Jan. 14, 2006
SEATTLE - No. 25 Washington saw its 12-game home winning streak come to a close, Saturday, as the Huskies were edged by USC, 64-61, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena.
The loss is just the fourth this season for the Huskies, who drop to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in Pac-10 play. The Women of Troy improved to 12-5, 6-2 in conference play.
Washington had won its first eight-straight home games of the season until Saturday, after closing out 2004-05 with four straight victories.
In a game that saw neither team lead by more than six points from wire to wire, the Huskies were doomed by their poor free-throw shooting down the stretch. Washington was down by just one, 62-61, with 90 seconds left but missed four-straight free-throws, a pair by junior Jill Bell and a pair by junior Breanne Watson.
USC took advantage of their free-throw attempts in that span, going 4-for-5 in the last 90 seconds including a pair by guard Camille Lenior with 7.8 seconds remaining that sealed the 64-61 victory.
In the second half, the Huskies shot 1-for-9 from the free-throw line and were outrebounded by the Women of Troy 21-10. Overall, USC held a 40-25 advantage on the glass, including a 14-7 advantage on offensive boards. UW's 25 boards were a season low for a team that entered the game averaging 41.5 per outing.
Despite a season-low 30.8 percent shooting clip from the free-throw line, the Huskies had their fourth-best field goal shooting percentage of the season - 45.5 percent.
USC was led by guard Shay Murphy who recorded 19 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, while Lenoir added 18 points and four assists.
Husky point guard Emily Florence matched her season and career-high with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Florence also led the team in rebounds (seven) and shared the team assists lead with Cameo Hicks (five). Senior guard Kristen O'Neill was the other Husky in double-figures with 10 points to go along with four assists and three steals.
The Huskies will hit the road next week and travel to the Willamette Valley to face Northwest rivals Oregon State Thursday (7 p.m.) and Oregon Saturday (7 p.m.).