Whitcomb, Kingma Pace Huskies In 90-82 Loss At USC

Jan. 22, 2009

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LOS ANGELES - Washington women's basketball turned in a much-improved offensive effort led by a season-high 26-point scoring performance from junior guard Sami Whitcomb and career-high 19 points from freshman guard Kristi Kingma, but the Huskies came up just eight points short, falling 90-82 to USC at the Galen Center, Thursday night.

Washington (5-11, 1-5 Pac-10) dug itself into another first-half hole and trailed the Women of Troy (10-7, 4-2 Pac-10) by 15 at the intermission (28-43). But the Huskies battled back and outscored USC 54-47 in the second-half, led by 23 points from Whitcomb and 10 from Kingma after the intermission.

Joining Whitcomb and Kingma in double-figures for Washington were redshirt-freshman Mackenzie Argens who scored a career-high 10 points and junior guard Christina Rozier who also added 10 points. Senior guard Michelle Augustavo pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to lead UW on the boards. UW ended up outrebounding USC 50-42, including a 19-13 advantage on the offensive glass.

Center Nadia Parker paced USC with 26 points and nine rebounds. USC ended up with a total of five players finishing in double-figure scoring including guard Brynn Cameron with 18 points and guard Camille Lenoir with 14.

Washington's 82 points matched a season-high, while its 12 three-pointers - including 10 in the second-half - did establish a season-best. Whitcomb equaled a career-high with five three-pointers and Kingma set a career-high with her four. The duo helped UW break out of an offensive slump as the Huskies had been held to 55 points or less the last four-straight games.

After its 15-point halftime deficit, UW climbed to within six points three times early in the second-half, but the last time - after UW trailed by just 54-60 with 10 minutes remaining - USC answered with a 12-2 run to take its largest lead of the game (76-59) with just over six minutes left in the contest. From there, five of UW's last field goals made came from beyond the arc including the final three but the Huskies ran out of time to get any closer than the final eight point score.

Twenty-five turnovers for the Huskies proved costly, as USC scored 36 points off those miscues. USC also outscored UW in the paint, 38-18, and finished with a 16-2 advantage on fast break points.

Washington will look to snap its five-game losing streak when it faces UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.

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