Lalum Leads Huskies in 77-73 Pac-10 Win

Feb. 7, 2002

BANK OF AMERICA ARENA - Husky sophomore Andrea Lalum added 10 points to a career-high 13 rebounds, and Washington withstood a late Arizona rally, to take a 77-73 win over the Wildcats before 2,988 fans at Bank of America Arena.

The Huskies (14-8, 9-4) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, taking a 71-58 edge with 5:34 to go on an eight-foot jumper by Emily Autrey. The Wildcats (11-12, 7-7), however, strung together a 13-4 run over the next four minutes, cutting the lead to two, 75-72, on a long three-pointer by Dee-Dee Wheeler with 30 seconds remaining.

Following a free throw by the Huskies' Giuliana Mendiola at the 20-second mark, Arizona had one last chance to tie, but a deep three-point attempt by Wheeler hit the front of the rim, and Washington coralled the rebound and the victory.

The win was the fourth in a row for Washington, its longest streak of the season, and improved the team to 21-6 all-time at Bank of America Arena, including a 12-2 home record in Pac-10 play.

Four Huskies scored in double figures, including the second-consecutive 20-point game from junior Loree Payne, who finished with 22. In addition to Lalum -who became the first Husky to record double-digit rebounds since Dec. 9 against Michigan - Emily Autrey (15 points) and Mendiola (14) each reached double figures in scoring.

Forward Elizabeth Pickney led all Arizona scorers with 22 points, while senior center LaKeisha Taylor tallied a double-double with 16 points and a career-best 17 rebounds.

'We're really excited to get this victory,' said sixth-year head coach June Daugherty. 'We knew it would be a matter of time before Arizona made a run. This team stepped up, there was no panic. We had great leadership on the floor.'

The Huskies struggled early, falling behind in the games opening minutes before rallying to a 39-28 halftime lead on the strength of 11 points by Payne, including a pair of three-pointers.

Washington hosts the Pac-10's second-place team, Arizona State (19-6, 10-4) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The annual Alumni Game will be played prior to the contest, beginning at 10 a.m.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. Arizona
Feb. 7, 2002
Bank of America Arena

Points: UW 77 (Payne 22), ARIZ 73 (Pickney 22). Rebounds: UW 41 (Lalum 13), ARIZ 42 (Taylor 17). Assists: UW 21 (Kr. O'Neill 6), ARIZ 18 (Brase 5). Steals: UW 6 (Lalum 2), ARIZ 8 (Wheeler 4). Blocks: UW 3 (Autrey, Lalum, Keeler 3), ARIZ 2 (Pickney). Turnovers: UW 16 (Autrey, Lalum, Giu. Mendiola), ARIZ 18 (Taylor 5). Fouls: UW 23 (Lalum, Keeler 5), ARIZ 21 (Grzyb 5).
Fouled Out: UW - Lalum, Keeler, ARIZ - Grzyb
Technicals: None
Officials: Mariann Karp, Rick Showers, Michelle Russi.

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