Huskies Fall To SPU In Exhibition 75-67

Nov. 6, 2007

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SEATTLE - Senior forward Libby Magnuson scored a game-high 17 points, including six during a crucial run late in the game, to lead Seattle Pacific over Washington, 75-67, in a women's basketball exhibition contest at Bank of America Arena, Tuesday.

With the Huskies holding onto a three-point lead and 3:36 left, Magnuson scored six points - including four straight - during a decisive 12-0 Falcon run that gave SPU its largest lead of the game and the eventual win. Magnuson's fourth three-pointer of the game with just under two and half minutes left gave SPU a lead it wouldn't relinquish (64-63).

Senior point guard Emily Florence hit a basket with 23 seconds remaining but UW never came closer than seven points to the Falcons who finished out the game 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.

The contest was the second of two exhibition games played by Washington before the team tips off its official season at Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 10 (3 p.m. PT). UW defeated Love & Basketball in its first exhibition Saturday, 84-59.

Junior forward Heidi McNeill lead three Huskies in double-figure scoring with 15 points, while freshman guard Katelan Redmon chipped in 14 and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb added 12 points.

SPU outscored UW 32-28 in the paint and turned 26 Husky miscues into 30 points. The Falcons also outshot UW from the perimeter, sinking nine three-pointers while the Huskies managed just two. Magnuson and senior guard Jackie Hollands each had four treys for the Falcons.

'It is a lesson learned,' first-year UW head coach Tia Jackson said following the game. 'It is a wake-up call for us.'

Joining Magnuson in double-figures for SPU were Hollands with 14 points and junior center Kelsey Hill who tallied 10 points. Hill came just one rebound shy of a double-double pulling down nine rebounds.Whitcomb led the Huskies on the boards with nine rebounds, while Florence tallied eight points and eight rebounds.

'They (SPU) dribble-penetrated all night long, and dished the ball, and we couldn't stop that,' Jackson commented on the difference in the game.Both teams traded baskets for much of the first half, with the opening 20 minutes featuring six ties and neither team holding more than a five-point lead. SPU held the upper hand at halftime, heading into the locker room with a four-point advantage (34-30).

The Falcons extended their lead to seven on a three-pointer to open the second half by Hollands, but the Huskies came back and took the lead, 44-43, after back-to-back baskets from Redmon. The Huskies went up by as many as five points midway through the second-half on back-to-back three-pointers from Florence and freshman center Kali Bennett.

Washington seemed to have the momentum late in the game when Florence grabbed a steal, took it all the way to the other end of the floor for the fast-break layin and was fouled. She sank the free-throw to complete the three-point play with 4:35 left. At that point, UW led by one (59-58), and by as many as three points (63-60) until the final 3:36.

The Huskies will have a few days to prepare for their season opener at Kansas State, Saturday. UW will continue its season-opening road trip playing at Gonzaga, Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. UW will play its first five games on the road before making its home debut hosting Idaho in the first round of the Husky Classic, Nov. 23.

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