Husky Women Head To Bay Area For Second Half Of Pac-10 Play

Jan. 27, 2004

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- This Week:
Riding a three-game winning streak, Washington women's basketball (11-7, 4-5 Pac-10 opens the second-half of Pac-10 play in the Bay Area this weekend. The Huskies will face No. 8 Stanford (15-3, 8-1 Pac-10) in Palo Alto, Thursday, Jan. 29, at Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. Washington will then counter California (9-9, 2-7 Pac-10) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. Both games can be heard on the radio at KKNW AM 1150 with Steve Sandmeyer calling the action courtside. The Huskies, who played their last three straight at home, open a stretch playing five of their next seven contests on the road. At the half-way mark in conference play, Washington is in a three-way tie with Oregon State and UCLA for fifth-place in the Pac-10 standings. The Huskies lost to Stanford (69-77) in the team's previous meeting this season in Seattle, but defeated Cal (65-54). Thursday's game will feature the Pac-10's top two leading scorers in Stanford's Nicole Powell (21.8) and Washington's Giuliana Mendiola (19.3).

Dawg Bites:
Senior Giuliana Mendiola is second in the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.3 ppg...she also leads the Huskies with 6.4 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...last weekend she moved into seventh place on Washington's career scoring list with 1,614 points...Mendiola also enters the week ranked 20th 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 16.8 ppg (along with 5.5 rpg)...Washington's three-game winning streak is its longest since opening the season 5-0...before the sweep of the Oregon schools at home, 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 12 games...Bellis tied for the team lead in rebounding and is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 (6.4 rpg) with Giuliana Mendiola...senior guard Gioconda Mendiola has scored in double-figures in seven of the last 14 games -- including three of the last four...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...UW has had at least four players score in double-figures in the last three games...UW enters the week with a conference high 74.9 Pac-10 play, UW averages 72.8 points...Pac-10 opponents average 68.6 points against Washington...the Huskies have been swept on both Pac-10 road trips this year (ASU/Arizona and USC/UCLA).

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 1,614 career points, Mendiola ranks 20th conference scoring list. She also ranks ninth on the Pac-10 career assists list with 546. 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 enters the week ranked seventh on Washington's all-time scoring list and second in assists.

Mendiola Closes In On Assists Record:
Giuliana Mendiola needs just 14 more assists to surpass Leteia Hughley's UW career record of 559. Hughley played with the Huskies from 1982-85. Mendiola, currently with 546 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 22 of its last 24 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:
Washington hits the road this week and plays five of the next seven contests away from Seattle starting with this weekend's Bay Area swing. 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 fact, Washington has yet to win a Pac-10 game on the road, suffering sweeps to ASU and Arizona, as well as USC and UCLA. In their last five road games, the Huskies averaged 68.2 points (far off their season average of 74.9), 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.

Washington Against The Top-25:
Thursday will mark the fourth time this season that the Huskies have faced a ranked opponent. Washington has not defeated a team in the Top-25 this year, falling to then-No. 4 Texas Tech, then No.-17 Colorado and then-No. 9 Stanford. Overall, Washington is 35-90 against Top-25 teams and 12-49 against Top-10 teams. The last time the Huskies defeated a Top-10 team was Feb, 13, 2003 - over No. 6 Stanford in Seattle (92-68). Washington is 2-34 against Top-10 teams away from its home court (1-20 away, 1-14 neutral).

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

Scouting Stanford:
The Cardinal (15-3, 8-1 Pac-10) is coming off its first Pac-10 loss, falling at USC on Sunday, 56-59. Until then, Stanford had won eight straight including a 78-71 overtime victory over UCLA in Westwood on Friday. Stanford has been near flawless on its home court, losing only to Tennessee, 66-70 in overtime. Stanford has not lost a Pac-10 game at home this year. All-American Nicole Powell leads the team and the Pac-10 with 21.8 ppg to go along with 11.3 rpg. Powell is the only player averaging in double-figures, but Sebnem Kimyacioglu and Kelley Suminski average 8.3 and 8.0 ppg respectively.

