Jill Bell Helps Huskies to 20th Straight Win Against Cougars

Feb. 19, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash.- Coming into Saturday evening's game, the Washington Huskies (12-14, 8-8) carried a 19 game winning streak against the cross-state rival Washington State Cougars (6-19, 2-14), and it appeared through much of the game that the outcome would be no different than it has been for the last ten years. But as the teams went back and forth, it became clear this would be a game of who could best weather the other team's run.

The Huskies started the game blazing hot from the field, led by strong first-half performances by Cheri Craddock and Jill Bell, who finished the game with a career high 17 points. Washington shot 55% from the field in the first half, and with eight minutes to go had jumped out to a commanding 33-13 lead. But a tough Washington State team fought back and went on a 22-13 run, that sent the teams into the locker rooms separated by only eight points.

But the Huskies would not allow the Cougars to make history by upsetting the University of Washington's current historic winning streak. With a dominant early second-half performance by Breanne Watson, the Huskies jumped out to another big lead. At the 13- minute mark, 15 points separated the two teams.

Washington State slowly chipped away and with a minute-and-a-half minutes to go the Huskies lead was cut to only one when Ariana Scales hit her sixth three-pointer of the night. But strong defense and three Washington trips to the free throw line provided the knock out punch, which extended the Huskies winning streak against the Cougars to 20 straight games.