Huskies Fall, 83-69, at Arizona

Jan. 12, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. - Five Huskies scored in double digits but it was not enough as the Washington women's basketball team lost in Tucson for the seventh year in a row, falling, 83-69, to Arizona in front of 2,754 fans in Pac-10 action at McKale Center. Washington has not won a game in Tucson since 1995.

Washington closes the weekend with a pair of losses and drops to 9-7 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10. Arizona, which defeated Washington State by 50 points Thursday night, completed a sweep of the Northwest schools and improves to 7-8, 3-4.

Junior forward Emily Autrey came off the bench to lead all Huskies with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Andrea Lalum and freshman Kristen O'Neill had 11 points each, and guards Giuliana Mendiola and Loree Payne tallied 10 points apiece. Payne returned to the starting lineup, in place of Cheryl Sorenson, after a four-game stint coming off the bench.

Arizona sophomore guard Candice Allen led the game with a career-best 25 points as the Wildcats won their first back-to-back games since November.

The game was even through the first five-and-a-half minutes, with both teams tied, 12-12, at the 14:33 mark. Then Washington capitalized on six straight Arizona turnovers and scored six unanswered points to go ahead, 18-12, just over a minute later. The Huskies pushed their lead to seven (24-17) at the 8:29 mark, and that was when Arizona turned up the heat.

The Wildcats forced six Washington turnovers, and the Huskies missed threestraight shots, as Arizona put on a 14-2 run to take a five-point (31-26) lead with just under four minutes left in the first. Washington's only points during that stretch came from the free throw line. UW regained control of the game, though, and ended the half on an 8-2 spurt to hold a one-point lead at halftime, 34-33.

Both teams were tied at 39-39 three minutes into the second half, then Arizona, fueled by six points from senior forward Elizabeth Pickney, went on an 11-2 run to gain a nine-point (50-41) advantage at 11:37. Washington cut the Cats' lead down to three (55-52) barely three minutes later, which Arizona answered with a 9-2 spurt to gain a 10-point (64-54) spread with just under six minutes left in the game. The Huskies got to within seven points twice after that but were never able to get back into the game as the Wildcats finished the contest by out-scoring UW, 19-15.

'Credit Arizona's defense,' said UW coach June Daugherty. 'We didn't give 100 percent getting back and they were able to get in their running game. Arizona is a well-coached, always athletic team. They have a good environment here in the arena. It's a bit like Seattle. The fans get into it. We just need to do a better job of committing to 40 minutes of basketball. We've been inconsistent, but we were getting better. Today was a step backward. We could have played harder and more inspired.'

In addition to Allen's 25 points, the Wildcats got 24 points and nine rebounds from Pickney and 18 points from freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler.

Washington returns home to host California and fourth-ranked Stanford next weekend. The Huskies meet the Bears at 7 p.m., Thurs. Jan. 17 and face the Cardinal at 3 p.m., Sat., Jan. 9. The Stanford game will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest.

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