UW Women Win Husky Classic Opener Over Seattle U, 82-56
Nov. 28, 2008
SEATTLE - Washington opened up the game with 10-0 run and never looked back, cruising to an 82-56 victory over Seattle University in the first round of the Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Friday.
With the win, Washington advanced to the championship game of its own tournament and will face Clemson on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. Clemson defeated Kent State (68-53) in the other first round game to advance. Seattle U and Kent State will play in Sunday's consolation at 12 p.m.
The Huskies had five players finish the day in double-figures scoring, led by senior Michelle Augustavo's season-high 15 points. Junior Sami Whitcomb and freshman Kristi Kingma each scored 11 points, while junior Laura McLellan and freshman Mollie Williams contributed 10 points apiece.
Washington used two big spurts to keep Seattle U at bay, the first being the 10-0 run to start the game. UW led by as many as 14 points in the opening stanza (22-8) and by six at halftime (34-28). Seattle scored the first bucket of the second-half to close within five, but UW responded with a 15-0 run and led by 16 or more the rest of the way.
The win was the second-straight for the Huskies who opened up the season with a pair of losses to Gonzaga and Weber State.
'I'm really proud of our team, they came out and really put our defensive plan into play,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'I think we're buying into the fact that defense is going to win games for us.'
The UW defense forced Seattle to commit 30 turnovers off of which it scored 35 points. The Huskies also grabbed 17 steals, led by three each from sophomore point guard Sarah Morton and Williams.
The Huskies excelled at sharing the ball, dishing 21 assists including a career-high seven from Morton. UW also shot 48.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from long-range. In turn, the Huskies held Seattle U to a 33.3 percent clip from the field.
Seattle U forward Breanna Salley led all scorers with 23 points on a 6-of-14 clip from the field and shooting 10-for-14 from the line. She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
In the tournament's first game on Friday, Clemson used a 22-point, 11-rebound performance from forward Lele Hardy to defeat Kent State, 68-53. The Tigers trailed by three points at halftime (33-30), but came back to advance to the Husky Classic Championship.
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