Women's Basketball Drops St. Mary's, 62-55, with Second Half Comeback

Nov. 30, 2001

Moraga, Calif. - Washington outscored the Saint Mary's women'sbasketball team, 20-3 over the last 8:30 of the game to post a62-55 non-conference victory over the Gaels in front of 1,169 rowdy fans at McKeon Pavilion Friday.

Washington improves to 4-2 on the season while Saint Mary's drops to 3-2.

Saint Mary's jumped out to a quick start and had an 8-2 lead at the 15:12mark of the first half. Washington scored nine of the next 11 points toeven the game at 11-11 before Saint Mary's ran off eight straight points totake a 19-11 lead midway through the first period. The lead would reachas much as nine points, 26-17, before a 28-21 Gaels lead at theintermission.

The second half saw the Gaels open an 11-point lead on baskets byJermisha and Jerkisha Dosty to open the half. The Huskies chipped away at the lead and when freshman Kristen O'Neill hit her third three pointer of the night, she pulled Washington within two, 37-35, at 13:14 to go. O'Neill was 3-of-6 from the field at that point, all three pointers. Kellie O'Neill added another three to pull within one, 39-38, at 12:28. Washington's first lead of the night did not come until the 11:40 mark, when Andrea Lalum scored.

Gioconda Mendiola made a diving save on the floor and flipped the ball to her sister Giuliana, who passed it to Cheryl Sorenson, all alone under the basket, to tie it at 52-52, at 4:38 to go. Lalum scored off an inbounds pass to give Washington a 54-52 lead before Jerkisha Dosty's jumper with 3:18 evened the score. A Katie Davis free throw was the only point for Saint Mary's over the final three minutes of the game.

'I believe we left it all out on the floor tonight,' said Husky head coach June Daugherty. 'We told the team to keep fighting, to work on what we could control - working hard, getting physical and taking control. They never gave up. This was a hostile environment, against a very good team, a well-coached team. Our team fought hard tonight.'

Saint Mary's shot 36.2 percent from the floor and held Washington to 29.7 percent shooting for the game, including an abysmal 22 percent in the first half. However, the Huskies dominated the boards, using 21 offensive rebounds to win the battle of the boards, 55-39.

Junior Emily Autrey led the Huskies in scoring for the third time in the last four games, logging 15 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Lalum added a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Giuliana Mendiola was the spark for Washington, though, as she scored ninepoints, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists and added foursteals. Emily Autrey paced the Huskies with 15 points and Cheryl Sorenson grabbed six offensive boards en route to 10 rebounds.

Davis paced Saint Mary's with a game-high 18 points, hitting three threes in the game. Jerkisha Dosty notched her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Washington plays its next game at University of San Fransisco at 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.Saint Mary's returns to action when it travels to San Jose State for a 2 p.m. game Sunday.

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