Women's Basketball Hosts Stanford in Afternoon Battle
Feb. 23, 2001
Saturday's Game: The Washington women's basketball team (17-7, 10-4), alone in second place in the Pac-10, plays the second game of a three-game homestand when it hosts third place Stanford 15-8, 9-4) Saturday afternoon. The game tips at 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 24 and will be carried on live television on Fox Sports Net. Heather Cox and Jim Watson will call the action. The day will also feature the annual Husky Alumni game at 10:30 a.m. at Bank of America Arena. Doors to the arena will open at 10:20 a.m. The Stanford game can be heard on the radio at KKOL 1300 am.
Ticket Update: Approximately 3,000 general admission tickets and 150 reserved tickets remain for the Stanford game Saturday. Tickets are available at the arena box office.
Welcome Back: Washington will host its annual alumni game at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, prior to the Stanford game. Among the former Huskies expected to attend are: Beth Thorlakson Campbell, Mary Wigenstein, Shaunda Greene, Michelle Perkins, Barbara Berry, Nancy Wittman, Liese Anex, Trish Hackett, Karen Denmen, Pam Banks, Molly Martin, Janine Young, Ingrid Narcisse-Russell, Ana Tuiaea-Ryud, Lisa Rashkov.
Notes on the Game: A win Saturday over Stanford would give Husky head coach June Daugherty career victory No. 200 ... Washington is coming off a 78-71 win over California, and extended its home streak to four games. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola and senior Megan Franza led the way for the Huskies, scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively. Stanford is coming off an 87-78 win at Washington State, highlighted by a triple double from freshman Nicole Powell.
Last week, Washington dropped out of a share of the conference lead after splitting a pair of road games, first winning at Oregon State, 77-70, and then falling in overtime at Oregon, 64-60. The overtime game at Oregon, the Huskies' third extra period game this season, snapped a five-game win streak that had seen UW in a three-way tie for first with ASU and Stanford.
Stanford, which had also been tied for the conference lead with UW last week, had a seven-game win streak snapped with its home loss to rival California. The team is led by standout freshman Nicole Powell, who averages a team-best 13.5 points per game. She is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding, at 8.1 boards per game, and has helped the Cardinal outrebound opponents by a +4.8 margin, first in the conference ahead of Washington (+4.3).
Probable Washington Starters
Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown Pts., Rbs.
Thursday Night Results
Huskies on Radio
June Daugherty Radio Show
Streakers: Before losing at Oregon, Washington was riding a five-game win streak that was its second-longest of the season ... earlier in the year, the Huskies had a six-game streak that ran through non-conference play early in December ... they currently have a four-game home win streak ... the Huskies have hit at least five three pointers in the last 12 games ... the highest mark was a Pac-10 record 16 treys against Arizona, Feb. 8 and the lowest was three, against USC, Jan. 7 ... senior guard Megan Franza is expected to start her 83rd straight game Saturday against Stanford ... she has led the Huskies in scoring in six of the last seven games.
Top Turnaround: Washington has engineered a dramatic turnaround from last season, when the Huskies played their home games in downtown Seattle, were continually plagued by injuries and lacked a senior class. After 23 games last season, Washington had a record of 7-16 ... this year, the Huskies are 16-7 ... they were 3-10 after the first 13 Pac-10 games in 2000 ... this year they are 9-4 and in second place in the Pac-10.
With an overall record of 17-7, Washington has more than doubled its win total from last season when it finished 8-22. Here is a look at how Washington ranks among other teams around the country that have also posted similar turnarounds this season:
Team 99-00 record (%) 00-01 record (%) differential
Thursday Night Recap
Mendiola made 9 of 11 from the field, including both of her 3-point attempts. The Washington victory put an end to California's five-game winning streak. The Huskies (17-7, 10-4 Pac-10) remain alone in second place in the conference, one game behind Arizona State.
The game was tied at 54 before the Huskies went on a 8-0 run that was capped by Mendiola's 3-pointer at 3:53. California came right back with a seven-point run that reduced the Washington lead to 62-61 with 2:11 to play. The Bears would get no closer as the Huskies outscored the Bears 16-10 for the remainder of the game.
Megan Franza scored 21 for Washington, which swept the both meetings between the two teams.
The leading scorers from each team were held to no points in the first half. California's Courtney Johnson (14.0 ppg) missed the three shots she attempted, while Franza (15.8) was prevented from taking a shot.
Johnson's first field goal tied the game at 31 apiece, and Lauren Ashbaugh followed with a layup 45 seconds later to give the Bears their first lead of the game, 33-31, 2:15 into the second half.
California (11-12, 7-6) had four players in double-figure scoring, led by the 16 of Johnson, who got all of her points in the second half. Kenya Corley had 15 points, and Ashbaugh added 14. Ami Forney scored 11.
The Huskies led by nine points early, as Emily Autrey's jumper gave Washington a 15-6 advantage with 12:28 to play in the first half. Corley helped cut the Washington lead to 18-16, scoring all of California's points during a 10-5 run.
Washington held a 29-27 halftime advantage.
UW-Cal Game Notes
* Franza did not attempt a field goal until the 18:08 mark of the second half and scored her first points with 15:32 remaining in the game. She went on to shoot 6-9 from the field, including two 3-pointers and 7-11 free-throw shooting.
* Giuliana Mendiola's 22 points were a career high, eclipsing her previous mark of 20 set Dec. 21 vs. Loyola Marymount. Mendiola was 9-11 shooting from the field and combined with Franza to score 34 of the Huskies 49 second half points.
* The loss for Cal ends a five-game winning streak, and was its first loss since a 69-68 defeat by Washington in Berkeley on Jan. 27.
* Washington was 19-26 from the free-throw line tonight, including 12-14 in the game's final two minutes.
* Four of Cal's players (Ashbaugh, Forney, Corley, and Johnson) scored in double-digits.
* For the first time in the 16-year history of the mascot game, the Ivar's Clam scored a basket, with 30 seconds remaining in the contest.