Washington vs. Oregon Game Notes

Jan. 23, 2003

Washington's win was its eighth straight at home, the last loss a 77-73 defeat at the hands of this same Oregon team in the quarterfinals of the WNIT tournament on March 17, 2002.

The 19-point victory margin was Washington's largest in the UW-UO series since a 72-50 win in Eugene on Feb. 11, 1978.

Senior Loree Payne equaled her career-high with 29 points, and tied a season-best with six three-point field goals made. Payne last scored 29 points in a 77-69 win over Washington State on Dec. 28, 2002.

Kristen O'Neill led all Husky players with 12 rebounds, a career high for the sophomore guard. O'Neill's rebounding total equaled the most by any Husky player this season, a mark set by Giuliana Mendiola's 12 boards against Houston in December.

Washington, which entered the game ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in rebounding, won the battle on the boards for just the third time in eight conference games. The Huskies pulled down 38 rebounds to just 27 for Oregon, including a 21-13 advantage in the second half. Frequently, Washington turned its rebounds into points, holding an 18-7 advantage in second-chance points.

Oregon led Washington, 16-10, in points in the paint at halftime, but Washington took a 22-4 edge in the stat in the second half to finish the game ahead, 32-20.

Senior forward Kellie Dalan returned to action tonight for the first time since Dec. 20. Dalan entered the game with 13:47 to go and played a total of 13 minutes, finishing with two points and three rebounds.

The Huskies' field goal percentage of .500 (30x60) was its highest in Pac-10 play. The team has shot .500 or better on four occasions this season, the most recent a .554 (36x65) effort against San Francisco on Dec. 20.

After leading by just two, 34-32, at halftime, Washington opened the second stanza with a 15-6 run to take a 49-38 lead with 14:14 to play in the game. In the run, Loree Payne scored seven points and Emily Autrey added six.

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