Second-Half Rally Falls Short For UW Women At USC, 68-52

Feb. 8, 2008

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LOS ANGELES - Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the second-half to spark a late rally for Washington, but it wasn't enough as the Huskies fell 68-52 to USC at the Galen Center, Friday night.

After trailing by 16 at halftime and by as many as 21 points early in the second-half, Redmon helped the Huskies close to within four points with 5:49 remaining in the game. But the Women of Troy closed out the contest outscoring UW 16-4 to avoid a season sweep to Washington.

The loss dropped Washington to 4-7 in the Pac-10 and 9-14 overall, while USC won its 10th game of the season at home and improved to 7-5 in conference action, 14-9 overall. The Huskies won the earlier season meeting between these two teams in Seattle, Jan. 13, 60-45.

Redmon was joined in double-figure scoring from sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb who finished the contest with 12 points. Senior point guard Emily Florence grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go along with nine points and four steals. Whitcomb added six steals as well.

Center Nadia Parker led four USC players in double-figures with 14 points. Guard Simone Jelks scored 13 points, while guards Heather Oliver and Hailey Dunham each added 10 points.

It was a tale of two halves for the Huskies who were held to just 17 points and a 26.7 field goal shooting percentage in the opening stanza. UW was able to turn things around after the intermission, doubling their point total and shooting 40 percent from the floor. Redmon certainly helped the Huskies' cause, connecting on six of 10 attempts from the field in the second-half.

After trailing by 21 points just three minutes into the second-half, the Huskies caught fire thanks to Redmon and Whitcomb. UW went on a 10-2 run that included four points from Redmon and six points from Whitcomb on back-to-back three-pointers.

After a bucket from USC guard Brynn Cameron and two made free-throws from Dunham, the Huskies proceeded to rattle off an 18-5 run to climb within four (48-52) with Redmon scoring nine of UW's points in that span.

But a three-pointer from Cameron sparked an 11-2 run by USC to hold the Huskies at bay.The Huskies will continue their Southern California swing facing UCLA on Sunday, Feb. 10, with the tip-off set for 1:30 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. The contest will be televised live on ESPN2 as a part of ESPN's February Frenzy.

The Huskies will also continue to participate in the WNBA's 'Think Pink' initiative in support of breast cancer awareness. The Huskies are wearing pink warm-up shirts and pink ribbons on their uniforms during the week of Feb. 8-17.

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