Women's Hoops Downs North Carolina State 88-78

Dec. 6, 2002

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Led by five players in double-figures, including a career-high 23 points from senior Emily Autrey, Washington women's basketball knocked off host North Carolina State 88-78 in the first round of the GlaxoSmithKline Invitational in Raleigh, N.C., Friday evening.

The Huskies win their fourth-straight and improve to 5-1 overall, while the Wolfpack falls to 2-4 overall. UW will face the winner of tonight's Florida/Houston game in the championship game of the tournament, Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. N.C. State will play in the consolation game of its own tournament tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET.

UW picked up the victory after taking almost two days to get to Raleigh due to an ice storm that hit the area Wednesday night.

'I have been so proud of this ballclub, I don't know when I've been more proud in a long time,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'We had every reason to come out and just not play. We went through almost a 36-hour delay to get here. I am so proud of them. That's the leadership in this program and for these guys to come out and play with the focus they did and as well as they did was amazing.'

Autrey led the way for the Huskies, rattling off a career-high 23 points, which also included a team-high five three-pointers. Autrey ended the night 8-10 from the field, 5-6 from three-point land and 2-2 from the free-throw line.

Two Huskies had double-doubles, as junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola had 20 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while sophomore Sarah Keeler added 11 points and 10 boards. Also in double-figures were senior All-America candidate Loree Payne with 14 and sophomore Kayla Burt with 10. Burt also dished out a team-high seven assists.

Washington went on a 3-point tear in the first half as its first seven buckets of the game were from beyond the arc, with three coming from Payne. The Huskies ended up with 12 treys in the first half, shooting 54.5 percent from three-point range (12-22). Washington ended the game with 15 three-pointers, one shy of its own school and Pac-10 single-game records.

'Our main focus has been getting a good shot, not just an open shot,' Autrey said. 'I was really proud of our team because we played really poised and got a great shot every time. So that's the way we need to keep playing, patiently.'

UW led by as much as 20 points in the second half, until N.C. State went on a late run to get within eight with just over four minutes to play.

Washington outrebounded N.C. State 46-28, including a 23-6 ratio on offensive boards. UW forced 17 turnovers while allowing 14 of their own. The Husky bench, led by Autrey and Keeler, outscored the N.C. State bench 42-2.

'One of our big goals is to keep improving in the rebounding area and when you only give up six offensive boards against an athletic team like N.C. State and for us to haul 23, I'm just thrilled,' Daugherty said. '(Assistant coach) Shimmy (Gray) works so hard in the rebounding area and the kids take it to heart. They know it's an area we've fallen short on and tonight that to me, was the difference in the game.'

N.C. State was led by Carisse Moody (23 points) and Kaayla Chones (20 points). Also in double-figures were Amelia Labador (14) and Terah James (10).

Washington Women's Basketball vs. North Carolina State
Dec. 6, 2002
GlaxoSmithKline Invitational - Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, N.C.
Attendance: 563

Points: WASH 88 (Autrey 23), NC (Moody 23). Rebounds: WASH 46 (Giu. Mendiola 12), NC 28 (Moody, Bell 7). Assists: WASH 25 (Burt 7), NC 20 (Chones 6). Steals: WASH 7 (Mendiola, O'Neill 2), NC 6 (Simpson 2). Blocks: WASH 0, NC 4 (Simpson, Chones 2). Turnovers: WASH 14 (Giu. Mendiola 4), NC 17 (Chones 6). Fouls: WASH 23 (Keeler, Autrey 4), NC 22 (McDowell, Moody 4).Fouled Out: WASH - none, NC State - none.Technicals: None.Officials: William Franklin, June Courteau, Susan Chue

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