Women's Basketball Shoots for Six in a Row
Feb. 17, 2001
This Week: The No. 23 Washington women's basketball team (16-6, 9-3), in the rankings for the first time since the 1997-98 season, seeks to extend its five-game win streak when it takes on Oregon Saturday. The Huskies, who knocked off two ranked opponents last week, meet the Ducks (12-10, 5-7) in a nationally televised game on Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m., Feb. 17 in Eugene. Jim Watson and Heather Cox will call the action. The game can also be heard on the radio at KKOL 1300 am.
The Huskies are coming off a pair of home wins, over No. 22 Arizona (98-88) and No. 23 Arizona State (79-60) that moved them into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-10 Conference, along with ASU and Stanford.
Last week was productive weekend, both offensively and defensively, for the Huskies. They opened with a 10-point victory over Arizona, snapping a three-game losing skid to the Wildcats by hitting 52 percent (33-64) from the field and sinking a Pac-10 record 16 three point baskets. Nine players got in the scoring column and seven of them hit at least one three pointer. The fireworks continued against ASU as Washington shot 42 percent (29-69) from the field and had four players in double figures for the second game in a row.
The Huskies continued to light it up on the defensive end, as well. Once again, they outrebounded both opponents - Arizona by four and ASU by 17 - to maintain their lead as the top rebounding team in the conference at 43.9 per game. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola remains the Huskies' leader, pulling down six rebounds against Arizona to keep her average at a team-best 6.4 per game, while fellow freshman Andrea Lalum posted her third double-double of the year against ASU, with 14 points and 11 boards.
Washington will meet an Oregon team that is on a five game losing skid after falling, 77-76, to Washington State Thursday night. The five-game streak is the first of that length for the Ducks under eighth-year coach Jody Runge. The team is led by Angelina Wolvert, who averages 13.6 points per game and had a career-best 32 against WSU Thursday.
Thursday Night Results
Huskies on Radio
June Daugherty Radio Show
Huskies In the Rankings: Washington has moved into the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the first time since the 1997-98 season. The Huskies, who knocked off ranked foes Arizona and Arizona State last weekend, stand at No. 23 in the Feb. 12 poll. Washington is one spot ahead of Arizona State, which dropped a notch to No. 24 after losing, 79-60, to the Huskies Saturday. Stanford is the first team listed as receiving votes in the poll. The Huskies, Sun Devils and Cardinal share the Pac-10 lead with identical 8-3 conference records. The top 25 ranking is the Huskies' first since the week of Feb. 28, 1998, when they were also at No. 23. The current six-player senior class was in its freshman season and helped lead Washington to its last NCAA Tournament appearance. The team was ranked as high as No. 7 that year, after starting the season on a 10-0 run. Washington's highest ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 was No. 3 in the final poll of the 1990 season.
Probable Washington Starters
Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown Pts., Rbs.
Thursday Night Recap
UW-OSU Game Notes
* The win gave UW a season sweep of OSU ... they also swept ASU this year.
* The win gave UW 16 victories for the season, double the total from last year when the Huskies finished the 2000 season at 8-22 overall and 4-14 in the Pac-10.
* For the fourth game in a row Washington had four players score in double figures.
* Washington won its first game when trailing at halftime. The Huskies were down five, 44-39, at OSU. They had lost four previous games when behind at the break.
* The Huskies were outrebounded in a game for just the seventh time this season. OSU had a 39-30 advantage on the boards.
* The Huskies continued their hot shooting from the field, hitting 49 percent (28-57) at OSU. They 50% at WSU, 51% vs. Arizona and 42% vs. ASU.