New Look, Same Result: Husky Women Roll in Exhibition Opener
Nov. 9, 2003
SEATTLE - The lineup featuring two first-time starters and five newcomers overall may have been unfamiliar, but the result certainly was not, as a Washington women's basketball team which has won 14-consecutive regular-season home games rolled to an 83-42 exhibition victory over NWBL at Bank of America Arena.
Senior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola led all scorers in the game with 16 points, while UW freshman Cameo Hicks, making her first-career start, impressed with 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals and two assists. Washington's three freshmen - including Hicks - guard Maggie O'Hara and forward Breanne Watson, combined for 35 points, 18 rebounds and nine steals.
Former Boston College star Alissa Murphy led NWBL with 15 points, while former Husky Jamie Redd added seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Redd scored a school-record 2,027 points in four years at Washington from 1995-99, before going on to play professionally for both the Seattle Reign of the ABL and the Seattle Storm of the WNBA.
The Huskies jumped out to a 35-7 lead at halftime, with Hicks pouring in 10 of her 15 points before the break. Washington's trademark pressure defense held NWBL to just two field goals in the half - including none over the final 14 minutes, 13 seconds - while forcing the visitors into 21 turnovers.
The Huskies were just as opportunistic on the offensive end of the floor, converting six of 19 first-half three-point attempts, while recording nine assists on 12 field goals.
'A lot of time, our intensity was right up there, which I thought led to some tough shots for the other team,' said eighth-year head coach June Daugherty. 'That got us into some situations where we were able to rebound and get into our running game, which is exactly what we want off of that defense.'
The visitors clawed back with 21 points in the first 10:31 of the second half, but Washington slammed the door shut with a 36-12 run to close the game. The Huskies finished with four players in double scoring, including Mendiola, Hicks, senior Andrea Lalum (14 points) and freshman O'Hara (12).
Washington outrebounded NWBL 48-37, scoring 27 of its 83 points on second-chance attempts, and adding 35 points off of 35 NWBL turnovers. The visitors were held to just 11 field goals in the game, and were 0-for-11 from behind the three-point line.
Washington played Sunday's game without 10 letterwinners from last year's 22-8 NCAA Tournament team. The Huskies lost five seniors to graduation in 2003, and have had three players forced to retire for health reasons. Two other injured Huskies - junior guard Kristen O'Neill and sophomore guard Erica Schelly - are expected to return later this season.
Washington will close out the exhibition season Sunday at 4 p.m. against another NWBL opponent, before opening the regular season Nov. 22 in Hawaii, at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic.
Washington Women's Basketball vs. NWBL
Nov. 9, 2003
Bank of America Arena; Seattle, Wash.
Points: WASH 83 (Giu. Mendiola 16), NWBL 42 (Murphy 15). Rebounds: WASH 48 (Hicks 8), NWBL 37 (Redd 11). Assists: WASH 17 (Gio. Mendiola 4), NWBL 6 (Council 4). Steals: WASH 20 (Hicks, O'Hara 5), NWBL 7 (Carmichale, Murphy 3). Blocks: WASH 3 (Lalum, Giu. Mendiola, O'Hara); NWBL 4 (Roberts, Melton, Carmichale, Wilkerson). Turnovers: WASH 13 (Lalum 3), NWBL 35 (Roberts 7). Fouls: WASH 23 (Hicks, O'Hara 4), NWBL 22(Council).
Fouled Out: WASH - none, NWBL - Council.
Technicals: WASH - none. NWBL - none.
Officials: Darren Krzesniak, Michele T. Duncan, Penny Davis.