Huskies Win Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic With 72-58 Victory Over Lipscomb

Nov. 23, 2003

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Led by four players in double-figure scoring, Washington women's basketball cruised to a 78-52 win over Lipscomb en route to the championship crown at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center, Sunday.

The Huskies (2-0) were once again led by senior Andrea Lalum, who for the second-straight game racked up at least 20 points. Lalum followed up her career-high 28 points yesterday with a game-high 21 today. Lalum, who added five rebounds, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Joining her on the All-Tournament team was fellow senior Giuliana Mendiola.

Maine, who fell in the first round yesterday to Washington, captured third-place honors, defeating host Hawaii in the consolation game, 75-62. Also named to the All-Tournament team were Ashley Underwood and Heather Ernest from Maine, Courtney Boynton from Lipscomb and Hawaii's April Atuaia.

Second in scoring for Washington was senior Gioconda Mendiola, who had a career-high 12 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. True freshman Breanne Watson chipped in 10 points and five rebounds, while redshirt-freshman Jill Bell had 11 points and four boards.

Giuliana Mendiola scored six points for the Huskies, while adding team-highs in both rebounds (eight) and assists (seven). Lipscomb (1-1) was led by Kiersten Head and Katie Beth Pate, each with 12 points.

Washington led from the opening tip to the final buzzer, racking up as much as an 18-point lead at the intermission. The Huskies went on a 19-0 run from the last three minutes in the first half through the first four minutes of the second half. Washington's largest lead of the game was a 30-point spread with 12 minutes to play.

The 26-point victory was the largest for Washington since a 34-point win over UCLA, 111-77, on Feb. 1, 2003 at Bank of America Arena.

The Huskies return to Seattle on Monday in preparation for their home opener with Gonzaga, Friday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., as a part of the 17th Annual Seattle Times Husky Classic. Yale and Oklahoma State will face each other in the opening game of the tournament, Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, will feature the consolation (5 p.m.) and championship games (7 p.m.).

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