Huskies Rout Beavers, 84-53
Feb. 10, 2005
SEATTLE - Thirteen Huskies scored at least one point, and eight scored six or more, as Washington earned an 84-53 win before 2,710 fans at Bank of America Arena in Seattle.
Washington (10-14, 6-8) shot 48 percent from the field while holding Oregon State's Shannon Howell, the Pac-10's leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, to just 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting, with six turnovers. Sophomores Cameo Hicks and Breanne Watson led all UW scorers with 13 points apiece.
The win was the largest this season for Washington, which has won four of its last seven games after a 6-11 start. It was also the largest win for UW in the series with Oregon State (6-17, 1-12) since a 94-61 win in Seattle on Jan. 20, 1994.
Hicks led the Huskies to a 20-point halftime lead with 11 first-half points and nine first-half rebounds, both numbers above her season per-game averages. The sophomore scored just five seconds into the game on a layin off the opening tip, and scored seven of Washington's first 10 points to help the UW open an early 10-4 lead.
Hicks was one of nine Huskies to put points on the scoreboard in the first half, helping Washington race out to a 45-28 lead before junior Kayla Burt stole a long OSU inbounds pass midcourt, dribbled to her left, and drained a half-court shot at the buzzer to stake UW to a 48-28 lead at intermission.
'In practice today, we were all shooting from half court at the end of practice and [UW assistant] Mike [Daugherty] told us to stop because he said it was going to ruin our shot,' Burt said. 'You have to practice it sometime, though, because you never know when it's going to come up.'
Washington's freshmen joined in the scoring after the half, with Andrea Plouffe scoring four second-half points, and Jackie Hollands nailing a trio of three-pointers for a career-high nine points. Prior to Thursday's game, Hollands had played just two minutes all season, and attempted just one shot.
'We are finally learning how to play hard for 40 minutes,' said Hicks. 'We talked about wanting to get into our running game, and that helped us tremendously tonight.'
The Huskies will celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day with a silent auction and autograph session before Saturday's game with Oregon. The auction begins at 11:30 a.m. at the North Court of the Pavilion Addition at Bank of America Arena, with the game to be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m.