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Women's Basketball Downs Idaho in Seattle Times Classic
Release: 12/18/1999
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Dec. 18, 1999

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Megan Franza set a career-high and broke the tournament scoring record when she poured in 35 points to power the Washington womens basketball team to a 99-72 victory over Idaho in the first round of the Seattle Times Husky Classic in front of 1,437 fans at Mercer Arena.

The Huskies improve to 4-5 and will play Oklahoma State in the championship game of tournament at 3 p.m. Sunday in Mercer Arena. The Vandals, coached by former Husky Hilary Recknor, drop to 4-5 and play Portland in the consolation game at 1 p.m. The Cowgirls defeated the Pilots, 88-76, in the first game.

Franza bettered her old mark of 26 points, set two weeks ago at Nebraska. Her 35 points is the sixth-best scoring mark in school history, behind all-time leader Shaunda Green, who scored 39 in a double-overtime game against Northern Illinois, Nov. 30, 1991. She broke the Seattle Times Classic scoring mark of 35 points for one game, set by Cindy Blodgett of Maine in 1995.

Idaho tooks its first lead of the game, 12-10, at the 14:43 mark in the first half and then Washington used a 10-3 run to move back ahead, 20-15, on a Franza three pointer at 12:03. Idaho narrowed the margin to three, 22-19, at 9:57. Idahos leading scorer, Allli Nieman, picked up her second foul and was pulled from the game. Washington took advantage and went on a 21-3 run to extend its lead to 43-22 with four minutes to go in the half.Washington led, 49-34 at the break and Franza had 23 points by that time.

The Huskies opened the second half with a 7-0 run and never looked back, leading by as many as 24 early on. The closest the Vandals could get was 14 points, 76-60, on a layin by Nieman at 9:56 to go. Franza matched her career-high early in the second half and then surpassed it when she grabbed a rebound and took it the length of the court for a layin at 14:32.

The Huskies, who shot a season-best 56 percent from the field, also got a breakout performance from point guard Julia Gray, who shot 5-of-6 from the field and finished with 12 points, three assists and three steals with no turnovers. Loree Payne also scored in double figures, adding 11points. Niemen finished with 23 points for the Vandals.

Washington 99
Idaho      72

FG: UW 33-59 (55.9), UI 24-58 (.41.4) 3FG: UW 5-11 (45.5) (Franza 3-4), UI 4-16 (.250) FT: UW 28-41 (.683), UI 20-35 (.571) Rebounds: UW 37 (Franza 7), UI 38 Fouls: UW 27, UI 30 Assists: UW 16 (Payne 6), UI 16 Turnovers: UW 28 (Payne 7), UI 37 Blocks: UW 2, UI 2 Steals: UW 17 (Autrey 4), UI 15 Attn: 1,437

Washington Scoring: Payne 2-8 7-10 11, ONeill 4-8 0-0 8, Reichmann 3-8 0-0 6, Gray 5-6 0-0 12, Franza 13-17 6-7 35, M. Erickson 1-5 3-4 5, Duncan 2-3 1-2 5, A. Erickson 0-0 0-0 0, Diggins 1-1 0-2 2, Pimley 0-0 4-6 4, Sheets 0-0 3-4 3.

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