Women's Basketball Wins Seattle Times Husky Classic Title With 88-56 Win Over Kentucky
Nov. 30, 2002
SEATTLE - Behind 21 points from All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola, Washington's women's basketball team Saturday routed Kentucky, 88-56, to claim the tournament title in the Seattle Times Husky Classic, at Bank of America Arena. Mendiola, a junior, became the first-ever two-time recipient of the tournament's Most Valuable Player award after averaging 17.5 points over two games.
Joining Mendiola on the all-tournament team were senior Loree Payne and junior Andrea Lalum, both instrumental in the team's championship-game win. Payne scored 34 points during the tournament, including 18 in Saturday's clincher over Kentucky. Lalum, meanwhile, also scored 18 in the title game, and totaled 26 points and 12 rebounds over the tournament's two games. Kentucky's Sara Potts, Pacific's Nancy Dinges and Saint Bonaventure's Caitlin Crist each also earned all-tournament team recognition.
The championship was Washington's first in its annual holiday tournament since the 2000-01 season, and 10th in 16 Seattle Times Husky Classics all-time.
'We're definitely excited about winning the game, and especially the tournament,' said seventh-year head coach June Daugherty. 'This was definitely a statement game for us. Giuliana Mendiola, in particular, played a great game and had a lot of energy about her. She really came up with some big steals and stops for us.'
The Huskies (3-1, 0-0) jumped up early on the Wildcats and never looked back, building a 10-1 lead in the first three minutes on the strength of three-pointers from Payne and Lalum. Kentucky (2-1, 0-0) clawed back with an 8-4 run to cut the lead to five at 14-9, but Washington launched an offensive assault, scoring 11 unanswered points over the next three minutes to open up a 25-9 advantage with 9:06 remaining in the half. The Huskies ended the half with another run to hold a 47-26 edge at the break.
A 12-4 Husky run midway through the second half sealed the Wildcats' fate, and sparked the Huskies to several Seattle Times Husky Classic records. In the win, Washington set two-game tournament records for field goals (76), three-point field goals made (26) and attempted (50), three-point percentage (.520, 26 of 50), assists (55) and fewest turnovers (21).
The Huskies led for all 40 minutes of the contest, and did not allow the Wildcats to come closer than 12 points over the last 25 minutes of the game. Kentucky's Shambrica Jones led all Wildcats' scorers with 21 points.
In Saturday's consolation game, Pacific (1-3) defeated Saint Bonaventure (3-2), 61-42, to earn third place in the tournament.
The Huskies will look for their third-consecutive win Monday, when they host Big Ten foe Wisconsin at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.
Washington Women's Basketball vs. Kentucky
Nov. 30, 2002
Bank of America Arena
Points: UW 88 (Giu. Mendiola 21), UK 56 (Jones 21). Rebounds: UW 43 (Keeler, O'Neill 6), UK 37 (Potts 7). Assists: UW 25 (Gio. Mendiola 7), UK 14 (Adams 7). Steals: UW 10 (Burt 4), UK 6 (Adams 3). Blocks: UW 2 (Keeler, Giu. Mendiola), UK 4 (Adams 3). Turnovers: UW 12 (Autrey 3), UK 21 (Jones 5). Fouls: UW 12 (Keeler 3), UK 16 (Humphrey 4).
Fouled Out: UW - none, UK - none.
Officials: Clarke Stevens, Michael Price, Jay Schumaker.