Jan. 9, 2001
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The Washington women's basketball team (9-3, 2-0), buoyed by
dramatic 2-0 start to the Pac-10 season, hits the road for the first
since Dec. 3. The Huskies first meet Arizona State (9-5, 1-1) at 7 p.m.
(6 p.m. PST), Thurs., Jan. 11 in Tempe, followed by a game against No.
Arizona at 2 p.m. MST (1 p.m. PST) Sat., Jan. 13 in Tucson. Both games
be heard live on KKOL 1300 a.m.
The Huskies, who have won eight of their last nine, are coming off
pair of wins in which they pounded UCLA, 73-54, and then pulled off a
overtime win against USC, 91-79, to open Pac-10 play. The weekend
a seven-game homestand during which the Huskies posted a mark of 6-1,
the only loss a two point setback to Colorado State. They sit atop the
league standings this week, alongside three other undefeated teams,
including Arizona. Washington leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (46.4 rpg),
rebounding margin (+8.2), and assists (16.67 apg) while three Huskies
among the league's top 20 rebounders.
Three Huskies are averaging double figure scoring, led by senior
Franza at 13.8 points per game, and followed by Giuliana Mendiola (12.1
and sophomore Kellie O'Neill (11.2). Three other players are right
giving UW a balanced attack this season. Loree Payne, last season's
scorer, is quickly returning to form and was back in the starting lineup
ASU opened Pac-10 play with a split on the road, losing at Stanford
(92-64) and then winning at California (58-47). After opening the season
with four straight wins, the Sun Devils have been unable to win two in a
row. They are led Amanda Levens, who is averaging 13.9 points per game.
Charli Turner Thorne, who was an assistant at Washington from 1989-90
season, is in her fifth year at ASU.
Arizona, ranked No. 22 in the current AP poll and No. 24 in the
ESPN/USA Today poll, is also 2-0 to start the Pac-10. The Wildcats
with a win at California (79-68) and then knocked off No. 21 Stanford
(68-65). They lead the league in scoring at 81.9 points per game while
senior Reshea Bristol averages 14.6 points and a league-leading 6.54
per game. Coach Joan Bonvicini is in her 10th season at Arizona, 22nd
overall, and is four wins shy of 500 career victories.
Washington Huskies (9-3, 2-0)
Arizona State Sun Devils (9-5, 1-1)
7 p.m. MST (6 p.m. PST)
Thurs., Jan. 11
Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
at Arizona Wildcats (12-2, 2-0)
2 p.m. MST (1 p.m. PST)
Sat., Jan. 13
McKale Center (14,545)
June Daugherty (Ohio St. OE78)
Record at UW: 68-59 (5th yr.)
Career record: 191-133 (12th yr.)
Charli Turner Thorne (Stanford OE88)
Record at ASU: 54-71 (5th yr.)
Career: 94-111 (8th yr.)
Joan Bonvicini (S. Connecticut OE75)
Record at UA: 171-107 (10th yr.)
Career: 496-181 (22nd yr.)
UW leads the series with Arizona, 22-7, but UA has won the last three
leads ASU, 20-10, with ASU holding a current one game streak.
Huskies on Radio
All UW games air live on KKOL 1300 AM radio. Steve Sandmeyer calls the
action. Games can also be heard live on the internet at:
June Daugherty Radio Show
KOMO am 1000
Mondays, 6:30-7 p.m.
vs. Oregon, 7 p.m., Jan 18
vs. Oregon State, 2 p.m., Jan. 20
Bank of America Arena
Keeler to Redshirt:
Freshman forward Sarah Keeler (Pendleton, Ore.) will
redshirt this season and begin her first year of play in 2001-02.
USA Today honorable mention selection as a junior in high school,
torn ACL during her senior year at Pendleton High. Keeler had surgery
10 to repair a minor meniscus tear in her left knee. She slightly
the knee during practice recently. Keeler is continuing rehabilitation
is practicing with the team.
