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Originally published November 4, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified November 4, 2007 at 2:03 AM

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Tia Jackson era begins with win

Sami Whitcomb scored 21 points and Heidi McNeill pulled down 15 rebounds to help make Tia Jackson's head-coaching debut a success, as the...

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Sami Whitcomb scored 21 points and Heidi McNeill pulled down 15 rebounds to help make Tia Jackson's head-coaching debut a success, as the Washington women's basketball team cruised to an 84-59 exhibition win over Love & Basketball on Saturday in front of 1,053 at Edmundson Pavilion.

Whitcomb, a sophomore guard, sank three of five three-point attempts to lead five Huskies who scored in double figures. One of them was the 6-foot-3 McNeill, a junior from Oak Harbor who played just 45 minutes last season, and only 90 in her freshman year.

Saturday, McNeill played 35 minutes and recorded a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) in the first half. She finished with 14 points, second only to Whitcomb's 21, and 15 boards.

UW outrebounded Love & Basketball, a touring squad of ex-collegians, 63-39 despite facing a starting front line of 6-1, 6-3 and 6-4 players.

Prized 6-5 freshman Jess McCormark, a member of the New Zealand Olympic team, picked up two fouls in the first three minutes and played just 15 minutes. She finished with two points.

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