Husky Women Crush Sixth-Ranked Stanford, 92-68

Feb. 13, 2003

SEATTLE - Junior All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola and her University of Washington teammates were nearly unstoppable on offense and suffocating on defense Thursday, combining to hand sixth-ranked Stanford its worst Pac-10 loss in over 12 seasons, a 92-68 defeat before 8,083 raucous fans at Bank of America Arena.

The 24-point win was Washington's second-largest ever in the UW-Stanford series, and was just the 13th loss by 20 points or more in the 18-year Stanford career of Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer.

The loss was the worst by Stanford (19-3, 11-2) in a Pac-10 game since a 26-point defeat to Oregon State on Mar. 9, 1991.

Mendiola led the Huskies to their 12th-straight home win, adding five rebounds and seven assists to what has become her customary 20 points. The junior guard has scored at least 20 in the team's last five games, during which time she has averaged 25.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.

Mendiola and Stanford All-American Nicole Powell traded basket for basket, Powell leading her team with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

'Every time we get a quick start, we get in a rhythm,' said Mendiola, who scored seven points in a five-minute span of the first half to spark a 19-4 run that put Washington ahead, 37-19, with 6:39 to play. 'When we get the crowd going right away, it keeps us energized the entire game.'

Washington (18-5, 10-4) brought the crowd to its feet early, hitting a trio of three-pointers in a 90-second span at the start of the half to build an early lead. Junior Andrea Lalum hit the first three en route to 16 points, while sophomore Kristen O'Neill knocked down the next two. The Huskies finished the first half with eight threes on 14 attempts, and shot 13-for-26 (.500) for the contest, the fourth time in the last six games the team has eclipsed 10 three-pointers made.

After a 22-14 Stanford run closed the gap to 11, at 63-52 with 12:04 remaining, Washington went on a 18-4 run - including 10 from Mendiola - to put the game away.

The Huskies, who were outrebounded by 27 in the first matchup between the two teams this season, held Stanford to just 28 rebounds total, while adding 38 of their own.

'Our mission was to come out in this game and play a lot more physical on the defensive end,' said seventh-year head coach June Daugherty. 'We tried to take Stanford out of their comfort zone, offensively. The number one thing was that we had to be physical and outrebound them. That mission was definitely accomplished.'

Washington returns to the floor on Saturday to host California in a 12:00 p.m. contest at Bank of America Arena.

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