Second-Half Rally Falls Short As UW Women Fall To UCLA 59-57
Jan. 10, 2008
SEATTLE - Washington rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit and trailed by just two points with seven seconds left in the game, but the Huskies missed a last-second three-point attempt and fell to UCLA, 59-57, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Thursday night.
Senior Andrea Plouffe's three-point shot at the buzzer didn't fall and Washington dropped to 6-10 overall, 1-3 in Pac-10 play. UCLA improved to 8-8, 3-2 in conference action.
Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Huskies, while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb notched her first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 10 boards. The Bruins were led by 16 points from senior forward Lindsey Pluimer. Center Moniquee Alexander pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for UCLA.
With the Huskies trailing by four points with nine seconds left, Whitcomb hit a pair of free-throws to get the Huskies within two, 57-59. A quick foul by Whitcomb on UCLA's Lindsey Pluimer on the inbounds play sent Pluimer to the free-throw line. Pluimer missed the free-throw which was rebounded by UW. With seven seconds to get one more shot, UW senior point guard Emily Florence dribbled down the floor heavily guarded and dished to Plouffe whose three-point attempt failed to drop.
'I thought we played an amazing basketball game,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'The Huskies are definitely back. UCLA is a very good team. We had some drop-off to start the game but we picked it up in the second part of the first half. Then we turned around in the second-half and took a little drop, but we never said die. I love that about this team.'
The Huskies, who never led in the game, trailed by five points at halftime (29-24) after shooting just 24.3 percent during the first 20 minutes. UW turned around to shoot 56.5 percent in the second-half, also outscoring the Bruins 33-30 after the intermission.
Washington had a season-high seven blocked shots including a career-high five from freshman center Kali Bennett before she fouled out of the game.
Washington closes out its homestand versus the LA schools hosting USC Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m PT. The game will be televised nationally on FSN.