Husky Women Pound Cougars 98-64 in Pac-10 Opener

Dec. 21, 2001

BANK OF AMERICA ARENA - The Washington Huskies tonight used balanced scoring and stingy defense to defeat intrastate rival Washington State, 98-64, in the Pac-10 conference opener for both teams at Bank of America Arena.

The Huskies (6-4, 1-0) put five players in double-digits on the scoreboard for the third time this season, led by the 22 points of sophomore center Andrea Lalum. Also in double figures were juniors Loree Payne (17 points), Emily Autrey (13), and Kellie O'Neill (11), along with sophomore Giuliana Mendiola (11).

Francine McCurtain tallied 20 points to lead the Cougars (2-9, 0-1) in scoring, while senior center Brittney Hawks added 18 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth-consecutive double-double.

Washington forced 29 Washington State turnovers and held the Cougars to just 33 percent shooting, while sinking 45 percent of its own shots. In the game, the Huskies set season-highs for field goals (34), field goal attempts (76), free throws (26), free throw attempts (37), steals (18) and blocked shots (5).

'I was very proud of how our team played tonight,' said sixth-year head coach June Daugherty, who improved to 4-2 in Pac-10 openers. 'This was a real team effort. Every practice, our team has been eager to improve, and tonight that hard work showed.'

The win was the 13th-consecutive for the Huskies in the rivalry, which dates back to 1974-75, the team's first season of competition. The Cougars last defeated Washington on Feb. 25, 1995 in Pullman, 72-67. Washington has not lost to Washington State in Seattle since the 1993 season.

Washington will play its first conference road games next weekend, rekindling Northwest rivalries in matchups with Oregon (Fri., Dec. 28, 7 p.m.) and Oregon State (Sun., Dec. 30, 2 p.m.).

Washington Women's Basketball vs. Washington St.
Dec. 21, 2001
Bank of America Arena
Attendance: 3,080

Points: UW 98 (Lalum 22), WSU 64 (McCurtain 20). Rebounds: UW 50 (Lalum, Giu. Mendiola, Sorenson 8), WSU 45 (Hawks 12). Assists: UW 22 (Giu. Mendiola 8), WSU 14 (Collins 4). Steals: UW 18 (Kr. O'Neill 5), WSU 11 (Hawks 5). Blocks: UW 5 (Keeler 5), WSU 6 (Egeland 2). Turnovers: UW 17 (Giu. Mendiola 5), WSU 29 (Perry 8). Fouls: UW 15 (Lalum, Kr. O'Neill 3), WSU 26 (Ottmar, Hawks 5).
Fouled Out: UW - none, WSU - Ottmar, Hawks.
Technicals: None.
Officials: Melissa Barlow, Gator Parrish, Cameron Inouye

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