Women's Basketball Hosts No. 23 ASU at 2 p.m. Saturday

Feb. 9, 2001

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Game 21
Washington Huskies (14-6, 7-3)
vs.

No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils
(16-6, 8-2)
2 p.m., Sat., Feb. 10*
Bank of America Arena (10,000)
Seattle, Wash.

* Televised by Fox Sports NW, delayed, shown Feb. 11 at 11 a.m.

This Week:
The Washington women's basketball team (14-6, 7-3) seeks to knockoff its second straight ranked opponent when it hosts No. 23 Arizona State(16-6, 8-2) at 2 p.m., Sat., Feb. 10 at Bank of America Arena. The will betelevised by Fox Sports Northwest, on a delayed basis, and is set to airFeb. 11 at 11 a.m. Tod Pickett and former Husky Elise Woodward will call theaction. The game can also be heard on the radio at KKOL 1300 am.

The Huskies, tied for second place in the Pac-10 with Stanford, arecoming off an explosive offensive performance as they knocked off No. 22Arizona, 98-88, Thursday night. The Huskies set a Pac-10 record by hitting16 three point baskets en route to their highest point total of the year.The Sun Devils, who lead the Pac-10, escaped Pullman with a 74-72 win overthe Cougars when Melody Johnson hit the game-winner with 5.7 secondsremaining in the game. A Washington victory in this match-up would put theHuskies in a tie for first place with ASU.

The Huskies entered the weekend series fresh off a decisive victory atWashington State in which they pounded the Cougars, 91-71, last Saturday.Four of five starters reached double figure scoring at WSU, led by MeganFranza's 15 points, while Giuliana Mendiola, Loree Payne and Franza eachconnected on three long range baskets in the game. Franza continues to leadthe Huskies, with 15.3 points per game, followed by Mendiola and Payne, bothat 10.8 per game. Seven of the 10 players in the game against Arizona hit athree point shot.

Arizona State entered the weekend in sole possession of the top stop inthe Pac-10 by also sweeping the Oregon schools in Tempe last weekend. TheSun Devils, who surpassed their win total from last year and moved into theAssociated Press Top 25 for the first time since 1992, have now won seven ina row. Their last loss came at the hands of Washington, a 66-62 setback inTempe, Jan. 11. They are led by a trio of players averaging double figures,starting with Amanda Levens at 14.5 points per game, and followed by MelodyJohnson (14.2) and Betsy Boardman (10.9). Fifth-year coach Charli TurnerThorne was a graduate assistant at Washington from 1989-90.

The Coaches
Washington

June Daugherty (Ohio St. �78)
Record at UW: 73-62 (5th yr.)
Career record: 196-136 (12th yr.)
Arizona State
Charli Turner Thorne (Stanford �88)
Record at ASU: 71-72 (5th yr.)
Career: 101-112 (8th yr.)

Series Notes
Washington leads the series with ASU, 21-10, and holds a current one-gamewin streak in the series ... the Huskies won, 66-62, in the first meetingin Tempe, Jan. 11.

Thursday Night
Washington defeated No. 22 Arizona, 98-88, in Seattle ... No. 23 ASU won atWashington State, 74-72.

Huskies on Radio
All UW games air live on KKOL 1300 AM radio. Steve Sandmeyer calls theaction. Games can also be heard live on the internet at:http:www.broadcast.com/sports/ncaa/washington

Recent Results:
UW won at Washington State, 91-71 ... Arizona swept at home,beating No. 22 Oregon, 88-76, and OSU, 83-73 ... ASU swept at home, beatingOSU, 58-51, and No. 22 Oregon, 73-63.

Thursday night
Washington 98, No. 22 Arizona 88 - Megan Franza scored 26 points and hitfour of Washington's Pac-10 record 16 3-pointers in a 98-88 win over No. 22Arizona on Thursday night.

Guiliana Mendiola scored 15, Loree Payne added 14 and Kellie O'Neillhad 10 for the Huskies (14-6, 7-3), who had a season high in points.Washington has won four of five games and its first over a ranked opponentthis season.

Elizabeth Pickney led Arizona (16-6, 6-4) with a career-high 29 points.LaKeisha Taylor added 18 points, Reshea Bristol had 17 and Aimee Grzyb 13.

Mendiola's 3-pointer gave the Huskies a 50-30 lead with three minutesto play in the first half.

