Huskies Take Down Oregon State, 70-59
Feb. 22, 2007
The victory improved Washington's overall record to 17-11 and 10-7 in the conference, while the Beavers fell to 8-18, 3-14 in the Pac-10. Coupled with USC's overtime loss at California, the Huskies moved into a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 standings with just one more game left on the regular season docket. The Huskies have now won four of their last five games.
Hicks and Watson led a balanced scoring attack for Washington, with eight Huskies scoring five or more points including eight points by junior center Andrea Plouffe and eight by redshirt-sophomore guard Stefanie Clark. Junior point guard Emily Florence tallied team-highs in rebounds (six), assists (four) and steals (three), to go along with seven points. Senior forward Maggie O'Hara also contributed five points, five rebounds and two assists.
The Huskies held OSU senior and the Pac-10's leading scorer, Casey Nash, to 13 points on 4-of-16 shooting. Nash, who missed a portion of the game after a collision with UW's Maggie O'Hara while diving on the floor after a loose ball, went into the week averaging 20.0 points per game. Forward Judie Lomax notched a double-double for OSU with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Mercedes Fox-Griffin scored 17 points and added five assists.
Washington edged Oregon State by just four points in overtime in the teams' earlier season meeting back in December and after a close first-half it looked like this game might come down to the wire as well. The Huskies biggest lead of the half was eight points (22-14) until OSU closed the final 6:17 with a 15-4 run. The Beavers led by two (28-26) at halftime.
The Huskies scored the first two buckets following the intermission and after leading by just one (35-34) at 16:27, UW went on a 10-0 run and then later tallied an 8-0 run to take as much as a 19-point lead (58-39) with 8:22 remaining in the game.
Washington will host Oregon in its regular season home finale, Saturday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. The game will be televised live on KONG-TV in Seattle. The Huskies' seven seniors - including student-assistant coach Angie Jones - will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony.