Jan. 13, 2000
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Freshman Emily Autrey came off the bench in the second half and had a career-high 13 points and 11 rebounds in 10 minutes of action as the Washington women's basketball team won its Pac-10 home opener, 78-76, over Arizona State in front of 2,305 fans in Mercer Arena.
Washington, which snapped a five game losing streak, improves to 5-10 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10. ASU suffered its first conference loss, falling to 2-1 in the Pac-10 and 9-4 overall.
Freshman Loree Payne had a team-high 19 points as five Huskies reached double figures in the scoring column. Megan Franza followed with 15, Autrey had her 13, LeAnn Sheets had 12 and Melissa Erickson added 11. In all, the Husky bench came through with 30 points. The Sun Devils were led by Sarah Allen and Theresa Jantzen with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Rachel Holt added 15 and Kitch Kitchen had 10.
Arizona State opened the game on a 16-2 run, during which Sun Devil guard Sarah Allen scored nine points, including two three-pointers. Washington responded with a 6-2 run of its own to close to 18-10 with 11:45 to go in the first half. Franza scored four of the Huskies six points during that stretch. ASU kept a double-digit lead until Sheets picked up a rebound and put one in to cut it to nine, 37-28, with 2:24 remaining in the half. An Erickson layin followed by another from Franza, with the assist from Erickson, cut it to five before ASU scored again and took a 40-33 lead at the break.
The Huskies, who for the first time won a game in which they trailed at the half, started chipping away at the lead quickly. ASU still led by 10 though, 58-48 at 12:49, after Allen hit back-to-back three pointers. She finished the night with 6-of-8 from behind the three point line.
Washington then went on a 17-3 run during which Autrey came in the game. The Huskies took their first lead, 61-60, when Autrey sank a 10-foot jumper and then picked up an offensive rebound and put it back in at 7:44 to go. ASU got back within one point, 67-66 at 3:44, but Autrey again connected on two straight to put UW up five, 71-66. ASU's Kitchen banked a three pointer off the galss to tie the game at 73 with 1:08 to go but Payne answered with an 18-footer to put the Huskies back up.
It was even again at 76 after Jantzen hit a pair of free throws with 17.6 seconds remaining. Then Husky team captain Jill Pimley was flattened by Allen, picked up the foul and hit her two free throws with 11.1 seconds on the clock to seal the game for the Huskies. Washington finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field, after hitting 52 percent in the second half. ASU shot 51 percent for the game.
Washington remains at home to host No. 20 Arizona at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at Mercer Arena. It will be the second ranked team UW has faced this season. ASU travels to Pullman for a 1 p.m. game at Washington State.