Mendiola Leads Women's Hoops To Seattle Times Husky Classic Title

Nov. 29, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - Led by 30 points from senior guard Giuliana Mendiola, Washington women's basketball (4-0) cruised to an 89-65 victory over Oklahoma State (1-3) en route to the championship crown at its own Seattle Times Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Saturday evening.

Mendiola wowed the 4,053 fans in attendance with a season-high 30 points to go along with eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Mendiola went 10-15 from the field, 4-4 from the three-point line and 6-6 from the charity stripe. The Husky senior earned tournament MVP honors for her efforts, the first-ever three-time recipient of the award.

It was the second-straight Seattle Times Husky Classic win for Washington and 11th overall. The Huskies have now won 16-straight home games dating back to March 20, 2002.

Joining Mendiola in double figures was senior Andrea Lalum (14 points), who was named to the all-tournament team. Also named to the all-tournament team were Yale's Erica Davis, Gonzaga's Rachel Kane and Ashley Anderson, as well as Oklahoma State's Trisha Skibbe.

The Cowgirls also got 30 points from Skibbe, while guard Nina Stone added 13 points and six assists.

Washington jumped out to an early seven-point lead at 14:33 in the first half, but the Cowgirls responded with an 8-0 run gain a 15-14 advantage. The Huskies answered with a 16-foot jumper from freshman Jill Bell and regained a lead, which they held for the remainder of the game.

Washington led by as 19 points at the half on a 17-4 run to close out the opening frame of play. In the second half, the Huskies stretched their lead to as many as 30 points with just over 10 minutes to play.

All nine Huskies who saw time on the floor got into the scoring act, with senior guard Gioconda Mendiola adding nine points and a career-high 10 assists. Redshirt freshman Angie Jones also had nine points, while freshman Breanne Watson had eight points and three assists.

Gonzaga earned third-place tournament honors, defeating Yale 69-48, in the consolation game earlier today.

Up next, the Huskies host 17th-ranked Notre Dame, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.

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