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Huskies Hand Broncos Their First Loss Of The Season, 81-73
Release: 12/03/1999
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Dec. 3, 1999

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SEATTLE -- The Washington womens basketball team logged its first home victory of the season with an 81-73 victory over Boise State in front of 1,127 fans in non-conference action at Mercer Arena. The Huskies extended their streak of victories to three straight over Boise State and an all-time record of 15-2 in the series.

Washington improves to 3-4 on the season while Boise State suffered its first loss and drops to 4-1.

Junior guard Megan Franza led the Husky scoring output when she matched her career-high of 24 points. Franza also had a season-high five three point baskets, on seven attempts from long range. Loree Payne added 11 points and Emily Autrey had 10. Kellie ONeill fell just short of her third double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds and nine points.

Stephanie Block led the Broncos with 24 points, followed by Abby Vaughan with 14 and Crista Peterson with 10.

After the Broncos tied the game at 20 with 7:42 remaining in the first half, the Huskies put together a 22-6 run to end the half. During the run, which gave Washington a 42-26 halftime lead, Franza scored 11 points including three three-point baskets.

Washington twice took 18 point leads in the second half, the last a 50-32 lead with 16:39 to go. After leading 58-42 with 12:08 remaining, the Broncos made a 20-8 run over the next 6:02 to close to with four, at 66-62. The Huskies then responded with a Franza steal and bucket, a Jill Pimley two and a free throw, and a Franza three point field goal to put the game away at 74-62.

Washington now hits the road again, departing Seattle at 6 a.m. Sunday morning for a Monday night game at Nebraska. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net at 7 p.m. CST (5 p.m. PST). The Huskies own a 1-1 record against the Cornhuskers. It will be the first meeting between the teams since the 1984-85 season when UW won, 101-71

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