UW Women Get Well Against Rival Cougars, 86-64
Jan. 20, 2007
SEATTLE - Washington snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating cross-state rival Washington State, 86-64, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Saturday.
The victory upped Washington's winning streak in the series between these cross-state rivals to 23 games. The Huskies improved to 13-7 overall, 6-3 in conference play while the Cougars fell to 5-14, 1-8 against Pac-10 opponents.
Junior center Andrea Plouffe led all Huskies with 14 points, while sophomore guard Stefanie Clark chipped in 13 points and senior guard Cameo Hicks contributed 12. Junior point guard Emily Florence was a catalyst on both offense and defense, recording team-highs in rebounds (eight), assists (six) and steals (seven). She also scored five points.All five Cougar starters reached double-figures in scoring led by freshman forward Marisa Stotler. Guards Colleen Betteridge and Katie Appleton each scored 12 points.
After losing back-to-back home games last week and failing to shoot above 30 percent from the field in those contests, the Huskies turned things around versus the Cougars. UW shot 48.4 percent, including a 55.2 clip from the field in the second half - much improved from the previous two outings. The Huskies racked up 18 assists and added a season-high 19 steals. UW also forced WSU to commit 27 turnovers while only committing 15 of their own.
UW opened the game on a 10-2 run and never trailed. The Huskies led by as many as nine points (22-15) midway through the opening period but the Cougars fought back to get within one (28-27) with 4:07 remaining until the intermission. Washington wasn't about to let the lead slip out of their hands in front a season-high crowd of 3,175 fans, ending the half on a 13-4 run. The Huskies' largest lead to that point was 11 until Appleton knocked down an eight-footer with 36.7 seconds on the clock.
Led by all 12 of Hicks points coming after halftime, UW pulled away from WSU in the second-half. A 13-2 run over a four-minute span gave the Huskies their largest lead of the game - 32 - (84-52) with 3:34 left in the game.
The Husky crowd also was treated to the debut of a new video board installed in Bank of America this week.
Washington will begin the second-half of Pac-10 play next week on the road, traveling to Southern California to face UCLA (Jan. 26) and USC (Jan. 28).
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