Bruins Drop Pac-10 Opener

Jan. 4, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's Gioconda Mendiola scored a career-high 10 points in leading the Huskies to a 73-54 victory over the UCLA Bruins in the Pac-10 opener Thursday night.

Mendiola came off the bench to hit 4-of-5 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. She was the only Husky player to reach double-figures in scoring, but all 13 Washington players had at least two points.

Washington (8-3, 1-0 Pac-10) is off to its best start since opening the 1997-98 season 10-0. The Huskies' eight wins match their total from last season when they went 8-22.

The Bruins (1-11, 0-1) have not won a game since beating Long Beach State on Dec. 10, losing five in a row.

UCLA's Michelle Greco led all scorers with 19 points, but her shooting touch arrived late. Greco entered the game with a conference-leading scoring average of 18.7, but was did not score in the first half. She missed her first eight field goal attempts.

Kristee Porter added 12 for the Bruins, and Malika Leatham had 10.

Greco's 3-pointer with 16 minutes left in the game, cut the Husky lead to 42-29, but the Bruins could not get any closer.

Mendiola gave Washington its largest lead of the game when her 3-pointer made the score 64-36 with 5:50 to play.

Washington (7-3) led 18-13 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half before going on a 13-0 run that increased the Husky advantage to 18 points. UCLA went scoreless for 9:18 before Leatham ended the drought with a free throw to make the score 31-14.

Washington turned the ball over 13 times in the first half, but built an early lead because of the Bruins' poor shooting. UCLA shot 24 percent in the half, and made only four of its first 22 shots from the field.

The Huskies led 35-18 at halftime.

UCLA travels to Washington State Saturday night.

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