"We felt it was best for Sarah to be completely healthy," said UW
June Daugherty. "She is going to be an outstanding player for us, and by
redshirting this year, she will be able to play a complete and healthy
season next year."
The Husky senior class has extra motivation on this
Pac-10 road trip. They enter the weekend in the desert without ever
won at ASU or Arizona. The last time a Washington team won at either
was Feb. 1, 1997 in Tempe when the Huskies won, 81-73, over the Sun
Huskies in Overtime:
The triple overtime game against USC Sunday was
Washington's second this season. The Huskies opened the year with a
loss at the buzzer in one overtime period at Indiana. The triple
game against USC was the first in UW school history. Washington's
record in overtime is 8-9 since 1976.
UW Against Ranked Teams:
Washington's game against Arizona will mark its
second against a ranked opponent this season. The first was a loss at
hands of No. 1 Connecticut back on Nov. 24. Though it will only be the
second ranked team the Huskies have faced this season, their schedule is
light. In the Jan. 7 RPI rankings, Washington's schedule is listed as
in the country, in strength of schedule. It was No. 2 last week.
The Last Time:
Washington opened the conference season 3-0 was in
when the Huskies defeated Washington State (91-69), Arizona State
and Arizona (73-63) at home. The last time they opened a Pac-10 season
was in 1992.
After 12 games last season, Washington had a record of
... this year, the Huskies are 9-3, and have won eight of their last
games ... they opened the Pac-10 season 0-2 last year and now stand 2-0
entering their first league road trip.
Washington's 9-3 start on the year is its best since the
season when the Huskies jumped out to a 10-0 mark and a No. 7 national
ranking. That team finished 18-10 and advanced to first round of the
Tournament. The victory over UCLA Jan. 4 gave UW a mark of 8-3, to equal
Washington's win total from last season.
Washington returns to the road this week for the first
since a Dec. 3 game at Oklahoma State. The Huskies had success on the
during the non-conference season, posting a record of 3-1 away from
The only loss was a 77-74 setback in overtime at the buzzer to an
squad that now boasts a record of 12-3. The three wins came at Michigan,
Boise State and Oklahoma State.
Husky coach June Daugherty continually points to the
six-player senior class as a major reason for UW's hot start this year,
crediting the group with strong leadership in practice and during games.
Senior captains Megan Franza and Jill Pimley headline the group. Franza
been a constant in the starting lineup since her freshman year and is a
leader on the court. Pimley is in her second season as a team captain
a vocal leader whether she is playing or on the bench. LeAnn Sheets, who
struggled with injuries throughout her career, is healthy and gives the
Huskies a veteran presence in the post. Melissa Erickson also offers
experience off the bench, giving the Huskies added height inside. Sarah
Duncan was named Most Inspirational last season and continues to fill
role this year. Carli Halpenny rounds out the group. A redshirt junior,
has opted to graduate this year in order to spend the spring quarter
studying in Italy. The move puts her back in the class she entered with
1997 and strengths the leadership the six-player group provides.
Washington had no seniors on its roster last season when it posted
Megan Franza will play in her 100th game as a Husky when
Washington faces ASU Thursday.
Gioconda Mendiola - Jan. 7 (20)
Giuliana Mendiola - Jan. 9 (19)
Sarah Keeler - Jan. 28 (19)
While crediting the senior class with leading the
coach Daugherty also points to a healthy lineup as cause for
Washington's frontline was beset by injuries last season, causing
to constantly shuffle her lineup. No less than five different players
on the bench with injuries at one point or another last year. LeAnn
missed the first eight games of the season after foot surgery. Cheryl
Sorenson ended up redshirting after a torn ACL in preseason. Melissa
Erickson was hampered by a sore shoulder during the non-conference
of the schedule. Carli Halpenny was limited by a stress reaction in her
and was initially declared out for the season and Kellie O'Neill had a
premature end to her freshman year after suffering a severe ankle sprain
midway through the season.
