Feb. 14, 2010
SEATTLE - Sami Whitcomb breathed new life into the Huskies with a miracle shot, but it wasn't enough for Washington, which fell 75-68 in overtime to Cal on Sunday afternoon.
Trailing by three with 10 seconds remaining in regulation, the Huskies worked the ball to their senior wing, who hit a fadeaway 3-pointer just before the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
But the Huskies couldn't find an answer for Cal's Alexis Gray-Lawson. The Golden Bears senior terrorized UW for 35 points, included a back-breaking 3 pointer from 25 feet in the overtime period. It was another in a string of exemplary performances from one of the Pac-10's best players this season.
Washington has now lost four in a row after rallying to beat Washington State in overtime on Jan. 29. A chance at redemption comes this week when the Huskies travel down to Los Angeles to face UCLA on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
The Huskies would not have seen overtime if Whitcomb's shot hadn't of fallen. Despite a quiet weekend overall, Whitcomb showed once again the ability to take - and make - big shots. Even better was the shot came off a broken play, much like her game-winning heave against BYU in the second game of the season.
"We dribbled it up and we were trying to run a different play but at that point there wasn't enough time," Whitcomb said. "When I saw Kristi [Kingma] get it over there and everyone left, there was no one guarding me, I ran over into the corner and was hoping she'd see me. She did and it just kind of worked out."
The pass was one of seven assists for Kingma, a career-high. The sophomore also chipped in with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
Regina Rogers added 12 for the Huskies, her second straight game in double figures. In overtime, the Huskies scored the first basket on a Christina Rozier steal and layup, but then watch Cal reel off nine unanswered points, including Gray-Lawson's deep 3 in the final minute of the game.
With the Cal star in a zone, the Huskies said there was not much they could do to defend her.
She's a great player. She's an All-American, she's used to that," Rogers said. "I had my hand in her face but she was in the zone, just like Sami [Whitcomb] could be in the zone, anything could happen."
But Gray-Lawson ran into foul trouble in the first half, allowing the Huskies to take advantage of her absence. At the break, the Dawgs were up 30-25, but were outscored in the second half 41-36.
Some positives for the Huskies came on the glass, where the team once again out-rebounded their opposition. One night after out-rebounding Stanford, the Huskies pulled down 34 boards compared to 33 for Cal, one of the best rebounding teams in the Pac-10.
And espite the loss, Coach Tia Jackson remained proud of her team's effort throughout the game.
"I felt for the most part that we competed," said Jackson. "It was a fun game. But it was unfortunate that we had to go out on the sour note."
In honor of breast cancer awareness, the Huskies wore special pink jerseys as a part of a promotion of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Pink Zone."