Huskies Down James Madison to Win Tourney Title

Dec. 22, 2000

SEATTLE (AP) _ Washington's Giuliana Mendiola scored 17 points as she led the Washington Huskies to a 73-56 victory over the Dukes of James Madison in the championship game of the Seattle Times Classic on Friday night.

Washington (7-2) has played host to the tournament 14 times and come away with eight titles.

Mendiola, a freshman, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She averaged 18.5 points in the two games.

Megan Franza scored 12 points to increase her career total to 1,228, which moved her into 10th place on Washington's all-time list. She passed Amy Mickelson (1,224), who played for the Huskies from 1987 to 1990.

The Huskies have won six straight games for the first time since opening the 1997-98 season with a 10-0 record. Washington's victory snapped James Madison's four-game winning streak.

James Madison (6-4) struggled with Washington's tight defense. The Dukes shot 32 percent from the field for the game, and turned the ball over 21 times in the first half when the Huskies pulled away. Stacy Todd paced the Dukes with 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Huskies led from wire to wire. They quickly jumped out to a 9-0 advantage, and the lead swelled to 22 points when Gioconda Mendiola's 3-pointer made the score 35-13 with five minutes to play in the half.

With 2.9 seconds remaining in the first half, Washington's Andrea Lalum hit a 3-pointer to give Washington a 42-16 lead.

Colorado State will visit Washington on Dec. 29, while James Madison will host High Point on Thursday.

Loyola Marymount won the consolation game, 89-56, over Western Michigan.

Seattle Times Husky Classic All-Tournament Team
Karen Deurloo (Western Michigan)
Nadine Morgan (James Madison)
Kate Murray (Loyola Marymount)
LeAnn Sheets (Washington)
Megan Franza (Washington)

Most Valuable Player - Giuliana Mendiola (Washington)

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