Women's Hoops Cruises In Exhibition Win Over Australian Institute of Sport, 107-57

Nov. 5, 2006

SEATTLE - Six players scored in double figures to lead Washington women's basketball to a 107-56 exhibition victory over the Australian Institute of Sport at Bank of America Arena, Sunday afternoon.

For the second-consecutive exhibition contest, redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Clark led the Huskies with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and a 4-for-4 clip from the line. Clark also grabbed seven rebounds and tied for the team lead with three steals. Senior forward/center Jill Bell was also a spark off the bench, scoring 16 points and grabbing six boards.

Senior forward Breanne Watson nearly tallied a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds, while freshman guard Sami Whitcomb came up big with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in her first career start.

Forward Cayla Francis led the Australian Institute of Sport with 12 points, while Elouise Manou contributed 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Huskies played stifling defense, forcing 31 turnovers and limiting AIS to a 33.3 percent field goal shooting percentage. UW dominated play on the glass, outrebounding AIS, 52-39.

Washington jumped out to an 11-point lead (25-14) midway through the first half and used a 20-4 run to extend its advantage to 26 (48-22) with 3:42 remaining until the intermission. Clark ended the half scoring five consecutive points on a three-pointer and left side layin to give the Huskies a 33-point lead (57-26) heading into the lockeroom.That 33-point deficit was the closest AIS would come, as UW continued to poor on the points in the second half.

'I thought our offensive execution definitely picked it up a notch from last game, we were getting better shots, for the most part,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'I thought our front line really showed something today. It was great to see the team get the ball inside the way they did. They weren't doubled, so they went to work, and I thought they had a pretty good outcome inside. If we can keep that inside-outside going, and keep it going defensively, then we are going to be excited about what this team can do.'

The Huskies will now have just over a week before making their official season debut. UW will play its first three games on the road, beginning with a contest at Marquette, Tuesday, Nov. 14. Washington will then face No. 13 Purdue and Eastern Washington before making its home debut hosting the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, Nov. 25-26 at Bank of America Arena.

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