Husky Women Fall to Rams, 66-64

Dec. 29, 2000

SEATTLE - In a game that featured 11 lead changes and five ties, the Colorado State Rams snapped the Washington Huskies six-game winning streak Friday, rallying to beat UW 66-64 in front of 2,519 fans at the Bank of America Arena in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Senior LeAnn Sheets led Washington with a season-best 14 points, while Rams senior forward Heather Haanen added 14 of her own.

Trailing 33-26 at halftime, the Huskies outscored Colorado State 34-20 for the first 16 minutes of the second half to take a 60-53 lead with 4:00 to go. Haanen and teammate Ashley Augsperger then hit a pair of three-pointers to key a 13-4 CSU run over the last 4:00 that closed the door, improving CSU to 10-1 on the season while dropping the Huskies to 7-3.

'We came out a little flat in the first half and fought hard to get back in the game,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'We had a tremendous second half, but came up just a little short. I give credit to Colorado State, they are a good ball team.'

For the game, Washington outrebounded the Rams 45-35 -- including 20 offensive boards -- and took a 26-14 rebounding advantage in the second half to ignite the Husky comeback.

'I thought we went up very strong on the glass,' Daugherty said. 'What I like is the fact that we are getting rebounds and continuing to stay tenacious. That is a real positive from this game.'

Freshman Giuliana Mendiola recorded her third double-double of the season, with 10 points and a team-leading 11 rebounds to go along with her five assists. Sophomore Kellie O'Neill also finished in double-digits, scoring 10 points. Senior Megan Franza scored nine points to close within 25 points of ninth place on the UW's all-time scoring chart.

Washington will break for a week before beginning the Pac-10 season at home on Thursday against UCLA at 7 p.m., and then on Sunday versus USC. The USC game was changed this week from Saturday to Sunday so that it could be broadcast live by Fox Sports Northwest at 1 p.m.

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