Huskies Come Back, Hold On For 61-60 Win Over Oregon
Feb. 15, 2008
SEATTLE - Sophomore forward Laura McLellan contributed a career-high 14 point scoring effort off the bench and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb scored five crucial points down the stretch for Washington, as the Husky women's basketball team came back for an exciting 61-60 victory over Oregon at Bank of America Arena, Friday.
The win improved Washington's overall record to 10-15 and the Huskies maintained their sixth-place standing in the Pac-10, improving to 5-8 in the league. Oregon lost its seventh-straight game, falling to 10-15, 4-10 in the conference.
Coming off a career-high 27-point performance against UCLA, Sunday, Whitcomb came up in the clutch with the Huskies trailing by two points (56-58) and 1:47 to play. Whitcomb hit a three-pointer to give UW its first lead of the second-half at 1:26 (59-58). Then on Oregon's next possession, she forced the Ducks into a turnover and was fouled.
Whitcomb proceeded to sink both free-throws, giving UW a 61-58 advantage with 1:13 to go in the game. Oregon's Tamika Nurse hit a field goal on their next possession to get the Ducks within one (61-60). Whitcomb had another shot to give the Huskies more of a cushion, but missed a pair of free-throws with six seconds left.
The Husky defense then kept Oregon from scoring on its last possession.
'I thought the kids did a great job,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'Their focus was there. They just seemed intense and hungry. We ended up coming back and winning that game which is huge. To now get over that edge in a close game is awesome and to do it in front of our fans is even more enjoyable.'
The Huskies trailed by as many as seven points in the second-half, equaling their largest deficit of the game. It was a battle from start to finish between UW and Oregon, with 12 lead changes in the game, including 11 in the first-half alone. UW's largest lead of the game was four at 9:11 in the first-half.
Forward Nicole Canepa led the Ducks with 12 points and five rebounds, while guard Taylor Lilley and guard Kaela Chapdelaine each scored 11 points.
Trailing by one-point at halftime (33-34), it was just Washington's second win of the season after being down at the intermission.
Washington will continue its homestand hosting Oregon State, Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.
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.
The annual Alumni Game will be held prior to the Huskies' contest with the Beavers at 11:30 a.m.