Husky Women Fall At Oregon State, 77-63

Feb. 12, 2009

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior guard Sami Whitcomb led the Huskies with a game-high 23 points, seven rebounds and four steals, but it wasn't enough for Washington which suffered a 77-63 loss to Oregon State in Pac-10 women's basketball action, Thursday night.

The loss was the 11th-straight for the Huskies which fell to 5-17 overall, 1-11 in conference action. Oregon State improved to 14-8 and 5-7 in league play.

Whitcomb paced the Huskies with her third 20-point game of the season and equaled a career-high with five three-pointers. The Huskies trailed by 10 points at halftime (24-34) and climbed to within three (42-39) six minutes into the second-half, but Oregon State rattled off an 11-1 run to increase its lead to 13 (53-40) which at that point was its largest of the game. From there, Washington wasn't able to cut the deficit to under 11 points. OSU's largest lead was 18 points twice, the last with 2:32 to go in the contest.

Guard Brittney Davis led four Beavers in double-figures scoring with 20 points, 12 coming from her perfect 12-for-12 clip from the free-throw line. Center Alex Mitchell contributed 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while guard Talisa Rhea added 18 points. Forward Kirsten Tilleman led Oregon State on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Washington was outrebounded by Oregon State, 40-31, but its 30 fouls sent the Beavers to the line 38 times. OSU was 30-of-38 from the charity stripe, while the Huskies were just 8-of-13. Despite the rebounding deficit, Washington outscored OSU 26-20 in the paint. After shooting just 34.5 percent from the field in the first-half (10-of-29), the Huskies came back to shoot 50 percent in the second stanza (15-of-30).

Besides Whitcomb, helping Washington was freshman guard Kristi Kingma with eight points, while freshman forward Mollie Williams added seven off the bench.

Oregon State led by as many as 11 points three times in the opening half and held a 10-point advantage at the intermission (34-24). With the score tied at nine early, the Beavers used a 13-2 run to build its first 11-point lead (22-11) with 7:31 to go until halftime. The Huskies climbed to within six points (21-27) with just 2:06 left in the opening stanza. From there, the Beavers outscored the Huskies 7-3 over the final two minutes.

Whitcomb tallied her 15th double-figure scoring game of the year in just the first-half, scoring 11 points by the intermission. Three of her first four field goals made came from outside the arc. Redshirt-freshman center Mackenzie Argens, making just her second career-start, played just one minute in the first-half due to two early fouls. Freshman forward Liz Lay, also earning the start, got into early foul trouble as well, playing just seven minutes in the first half and committing three fouls.

Washington will continue its trip through the Willamette Valley when it faces Oregon at McArthur Court in Eugene, Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. The game will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet Northwest in both Oregon and Washington.

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