Huskies Spread the Wealth

Nov. 26, 2004

SEATTLE - Sophomore Cheri Craddock doesn't mind if she's not starting - and if the statistics are any indication, it probably doesn't much matter.

Through four games this season, Washington's bench players are nearly outscoring the team's starters, averaging 33.5 points per game to the starters' 39.3. A non-starter has at least shared the team scoring lead in three of Washington's first four contests.

'It's not different at all when bring people in off the bench,' said sophomore Maggie O'Hara, who had six points, five rebounds and four steals in just 18 minutes of play Friday.

Friday was Craddock's turn to shine. The sophomore came off the bench to score 11 quick points in a 22-7 first-half run that broke open a close game midway through the first half. Craddock and junior starter Kristen O'Neill each finished with a team-high 14 points, with Craddock increasing her season average to 9.3 points per game, equaling Jill Bell for the team's best. In addition to Craddock, sophomore Cameo Hicks has been prolific off the bench, ranking third in points per game at 9.0, despite earning zero starts in 2004-05.

'Sometimes, we use the bench to fire the team up,' O'Hara said. 'I go in excited to help the team stay in the flow of the game.'

The Husky bench will be needed again on Saturday, when Washington battles a 3-0 Alabama team for the Seattle Times Husky Classic championship at 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.