Huskies Trounce UCLA, 68-48, To Post Sweep In Los Angeles

Feb. 3, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Junior captain Loree Payne scored 20 points and theWashington women's basketball team won at UCLA for the first time since 1997as the Huskies trounced the Bruins, 68-48, in front of 922 fans in Pac-10Conference action at Pauley Pavilion Sunday morning.

Washington, which won its third straight road game, improves to 13-8 overalland 8-4 in the Pac-10. The victory capped a weekend that saw the Huskiespost a sweep in Los Angeles for the first time since 1996. UCLA drops to6-15, 3-10.

Nine Huskies reached double figure scoring in the game, led by Payne's 20and followed by 12 from Giuliana Mendiola and 10 from Emily Autrey. All ofAutrey's points came from the free throw line as the Huskies hit 19 of hittheir 21 free throws in the second half to preserve the win.

Payne hit two of her four three pointers in the first four minutes of thegame as Washington jumped out to a quick start, leading 19-6 at the 13:17mark. The Huskies led by as many 20 in the first period, up 28-8, after aKellie O'Neill layup at 9:15.

In all, Washington hit five three pointers in the first seven minutes of thegame. Along with Payne's two, Giuliana Mendiola, Kellie O'Neill and KristenO'Neill each added one in the run.

UCLA crept back in though with a 14-2 run, fueled by a pair of field goalsand four free throws from Krystle Johnson, to cut the deficit to singledigits, 31-22, at 1:52. But another three pointer and field goal by Paynebumped it back up and the Huskies took a 14-point lead, 36-22, at the break.

Washington went cold from the field in the start of the second half hittingonly free throws until Payne sank a basket at 12:26 to make it 45-30. TheBruins cut it to nine points, 45-36, at 10:05, but Payne hit her fourththree pointer of the game to move Washington's lead back up to 12, 48-36, at8:51. UCLA got back within nine after another pair of Johnson free throws,but it was all Washington after that as the Huskies sank their free throwsand the Bruins managed just two more field goals down the stretch. \

'We talked about how important it was to make a run in February,' said UWcoach June Daugherty. 'This was exactly the outcome we were looking for. Wewere more physical than we have been. We played at a different level than wehave been. We also worked hard to share the basketball. We started hot andresponded well when UCLA got close.

Washington returns home to host Arizona Feb.7 and Arizona State Feb. 9. TheASU game features the annual UW Alumni game at 10 a.m. that morning.

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