Ahead of Washington in the standings are powerhouse Stanford (8-0), Arizona, USC, and Oregon State (all 6-3). The Huskies are coming off a tough loss at home to Stanford, 75-67. In that game, Washington shot horribly and could not hurdle over the bricks they were laying.
The Huskies have been balanced this year, having four players average in double figures. Junior captain Loree Payne leads the team with a 13.8 points per game average. Just behind her are Andrea Lalum (11.9), Emily Autrey (10.1), and Giuliana Mendiola (10.2). Lalum leads the team in rebounding, pulling down just over six per contest, while point guard Giuliana Mendiola has been a consistent threat on the glass, grabbing over five per game.
Mendiola has been the catalyst, dishing out 4.9 assists per contest.
Two freshman have played major roles this season for Daugherty's team. Kristin O'Neill and Kayla Burt have both come on recently. O'Neill, who's older sister Kellie is a forward on the team, is shooting nearly 60 percent from the field as a back-up point guard. Burt sat out seven games with a fractured leg but scored in double figures in three straight games upon her return to the hardwood earlier this year. The younger O'Neill has averaged 7.6 points per game while Burt has averaged 6.2.
The Huskies need this win to keep them in the thick of the Pac-10 race. This is one they are expected to take, and should do so if they can keep Brittney Hawks at bay.
Hawks is the main weapon for the Cougars, averaging 13.5 points and grabbing nearly 10 boards per contest. Francine McCurtain is the other Cougar that averages in double figures, pouring in 11.4 points per game. Jessica Perry averages just under four assists per contest.
Washington is just beginning a three-game road trip that will take them from Pullman to Los Angeles. They'll return home to face Arizona on February 7th.
Washington ppg reb Washington State ppg reb F Emily Autrey 6-0 10.1 4.0 F Brittney Hawks 13.5 9.6 C Andrea Lalum 6-4 11.9 6.4 F Francine McCurtain 11.4 4.6 G Loree Payne 6-0 13.8 2.9 F Whitney Martindale 7.7 2.8 G Kristen O'Neill 6-0 7.6 3.7 G Jessica Perry 5.8 3.0 G Giuliana Mendiola 5-11 10.2 5.6 G Lindsey Egeland 4.0 2.4