Jan. 26, 2006
Game Notes Washington 91, Arizona 73 January 26, 2005; Bank of America Arena; Seattle, Wash.
Washington improved to 28-15 all-time vs. Arizona, including a 17-3 record in games played at home. This season marks UW's first sweep of the Wildcats since the 1995 season. Prior to UW's current three-game series winning streak, Arizona had won six straight vs. UW, and 11 of 14 dating back to 1999.
Washington's 91 points were its second-most vs. Arizona since 1991. The Huskies have topped the 90-point mark twice in their past four games, something they had achieved just once in their previous 45 Pac-10 games dating back to the 2002-03 season.
The Huskies' 14-5 record is its best to open a season since the 2002-03 Dawgs started 15-3. Washington's 14 wins equal its total from all of last season (14-16).
Including Thursday's win, Washington has won 13 of its last 14 games at Bank of America Arena, dating back to last season. The Huskies saw their 12-game home winning streak snapped in their last home game, Jan. 14 vs. USC.
Wildcats' leading scorer Joy Hollingsworth - who scored a career-high 23 points in Arizona's 80-76 upset of Cal on Sunday - was held to just 12 points Thursday.
Washington put five players in double-digits -- including Kristen O'Neill (19), Cheri Craddock (16), Cameo Hicks (11), Breanne Watson (11), Andrea Plouffe (11) - while Dominique Banks totaled nine points, and Jill Bell scored eight.
Eleven different UW players recorded at least two rebounds, including nine with three or more. Just three players recorded more than one rebound for Arizona.
Washington held a 39-20 rebounding advantage, including a 16-3 edge on the offensive glass. Washington entered the game leading the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding at 17.61 per game.
Those offensive rebounds helped the Huskies hold a 22-0 advantage in second-chance points.
Including last Saturday's 12-for-27 performance at Oregon, Washington is 21-for-45 (.467) from beyond the three-point arc in its last two games.
Kristen O'Neill's four three pointers (on five attempts) were a season-high, and equaled her career-high set three times previously. O'Neill's 19 points were also a season-high, and just four shy of her career-high of 23.
O'Neill scored 12 consecutive UW points during a two-and-a-half minute stretch in the second half, including three-straight three-point field goals.
Cheri Craddock's 16 points were a career-high, besting her previous high of 14 set vs. Arizona last season.
Nicole Castro's five assists were a career-high. Coincidentally, Thursday was Australia Day in Castro's native country, the equivalent to Independence Day in the United States.
After Arizona closed to within two, at 44-42, with 16:41 to play, Washington went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes. The Huskies held Arizona without a basket for nearly five minutes, from 16:41 to 11:52.