UW Rewrites Tournament Record Books In 105-48 Win

Nov. 29, 2002

SEATTLE - Prolific offense and suffocating defense combined to produce one of the most overwhelming wins in Husky women's basketball history, as Washington downed Saint Bonaventure, 105-48, in the first round of the Seattle Times Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Friday.

The Huskies' 57-point margin of victory was a tournament record, one of six set or tied by Washington in the game. The team's 105 points were the eighth-most in school history, and most since Nov. 26, 1993, sparked by a Pac-10 record-tying 16 three-pointers.

Senior All-America candidate Loree Payne led four Huskies in double-digits with 16 points on seven-of-14 shooting, while junior point guard Giuliana Mendiola added 14 points and seven assists. Sophomore Caitlin Crist led all Saint Bonaventure players in scoring with 11 points.

The Bonnies stayed close at the start, with a three-pointer by Becky Valenti to pull within two, 11-9, just over four minutes into the game. The Huskies took over, however, using 14 first-half points from Payne to spark a 34-12 run that provided a 28-point cushion, 51-23, at the half.

Little changed for Washington in the second half, as the Huskies forced the Bonnies into 31 turnovers, while committing just nine of their own, equaling the all-time tournament low. Sophomore center Sarah Keeler provided the Pac-10 record-tying three - just the second three of her career - at the 4:41 mark of the second half, sending the 2,702 fans at Bank of America Arena into a frenzy.

'We were unselfish as a team and moved the basketball,' said head coach June Daugherty, whose team scored 100 points for the first time in her seven-year tenure at Washington. 'People were moving really well off the ball, popping out well on screens and giving us time to take shots.'

In the win, the Huskies also set tournament single-game records for three-pointers made (16), three-point percentage (.571, 16 of 28) and assists (30), and tied records for field goals made (43) and fewest turnovers (nine).

Washington will face Kentucky (2-0, 0-0) in the tournament's championship game, Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Wildcats advanced to the title game with an impressive 77-61 win over the University of the Pacific in the tournament opener Friday. Pacific (0-3, 0-0) will meet Saint Bonaventure (3-1, 0-0) in the consolation game at 5 p.m.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. Saint Bonaventure
Nov. 29, 2002
Bank of America Arena
Attendance: 2,702

Points: UW 105 (Payne 16), STB 54 (Crist 11). Rebounds: UW 32 (Lalum 7), STB 39 (Mattingly 7). Assists: UW 30 (Giu. Mendiola 7), STB 7 (Seven players with 1). Steals: UW 15 (O'Neill 4), STB 5 (Five players with 1). Blocks: UW 5 (Keeler 2), STB 3 (Vyborny, Crist, Valenti). Turnovers: UW 9 (Sorenson 4), STB 31 (Haywood 6). Fouls: UW 22 (Keeler 5), STB 12 (Crist, Maurer, Kadlecova 3).
Fouled Out: UW - Keeler, STB - none.
Technicals: None.
Officials: Mary Whatford, Rick Showers, Catherine Cornell

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