Huskies Lose Heartbreaker At UCLA, 73-67
Jan. 26, 2007
WESTWOOD, Calif. - Washington senior guard Cameo Hicks scored a team-high 20 points but it wasn't enough to sustain a one-point Husky lead with a minute remaining in the game, as UW was edged by UCLA, 73-67, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Pauley Pavilion, Friday evening.
In a closely contested second-half that featured eight lead changes, 12 ties, and neither team building more than a four-point advantage, Washington (13-8, 6-4 Pac-10) let a one-point lead slip out of its hands in the waning minute of the contest. With the game tied at 66 and 1:15 on the clock, Hicks made one free throw but missed a second and the Bruins (11-11, 5-5 Pac-10) took over on a three-pointer by senior Noelle Quinn and four made free-throws - two from Quinn - to come away with a victory.
Quinn was the driving force behind UCLA, scoring 17 of her 21 points after halftime, while adding 12 rebounds and four assists. Quinn led four Bruins in double-figure scoring, with Lindsey Pluimer (12), Amanda Livingston (11) and Tierra Henderson (10) contributing double-digits.Hicks was the lone UW player in double-figures and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Junior center Andrea Plouffe tallied seven boards, five on the offensive glass, and senior forward Breanne Watson contributed eight points.
The Huskies were outrebounded 50-37, but won the battle on the offensive glass, 20-17. UW forced 23 Bruin turnovers while committing just 11 of its own and drained five three-pointers to UCLA's three.
The Huskies clawed their way back from as much as a 13-point first-half deficit, trailing 21-8 with 11:24 on the clock during the opening period. UW got back in the game with a 10-0 run sparked by Hicks who drained a three-pointer and then on the ensuing possession grabbed a steal and made a driving layin on which she was fouled. She missed the free-throw but senior forward Breanne Watson put back the offensive rebound to cap the run and close UCLA's lead to three, 21-18.
Washington found itself down again by nine, but went into the locker room riding the momentum of a 9-2 run to trail by just two, 34-32, at the half.
The Huskies took their first lead of the game three-minutes into the second-half when senior reserve guard Erica Schelly hit a three-pointer with the score tied at 38. Schelly saw 17 minutes of playing time as starting point guard Emily Florence was hit with foul trouble, picking up her fourth early in the second period after three quick calls in the first half.
In the second-half, UW led by as many as three points once more and UCLA led by as many as four points once until the final minute.
The loss evened the season series between Washington and UCLA, as the Huskies defeated the Bruins on New Year's Eve day in Seattle by nearly the exact score, 72-67. It marked the fifth straight Husky loss to UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. The last Washington win in Westwood came on Feb. 3, 2002 (68-48).
The Huskies continue their Southern California road swing taking on USC at the Galen Center, Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. PT.