Women's Basketball Downs St. Mary's

Dec. 17, 2000

Seattle - The Washington women's basketball team used a balanced scoring attack and won its fourth straight game, defeating St. Mary's, 73-61, in front of 1,846 fans in non-conference action at Bank of Arena Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies, in the midst of a seven-game home stand, improve to 5-2 on the season. St. Mary's, which faced its third Pac-10 Conference team this season, drops to 6-2.

Washington was led by senior captains Megan Franza, who tallied 15 points, and Jill Pimley, who had a career-high 14. Kellie O'Neill added 13 and Andrea Lalum had 12 points. O'Neill and Giuliana Mendiola each grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, though as a team, St. Mary's posted 39 boards to Washington's 38. The Gaels were led by Julie Morris, who had 18 points, and Hilary Parker and Jerkisha Dosty, who each had 11.

Washington built an 18-point lead in the first period behind Franza's 12 points. The Huskies shot 47 percent from the field and took a 43-25 lead at the break. The Gaels' leading scorers, Dosty and her sister Jermisha, had a combined three points and the team had 16 turnovers at that point.

The Huskies increased their lead to as many as 20 points early in the second and kept a double-figure lead the whole way. The Gaels, who committed 30 turnovers in the game, twice pulled within 11 points midway through the half.

Washington remains at home to host the 14th annual Seattle Times Husky Classic, Dec. 21 and 22. The Huskies meet Loyola Marymount in the first round at 8 p.m. Thursday. James Madison and Western Michigan play the first game at 6 p.m.

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