Huskies Come Back To Win Thriller Over Purdue, 66-65

Dec. 21, 2007

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SEATTLE - Washington freshman Katelan Redmon's jumper with three seconds on the clock capped a furious second-half rally as the Huskies came back to defeat Purdue, 66-65, in non-conference women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Friday night.

The Huskies (5-7) rallied from as much as a 12-point deficit (52-40) with 10:33 remaining in the game, launching an 18-8 run over the next seven minutes to close Purdue's (4-6) advantage to just two points (60-58) with 3:34 left.

Washington's relentless full-court defense sparked the comeback as the Huskies forced the Boilermakers to commit 18 turnovers in the second-half alone and 30 overall, a UW opponent season-high. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb led Huskies on the other end of the floor, scoring 14 of her 18 points during the second-half run.

Defense proved to be especially key again in the final minute of the game when the Huskies trailed by one point (64-65) and senior guard Emily Florence's hustle play forced an over-and-back turnover by Purdue with 32.3 seconds. Unfortunately the Huskies weren't able to take advantage of the possession as sophomore guard Sara Mosiman missed the layup to go ahead.

On Purdue's next possession a foul by Florence sent Purdue forward Kalika France to the line who missed both free-throw attempts with 14 seconds left. UW senior Andrea Plouffe grabbed the rebound on the second miss and took it down the floor to set up Redmon's gamewinning jumper that ignited a celebration on the Husky bench.

The Huskies lead at the buzzer was the first of the game since an 8-7 advantage at 12:14 in the first half.

'It was all purely defense,' UW head coach Tia Jackson said following the game. 'We couldn't buy a basket. But we had opportunities created by our defense that were just absolutely phenomenal. Right now we have the right attitude. It starts on defense and we are just going to continue to build on that momentum.'

Whitcomb led all Huskies with 18 points, one shy of her career-high, while adding a career-high six assists and six steals. Mosiman added a career-high 14 points, while Redmon added 13 to extend her double-figure scoring streak to nine contests.

Senior point guard Emily Florence led the Huskies with nine rebounds, while grabbing five assists and five steals as well.

Forward Lakisha Freeman led the Boilermakers with 17 points and nine rebounds, while France added 13 points and eight rebounds.Purdue led for the entire second-half until Redmon's gamewinning shot, its largest lead being that 12-point advantage after which the Huskies staged their comeback.

The first eight minutes of the game saw three lead changes until Purdue worked a nine-point lead twice, including its 32-23 advantage at the intermission.

Friday's game marked the first time this season the Huskies have won after trailing at halftime.

The contest also marked the final non-conference game for Washington which will open Pac-10 play with three-straight road games at No. 12/12 California (Dec. 28), No. 5/4 Stanford (Dec. 30) and Washington State (Jan. 4).