UW Women Cruise Past Regina 111-57 In Exhibition Win
Nov. 1, 2006
SEATTLE - Redshirt-sophomore guard Stefanie Clark led seven players in double-figures with a game-high 20 points, lifting Washington women's basketball to a 111-57 exhibition victory over the University of Regina, Monday evening.
The Huskies used a balanced scoring attack to pour on the points, as all 11 players that took the court got on the board. Senior forward Breanne Watson added 16 points and junior center Andrea Plouffe scored 14 to round out the top three scorers.
Not only did the Husky offense produce, the defense held the visiting Cougars to a 27.9 field goal shooting percentage and forced 32 turnovers. The Huskies shot 43.8 percent and committed just nine turnovers. UW dominated the boards, outrebounding Regina 62-49.
Clark lit the fire under Washington, playing in her first game since the 2004-05 season - a year in which she played just 41 minutes in 14 games. Clark got the starting nod - the first of her career - for injured junior guard Dominique Banks. She also added six rebounds and four assists.
Also scoring in double digits for the Huskies were senior forward Jill Bell (12 points), freshman guard Sami Whitcomb (12), senior guard Cameo Hicks (10) and senior guard Cheri Craddock (10). Freshman forward Laura McLellan and senior point guard Erica Schelly led the team on the glass with seven rebounds apiece. Schelly and Hicks led with seven assists each.
Washington didn't turn on the offense until midway through the first half. After leading 18-14 through the first eight minutes, the Huskies went on a 16-0 run to take control of the game. UW also used runs of 16-0 and 18-0 in the second half to run away with the win.
Maja Kralovcova came off the bench to lead Regina with a double-double, scoring 18 points and adding a game-high 12 rebounds. Meryl Jordan (11 points) and Gabrielle Gheyssen (10) also scored in double-digits for the Cougars.
'I was very pleased with our transition game, that is something that we are working hard on,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'We know that our defense and our rebounding will dictate how we are able to run. I thought during the game we filled the lanes and looked for the three if we had it. Our front line was running hard and we tried to play everyone that we could play tonight.'
The Huskies will have another chance to tuneup for the their regular season opener, hosting the Australian Institute of Sport in their final exhibition, Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Admission is free.