Nov. 30, 1997
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Jamie Redd, Amber Hall and Megan Franza combined to score 54 of Washington's 63 points as the Huskies upset 20th-ranked Iowa, 63-62, before 4,709 fans in Carver Hawkeye Arena for the championship game of the Prairie Lights/Hawkeye Classic Sunday. Washington runs its season record to 3-0 with its third straight road victory. Iowa drops to 2-3.
Hall, who had 17 points and eight rebounds to go with 17 points and 14 boards in the first round game versus No. 26 Kansas, earned most valuable player honors for the tournament. Redd had a game-high 20 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Franza added 17 points for the Huskies, including three-of-four three pointers.
"Iowa gave us all we could handle tonight," said UW coach June Daugherty. "We came into a hostile environment here at Carver Arena and we came out with two huge nationally ranked victories on the road. It took a lot of poise and leadership to handle the pressure tonight. To see us perform the way we did tonight, three games into the season, on the road, is fanstastic. Three wins on the road with seven freshmen is a real credit to our team. Our upperclassmen are such good leaders and teachers.
Franza hit her first three pointer midway through the first half to give Washington an 11 point lead, its largest of the game. Daugherty used 11 of her 14 players in the first half, to run the floor and combat Iowa's pressure defense.
"We want to wear people down with our numbers," Daugherty continued. "We pride ourselves on thinking we are the best conditioned team on the west coast.
"We thought we had the game figured out until Tangela Smith got going," Daugherty continued. "We couldn't stop her and fortunately, time ran out."
Smith scored all 15 of her points in the second half, including a seven-foot jumper with 3:16 remaining to cut the Husky lead to one, 55-54. Nadine Domond, who had only two points at the half, was the team leader for the Hawkeyes with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Redd answered Smith's jumper with a trey, to move the lead back up to four at 2:59 and the teams traded buckets over the final three minutes. With 20.3 seconds on the clock, Redd banked a shot off the glass in traffic to again put the Huskies up by five, 63-58. Domond added two more points for Iowa and Redd missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation making it 63-60 with 12.2 seconds remaining. Shannon Perry added the final basket with .3 seconds on the clock for the final score.
The Huskies committed just 12 turnovers in the game, after averaging over 20 in the previous two outings.
Washington returns to Seattle for its home opener versus Montana State at 7 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 4. The Huskies follow that with another home game, The Les Schwab Challenge, versus seventh-ranked Vanderbilt, Dec. 6 on Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
1997 Prairie Lights/Hawkeye Classic All-Tournament Team