O'Neill Leads Huskies To 75-64 Win Over Oregon State

Jan. 16, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Led by a career-high 23 points from junior Kristen O'Neill, the Huskies snapped a four-game losing streak and defeated Oregon State, 75-64, at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis in Saturday's Pac-10 Conference women's basketball action.

Washington (7-11, 3-5 Pac-10) shot a season-high 50 percent from the field, hitting 23-of-46 attempts including eight three-pointers. Senior Shannon Howell finished with a game-high 34 points for the Beavers, but it was enough as OSU (5-11, 1-6) dropped its sixth Pac-10 contest in seven games.

O'Neill was virtually flawless, shooting 5-of-8 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range and 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. Joining her in double-figure scoring for Washington was sophomore Cameo Hicks who nearly had a double-double with 13 points (all in the second-half) and a team-high nine rebounds. Sophomore Breanne Watson added 10 points off the bench. Freshman point guard Emily Florence contributed a career-high eight assists and six rebounds.

Washington used a 17-6 run in the middle of the first half to garner a 22-12 lead on a fast-break layin by Watson with 5:51 on the clock. The Huskies held a 32-22 lead at halftime, aided by 46-percent shooting from the field and a 4-for-6 clip from beyond the 3-point arc.O'Neill, the first Husky to score at least 20 points this season, opened the second half with five straight points, but the Beaver defense kicked in and helped OSU narrow the gap to 43-39 with 11:01 left. Howell capped off the 17-6 Oregon State run with one of her five steals in the contest and a breakaway lay-up.

The Huskies answered with 10 straight points over the next two minutes and never looked back.

Howell scored 23 of Oregon State's final 27 points. The Beavers forced 29 Washington turnovers but shot a frigid 34-percent for the game, compared to UW's 50-percent shooting.

The Huskies will wrap their Northwest road swing at Washington State, Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. The game will be televised on FSN Northwest.

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