Huskies Elevate Play in Second Australia Contest

June 20, 2002

Sydney, Australia - Junior point guard Giuliana Mendiola (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) sank a three-point shot with five seconds remaining in the period as the Washington women's basketball team won the second of three mini-games against the Australian Young Women's National Team at Pymble Ladies College. The Huskies, who are on an 11-day tour through the country, will play five games in the two-week span.

The second contest pitted the Huskies against the same team as their first meeting, Australia's junior national team, and again the teams played three different periods, scoring each as a separate contest. The Sapphires won the first and third periods by scores of 51-38 and 46-32, respectively. The Huskies, fueled by Mendiola's three-pointer, won the second period, 30-29.

Once again, the format enabled the Washington coaches to utilize a different starting lineup and nearly all the players for each period. Kirsten Brockman (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish) and Emily Autrey (Kennewick, Wash./Kamiakin) are not playing while they rehabilitate injuries.

Mendiola, an All-Pac-10 first team selection last year, led the Huskies in the first period with a team-high 10 points on 3-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-3 three point range. Senior guard Loree Payne (Havre, Mont./Havre) added eight points and three rebounds while redshirt sophomore Sarah Keeler (Pendleton, Ore./Pendleton) pulled down a team-high four boards. As a team, the Huskies shot 40 percent from the field but Australia shot 51 percent, sank 10-of-11 free throws and won the rebounding battle, 25-13.

The second period featured Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont./Bozeman) in the scoring column with a game-high 12 points on 6-of-13 field goals. Mendiola added eight points and four rebounds, including her three-pointer to put the Huskies ahead, 30-29, with five seconds remaining in the frame. Lalum was credited with the assist on the winning basket, connecting with Mendiola off a fade screen for the shot. The rebounding effort was fairly even, with the Australian women pulling down 23 and the Huskies 22.

The Sapphires staged another dominate performance in the final period, as two Australian players reached double figure scoring (13 and 12 points) and the team shot 59 percent from the field en route to the victory. Keeler was a bright spot in the Huskies' lineup, hitting 4-of-4 field goals for 8 points. Lalum added another seven points along with four rebounds and four assists.

Washington travels to Brisbane Friday and will play its next game there on Saturday. Australia is 17 hours ahead of Seattle's Pacific Standard Time.

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

Period 1
Washington: 13-32 FG (40.6%), 4-11 3FG,, 8-10 FT, 13 RB, 7 assists, 9 turnovers, 1 block.
Australia: 20-39 FG (51.3), 1-5 3FG, 10-11 FT, 25 RB, 14 assists, 7 turnovers, 2 blocks, 5 steals.

Period 2
Washington: 12-41 FG (29.3%), 2-14 3FG, 4-6 FT, 22 RB, 6 assists, 7 turnovers, 1 blocks, 3 steals.
Australia: 12-25 FG (48%), 1-3 3FG, 4-6 FT, 23 RB, 8 assists, 13 turnovers, 5 steals.

Period 3
Washington: 13-28 FG (46.4%), 4-10 3FG, 2-5 FT, 10 RB, 8 assists, 17 turnovers, 4 steals.
Australia: 16-27 FG (59.3%), 0-2 3FG, 14-20 FT, 20 RB, 15 assists, 16 turnovers, 1 block, 9 steals.

Leading scorers
1. Giuliana Mendiola (10), Loree Payne (8)
2. Andrea Lalum (12), Giuliana Mendiola (8)
3. Sarah Keeler (8), Andrea Lalum (7)

Leading rebounder
1. Sarah Keeler (4), Loree Payne (3)
2. Giuliana Mendiola (4), Kellie O'Neill (4), Kristen O'Neill (4)
3. Andrea Lalum (4)

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