Burt, Bell Lead Husky Women Over Cal 80-76
Jan. 29, 2005
SEATTLE, WASH. - The Huskies used a career-high 17 points from sophomore forward Jill Bell and a season-high 53 percent field goal shooting percentage to defeat California, 80-76, in front of 3,286 fans at Bank of America Arena, Saturday afternoon.
Washington improves to 9-12 overall and 5-6 in Pac-10 play, while Cal drops to 8-12 and 2-9 against conference opponents.
Bell was joined by four other Huskies in double-figure scoring, including sophomore forward Breanne Watson (season-high 13 points), junior guard Kayla Burt (12) and sophomore guard Cameo Hicks (10). Burt also grabbed a team-high six rebounds and matched a season-high with seven assists. Cal's Renee Wright led five Golden Bears in double-figures with 17 points.
Washington trailed 34-31 at the intermission and Cal built as much as an eight-point lead with 14:56 to play. Bell scored 13 of her 17 points in the second-half and keyed a 14-5 second-half run to erase the deficit. She scored six points in that run, including a lay-in that tied the score at 56 with 8:13 to play. From there both teams battled basket-for basket, until a bucket from sophomore guard Cameo Hicks put UW ahead 73-71 with just over two minutes remaining. It was a lead the Huskies would not relinquish, as the Bears began to foul. Burt made four free-throws down the stretch to hold Cal at bay.
Washington set a season-high with a 52.7 percent (29-for-54) clip from the field, and shot 90.5 percent from the free-throw line (19-for-21). Burt was perfect from the charity stripe, going 10-for-10. Watson was also 4-for-4 from the line. Today marked the second-time all season UW has shot at least 50 percent (previous was exactly 50 percent (23-for-46) at Oregon State, Jan. 15).
Washington's 80 points were a Pac-10 high this year, with the last time UW scored that many being an 86-point performance versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The Huskies will not hit the road and head to Los Angeles to face UCLA, Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and USC, Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m.