Husky Women Fly By Ducks, 81-57

Feb. 12, 2005

SEATTLE - The Huskies opened the second-half with a 12-0 run and never looked back, defeating Northwest rival Oregon, 81-57, in front of a season-high crowd of 5,242 at Bank of America Arena, Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Cameo Hicks led Washington to its second-straight win with 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Hicks ignited the UW offense, scoring nine points in the first five minutes after the intermission.

With the victory, the Huskies (11-14, 7-8 Pac-10) salvaged a season split with Oregon (16-7, 9-5), after the Ducks defeated Washington 86-77 in Eugene in January.

Hicks led all 15 Washington players who saw action in today's game. Freshman Dominique Banks added 13 points and five rebounds and sophomore Breanne Watson had eight points and five boards. Freshman Andrea Plouffe pulled down a career-high seven rebounds. Forward Kristen Forristall led Oregon with 19 points, while Gabrielle Richards added 10 points off the bench.

Both teams played nearly the entire game without their leading scorers. Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld, a native of Kirkland, Wash., missed the game with a viral infection in her left elbow, while Washington junior Kayla Burt left the contest with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half after suffering a broken nose.

Washington took control early, jumping out to a 14-8 lead aided by a pair of three-pointers from freshman Emily Florence and Hicks. The Ducks answered with an 8-0 run to take a two-point advantage, 16-14, thanks to five points from Brandi Davis. That was the only lead Oregon would hold for the rest of the game. Burt put the Huskies ahead with a three-pointer and then after making a steal at halfcourt went in for a layin, giving UW a 21-16 lead at 12:14.

The Huskies led by as many as nine points three times in the opening frame, and held a seven-point advantage, 41-34, at the intermission. From there it was all Washington, as the Huskies began the second-half with a 12-0 run to take a 19-point lead with 16:54 remaining. Hicks scored nine points in the first five minutes of the second-half to ignite the UW offense.

Oregon came within 16 points, 61-45, only to have the Huskies go on another 14-0 run - capped by a three-pointer by Florence - to take its largest lead, 30 points, with five minutes remaining.

After defeating Oregon State by 31 points on Wednesday, the Huskies have won their last two contests by at least 24 points. UW has also scored at least 80 points in four of the last five games after reaching the 80-point plateau just once in its first 19 contests.

Today's game was attended by Washington governor Christine Gregoire and UW president Dr. Mark Emmert who came to participate in the festivities for National Girls and Women In Sports Day.

The Huskies will wrap their three-game homestand with their regular season home finale versus Washington State, Saturday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.

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