Washington-Minnesota Postgame Notes
Nov. 16, 2004
The win over the 14th-ranked Gophers is Washington's first over a ranked non-conference opponent since Mar. 24, 2001, vs. No. 7 Oklahoma in the NCAA Sweet 16. The Huskies had lost five-straight to ranked non-conference foes entering tonight's contest.
The win improves Washington to 2-0 for just the third time in head coach June Daugherty's nine years at UW, and just the 11th time in school history.
Washington led for all but the first 17 seconds of overtime, when the two teams remained tied.
After hitting just nine two-point field goals in 40 minutes against South Carolina on Sunday, Washington went to the paint for its first 18 points Monday. The Huskies did not hit an outside shot until the 6:12 mark of the first half, when Cheri Craddock hit the first of just four UW three-pointers in the game.
Minnesota led by as many as 10 points in the first half, at 20-10 with 10:25 to play, before a 17-9 UW run cut the lead to two just before halftime. Seven different players scored for Washington during the run, with Breanne Watson - who scored five of the run's 17 points - the only player to score more than once.
After hitting just two of its first 11 three-point attempts through the game's first 37 minutes, Washington hit two in a span of two minutes to turn a 55-50 deficit into a 56-55 lead with 2:05 to play in the game.