Lalum's Last-Minute Layin Lifts Husky Women To 64-63 Win Over Iowa State

Dec. 22, 2002

SEATTLE -- Junior forward Andrea Lalum scored 23 points, including the game-winning six-foot bank shot with 10.8 seconds remaining, to bring the Huskies back from a 12-point deficit to win their seventh-consecutive game, 64-63, over Iowa State at Bank of America Arena.

The Cyclones' Lindsey Wilson, a graduate of Seattle's Roosevelt High School, led all Iowa State players with 22 points, but missed a 10-foot shot from the left angle as time expired.

With the win, Washington wrapped up its non-conference schedule with an 8-1 record, including a perfect 5-0 mark at home. The seven-game winning streak and 8-1 record are both the team's best since opening the 1997-98 season 10-0.

'What a great college game,' said seventh-year head coach June Daugherty of the Husky win. 'This was a total team victory. We knew this was going to be a battle, and that we were going to have to have everyone step up. I thought everyone accepted that responsibility and did a great job, especially Andrea Lalum. We told her at halftime, 'You've got to take over,' and it was great to see her respond.

'A lot of people have questioned whether we have an inside game,' she continued. 'The answer is, absolutely.'

Lalum's heroics capped a dramatic second half which featured five lead changes, two ties, and just one turnover by the Huskies, who committed only three in the entire game.

After making four of their first six shots to take an early 8-2 lead, the Huskies missed 11 consecutive field goals over the next 7:59, allowing Iowa State to break the game open with a 17-1 run. The Cyclones increased their lead to as many as 12 points, at 29-17, with just under five minutes remaining in the half, but four points from Lalum and a three-pointer by Giuliana Mendiola cut the lead to eight, 32-24, at the half.

Having made just two of 15 three-point attempts in the first half, the Huskies tried to work the ball inside against Iowa State's smaller forwards after the break. After swapping points for the first three minutes of the half, Washington scored seven straight points, and 16 of the next 23 overall, to take the lead at 46-45 with just under nine minutes to play. An 8-2 run by the Cyclones over the next two minutes, however, gave the visitors a five-point cushion with five minutes to play.

It was at this point that Lalum, already with 17 points, took over by scoring on each of the Huskies' next two possessions to cut the lead to three, 55-52. The two teams swapped points again on their subsequent possessions before Kayla Burt - who would finish with 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds - nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 57 with three minutes remaining.

A 15-footer by Iowa State's Anne 0'Neil was followed by a three-pointer from Mendiola to give Washington the lead. The Huskies then rebounded a missed Cyclones' field goal and found Lalum for a turnaround hook shot to open up a three-point advantage, at 62-59, with just two minutes left.

The Cyclones responded, however, with a long-range jumper of their own to pull within one, then shut down the Husky offense and took the lead on a pair of free throws by Wilson with just 1:12 to go.

The Huskies missed another shot on the ensuing possession, but fouled Iowa State's O'Neil before she could get the ball to Wilson. O'Neil missed both attempts and, with just over 10 seconds remaining, Lalum leaned in for a six-footer off the glass to win the game, and send the 4,208 fans in attendance into hysteria.

'They gave me an opportunity to go one-on-one,' said Lalum of her performance. 'Usually I get double- or triple-teamed, but they let me go. We have awesome shooters outside, so defenses have to pick what they are going to do - either they can deny them, or deny me. It was great for us to show that we're mentally strong, and a great way to finish off the preseason.'

Washington will carry its 8-1 non-conference record into Saturday's Pac-10 season opener at Washington State, to be televised live by Fox Sports Northwest at 1 p.m.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. Iowa State
Dec. 22, 2002
Bank of America Arena o Seattle, Wash.
Attendance: 4,208

Points: WASH 64 (Lalum 23), ISU 63 (Wilson 22). Rebounds: WASH 35 (Autrey, Burt 7), ISU 42 (Cofield 10). Assists: WASH 19 (Burt 8), ISU 6 (Wilson 3). Steals: WASH 4 (Lalum, Giu. Mendiola, Burt, Gio. Mendiola), ISU 1 (Junod). Blocks: WASH 3 (O'Neill, Keeler, Lalum), ISU 0. Turnovers: WASH 3 (Giu. Mendiola 2), ISU 14 (Wilson 6). Fouls: WASH 15 (Gio. Mendiola, Lalum, O'Neill 3), ISU14 (Wilson 4).
Fouled Out: WASH - none, ISU - none.
Technicals: WASH - Gio. Mendiola, ISU - Wilson.
Officials: Chuck Gonzales, Melissa Barlow, Lisa Jones.

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