Huskies Celebrate Senior Day With 61-46 Win Over Rival Oregon
Feb. 24, 2007
SEATTLE - Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored a game-high 13 points and senior forward Breanne Watson grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead Washington to a 61-46 victory over Oregon in both teams' regular season finale at Bank of America Arena, Saturday.
The game marked the final regular season home games for Hicks, Watson and four other fellow UW seniors - all of which contributed to the Huskies' scoring total. Junior center Andrea Plouffe joined Hicks in double-figure scoring with 12 points, while Watson and junior guard Dominique Banks each added nine points.
Washington's win - coupled with a California victory at UCLA today - clinched fourth-place for the Huskies (18-11, 11-7 Pac-10) in the Pac-10 standings.
UW will await the outcome of the USC vs. Stanford contest on Sunday to see whether they will be the fourth or fifth seed in next week's Pac-10 Tournament in San Jose, Calif. Regardless, UW will next play USC in the Pac-10 quarterfinals, Saturday, March 3, at 7:15 p.m.
The Ducks (16-12, 8-10 Pac-10) were led by forwards Kaela Chapdelaine and Eleanor Haring who each scored 10 points. Haring and reserve Jamie Hawkins shared team-high rebounding honors with eight boards apiece.
Oregon ends the regular season in sixth-place in the conference standings.
The key for the Huskies was forcing Oregon to commit 24 turnovers, off of which UW scored 31 points. UW also crushed the Ducks on the offensive boards, outrebounding them on the offensive glass, 17-9.
The Ducks' Carolyn Ganes scored the first bucket of the game to put Oregon up by two early, but UW responded with a three-pointer from junior point guard Emily Florence and never trailed the rest of the contest.
The first half remained relatively close, with UW's largest lead through that point being nine points twice. Oregon cut its halftime deficit to five points after scoring four in the final minute on a pair of made free-throws from Hawkins and a jumper from Haring in the lane.
UW led by just five six minutes into the second-half (35-30), but an 18-6 run gave the Huskies a 16-point cushion (50-34) with 9:54 to play. UW's largest lead of the game was 20 after a rebound and basket from senior guard Erica Schelly with 26.4 seconds.
With the regular season a thing of the past, UW will now turn its focus to postseason play. Next up, UW will face USC in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals, Saturday, March 3, at 7:15 p.m.