Sheets suffered a sprained ankle at Boise State this year, causing
to miss the next two games, but she has returned to full strength. In
addition, Loree Payne returned after missing the first six games with a
stress fracture in her foot. She posted a season-best 21 points against
The healthy lineup has given the Huskies increased depth this
factor that was particularly evident in the triple overtime win against
Jan. 7. The Trojans had four key players foul out while the Huskies were
able to constantly rotate fresh players in the game.
So Far, So Good:
Washington wrapped up the non-conference portion of
schedule with a mark of 7-3, its best non-league record since 1997-98
it was 9-0. Included in that record is a 3-1 mark on the road. The only
three losses of the season came in overtime at the buzzer at Indiana, at
hands of No. 1 Connecticut and a two-point loss to a 10-1 Colorado State
team. The third straight road win, at Oklahoma State Dec. 3, equalled
mark from all of last season. The wins have been impressive, beginning
a 73-60 thumping of a Michigan team that had knocked off Louisiana Tech
nights earlier. The Huskies rebounded from the UConn loss by cruising
Boise State, 87-67, and followed with the win at OSU and its first home
victory in the new arena, against Nebraska. The Huskies have a home mark
6-2. Helping the cause this year has been increased scoring from the
and a versatile rotation that is nearly three deep at every position.
Washington's defensive efforts have been stellar so far
season and it's not just the Huskies who are reaping the benefits. When
Washington wins at home and holds its opponent under 55 points, every
Bank of America Arena can redeem their ticket stub for a free small
Papa John's Pizza. It's become a rally cry for the home crowd and so
the fans have cashed in twice, against UCLA (54) Thursday night and
Loyola Marymount (52) on Dec. 21. They just missed against James Madison
when the Dukes tallied 56 points. Overall, the Huskies are holding
to 65.2 points per game this season.
When Washington defeated UCLA Jan. 4, it gave fifth-year Husky
coach June Daugherty career victory number 190. She enters the ASU/UA
with a 12-year mark of 191-135 ... she has a mark of 68-59 in her fifth
at Washington ... her win total is third among seven Husky coaches over
Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola is off to a great start
her first season as a Husky. The Seattle Times Classic MVP, she leads
team in rebounding with an average of 7.7 boards per game, a mark that
third-best in the Pac-10. She is the second-leading scorer with 12.1 per
game and has a Pac-10 leading four double-doubles to her credit, against
Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Colorado State and USC. Mendiola, who plays
one, two and three guard spots, has started 10 games already and is
averaging 30 minutes per contest. Mendiola, the younger sister of
Gioconda, takes care of the ball well, with only one turnover in her
college game, at Indiana, none at Boise State and none against Loyola
Marymount. She dished out eight assists versus UCLA. In the triple
win over USC, Mendiola had 12 points, 10 rebound, six assists and only
turnovers in 41 minutes of action.
Freshman guard Gioconda Mendiola established a new career
with a team-leading 10 points against UCLA. Mendiola had only scored in
of the nine games in which she had played this season. Her previous
was five points against James Madison.
Payne Returns to Action:
Sophomore guard Loree Payne returned to the
starting lineup against UCLA and USC. UW's leading scorer as a freshman
season (17.4 ppg), Payne missed the first six games after being
a stress fracture in her left foot. The sophomore guard, who was on the
gold-medal winning USA Basketball Jones Cup team this summer, tallied a
game-high 21 points in the win over USC. It was the 10th time in her
she has topped the 20-point plateau. Payne played for the first time
season against Loyola Marymount, Dec. 21 and played 10 minutes going
>from the field, including a three pointer and a free throw, for eight
points. Against James Madison, Payne played seven minutes and scored
points with one assist and one steal. Her playing time increased to 21
minutes against CSU when she scored nine points. She had five points in
minutes against UCLA.
The Series with ASU
Overall: UW leads, 20-10
Current streak: ASU has won 1 game
Last six games: Even, 3-3
Last year: Split, UW won, 78-76 in Seattle, ASU won, 74-53 in Tempe
Longest UW streak in series: 11 games Longest ASU streak: 3 games
Last UW win in Tempe: Feb. 1, 1997 (81-73)
June Daugherty vs. ASU: 5-3
Last Year at ASU:
(Feb. 12, 2000) ASU senior Rachel Holt scored 20
the Sun Devils downed Washington, 74-53. The 21-point victory matched
biggest win over the Huskies, dating back to an 82-61 decision in Tempe
Nov. 23, 1979.