The Series With Stanford:
Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington, 26-13, and has won three of the last four versus the Huskies. Washington is just 4-14 against Stanford in Palo Alto, with its last win at Maples Pavilion coming on Feb. 18, 1999 (74-62). The other three wins came in 1991, 1987 and 1980. The Huskies and Cardinal split the season series last year, with Stanford winning in Palo Alto (77-63) and Washington handing the Cardinal a 92-68 loss in Seattle. Stanford won the first meeting of 2004 (Jan. 4) in Seattle by the score of 77-69. Nicole Powell had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Sebnem Kimyacioglu scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half. Giuliana Mendiola had 23 points, while Andrea Lalum chipped in 20 for Washington. Husky redshirt freshman Jill Bell had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Scouting California:
California (9-9, 2-7 Pac-10) enters the week having lost five straight, including a pair in Los Angeles last weekend, falling 47-67 to USC and losing on a last-second shot at UCLA, 66-67. The Golden Bears have been playing with heavy hearts following the death of their teammate Alisa Lewis. Lewis, a junior forward, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, from bacterial meningitis. Cal's two Pac-10 wins were over Oregon and Washington State. The Golden Bears are 7-4 at home this year, but all four losses came to Pac-10 teams. Nihan Anaz leads the squad with 16.2 ppg, while Leigh Gregory averages 11.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg. LaTasha Gregory is the third Golden Bear in double-figure scoring with 10.3 ppg.

The Series With California:
Including this year's earlier season meeting, Washington has won seven-straight over Cal and leads the all-time series 34-8. The Huskies earned their first Pac-10 victory of the season with a 65-54 win over Cal on Jan. 2 at Bank of America Arena. Giuliana Mendiola had 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Nihan Anaz also had 14 points, while LaTasha O'Keith added 13. The Huskies' winning streak over Cal dates back to 2001. The last Cal victory in the series came on Feb. 24, 2000 with a 69-68 win in Berkeley. Washington leads the series 15-6 in games played in Berkeley.

Last Time Out:
The Huskies held off a challenge from cross-state rival Washington State for a 72-54 win before 4,532 fans at Bank of America Arena. Senior Giuliana Mendiola scored 10 of her game-high 18 points during a 23-6 second-half run that broke open a one-point game. Washington State freshman guard Kate Benz led all Cougars' scorers with 15 points, while Stephanie Singer added 10. The Cougars were seeking their first Pac-10 win of the season, while the Huskies wanted to build upon a two-game sweep of Oregon and Oregon State last weekend. Washington broke the game open late in the first half, scoring 18 consecutive points - including six from freshman Cheri Craddock - to open a 32-16 advantage. The Cougars closed to within four, at 37-33, with 1:31 left in the half. After WSU made it a 41-40 game early in the second half, Mendiola took over, scoring 10 points in a six-minute span to spark a 23-6 run that gave UW its largest lead of the game with 7:43 to play (64-46).

Winning Big:
In Washington's 11 wins, the Huskies have defeated their opponents by an average margin of 20.6 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 had come by 20 points over Iowa State (76-55) and California (65-54).

Mendiolas Leading 3-Point Parade:
Sisters Gioconda and Giuliana Mendiola are two of the Pac-10's top three-point shooters as conference play heads into the second half. Gioconda enters the week second in the Pac-10 (behind only Stanford's Nicole Powell) with 2.0 3-point field goals per game. Gio also ranks third in 3-point shooting percentage, going 36-for-87 from behind the arc for a 41.4 percentage. In her first three seasons, Gio averaged just a 21.7 percent 3-point FG percentage (20-for-92). Her 36 treys this year already outnumber the total of treys from her first three seasons (20). Giuliana, is right behind Gioconda, with a 41.3 percentage (31-for-75) good for fourth on the Pac-10 list. Giuli also ranks seventh with 1.72 three-pointers per game.

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 1,268 points, Lalum ranks 12th on UW's all-time scoring list, behind Amber Hall (1,330 pts/1996-99). 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 (8.8 ppg). This season she is also averaging 2.7 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 three of the last four games.

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 1,614 points and recently moved past Karen Deden and Megan Franza into seventh place. 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 12th with 1,268 points.

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 22 of their last 24 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 had 10 points versus Oregon, and had her second-double-figure scoring game with a career-high 11 versus Washington State. 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 133-93 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 256-167.

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 18 games, while Cameo Hicks has started 15 and redshirt freshman Angie Jones has started 3. Hicks had the game of her young career with 24 points and eight rebounds versus Notre Dame (Dec. 7). Hicks is currently fifth on the team in scoring with 6.6 ppg. Watson is fourth in scoring with 7.2 ppg, and leads the team with a 52.4 FG percentage. 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, is tied for the lead the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg.), and has been UW's top rebounder in eight of the last 12 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 11 points versus Washington State.

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 broadcast is Monday, February 9.

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 14 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.

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 133-93 at Washington and a 14-year career head coaching mark of 256-167. 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).

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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