Women's Basketball Cruise to Exhibition Win

Nov. 12, 2000

Seattle, Wash. - The Washington bench scored 37 second half points and the Husky women's basketball team cruised to a 102-68 exhibition game victory over the Bay Area Pro-Am team in front of 572 fans at Mountlake Terrace High School Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies finish their exhibition season with a 2-0 record. They open the 2000-2001 regular season on the road, Nov. 17 at Indiana, followed by a Nov. 19 game at Michigan. The Huskies' home opener comes Nov. 24 when they host defending national champion Connecticut in the debut of the newly renovated Bank of America Arena.

Senior team captain Megan Franza led all scorers with 23 points, including 16 in the first half. Three other Huskies joined her in double figure scoring, Loree Payne with 13, LeAnn Sheets with 11 and Emily Autrey with 10. In all, 13 Huskies got in the scoring column. Former Husky standout Jamie Redd (1996-99), Washington's career leading scorer (2,027 points) led the Bay Area team with 20 points. Another former Husky, Melissa Wuschnig (1993-96) also played for the Bay Area team. She scored two points on 1-for-7 from the field in 23 minutes.

The Huskies showed a strong inside presence, out-rebounding the visitors, 51-29 for the game, including 23 offensive boards. Sophomore Kellie O'Neill was the leader, with eight rebounds, followed by Franza and Cheryl Sorenson with six each.

Franza and Payne led the Huskies in the first half, with 16 and 13 points respectively, as Washington took a 46-30 lead at the break. The Bay Area came out strong in the second period, trimming Washington's lead to eight points, 50-42, with 16:39 to play. Redd had eight of her team's 12 points in that run but picked up her fourth foul just after that. Washington increased its lead to an 18 point spread before Redd returned to hit another three pointer at the 13 minute mark. It was all Washington after that as the Huskies cruised to their 34-point final margin.

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Quotes from Husky head coach June Daugherty

ON THE BENCH: 'It's great to see our bench score 50 (49) points. That was a great accomplishment. We have a lot of weapons. It's great to see. I think it's a mix of talent as well as how well the players practiced over the off-season.'

ON THE REBOUNDS: 'To be able to out-rebound them was a great accomplishment as well. We are really improving in the offensive boards category. That's a big step for us.'

ON THE DEFENSE: 'Defensively we weren't happy after the first exhibition game and I think our players took it to heart. We're really trying to focus and put a lot of intensity into focusing on our defensive goals. We were able to hold their team to 30 points in the first half. And we were able to hold them to 68 points and our goals was 67. So I'm very pleased with the team. We are headed in the right direction.'

ON THE OFFENSE: 'We shared the basketball tonight. There were only a few times when I thought we should have shared the basketball. We are really starting to move the ball around and that's very effective. We did a better job posting up. We set some good screens. We were in a really good rhythm tonight. We were able to take advantage of our size and depth. I told the team that was the way to beat them.

ON THE SHOOTING: 'Like I said, I think it's great to see 50 points coming from your bench. Our focus is on the inside and then on the outside. If we don't see anybody inside then we try to get the ball outside. So far we're doing a good job. We are able to spread the ball around the floor and find post shooters.'

ON MEGAN FRANZA: 'She had five rebounds at the end of the first half. Despite not shooting as much, she was able to step up in other areas. I'm never worried about Megan.'

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