Nov. 26, 2004
Washington 86, UW-Milwaukee 75
Seattle Times Husky Classic
Nov. 26, 2004; Bank of America Arena; Seattle, Wash.
Washington remained undefeated in first-round play at the Seattle Times Husky Classic. The Huskies have won all 18 of their first-round matchups since the tournament began in 1986, and are 11-6 all-time in Championship games.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee hit 17 of 24 field goals in the second half (.708), after making just nine baskets in 26 first-half attempts (.346). For the game, the Panthers hit 52 percent of their attempts, to just 40 percent for Washington.
The Panthers cut Washington's lead, once as large as 20 points, to just five with 4:58 to play, including a 19-6 run from the 9:23 mark. Molly O'Brien scored all nine of her points for UWM during the run, including a pair of three-pointers.
After UW-Milwaukee cut the Washington lead to one, at 16-15, with 8:56 to play in the first half, the Huskies mounted a 27-11 run to close the period, including a 22-7 run over the final 6:37 of the half. Husky sophomore Cheri Craddock scored all of her 11 first-half points during the run, including a three-pointer with :59 to play.
Washington's bench accounted for 39 of its 86 points in the contest, including 14 from sophomore Cheri Craddock. Sophomore Cameo Hicks entered the game as the team's leading scorer, at 9.3 points per game, despite coming off the bench in each of Washington's first three games. For the season, the Huskies' starters have outscored the bench by just 23 points, averaging 39.2 points per game to the bench's 33.5.
Junior Kristen O'Neill was at her best in the game's final minutes, scoring nine of her team-high 14 points in the last 9:23 of play.
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