UW Women Defeat Cross-State Rival Gonzaga 75-61

Dec. 15, 2006

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SEATTLE - Senior guard Cameo Hicks led four players in double-figures with 17 points, as Washington women's basketball defeated Gonzaga, 75-61, in a battle of cross-state rivals, Friday, at Bank of America Arena.

The victory was the Huskies' (6-4) third-straight and 10th-consecutive against a non-conference opponent at home dating back to last season. Gonzaga fell to 7-6 on the season with the loss.

Joining Hicks in double-figures for Washington were junior center Andrea Plouffe (12 points), redshirt-sophomore guard Stefanie Clark (11) and senior guard Cheri Craddock (10). Junior point guard Emily Florence was the Huskies' defensive catalyst, grabbing team-highs in rebounds (six) and steals (a career-high five).

Freshman forward Heather Bowman led Gonzaga with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Stephanie Hawk also added 12 points and six rebounds.

'Coming into the game, we were aware of how balanced Gonzaga is offensively,' UW head coach June Daugherty commented after the contest. 'All five positions are really capable of hurting you with double-figures, and they get a lot of help off of the bench. I thought that our defense was definitely going to be challenged. I thought we did a pretty good job. Offensively, against the trapping and the 1-2-2 and the run-and-jump, I think we did a good job of breaking it.'

The Huskies trailed just once, 6-5, in the opening minutes and then took command with a 25-7 run that led to as much as a 17-point lead with 9:15 remaining in the first half (30-13). Craddock sparked the run, scoring seven of her 11 points in that span, including a three-pointer and back-to-back buckets.

Gonzaga responded with a 13-2 run of its own to cut the Husky lead to seven, 33-26, but UW took a 10-point lead into the lockeroom, 36-26. Both teams traded baskets to start the second-half, before the Huskies used a 10-0 to again increase its lead to 15 (48-33) in the opening five minutes of the second half. Hicks' three-pointer off a fast-break pass from Florence capped the run.

Gonzaga cut the Huskies' lead to under double-digits just once, 64-55, with 6:35 remaining, but Washington finished the game outscoring the Bulldogs 11-6.

Washington will wrap its non-conference slate hosting No. 23 Florida State, Sunday, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The game versus the Seminoles will also complete the Huskies' longest homestand of the season, as UW will open Pac-10 play on the road at Oregon (Dec. 21) and at Oregon State (Dec. 23) next week.

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