ASU pulled ahead in the game with a 19-2 run midway through the
half to lead 32-15. By halftime, the Sun Devils had increased their lead
45-22, the team's largest halftime lead of the year. Arizona State shot
percent in the first half and turned the ball over a season-low five
in the first 20 minutes. In the second half, the Sun Devils increased
lead to as many as 29 points en route to the 74-53 victory. Arizona
outrebounded Washington 25-9 in the second half and finished with a
advantage on the boards in the game.
Megan Franza, the leading scorer in the Pac-10, led the Huskies
points. She scored the first basket 23 seconds into the game, to put her
over the 1,000 point mark for her career. She entered the game with 999
points. Emily Autrey came off the bench to score 11 points and a
six rebounds and four assists.
Last Year at Arizona:
(Feb. 10, 2000) Reshea Bristol scored a
points as No. 16 Arizona beat Washington 96-81. Bristol made her first
shots and finished with six rebounds. Angela Lackey scored 17 points,
Brown added 15 and Elizabeth Pickney and Lisa Griffith had 13 apiece for
Washington was led by Megan Franza's 18 points. LeAnn Sheets matched her
career-high with 14 and Loree Payne 13 for the Huskies.
After four ties and 10 lead changes, Arizona took a 49-40 lead at
break. Franza missed her first five field goal attempts but then hit
straight three pointers to get going. She scored 11 straight points and
Sheets added a free throw to make it 41-38 with 2:19 to go in the first.
Arizona then went on a 9-2 run to end the half and opened the second
20-6 run. The Wildcats twice extended their lead to 30-point margins
the Huskies used a 21-6 run over the final five minutes to close the
Loree Payne missed the first six game with a stress
fracture in her left foot but has returned. She saw her first game
Dec. 21 against LMU, playing 10 minutes. Cheryl Sorenson has been
tendinitis in her knee and is playing sparingly. LeAnn Sheets suffered a
left ankle sprain at Boise State and missed the Nebraska and Oklahoma
games. She returned to action against St. Mary's and is back the
lineup. Sarah Keeler, who had a minor meniscus tear in December, will
redshirt this season.
Huskies Honor UW Football Player: The women's basketball team is
patch with the initials "CW" on its jerseys this season, to support
football player Curtis Williams, who suffered a spinal cord injury
the Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. Williams, who attended the Rose
is currently in a rehabilitation center in San Jose, Calif.
Megan on the Move:
Senior guard Megan Franza continues to move up the
Washington's career Top 10 scoring chart, now standing at No. 9 with
points. Her 18 points against USC bumped her ahead of Laurie Merlino,
had 1,262 points from 1988-91. Franza moved onto the list against James
Madison, Dec. 22, moving past Amy Mickelson, who had 1,224 points from
1987-90. Franza, the Huskies' leading scorer this year at 13.8 per game,
67 points away from tying former teammate Amber Hall, who scored 1,330
points from 1995-99.
A first team All-Pac-10 selection last year, Franza has a career
scoring average of 12.8 points per game.
She became the 16th Husky to top the 1,000-point barrier and only
eighth player to pass the mark as a junior last year. Dating back to
season, Franza has scored in double figures in 36 of the last 41 games.
has been in the starting lineup for 96 of UW's last 98 games.
Franza entered the year at No. 2 on UW's career three point
field goals made list, with 139. She has added 17 more in 12 games this
season for a total of 156, including a high of five at Indiana. Franza
chasing former standout Jamie Redd (1995-99), who tops the list with 192
treys. She is also No. 2 on the three point attempts list with 568,
chasing Redd who attempted 675 long range bombs during her career.
equaled her career-high for attempts, with 13 against Nebraska Dec. 6.
