Huskies hot second-half shooting to win

Jan. 29, 2005

SEATTLE -- - The Washington women's basketball team couldn't miss a shot in the second half on Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Arena, hitting on 17-of-25 shots to overcome a three-point halftime deficit and beat the California Golden Bears, 80-76.

Leading the way for the Huskies (9-12, 5-6) was Jill Bell who set a new career-high with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Bell's previous best was 15, which she totaled on Jan. 22 vs. Washington State.

'My teammates did a good job of getting the ball inside and I just tried to take advantage of it,' said Bell.

Six Husky players finished the game with eight or more points, four of them scoring in double-figures. The balanced attack had much to do with the Huskies pressure defense that forced 25 Cal turnovers, translating into 29 UW points.

'Our defense brings us offense,' said Husky forward Breanne Watson who contributed 13 points in the win. 'Our defense brought us a lot of turnovers today and we capitalized on it in the second half.'

The Huskies were also stellar from the free-throw line, hitting on 19-of-21 attempts, including 13-of-14 in the second half.

'The second half was about free throws,' said Washington's head coach, June Daugherty. 'Watson hit four in a row, Kayla (Burt) had 10. I am proud of the poise they showed. Cal played a great game. We made good runs and didn't get rattled.'

Washington has now won three of its last four games and will play their next two contests in Los Angeles. UW will face UCLA next Thursday (Feb. 3) at 7 p.m. before taking on USC next Saturday (Feb. 5) at 4 p.m.

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