Husky Women Come Back To Defeat Cal 76-59

Jan. 16, 2003

BERKELEY, CALIF. -- Three players scored in double-figures including, a career-high 18 points from sophomore Kristen O'Neill, to lead Washington women's basketball over Cal 76-59 at Haas Pavilion, Thursday evening.

With the win, Washington improved to 13-2 overall and 5-1 in Pac-10 play, while Cal dropped to 5-9, and 1-4 in conference action. The Huskies have won four-straight and 12 of their last 13 games.

O'Neill, who has started the last five games, registered a career-high point total for the second consecutive contest, after scoring 17 vs. Arizona Saturday. Tonight against Cal she also added two rebounds. Junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola scored 16 points to go along with six rebounds and a team-high six assists. Senior Emily Autrey contributed 13 points and six boards.

'I thought Emily (Autrey) and Kristen (O'Neill) got us back in the game offensively and hit some key shots for us,' Husky head coach June Daugherty said. 'I also thought we did a much better job of finding a body and boxing out.'

Senior All-America candidate Loree Payne scored just six points, but her only three-pointer of the game tied her for the Washington career record (211) with former Husky Megan Franza. Her next trey will establish a new Husky record for career three-point field goals made.

Junior Andrea Lalum just missed her 10th career double-double with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds. Junior Gioconda Mendiola came off the bench to record a career-high five steals.

The Huskies trailed Cal for most of the first half and by as much as a 12-point deficit (22-10) at the 9:27 mark. But down 27-18 at 3:48, Washington rattled off a 15-0 run to head into the lockerroom with a 32-27 lead.

UW continued that momentum with an 18-4 run to open the second half, extending its lead to a 19-point cushion, 50-31, at 12:52. Washington's largest lead of the game was 21 points at 11:32.

The Huskies outrebounded Cal 36-33, while forcing 17 turnovers to their own 11. Cal center Timea Ivanyi led all scorers with 24 points, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.

The Huskies wrap-up their Bay Area swing Saturday, Jan. 18, against No. 6 Stanford in Palo Alto. The 12 p.m. tip-off will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. Cal
Jan. 16, 2003
Maples Pavilion o Berkeley, Calif.
Attendance: 854

Points: WASH 76 (O'Neill 18), CAL 59 (Ivanyi 24). Rebounds: WASH 36 (Lalum 9), CAL 33 (Ivanyi 8). Assists: WASH 20 (Giu. Mendiola 6), CAL 20 (Anaz, Iwanaga 5). Steals: WASH 12 (Gio. Mendiola 5), CAL 6 (Gregory, Iwanaga 2). Blocks: WASH 0 (none), CAL 1 (Volkova). Turnovers: WASH 11 (Giu. Mendiola 4), CAL 17 (Wright 4). Fouls: WASH 19 (Keeler 4), CAL19 (Volkova 5).Fouled Out: WASH - none, CAL - Volkova.Technicals: WASH - Gio. Mendiola. CAL - none.Officials: Mary Whatford, Cameron Inouye, Darla Foutz.

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