Burt Scores 13 to Lead UW to Exhibition Win
Oct. 31, 2004
SEATTLE - Washington junior Kayla Burt scored 13 points Sunday in her first game since suffering a cardiac arrest on Dec. 31, 2002, leading the Huskies to an 86-49 exhibition win over Baden Sports at Bank of America Arena.
Fans cheered loudly for Burt during pregame introductions, and roared when the Arlington, Wash., native scored just seven seconds into her UW return, taking a touch pass off the opening tipoff into the lane for a left-to-right layin.
'I was so antsy this morning, but it was fun just to get out there and put the uniform on, and get a taste of what the season's going to be about,' said Burt.
Burt's 13 points led four Huskies in double digits, including sophomore Jill Bell (12), freshman Dominque Banks (11) and sophomore Cameo Hicks (10). Baden Sports, a team comprised of former Division-I players from up and down the West Coast, were led by the 10 points of Nevada alum KaTrina Crenshaw. Former Huskies Emily Autrey, Sara Best and Alicia Heathcote each started for the Baden Sports squad, combining for 10 points in the contest.
Washington dominated the rebounds on their own end of the court, turning 35 offensive rebounds into 37 second-chance points. For the game, the Huskies finished with a 60-36 rebounding advantage, and hit nine of 23 (.391) three-point attempts, opposite just one-of-11 (.091) for the visitors.
'I thought we played a lot harder in the second half; we went to the boards a lot harder,' said ninth-year head coach June Daugherty after the game. 'It's a good start, but we're going to have to play a lot harder than we did. Particularly on defense, we could have been even more aggressive than we were.'
Washington took a 42-27 lead into the half, sparked by 10 points from Burt and nine from sophomore guard Cheri Craddock. Washington forced Baden Sports into turnovers on six of its first nine possessions, and allowed the visitors just two field goals in the opening eight-and-a-half minutes of play. Burt's opening basket sparked a 13-4 UW run to open the game, giving the Huskies a lead they would never relinquish.
Washington will return to the Bank of America Arena court Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. for its final exhibition of the 2004-05 season, against Vanguard University, before opening regular-season play with the WBCA BTI Classic Nov. 14-15. NCAA semifinalist Minnesota will join Washington, UNLV and South Carolina in the two-day event at Bank of America Arena, with games scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday.