Huskies Suffer First Loss of the Season
November 20, 1998
PROVO, Utah - BYU shot a sizzling 54 percent from the field in the second half and held Washington to 17 percent as the Cougars defeated the Huskies, 81-64, in front of 834 fans in non-conference game at the Marriott Center.
Washington, which shot 26 percent for the game, drops to 1-1 for the season. BYU, who ended the game at 49 percent from the field, improves to 1-1. It marks the first victory for BYU over a Pacific-10 Conference team since it won at Oregon State in 1992.
Senior all-America candidate Jamie Redd led the Huskies in scoring with a game-high 18 points. BYUs Jill Adams also had 18 for the Cougars, who put four players in double figures.
The Cougars took advantage of poor UW shooting and jumped out to an early lead, going up 11-4 at the 15:42 mark. UW's Megan Franza answered with a three to bring it to 11-7 at 15:15. BYU ran the ball up and down the floor and shot 8-12 in the first 7:30. BYU kept a 26-16 lead at 8:24.
Freshman Heather Reichmann, starting the game in place of an injured Amber Hall, hit a bucket at 4:35 to make it 32-23 and then followedwith a pair of free throws to make it 32-25 with four minutes to go in the first half. Another Husky freshman, Heather Sorenson, hit her second three-pointer of the game to make it 34-28, Cougars at 2:57.Jamie Redd followed with a 15-footer to pull within four, 34-30 with 2:20 to go.
Franza sank her second three pointer of the game with 40 seconds remaining to pull the Huskies within two, 38-36. Sorenson then came up with a break-away layup to even the score at 38 going into the halftime break.
Redd tied it up early in the second half at 40, but BYU battled right back. Husky Melissa Erickson broke the next tie and put UW up by one, 44-43, for the Huskies first lead since the opening minutes of the game.
A Redd jumper pulled the Huskies within three, 56-53, with 7:17 to go but then the Cougars went on an 18-2 run to put the game away for good.
"BYU came out with fire in their eyes," said Husky head coach June Daugherty. "We did not come out ready to play. I give BYU a lot of credit. They rotated their players well and came up with some breakaways in transition. As a team, we needed to stay in our offensive sets more. We didn't do that. We need to do a better job of staying in our offense and then we will get better shots. When a team comes out the way BYU did, with a focus and desire like that, they are dangerous."
The Huskies return home for a Nov. 24 game with Gonzaga at 7 p.m. in Hec Edmundson Pavilion.