Huskies in the Christmas Spirit

Dec. 24, 2004

SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies were in the Christmas spirit a day early against Houston on Friday afternoon and decided it was better to give rather than receive. Washington focused on its passing game and finished with 29 assists in a 110-63 victory, after tallying 30 assists Wednesday (Dec.22) vs. Sacred Heart. Adding the 114 points the Dawgs dropped on Sacred Heart, the Huskies have compiled 224 points in their last two games, a new school record.

The first 13 baskets of the game were created by assists, with senior point guard Will Conroy leading the pack. Conroy entered the week ranked 14th nationally and was No.1 among Pac-10 players with an average of 6.8 assists per game. That figure has been increased to 7.4. Conroy has distributed 372 career assists, including a career-high 13 in two of the last four games. He had 13 assists at Loyola Marymount (Dec.12) and again versus Sacred Heart (Dec. 22). That tied for the fourth-best single game performance in school history. Conroy ended the game against Houston with 9 assists.

'I've proved I can shoot, but somebody has to sacrifice something,' said Conroy. 'Passing is contagious. One person sees a good pass, the next person sees a good pass and everybody wants to make a good pass and make the crowd scream.'

The Huskies definitely made the crowd scream, defeating the Cougars 110-63. Washington has their highest assist average since 1976 with 22.6 assists per game. This is up by more than six assists per game from last year's 16.2 average.

Today's game was also the first time the Huskies have scored 100 points or more in back-to-back games since the 1972 season.

You can catch the 12th-ranked Huskies in their first Pac-10 game of the season Friday, December 31 at 1:30 p.m. against California at Bank of America Arena.

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