Arizona came back and closed the Washington lead to 70-67 with 11:50 toplay in the game, but couldn't get any closer.

Dawgbite:
Seven Huskies connected on at least one three point againstArizona ... Megan Franza and Giuliana each hit four and Loree Payne sankthree from long range Kellie O'Neill had two and starting center AndreaLalum hit one, as did Jill Pimley and Cheryl Sorenson.

UW - Arizona Game Notes
Washington set a Pac-10 record with 16 three-pointers (16-29). The previousrecord was 14 set by three teams. (Stanford vs. Washington State, Feb. 22,1996, Washington State vs. Gonzaga, Dec. 18, 1998, Washington State vs.Arizona, Jan. 7, 1999).

The previous UW school record for three pointers in a game was 13versus North Carolina State in 1997.

UW's 29 three-point attempts were its third-highest total in schoolhistory, three short of the school record of 32 set earlier this season atArizona.

Washington's win over No. 22 Arizona was its first over a ranked teamthis season. The Huskies were 0-3 versus ranked teams entering the game.

Washington's 98 points were its most of the season and most in aconference game since a 98-75 win over UCLA Jan. 4, 1997. The Huskies haveonly scored more than 98 in a Pac-10 game three times, the last a 104-73 winover USC on Jan. 27, 1989.

The Huskies 98 points against Arizona were its most in series history.

Washington's 55 points were its most at the half this season.

Giuliana Mendiola's four 3-pointers tied a career-high set vs. LoyolaMarymount on Dec. 21, 2000.

Megan Franza's 22 points at the half equaled her career-high one-halfoutput. Only three games ago, Franza also had 22 in the first half, atCalifornia, Jan. 27, 2001. She finished that game with 30 points.

Over the past three games Franza has averaged 23.7 points and has hit13 of her last 23 (.565) 3-pointers. In the previous 17 games Franza wasjust 26-for-113 (.230) beyond the arc.

Washington's win tonight pushes its record against Arizona in Seattleto 14-1 all-time, the only loss on Jan. 15, 2000. The Huskies are undeaftedin Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Arizona's Elizabeth Pickney scored 29 points on 13 of 23 shooting fromthe field. It was her career high and also moved her up to 10th on Arizona'sall-time list for points in a career with 994.

Erickson Out for the Year:
Senior forward Melissa Erickson (Littleton,Colo.) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee at California,Jan. 27, and is out for the remainder of the year. She had an MRI Jan. 31to determine the extent of the injury and proceeded with surgery, Feb. 5.Erickson, who had played in 18 games this season, concludes her collegiatecareer having played in 92 games over four years for the Huskies. She had acareer scoring mark of 2.46 points per game.Erickson, who started nine gamesas a junior, had career-bests of 13 points, at Hawaii, and 10 rebounds atArizona, both last season

She will graduate in June, with a degree in sociology, and plans topursue a career in coaching basketball.

Coaches Corner:
All three coaches this week -- June Daugherty, JoanBonvicini and Charli Turner Thorne -- reached milestone victories lastSaturday. UA's Bonvicini leads the way, earning career win No. 500 againstOregon State, June Daugherty tallied career win No. 195 at WSU and ASU'sCharli Turner Thorne posted career win No. 100 against the Ducks.

Some Pac-10 Notes:
Washington continues to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding,at 43.7 boards per game, after posting a four-rebound advantage against theWildcats ... ASU leads in rebounding defense, holding opponents to 33.2boards per game ... Washington is third in scoring (72.8) ... ASU leads inscoring defense, holding opponents to 59.5 ppg ... Megan Franza is fourth inscoring, in fifth at 15.2, followed by ASU's Amanda Levens in sixth at 14.6.

UW Against Ranked Teams:
Washington recorded its first win over a Top 25team this season when it knocked off 22nd-ranked Arizona, 98-88, Thursdaynight in Seattle. Washington was 0-3 against opponents ranked in theAssociated Press Top 25 this season. The first loss came at the hands of No.1 Connecticut (100-54) back on Nov. 24. The second was at No. 22 Arizona,88-72, and then to No. 18 Oregon, 67-53.

