No. 25 Washington Stomps Washington State, 73- 49

March 1, 2003

SEATTLE (AP) - Giuliana Mendiola scored 20 points and had five steals as No.25 Washington defeated Washington State 73-49 Saturday.

The Huskies (21-6, 13-5 Pac-10) opened the game on an 11-0 run. During thatspan, the Cougars (2-25, 1-17 Pac-10) committed four turnovers and missed threeshots. The Huskies later led 26-9 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Loree Payne andCheryl Sorenson.

Washington State went almost seven minutes without a field goal and finishedwith more turnovers (18) than first-half points (17).

Bianca McCall led the Cougars with 20 points and Candace Fields added 13.Washington State shot a dismal 23 percent on 4-of-17 shooting in the first halfand 32 percent for the game.

Andrea Lalum added 13 points and Emily Autrey had 12 points and threesteals. Washington set a season-high with 24 steals.

Washington finished the season 14-0 at home, their best such mark since the1988-89 season, which had 13 straight home wins.

The Huskies will be the second seed in the Pac-10 tournament, which beginsMarch 7 in San Jose.

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