Dec. 23, 2000

Washington 73 vs. James Madison 53
Seattle Times Classic Championship Game
December 22, 2000
Bank of America Arena

Husky Senior Guard Megan Franza:

Opening Comments:
'This was the first time we had a victory in our own tournament since my freshman season. It's a sense of pride to be back on top where we need to be. '

On Coming Out Strong in the First Half:
'I didn't realize how well we did until I looked at the score at half time and we held them to 16 points in the first half. It's due to us working on our defense all season and all summer. Our defense was really poor last year and marketing promotion for more defense and us working on it has really helped our team get fired up.'

Husky Freshman Guard Giuliana Mendiola:

On MVP Award freshman year:
'I'm just happy we got the championship you could tell in the first half we really put the team away. I was really excited about that.'

James Madison coach Bud Childers
(On opening UW run): 'They really overwhelmed us. We knew that the first five or six minutes of the game would set the tempo. We didn't have any rebounds in our first 10 possessions. We were always half a step off, or not quite aggressive enough on the glass. They set the tempo early with some good shooting and aggressive play on the boards. We also had a couple of players lose their composure in the first five minutes and we didnt really rebound from that. Once you bury yourself like that, I think it was 20-3 or some awful score like that, you are playing catch up the rest of the game.

(On UW team): 'I think No. 13 (Giuliana Mendiola) is going to be a fine player. She has a little pizzazz to her game. I like what she brings to the floor. She has good composure on the court. She doesn't get caught up in the moment like a lot of freshmen do. She is the one who really caught my eye. I think the way they play is similar to what we try to do, and that is play a lot of players. They keep coming at teams in waves, and there is not a whole lot of difference between the players that come in and out of the game. Sheets and O'Neill also. I know they didn't have good shooting nights but Sheets is a tough rebounder and I am sure she is going to be a fine player for them all year.'

(On key to game): 'One stat I always look at is the rebounds. The team that wins the boards, when two teams are evenly matched, is usually the team that wins the game. They beat us 54-38 on the boards and that is the worst ripping we have taken on the boards in a long time. That was the key.'

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