Last year at 17.2 ppg, Franza led the Pac-10 in scoring until the
two weeks of the season, while Loree Payne finished fourth with 17.4
per game. Together they formed the highest scoring duo from the same
in Pac-10 history.
With the graduation of Maylana Martin (UCLA) and the redshirt
for Oregon's injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza entered the
season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.
UW 91, USC 79 (3OT): Megan Franza scored six of her 18 points in the
and final overtime period as Washington finally pulled away for a 91-79
victory over USC.
Franza moved into ninth place on UW's career scoring list in the
triple-overtime game in Washington history. Loree Payne scored 21 points
while Kellie O'Neill and Giuliana Mendiola added double-doubles. O'Neill
scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Mendiola had 12 points and 10
Tashara Carter had a chance to win it for USC in the second
period, but missed the second of two free throws with .5 seconds
in the period and the score tied 75-75.
Washington failed to convert on late opportunities to win at the
regulation and the first overtime period.With the score tied at 66-66,
Pimley missed a short runner and Payne a 15-foot fadeaway jumper in the
final five seconds of the first overtime. Mendiola missed a 3-pointer
three seconds left in regulation and O'Neill missed a short put-back
at the buzzer with the game tied at 58-58.Washington outscored USC 16-4
the third overtime period. Four Trojans fouled out of the game.
USC led for most of the first half. Washington took command with a
run that started with 5:19 remaining in the first half and wrapped
halftime, ending 4:14 into the second half with the Huskies ahead 40-30.
Trojans responded with a 24-9 run over the next ten minutes and the lead
changed hands three times late before O'Neill scored the final points of
regulation with an eight-foot fadeaway that tied the game at 58-58 with
UW 73, UCLA 54:
Freshman Gioconda Mendiola scored a career-high 10
leading the Huskies to a 73-54 victory over UCLA in the Pac-10 opener
Mendiola came off the bench to hit 4-of-5 from the field, including
pair of 3-pointers. She was the only Husky player to reach
scoring, but all 13 UW players had at least two points. UCLA's Michelle
Greco led all scorers with 19 points, but her shooting touch arrived
Greco entered the game with a conference-leading scoring average of
but was did not score in the first half. She missed her first eight
goal attempts. Greco's 3-pointer with 16 minutes left in the game, cut
Husky lead to 42-29, but the Bruins could not get any closer. Mendiola
Washington its largest lead of the game when her 3-pointer made the
64-36 with 5:50 to play. UW led 18-13 with 12 minutes remaining in the
half before going on a 13-0 run that increased the Husky advantage to 18
points. UCLA went scoreless for 9:18 before Leatham ended the drought
free throw to make the score 31-14. UW turned the ball over 13 times in
first half, but built an early lead because of the Bruins' poor
UCLA shot 24 percent in the half, and made only four of its first 22
from the field. The Huskies led 35-18 at halftime.
USC Game Notes
UW played in its' first triple overtime game in school history ... UW is
1-1 in overtime this season ... UW outscored USC 16-4 in the final
period, keyed by the six points of Megan Franza ... Loree Payne added
points in the final five minutes ... UW outrebounded USC 17-7 after the
of regulation ... The Huskies finished witn a season high 57 rebounds
is the fifth time this season the Dawgs have grabbed more than 50 boards
Loree Payne's 21 points were a season high, marking the tenth time in
career she has gone over 20 points ... The Huskies are 9-0 when leading
the half ... Giuliana Mendiola's 12 points and 10 rebounds marked her
double-double of the season. Kellie O'Neill scored 16 points and added
rebound for her first double-double of the season, fourth of her career
USC's eight blocks were a UW season opponent high ... The Huskies 91
were a season high and the last time the Dawgs scored over 90 was
18, 1999 vs. Idaho (99-72). The last time Washington scored 90 points
against a Pac-10 opponent was a 96-85 win over UCLA February 27, 1999.
