Huskies Defeated In NCAA First Round
March 22, 2003
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. - Tiffany Mor scored 15 points as Wisconsin-Green Baydefeated Washington 78-65 Saturday night to advance to the second round of theNCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
The Phoenix, seeded eighth in the West Regional, won their 12th straightgame. Wisconsin-Green Bay (28-3) has not lost since Jan. 25.
Ninth-seeded Washington (22-8) got closest when Giuliana Mendiola's jumpermade it 50-49 with 11 minutes left, but Kristy Loiselle quickly put the Phoenixback in control with a 3-pointer. The Phoenix took over in the final 10minutes, going up by as many as 14 points as the Huskies lost steam.
Loiselle, the Horizon League player of the year, averaged 14.4 points and5.3 rebounds coming into the game. The Huskies held her to just two first-halfpoints, but didn't pay enough attention to Mor, who came off the bench to score11.
Loiselle finished with 12 points, one of five Green Bay players in doublefigures.
Mendiola, the Pac-10 player of the year, had twisted her ankle inWashington's loss to Arizona in the Pacific-10 conference tournament but stillmanaged to lead the Huskies with 22 points.
The Phoenix went up 30-20 with 2:49 to go in the first on a pair of freethrows by Sara Boyer, but Loree Payne answered with a 3-pointer to keep theHuskies close.
Wisconsin-Green Bay led 36-29 at the half.
The Huskies pulled within 36-34 early in the second half on Kellie Dalan'sshort jumper and free throw, then kept it close until Mendiola's jumper putthem within one.
Washington, making its second NCAA appearance in three seasons, was anat-large selection.
The Phoenix, which had made five previous NCAA tournament appearances, wonan automatic berth this season by beating Detroit 83-59 in the Horizon Leaguetournament championship.