Women's Basketball Drops First Contest in Australia

June 19, 2002

Sydney, Australia - The Washington women's basketball team struggled in the first outing of its overseas tour, losing to the Australian Young Women's National Team in front of approximately 250 fans at the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre. The Huskies will play five games on their 11-day tour through the country.

The Huskies and Australia Sapphires played a game made up of three different periods, scoring each as a separate contest. The Sapphires won each period by scores of 45-33, 48-26 and 31-26. The format allowed the Washington coaches to play all 11 available players and utilize a different starting lineup for each period. Kirsten Brockman (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish) and Emily Autrey (Kennewick, Wash./Kamiakin) are not playing while they rehabilitate injuries.

Redshirt sophomore Sarah Keeler (Pendleton, Ore./Pendleton) led the Huskies in the first game, hitting 4-of-5 from the field for a game-high 10 points. The Huskies shot 40 percent as a team, a mark that included just one three point shot, from Giuliana Mendiola (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro). The Australians, who used full court pressure defense for the majority of the night, connected on 54 percent of their shots and had a 22-19 advantage in rebounding.

The pressure defense paid off for the national team as it held the Huskies to a meager 21 percent from the field in the second period. Sophomore guard Kayla Burt (Arlington, Wash./Arlington) led UW with nine points on 2-of-5 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Mendiola added eight points and four rebounds to the effort.

Senior Kellie O'Neill (Edmonds, Wash./Meadowdale) and her sister, Kristen, a sophomore, led Washington in the final period, scoring eight and seven points, respectively. Kellie pulled down four rebounds while Kristen added another five boards. The Huskies shot 34 percent as a team, topping the Australians who hit 29 percent in the closest of the three games.

Washington will play the same team in its second game, scheduled for Thurs., June 20. Australia is 17 hours ahead of Seattle's Pacific Standard Time. The Huskies are feeling right at home so far, as the current weather is similar to Seattle in December and the gymnasiums are not heated.

Starting lineups
Period 1 - Giuliana Mendiola, Loree Payne, Kristen O'Neill, Kellie O'Neill, Andrea Lalum
Period 2 - Gioconda Mendiola, Kayla Burt, Cheryl Sorenson, Heather Reichmann, Sarah Keeler
Period 3 - Kristen O'Neill, Alicia Heathcote, Nicole Castro, Kellie O'Neill, Cheryl Sorenson

Period 1
Washington: 14-35 FG (40.0%), 1-11 3FG, 4-4 FT, 19 RB, 9 assists, 15 turnovers, 2 steals.
Australia: 20-37 FG (54.1%), 1-3 3FG, 4-11 FT, 22 RB, 7 assists, 10 turnovers, 8 steals.

Period 2
Washington: 6-28 FG (21.4%), 2-12 3FG, 26 RB, 4 assists, 16 turnovers, 3 blocks, 3 steals.
Australia: 14-36 FG (38.9%), 0-4 3FG, 20-28 FT, 25 RB, 14 assists, 10 turnovers, 1 block, 9 steals.

Period 3
Washington: 10-29 FG (34.5%), 2-12 3FG, 4-10 FT, 23 RB, 6 assists, 14 turnovers, 3 blocks, 5 steals.
Australia: 141 FG (29.3%), 2-7 3FG, 5-7 FT, 30 RB, 6 assists, 13 turnovers, 2 blocks, 5 steals.

Leading scorers
1. Sarah Keeler - 10 points
2. Kayla Burt (9 points), Giuliana Mendiola - (8 points)
3. Kellie O'Neill (8 points), Kristen O'Neill (7 points)

Leading rebounder
1.Kayla Burt (4 rebounds), Andrea Lalum (4 rebounds)
2.Andrea Lalum - 5 rebounds
3.Kristen O'Neill - 5 rebounds

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