Plouffe Powers UW Women Past USC, 60-45
Jan. 13, 2008
SEATTLE - Led by a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds from senior center Andrea Plouffe, Washington used a solid all-around effort to defeat USC, 60-45, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Sunday afternoon.
The win upped the Huskies' overall record to 7-10 and 2-3 in conference play, while USC, which received votes in both Top-25 polls this week after upsetting then-No. 2 Stanford last weekend, dropped to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10.
Plouffe's scoring and rebounding numbers were both season-highs as the Husky co-captain was playing in just her seventh game of the season after missing the first 10 with Achilles tendinitis. Plouffe was 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line, while also contributing one assist, one block and one steal.
Washington ended the game with three players in double-figure rebounding as senior point guard Emily Florence and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb each pulled down 10 and 12 boards, respectively. Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack added 12 points before leaving the game in the second-half after suffering a concussion on a hard fall.
Guard Heather Oliver led the Women of Troy with 11 points, while center Nadia Parker added 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.'I thought we beat a very good team today,' UW head coach Tia Jackson commented after picking up her first Pac-10 home win. 'We just came out and really committed to defense and rebounding.'
The Huskies overpowered the Women of Troy inside, outscoring USC 36-14 in the paint and posting a 44-39 advantage on the boards. The UW defense held USC to just a 25.7 field goal shooting percentage and a 20.6 percent clip from three-point range. In turn, the Huskies had one of their better shooting performances as well, hitting 45.3 percent of their shots from the field including a 52.2 clip in the second half.
After trailing 23-26 with 5:10 left in the first half, the Huskies held USC scoreless for the remainder of the half, going on an 11-0 run to head in the locker room with a 34-26 lead it would not relinquish.
Both teams opened the second-half trading baskets and USC climbed to within seven points on a three-pointer from Camille LeNoir (38-31), but the Huskies then held the Women of Troy to another scoring drought. After LeNoir hit her three at 16:50, USC didn't make another field goal for nearly six minutes as UW strung together a 9-0 run to lead by as many as 13 (47-34).
The Huskies' largest lead of the game was 18 (58-40) with 3:19 remaining.Washington will now head back out on the road to take on Oregon State (Jan. 17) and Oregon (Jan. 19) in the Willamette Valley.