Husky Women Outlast Indiana, 85-73

Dec. 7, 2001

BANK OF AMERICA ARENA - Washington's women's basketball team tonight put six players in double-digits to defeat Indiana, 85-73, on the first day of the Les Schwab Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge at the Bank of America Arena.

Sophomore Giuliana Mendiola led all Washington scorers with 17 points, and equaled a career-high with eight assists. Also scoring in double-figures for the Huskies (5-3) were juniors Loree Payne (16), Kellie O'Neill (12) and Emily Autrey (11), sophomore Andrea Lalum (14) and redshirt freshman Sarah Keeler (10).

Senior Jill Chapman led the Hoosiers (4-3) with 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting, before fouling out with 5:27 remaining and Indiana down nine, 67-58.

Washington opened the game on a tear, hitting a trio of three-pointers in the first five minutes and taking a 30-13 lead at the 10:19 mark. Poor rebounding dogged the Huskies throughout the half, however, as Indiana took advantage of second-chance shots in the lane to close to 41-31 at the half.

Washington increased its lead to as much as 15 midway through the half, but Indiana rallied to close within seven, 76-69, on a layin by Jill Hartman with 2:14 remaining. The Huskies clamped down on defense, however, holding the visitors without a field goal the rest of the way to seal the victory.

For the game, Washington was outrebounded 42-31 - just one board better than its season-low of 30 set Sunday at San Francisco - but forced 31 Hoosiers turnovers, while committing just 16.

'This was really a statement game for us,' said sixth-year head coach June Daugherty. 'Our defense did a great job of disrupting their offensive rhythm, as evidenced by the 31 turnovers. This game was very similar to last year - we forced turnovers, had good productivity from our bench, and became dangerous very quickly.'

In the tournament's first game, Washington State (2-5) jumped out to a 38-29 halftime lead over 16th-ranked Michigan on the strength of 57 percent shooting, but were crushed 52-21 in the second half as the Wolverines (6-1) avoided the upset with a 81-59 win.

Senior Alayne Ingram led Michigan witrh 18 points, while freshman Francine McCurtain led the Cougars with 16.

The Les Schwab Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge concludes Sunday at Bank of America Arena, with Indiana facing Washington State at 1 p.m., and16th-ranked Michigan taking on the Huskies at 3 p.m.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. Indiana
Dec. 7, 2001
Bank of America Arena

Points: UW 85 (Giu. Mendiola 17), IND 73 (Chapman 24). Rebounds: UW 31 (Lalum 6), IND 42 (McGinnis 12). Assists: UW 18 (Giu. Mendiola 8), IND 19 (McGinnis 7). Steals: UW 7 (Lalum, Payne 2), IND 5 (Cassidy 2). Blocks: UW 3 (Autrey 2), IND 1 (Chapman). Turnovers: UW 16 (Giu. Mendiola 5), IND 31 (McGinnis 8). Fouls: UW 19 (Lalum 5), IND 22 (DeMuth, Chapman, Gathing 5).
Fouled Out: UW - Lalum, IND - De Muth, Chapman, Gathing.
Technicals: None.
Officials: Mazetta Garrett, Anita Ortega, Gator Harris.

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