Husky Women Mount Second-Half Comeback To Overtake Arizona 64-60
Feb. 26, 2005
TUCSON - Junior guard Kayla Burt scored 17 of her career-high 23 points in the second-half, leading the Huskies to a dramatic second-half comeback to defeat Arizona, 64-60, in both teams' regular season finale in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday. Washington trailed Arizona by 15 points with 9:10 remaining in the contest, before mounting a 19-0 run and holding the Wildcats without a field goal for nearly eight minutes.
The win snapped a nine-game UW losing streak against Arizona in Tucson, as the Huskies had not earned a victory at the McKale Center since 1995. The win gives Washington a 9-9 record against Pac-10 opponents, and improves its overall record to 13-15. Arizona, which lost hold of a top-three seed for next week's Pac-10 Tournament, drops to 19-10 overall and 11-7 in league play.
Washington and Arizona were knotted at 40 points each with 13:09 left in the game, but the Wildcats took control with a 15-0 run to take a 54-40 lead. Arizona senior Dee-Dee Wheeler, playing her final home game of her career, scored seven points in that run which figured to put the Huskies down for good.
Washington was not about to go down quietly. Burt drained her third trey of the second-half to spark the 19-0 Husky run. Burt scored eight points in that span - including her sixth three-pointer of the game - to put UW within two points, 53-55, with 6:25 remaining. Sophomore Jill Bell, who drained her first career three-pointer in that run, tied the game with a bucket at 4:42. Freshman Dominique Banks and sophomore Breanne Watson finished off the run with baskets to put Washington up four points, 59-55, with 2:53 left.
Arizona did come within one point, 59-58, on a basket from Wheeler, only to have Washington hit three-of-four free throws to lead 62-58. Wheeler again scored to get Arizona within two, but Burt remained steady and hit her pair of free-throws with 8.9 seconds to keep the Wildcats at bay.
Both teams played a tight first half, with Washington leading by as many as five points four minutes into the contest but trailing by two - 28-26 - at the intermission.
Burt finished with a career-high six three-pointers and came one shy of equaling the UW single game record of seven set by Loree Payne and Megan Franza in the 2002 and 2001 seasons, respectively. The Huskies equaled their season-high with 10 buckets from long range.
Joining Burt in double-figures were Watson and junior Kristen O'Neill who each scored 11 points. Watson pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while freshman point guard Emily Florence grabbed seven. Wheeler led all Wildcat players with 19 points, while center Shawntinice Polk posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Washington will next face Oregon State in the opening game of the 2005 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament, Friday, March 4, at 6 p.m. PT, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.. The Huskies are the No. 7 seed and will play the 10th-seeded Beavers, Friday. The winner will face No. 2 seed Oregon, Saturday, March 5, at 1:15 p.m. PT. The Huskies swept the season series with Oregon State, including a 24-point win in Seattle, Feb. 10.