JUNIOR YEAR (2002-03) - Pac-10 Academic honorable mention selection...came off the bench in all 30 games...dished out 74 assists, seocnd-highest on team behind sister Giuliana ...scored season-high eight points vs. USC (1/5)...pulled down career-high six rebounds vs. Washington State (3/1)...recorded career-high seven assists vs. Kentucky and career-high five steals vs. Cal (1/6)...team's assists leader in five games.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2001-02) - Played in 21 games and started seven ... scored a season-high seven points on 3-of-5 from the field versus Boise State ... also passed out three assists in that game ... pulled down four rebounds, with six points, both from three point range, in 62-55 win at St. Mary's ... sank five three pointers during the season ... missed nine games with a stress fracture in lower leg ... had four assists, one block and one steal in win versus Northeastern in Husky Classic ... played in all three WNIT games.
FRESHMAN YEAR (2000-2001) - Played in 25 games averaging seven minutes a game in first season ... speedy guard who was a spark off the bench, both offensively and defensively ... played in all four NCAA Tournament games and had her best game in the final outing of the year, against Southwest Missouri, when she hit 4-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 three pointers, for 10 points ... added two rebounds and two steals in the game ... nailed a three-pointer in Huskies' first-round win over Old Dominion ... against Loyola Marymount, followed a three pointer by her sister Giuliana with one of her own, for her first points of the season ... team and career-high 10 points vs. UCLA, when she led the team in scoring ... had surgery Feb.1 for right thumb sprain and missed three games.
AT EL TORO HIGH SCHOOL
Completed her four year prep career with 1,327 points and a career scoring average of 11.6 points per game ... also totaled 597 assists for a 5.4 career average and had 448 steals, averaging 4.0 per game ... helped lead the turnaround from a 7-19 freshman season where she was the only freshman on the varsity team to a 27-3 record as a junior and a 23-6 mark her senior year ... as a senior, averaged 17.7 points, 7.7 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game ... earned all-county honors and was named Sea View League co-MVP ... led Orange County in assists ... advanced to the state tournament after undefeated regular season which included a victory over top seeded Crescenta Valley at the buzzer ... surpassed the 1,000-point mark as a junior ... earned first team all-league honors and was named co-MVP and most valuable defensive player ... averaged 12.5 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 steals per game ... as a sophomore, earned second team all-league honors and was most valuable defensive player ... helped team advance to the CIF playoffs for the first time in 10 years ... team was undefeated in league action.
Gioconda Giuliana Mendiola ... born Jan. 7, 1981, in Fountain Valley, Calif. ... daughter of Alicia and Edgardo Mendiola ... mother is an accountant and father is a chef ... one of nine children with five brothers: Eddie, Giovanni, Piero, Fabrizio and Lucciano and three sisters: Marietta, Gigliola and Giuliana ... younger sister Giuliana is a senior guard on the Husky basketball team ... mother, Alicia, played on the national champion Peruvian women's basketball team ... father, Edgardo, played semi-professional soccer in New York ... brothers Eddie, Giovanni and Piero played soccer and Fabrizio played basketball at Saddleback Valley College ... four-year CSF Honor Roll student ... member of El Toro Winner's Circle, for being in the top 10 percent of her class ... listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students ... Giuliana and Gioconda played a game of one-on-one in high school to decide who would get to wear jersey No. 13, the number their mother wore when she played ... Giuliana won and continues to wear the number at UW ... Gioconda wears No. 31.
Q&A With Gio Mendiola
I wear No. 31 because...Giuli beat me in a game of one-on-one for No. 13 when we were kids
In my CD player right now is... GPM Rules Mix (my sister made it for me)
In 10 years I want to be... Anywhere playing professional basketball, and hopefully I'll be married by then too
Favorite opposing Pac-10 city to play in is...LA against USC because...you know
My favorite toy as a child was... a basketball and my pink Care Bear
When I was a kid I wanted to be... a professional basketball player
My best-dressed teammate is... Andrea Lalum
If I'm cooking dinner I'm making...steak and mashed potatoes
My teammates would describe me as...mean
I can't imagine life without...my brothers
Favorite quote or motto...If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it
Favorite UW road trip memory... Bungee jumping in Australia
My most influential teammate is... My best friend, Giuliana Mendiola
My most prized possession is...My Magic Johnson autographed basketball shoe!
My earliest childhood sports memory is... watching my three brothers, Eddie, Giovanni and Piero, playing soccer together
MENDIOLA'S CAREER HIGHS
Points - 10 two times
Rebounds - 6, vs. Washington State, March 1, 2003
Assists - 7, vs. Kentucky, Nov. 30, 2002
Steals - 5, at California, Jan. 16, 2003
FG Made - 4 two times
FG Attempted -7 twice; last vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25, 2003
3-Pt. FG Made - 2, three times, last vs. St. Bon., Nov. 29, `02
3-Pt. FG Attempted - 5, vs. St. Mary's, Nov. 30, 2001
FT Made - 3, at Texas Tech, Nov. 24, 2002
FT Attempted - 4 vs. James Madison, Dec. 22, 2000