Feb. 6, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - For the second straight game, the Huskies were trailing by double-digit points at halftime to an Arizona school. This time, there was no rally available in their tanks.
A slow start led to an 80-50 defeat to the University of Arizona at the McKale Center. From the onset, the Huskies (9-12, 4-7 in the Pac-10) struggled to connect on jumpers; a sign the early tip-off time (11:00 AM PST) might have been a factor after UW had played a draining overtime game against Arizona State in the opening game of the trip.
Laura McLellan was a late addition to the starting lineup and did plenty of heavy lifting on the offensive end, finishing with 18 points and six rebounds to cap a fantastic weekend. The senior forward took the place of the injured Regina Rogers, who missed her first game this season after a knee injury sustained on Thursday at Arizona State. Rogers will be re-evaluated when the team returns home to Seattle.
Sami Whitcomb added 16 for the Huskies and combined with McLellan for a team-high six rebounds.
On defense, the Huskies could not find an answer for Ify Ibekwe. The sleek post curled her way around defenders for layups while also displaying some range from 18 feet. The junior hit seven of her first eight shots en route to 17 points. It didn't matter that Wildcats' leading scorer Davellyn Whyte finished with eight points, 10 below her average. Soana Lucet (22 points) and Brooke Jackson (15) more than made up for the deficit.
Rogers' absence also created a void on the glass, which the Huskies could not fill. The Wildcats routinely crashed the boards, compiling 47 boards (14 offensive). Lucet and Ibekwe combined for 10 rebounds apiece, the first time an opponent had two players finish with double-doubles.
The Huskies will have to regroup with the Bay Area schools headed up to Seattle this weekend. Washington will host Stanford on Friday before turning around to play Cal on Valentine's Day.