Mendiola's School-Record 43 points Lead UW Past UCLA
Feb 1, 2003
SEATTLE - All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola established a school record with 43 points, leading No. 25 Washington women's basketball to a 111-77 rout of the UCLA Bruins in front of a record-setting crowd of 8, 408 at Bank of America Arena, Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies (17-3, 9-2) celebrated 'National Girls and Women In Sports Day' in fine fashion, thrilling the near capacity crowd with their 11-straight win at home, the longest streak since a 13-game run during the 1988-89 season.
The 34-point win over the Bruins (12-8, 7-4) secured the Huskies' second-place Pac-10 standing and proved to be an amazing turnaround from its 26-point loss to UCLA in Westwood on Jan. 3.
Mendiola's 43 points eclipsed the previous school record of 39 held by Shaunda Greene vs. Northern Illinois Nov. 30, 1991. Mendiola, the team's consistent leader in points, rebounds and assists, also tied a career-high with 12 rebounds to go along with seven assists. She just missed a triple-double for the second-straight game, but notched her sixth double-double of the season and the 11th of her career.
The Huskies also shattered a 12-year old Bank of America Arena record with 8,408 fans in attendance. Today's crowd surpassed the previous record of 8,170 vs. DePaul on March 17, 1991. It was also the ninth-largest all-time Pac-10 women's basketball crowd.
Washington opened the game on a 22-2 run, holding the Bruins to just eight points with 8:30 left to go in the first half. The Huskies cruised, never relinquishing their lead and holding as much as a 29-point advantage with 1:27 left in the first half. The second half was much the same, as the UW lead was its smallest at 21 points with 8:58 left in the game. UW's largest lead was a 36-point spread twice in the waning seconds of the game.
Three other Huskies joined Mendiola in double-figure scoring with senior Emily Autrey tying her career high with 23 points, senior All-America candidate Loree Payne added 19 and junior Andrea Lalum chipped in 10 points.
Washington shot an incredible 63.3 (38-60) percent from the field and a school-record 60 (15-25) percent from three-point range. The Huskies' 15 three-pointers were one shy of tying its season-high, and school and Pac-10 records.
The Huskies held UCLA to shooting 38.1 (32-84) percent from the field and 9.5 (2-21) percent from three-point field goal range. Freshman sensation Nikki Blue led the Bruins with 35 points, setting a UCLA freshman single-game record. Senior Michelle Greco, the Pac-10's scoring leader, chipped in 29 points.
'UCLA played very hard for 40 minutes,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'Honestly there was never a time that I felt really comfortable in that game knowing that (Nikki) Blue and (Michelle) Greco were capable of putting up 60 a night easy. Both of those kids played great games.'
Among the festivities for 'National Girls and Women and Sports Day' was a halftime ceremony that paraded approximately 1500 young girls on the court in team or Girl Scout uniforms. In addition, a silent auction held in conjunction with the game raised an early estimate of $38,500 to benefit the Washington women's basketball team and program.
After wrapping up its longest homestand of the year, the Huskies travel to the desert this week to face No. 24 Arizona, Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. MT and Arizona State, Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. MT. Saturday's game at ASU will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
Washington Women's Basketball vs. UCLA
Feb. 1, 2003
Bank of America Arena o Seattle, Wash.
Points: WASH 111 (Giu. Mendiola 43), UCLA 77 (Blue 35). Rebounds: WASH 47 (Giu. Mendiola 12), UCLA 30 (Jones 5). Assists: WASH 29 (Giu. Mendiola 7), UCLA 10 (Blue 4). Steals: WASH 7 (Lalum 2), UCLA 19 (Greco 6). Blocks: WASH 2 (Lalum, Keeler), UCLA 1 (Veasley). Turnovers: WASH 26 (O'Neill 6), UCLA 18 (Veasley 5). Fouls: WASH 17 (Keeler 4), UCLA 23 (Jones 5).
Fouled Out: WASH - none, UCLA - Jones (2).
Technicals: WASH - none. USC - none.
Officials: Gator Parrish, Mazetta Garrett, Bill Jump.