Washington vs. Oregon State Postgame Notes
Jan. 25, 2003
Washington's win was its ninth-straight at home. In fact, the team has not lost a Pac-10 home game since Oregon State defeated Washington 73-71, in overtime on Feb. 21, 2002.
Junior Giuliana Mendiola's 13 assists in tonight's game equaled the school record shared by Leteia Hughley (vs. BYU, 12/16/83) and Katia Foucade (vs. SW Missouri State, 11/20/94). Mendiola finished the game with 13 points and 13 assists (also six rebounds) to record her fourth double-double of the season and the eighth of her UW career.
With nine points tonight, senior Loree Payne improved her career scoring total to 1,506 points, becoming just the ninth player in UW history to reach to 1,500-point plateau. Payne needs just three more points to pass Carlin McClary (1,508 points, 1979-82) for eighth on the school's all-time list.
Washington's wins over Oregon and Oregon State this week mark the team's first sweep of the Oregon schools at home since the 1992-93 season.
Washington women's basketball alumni participated in the annual Alumni Game prior to the Huskies matchup with Oregon State and were recognized at halftime. Highlighting the halftime ceremony was the introduction of former Husky Michelle Perkins, who was presented with a bouquet of flowers by former Husky Kayla Burt. Perkins was one of the paramedics who responded to Burt's sudden heart failure earlier this year, an ailment which forced Burt to cut short her Husky career.
Oregon State entered the contest with the Pac-10's top-rated defense, allowing just over 55 points per game. Washington, however, scored 43 points by halftime, and finished with 82 points, 11 more than had been allowed by the Beavers in any other Pac-10 game this season.
Washington's 26-point win over Oregon State was its biggest in the UW-OSU series since a 94-61 win in Seattle on Jan. 20, 1994. The win comes just two days after the Huskies recorded their biggest win over Oregon since the 1978 season.
Sophomore Kristen O'Neill, who entered this week's play with a career-high of nine rebounds, grabbed double-digit rebounds for the second-consecutive game. O'Neill tallied 10 boards tonight after pulling down 12 against the Ducks on Thursday.
Washington outrebounded its opponent for the second-consecutive game, after losing the rebounding battle in five of the previous six contests. The Huskies equaled their Pac-10 season high with 43 rebounds tonight, opposite just 26 for the Beavers, and outboarded Oregon, 38-27, on Thursday, creating a total rebounding margin for the weekend of +28.
The Huskies recorded 11 three-pointers against OSU, the first time the team has reached double-digits in the category since a remarkable string of five-straight such games earlier in the season, a string that concluded with a similar 11-three performance December 7 against Houston.