Plouffe, Hicks Lead UW Over Saint Louis 96-69

Nov. 25, 2006

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SEATTLE - Junior center Andrea Plouffe scored a career-high 23 points and senior guard Cameo Hicks added 21 to lead Washington women's basketball over Saint Louis, 96-69, in the first round of the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Saturday.

The Huskies (2-2) won their second-straight after opening the season 0-2, and will face Northern Iowa (1-3) in the Husky Classic championship tilt, Sunday, at 3 p.m. Saint Louis (5-1) and Miami (2-3) will battle in the consolation game, Sunday, at 12:30. In the earlier game, Saturday, UNI defeated Miami in an overtime thriller, 73-66.

Despite missing the previous game at Eastern Washington with patellar tendonitis in both knees, Plouffe paced the Huskies on 9-of-16 shooting and a 4-for-6 clip from the free-throw line. Hicks notched her second-straight 20-point scoring game, and in doing so became the 20th player in UW women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point scoring mark.

Hicks shot 11-for-13 from the line versus Saint Louis, both career-highs.Senior forwards Breanne Watson and Maggie O'Hara rounded out the four Huskies to finish in double-figures, with Watson racking up a season-high 16 points and O'Hara setting a career-high with 10. O'Hara led UW with seven rebounds.

Freshman guard Theresa Lisch led the Billikens with 20 points, while senior guard Tyler McIlwraith added 15 and freshman guard Katie Paganelli scored 12.

The Huskies put their best shooting performance of the season to good use, notching a 44 percent clip from the field to score a season-high 96 points. In turn, the UW defense forced 27 turnovers.

'I like the fact that our match-up zone really caused a lot of problems for Saint Louis,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'I thought that having the luxury of mixing up the zone and our player-to-player kind of put them on their heels tonight. We had a chance to get into the passing lane and get back to our running game. That is what I'm most encouraged about, that we showed improvement, made some stops and had a chance to run.'

The Huskies posted an early four-point lead in the opening minutes of the game, but the Billikens came back to take their own four-point advantage, 20-16, at the 13:06 mark. Washington then responded with a 12-0 run and led by no fewer than seven - and as many as 12 - up until halftime.

With UW up 57-46 at 13:49, Saint Louis went on a 7-0 run to get within four, but the Huskies proceeded to hold the Billikens without a field goal for the next six minutes. In that span, UW outscored SLU 24-4. At that point, the Huskies had built over a 20-point lead and put the game out of reach.

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