Women's Hoops Holds Off Eastern Washington 67-59

Nov. 21, 2006

CHENEY, Wash. - Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored a game-high 20 points and senior center Jill Bell added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Huskies staved off a second-half surge from Eastern Washington to down the Eagles, 67-59, at Reese Court, Tuesday evening.The win was the first of the season for Washington (1-2), while the loss was the first for Eastern Washington (3-1).

Washington held a 13-point halftime lead, 36-23, but it was quickly relinquished when Eastern Washington came out of the locker room with a 19-6 run. The surge tied the score at 42 with 11 and a half minutes remaining in the game. The Huskies responded with a 6-0 run to reclaim the lead and managed to stay a step ahead of the Eagles until the closing seconds.

Bell and redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Clark held the Huskies together in the second half, with Bell scoring 10 of her 15 points and Clark scoring eight of her 10 points after halftime.

Washington committed a season-high 29 turnovers but made up for it on the glass, outrebounding the Eagles 60-42. In addition to Bell's 13 boards, Clark added eight and senior forward Maggie O'Hara grabbed seven.

Bell responded to the call in her first start of the season, getting the nod after it was decided that junior center Andrea Plouffe would miss the game due to patellar tendonitis in both knees. Plouffe is listed as day-to-day.

The Huskies opened the game with a 12-2 run to take an early 10-point lead. Hicks contributed seven of the first 12 points to spark Washington early. The Huskies and Eagles traded baskets for the next nine minutes, with UW leading by as many as 11 points during that span. Hicks then rattled off 7-0 run of her own capped by a three-pointer at 5:25 to give UW its largest lead of the game to that point, 35-18. The Huskies went into the lockeroom with a 13-point lead, 36-23.

After opening the season with three games on the road, the Huskies now return home to host the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, Nov 25-26. Washington will make its home debut versus Saint Louis, Saturday, at 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

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