JUNIOR YEAR (2002-03) - First Husky ever to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year...Kodak/WBCA and Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection...named to All-Pac-10 First-Team for second-straight season...also first Husky to earn three Pac-10 Player of the Week nods in a single season...team co-captain...earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honors...became 18th player in school history to score 1,000 points...currently ranks 11th with 1,267 points ...set UW single-season assists record with 162...enters senior season ranked second all-time with 440 career assists...team's leader in scoring (17.5), rebounding (6.5) and assists (5.4)...Pac-10 leader in assists and three-point FG percentage (.457)...also finished second in the league in FT percentage (.845), third in scoring, FG percentage (.543), and assists-turnover ratio (1.6), and eighth in rebounding...recorded eight double-doubles...scored in double-figures in all but three games...scored at least 20 points in nine of the last 12 games of the season...became first Husky to score 40 points, setting a UW single-game record with 43 vs. UCLA (2/1)...shot 15-20 from the field, 6-9 from three-point range and 7-8 from the line, while matching a career high with 12 boards and dishing out seven assists vs. the Bruins...tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists vs. USC (1/30)...equaled UW single-game assists record with 13 vs. Oregon State (1/25)...hit game-winning shot with 17 seconds left in early season overtime win over USC (1/3)... first two-time Seattle Times Husky Classic MVP recipient...also named to Husky Classic and GlazoSmithKline All-Tournament Teams...team's Big Dawg honoree and Lion's Assists Leader for third straight year...invited to USA Basketball Team Trials.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2001-02) - Team co-captain ... selected to All-Pac-10 First Team ... earned All-Pac-10 academic honorable mention recognition ... at team banquet earned Big Dawg award for second year and was named Most Inspirational by teammates ... also named Lion's Club assist leader with 152, a mark that was fourth-highest in the Pac-10 and third-highest ever by a UW player in one season ... led team in field goal percentage (47%), was second leading scorer and rebounder, with 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game ... started all but one of 31 games ... scored season-high 31 points in final regular season game, an 88-80 victory over Oregon ... Pac-10 Player of the Week for her efforts in road sweep at USC and UCLA ... scored 22 points at USC and 12, with eight boards at UCLA ... maintained a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio, at 2.08, that was second-best in the conference ... career-high 15 free throws made in 31-point game versus Oregon ... mark was a UW season-high ... scored in double figures 20 times and had four games of 20 or more points.
FRESHMAN YEAR (2000-2001) - Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention ... played in all 32 games and started 30 ... third-leading scorer on the team ... led UW in rebounding through the entire regular season and finished the year with an average of 6.3 boards per game, eighth in the Pac-10 ... assist to turnover ratio of 1.46 was fourth in the Pac-10 ... moved into the starting lineup in the third game of the year versus No. 1 Connecticut ... averaged 13.3 points in four NCAA Tournament games ... scored a team-high 18 points, including 10-of-12 from the free throw line, in UW's 86-75 second-round win over 14th-ranked Florida ... tallied 12 points and seven rebounds in NCAA first-round win over Old Dominion ... 15 points on 5-of-7 from the field against Oklahoma in the Sweet 16 ... in season-opener at Indiana, hit a three-pointer to send game to OT ... MVP of Seattle Times Classic ... posted a season-best 22 points versus California at home ... made four three-pointers in a game on two occasions, versus Loyola Marymount and Arizona ... led team in scoring seven times ... had five double-doubles ... throughout the season, was listed among Pac-10 leaders in seven different categories.
AT EL TORO HIGH SCHOOL
Selected as an honorable mention all-American by USA Today and Street & Smith ... Orange County Register Player of the Year and Los Angeles Times Orange County Player of the Year for the 1999-2000 season ... led Orange County in scoring all four years ... finished her prep career at No. 4 on the California state all-time scoring list with 3,069 points over four years ... one of only three California players ever to crack the 3,000-point mark ... career scoring average was 26.7 points over 115 games ... also had career marks of 5.8 assists, 4.5 steals per game ... her No. 13 jersey was retired by El Toro High following her career ... as a senior, broke the Orange County scoring record when she scored 42 points in a tournament game ... had a career-high 55 points in a 71-62 El Toro victory against the seventh ranked team in the county ... averaged 34.4 points, 6.3 assists and 10.2 rebounds per game as the team finished with a record of 23-7 in her final season ... South Coast League Most Valuable Player ... second-team All-America Student Sports honoree ... was named El Toro MVP all four years and was team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior ... earned first team all-county honors three straight years ... team finished 23-6 her junior year and played for the Southern Section Division I-AA championship ... four-time El Toro Athlete of the Year ... three-time all-CIF First Team selection ... as a freshman, team finished 17-9 and advanced to the CIF playoffs for the first time in 10 years ... played four years for coach Vincent Avitabile ... averaged 24.2 points per game as a freshman and 22.8 as a sophomore.
Giuliana Priscilla Mendiola ... born Jan. 9, 1982 in Fountain Valley, Calif. ... daughter of Alicia and Edgardo Mendiola ... one of nine children, with five brothers: Eddie, Giovanni, Piero, Fabrizio and Lucciano and three sisters: Marietta, Gigliola and Gioconda ... she and brother Lucciano are twins ... older sister Gioconda is a guard on the Husky basketball team ... mother, Alicia, played guard 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 ... earned several academic honors, including Student of the Month and was named to the Principal's honor roll and California Scholastic Federation ... 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 wears the number at UW ... Gioconda wears No. 31 ... had a 3.7 grade point average as a senior.
Q&A With Giuli Mendiola
I wear No. 13... to represent my mom
In my CD player right now is...the single "We Are Family"
In 10 years I want to be... playing in the WNBA with my sister and having my entire famiily there watching
Favorite opposing Pac-10 city to play in is...LA because I get to see my family - my nieces and nephews and mamamama
My favorite toy as a child was... a basketball
When I was a kid I wanted to be...a track star (yeah right!) or a pro basketball player
My best-dressed teammate is... Andrea Lalum
If I'm cooking dinner I'm making... salad with our special family dressing
My teammates describe me as...unselfish
The best thing about living in Seattle is... being apart of the this special Husky team
I can't imagine life without... my brothers
Favorite UW road trip memory...Bungee Jumping in Australia because it's something I never thought I'd do
My most influential teammate is... Gioconda because she has the biggest heart and pushes me to play to my potential
My most prized possession is...My Magic Johnson autographed shoe
My earliest sports memory is... when my two brothers (Fabrizio and Lucciano), Gioconda and I would have Olympics with medals, where Fab always won the Gold (Go 4 Pack Attack!)
MENDIOLA'S CAREER HIGHS
Points - 43, vs. UCLA, Feb. 1, 2003
Rebounds - 12 three times, last vs. UCLA, Feb. 1, 2003
Assists - 13, vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25, 2003
Steals - 5, vs. Washington State, March 1, 2003
FG Made - 15, vs. UCLA, Feb. 1, 2003
FG Attempted - 20, vs. UCLA, Feb. 1, 2003
3-Pt. FG Made - 6, vs. UCLA, Feb. 1, 2003
3-Pt. FG Attempted - 9, vs. UCLA, Feb. 1, 2003
FT Made - 15, vs. Oregon, Feb. 23, 2002
FT Attempted - 17, vs. Oregon, Feb.23, 2002