Payne Drowns Ducks Under Rain of Threes in 79-60 UW Victory

Jan. 23, 2003

SEATTLE - All-America candidate Loree Payne made six three-pointers and scored 29 points, leading the Washington women's basketball team to a 79-60 victory over Oregon before 4,299 fans at Bank of America Arena.

Payne's 29 points equaled her career high, while her six three-pointers improved the senior's school record career total to 219.

Oregon freshman Carolyn Ganes led all Ducks' scorers with 24 points, while Washington junior Giuliana Mendiola contributed across the board with 13 rebounds, eight rebounds and six assists.

The margin of victory for Washington (14-3, 6-2) was its largest in the series in nearly 25 years, and marked the UW's second win over Oregon (6-11, 2-6) in the series' last four games. The Ducks had won 12 straight in the series before an 88-80 Husky victory in Seattle last February.

'She's back!' said seventh-year head coach June Daugherty of Payne, who had struggled to score at times in recent weeks. 'Loree is one of the purest shooters in the country. She knew that we all had confidence in her. It was great to see her get on track tonight and play the way she did.'

The Husky coaches stressed the importance of rebounding well, and the team responded, holding a 38-27 advantage on the boards, an 18-7 edge in second-chance points, and outscoring Oregon in the paint by a 32-20 margin - including a 22-4 edge after halftime.

'It's all about who wants it more,' said sophomore guard Kristen O'Neill, whose 12 rebounds in the game were a career-high. 'I was trying to go in there and be physical, and do everything I could to help my team.'

Washington struggled to score early, going more than two minutes without a basket before Payne hit her first three-pointer of the contest to give UW a 3-2 lead with 17:40 to play in the half. The Huskies led by as much as eight in the half before Oregon mounted a 10-0 run on the strength of seven points from freshman Ganes to take a 25-22 lead with 4:21 remaining.

Washington, however, bounced back to score 12 of the last 18 points of the first half, and 15 of the first 21 points after halftime, turning the 25-22 deficit into a 49-38 advantage over a span of 9:06. The Huskies eventually built a lead as large as 22 points, at 70-48, and held on for the 19-point victory.

The game also marked the return of senior forward Kellie Dalan. Dalan, who had missed eight consecutive games due a stress fracture, entered the game in the first half and played 13 minutes, totaling two points and three rebounds.

The Huskies return to action at Bank of America Arena on Saturday at 5 p.m. against Oregon State, a game to be televised live on Fox Sports Net.

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