Though the Huskies have faced just three ranked teams this season,their schedule has not been light. In the Feb. 5 RPI rankings, Washington'sschedule is listed as No. 25 in the country, in strength of schedule. It wasas high as No. 2 earlier in the year.Looking Back: Washington has engineered a dramatic turnaround from lastseason, when the Huskies played their home games in downtown Seattle, werecontinually plagued by injuries and lacked a senior class. After 20 gameslast season, Washington had a record of 6-14 ... this year, the Huskies are14-6 ... they were 3-7 after the first nine Pac-10 games in 2000 ... thisyear they are 7-3 and in second place in the Pac-10 as they begin the secondround of play.

Huskies Hit High Field Goal Mark:
Washington hit a season-high in fieldgoal percentage for the second game in a row when it connected on 52 percent(33-64) of its shots against No. 22 Arizona Thursday night ... that markincluded a sizzling 58 percent (21-36) in the first half, buoyed by 11-of-19shots (58%) from three point range ... last week at Washington State, theHuskies hit 50 percent from the field (33-66) for its highest mark to thatpoint in the year ... the previous high was 47 percent (28-59) in the secondgame of the season at Michigan ... UW's individual leader is freshman AndreaLalum, who is hitting 46 percent (65-140) from the field.

Balanced Attack Continues:
Washington's 98 points versus Arizona was aseason high, coming only one game after it had matched its previous mark of91 at WSU ... the Huskies also scored 91 points in a triple overtime gameversus USC, Jan. 4 ... nine Huskies in the game scored against the Wildcats,led by four Huskies in double figures ... at WSU 10 of the 12 Huskies in thegame against the Cougars contributed in the scoring column ... Washington'sPac-10 record 16 three pointers also came after the Huskies connected on 12at WSU .... The previous mark was 10 at Arizona, Jan. 13. ...

Dawgbite:
Washington's 98 points againts Arizona marked the 11th time aJune Daugherty-coached Husky team has topped the 90-point barrier, includingtwice earlier this season when they scored 91 points at WSU and matched theeffort in a triple overtime game against USC. The Huskies topped the barrieronce last year, nearly reaching the century mark with 99 points againstIdaho. Two years prior, in 1998-99, the high-scoring Huskies scored 90 ormore points four times. The Washington school record for points in a game is114 versus Weber State in 1985.

The Series with Arizona State
Overall: Washington leads, 21-10 Current streak: Washington has won 1game
Last six games: UW, 4-2
Last year: Split, UW won, 78-76, in Seattle and ASU won, 74-53, in Tempe
Longest UW streak in series: 11 games Longest ASU streak: 3 games
Last ASU win in Seattle: Feb. 3, 1996 (81-77) June Daugherty vs. ASU: 6-3

First Meeting This Season
Jan. 11, 2001 UW 66, at ASU 62 � Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola scored 15points and pulled down seven rebounds, including 10 points in the secondhalf, to lead the Huskies to a 66-62 victory over Arizona State.

For the Huskies, the victory snapped a three-game losing streak inTempe and was the first win in the state of Arizona since 1997.

The two teams battled to a 24-24 tie at the half with the Sun Devilsoutshooting the Huskies by a slim 34.5 to 32.1 percent margin andoutrebounding UW 24-16. In the second half, however, the Huskies slowlybuilt a lead, taking a 46-36 edge with 48-38 to play when Mendiola completeda layup with 9:27 to play. Washington took a 58-44 lead with a layup by JillPimley with 4:33 to play, holding ASU to just one field goal in over 10minutes.

The Sun Devils charged back into the game, however, with a 17-3 runthat began when Natalie Tucker hit a three-pointer with 4:16 left to play.Junior Cian Carvalho made a layup to put the Sun Devils within three points,62-59, with 41 seconds to play. Arizona State would get within three pointstwo more times over the final seconds of the game, but Washington knockeddown 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Johnson led the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds, including eightpoints over the final two minutes of the game. For Washington, Megan Franzaand Pimley each reached double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Dawgbite:
Washington, tied for second place after the first round ofconference play, was picked to finish sixth in a preseason vote of Pac-10coaches. The Huskies were picked seventh in the media poll.

Look at Lalum:
Freshman center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) moved into thestarting lineup six games ago, for the Oregon/Oregon State series, and hasresponded well to the move. She is averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds inPac-10 game so far, topped by a career-best 19 points at Stanford. Inaddition, her field goal percentage has been stellar in Pac-10 games, at ateam-high .541 from the field in nine conference games, a mark that isfourth in the conference. She has scored in double figures in four of thelast five games. Lalum, who is part Native American, posted her seconddouble-double of the year when she had 12 points and 11 rebounds againstOregon State.

