Huskies Outlast Oregon State In Overtime 71-67

Dec. 23, 2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior center Andrea Plouffe scored 20 points and senior guard Cameo Hicks notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Washington to a 71-67 overtime victory versus Oregon State, Saturday afternoon.

Hicks was the key for the Huskies (9-4, 2-0 Pac-10), scoring eight of Washington's 12 points in extra minutes including six of the first eight in overtime. The win was the sixth-straight for Washington, while the Beavers fell to 4-5 overall, 0-2 in conference play.

The Beavers gave the Huskies a tough battle from start to finish. Oregon State held as much as a seven point lead with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Led by Plouffe and Hicks, the Huskies came back to tie the game with a 7-0 run, 55-55. Plouffe sparked the run with a bucket and Hicks followed suit, hitting a pair of free-throws and capping the run with a three-pointer.

Senior forward Casey Nash put OSU back in the lead, 57-55, with 2:15 on the clock until the Huskies battled back to tie on a rebound and putback from UW senior forward Maggie O'Hara and a bucket from Plouffe. OSU freshman forward Judie Lomax hit a shot with 31.6 seconds to tie the game, 59-59. Washington came back with one more possession, but Hicks missed a shot at the buzzer.

The Huskies never trailed in overtime and led by as many as six points, 71-65, with nine seconds left.

The Huskies trailed nearly the entire first half and by as many as eight points three times, the last coming with 8:08 remaining until the intermission. Washington came back with a 14-4 run to claim its first lead of the contest, 24-22, with 1:07 on the clock. OSU reclaimed its lead, finishing the half with a 4-0 run to take a 26-24 advantage into the locker room.

OSU outrebounded Washington 41-40, but the Huskies held the advantage on the offensive glass, 21-14. OSU shot 50 percent from the field and held UW to just a 39 percent clip.

Junior point guard Emily Florence was also an impact player for Washington's defense, matching her career-high with five steals. UW forced 27 turnovers and grabbed 14 steals. Florence also added seven rebounds and a team-high five assists.

Nash led Oregon State with 27 points and Lomax notched a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Huskies will take a few days off for Christmas and return to action hosting USC (Dec. 29) and UCLA (Dec. 31) next week.

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