Huskies Hold Off WSU, Defeat The Cougars 62-55

March 6, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior guard Sami Whitcomb scored 18 points and freshman Kristi Kingma scored 13 to lead Washington to a 62-55 victory over Washington State in both teams' regular season finales, Friday, extending the Huskies' winning streak in the series with the rival Cougars to 28 games.

Washington (7-21, 3-15 Pac-10) led by as many as 11 points (50-39) with 8:37 left in the game and survived a late surge from the Cougars (11-18, 4-14 Pac-10) who mounted a 16-4 run to take a 55-54 lead with just 2:36 remaining. But the Huskies answered, finishing out the contest with an 8-0 run on its own, sparked by Kingma who started the run with a jumper to put UW up 56-55 and iced two free-throws with UW holding a three-point lead and just 20.8 seconds on the clock.

With UW leading 58-55 and just 56 seconds left, the Cougars had a chance to tie the game but freshman guard April Cook missed a three-pointer which was rebounded by Kingma. Kingma was then fouled and went to the line, icing both attempts from the line. Whitcomb hit two final free-throws with 1.5 seconds left.

The win completed a season-sweep over Washington State after the Huskies defeated the Cougars, 71-58, back on Jan. 3. Washington's 28-game winning streak dates back all the way to the 1994-95 season. The win was also the Huskies' 14th-straight win over the Cougars in Pullman.

The Cougars were led by 23 points from Cook who single-handedly helped WSU take a late lead, scoring WSU's last seven points in the run. Freshman guard Jazmine Perkins added 16 points and senior forward Heather Molzen grabbed 10 rebounds.

The contest was a back-and-forth battle that featured 10 lead changes and five ties, and was played in front of one of the larger crowds to fill Beasley Coliseum for a women's basketball contest. It was a game of runs in both halves, but each time the Huskies were able to hold off the rival Cougars.

UW finished the first-half with a 10-3 run to take a nine-point lead into the locker room (33-24) but WSU opened the second half with a 13-3 run to get right back in the game.

Washington will now prepare for the Pac-10 Tournament which begins Thursday, March 12, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

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