Huskies defeat Ducks, 81-57

Feb. 12, 2005

SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies women's basketball team celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day by exacting revenge against the rival Oregon Ducks on Saturday afternoon with an 81-57 victory at Bank of America Arena. Oregon (16-7, 9-5) beat Washington (11-14, 7-8) by the score of 86-77 in Eugene, Ore. earlier in the season.

Leading the way for the Huskies for the second consecutive game was Cameo Hicks with 14 points and eight rebounds. Hicks poured in 13 points and nine rebounds in UW's win over Oregon State on Thursday night.

'I think it started again today with Cameo being relentless on the boards,' said Husky head coach June Daugherty. 'Dominique (Banks) and her give up size down low, but they're very athletic and they're committed to doing whatever it takes to get it done.'

Banks also had a stellar game for the Huskies by scoring 13 points and grabbing five rebounds.

The Ducks were the victims of difficult circumstances even before tip-off. On Saturday, Oregon discovered that they would be without their leading scorer, Catherine Kraayeveld, a native of Kirkland, Wash. due to swelling in her elbow. Then, on the way to the game the team's bus broke down, forcing the Ducks to travel by van in two trips.

It showed. Oregon shot just 7-for-26 (26.9 percent) from the field in the second half while the Huskies shot 42.1-percent in the second half.

The 24-point Duck loss was their worst of the season and it was the second-largest win for the Huskies this season.

'Some of the other players get riled up to play Oregon,' remarked Banks. 'I just try to feed off their energy.'

The Huskies have now won four of their last seven Pac-10 contests after winning just two of their first seven conference games.

'I am thrilled for them because they have worked hard and are a group of kids that have shown great character,' said Daugherty of her team's improvements. 'Never once have they put their heads down and it has always been about what we need to do to improve.

UW's plays Washington State at Bank of America Arena next Saturday (Feb. 19) with the tip-off set for 6 p.m.

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