Nov. 29, 2009
SEATTLE - Sara Mosiman missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and the Washington women's basketball team fell to Sacramento State, 74-71, in the Husky Classic finale.
With seconds evaporating off the clock, Kristi Kingma clanged a 3-pointer off the arc, but Sami Whitcomb crashed from the weak-side to pick up the offensive rebound. She whipped the ball to Mosiman, whose desperation heave bounced off the back of the rim.
"I wanted it so bad for them, so this is a tough one to swallow," said coach Tia Jackson. "I think the effort was there, they battled the entire game against a team who is relentless with running, running, running."
After the game, Jackson said she was impressed with her team's ability to shake off multiple runs from their opponent. The Huskies (2-3) had battled back from a 10-point deficit with a little less than three minutes to play. Kingma hit back-to-back 3's to pull the Huskies within four, firing up a crowd of 2,249 at Bank of America Arena.
Charday Hunt led with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting for Sacramento State (2-4). Erika Edwards added 17 points. The Redmond, Wash., native drilled 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, including two straight late in the game that extended the Hornets advantage.
The Huskies were led by Sami Whitcomb, who notched 21 points. It was the third time this season the senior has gone over 20 points in a game. Kingma chipped in with 12. She was joined by Regina Rogers, who scored a season-high 13 points while also pulling down nine rebounds. Rogers did this in the face of double- and triple-teams from Sacramento State, which swarmed the Huskies seemingly the minute she touched the ball in the low post.
Despite the attention, Rogers still had an impact.
"We wanted to use her as a decoy to let these guys [shooting guards] find their rhythm," Jackson said."
Mosiman hit the first 3-pointer of her career in scoring 13 points, one shy of her career-high.
In the second half, Mollie Williams had to leave the game with a stomach ailment. This left Washington to run a "four-and-one" look, an offense the team ran in the preseason featuring four guards and a post.
Afterwards, Kingma noted she was impressed that her team was able to absorb a run and fight back. It was a characteristic the sophomore didn't notice often last season.
"I'm proud at how we fought back," Kingma said. "We were down 10 with three minutes left and I think last year's team or maybe even a team earlier this year would've given up but we really fought to the end and had a chance to send it into overtime."
The Huskies will return to action on Dec. 4 against South Florida in Tampa, part of a two-game swing through the Sunshine State.