Women's Hoops Falls To Clemson, 85-67

Nov. 30, 2008

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SEATTLE - Riding the wave of a 19-4 run that began midway through the second-half, Clemson dashed out to an 85-67 victory over host Washington to win the 2008 Husky Classic title at Bank of America Arena, Sunday.

The loss snapped a brief two-game winning streak for the Huskies (2-3) who were led by 18 points from junior guard Sami Whitcomb. Husky Classic MVP Lele Hardy paced the Tigers (5-2) with a game-high 22 points including six points in the decisive run.

Washington and Clemson played tight battle with the 10 lead changes and four ties leading up to the midway point of the second stanza. The Huskies led 50-48 at 11:07 but fell victim to the momentum changing run that also included seven points from Clemson reserve Kirstyn Wright. The Tigers' largest lead of the game was the final 18-point spread.

Joining Whitcomb in double-figure scoring for Washington was senior guard Michelle Augustavo who tallied her second-straight game with 15 points. Augustavo was named to the Husky Classic All-Tournament, as were Clemson's Whitney Hood, Seattle University's Breanna Salley and Kent State's Anna Kowalska.

Kent State came back from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Seattle University, 89-77 in overtime, in the Husky Classic consolation matchup.

Other notable performances for the Huskies included a career-day for freshman forward Mollie Williams who in making her first collegiate start, scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Williams' play was especially key after starting center Laura McLellan suffered a sprained ankle in the first half. The Huskies were already without senior forward Heidi McNeill (groin) and redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens (knee) due to injuries as well.

'(It was a) great job by Clemson,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'They came in here and competed, and we knew that. We talked about Friday's game being the battle of Seattle and this one was definitely a battle of wills. At the same time, midway through the first-half it was a battle of numbers...We definitely wanted the outcome to be in our favor, but unfortunately that didn't happen.'

Hardy and Hood led Clemson on the boards with nine rebounds apiece. Hood finished with 16 points and Wright with 13.

It was the first time in four years Washington did not win its own Husky Classic, entering Sunday's game with three-straight titles. The contest also marked the first-ever meeting between Washington and Clemson.

After playing four of their first five games at home, the Huskies will now play their next four on the road, beginning with a contest at Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif., Wed., Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.

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