Husky Women Host Creighton Sunday In WNIT Second Round Action

March 20, 2004

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- This Week:
With its 71-59 first round win over Pepperdine Friday, Washington women's basketball (18-12) advances to the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament and will host Creighton (20-9), Sunday, March 21, at 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies are making their fourth-straight postseason appearance. Creighton heads to Seattle after defeating Colorado State in Fort Collins, 79-68, on Friday in WNIT first round action. The winner of Sunday's game will face the winner of the Oregon State vs. Nebraska second round contest which will be played Monday, March 22, at 5 p.m. PT in Lincoln, Nebraska. Possible third round dates would be March 24 or 25. Should the Huskies advance to the third round they would play on the road, as Bank of America Arena will house the 2004 NCAA Women's West Regional next week. Sunday marks the first-ever meeting between Washington and Creighton. Washington has now advanced to postseason play in seven of head coach June Daugherty's eight seasons in Seattle. Under Daugherty, the Huskies have played in the WNIT twice before - 1998-99 and 2001-02. Washington remains a formidable opponent on its home court, winning 25 of its last 29 home games dating back to last season.

Ticket Information:
Tickets for Sunday's WNIT game can be purchased at or by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200. Reserved chair back seats are $10, general admission seats are $7 and student admission is $4. The group rate for tickets is also $4. Husky season ticket holders are encouraged to purchase their tickets by calling the ticket office.

All Husky games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW AM 1150 with Steve Sandmeyer in his fifth season calling the action. Games can also be heard live on the internet at WNIT games will not be televised.

Huskies At The WNIT:
Washington is 4-2 overall in postseason WNIT action, including a 3-1 mark on its home court. Washington's last appearance in the WNIT was in 2002, when the Huskies advanced to the third round. Washington, which hosted all of its WNIT games that year, picked up first and second round wins over North Texas (82-61) and USC (97-87), before falling in the quarterfinals to Oregon (73-77). Washington also advanced to the WNIT second round in 1999, defeating Portland (67-63) at home before losing at New Mexico (68-63).

Simply The Best:
Senior Giuliana Mendiola has set single season records for both points (633) and assists (166) this year. Mendiola eclipsed her own single-season assist record of 162 set last year. Mendiola set a new single-season scoring record, surpassing Rhonda Smith's previous record of 583 points in 1995. With 1,900 career points, Mendiola would need to Huskies to make quite a WNIT run to eclipse Washington's career scoring record. She needs 128 points to pass Jamie Redd's (1996-99) 2,027 point record.

Scouting Creighton:
Creighton enters Sunday's WNIT second round with a 20-9 overall record, including a 15-3 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference. Creighton defeated Colorado State in Fort Collins 79-68, led by four players in double-figure scoring. Christy Neneman had 16 points and three rebounds, Dayna Finch had 14 points and eight assists, Laura Spanheimer had 12 points and seven boards, while Angie Janis had 10 points and five rebounds. Four Bluejays average points in double-figures, led by Spanheimer with 13.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Finch (13.4 ppg/3.8 rpg), Neneman (12.0 ppg/5.2 rpg) and Janis (10.0 ppg/6.0 rpg) round out Creighton's top players. Creighton averages 69.9 points per game, while holding its opponents to 65.7 points. Creighton has won 12 of its last 15 games heading into Sunday. Washington and Creighton have never met in women's basketball action.

A Quick Look At Oregon State:
The Beavers defeated Gonzaga, 69-64, at home on Friday in the first round of the WNIT. Four players scored in double-figures, led by Leilani Estavan's 20 points. Estavan notched a double-double, also dishing 10 assists. Brina Chaney, Shannon Howell and Hollye Chapman also got into the scoring act with 10 points apiece. Howell leads the team with 15.6 points per game, while Chaney and Chapman average 10.5 and 10.1 points per game, respectively. OSU has won two of its last three games heading into Monday's second round contest at Nebraska. Oregon State and Washington split their season series this year, with each winning on their home courts. UW leads the all-time series with OSU, 39-24.

A Quick Look At Nebraska:
The Huskers are coming off a 73-60 win over Drake in the first round of the WNIT action. Freshman guard Kiera Hardy led four players in double figures with 18 points. It was Nebraska's first postseason victory in six years. The Huskers are 18-11 heading into Monday's second round game with Oregon State. The Huskers are making their ninth postseason appearance and third WNIT appearance. Washington is 2-2 all-time against Nebraska, with the last meeting in December of 2000. UW defeated Nebraska 69-57 on its home court on Dec. 6, 2000, after the Huskers defeated the Huskies 89-86 in Lincoln on Dec. 6, 1999. The other two meetings came in the early 1980's. UW defeated Nebraska 101-71 at the Domino Wolverine Classic on Dec. 30, 1984. Nebraska won the first-ever meeting, 98-81, in Lincoln on Dec. 3, 1982.

Huskies Defeat Pepperdine In WNIT First Round:
Seniors Andrea Lalum and Giuliana Mendiola refused to let their final seasons at Washington come to a close Friday, combining for 42 points and 20 rebounds to lead UW to a 71-59 win over Pepperdine in first-round action of the Wome's National Invitation Tournament at Bank of America Arena. Washington jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, holding Pepperdine (17-13) without a basket for nearly six minutes to start the game. A 22-8 run midway through the first half blew the Huskies' lead out to 18, at 35-17, and while the Waves could make several second-half runs, they would not come any closer than a 12-point margin. Lalum's 22 points and 11 rebounds, the latter a season-high, gave the Husky senior her second double-double of the season, and the 11th of her career. Mendiola just missed a double-double of her own with 20 points and nine rebounds, but added six assists to surpass her own single-season UW assists record, set just last year. The senior's 666 career assists are 107 more than any other player in Washington history.

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