UCLA Game Notes
Jill Pimley's three 3-pointers made and four 3-pointers attempted are
career highs ... Gioconda Mendiola established a new career high with a
team-leading 10 points. Mendiola had only scored in two of the nine
which she had played this season, her previous career high was five
against James Madison ... UCLA's 18 points at halftime were a UW
season low ... After making just six of 25 baskets in the first half
UCLA hit 15 of 33 in the second (45.5%). The Bruins second half
was keyed by junior guard Michelle Greco, who went seven for 13,
five for nine from three point range to score 19 points after an 0-8
half ... After UCLA hit two free throws to open the game, Washington
back to take a 4-2 lead and never trailed again ... as a team, UW had a
seaon high 23 assists.
Huskies Among National Leaders in RPI Rankings
Washington's impressive stand in the RPI rankings continues. In the
Jan. 7 Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Ratings, UW stands at No.
in the nation and its schedule is listed as the 21st-toughest. Last
they were No. 7 and listed as having the second-toughest schedule.
Washington has posted a record of 9-3 in the early season,
six-game win streak that was just snapped by a now 11-2 Colorado State
The wins have been impressive. UW's victory over Michigan came against a
Wolverine team that had knocked off then-eighth-ranked Louisiana Tech, a
2000 Final Four participant. Washington's season-opening loss at
the buzzer in overtime, came against a Hoosier team that has gone on to
a record of 11-2. UW's other loss came at the hands of top-ranked and
defending national champion Connecticut.
The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is used by the NCAA women's
basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams and
seeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. It is derived
three component factors: Div. 1 winning percentage (25%), schedule
(50%) and opponent's schedule strength (25%).
On the Rebound:
Washington's rebounding efforts have improved
from last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, the
Huskies lead the Pac-10 with a margin of +8.2. Aside from a five-rebound
advantage by Connecticut and a one board margin to St. Mary's, the
have outrebounded their other 10 opponents. UW is averaging 46.4 rpg,
in the Pac-10, after 12 games. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola is currently
leading rebounder at 7.7 boards per game. LeAnn Sheets, who missed two
with an ankle injury, is at 6.5 rpg, after returning to the lineup
St. Mary's and Kellie O'Neill is at 6.0 rpg.
Look at Lalum:
Freshman Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) blocked four shots
the game against St. Mary's Dec. 17. That mark is the highest by a Husky
player since Amber Hall swatted four away at Texas on Dec. 2, 1996.
then a junior, went on to finish her career as Washington's
rebounder (1,003 rebounds, 1996-99).
Catching up with Kellie:
Sophomore Kellie O'Neill is off to a hot start
her second season as Husky. A 6-1 guard-forward who started only nine
and averaged 6.4 points before suffering an ankle injury last season,
in a game-high 27 points against Connecticut in Washington's home-opener
O'Neill, who topped her previous career-best 16-point from December
1999, went 12-for-18 from the field, including a 2-for-3 effort from
range. Even more impressive was who it came against. O'Neill put in the
highest individual scoring effort against UConn to that point in the
Only three players - including 2000 WNBA Rookie of the Year Betty Lennox
were able to score at least 25 points against UConn and its stingy
She nearly eclipsed a Husky school record for field goal percentage
Oklahoma State. O'Neill hit her first nine shots from the field, en
a 20 point, nine rebound effort against the Cowgirls. She was nearing
standout Karen Deden's mark of 10-of11 (.919) versus Arizona State back
1989. O'Neill, one of three Huskies averaging double figure scoring, is
third on the team at 11.2 points per game.
O'Neill, whose younger sister Kristen recently signed with Huskies
next season, finished her high school career at Meadowdale with 1,414
points, 810 rebounds, 213 steals and 170 blocks with a career field goal
percentage of 50.9 percent.
What They're Saying about O'Neill
"I like the way she plays," Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said of
Kellie O'Neill after she scored 27 points against them on Nov. 24. "You
to guard her at the 3-point line. She's really smart with the ball in
lane. Their guards (Megan Franza and injured Loree Payne) get a lot of
mention and notoriety, and they should. But I think that kid (O'Neill)
really, really good."