Huskies Fall At Weber State, 77-66
Nov. 19, 2008
OGDEN, Utah - Junior forward/center Laura McLellan scored all 17 of her points in the second-half and senior forward Heidi McNeill added a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for Washington as the Husky women's basketball team suffered its second-straight loss of the season, falling at Weber State, 77-66, Wednesday evening.
The Wildcats (1-1) were led by the 22 points and 10 rebounds from forward Caitlin Anderson, who helped WSU to a win in its home opener. With the exception of the opening two minutes, Washington (0-2) trailed nearly the entire game but remained within a single-digit deficit for much of the contest. The Huskies closed to within as few as three points (58-55) with 6:35 left in the game, but Weber State pulled away to win by 11.
McNeill's double-double was the first of her career, as her 11 points and 12 rebounds were also career-highs in both categories. Eight of McNeill's career-high 12 rebounds were on the offensive end. The 17-point scoring output for McLellan was a career-high for her as well.
Weber State also received double-digit scoring nights from reserve guard Sarah Conner (18 points) and guard Tonya Schnibbe (16). Conner was the player who sparked WSU in the first half, scoring 15 of her 18 points in the first stanza. The Wildcats sank eight three-pointers and shot 41.7 from the field.
'Weber State came ready to play,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said following the Huskies' first road game of the young season. 'They brought their A-plus plus (game). We didn't.'
After the Huskies fell back to their first double-digit deficit of the game at 6:12 in the first-half, UW rebounded to trail by just three points two different times before the intermission.
The second half was much like the first, when Weber State would take lead, the Huskies would nip at their heels to close within five points, only to have the Wildcats pull away again.McLellan, who sat on the bench for most of the first-half with two early fouls, scored all 17 of her points after the break. She scored 13 of Washington's first 19 points in the second-half.
'I think there were some individual bright spots,' Jackson said. 'Our press was impressive. It created some turnovers for us. We cut the lead to three and it allowed us to feel like we had a little more left in us which we did, if we didn't we wouldn't have been able to press. So that was one thing that shined. And Laura, she's always ready to compete and is always going to give us everything's got.'
Weber State's largest lead was a 13-point spread 35.2 seconds left.
The contest marked the first loss for Washington in the all-time series with Weber State, after winning the three previous contests, all in the 1980's.Washington will now look for its first win at home when the Huskies return to Seattle to host Boise State on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.
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