Huskies Win Third Straight With 81-69 Victory Over Wisconsin

Dec. 2, 2002

SEATTLE -- Before 2,730 fans at Bank of America Arena, Washington weathered a late charge by Wisconsin to earn its third-consecutive win, 81-69, Monday evening. The Huskies led by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Badgers hit seven-of-eight three-point attempts over the final 12 minutes in a furious rally that fell short.

All-America candidates Loree Payne and Giuliana Mendiola led the way for the Huskies (4-1, 0-0), Payne scoring a game-high 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting, and Mendiola equaling a career-high with eight assists. Badgers guard Stephanie Rich led all Wisconsin players with 20 points, including six three-pointers.

'Loree was on fire, and when she gets in that zone, it's a great place for her to be, and a scary one for opponents,' head coach June Daugherty said of Payne, who, with 1,330 career points, moved into a tie for ninth place on UW's all-time scoring list. 'I thought she stepped up and played a great game.'

As in their two victories this weekend in the Seattle Times Husky Classic, the Huskies combined outstanding shooting and suffocating defense to overcome their opponent. Washington shot 49 percent from the field (27 of 58), including 10 three-pointers, the third-consecutive game in which the Huskies have reached double-digit field goals from beyond the arc.

On defense, Washington dogged Wisconsin into 25 turnovers, the fourth time this season a Husky opponent has committed at least 20 miscues. In those four games, Washington is 4-0. The Huskies also outrebounded their opponent for the second-consecutive game, something the team had failed to do since November of 2001.

'Three out of three ain't too bad,' said Daugherty. 'I'm really proud of this ball club. Our preseason conditioning work obviously paid off, because our kids had fresh legs and played really hard in all three games. It would have been easy for us to have a letdown after beating a great SEC team like Kentucky, but I don't think our upperclassmen were going to let that happen. We're so excited; this is a great step in the right direction.'

The Huskies broke open a four-point game at the four-minute mark of the first half, Payne scored eight unanswered points in the span of one minute to put Washington up 12, 37-25, just before the half, a lead the team would never relinquish.

Fresh off of three home victories in the span of four days, Washington will take its streak to the road this week, meeting North Carolina State in the first game of the N.C. State Tournament, Friday at 3:30 p.m. PST. Washington will meet either Florida or Houston on Saturday, game time to be determined.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin
Dec. 2, 2002
Bank of America Arena
Attendance: 2,730

Points: WASH 81 (Payne 27), WIS 69 (Rich 210). Rebounds: WASH 28 (Lalum 7), WIS 25 (Ashbaugh 7). Assists: WASH 19 (Giu. Mendiola 8), WIS 16 (Josephson 4). Steals: WASH 14 (Payne 3), WIS 9 (Rich 5). Blocks: WASH 1 (Lalum), WIS 3 (L. Gebisa 2). Turnovers: WASH 15 (Giu. Mendiola 6), WIS 25 (Ashbaugh, Rich, L. Gebisa 4). Fouls: WASH 13 (Lalum 4), WIS 17 (Ashbaugh 4).Fouled Out: WASH - none, WIS - none.
Technicals: None.
Officials: Randy Campbell, Mazetta Garrett, Debbie Adams

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