Seniors Lead Huskies To 76-55 Victory Over Iowa St

AMES, Iowa - The senior trio of Andrea Lalum and Giuliana and Gioconda Mendiola all scored in double-digits, leading Washington women's basketball to a 76-55 victory over Iowa State in front of 7,232 fans at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, Sunday.

Lalum had a team-high 18 points, while the Mendiola sisters each chipped in 16 - which was a career-high effort for Gioconda - to spark the Huskies (7-2), playing in their final regular season non-conference contest of the season.

Washington had a season-high 10 three-pointers, led by a career-high four from Gioconda Mendiola. The Huskies held the Cyclones (5-4) to just four three's on the day. ISU had made 10 or more three-pointers five times this season.

The Huskies outrebounded Iowa State 35-33 and forced 17 turnovers to their own 10. Giuliana Mendiola and freshman Jill Bell led the rebounding effort with six boards apiece. Giuliana Mendiola added a team-high six assists.

Iowa State was fueled by a game-high 20 points from Anne O'Neill, while Brittany Wilkins came off the bench to turn in a team-high six rebounds.

Washington took the crowd of 7,232 fans - the largest the Huskies have played in front of this season - out of the game midway through the first half. With a one-point lead and just over 12 minutes to play until the intermission, UW rattled off 14-0 run to take a fifteen point lead, its largest advantage of the game at that point.

The Huskies went into the lockerroom with a 38-24 lead and after Iowa State opened the second frame on a 7-0 run, regained control of the game with a 14-7 run to retain a 15-point advantage. Leading 53-40 with 12 minutes remaining, the Huskies turned in an 8-0 run, sparked by two three-pointers from Gioconda Mendiola and a bucket from Bell, to extend their lead to 21. UW's largest lead of the game was a 24-point spread with 3:46 left on the clock.

The Cyclones were the last of four Big 12 opponents on Washington's non-conference slate, as the Huskies split the four, also defeating Oklahoma State but falling to Colorado and Texas Tech.

Points: Lalum 18, Gio. Mendiola 16, Giu. Mendiola 16, Watson 6, Bell 6, Castro 6, Hicks 4, O'Hara 4

Rebounds: Giu. Mendiola 6, Bell 6, Gio. Mendiola 4, Watson 3, Hicks 3, O'Hara 3, Lalum 2, A. Jones 2

Assists: Giu. Mendiola 6, A. Jones 4, O'Hara 4, Castro 3, Gio. Mendiola 2, Watson 1, Lalum 1, Bell 1, Hicks 1

Steals: Gio. Mendiola 2, Giu. Mendiola 2, Watson 1, Lalum 1, O'Hara 1, Bell 1, A. Jones 1

Blocks: Lalum 1, Giu. Mendiola 1

Washington will take a few days off for the Christmas holiday before opening Pac-10 play in Arizona this weekend. The Huskies make their conference debut in Tucson versus the Wildcats, Saturday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m. MT, before making the trip to Tempe for a matchup with Arizona State, Monday, Dec. 29, at 7:30 p.m. MT. Top Stories