Watson Steps Up for Huskies
Jan. 7, 2005
Seattle - In Washington's (6-9, 2-3) loss to USC (9-4, 3-1), sophomore Brianne Watson once again put up strong numbers. Watson, who has averaged 6.9 points per game this season, had a team-high 12 points on five-for-11 shooting from the field. She also tallied three rebounds, a steal, and, in a game plagued by turnovers on both sides, Watson only threw the ball away once.
Throughout the first half, the Huskies, led by Watson's six points, and the Women of Troy traded basket for basket. At the end of 20 minutes the score was tied up at 25 points apiece.
The Huskies came out of the locker room strong, and after a Watson lay-in and a Jill Bell jumper they led 38-31 with twelve minutes to go. But excellent shooting by USC helped them to a 14-point run that snuffed out the Huskies lead, and put the Women of Troy up 45-38 with around nine minutes to play.
'We called two timeouts during the run and we just felt like we stepped down with our intensity,' said Head Coach June Daugherty. 'They just seemed like they were hitting every shot and they had the answer.'
In the end the 14-point run, coupled with a 27.3% shooting percentage in the second half, proved to be too much for the Huskies. The Huskies were also hurt by the ten-rebound margin that USC held in the game.
'They have some athletic girls and when you miss a box-out you let one of those girls get in there and they will get the easy basket,' said Watson. 'Rebounding was just a big factor tonight.'