Huskies Fall See-Saw Battle With Oregon In Eugene, 66-64
Jan. 19, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - Reserve Oregon guard Tamika Nurse hit a pair of free-throws with 6.7 seconds left that proved to be the deciding points as the Ducks ended up on top of a back-and-forth battle with Washington, 66-64, at McArthur Court in Eugene, Saturday afternoon.
Senior point guard Emily Florence dribbled the length of the floor as time wound down, but her pass across the key was intercepted, thus ending the game.The loss dropped Washington to 7-12, 2-5 in Pac-10 play, while Oregon improved to 10-8, 4-3 in conference action.
The Huskies led by one point at halftime (29-28) and led by as many as nine points at 16:46 in the second-half. But each time UW would pull away, the Ducks would come right back - and vice versa. Washington was down by five (58-63) with 3:32 left but the Huskies weren't done yet. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon sank a three-pointer, and after a made free-throw from Oregon, tied the game on a three-point play from Florence. Florence was fouled on a jumper and made the free-throw with 2:01 left.
Sophomore guard Sara Mosiman committed the foul on Nurse to set up the two free-throws with 6.7 seconds left in the game.
Nurse came off the bench for Oregon and scored 17 points, while adding eight rebounds in addition to six assists.
Junior guard Michelle Augustavo led the Huskies with 18 points on a season-high six three-pointers. Senior center Andrea Plouffe contributed 14 points, while Redmon contributed 10 points - all in the second half.
Oregon won the battle on the boards, 40-29, but the Huskies forced the Ducks into 21 turnovers while committing just 12. UW grabbed 10 steals.
Oregon opened the game with an 8-0 run but the Huskies came storming back with their own run, a 20-3 spurt to take a nine point lead (20-11) with 8:26 left in the first half. The Huskies' largest lead of the first half was 10 (23-13) at 7:40. The Ducks climbed back in the game, finishing the half with a 9-2 run to cut Washington's lead to one at the intermission (29-28).
Augustavo scored 12 first-half points, sinking four three-pointers in the first 20 minutes. The Huskies forced Oregon into 14 first-half turnovers while grabbing seven steals.
Florence claimed sole possession of ninth place on the UW career list for assists. Florence served four assists versus Oregon and has 349 in her Husky tenure.
The Huskies will return to host three-straight games beginning next week with the Arizona schools. UW will entertain Arizona State, Thursday, Jan. 24 (7 p.m.) and Arizona, Saturday, Jan. 26 (2 p.m.).