March 11, 2000
SEATTLE - UCLA used a 20-0 run to break open a close game and went on to win, 85-66, over Washington in front of 2,130 fans in Pac-10 action at KeyArena Saturday afternoon.
It was the final regular season game for both teams. Washington finishes the year with a record of 8-22 overall and 4-14 in the Pac-10, the first losing season in school history for the Huskies. UCLA finishes at 18-10, 12-6 and will wait for an NCAA Tournament berth Sunday.
Naismith Award finalist Maylana Martin led all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-19 from the field, and also added 12 rebounds to the effort. Three other Bruins reached double figures in scoring including Nicole Kaczmarski with 17, Marie Philman with 11 and Janae Hubbard with 10.
The duo of Loree Payne and Megan Franza, who entered the game with 498 points apiece this season, again led Washington. Payne finished the day with 23 points, including three treys to go with a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Franza followed with 17 points and LeAnn Sheets added a career-high 13 rebounds.
Payne powered Washington with 17 first half points. UCLA jumped out to a quick 14-4 lead at 15:19 before the Huskies starting chipping away and pulled even on a Payne three pointer with 5:48 to go in the half. The Huskies led by six with 38 seconds to go before Kaczsmarski hit a pair of treys, in between two Payne free throws to make it a 40-38 UW lead at the break.
The Huskies scored the first four points of the second half but then UCLA scored the next 20 over a span 7 minutes, 34 seconds, to make it 58-44 at the 10:41 mark. The closest Washington could get after that was 12, 64-52, at 7:53.