Huskies Fall To Pepperdine, 74-56
Dec. 4, 2007
SEATTLE - Senior guard Daphanie Kennedy scored a game-high 33 points and sophomore center Miranda Ayim added a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds to lead Pepperdine over Washington, 74-56, in a non-conference women's basketball game at Bank of America Arena, Tuesday.
The loss was the first for the Huskies at home this season and also snapped a three-game winning streak for Washington (4-5). Another streak that came to an end was the Huskies' 14-game non-conference home winning streak that dated back to the 2005-06 season. With the win, Pepperdine improved to 4-2 on the year.
Pepperdine held Washington to its lowest scoring total of the season and in turn shot 48.4 percent from the field. The Huskies won the battle on the boards, 41-33, but couldn't stop the sharp-shooting Kennedy who was 13-of-23 from the field including five three-pointers.
'Pepperdine is a very good team, just coming off a win over UCLA,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'Did we expect it to be as big of a deficit as it was? Absolutely not. We had some defensive breakdowns which continue to be a problem for us. But we're going to get better.'
The Huskies got behind early and weren't able to recover. Pepperdine opened with 7-0 run and led by as many as 11 points (22-11) with 12 minutes to go in the opening stanza. The Huskies held Pepperdine's lead to single-digits at times during the first half but trailed by 13 at the intermission (44-31).
Pepperdine put the game away with a 13-3 run late in the second-half to lead by as many as 29 points with 5:33 remaining.
Sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan tallied nine points and three rebounds but was limited to just three minutes in the first half due to early foul trouble.
A bright spot for Washington was the return of freshman forward/center Jess McCormack who had missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain. McCormack played 10 minutes, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds.
The contest with Pepperdine marked the end of the Huskies' four-game homestand. Washington will now hit the road and travel to face Boise State, Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. PT.
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