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.
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