Huskies Win Exhibition Over Love & Basketball, 77-73

Nov. 4, 2008


SEATTLE - Senior forward Heidi McNeill notched a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, helping Washington women's basketball to a 77-73 overtime victory in an exhibition game with Love & Basketball at Bank of America Arena, Tuesday.

McNeill came through in the clutch, scoring four of the Huskies' nine points in overtime to help UW hang on for the victory over a squad of former collegiate players. McNeill sank back-to-back buckets to give the Huskies a four-point cushion (74-70) and after Love & Basketball closed within one, freshman guard Kristi Kingma iced a pair of free-throws and junior guard Sami Whitcomb sank a third free-throw to seal the win.

Joining McNeill in double-figures for the game were senior guard Michelle Augustavo with 12 points on four three-pointers and redshirt-freshman Mackenzie Argens with 10 points on a 5-of-7 clip from the field.

Washington trailed for much of the game until coming back to take a 63-62 lead with 4:21 left in regulation on a bucket from Whitcomb, who then hit a three-pointer to pad UW's lead to 66-62. Love & Basketball's Denise Woods made one of two free-throws and McNeill answered with a layin to put UW up 68-63.

Love & Basketball tied the game up (68-68) on a three-pointer from Jessica Cheeks with just under a minute to play and another bucket with 28 seconds left. Whitcomb's half-court attempt at the buzzer hit the rim, sending the game into extra minutes.

'That is definitely not the overall performance that we would have wanted as far as what we were looking for coming into this game,' second-year head coach Tia Jackson said. 'We held strong, we never died, and we kept going after them. There were some things that we know we need to work on and it's limiting dribble penetration and boxing out on rebounds. Other than that, we'll take this lesson and learn from it, and get ready for Corban College.'

Washington suffered from an extremely slow start as the Huskies trailed 21-5 12 minutes into the game. Argens, playing in her first game in almost a year after missing much of last season with a torn ACL, helped right UW's ship with back-to-back buckets after the Huskies' long scoring drought. Washington chipped away at Love & Basketball's lead to trail by just four at halftime (30-34).

Cheeks led all Love & Basketball players with a game-high 27 points, while Tanisha Johnson added 19 points. Alexis Kendrick tallied nine points and 10 rebounds.

Washington will have on more exhibition contest before opening up the 2008-09 season, hosting Corban College on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. The Huskies will host Gonzaga in their official home opener, Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m.

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