USC Wins Fourth-Straight, Defeating Washington 64-61
Jan. 14, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) -- Camille LeNoir scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half Saturday in spark USC's 64-61 victory over Washington, ending the Huskies' 12-game home win streak.
Eshaya Murphy led USC with 19 points for her 11th straight game with double digit game. She also had eight rebounds for her second straight double-double.
USC (12-5, 6-2) has now won four straight and moves into a cluttered competition for the top spot in the Pac-10. The Huskies (12-4, 5-2) had not lost at home since their Jan. 27, 2005, loss to Stanford.
Emily Florence led Washington with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Huskies, which beat UCLA 96-75 on Thursday, may have blown their chance for a spot among the nation's elite teams. They were 26th in The Associated Press poll earlier this week with 64 votes, one point behind No. 25 N.C. State. The last time UW made the Top 25 was March 3, 2003, at No. 25.
After nine first-half lead changes, the Huskies' 31-28 halftime lead was eliminated by USC's 10-2 spurt. Murphy hit a pair of treys during the run to give the Trojans a 38-33 lead. The Huskies called two timeouts in the first 3 1/2 minutes in an effort to stall the USC momentum.
Florence brought the Huskies back with successive baskets. Her second basket on a fast-break lay-in allowed the Huskies to tie the game at 38-all with 14:10 left.
There were six more lead changes and seven ties until USC's Meghan Gnekow hit a pair of free throws with 1:30 left to put the Trojans ahead for good at 62-61.
LeNoir made two free throws with 7.8 seconds left for the final margin. UW's Kristen O'Neill made a desperate three-point attempt in the final seconds that missed badly.
The Huskies missed four free throws in the final 30 seconds. They made just one of nine free throws in the second half.
Kayla Burt, the Huskies' senior guard, did not suit up because of concern over her heart. Burt, who collapsed three years ago, plays with a defibrillator implanted in her chest. During Thursday's win over UCLA, the device activated. She was admitted overnight to UW Medical Center for observation and her status for the rest of the season is uncertain.