gioconda Mendiola entering the 2003-04 season. Mendiola, the older sister of Giuliana, had started just seven games in her career heading into this year, all during her sophomore campaign. She averaged just two points and 1.2 rebounds per game before her senior year. This season, Mendiola has made the most of her final collegiate season, stepping into a starting role at point guard and is third on the team in scoring (9.1 ppg). This season she is also averaging 2.6 boards, while turning in a career-high 22 points versus Oregon and a career-high 10 assists versus Oklahoma State. Mendiola has scored in double-figures eight times this year, including the last three-straight games.

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.

Youth Movement:
Six freshmen have made their collegiate debuts for Washington this year. Breanne Watson has started all 17 games, while Hicks started the first 14 before being replaced by fellow rookie, redshirt Angie Jones. Hicks had the game of her young career with 24 points and eight rebounds versus Notre Dame (Dec. 7). She is currently sixth on the team in scoring with 6.4 ppg. Watson is fourth in scoring with 7.3 ppg, to along with 4.5 rpg. Watson reached double-figures in scoring (10 points) versus Lipscomb and Denver (12). Watson also became the second freshman to score at least 20 points with 22 versus Oregon. Jill Bell and Maggie O'Hara have been sparks off the bench. Bell has taken charge on the boards, leads the team in rebounding (6.6 rpg.), and has been UW's top rebounder in eight of the last 11 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 and 10 versus Oregon. Craddock had a career-high 10 points versus Oregon.

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 is Wednesday, Jan. 21.

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 20 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/Lalum Climb Career Scoring Chart:
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 1,596 points and recently tied Karen Deden for eighth-place on the all-time list. 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. Senior Andrea Lalum is also chipping away at the all-time scoring list and currently sits in 13th with 1,253 points. She needs just 10 points to move past Laurie Merlino in 12th.

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 131-93 at Washington and a 14-year career head coaching mark of 254-167. 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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