UW Women Win Pac-10 Opener Over Oregon, 69-43
March 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Junior guard Sami Whitcomb scored a game-high 28 points and junior forward Laura McLellan added 15, helping Washington to a 69-43 victory over Oregon in the first round of the 2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament at USC's Galen Center, Thursday.
The 10th-seeded Huskies (8-21, 3-15 Pac-10) advance to face second-seed California in the quarterfinals, Friday, at 1:15 p.m. With the loss, Oregon ended its season with an overall record of 9-21.
Led by Whitcomb's hot hand from beyond the arc, the Huskies used a 19-4 second-half run to cruise to the 26-point victory, matching its largest winning margin of the season. It was Washington's second-straight win after culminating the regular season with a victory over Washington State, last Friday.
Whitcomb's 28-point scoring performance was just one away from matching her career-high and was the best individual effort by a player in a Pac-10 Tournament first-round game ever. Whitcomb hit four of her career-high six three-pointers in the second-half, including three in the 19-4 run.
The victory was the first ever by a No. 10 seed in the eight-year history of the Pac-10 women's basketball tournament. Friday will also mark the first time the Huskies will face Cal in the Pac-10 Tournament.
McLellan added a team-high seven rebounds to her 15-points, while sophomore point guard Sarah Morton also tallied five rebounds and five assists off the bench.
Forward Ellie Manou led the Ducks with 15 points, while guard Micaela Cocks, who averaged 19.0 points in the two games with UW this season, scored 13 playing all 40 minutes.
The Huskies shot 48.1 percent clip from the field including a 51.7 percent effort in the second-half. While almost matching its best shooting percentage of the season, Washington allowed a season-low 43 points to the Ducks, including just 19 in the second-half.
After four early lead changes in the opening minutes, UW put together a 9-0 spurt to take a lead it never relinquished. The Huskies built as much as a 13-point first-half lead thanks to a 16-2 run. UW's largest lead of the opening stanza was a 15-point spread (27-12) with 6:20 to go until halftime.
The Huskies led by eight at halftime (32-24) and Oregon cut the advantage to just six with a bucket to open the second-half. But that was the closest the Ducks would ever get.
The 26-point win for the Huskies matches its season-best 26-point win over Seattle University back on Nov. 28 (74-51).
UW was without freshman forward Liz Lay who missed the contest due to muscle spasms in her right leg.