Huskies Fall To Southern California, 70-50

Jan. 9, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Washington women's basketball had its six-game winning streak against USC snapped, falling to the Women of Troy 70-50 at the Lyon Center, Friday evening.

The Huskies (8-6 overall, 1-4 Pac-10) were led by senior Giuliana Mendiola who had a team-high 13 points on her 22nd birthday. Freshman Breanne Watson and senior Andrea Lalum each chipped in seven points, while senior Gioconda Mendiola had a team-high eight assists and redshirt freshman Jill Bell had a team-high six rebounds.

USC had three players in double-figures led by 13 from Rometra Craig, while Jamie Hagiya and Eshaya Murphy had 12 and 11, respectively. The Huskies held All-America candidate Ebony Hoffman to eight points and six rebounds.

Friday's win marked the first USC victory over a Husky team since March 8, 2001, in Los Angeles (88-76). Washington had won six-straight, three last season and four by three points or less.

Washington struggled offensively, scoring a season-low 50 points with a season-low field goal shooting percentage of 39.2 percent. The Huskies also had a season-high 22 turnovers, while forcing USC to make 17.

Washington got off to a fast start, posting a 10-0 run after USC scored the opening bucket of the game. Giuliana Mendiola had six of the Huskies' first 10 points, with Watson and Bell also contributing buckets during the run. But it was the Women of Troy who responded with a 16-6 run to take a three-point lead with 6:20 left in the first half.

The Huskies came back to tie the score at 19 with a bucket from redshirt freshman Angie Jones and a free-throw from Giuliana Mendiola. Up 23-21 with just over four minutes to play until the intermission, USC went on a 6-0 run to end the half with a 27-23 advantage.

Four points was as close as the Huskies could get to USC in the second half, as the Women of Troy built as much as an 11-point lead with 7:20 left to play. A three-pointer from Lalum put Washington within eight at 6:11, but USC finished the game on a 16-4 run.

The 20-point loss was the Huskies' worst of the season. Prior to tonight, Washington's worst loss was a 15-point defeat at the hands of another Pac-10 opponent, Arizona, on the road. Washington's road woes continue, as the Huskies have lost its last three straight contests away from Bank of America Arena.

The Huskies will wrap-up their Southern California road swing, facing the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, Sunday, Jan. 11 at noon. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. The Bruins defeated Washington State, Friday, 78-58.

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