Oct. 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Former Washington women's basketball player Giuliana Mendiola has signed to play with a professional men's team in the American Basketball Association. Mendiola agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Aftershock for the 2005-06 season, head coach Andre Smith announced last week.
Mendiola, the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year who averaged 21.3 points a game for the Huskies during her senior season, played one season with the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA after graduating from UW in 2004. Mendiola, a native of Lake Forest, Calif., is not the first female player to make a roster in the ABA, but when she sees time on the floor will become the first female to ever play in the league.
Mendiola and the LA Aftershock will be making three trips to the Northwest during the 2005-06 season, visiting the Tacoma Navigators, Bellingham Slam and the Bellevue Blackhawks. A schedule with specific dates for those games is still pending.
Mendiola, a two-time Kodak/WBCA honorable mention All-American, is Washington's all-time leader in assists (612) and second all-time leading scorer (1,928 points). She also owns single season records for scoring (661 points), field goals made (244) and assists (172). Mendiola was a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 honoree and is the only player in conference history to record 1,500 points, 700 rebounds, and 600 assists.
The Los Angeles Aftershock begin their season in November, playing home games at Los Angeles College Southwest. For more information on the Aftershock, visit www.laaftershock.com.