Washington vs. Arizona Notes

Jan. 11, 2003

Washington's victory improves its record to 7-0 at home in 2002, and extends its current winning streak to three games, two of which (also at USC, Sun., Jan 5) were won by Washington on a shot in the final seconds.

The Huskies led just twice in the entire game, first at 24-23 with 6:22 to go in the first half, and then again for the final two seconds. In fact, the Huskies led for just :25 seconds of the entire game, while Arizona was in the lead for 37:24. The two teams were tied for a total of 2:36 of game time.

With the win, Washington improves to 16-1 all-time at home vs. the Wildcats. In her seven-year tenure, Husky head coach June Daugherty has swept the Arizona schools at home six times.

Sophomore Kristen O'Neill set career-highs with both 17 points and nine rebounds.

Junior Giuliana Mendiola totaled 14 points, all in the second half.

As Arizona took a 38-27 halftime edge, guards Dee-Dee Wheeler (11 points) and Amy Gryzb (9) combined for 20 points, while Huskies' Giuliana Mendiola (0) and Loree Payne (2) managed just two. In the second half, however, Washington turned the tables, with Mendiola (14) and Payne (6) combining for 20 points, while Wheeler (0) and Gryzb (10) were limited to just 10.

The Huskies won despite their second-lowest point total of the season. The last time Washington won a game when scoring 60 points or less was a 56-55 win vs. Washington State on Feb. 6, 2000. In fact, the Huskies have won just three such games in June Daugherty's seven-year tenure, the remaining game being a 51-37 win at Boise State on Nov. 26, 1997.

The game featured several runs, beginning with a 7-0 Arizona run over the first 1:46 of the contest. After falling behind 19-12, Washington rallied with a 12-2 run in the middle of the half, capped by Kristen O'Neill's three-pointer at 6:22 to give the Huskies a 24-23 lead. The Wildcats, however, closed the half with a 13-2 run of their own to increase their lead to 38-27 at the break. The second half played out similarly, with Washington scoring 17 of the first 25 points to close to 46-44 with 10:19 to go. Arizona extended its lead to as much as five, at 54-49, with 3:26 to go, but Washington scored 11 of the last 16 points to provide the final margiin.

Washington's 12-2 record is its best through 14 games since opening the 1989-90 season at 12-2 as well, before winning 16 straight.

The Huskies' 22 free-throw attempts were their second-highest total of the season. Arizona set a UW opponent season-high with 26 three-point field goal attempts. Arizona's four free throws made and seven free-throw were both season-lows for a UW opponent.

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