Women's Hoops Defeats Palestrina Basket 105-44
Aug. 25, 2006
PALESTRINA, Italy - Redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Clark led five players in double figures with a game-high 21 points as the Washington women's basketball team defeated Palestrina Basket, 105-44, in the first of four games during its 10-day Tour of Italy, Friday.
Clark, coming off a redshirt season, led all Huskies with 21 points, while senior guard Breanne Watson added 18 points and eight boards. Also finishing in double figures for UW were senior guard Cheri Craddock (17 points, three rebounds), junior center Andrea Plouffe (10 points, seven rebounds) and sophomore forward/center Heidi McNeill (10 points, six rebounds).
The game was played in four 10 minute quarters, and the Huskies opened the game up early - breaking out a 25-3 lead in the opening frame. UW held Palestrina without any field goals in the first 10 minutes, its only points coming on free-throws. Watson and Plouffe got things going for the Huskies, combining for the first 10 points, while Clark caught fire late in the first quarter, scoring eight of the team's last 10 points.
By the time Palestrina made a field goal is was the second quarter and the Huskies had already built a 25-point lead. UW held as much as a 35-point lead at halftime, 53-18. Palestrina had a little more luck having some shots drop in the third quarter but by then it was too little too late. Watson's back-to-back buckets in the last few minutes of the game pushed UW over the century mark as the Huskies finished with 105 points.
Palestrina is a small town located about an hour's drive from Rome. It is a town believed to have even older origins than Rome. The women's basketball team arrived in Italy on Aug. 23 and has spent the last three days in Rome. UW will depart for Florence Saturday morning and have three more games scheduled during their stay in Italy.