Second-Half Surge Falls Short For Huskies Against OSU

Jan. 17, 2009

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SEATTLE - Junior guard Sami Whitcomb led three Huskies in double-figures scoring with 17 points, including 13 in the second-half, but Washington lost its fourth-straight, falling to Oregon State, 69-55, at Bank of America Arena, Saturday.

It was a tale of two-halves for Washington (5-10, 1-4 Pac-10), with the better effort coming after the intermission. But the Huskies were plagued by another slow start and after trailing by as many as 26 points early in the second-half, it was a hole that ended up to be too big for UW to pull itself out of.

Oregon State (11-5, 2-4 Pac-10) opened up the game with a 20-6 run and held the Huskies to just 14 first-half points. The Beavers led by 23 at halftime (37-14), but UW responded outscoring OSU by nearly 10 points (41-32) following the break. And after shooting just 28.6 percent from the field in the first-half, the Huskies turned around to shoot 53.6 percent in the second.

'I think we have a lot of positives to build on here,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'I think some of our aggression on defense in the second-half really turned it up. Scoring 41 points in the second-half is obviously something that we were waiting for, we knew that we had scorers out there and we were finally able to find that in Sami (Whitcomb), Laura (McLellan) and Christina (Rozier). The team never gave up. We stayed together as a team and continued to work.'

Joining Whitcomb in double-figures for the Huskies were junior forward/center Laura McLellan (12 points) and junior guard Christina Rozier (11). Freshman forward Liz Lay led the Huskies on the boards with a team-high five rebounds.

Oregon State guard Brittney Davis led all scorers with a game-high 25 points. Davis was deadly from long-range, hitting 5-of-7 attempts from behind the arc. She was also 4-of-4 from the free-throw line and 8-of-12 overall from the field. Guard Talisa Rhea (15 points) and center Alex Mitchell (10) joined Davis in double-figure scoring.

The UW loss snapped a six-game Husky winning streak against the Beavers at home. OSU's victory today was its first in Seattle since a 73-71 overtime win in 2002.

Washington will return to the road next week when it heads to Los Angeles. The Huskies will face USC (Jan. 22) and UCLA (Jan. 24).

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