Huskies Fall Just Short Of Stopping Streak, Fall 77-69 At Oregon

Feb. 14, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. - Junior guard Sami Whitcomb scored a game-high 26 points and freshman guard Kristi Kingma scored all of her 14 points in the second-half, but Washington lost hold of a three-point lead with 8:36 left in the game and suffered a 77-69 loss to Oregon in Pac-10 women's basketball action at McArthur Court, Saturday afternoon.

The Huskies lost their 12th-straight and fell to 5-18 overall, 1-12 in Pac-10 play. With the win, Oregon snapped its six-game conference losing streak and improved to 9-15, 5-8 in league action.

Washington led by as many as 10 points late in the first-half (36-26) and by seven (54-47) with 11 minutes left in the game. But Oregon guard Micaela Cocks sparked the Ducks from long range, sinking four three-pointers during a 17-4 run to help the home team take over the game and a 64-58 lead at 3:47.

After a driving layin from sophomore guard Sarah Morton to put the Huskies within four points (60-64) at 2:43, Oregon closed out the game shooting 11-for-12 from the line and getting another bucket from Cocks. Whitcomb scored Washington's last eight points, including a three-pointer with 14.8 seconds to keep the final deficit to eight points.

Cocks led all Oregon scorers with 19 points while forward Amanda Johnson and center Ellie Manou each scored 18 for the Ducks. Manou also grabbed nine rebounds.

Joining Whitcomb and Kingma in double-figures for Washington was junior guard Sara Mosiman with 10 points who made her first start of the season versus Oregon. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan equaled a career-high with 10 rebounds. Whitcomb also grabbed five steals for UW.

Whitcomb scored 16 points in the first-half alone, including two three-pointers that moved her into eighth place on Washington's all-time list for three-pointers made. Whitcomb accounted for the Huskies' first nine points of the game. Kingma on the other hand, scored all 14 of her points in the second frame including eight-straight early in the second stanza.

The Huskies shot 48.3 percent from the field, while Oregon shot 58.6 percent. The Ducks sank seven three-pointers, including four from Cocks. Oregon edged UW in the battle on the boards, 28-26.

The Huskies led by as many as 10 points in the first-half (36-26) with 2:45 to go until the intermission. UW's three-point halftime lead (37-34) was its first such lead since its last win over Washington State, Jan. 3. After trading baskets to the open the game and with the tie scored at six at 16:56, Whitcomb hit a three-pointer to give UW a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the opening 20 minutes.

Today was Oregon's Pink Zone game as a part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association initiative to raise breast cancer awareness. Both teams participated by wearing pink uniforms.

The Huskies were without senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo for today's contest. Augustavo suffered a sprained left ankle in practice on Friday.

Washington will now return to Seattle to play its final two home games of the season, hosting UCLA (Feb. 20) and USC (Feb. 22). The Huskies will honor their two seniors - Michelle Augustavo and Heidi McNeill - prior to their game with the Women of Troy on Sunday.

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