The game was the nightcap of the Les Schwab Pac-10/Big Ten Challenge, which included a Washington State/Michigan match up that took place prior to the game.
Six Huskies scored in double-digits, led by the 17 points of guard Giuliana
Mendiola. Loree Payne (16), Andrea Lalum (14), Kellie O'Neill (12), Emily
Autrey (11), and Sarah Keeler (10) rounded out Washington's leading scorers.
After taking a 10-point lead to halftime, the Huskies took advantage of 16
second-half Indiana turnovers to stay comfortably in the lead until the
game's final minutes The Hoosiers battled back thanks to full-court
pressure, which gave the Huskies problems. IU got to within five when point
guard Heather Cassidy knocked down two free throws with 1:43 remaining, but
it proved to be too little too late.
Washington (5-3) hit 9 of 12 free throws down the stretch to ensure victory.
Six-foot, five-inch center Jill Chapman scored 16 of her game-high 24 points
in the second half but fouled out with 5:27 remaining, significantly hurting
the Hoosiers' chances at a comeback. It showed in the final minutes as
Indiana had nobody to go to when it mattered most.
The tough Husky defense forced 31 Indiana turnovers for the game, led by the
swarming presence of freshman point guard Kristen O'Neill. The first year
player started in place of the injured Gioconda Mendiola and pressured the
IU ball-handlers all game. That allowed the rest of the Husky defense to
take gambles that resulted in forced turnovers.
"Our defense definitely disrupted Indiana's flow," said Washington Head
Coach June Daugherty. "To force 31 turnovers against a team of that stature
that is very well coached, it's a great feat for our defense. It's
something that we've been trying to build on with our intensity, and tonight
we were able to put it together."
Lalum agreed with the head coach. "We relied on each other big-time on
defense," she said. "We were able to take risks and pressure the ball as
much as we did because we knew that we had each others backs. We relied on
each other and were dependent on one another and it showed tonight. We came
together as a team."
Washington broke out to an early lead just minutes into the game behind the hot
hand of two-guard Loree Payne. The junior from Montana came out firing and
hit back-to-back three pointers to put the UW ahead 8-0 before three minutes
had elapsed in the game. That gave the Huskies a cushion that they'd
maintain for the remainder of the half.
With Lalum riding the bench due to two early fouls, Keeler entered the game
and immediately made her presence known at both ends of the court. She gave
the Huskies a nice boost with six first half points on nifty
back-to-the-basket shots. Defensively, Keeler blocked a shot and forced a
jump ball on a hustle play under the basket.
"I came out with a new attitude tonight and it paid off," said the jovial
Keeler. "This is just the first step though. There's a lot more of Keeler
Indiana (4-3) shot themselves in the foot with carelessness at the offensive
end of the court, committing 15 turnovers before intermission. At one point
it looked like the Huskies would run away with the contest as the home team
pulled out to a 30-13 lead, taking advantage of the Hoosier turnovers.
But before Washington could put the game away, the Hoosiers answered with a
9-0 run of their own to get it back to an eight-point contest. They were
led by the outstanding play of senior forward Erin McGinnin, who shot the
ball extremely well despite an unorthodox shot, scoring a team-high 14
points on three of four shooting from beyond the three-point arc. McGinnin
also pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the team heading into the locker room.
She scored just two after half and finished with 16 points for the game.
Gio Sidelined: Starting point guard Gioconda Mendiola, the older of the two
Mendiola sisters on the team, will miss six weeks after it was learned last night that she has a stress fracture in her lower right leg. In her absence, freshman Kristen O'Neill got the start tonight and figures to stay there until Gio returns.
Next Up: Washington will face the Michigan Wolverines Sunday at 3 p.m. to
wrap up the tournament. Daugherty would like to get some help from the Husky fans for the game. "I'd like to see a packed house," said the head coach. "We've got the Pac-10, Big-10 challenge. We've got two ranked teams in here, and I think people will have the opportunity to see some great basketball on Sunday."
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