Washington-South Carolina Game Notes
Nov. 14, 2004
Washington sophomore Breanne Watson scored eight of her game-high 12 points during a 21-0 UW run midway through the second half that erased an eight-point South Carolina lead. After falling behind by eight, at 38-30, with 12:30 to play, Washington held the Gamecocks without a point for nearly seven minutes, before Olga Griteseva snapped the run with a pair of free throws at the 5:32 mark.
In addition to the six-minute, 58-second scoreless drought, South Carolina was held without a basket for exactly 11 minutes, from 13:37 of the second half to the 2:37 mark. The Gamecocks converted just five field goals after the intermission, while Washington hit 12.
The game was a tale of two halves for both teams, as Washington hit just seven baskets and committed 13 turnovers in the first half, while South Carolina netted just five goals opposite 18 turnovers in the second half.
Former University of Connecticut guard Sue Bird was honored at halftime. Bird led the WNBA's Seattle Storm to a league championship in 2004.
After needing just seven seconds to find the basket in the Huskies' exhibition opener two weeks ago, junior Kayla Burt had to wait 33 minutes for her first basket Sunday, finally draining a long-range three-pointer with 6:58 to play.
Today's game marked Burt's first official contest since Dec. 28, 2002, a span of 687 days.
With the win, Washington improved to 21-11 in season-openers, and 25-6 in home openers. The Huskies boast four-year winning streaks in both categories.
Freshman Dominque Banks equaled the team-high in scoring with 12 points, in her collegiate debut.
Minnesota defeated UNLV, 77-69, in Sunday's tourney opener. UNLV will play South Carolina on Monday at 5 p.m., while Minnesota will play Washington at 7 p.m.