Mendiola sets record in win

Revenge may have been a factor tonight as the Husky women's basketball team faced one of the two teams that blemish their conference record Saturday. Early in January the Huskies traveled down to UCLA and suffered a 72-46 defeat a mere three days after the Kayla Burt scare. The Huskies responded today with a resounding thumping of UCLA 111-77 in front of a Bank of America arena record crowd of 8,408. Giuliana Mendiola's career high and school record 43 points paced the Huskies.

Immediately following the tip-off the Huskies set the tone with a Giuliana Mendiola three pointer that got the largest, loudest crowd of the year off to a frenzied start.

Giuli scored eight of Washington's first ten points as the Huskies began on a 13-2 run that prompted an early timeout by UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier, but her tactics proved ineffective as the Huskies scored the next nine points to take a 22-2 lead at the 15 minute mark of the first half. An Emily Autrey three pointer was sandwiched by two Loree Payne threes that keyed the early run. The Huskies made six of their first seven threes and made nine from behind the arc in the half. " They were hitting from the start and getting a lot of open looks," said Olivier

Twelve Husky turnovers in the first half allowed the Bruins to keep the margin somewhat within reach. The Bruin twosome of Michelle Greco and Nikki Blue scored all but four of the Bruins 29 first half points and all but one of their field goals in what would prove to be a theme for the night. UCLA went into halftime facing a 52-29 deficit.

Giuliana was well on her way to her record setting performance with 20 first half points to go with her five rebounds. Emily Autrey also threw in double digits with 12 on five of six shooting in the fist session. It wasn't so much a bad sign for the Bruins that the Huskies threw up 16 three-point attempts in the first half, accounting for half their field goal attempts, but rather that they made nine of them early and 15 in the game.

The shooting of the Huskies and the decibel level of the crowd was too much to overcome for the Bruins in the second half. Play became a little bit sloppy on both ends as the result was barely ever in question. The Huskies committed 26 turnovers for the game to the Bruins 18, but Giuli Mendiola continued to pump in points to keep the Huskies ahead by a comfortable margin.

Giuli shot 15-20 from the floor and by herself made six if nine three pointers. She also threw in seven of eight from the line to reach her record total. As it was in the first half, Emily Autrey was her partner in crime. Autrey finished the game with 23 points on eight of ten shooting and also collected eight rebounds.

As a whole the Huskies shoot a ridiculous 71.4 percent from the floor in the second half as the shots just kept going down. For the game their percentage was slightly more human at 63.3 Loree Payne kept the defense honest by chipping in 19 points to give the trio of Payne, Autrey and Mendiola 85 of the Huskies 111 points. UCLA's scoring was even more unbalanced as Greco and Blue combined for 64 of the Bruins 77 points.

The rest of the team contributed four total field goals. It was a battle from the start for the Bruins and Olivier knew it. " The played Husky basketball tonight. They got clean looks and were able to knock them down early. Giuliana really makes them go. They had enough momentum, you throw in the crowd and we were doomed." Said Olivier.

Mendiola as always tried to throw more attention toward her teammates, but also wanted to take time to thank the crowd. "I want to thank the crowd and thank them for doing the wave. I usually only see that at football games. That gave me the chills," she said. "My sister told me I need five more, and I was thinking for 30 to get the crowd chicken wings or something, but when I found out I was surprised. This game was about competing for the Pac-10 championship. We have the opportunity to win it on our own and our team realizes that."

The record crowd Saturday was bolstered by the attendance of over 1,400 young girls and their families attending a half time ceremony promoting National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The crowd was mentioned by nearly everyone in the post game. The attendance was also the ninth largest crowd in women's Pac-10 history.

"Best crowd I've ever seen here…It's got to be intimidating for opponents." – Loree Payne
"My best experience as a Husky." - Emily Autrey
"It was extra special because of the fans." – June Daugherty

The Tui clan was in the house Saturday. Super Bowl QB Marques Tuiasosopo, his brothers Zach and Matt, and sister Leslie were all in attendance today.

Next Up: The Husky Women have a big road trip next week down to the Arizona schools, Thursday and Saturday against Arizona and Arizona State.

Saturday was also the date of the popular women's basketball silent auction. Amongst the items available for bid were an authentic Italian dinner with the ENTIRE Mendiola family, A fly fishing trip with assistant coach Mike Daugherty, signed basketballs by both Husky basketball teams as well as one by Micheal Jordan and much more. A preliminary estimate of 38,500 was raised to benefit Washington women's basketball Top Stories