Husky women seek to extend streak

WOMEN: Arizona (7-6, 11-11) at Washington (8-4, 13-8) <br> Thursday, February 7 - 7:05 PM (PST) <br> Bank of America Arena – Seattle, WA <br> Series All Time: Washington leads, 23-9<br> Last Meeting: Jaunary 12, 2002 – Arizona 83, Washington 69

Playing their finest basketball of the season, coach June Daugherty's Washington womens' team enters a critical stage of their season when they face the two Arizona schools at home this weekend.

Fresh off a three-game road sweep of WSU and the L.A. schools, the Huskies find themselves running third in the PAC-10 standings and deep the dawgpile of six-team melee for second place -- there is only a game-and-a-half separating second (ASU) from seventh place (Arizona) in the standings.

Washington has won four out of their last five, with an eight-point loss to second-ranked Stanford their only blemish in the current run.

"We've talked about making a big second-half push in the PAC-10 season," guard Loree Payne said after the Huskies' road sweep in Los Angeles. "And it's important that we build on that at home this week."

Sophomore guard Giuliana Mendiola was named the PAC-10's Player-of-the-Week after scoring 34 points (including 20 against USC) over the weekend in the Mendiola sisters' return home. She also dished out eight assists while giving up only two turnovers.

For Arizona, winners in three out of their last four road games, senior Elizabeth Pickney leads five Wildcat double-figure scorers, and also is their leading rebounder. Junior Krista Warren sprained her ankle two weeks ago, missing the Oregon series, and is still questionable here. Warren averages eight boards per contest. Sophomore Candice Allen, who scored a career-high 25 against the Huskies in their first meeting in Tucson, averages 10 points off the bench.

Arizona leads the conference in free-throw shooting and is second as a team from behind the arc (36 percent). Both Washington and Arizona average nearly 74 points per game -- it promises to be a barnburner.

PROBABLE STARTERS:
WASHINGTON        CL   HT   PTS  REB           
Emily Autrey      JR  6-0   9.9  4.2
Andrea Lalum      SO  6-4  12.6  6.2
Loree Payne       JR  6-0  13.6  2.7
Kristen O'Neill   FR  6-1   7.0  4.0 
Giuliana Mendiola SO  5-11 10.8  5.6

ARIZONA           CL   HT   PTS  REB      
Elizabeth Pickney SR  6-4  16.7  8.2      
LaKeisha Taylor   SR  6-4  10.0  5.5      
Dee-Dee Wheeler   FR  5-6  11.9  3.4      
Aimee Grzyb       SO  5-7  10.4  2.3      
Julie Brase       JR  5-10  5.0  2.6

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