Dec. 21, 1997
SEATTLE- Jamie Redd and Amber Hall combined to score 51 points and earn co-most valuable player honors as they led the 14th-ranked Washington Huskies to a 95-88 victory over No. 20 North Carolina State in the championship game of The Seattle Times Husky Classic in front of 3,055 fans at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The tournament title was the third straight for Washington. Santa Clara defeated Loyola Marymount, 75-53, in the consolation game.
The Huskies, who entered the year unranked and have defeated three top 25 teams this season, improved to 8-0. North Carolina State suffered its first loss to move to 10-1.
Redd, who scored a game-high 27 points including six three pointers, and Hall, who had 24 points, were joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Malinda Lynch. North Carolina State's Summer Erb, Nailah Wallace and Chasity Melvin were named to the team along with Santa Clara's Lisa Sacco.
Washington built a 14 point lead at the half, 48-34, and was ahead by the same amount with 10:23 remaining in the game. The Wolfpack's Chasity Melvin scored eight of her 20 points to cut the Husky lead to two, 79-77, with 3:56 to go and then Summer Erb added a free throw to cut it to a one point margin. Tynesha Lewis was fouled by UW's Hall and sank two free throws to give NC State it's first lead, 80-79, at 3:07. UW's Lynch, who scored 13 of her 14 points in the second half, put the Huskies back on top, 81-80, at 2:41. Erb scored six points in the final 2:27, but was outdone by back-to-back treys from Redd and Lynch, and then was ejected from the game for a flagrant foul with :21 seconds left in the game. She led her team with 22 points as the Wolfpack shot 60 percent from the field for the game. UW's 13 three point shots and 27 attempts were both school records.
The Huskies aim to keep their home win streak alive when they host Texas in their final non-conference game at 7:30 p.m., Mon., Dec. 29. NC State remains on the road with a game at Wake Forest, Dec. 30.