Huskies Fall Just Short At UCLA, 74-66

Jan. 24, 2009

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LOS ANGELES - Freshman Kristi Kingma led the Huskies with a career-high 25 points, but Washington women's basketball came just shy of snapping its losing streak with a tight 74-66 loss at UCLA, Saturday afternoon.

Kingma nearly matched a UW school-record with a personal-best six three-pointers, including a trey that closed the Huskies (5-12, 1-6 Pac-10) to within one point of UCLA (63-62) with just over four minutes remaining in the game.

But the Bruins (14-4, 5-2) climbed ahead on a bucket from guard Doreena Campbell that sparked a 6-1 UCLA run. Senior Heidi McNeill's layin with 1:49 to go put the Huskies within four points (69-65), but forward Atonye Nyingifa sank back-to-back baskets to give UCLA an eight-point advantage with 28.7 seconds.

The Huskies battled back from trailing by 11 points twice in the first-half and trailed by just three at the intermission (33-30). Kingma helped Washington gain its first lead of the game, scoring seven of UW's first 14 points after the break including a jumper that gave the Huskies their first lead of the contest (44-43) with 14:53 to go. UW led by as many as three points (56-53) with 8:32 left as well.

The loss was the sixth-straight for Washington, the losing streak the most for the Huskies since losing six-straight during the 1999-2000 campaign.

Kingma was 8-of-19 from the field, 6-of-12 from three-point range and was 3-for-4 from the line. Kingma's six three-pointers were one shy of matching the UW record set twice in back-to-back seasons by current assistant coach Loree Payne (Dec. 9, 2001) and Megan Franza (March 3, 2001). Kingma's 25 points bettered her previous career-high set just two days prior, scoring 19 at USC on Thursday.

Joining Kingma in double-figures for UW was junior guard Sami Whitcomb with 10 points. Whitcomb fouled out of the game with 4:44 left in the game. Junior guard Christina Rozier led UW on the glass with eight rebounds. Redshirt-freshman forward Mackenzie Argens played solid off the bench. with six points and five rebounds.

Darxia Morris sparked UCLA in the second-half, scoring 10-straight points for the Bruins during a four-minute span. Campbell led UCLA with 20 points, while forward Christina Nzekwe added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

UCLA led by as many as 11 points twice in the first-half, but each time the Huskies fought back. Up 7-6 in the opening minutes, UCLA rattled off a 10-0 lead to go up 17-6 at 12:56. The Huskies answered with a 6-0 run to close within five (17-12). An 8-2 UCLA run put the Bruins up again by 11 (25-14), but the Huskies responded once again, this time with a 10-3 spurt to cut UCLA's advantage to four (28-24). The teams traded free-throws and a three-pointer from Kingma with 30 seconds left cut the UCLA lead to three (33-30) which stood as the halftime score.

Up next for the Huskies, they will return to Seattle to host a four-game homestand beginning with the Arizona schools. UW will entertain Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. and Arizona State, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 12 p.m.

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