Huskies Breeze Past Cougars, 81-49
Feb. 17, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored 13 points, while Jill Bell and Cheri Craddock each added 12 apiece to lead Washington to an 81-49 victory over Washington State in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Beasley Coliesum, Saturday.
The 32-point win was Washington's largest winning margin of the season, as the Huskies improved to 16-11 overall, 9-7 in the Pac-10. The Cougars fell to 5-21, 1-15 in conference action.
The victory also improves Washington's overall winning streak in the all-time series with WSU to 24 games.
Washington used a 19-0 first half run to put the game away early and used a 12-0 run in the second-half to seal the victory. Washington led by as many as 23 points at halftime and held the Cougars to just 14 first-half points.
The Huskies used a balanced attack, with junior point guard Emily Florence tallying 10 assists, six assists and three steals. Junior guard Dominique Banks also added six rebounds. All but one of the 15 Huskies who took the floor contributed to the scoring total.Washington shot 52.8 percent from the field, including a 65.4 clip in the second-half.
Freshman forward Marisa Stotler led the way for Washington State with 19 points and seven rebounds. Amanda DuRocher added 10 points.
The Huskies broke things open quickly in the first half. After the Cougars opened with a three pointer by Katie Appleton at 19:37, Washington proceeded to rattle off a 19-0 run to take a 16-point lead midway through the first-half. Hicks sparked the run with nine points and finished the half with 11. In fact, Washington outscored the Cougs 28-4 during a 12-minute span in the first half.
The Huskies held Washington State to just 14 first-half points and a 19 percent field goal shooting percentage. The Cougs didn't hit double-digits in the first-half until Ebonee Coates sank a pair of free-throws with three minutes until the intermission. Washington shot 40 percent from the field in the first half, and nailed 13 of 15 free-throws. Hicks was 5-for-5 from the line, while Whitcomb was 6-for-6.
The closest the Cougars would come in the second half was a 19-point margin, but it was then UW rattled off a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Washington will close out the regular season next week when it returns to Seattle to host Oregon State (Feb. 22) and Oregon (Feb. 24).