Washington comes from behind for win

The red hot Lady Husky hoopsters faced adversity for the first time since their loss at Texas Tech. Coming in at 6-1, the women were rolling over their non-conference using hot three point shooting and excellent ball movement in their motion offense. But it was the Lady Cyclones of Iowa State that were hot from behind the arc in the first half, forcing the Huskies to climb back to a thrilling 64-63 victory in front of 4,208 rowdy fans at Bank of America Arena.

Early on the Huskies were ice cold shooting 31.3 percent in the first half. The Huskies' signature threes were nowhere to be found as they went an abysmal two of fifteen from deep. Meanwhile the Cyclones took on the role of the three point shooters making five of their first eight including four in the midst of a 16-2 run.

June Daugherty tried to quell the run at 12-0 with a time out but immediately afterwards a shot clock beating jumper by Lindsey Wilson of Seattle's Roosevelt High school seemed to take a little out of the Huskies who have led close to the entirety of their recent homestand. Wilson led ISU with twelve first half points, much to the delight of her crowd of supporters behind the Cyclone bench.

Andrea Lalum did her best to revive the Huskies with a little post play while the outside game wasn't working. Her nine first half points led the Huskies and was the only bright spots for the Huskies who went in the break facing a 32-24 deficit.

Early in the second half the Huskies climbed back to tie the game at 45-45. The physical play by Cyclones caught up to Iowa State. The Huskies were in the bonus with over twelve minutes to play. Kayla Burt was the spark behind the Husky run. Burt hit a much needed three and was consistently able to penetrate the Cyclone defense while the other Huskies had trouble with the 2-3 zone that ISU remained in for the majority of the game. Burt's penetration led to kick outs, post baskets and eight assists for sophomore from Arlington.

"It's a tough zone to play against. It's a quick release zone but they not only quick release but they push you out," said head coach June Daugherty. "We had to adjust our offense and move the five a little up and out to find the gaps."

The player in that gap the entire second half was Andrea Lalum. Lalum led all scorers with 23 points, but it was her play down the stretch that stood out. After tying the game at 45-45, the Huskies leaned on Lalum the rest of the way as she engaged in a scoring battle with ISU's Wilson. ISU pushed their lead out to five, 53-48 with 5:25 to go on two Brittany Wilkins free throws. Wilkins finished with 14 points to complement 22 from Wilson.

From then on it was the Andrea Lalum show. Lalum hit an eleven-foot jumper to cut the lead to three. Wilkins answer with a sweet post move that lead to a lay-in. With 4:08 to play Lalum was called upon again and hit from 15 feet. While the ball was in the air Giuliana Mendiola was fouled off the ball going for position by Wilson. Giu hit both free throws and cut the ISU lead down to one point.

Lindsey Wilson seemingly had ice water in her veins as she isolated herself in the ISU offense with the shot clock winding down and the Husky crowd going nuts. Wilson banked in a fourteen footer in the paint to quiet all the fans who weren't sitting behind the Cyclone bench. The leaning jumper put ISU back up three with 3:22 at the final media time out.

Someone on the Cyclone bench missed an assignment out of the timeout and Kayla Burt was left open for three after a ball reversal. She cocked, fired and nailed wing jumper from the right side that once again tied the game, 57-57. With the clock winding down the Cyclones continued to isolate one player in their offense to break down the Husky defense one on one.

The next time down the floor it was Anne O'Neil, who had eleven points in the game. Her fifteen footer from the left baseline put ISU up momentarily but Giuliana Mendiola answered with another huge three pointer that gave the Huskies a one point lead. ISU called time with 2:36 to play and the Washington fans went ballistic.

Anne O'Neil missed a wing jumper on ISU's next possession and Washington looked to extend their lead. Once again they went to Lalum in the high post where she had been camping the entire second half. "Usually I get double and triple teamed by the guards, but they didn't, so I was just having fun out there," said Lalum. Her ten foot hook shot over the ISU defense put the Huskies up three with only two minutes to go, 62-59.

ISU went to Wilson to try to get the lead back. She responded in a big way. Her penetration and pull up cut the lead to one. On the next Washington possession she was cleared out by Kristen O'Neill going for a rebound off of a Lalum miss. The foul on O'neill sent Wilson to the line.

Wilson hit her first free throw amidst the noise from the Husky fans, but missed the second. Fortunately for her Emily Autrey was caught on a lane violation giving Wilson a second opportunity. She hit the re-do to give ISU the lead back at 63-62. Autrey missed a jumper the next time down the floor for the Huskies with a minute left. ISU recovered the rebound and called for time. Lindsey Wilson was called upon again but couldn't convert. ISU's Erica Junod recovered the rebound and the Huskies were forced to foul Anne O'Neil with 26.6 seconds left.

O'Neil went to the line and missed both shots, giving the Huskies one last breath. Coming down the floor everyone in the gym knew the offense was going to go through Lalum. She received the ball in the high post from Burt, turned and shot the same shot she had been given all night by the Cyclone defense.

"Andrea was open all day in the high post. I'm surprised they didn't make an adjustment," said Burt. She nailed the jumper to put the Huskies up one with 10.8 to go. ISU looked rushed on their next run down the floor. The clock expired without the Cyclones getting a good look. Wilson's desperation jumper was corralled by Giuliana Mendiola and time expired. The Husky bench emptied to celebrate with the players on the court. They were joined by some of the Husky men who had joined the crowd in the second half after their practice session.

"It was a great college game," said Daugherty. "A total team victory. Iowa State is obviously very talented and we're happy to come out with a win. We were concerned about their size and their zone but we took care of the ball well.

"I told Andrea at halftime that she had to take over. They were denying back to the guards." Lalum responded and the Huskies finished their nonconference season with an impressive 8-1 record.

They will open conference play at Washington State next Saturday the 28th. The Huskies are shooting to win the Pac-10, but they know they won't be able to coast like they have early this year. "There are so many good people in the Pac-10, every game could be like today. It's good for us to have a game like this to test us mentally. We've been winning big and I don't think that helps up," said Lalum.

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