Huskies Cruise To First Win, Defeat Boise State 74-51

Nov. 23, 2008

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Post-Game: Kristi Kingma

SEATTLE - Three Huskies scored in double-figures led by 15 from junior Laura McLellan and 14 from freshman Kristi Kingma, helping Washington women's basketball to a 74-51 victory over Boise State in front of 3,365 fans at Bank of America Arena, Sunday afternoon.

It was the first win of the season for Washington (1-2) after opening the year with two losses. Boise State (2-2) lost its second-straight after opening its season 2-0.UW junior guard Sami Whitcomb joined McLellan and Kingma with a double-digit scoring performance sinking 11 points to go along with a team-high seven steals. But Kingma did it all for the Huskies, adding team-highs of seven rebounds and four assists. She also had three steals.

The Huskies' defense was key, forcing the Broncos into committing 32 turnovers off of which they scored 36 points. Washington also grabbed 23 steals including four each from newcomers Christina Rozier and Mollie Williams who sparked the Huskies off the bench. Whitcomb's seven steals were just two away from her career-high and four away from the school record.

'We're very excited to get our first win, that's for daggone sure,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'The girls played hard, we had a good defensive plan going in and we executed it to perfection.'

After Boise State forced the Huskies in to a quick 4-0 deficit to start the game, Washington scored the next 15 points over a four-minute stretch led by six points from McLellan and capped off by five-straight points from Kingma. UW wrapped up the period on a 15-0 run and led by 30 (48-18) at the intermission. Senior guard Michelle Augustavo put an exclamation mark on the run by banking in a three-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer.

The Huskies opened the second-half on a 10-2 run, spanning the first 6:13 after the break and jumping out to their largest lead of 38, 58-20, with 13:47 remaining.

Reserve guard Heather Pilcher led Boise State with 13 points and four assists, while forward Janie Bos grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. The Broncos were playing without their starting point guard and top player, Tasha Harris, who suffered a season-ending injury in BSU's previous game with Washington State on Thursday.

Helping Kingma on the glass for the Huskies were junior Lydia Young with six rebounds and Williams with five boards. McLellan's 15 point scoring output was her third-straight double-figure scoring game of the season and fifth-straight dating back to last season.

Washington will next host the annual Husky Classic, Friday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 30. The Huskies will face Seattle University on Friday at 2 p.m., a contest preceded by the Kent State versus Clemson matchup at noon. Sunday's action will feature the consolation game at 12 p.m. and the championship game at 2 p.m.

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