Huskies Fall To Oregon, 77-55

Jan. 15, 2009

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SEATTLE - Junior forward/center Laura McLellan scored 15 points and junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb added 13, but it wasn't enough for Washington as the Huskies fell to Oregon, 75-55, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Thursday.

It was the third-straight loss for the Huskies, who fell to 5-9 overall and 1-3 in Pac-10 play. Oregon, led by 24 points and seven assists from guard Taylor Lilley, improved to 6-9 overall and 3-2 in league action.

McLellan scored 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second-half and added four rebounds, three assists and four blocks. Seniors Heidi McNeill and Michelle Augustavo shared team-high rebounding honors with five boards apiece, while Augustavo added four steals.

Joining Lilley in double-figures for Oregon was guard Micaela Cocks with 19 points. Both Lilley and Cocks sank a trio of three-pointers, helping the Ducks to a 46.2 percent clip from long range. In turn, UW was only able to connect on one of its 14 attempts from beyond the arc (7.1 percent).

The loss snapped Washington's seven-game home winning streak against the Ducks in the all-time series.

'I can tell you right now, there is no group of people more disappointed than we are right now,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said following the game. 'Our Achilles' heel continues to be rebounding. On defense we're doing a decent job but we're not keeping teams off the offensive boards. The other thing that has a tendency to hurt us a little bit is when we force teams into all these turnovers and then we can't capitalize on them.'

The Huskies used full court pressure to force Oregon into committing 25 turnovers, but still trailed the points off turnovers statistic, 16-13. Oregon won the rebounding battle 38-31, but UW outscored the Ducks in the paint, 32-26.

Washington trailed by just five points at halftime (27-32), but could not overcome the deficit, coming back to within five points three times, the last occasion with 12:37 remaining in the second-half. It was then that Oregon went on a 15-4 run over six minutes to lead by as many as 16 points (61-45). From there, the Huskies would fail to get closer than a 13-point margin.

Oregon led for nearly the entire first-half, but its largest margin was only an eight-point spread (31-23) with 45 seconds to go before the intermission.

Washington will remain at home to host Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Beavers (10-5, 1-4 Pac-10) fell at Washington State, Thursday, 65-52, in Pullman.

Tonight's game can be seen on a delayed basis on Comcast SportsNet Northwest as it will be televised tonight at 10 p.m. and again on Friday at 9 p.m.

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