Defense Keys Husky Women in 68-57 Win

Dec. 12, 2005

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Junior Cameo Hicks led four Huskies in double figures Monday, but it was Washington's defense which carried the team to a 68-57 victory over cross-state rival Eastern Washington at Bank of America Arena.

With its offense struggling much of the night - the Huskies shot just 29.9 percent as a team, and hit just 22 of 35 free-throw attempts (.629) - it was up to Washington's defense to preserve the team's streak of consecutive home wins, which reached nine on Monday.

Washington (7-2) held a 34-25 lead at the half despite having gone nearly seven minutes without a basket midway through the period, and having missed 14 of its first 18 shots from the field. That was because the Huskies' defense held the Eagles (4-4) to just three field goals during the UW's basketless span, and just 9-of-31 (.290) overall in the half.

Down 13-10 with 8:53 to play in the half, and having hit just four field goals in over 11 minutes, the Huskies drained six shots over the next 3:39 to spark an 18-2 run and open a 13-point lead that would never drop below nine the rest of the way.

In all, the Huskies forced Eastern into 29 turnovers, while limiting the Eagles to just 32 percent shooting on the night.

'It was just one of those games where there was really no flow,' said senior Kayla Burt. 'Once a couple of things got going, there'd be a turnover or a defensive stop or something. That happens sometimes. I think that we really used our experience to get the win.'

Hicks, who celebrated her 21st birthday Monday, led all UW scorers with 16 points, her seventh double-figure game this year and 19th in her last 23 games dating back to last season. Emily Florence, Dominique Banks and Andrea Plouffe all chipped in 10 points, while Hicks, Florence and Breanne Watson shared the team rebounding lead with eight apiece.

Jordan Chadd led all Eastern Washington scorers with 19 points, including five three-pointers.

Washington completed its non-conference season Monday with a 7-2 record, including four games against 2005 NCAA Tournament teams, and one 2005 WNIT team.

'The preseason has been everything we thought it would be,' said head coach June Daugherty. 'I'm real proud of our players, and we recognize that we're on our way to improvement. I'm excited about the direction we're going in.'

The Huskies will take a break for finals week before opening Pac-10 play at home vs. Cal on Dec. 20, and vs. Stanford on Dec. 22. Washington finished seventh in the Pac-10 a year ago with a 9-9 record, but have won four of their last five regular-season conference games.

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