Huskies Edged By UCLA 68-75

Feb. 10, 2008

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LOS ANGELES - Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb scored a career-high 27 points and the Huskies once again posted a second-half rally but for the second-straight game that rally fell short as Washington suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of UCLA, 75-68, at Pauley Pavilion Sunday.

Washington trailed by as many as 22 points late in the first-half and by 17 at the intermission (27-44), but battled back to trail by just three points (67-70) with 1:32 remaining in the game. UCLA freshman Regina Rogers hit a lay-up with one minute on the clock to make it a five point game, but on the other end of the floor Whitcomb missed a three-point attempt with 26 seconds left - a rare miss for the sophomore in the second half.

Husky fouls sent UCLA senior forward Lindsey Pluimer to the line in the final seconds, with Pluimer connecting on three-of-four attempts from the charity stripe. UW senior center Andrea Plouffe also had a chance at the free-throw line with eight seconds left. She missed the first but made the second.

The loss dropped Washington to 9-15 overall and 4-8 in the Pac-10, while UCLA improved to 13-11, 8-5 in the conference. The Huskies were swept on their trip to Southern California this weekend after a second-half rally at USC on Friday fell short (52-68).

Whitcomb's 27-point effort is a season-high for any Husky this year, with 23 of those points all coming after the intermission. In addition to Whitcomb, senior center Andrea Plouffe contributed a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan had eight points and nine rebounds.

Pluimer led three UCLA in double-figures with 19 points to go along with seven rebounds. Guards Doreena Campbell and Tierra Henderson had 13 and 11 points, respectively.

After trailing by as many as 22 points with three minutes left in the first half and by 17 at the intermission, the Huskies came out of the locker room on fire. With the help of Whitcomb, senior point guard Emily Florence and McLellan UW outscored the Bruins 15-4 to open the second stanza including a 9-0 run getting them within just six points (42-48) with 14:11 left in the game.

An eight-point run from Whitcomb that included a pair of back-to-back three-pointers got UW to within four (62-66) with just over four minutes to go. After trading baskets with UCLA, another trey from Whitcomb got the Huskies within three (67-70) with 1:32 on the clock.

The Huskies and Bruins traded baskets to open the game until UCLA proceeded to rattle off an 18-2 run that included an 14-0 spurt and nearly an eight-minute drought from the field for UW. The Huskies trailed by as many as 22 points three times in the first-half before going into the locker room down by 17 (44-27).

Washington returns home next week to host Oregon, Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. and Oregon State, Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.

The Huskies will also continue to participate in the WNBA's 'Think Pink' initiative in support of breast cancer awareness. The Huskies are wearing pink warm-up shirts and pink ribbons on their uniforms during the week of Feb. 8-17.

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