SEATTLE (AP) -- Camille LeNoir scored 14 of her 18 points in the
second half Saturday in spark USC's 64-61 victory over Washington,
ending the Huskies' 12-game home win streak.
Eshaya Murphy led USC with 19 points for her 11th straight game
with double digit game. She also had eight rebounds for her second
USC (12-5, 6-2) has now won four straight and moves into a
cluttered competition for the top spot in the Pac-10. The Huskies
(12-4, 5-2) had not lost at home since their Jan. 27, 2005, loss to
Emily Florence led Washington with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Huskies, which beat UCLA 96-75 on Thursday, may have blown
their chance for a spot among the nation's elite teams. They were
26th in The Associated Press poll earlier this week with 64 votes,
one point behind No. 25 N.C. State. The last time UW made the Top
25 was March 3, 2003, at No. 25.
After nine first-half lead changes, the Huskies' 31-28 halftime
lead was eliminated by USC's 10-2 spurt. Murphy hit a pair of treys
during the run to give the Trojans a 38-33 lead. The Huskies called
two timeouts in the first 3 1/2 minutes in an effort to stall the
Florence brought the Huskies back with successive baskets. Her
second basket on a fast-break lay-in allowed the Huskies to tie the
game at 38-all with 14:10 left.
There were six more lead changes and seven ties until USC's
Meghan Gnekow hit a pair of free throws with 1:30 left to put the
Trojans ahead for good at 62-61.
LeNoir made two free throws with 7.8 seconds left for the final
margin. UW's Kristen O'Neill made a desperate three-point attempt
in the final seconds that missed badly.
The Huskies missed four free throws in the final 30 seconds.
They made just one of nine free throws in the second half.
Kayla Burt, the Huskies' senior guard, did not suit up because
of concern over her heart. Burt, who collapsed three years ago,
plays with a defibrillator implanted in her chest. During
Thursday's win over UCLA, the device activated. She was admitted
overnight to UW Medical Center for observation and her status for
the rest of the season is uncertain.