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Women's Hoops Takes First Victory Of Season
Release: 11/21/1999
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Nov. 21, 1999

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Freshman Kellie O'Neill came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 13 rebounds as the Washington women's basketball team earned its first victory of the 1999-2000 season, a 73-65 decision over Southern Mississippi in the consolation round of the Wolfpack Womens Tournament at Reynolds Arena Sunday.

It marked career victory No. 175 for Husky coach June Daughtery, who is in her fourth year at UW and her 11th season as a head coach. The Washington program is now just five victories shy of 500 all-time in its 26th season of women's basketball. The Huskies move to 1-1 on the season and will play their home opener Tues., Nov. 23 versus BYU at Mercer Arena. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

Freshman Loree Payne was the leading scorer for the second day in a row, this time chipping in a game-high 23 points, including four three point baskets. Megan Franza was right behind with 20 points.

Washington jumped out to a 15-6 lead early in the ballgame and then a 10-0 run by the Golden Eagles tied it a 15 with 11:58 to go in the half. After trading baskets, Southern Miss took a short-lived 30-28 lead before Payne put the Huskies back on top, 21-20, with back-to-back three pointers. At that point, Payne was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and had 13 of UWs 21 points. She closed the first half with 16 points, three short of the Huskies' first half total Saturday against UNC-Greensboro.

Washington extended its lead by as many as 18 in the second half, to 55-37, with 12:41 to go in the game. The Eagles chipped away and pulled within eight with 2:10 remaining. Jill Pimley hit 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the game for UW.

"Our bench won the game today", said Daugherty. "They took good care of the basketball against the press. We were a lot more aggressive today. Jill Pimley is my MVP of the tournament. She does so many things that dont show up on the stat sheet, all-out hustle, poise, she set screens and gets her head taken off. She showed great veteran leadership. Jill is the epitome of toughness. The rest of the team saw that and stepped it up. Southern Mississippi was pressing hard the whole game but we came out and played Husky basketball. We went after people and stayed aggressive for 40 minutes. We took advantage of what the defense gave us. Our starting corps of (Julia) Gray, (Loree) Payne and (Megan) Franza did an outstanding job against the full court pressure."

Final
Washington 73
Southern Mississippi 65

Washington: Gray 0-4 0-0 0, Erickson 4-13 0-0 8, Franza 8-19 2-2 20, Payne 9-14 1-2 23, Autrey 1-3 0-0 2, Duncan 0-2 0-0 0, ONeill 4-7 3-4 11, Diggins 0-2 0-0 0, Pimley 1-1 5-9 1, Reichmann 1-3 0-0 2.

Halftime: UW 41, SM 32
FG: UW 28-68 (41.2), SM 22-61 (36.1)
3FG: UW 6-21 (28.6), SM 1-10 (10.0)
FT: UW 11-17 (64.7), SM 20-31 64.5)
Rebounds: UW 43 (ONeill 13), SM 49
Assists: UW 18 (Gray 5), SM 11
Turnovers: UW 21 (Franza 5), SM 26
Steals: UW 14 (Gray 4), SM 9
Blocks: UW 1 (Franza), SM 1
Attn: 398

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