UW Women Win Eighth Straight, Down UCLA 72-67
Dec. 31, 2006
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington improved its current winning streak to eight games with a 72-67 victory over UCLA in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Sunday afternoon.
Senior guard Cameo Hicks led the way for the Huskies (11-4, 4-0 Pac-10) with game-highs of 22 points and nine rebounds, while senior forward Jill Bell was a spark off the bench with 12 points and eight boards. Senior guard Noelle Quinn was the Bruins' (8-8, 2-2 Pac-10) leading scorer with 19 points and forward Lindsey Pluimer chipped in 18.
The victory also improved Washington's home winning streak to 11 games dating back to last season.
For the second straight game, offensive rebounding was the key for the Huskies, who outplayed UCLA on the offensive glass, 23-15. Washington, which leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds, won the overall battle on the boards, 44-35.
'We talked about going into this game, playing 40 minutes,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'UCLA is so talented and they are so much better disciplined as a team. They certainly gave us a lot. It was tough to handle them at times, and they jumped out to that lead. I think we showed good poise and leadership to get out there and get the defensive stops.'
Washington trailed nearly the entire first half, and was down by as many as nine points (15-6) seven minutes into the game. The Huskies slowly chipped away at UCLA's lead and after a 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from senior forward Breanne Watson, found themselves down by just one, 27-26, with 4:36 until halftime.
Both teams traded baskets down the stretch and down by three, junior center Andrea Plouffe and Hicks each drained a pair of free-throws to give Washington a one-point lead at the intermission (34-33).
The second half began much like the first half ended with both teams matching each other, basket for basket, until the Huskies opened up a 10-point lead with an 8-0 run (61-51). UW led by 11 (71-60) with 1:49 left in the game but the Bruins rallied with a three-pointer from Pluimer and two layins from Quinn to trail by just four (71-67) with 48.6 seconds on the clock.
Senior forward Maggie O'Hara was fouled and made one of two free-throws with seven seconds left.
Washington currently shares the lead in the Pac-10 standings with Stanford who is also 4-0 in conference play. The Huskies are 4-0 to start their Pac-10 slate for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
The Huskies will travel to the desert this coming week to take on Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 4, and Arizona State, Sunday, Jan. 7. UW's game at ASU on Sunday will be televised live on FSN.