Women's Basketball Falls at San Francisco, 72-68

Dec. 2, 2001

San Francisco, Calif. - San Francisco made four free throws and grabbed two offensive rebounds in the final 16 seconds to knock off the Washington women's basketball team, 72-68, in non-conference action at Memorial Gym Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies, who defeated Saint Mary's Friday night, split the West Coast Conference road trip and fall to 4-3 on the season. USF won its second in a row to improve to 2-3. It was the first meeting between the teams since 1985.

Andrea Lalum scored 14 second half points and finished with 17 to lead Washington and Loree Payne and Kristen O'Neill each added 12 points. Carey Sauer, from Newport High School in Newport, Wash., led the Dons with 14 points on 4-of-5 from the field.

For the second straight game, Washington slogged through a sloppy first half, committing 19 turnovers - two short of its season-high for a game - and trailing by 10, 33-23, at the break.

Sophomore Andrea Lalum and junior Emily Autrey got Washington rolling in the second half, scoring 20 of the Huskies' first 22 points to open the second period. Lalum hit a pair of three pointers in that stretch and her second tied it at 45-45 at the 12:56 mark. The Huskies used a 13-0 run in that stretch to take their largest lead of the night, 50-45, at 11:37.

A falling three pointer by USF's Alicia Hernandez as the shot clock expired put the Dons back up by five, 63-58, with 2:18 remaining. Husky freshman Kristen O'Neill quickly answered with her second three pointer of the game, to cut the deficit back to two points, 63-61, at 1:57. Payne added a layup, drew the foul and made her free throw to close it to two again, 66-64, with one minute remaining, but it was all USF after that.

'Credit San Francisco and Mary Hile for having her team ready and playing a super game,' said Husky head coach June Daugherty. 'They kept scrapping. We didn't play up to our potential and credit San Francisco's defense and intensity. She had them believing. All those turnovers were a credit to their defense. We were not strong with the basketball. We were sloppy and they took advantage.'

Washington returns home to host the Pac-10/Big 10 Challenge next weekend. The Huskies host Indiana at 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 and then will face Michigan at 3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9. Washington State will play Michigan in the first game Friday night, followed by a 1 p.m. game versus Indiana Sunday. All games will be played at Bank of America Arena in Seattle.

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