Basketball Collects Pair of Decisive Victories in Australia

June 24, 2002

Brisbane, Australia - The Washington women's basketball team posted a pair of decisive victories in its third and fourth games of an 11-day tour through Australia. The Huskies soundly defeated the Brisbane Capitals, 104-78, and followed with a 128-78 decision over the Under-18 South State Team.

Washington welcomed a group of hometown fans at both games, as redshirt freshman Nicole Castro's family was on hand for both contests. Castro, who joined the Huskies in Jan., 2002, is from Darwin, Australia, about one and a half hours from Brisbane. Washington has had a vocal cheering section throughout the tour as about 10 Husky fans are following the team throughout its trip.

In the first game against Brisbane, the teams played four 12 minute quarters and the Capitals got off to a hot start, shooting 64 percent from the field. The Huskies answered by putting four players in double figure scoring, led by junior center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont./Bozeman) with 21 points. Seniors Loree Payne (Havre, Mont./Havre) and Kellie O'Neill (Edmonds, Wash./Meadowdale) followed with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Junior point guard Giuliana Mendiola (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) scored 13 points while also adding a game-high eight assists and five steals. Mendiola's sister, Gioconda, added a game-high seven steals.

As a team, the Huskies, who responded to the Capitals' early lead by working the ball inside, shot 42 percent from the field and outrebounded their opponent, 63-46. The Capitals had three players in double figures including a game-high 31 points on 11-of-20 from the field from Julie Stringer.

Game two saw Washington and the South State Under-18 team play three 20 minute halves en route to the Huskies' romp. Lalum led all scorers with a double-double, collecting 26 points and 11 rebounds. She was followed by four other Huskies in double figure scoring as O'Neill and redshirt sophomore Sarah Keeler (Pendleton, Ore./Pendleton) each added 19 points while Giuliana Mendiola scored 16 and Gioconda Mendiola added another 13.

The Huskies, who shot 47 percent from the field, also hit 22-of-25 free throws in the rout. The Huskies' three-point shooting has suffered on the tour as they are playing from the international three point line and with a bigger basketball than they are accustomed to.

Washington has one game remaining on its tour. The Huskies flew to Cairns, site of the Great Barrier Reef, and will meet the Cairns Marlins Tues., June 25. The team returns to Seattle June 27.

Game 1 - Washington vs. Brisbane Capitals
Starting UW lineup
Sarah Keeler, Nicole Castro, Kayla Burt, Andrea Lalum, Kristen O'Neill

Washington: 41-97 FG (42.3%), 7-33 3FG (21.2%), 15-25 FT (60.0%), 63 RB, 33 fouls, 22 assists, 24 turnovers, 1 block, 21 steals.
Brisbane: 23-63 FG (36.5%), 4-8 3FG (50.0%), 28-44 FT (63.6%), 46 RB, 21 fouls, 11 assists, 33 turnovers, 4 blocks, 8 steals.

Leading scorers
Andrea Lalum - 21, Loree Payne - 18, Kellie O'Neill - 15

Leading rebounders
Andrea Lalum - 11, Sarah Keeler and Kellie O'Neill - 10, Giuliana Mendiola - 7

Game 2 - Washington vs. Under-18 South State
Starting UW lineup
Giuliana Mendiola, Andrea Lalum, Loree Payne, Kellie O'Neill, Cheryl Sorenson

Washington: 52-110 FG (47.3%), 2-23 3FG (8.70%), 22-25 FT (88%), 62 RB, 19 fouls, 35 assists, 16 turnovers, 27 steals.
South State: 26-67 FG (38.8%), 4-17 3FG (23.5%), 14-22 FT (63.6%), 41 RB, 22 fouls, 13 assists, 41 turnovers, 1 block, 5 steals.

Leading scorers
Andrea Lalum - 26, Sarah Keeler and Kellie O'Neill - 19, Giuliana Mendiola- 16, Gioconda Mendiola - 13

Leading Rebounders
Andrea Lalum - 11, Giuliana Mendiola - 8, Sarah Keeler - 6, Cheryl Sorenson - 5

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