Huskies Fall Short At Hawaii, 80-75

Nov. 16, 2007

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Despite making a late second-half comeback sparked by junior guard Michelle Augustavo's hot hand from beyond the arc, Washington women's basketball lost the opener of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic to host Hawaii, 80-75, at the Stan Sheriff Center, Friday evening.

Augustavo scored all of her season-high 20 points in the second-half but it wasn't enough to lift Washington to its first win of the season as the Huskies fell to 0-3. The host Rainbow Wahine picked up their first win in their season opener.

After trailing the entire first half and by as many as 17 points early in the second-half, the Huskies put up a furious rally when they were down by 12 (54-66) with just under six minutes remaining. Augustavo hit a trio of three-pointers during the spurt and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb sank another trey with 22 seconds on the clock to get the Huskies within two (75-77). But UW was forced to foul down the stretch and a desperation three-point attempt from Augustavo with a half-second on the clock didn't fall.

Augustavo was 5-of-11 from beyond the arc and went 5-for-5 from the line. She was joined in double-figure scoring by freshman forward/center Jess McCormack (12 points) and Whitcomb (11). Senior point guard Emily Florence equaled her career-high with 11 rebounds, while adding five points, five assists and three steals.

It was another tale of two halves for the Huskies who have made a habit in their first three games of coming out with a slow start only to turn things around in the second half. After shooting 31 percent from the field and not connecting on any of their five-three point attempts in the first half, the Huskies shot 43.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range in the second half. After trailing by 13 at halftime (38-25), UW outscored the Rainbow Wahine 50-42 after the intermission.

Guard Keisha Kanekoa led Hawaii with 21 points, while forward Tanya Smith added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Dita Liepkaine (17 points) and guard Leilani Galdones (13 points) rounded out the four Hawaii players to finish in double-figures.

The Huskies, playing amidst a five-game season-opening road trip, will continue tournament action when they take on Northern Arizona, Saturday at 7 p.m. PT/5 p.m. HT in the second round of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic. The Lumberjacks fell to UC Davis in their first round game, 68-52. UW will face UC Davis on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT/3 p.m. HT.

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