Women trounce Bonnies

The Lady Husky hoopsters opened their Bank of America Arena schedule Friday with a dominating 105-48 win over St. Bonaventure in front of 2,702 fans. June Daugherty's squad used their matchup zone to frustrate the Bonnies into 31 turnovers including 14 in the first half. Loree Payne led the way with 16 points.

The Bonnies came into the Seattle Times Husky Classic riding high at 3-0 with wins over two 2002 NCAA tournament teams, Bucknell and Kent State.

But they were no match for the Huskies who jumped out to 51-23 lead at half time and continued the rout in the second half. After trading baskets early the Bonnies committed 14 first half turnovers and were never in the game after the Huskies began their three point barage. The Huskies shot 7-14 from three in the first half to help them out to an early lead including 2 of 3 from Loree Payne and Giuliana Mendiola.

The Bonnies could not get anything going offensively as they shot 38.5 % from the field and only 2 of 6 from free throw line in the first session. Loree Payne paced the Huskies in the first half with 14 points. Payne rattled off seven straight points in the midst of a 13-0 run by the Huskies, and showed a complete game in doing so. On three straight possessions Payne scored with a jumper on the wing, a fast break layup and a deep three pointer.

Washington closed the half on a 17-4 run fueled by three pointers from Giuliana Mendiola, Gioconda Mendiola, and Loree Payne.

The second half proved to be no better for the Bonnies. Washington extended their lead to as many as 64 points in the second half with runs of 13-2, and 14-4. The Bonnies continued to shoot poorly and ended the game shooting at a 34.7 clip while Washington shot 55.8 percent and a blistering 57.1 percent from behind the arc.

The motion offense worked to perfection as the Huskies continued to get open looks from three. Washington tied a school record with 16 three pointers made. And drained nine in the second half.

"I was happy with the fact that we were unselfish as a team and moved the ball around," said head coach June Daugherty. Daugherty used the large margin as an opportunity to get her freshman some playing time. Freshman Nicole Castro had four points to go along with her ten minutes. Fellow frosh Erica Shelly had 9 minutes of PT, but missed her only shot. The loudest roar of the night came when Senior reserve Alicia Heathcote scored on her only shot of the game.

The blowout over the Bonnies served as a confidence booster for the Lady Huskies. The previous week they had been blown out in Lubbock, Texas by #13 Texas Tech and were looking for a proverbial whipping boy. St. Bonaventure would have to do. "This was our fourth game in seven days so I thought that fatigue would be a factor. We weren't where we needed to be mentally for this game, and to be frank even if we were we would've gotten a beating today," said St. Bonaventure head coach Jim Crowley. "They should be a top-25 team."

The 105 point outburst by the Huskies set numerous records. The 16 three pointers tied not only a Washington record, but also a Pac-10 record. The 57.1 percent rate at which they hit the threes broke the old school mark of 55.6. The Huskies also dished out 30 assists, which shattered the Seattle Times Husky Classic record of 26 set by James Madison in 2000. Washington committed only nine turnovers, which equaled the tournament, low, also set in 2000 by Loyola-Marymount. Giuliana Mendiola had seven assists to go with her 14 points, while sister Gioconda dished out five.

Next Up: The Huskies will face Kentucky tomorrow in the finals of the Seattle Times Husky Classic at 7pm. Kentucky defeated University of Pacific 77-61 earlier in the day. Pacific and St. Bonaventure will meet in the consolation game at 5pm at Hec-Ed.

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