Women's Basketball Cruises to Exhibition Win

Nov. 6, 2000

Seattle - The Washington women's basketball team scored 63 first half points, including 10 three pointers, en route to a 98-84 victory over RTU Clondica Riga, a touring team from Latvia, in front of 606 fans on hand for an exhibition game at Edmonds-Woodway High School Monday night.

Sophomore forward Kellie O'Neill led the Huskies with a double-double, finishing with 17 points on 5-of-10 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free throw line while also pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Emily Autrey added 11 points as did freshman Giuliana Mendiola, in her first collegiate action.

Clondica had three players in double-figures, led by Inara Jakobcone with a game-high 31, including a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Teammate Anete Brice added 26 points and Agnese Brasmane scored 12 points. The Latvian team dropped to 0-3 on the their West coast swing, having also lost at Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend.

The Huskies jumped out to a quick lead in the first half, going up by as many 27 points late in the period and taking a 53-43 lead at the break. They hit 55 percent from the field, and a sizzling 59 percent (10-17) from three point range. The freshman class contributed 22 points in to the first half effort, highlighted by seven points from Sarah Keeler, on 3-of-3 from the field along with a free throw and a rebound.

Washington's shooting percentage dwindled to 31 percent in the second half and Clondica trimmed the deficit to 13 points with just under two minutes remaining in the game but the Huskies held on for the double-digit win.

The Huskies play their second and final exhibition game at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 against the Bay Area Pro-Am Team, a squad that features Jamie Redd, Washington's career leading scorer, along with former Husky Melissa Wuschnig. That game will be held at Mountlake Terrace High School. (21801 44th Ave. W). Washington opens its regular season on the road, at Indiana Nov. 17.

Postgame Quotes

Washington head coach June Daugherty
On the overall play of the team: 'I thought we came out alright in the first half. We obviously wanted to play a lot of people and we did end up playing everyone and played a lot of different combinations. The concern for me is that we got off to a good start but both our offense and defense was kind of left in in the locker room in the second half. That is something we have to make an adjustment on - to play both halves. There are not going to be many opportunities to be up like we were in the first half. We can't drift away like we did.'

On the defense: 'One of the areas of concern coming into this season has been our defense. We know we can score points. We scored points last season. Our two areas of concern were defense and rebounding. I was proud to see that we went to the boards pretty hard. Defensively we didn't do a good job of defending them driving to the basket. We put them on the line too many times. We didn't defend their cuts very well and some of their backdoors. We've got a lot of work to do defensively. Again, if you don't come out mentally ready to play in the second half anything can happen.'

On the play of the freshmen: 'I was pleased. I think there were some nerves but I thought they prepared well. They played different roles tonight and for the most part they did some good things offensively but the defense is still a concern.'

Husky Player Quotes
Megan Franza: 'I think it was a good confidence builder for our offense. We came out and scored a lot of points. I think we can also learn a lot about our defense. There is a lot to learn about fouls. It's good every year to get a game to come out and measure yourself and see what you need to work on. It was great to get everybody in the game and get some experience.'

Jill Pimley: 'We're glad we got the win, but we're definitely not satisfied. There are a lot of things we need to work on, to have that many points scored against is not acceptable to us. We need to come in after halftime with a lot more energy and spunk if we want to win against some really great teams.'

Andrea Lalum: 'We knew we had to hit them inside, get their post players- show them we're here to play, so offensively and defensively we were all after the boards. We were a little anxious and nervous out there, we tried to get the ball too much. and we were a little over aggressive, but we'd rather see that than not be aggressive enough.
'I didn't really notice the age difference but you could tell they had a different style and play. They definitely knew what they were doing out there, and you could tell they have been playing together for years.
'It's all about defense. we have to stay down on defense. We know we can shoot the ball, we know we've got the shooters, it's just a matter of staying down and being on the help side and recovering instead of getting overly anxious.'

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