Huskies Downright Defensive in 82-64 Exhibition Win

Nov. 10, 2002

BANK OF AMERICA ARENA - All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola scored 23 points and added six rebounds and five assists Sunday, leading Washington women's basketball to an 82-64 exhibition win over Bay Area Pro-Am before 2,356 fans at Bank of America Arena.

Mendiola was one of four Huskies in double-digits, with junior Andrea Lalum adding 16, senior Loree Payne scoring 14, and senior Emily Autrey contributing 11. Forward Melanie Turner led all Pro-Am players with 23 points. Turner and teammate Krista Knapp (20 pts) accounted for 67 percent of Bay Area's scoring.

Mendiola, an All-Pac-10 first-team selection in 2001-02, sparked the Huskies with 11 points in the first five minutes of play, including a trio of three-pointers. Despite managing just five offensive rebounds before halftime, Washington rode a 41.7 percent shooting percentage - including 5-for-5 shooting by Mendiola - to a 41-32 halftime lead.

The Huskies opened the second half on a similar roll, extending their lead to11, at 64-53, with 8:42 to play. Bay Area Pro-Am rallied, however, for 10 points in the next 3:18 - six from guard Renee Robinson - to cut the deficit to three, at 66-63, with 5:24 to go.

The Husky defense then slammed the door shut, holding Bay Area without a field goal for the final five minutes of the game while igniting a 16-1 run that provided the final score.

'We're very encouraged by a lot of things we saw,' said seventh-year head coach June Daugherty. 'We felt like we were able to rotate quite a few players and mix up our defenses. This was a good test for us. We still need to improve in certain areas, but overall we were pleased with what we saw.'

While both halves were won by Washington by an identical 41-32 score, the Huskies were a different team in the second stanza, tallying 12 offensive rebounds, to just five in the first half. For the game, Washington picked up 55 total rebounds, including 34 after the half. Ten of 11 Husky players pulled down at least two rebounds each, including seven players with more than five.

Washington will open the 2002-03 regular season with road games at Boise State (Nov. 22) and Texas Tech (Nov. 24) before returning to Bank of America Arena for the Seattle Times Husky Classic, Nov. 29-30.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. Bay Area Pro-Am
Nov. 10, 2002
Bank of America Arena

Points: UW 82 (Giu. Mendiola 23), BA 64 (Turner 23). Rebounds: UW 55 (Payne 8), BA 44 (Knapp 7). Assists: UW 23 (Giu. Mendiola 5), BA 14 (Robinson 5). Steals: UW 11 (Giu. Mendiola 3), BA 8 (Dunbar 3). Blocks: UW 5 (Autrey, Burt 2), BA 0. Turnovers: UW 17 (Payne 4), BA 17 (Turner, Gruening 4). Fouls: ,UW 14 (Keeler 4), BA 18 (Huff, Robinson, Turner 3).
Fouled Out:UW - none, BA - none.
Technicals: None.
Officials: Darren Krzesnik, Jay Schumaker, Shawn Cather.

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