UW Women Fall At Kent State In Overtime, 81-78
Nov. 30, 2006
KENT, Ohio - Led by 29 points from senior guard Kristin Peoples, Kent State overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to come back to defeat Washington in overtime, 81-78, at the M.A.C. Center in Kent, Ohio, Thursday evening.
The Huskies (3-3) received their own 29-point career-high scoring night from senior guard Cameo Hicks, but it wasn't enough to lift UW head coach June Daugherty to her 300th all-time victory where her collegiate coaching career began - as an assistant with the Golden Flashes from 1983-85.
After scoring 18 points in the second-half to spark Kent State's (2-3) comeback, Peoples added nine more in overtime - including a three-pointer that broke a 76-76 tie with 18 seconds remaining and two free-throws to secure another three-point lead (81-78) with 5.2 seconds left. UW junior point guard Emily Florence, who scored the Huskies' last three points in overtime and pulled down a season-high eight rebounds, threw up a desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer to tie, but fell short of the rim.
The Huskies would have never predicted overtime after the opening 20 minutes of the contest. The first half saw Washington hold Kent State to just seven field goals and a 26.9 field goal shooting percentage, including a drought that saw the Golden Flashes fail to make a field goal during the final seven minutes. During that time, the Huskies outscored the Golden Flashes 14-3 and finished the half on a 12-2 run.
The tides quickly turned after the intermission, as KSU cut its 18-point deficit to eight in the first seven minutes of the second half, with a 17-7 run. Washington ended up with a higher shooting percentage in the second half, but its defense couldn't stop Peoples and senior forward La'Kia Stewart who scored all 15 of her points after halftime.
Peoples did have a chance to win the game in regulation, making just the first of two free-throw attempts with 23.7 seconds left that ended up tying the game at 67.
Washington led twice in overtime, once after Hicks scored off the opening tip (69-67) and again on a pair of free-throws from Hicks after back-to-back buckets from Kent State (72-71). The Golden Flashes answered with a basket from Peoples and a three-pointer drained by senior guard Sarah Burgess to take a four-point lead (76-72). UW chipped away with a pair of made free-throws from senior forward Breanne Watson and a basket from Florence to tie at 76-76.
'It was a tale of two halves,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'In the first half we were very active defensively. We lost our poise in the second half, lost our defensive focus. Our rotations were terribly late from our front line. We lacked a lot of discipline and toughness tonight. We need to address that right now to find a way to get it done. We worked too hard in the first half to give it away like we did in the second half.'
Hicks notched her career-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including an 8-of-10 clip from the free-throw line. Redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Clark scored a career-high 13 points to go along with seven rebounds. Senior forward/center Jill Bell, starting for junior center Andrea Plouffe who is battling patellar tendonitis in both knees, recorded eight points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Huskies, whose journey does not get any easier. Washington will now travel to Columbus to face the sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, Sunday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. PT. The contest continues the homecoming trip for Daugherty and her husband, associate head coach Mike Daugherty, who are both Ohio natives and Ohio State alums.
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