Lalum, who grew an inch last year up to 6-foot-4, is a versatile playerwho provides the Huskies with a physical inside presence but has alsoconnected on 13 three-point shots this year. She was 3-for-3 from behind thearc as a part of her 19-point effort at Stanford.

She blocked four shots against St. Mary's Dec. 17, the highest singlegame mark by a Husky player since Amber Hall swatted four away at Texas,Dec. 2, 1996. Hall, then a junior, went on to finish her career asWashington's career-leading rebounder (1,003 rebounds, 1996-99).

Lalum has now started seven games in her freshman year.

Senior Strength:
Husky coach June Daugherty continually points to thesix-player senior class as a major reason for UW's hot start this year,crediting the group with strong leadership in practice and during games.Senior captains Megan Franza and Jill Pimley headline the group. Franza hasbeen a constant in the starting lineup since her freshman year and is aleader on the court. Pimley is in her second season as a team captain and isa vocal leader whether she is playing or on the bench. LeAnn Sheets, who hasstruggled with injuries throughout her career, is healthy and gives theHuskies a veteran presence in the post. Melissa Erickson, until she injuredher knee Jan. 27, brought experience off the bench, giving the Huskies addedheight inside. Sarah Duncan was named Most Inspirational last season andcontinues to fill that role this year. Carli Halpenny rounds out the group.A redshirt junior, she has opted to graduate this year in order to spend thespring quarter studying in Italy. The move puts her back in the class sheentered with in 1997 and strengths the leadership the six-player groupprovides.

Washington had no seniors on its roster last season when it posted an8-22 record.

Healthy Huskies:
While crediting the senior class with leading the Huskies,coach Daugherty also points to a healthy lineup as cause for celebration.Washington's frontline was beset by injuries last season, causing Daughertyto constantly shuffle her lineup. No less than five different players wereon the bench with injuries at one point or another last year. LeAnn Sheetsmissed the first eight games of the season after foot surgery. CherylSorenson ended up redshirting after a torn ACL in preseason. MelissaErickson was hampered by a sore shoulder during the non-conference portionof the schedule. Carli Halpenny was limited by a stress reaction in her hipand was initially declared out for the season and Kellie O'Neill had apremature end to her freshman year after suffering a severe ankle sprainmidway through the season.

Sheets suffered a sprained ankle at Boise State this year, causing herto miss the next two games, but she has returned to full strength. Inaddition, Loree Payne returned after missing the first six games with astress fracture in her foot. She posted a season-best 21 points against USC,Jan. 7.

The healthy lineup has given the Huskies increased depth this season, afactor that was particularly evident in the triple overtime win against USCJan. 7. The Trojans had four key players foul out while the Huskies wereable to constantly rotate fresh players in the game.

Megan on the Move:
Senior guard Megan Franza had one of the finestperformances of her career at California, Jan. 27. The left-handed guard>from Leavenworth, Wash., exploded for a season-high 30 points on 11-of-17>from the field. She tallied 22 points by halftime and finished the nightwith a school-record tying six three point baskets to go along with fourassists, three steals and a block. Here are a few notes on what Franza isdoing in her final season as a Husky:

  • Matched the 22-point first half effort from Cal, against No. 22 Arizona,Feb. 8
  • Leading scorer against Arizona, the ninth time she has led UW in scoringthis year
  • Season-high 30 points at California, Jan. 27
  • Third career performance of 30 or more points (35 vs. Idaho, 12/18/99, 33vs. Stanford, 1/27/00)
  • Tied her own school record with six three pointers at Cal (shares recordwith two others) ... she and Jamie Redd (1996-99) both hit six twice
  • Started 105 of last 107 games ... last time not starting was Nov. 15,1998, vs. Iowa sophomore year
  • Reached double figure scoring in 41 of last 47 games ... has led UW inscoring last two seasons
  • Team captain

Franza on the UW Career Charts

  • No. 8 on UW career scoring chart with 1,402 points ... with nine points atStanford Jan. 25, she passed former teammate Amber Hall (1,330) ... needs106 points to move to No. 7 (1,508)
  • Career scoring average of 13.0 points per game
  • No. 8 on career field goals made chart (529) ... No. 5 on field goalattempts chart. (1,365)
  • No. 2 on UW career three point field goals made chart (178 made) ... needs14 to pass all-time leader Jamie Redd (192)
  • No. 2 on career three point attempts list with 622 ... again trails Redd(675) ... Franza equalled her career high attempts with 13 versus Nebraskathis season (Dec. 6)
  • A first team All-Pac-10 selection last year, Franza became the 16th Huskyto top the 1,000-point barrier and only the eighth player to pass the markas a junior.

