Huskies Survive Late Oregon State Surge, Win 58-53
Feb. 17, 2008
SEATTLE - After leading by as many as 20 points early in the second-half, Washington survived a late surge from Oregon State to down the Beavers 58-53 in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Sunday.
With the victory, the Huskies completed a sweep of the Oregon schools at home after a 61-60 win over Oregon on Friday. Washington improved to 11-15 overall, and 6-8 in the Pac-10. Oregon State dropped its eighth-straight contest, falling to 10-16 and 3-12 in the conference.
Washington led by 17 at the intermission (37-20) thanks to 10 first-half points from senior center Andrea Plouffe and nine first-half rebounds from senior Emily Florence. The Huskies then claimed as much as a 20-point advantage with 14:25 to go in the game, but the Beavers weren't about to fold.
Leading by 13 (54-42) with 5:49 to play in the game, the Huskies struggled to score and Oregon State mounted an 11-3 run to pull within four (57-53) with 2:03 remaining. The scoring drought continued for UW over the final two minutes and the Huskies even struggled to make free-throws when OSU was forced to foul in the waning seconds of the game, but the Beavers missed a few shots of their own in the final minute. Freshman Katelan Redmon did hit one of her four three-throw attempts with 14 seconds left to give UW the final five-point cushion.
'I told the team at halftime that Oregon State is a team quite capable of coming back,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'They have some very good three-point shooters. Any time we can cap off a close game, especially with our team experiencing some defeats in close games, we're definitely excited about the fact that we came out 2-0 this weekend.'
Freshman Katelan Redmon led the Huskies with a team-high 13 points, while Plouffe finished the contest with all 10 of her points coming in the opening half. Florence tallied 10 rebounds, seven assists, five points and one steal playing all but two minutes of the game.
Julie Futch led three Beavers in double-figure scoring with 13 points, while Mercedes Fox-Griffin had 11 points and Talisa Rhea added 10. Fox-Griffin pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. The Huskies held OSU's leading scorer, Ashley Allen, to just seven points.
The Huskies came out on fire, shooting a scorching 55.2 percent from the field in the opening stanza and outrebounding the Beavers by nine boards (22-13), but they weren't able to duplicate the effort in the second-half.
UW shot just 26.9 percent from the field after halftime, while the Beavers in turn shot 52 percent in the second-half.
Up next, the Huskies will make their final regular season road trip to face Arizona, Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. PT and Arizona State, Sunday, Feb. 24, at 11:30 a.m. PT. Sunday's contest will be televised live on FSN.