Lalum's Career Day Lifts Women's Hoops To Season Opening Win Over Maine

Nov. 22, 2003

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Behind a career-high 28 points from senior Andrea Lalum, Washington women's basketball opened the 2003-2004 season with an 82-70 victory over Maine in the first round of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center, Saturday afternoon.

The Huskies (1-0), having opened the season on the road for the fifth-straight year, have now won three-straight season openers and improved to 20-10 all-time. Washington advances to the championship game of the tournament, to be played Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. PT. UW will face the winner of today's Hawaii vs. Lipscomb contest.

Along with Lalum's career-high 28 points, senior preseason All-American Giuliana Mendiola added 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. After scoring seven points in the first half, Mendiola closed out the game scoring Washington's last 14 points. Lalum bested her previous career high of 25 points scored versus Washington State, Jan. 25, 2002.

Five freshmen saw time on the floor for the Huskies, with Breanne Watson and Cameo Hicks making their first career starts. Watson had six points and six rebounds in her Husky debut, while Hicks had four points and three boards. Redshirt freshmen Jill Bell and Angie Jones had eight and seven points, respectively.

Maine (0-1) had three players in double-figure scoring, led by Heather Ernest who posted a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Underwood had 11 points, while Julie Veilleux added 10.

Washington forced 17 turnovers, while only committing 11 of their own, while winning the battle on the boards, 35-26.

The first half was a bit of a see-saw battle between both teams, as the Huskies led by as many as six points three different times and trailed the Black Bears by five twice. Leading by six with four minutes until the intermission, Maine posted a 7-1 run to tie the game at 35 on a jumper by Veilleux with 23 seconds left on the clock. Washington regained its lead on a three-pointer by senior Gioconda Mendiola with just two seconds left.

Washington came out on fire in the second half with a 13-4 run to open the second frame. Lalum scored 10 of those points, while Jones added a three-pointer to give the Huskies as much as a 12 point lead. Maine put a run together to get within four with 11 minutes to play, but it was as close as the Black Bears could get.

Giuliana Mendiola, who had been held scoreless in the first 15 minutes of the second-half, took control, scoring Washington's final 14 points of the game.

Washington will meet either Hawaii or Lipscomb in the championship game of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic hosted by the University of Washington, Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. PT.

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