Franza on the Pac-10 Conference Career Charts

  • Points - with 1,402 points, Franza needs 99 to tie No. 25 (1,501, ArianneBoyer, UO, 1994-97)
  • Field goals made - with 1,360 fgm, Franza needs 62 to tie No. 10 (747,Rehema Stephens, UCLA, 1989-92)

Chart Topper:
Megan Franza's game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds on the clockagainst Oregon State (Jan. 20), capped a 28-point performance for the seniorguard. That was followed by her 30-point performance two games later atCaliforinia. Here is a look at Franza's top seven scoring marks:
35 � vs. Idaho, Dec. 18, 1999
33 � vs. No. 24 Stanford, Jan. 27, 2000
30 � at California, Jan. 27, 2001
28 � vs. Oregon State, Jan. 20, 2001
27 � at Colorado State, Dec. 29, 1999
26 � at Nebraska, Dec. 6, 1999
26 - vs. No. 22 Arizona, Feb. 8, 2001

And Finally:
Last year, with a scoring average of 17.2 ppg, Franza led thePac-10 in scoring until the final two weeks of the season, while freshmanteammate Loree Payne finished fourth with 17.4 points per game. Togetherthey formed the highest scoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history.

With the graduation of Maylana Martin (UCLA) and the redshirt seasonfor Oregon's injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza entered the 2000-01season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.

Dawgbite:
The victory at Washington State gave fifth-year Husky coach JuneDaugherty career win No. 195 ... when Washington defeated Oregon State Jan.20, it gave Daugherty victory No. 70 in her tenure at Washington ... sheenters the ASU game with a five-year mark of 73-61 and a 12-year careerrecord of 196-135 ... her win total is third among seven Husky coaches overthe years.

On the Rebound:
Washington's rebounding efforts have improved tremendously>from last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, theHuskies have a margin of +4.8 over opponents this season, a mark that ledthe Pac-10 until the Huskies were outrebouned at Stanford and Cal.Washington has outrebounded all but six opponents this season (UConn, St.Mary's, ASU, Oregon, Stanford, Cal). The team is averaging 43.7 rpg, secondin the Pac-10, after 20 games. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola is currently theleading rebounder at 6.4 boards per game. LeAnn Sheets follows at 6.0 andKellie O'Neill is at 5.4 rebounds per game.

Pizza Time!:
Washington's defensive efforts have been stellar so far thisseason and it's not just the Huskies who are reaping the benefits. WhenWashington wins at home and holds its opponent under 55 points, every fan inBank of America Arena can redeem their ticket stub for a free small pizza atPapa John's Pizza. It's become a rally cry for the home crowd and so far,the fans have cashed in twice, against UCLA (54) Jan. 4 and against LoyolaMarymount (52) on Dec. 21. They just missed against James Madison when theDukes tallied 56 points. Overall, the Huskies are holding opponents to 66.7points per game this season.

Mendiola Magic:
Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola is off to a great start inher first season as a Husky. Here are a few highlights from the year:

  • Leads UW in rebounding (6.4) and assists (3.9)
  • Second-leading scorer at 10.8 points per game
  • No. 6 rebounder in the Pac-10
  • Seattle Times Classic MVP ... 37 points, 15 rebounds, three turnovers intwo games
  • Four double-doubles this season
  • Assist to turnover ratio is 1.4 ... fourth-best in the Pac-10
  • Has started 18-20 games
  • Plays point guard and either wing position
  • A few more notes ... the younger sister of teammate Gioconda ... takescare of the ball well, with only one turnover in her first college game, atIndiana, none at Boise State and none against Loyola Marymount ... eightassists versus UCLA ... In the triple OT win over USC, had 12 points, 10rebounds, six assists and only two turnovers in 41 minutes of action ... washeld scoreless at California, for, in her own memory 'probably the firsttime ever.'

