Payne's Late Layin Downs Trojans, 80-79, in OT Thriller
Jan. 6, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington's Loree Payne hit a driving layin with 4.8 seconds remaining in overtime tonight to lift the Huskies to an 80-79 victory over the USC Trojans before 3,104 fans at Bank of America Arena.
Payne, who on Friday became just the 17th player in school history with 1,000 career points, shot just four-for-13, but hit the Huskies two biggest shots of the game, one to tie the score at 71-71 at the end of regulation, and the winning basket in overtime.
Down 79-78 with 19.9 seconds remaining, Washington (9-5, 4-1) opted not to use its final timeout and instead fed the ball to Payne, who was fouled on a successful driving layin with 4.8 seconds on the clock. The junior missed the ensuing free throw, but a half-court attempt by USC's Rachel Woodward missed wide as time expired.
'USC's defense really threw us out of our offense tonight,' Payne said. 'I was struggling at the beginning of the game, but June had confidence in me to keep shooting. It helps when your coach and teammates have confidence in you.'
Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans led the Trojans (8-7, 4-2) with 26 points, but was held scoreless after the 7:22 mark in the second half before fouling out with 4.8 seconds remaining.Washington earned a season-high 18 steals and pressured USC into 26 turnovers. Sophomore Giuliana Mendiola was the Huskies' leading scorer with 20, including 13 after halftime.
The game featured 26 lead changes and 17 ties, including an 11-minute span in the middle of the second half in which neither team led by more than two points. The Trojans opened up a six-point lead, 67-61, with 4:16 remaining, but the Huskies forged a 10-4 run to end the half, capped by Payne's leaning 18-footer in the final second of regulation.
Junior Kellie O'Neill followed a pair of free throws by USC's Carmen Krause to open the overtime with a three-pointer from the baseline to give the Huskies a 74-73 lead. The two teams swapped the lead six times over the next three minutes, the last on Payne's layin.
'I am very excited about this win tonight, because it proves that our intensity level has risen,' said sixth-year head coach June Daugherty. 'We are blossoming against tough teams. Everyone played hard at their position, and I am proud of this team for battling so hard.'
The Huskies travel to the desert next week for games at Arizona State (Thurs., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. MST/6 p.m. PST) and Arizona (Sat., Jan. 12, 2 p.m. MST/1 p.m. PST). Saturday's game against the Wildcats will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net.
Washington Women's Basketball vs. USC
Jan. 6, 2002
Bank of America Arena
Points: UW 80 (Giu. Mendiola 20), USC 79 (Hollans 26). Rebounds: UW 32 (Lalum, Burt 6), USC 43 (Hollas 8). Assists: UW 15 (Giu. Mendiola), USC 19 (Cheeks 7). Steals: UW 18 (Kel. O'Neill 4), USC 7 (Hoffman, Hollans 2). Blocks: UW 4 (Lalum 3), USC 3 (Hollans 2). Turnovers: UW 21 (Lalum, Giu. Mendiola, Burt, Payne 4), USC 26 (Hollans 6). Fouls: UW 21 (Lalum, Autrey 4), USC 23 (Cheeks, Hollans 5).
Fouled Out: UW - none, USC - Cheeks, Hollans.
Officials: Melissa Barlow, Bob Scofield, Jennifer Tentor.
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