Huskies Come Up Short Against Oregon State, 68-64
Jan. 17, 2008
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State guard Brittney Davis scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the second-half as the Beavers handed Washington a 68-64 loss in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Gill Coliseum, Thursday evening.
It was a tale of two halves for the Huskies (7-11, 2-4 Pac-10) who led by as many as 12 points in the first half and had a six-point advantage at the intermission (35-29). But the Beavers (9-8, 2-4 Pac-10) came back after the break, sparked by Davis and the rebounding efforts of OSU freshman Alex Mitchell who finished with 10 boards.
OSU outscored the Huskies 39-29 in the second-half and held off a late surge from UW in the final minutes, but a lack of rebounding and a costly turnover proved to be the Huskies' demise.
UW sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb equaled her career-high with 19 points, while adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Whitcomb was joined in double-figures by senior center Andrea Plouffe who had 11 points, along with six rebounds, six assists, one block and three steals.UW senior guard Emily Florence contributed seven points, four rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Sophomore guard Sara Mosiman also had a career-high seven assists, five in the first half.
The Huskies came out hot in the first half and after falling behind 5-0, went on to outscore OSU 18-8 - a spurt that included a 10-0 run and an 8-0 run. The Huskies' largest lead was 12 (22-10) at the 10:14 minute mark.The Beavers cut that gap to six by halftime and then clawed their way back after the intermission, using a 16-4 run to take their first lead of the game since the opening 90 seconds. Davis had 12 points in the run including a pair of three-pointers.
The Huskies trailed by seven (59-52) with 3:45 in the game following the ninth made three-point basket from OSU, but came back with a three-point play from Whitcomb and a trey from junior guard Michelle Augustavo to get within one (58-59) with 2:03 on the clock.
On the other end of the floor, the Beavers were able to control possession and the clock with two offensive rebounds to set up a pair of made free-throws for Davis who was fouled by Plouffe.
Now down by three with just under a minute to play, Augustavo had a chance to put UW back in the lead but her three-point attempt hit off the front of the rim and was rebounded by Mercedes Fox-Griffin who drove the length of the court for the layin. On the Huskies' next possession, Fox-Griffin intercepted a baseline pass from Augustavo meant for Mosiman and Augustavo fouled her before she had a chance to do anything with the ball.Fox-Griffin made both free-throws to give OSU a seven-point lead (65-58) with 25 seconds on the clock. More fouls ensued with the Beavers hitting four straight free-throws to lead by nine (66-58) with 14.2 seconds.Whitcomb and Augustavo each hit a three-pointer in the last eight seconds - Augustavo's coming at the buzzer - but it was too little to late for Washington.
The Huskies played without freshman forward/center Jess McCormack who is out after suffering a concussion versus USC on Sunday. The game did feature the return of sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan who had missed the last six contests after arthroscopic knee surgery. McLellan played 12 minutes, contributing four points and three rebounds off the bench.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Washington over Oregon State, as the Huskies had not suffered a setback to the Beavers since the 2003-2004 campaign.
Washington will next head to Eugene, Ore., to take on Oregon (9-8, 3-3 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at McArthur Court.