Mendiola's 29 Lift Huskies to Come-From-Behind Win over USC

Feb. 7, 2004

SEATTLE - Senior guard Giuliana Mendiola scored 10 of her game-high 29 points in a crucial 13-2 UW run the final four and half minutes to lead the Huskies to a 72-70 victory over USC at Bank of America Arena.

Washington (13-9, 6-7) trailed by as many as nine in the second half, with a layin by USC's Meghan Knekow at the 5:19 mark capping an 11-2 USC run and giving the Trojans (12-9, 9-4) a 64-55 lead.

A turnaround jumper in the lane by UW senior Andrea Lalum with 4:28 remaining ended a six-minute Husky field-goal drought and cut the lead to five, at 64-59. It was then that Mendiola - who has scored at least 27 points in each of the last three contests - took over, following up a driving layin with a 12-foot jumper, then feeding Lalum for a long three from the corner to tie the game at 67-67 with 1:56 to play.

Just 36 seconds later, Mendiola brought the ball upcourt and pulled up suddenly for the three, draining the shot to give the Huskies a three-point lead and cap an 11-1 UW run. Another 12-foot floater by Mendiola with 50 seconds remaining put the Huskies up four, at 72-68, before a pair of free throws by Hoffman, who led all Trojans with 16 points, cut the lead to two with 37 seconds remaining.

The Trojans opted to let the Huskies run down the clock, and after Gioconda Mendiola's long-range effort with five seconds remaining wouldn't go down, Trojans' guard Jessica Cheeks corralled the rebound and sprinted upcourt, but her 19-foot effort rimmed out as time expired.

'That was one heck of a ballgame,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'I think we found out an awful lot about these kids tonight. I'm really proud of them. It was a great game and a hard fought win.'

The Huskies welcomed a season-high crowd of 6,339 to Bank of America Arena for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a holiday Mendiola celebrated last season with a 43-point outburst in a victory over UCLA.

The senior's 29 points on Saturday moved her career total to 1,713, surpassing Leteia Hughley for fourth-place on the Huskies' career scoring list. Senior Andrea Lalum also climbed the Huskies' career charts, with her one block tying her for second all-time with UW great Karen Deden.

Washington hits the road next weekend for games at Oregon State on Thursday and at Oregon on Saturday. The Huskies continue a three-game road swing traveling to Pullman to face Washington State on Feb. 21.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. USC
Feb. 7, 2004
Bank of America Arena o Seattle, Wash.
Attendance: 6,339

Points: WASH 72 (Giu. Mendiola 29), USC 70 (Hoffman 16). Rebounds: WASH 31 (Lalum 7), USC 35 (Hoffman 7). Assists: WASH 10 (Giu. Mendiola 5), USC 17 (Gnekow, Hagiya 4). Steals: WASH 6 (O'Hara 2), USC 7 (Hagiya, Murphy 2). Blocks: WASH 3 (Lalum, Bell, O'Hara); USC 3 (Kerr 2). Turnovers: WASH 17 (Giu. Mendiola 4), USC 20 (Hoffman 4). Fouls: WASH 22 (Bell 5), USC 22 (Five players with 3).
Fouled Out: WASH - Bell, USC - none.
Technicals: WASH - none. USC - none.
Officials: Anita Ortega, Roy Gulbeyan, Connie Pardue.

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