Dec. 17, 2006
SEATTLE - Led by 18 points apiece from senior guard Cameo Hicks and junior center Andrea Plouffe, Washington women's basketball won its fourth-straight game with an 84-65 upset over No. 23 Florida State at Bank of America Arena, Sunday.
The Huskies improved their overall record to 7-4 and handed the Seminoles (10-2) just their second loss of the season.
Hicks led the way for Washington (7-4) with team-highs of nine rebounds, six assists and four steals to go along with her 18-point scoring performance. Also joining Hicks and Plouffe in double-figures was senior guard Cheri Craddock who tallied a season-high 15 points off the bench.
The Huskies used stifling defense to take down the Seminoles, forcing 23 turnovers and grabbing nine steals. UW made the most of its defensive efforts, scoring 30 points off the turnovers it created. Washington won the battle on the glass, outrebounding Florida State, 40-38.
Washington put its team depth to good use, with all but one of its 12 players who took the floor contributing to the points and rebounding totals. The Husky bench outscored the FSU bench, 42-22. Guard Shante Williams led Florida State with team-highs in scoring (14) and rebounding (nine).
Hicks led off the game taking the opening tip to the hoop for a left-handed layin. UW trailed be three points (9-6) in the opening three minutes of the game and responded with a 12-2 run. Plouffe and Craddock sparked the run, with Plouffe scoring back-to-back buckets and Craddock hitting a pair of jumpers including a three-pointer.
After trading baskets the next few minutes, Plouffe and Craddock combined for six straight points and Hicks added a layin to give the Huskies their largest lead of the first-half, 30-18. Florida State closed to within four points twice, but UW held on to take a nine-point lead (47-38) into the lockeroom.
The Huskies opened the second-half with an 8-2 run and then put the game away with an 11-1 run to lead by as many as 24 points, 79-55, with 4:06 remaining.
Washington will open Pac-10 play next week, traveling to the Willamette Valley to take on Oregon in Eugene, Thurs., Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., followed by a contest at Oregon State in Corvallis, Sat., Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. Saturday's game will be televised live by FSN Northwest.