Nov. 20, 1999
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Washington women's basketball team staged a furious second half rally but it was not enough as the Huskies dropped their season opener, 67-57, to North Carolina Greensboro in front of 430 fans at the Reynolds Center, in first round action of the Wolfpack Women's Tournament.
Washington, 0-1, will face Southern Mississippi (0-1) in the consolation game at 12 noon EST (9 a.m. PST) Sunday. Ninth-ranked North Carolina State, a 78-43 winner over the Golden Eagles, will face UNCG in the championship game following at 2 p.m. EST.
Freshman Loree Payne led the Huskies in scoring, with 16 points, including two three pointers. Megan Franza added 14 points on 4-of-18 shooting, including just 2-of-12 from behind the arc. Emily Autrey was the leading rebounder with eight. The Huskies were outrebounded, 49-37, by the Spartans.
Washington managed just 19 points in the first half as the Spartans used an 18-2 run with eight minutes remaining to extend its first half lead.
Payne sparked the second half surge for the Huskies, making a driving layup at the 12:14 mark to close the gap to eight points, 44-36. Payne hit the next four Husky buckets, including a three pointer to pull within five with 11:07 to go. Another freshman, Kellie O'Neill, cut it to three with a layup at 2:44 to go but that was as close as UW could get.
"Greensboro came out from the tip and did a better job than us," Husky coach June Daugherty said. " They played harder, they competed harder. Our execution was not there. Weve played harder in practice than we did today. To step on the floor and have a team compete harder than you is tough. It's hard to look at the stat sheet and even find something positive to say. We competed hard in the second half but it wasn't enough."
"That performance is not what we are about," added junior Megan Franza. "What happened out there was a wakeup call. We cant just step on the floor and expect things to happen. That's not what we want to do and that's not what we are going to do. At times in the second half, we showed flashes of our capability. We just need to put it all together. We have the weapons."
North Carolina Wolfpack Women's Tournament
UNC-Greensboro - 67
Washington - 57
UW: 23-60 FG (38.3), 5-23 3FG (21.7), 6-9 FT (66.7).
UNCG: 23-60 FG (38.3), 4-15 3FG (26.7), 17-29 FT (58.6)
Gray 0-2 0-0 0, Franza 4-18 4-4 14, Payne 7-16 0-0 16, Autrey 3-4 0-1 6, Reichmann 1-5 0-0 2, Erickson 3-5 0-0 7, Duncan 0-0 0-0 0, ONeill 3-8 2-4 8, Pimley 2-2 0-0 4.
Rebounds: UW 37 (Autrey 8), UNCG 49
Fouls: UW 25, UNCG 10
Assists: UW 11 (Gray 6), UNCG 13
Turnovers: UW 20 (Franza 7), UNCG 20
Steals: UW 8 (Autrey 3), UNCG 11
Halftime: UNCG 32, UW 19