Husky Women Earn First Pac-10 Victory With 65-54 Win Over Cal

Jan. 2, 2004

SEATTLE - The nearly 4,000 fans who packed into Bank of America Arena on Friday to witness two of the Pac-10's highest-scoring offenses were treated to a bit of a surprise, as Washington used defense instead of scoring to take a hard-fought win from California, 65-54.

For the first time this season, UW failed to put two players into double digits in the scoring column. Senior guard Giuliana Mendiola was the team's only double-digit scorer, with 14 points to go along with nine rebounds and four assists.

Turkish guard Nihan Anaz led all Cal scorers with 14, including nine in a stifling 16-0 first-half Cal run that kept the game close in the early going. Guard LaTasha O'Keith knocked down a trio of three-pointers in adding 13 points for the Golden Bears (8-4, 1-2).

Washington (8-4, 1-2) earned its first Pac-10 win not with the conference's No. 1 scoring offense, but rather with defense, forcing 20 turnovers while holding Cal to just 36 percent shooting from the field.

'Offensively, we weren't hitting many shots, so we counted on our defense to get us into the game,' said head coach June Daugherty. 'We were as cold as the weather outside tonight - we were frigid. The encouraging side of it was on defense where we got our energy up.'

A 15-4 run off the opening tip by Washington seemed to indicate a long night for the visitors, but Cal quickly turned the tables, scoring the next 16 consecutive points while holding UW scoreless for nearly seven minutes. The run included a pair of steals and transition layins by Anaz, who gave the Bears an 18-15 edge with 5:23 remaining in the half.

After another Cal basket, Husky guard Angie Jones brought an end to the drought with a putback at the 2:35 mark, two of her Pac-10 season-high eight points in the game. Washington finished the half with a season-low 23 points, and trailed 24-23 at intermission.

After hitting just three field goals in the final 9:20 of the first half, Washington opened the second half on fire, scoring 13 of the first 16 points to build a 36-27 lead. Nine minutes into the half, Cal had just three field goals, while Washington had 25 points, and a 48-33 lead it would not relinquish.

'It takes a huge amount of energy to play the way that they do,' said Daugherty of the Bears. 'In the second half, we took them out of their flow when we stepped it up defensively. Then the game came back to us on the offensive end.'

Next up for the Huskies is a matchup of 2003 NCAA Tournament teams, as Washington hosts defending Pac-10 champion Stanford (10-2, 3-0) on Sunday at 4 p.m., in a game to be televised live by Fox Sports Northwest.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. California
Jan. 2, 2004
Bank of America Arena o Seattle, Wash.
Attendance: 3,927

Points: WASH 65 (Giu. Mendiola 14), CAL 54 (Anaz 14). Rebounds: WASH 42 (Giu. Mendiola 9), CAL 37 (Gregory 10). Assists: WASH 17 (Gio. Mendiola 5), CAL 9 (Gregory, Anaz 3). Steals: WASH 12 (Watson, Bell 3), CAL10 (Anaz 6). Blocks: WASH 5 (Bell 2); CAL 0. Turnovers: WASH 16 (Giu. Mendiola, Craddock 4), CAL 20 (Anaz 5). Fouls: WASH 15 (Watson, O'Hara 3), CAL 14 (Gregory, O'Keefe, Volkova 3).
Fouled Out: WASH - none, CAL - none.
Technicals: WASH - none. CAL - none.
Officials: Marianne Karp, Rick Showers, Bob Scofield.

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