Husky Defense Leads Way to Exhibition Win

Nov. 9, 2004

SEATTLE - While the Husky offense and its eight three-pointers brought the loudest roars from the Bank of America Arena crowd on Monday, the Washington defense was just as key to the Huskies' 83-34 victory over 2004 NAIA Tournament quarterfinalist Vanugard University.

'We showed a lot of improvement for an exhibition game,' Daugherty said. 'Our intensity definitely stepped up a level, especially on the defensive end.'

After holding the Lions to just 16 points in the first half, Washington really put the clamps down after halftime, allowing just two Vanguard field goals while forcing 22 steals. For the game, the Huskies converted 36 Lions' turnovers into 34 offensive points, and held Vanguard to just 16 percent shooting from the field.

Washington completed the defensive effort with 25 steals - including 17 after halftime - and six blocks.

Junior forward Jill Bell and sophomore guard Erica Schelly led all Huskies on the defensive end of the floor with five steals each, while Bell added six rebounds and two assists. Freshman Dominique Banks nearly earned a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds to go with 11 points, while fellow frosh Emily Florence contributed seven rebounds and a pair of steals.