Freshmen Finding Their Way

Nov. 16, 2004

The learning curve from high school basketball to the college game is unquestionably steep, but Washington's freshmen seem to be picking it up fast nonetheless.

In Sunday's win over South Carolina, freshman Dominique Banks came off the bench to equal the team lead with 12 points, including seven in a 21-0 UW run that put the game away in the second half.

Monday, it was freshman Emily Florence's chance to make a contribution, with the Boise, Idaho, native earning the start at point guard in just her second collegiate game. Florence responded with three assists and nine points, including a late three-pointer that sparked an 8-3 Washington run which tied the game at the end of regulation.

'Our youth will be served,' said head coach June Daugherty. 'They will continue to learn and to play harder each time we take the floor in practices and games. You saw how hard these guys play and how eager they are to get out there and get it done for the team.'

The emergence of Washington's first-year players will likely be key to the success of the Huskies this season, with just three juniors - and nary a senior - on the Washington roster in 2004-05.