Huskies Roll To 67-53 Win Over Pepperdine

Dec. 3, 2008

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MALIBU, Calif. - Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb led three Huskies in double-figures with a game-high 18 points, helping Washington to its first road victory of the year with a 67-53 win over Pepperdine in non-conference women's basketball action in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday.

Washington (3-3) opened up the game with a 19-2 run and never trailed, but after the Waves (3-4) made a run of their own to start the second-half and closed to within four points twice, the Huskies got hot from long-range and held Pepperdine at bay to win by 14.

Whitcomb, a Southern California native who was playing in front of family and friends, scored 16 of her 18 points in the second-half including a trio of three-pointers to help the Huskies pull away after the Waves threatened midway through the final stanza. Whitcomb also led the Huskies with five assists, while adding four rebounds and three steals.

Joining Whitcomb in double-figures for UW was senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo who scored 12 points and had a team-high six rebounds. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma added a career-high 14 points, while grabbing a team-high four steals.

Pepperdine center Miranda Ayim led the Waves with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Huskies forced Pepperdine to commit 31 turnovers including 21 in the first-half alone. UW looked like it might run away with the game early after opening with a 19-2 run and holding the Waves without a field goal for the first 10 minutes.

The Huskies led by as many as 18 points twice, 25-7 at 6:49, and 27-9 at 4:11. UW had a 16-point advantage at halftime (29-13). Kingma was the Huskies' spark in the opening half with 10 of her 14 points coming in the first 20 minutes.

Pepperdine came out of the locker room after the break on fire, jumping out with an 11-2 run including three-straight three-pointers and cut the Huskies lead to four twice. But the Huskies answered each time, sparked by Whitcomb. Washington hit all five of its three-pointers in the second-half including four in a two-minute span. The Huskies led by 16 (62-48) with 3:38 to go in the game.

Junior forward/center Laura McLellan, who suffered a sprained ankle in the Huskies' last game versus Clemson, tallied five points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

UW was still without senior forward Heidi McNeill who is nursing a thigh contusion and redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens who suffered a meniscus tear in her left knee in UW's game with Seattle U last Friday. Argens underwent arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday and will be out about four weeks.

The Huskies will now return to Seattle but will take a break for finals before hitting the road again. UW will next travel to Cancun, Mexico, to play in the Caribbean Classic MTE where it will face No. 1 Connecticut (Dec. 18), Florida State (Dec. 19) and Northern Colorado (Dec. 21).

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