Mendiola, who scored 3,069 points during her prep career, is in the top10 in five different Pac-10 statistical categories. Here is a look at whereshe ranks on each Pac-10 list:
rank category statistics
No. 4 assist/turnover ratio 1.42
No. 4 assists 3.95 apg
No. 5 defensive rebounds 4.11
No. 6 rebounding 6.4 rpg
No. 10 3 pt. FG made 25 (1.32 pg)
No. 20 scoring 10.8 ppg

More Magic:
Freshman guard Gioconda Mendiola, older sister to Giuliana, hada career high when she posted a team-leading 10 points against UCLA Jan. 4.Mendiola had only scored in two of the nine games in which she had played tothat point in the season. Her previous high was five points against JamesMadison.

Mendiola graduated from high school in June, 1999 and then remained athome in California for a year before starting school. She and younger sisterGiuliana wanted to start college at the same time, so that they could playfour years together.

Payne Returns to Action:
Sophomore guard Loree Payne has returned to theform Husky fans are used to. UW's leading scorer as a freshman last season(17.4 ppg), Payne missed the first six games after being sidelined by astress fracture in her left foot. The sophomore guard, who was on thegold-medal winning USA Basketball Jones Cup team this summer, is back in thestarting lineup and bumped her scoring average into double figures for thefirst time this year after tallying 29 points, including seven threepointers, in the Oregon series two weeks ago. She followed that by shakingoff a 2-for-10 performance by hitting the winning three point basket with:58 seconds remaining in the game at California. Payne has scored in doublefigures in six of the last seven games.

Injury Update:
Gioconda Mendiola had surgery Feb. 1 to repair a sprainedthumb on her right hand. She did not play at WSU and will not play thisweekend.

Loree Payne missed the first six game with a stress fracture in herleft foot but returned Dec. 21. LeAnn Sheets suffered a left ankle sprain atBoise State and missed the Nebraska and Oklahoma State games. Sarah Keelerhad a minor meniscus tear in December and is redshirting this season.

Huskies in Overtime:
The triple overtime game against USC Jan. 7 wasWashington's second extra period contest this season. The Huskies opened theyear with a 77-74 loss at the buzzer in one overtime period at Indiana. Thetriple overtime game against USC was the first in UW school history.Washington's all-time record in overtime is 8-9 since 1976.

So Far, So Good:
Washington wrapped up the non-conference portion of itsschedule with a mark of 7-3, its best non-league record since 1997-98 whenit was 9-0. Included in that record is a 3-1 mark on the road. The onlythree non-conference losses of the season came in overtime at the buzzer atIndiana, at the hands of No. 1 Connecticut and a two-point loss to a 10-1Colorado State team. The third straight road win, at Oklahoma State Dec. 3,equalled UW's mark from all of last season. The wins have been impressive,beginning with a 73-60 thumping of a Michigan team that had knocked offLouisiana Tech two nights earlier. The Huskies rebounded from the UConn lossby cruising past Boise State, 87-67, and followed with the win at OSU andits first home victory in the new arena, against Nebraska. The Huskiescurrently have a home mark of 6-3. Helping the cause this year has beenincreased scoring from the bench and a versatile rotation that is nearlythree deep at every position.

Last Week
UW 91, at WSU 71� Megan Franza scored 15 points to lead a contingent of fourWashington players that scored in double figures as the Huskies defeatedWashington State, 91-71, at Friel Court.

WSU's Sarah Barrett scored a game-high 17 points to also lead a groupof four Cougar players that scored in double figures. However, poor firsthalf shooting plagued WSU and set a deficit that the Cougars could notovercome.

WSU converted 8-of-35 shots (22.9 percent) from the field in the firsthalf compared to a 16-of-32 effort from the floor for Washington. TheCougars rebounded in the second half but ended the game shooting 26-of-70(.371) from the field compared to the Huskies' 50 percent effort for thegame (33-of-66).

The Huskies, who never trailed in the contest, jumped out to 9-3 leadin the opening four minutes of the game. WSU went on a 5-0 run to cut thelead to 9-8 at the 14:48 mark of the half but then went ice-cold while theHuskies heated up. WSU would score 15 points for the rest of the half as theCougars made five field goals in that stretch. The Huskies took advantage ofthe Cougars' cold spell, scoring 39 points in that 14:48 period to take a25-point halftime lead.

Along with Franza's 15, Loree Payne and Andrea Lalum added 14 pointswhile Giuliana Mendiola chipped in 13 for Washington.

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