Huskies Win Third Straight Road Game
Dec. 3, 2000
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Washington women's basketball team jumped out to a quick lead and never let up, downing Oklahoma State, 66-59, in frontof 211 fans in non-conference action at Oklahoma City College Sundayafternoon.
Washington improves to 3-2 overall, including a 3-1 mark on the road. OSUdrops to 4-3 overall. The game was played at the alternate site while OSUsarena undergoes renovation.
Sophomore forward Kellie O'Neill led the charge for the Huskies, scoring agame-high 20 points and just missing a double-double with ninerebounds. ONeill hit her first nine shots from the field, and was closingin on Karen Dedens school record (10-11 vs. Arizona State) from 1989before she missed her first bucket with just under nine minutes to go inthe game. ONeill finished the day with 9-of-14 from the field in 30minutes of action.
Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola dialed up Washingtons first double-doubleof the year, with 10 points and 11 rebounds, along with six assists andtwo steals. Megan Franza added another 15 points for the Huskies. JessicaSpinner led OSU with 11 points.
Washington jumped out to a quick lead, starting with a 13-2 mark early andagain leading by 11 points, 16-5, at 13:55 in the first half. They jumpedout to a 10-point lead two other times, but also let the Cowgirls back inas the gap was down to three points, 22-16, at 9:09. Washington took a35-30 lead at the break. ONeill had 10 points at the half on 5-of-5 fromthe field.
ONeill came out of the break on fire, hitting the first three Huskiesbaskets as Washington used a 15-2 run to improve its advantage to 19points, 51-32, at 14:04 to go. The Cowgirls used an 8-2 run to cut it to13, 53-40, with 8:20 remaining. OSU hung around and whittled it down to a10-point ballgame, 57-47, with 3:46 remaining.
A three-pointer by Chantoya Hawkins at 3:07 cut the Huskies lead to singledigits, 57-50, but that was as close as the Cowgirls would get untilMachell Roberts hit a three at the buzzer for the final margin.
It was nice to see the team be aggressive and finish strong, said Huskyhead coach June Daugherty. We are playing without our leading scorer(Loree Payne) and leading rebounder (LeAnn Sheets), so we are looking atdifferent combinations on the floor. People are playing in differentposition, but we have that versatility that gives us several differentlooks. We had a couple lulls in the second half and Oklahoma State climbedback in, but our press was good for us tonight.
I think Kellie ONeill is one of the most underrated forwards in thecountry, she added. People are going to start finding out about her realquickly. She is versatile and strong and when she gets in a zone,lookout. We need to get her the ball at times like that, because we knowgood things are going to happen.
Washington returns home to host Nebraska in the Les Schwab Challenge at7:30 p.m., Dec. 6 at Bank of America Arena. It is the first of aseven-game home stretch for the Huskies.