Whitcomb's Career Day Helps Huskies Versus ASU
Jan. 31, 2009
SEATTLE - Junior guard Sami Whitcomb scored a career-high 29 points to help Washington battle against Arizona State, but the Huskies suffered an 80-64 loss to the Sun Devils in Pac-10 women's basketball action Saturday afternoon.
Whitcomb also equaled a career-high with five three-pointers while adding four steals and two blocks. Freshman guard Kristi Kingma scored 14 points for UW and junior guard Christina Rozier led the Huskies with nine rebounds and five steals.
But after the Huskies jumped out to a strong start and led the game for a good portion of the opening stanza, the Sun Devils took over by wrapping up the first half with a 10-2 run and opening up the second with a 12-2 spurt. At that point ASU broke the game open to lead by 20 (51-31) with 15:25 remaining.
The Huskies, though, closed the gap to within nine points on four separate occasions, but ultimately could not overcome the deficit. UW didn't go down without a fight especially from Whitcomb who scored 20 of her 29 points in the second-half and sank eight field goals including four from long range after the break. Whitcomb played all but four minutes and added five rebounds.
The loss was the eighth-straight for the Huskies who dropped to 5-14 overall and 1-8 in Pac-10 play. Arizona State won its seventh-straight and improved to 15-6 overall, 7-2 in the Pac-10.
'We competed our tails off and for the first time since Florida State I can say that we played 40 minutes of Husky basketball,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said. 'It was exciting to watch - especially after the knock down we took on Thursday - for this team to come out and compete like they did against a very, very good Arizona State team.'
Guard Dymond Simon led four Arizona State players in double-figures scoring with 17 points. Center Sybil Dosy (13), guard Briann January (12) and guard Danielle Orsillo (11) also contributed double-digits. Dosty also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Washington and Arizona State matched each other on the rebounding end with 37 boards apiece, but the Sun Devils outscored the Huskies 38-24 in the paint. ASU was able to cash in on 21 Husky turnovers, scoring 21 points off the UW miscues. The Huskies' defense caused ASU problems as well forcing the Sun Devils into 19 turnovers, but UW wasn't able to capitalize, scoring just eight points off those miscues.
Free-throw shooting proved to be a factor, with Arizona State finishing 82.1 percent from the line (23-of-28), while Washington shot just 30 percent from the charity stripe (3-of-10).
After being plagued by slow starts during their current losing streak, the Huskies jumped out early on Arizona State and held as much as a five-point lead (15-10) midway through the first-half. But the Sun Devils came back to tie the score twice and take their first lead (19-17) on a layin from Kimberly Brandon at the 6:54 mark.
Up next, the Huskies will continue their season-long four-game homestand and open up the second-half of Pac-10 play hosting No. 7/5 California (Feb. 6) and No. 9/8 Stanford (Feb. 8).