Hicks, Bell Lead UW Over Arizona, 79-64

Feb. 3, 2007

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SEATTLE - Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored a team-high 25 points and senior center Jill Bell added 11 as Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a 79-65 victory over Arizona in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Saturday afternoon.

Hicks, who shot 10-for-15 from the field and finished the game four points shy of her career-high, helped the Huskies (14-10, 7-6 Pac-10) turn in a season-high field goal shooting percentage of 54.4 percent. It was a welcome relief for a Washington team that had failed to shoot above 37 percent in five of the last six games.

Arizona (8-17, 2-11 Pac-10) was led by Seattle native Joy Hollingsworth who scored a game-high 26 points. Reserve Ashley Whisonant added 17 points off the bench for the Wildcats, who suffered their 12th loss in their last 14 games.

Bell and Hicks shared team-high honors in rebounding with six apiece, while senior forward Maggie O'Hara added five boards. The Huskies won the battle on the glass with Arizona, outrebounding the Wildcats 36-29.Hicks sparked Washington with 17 of her 25 points coming in the second-half, as Washington extended what was a six-point halftime lead (27-21) into as much as a 25-point lead (68-43) with 4:39 remaining the game.

The Huskies nearly led wire to wire with the exception of a short-lived two-point deficit (7-5) early. It took Arizona nearly five minutes to put any points on the board, the first coming on a 15-foot jumper from guard Linda Pace at 15:08. Arizona hung with Washington until halftime, as the Huskies' only led by as many as eight points in the opening 20 minutes.

But the second-half was a different story when Hicks took over. Arizona closed to within one point (30-29) after an 8-0 run just after halftime, but the Huskies pulled away with an 18-4 run thanks to 10 points from Hicks in that span.

Coupled with the Huskies' win at Arizona, Jan. 4, Washington has now won the last four-straight meetings with the Wildcats in the all-time series.Washington will now play three of its last five regular season games on the road, beginning with a Bay Area swing next week. The Huskies will visit No. 21 California, Thursday, Feb. 8, before a showdown at No. 8 Stanford, Saturday, Feb. 10.

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