Hicks, Clark Lead Huskies Past Nevada 79-60
Dec. 10, 2006
SEATTLE - Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored 17 points and redshirt-sophomore guard Stefanie Clark added a career-high 16 to lead Washington women's basketball to a 79-60 victory over Nevada at Bank of America Arena, Sunday.
The win improves Washington's overall record to 5-4, while the Wolfpack fell to 4-5. The victory was also the second-straight for the Huskies, who are now 4-0 at home this season.
In addition to her 17 points, Hicks notched team-highs in rebounds (six) and assists (five). Clark pulled down four rebounds and added two assists and a career-high three steals. Senior forward/center Jill Bell rounded out the three Huskies to score in double-figures with 10 points. Guards Brandi Fitzgerald and Traci Graham led the Wolfpack with 17 and 12 points, respectively.
The Huskies overpowered Nevada with their defense, forcing 26 turnovers, grabbing 10 steals and allowing just one assist. Washington scored 23 points off the 26 Nevada miscues, and held the Wolfpack to a 36.5 percent field goal shooting percentage. The Huskies also won the battle on the glass, 36-34, and outscored Nevada in the paint, 46-26.
'I was really pleased with our defense today,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'I think that what we were most concerned about was the fact that Nevada was going to come in and pressure us early. They like to create offense through their defense and we only had 14 turnovers. I thought we did a much better job with that and we opened up some easy shots as opposed to forcing the more difficult ones.'
Washington never trailed in the game, opening the contest with a 14-2 run in which Clark scored seven points. Hicks' three-pointer at 15:50 put an exclamation mark on the run. The Huskies led by as many as 13 points (20-7) until Nevada closed the gap to within single digits thanks to a 7-0 run midway through the first half. Nevada trailed by as few as five points with 4:45 remaining until the intermission but the Huskies finished with a 12-4 run to take a 15-point halftime lead (41-26).
After scoring just five first half points, Nevada's Fitzgerald scored her team's first eight points after halftime and the Wolfpack came to within nine of Washington (47-38) at 16:30. But the Huskies put the game away with a 13-0 run to lead by 22 (60-38) with 13 minutes left. From there, the Huskies never led by fewer than 15 points.
Washington's team depth was evident on Sunday with all but one player contributing to the Huskies' points and rebounding total. Washington also received strong performances from senior forward Breanne Watson who tallied six points, six rebounds and four assists, while senior guard Cheri Craddock added nine points off the bench.
The Huskies continue their longest homestand of the season when they host in-state rival Gonzaga on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m., followed by a match-up with Florida State, Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.