Jan. 7, 2006
PULLMAN, WASH. - Sophomore Andrea Plouffe led four Huskies in double-figures with 16 points as Washington staved off a late second-half surge from Washington State to edge its cross-state rival, 73-70, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash.
The win improved Washington's overall record to 11-3, 4-1 in Pac-10 play while the Cougars fell to 6-8 overall, 0-5 in the Pac-10.
Washington led by as many as 14 points with 8:33 left, but the Cougars rallied to close within two with just 45 seconds left on the clock. WSU had a chance to tie the game when guard Charmaine Jones missed a layin with 13 seconds left. UW senior Kayla Burt grabbed the rebound on Jones' miss to give the Huskies possession.
At the other end of the floor, UW junior Cameo Hicks was fouled by Dani Montgomery and made one of two free-throws to put UW ahead by three 73-70. With just five seconds left on the clock, the Cougars were unable to get a shot off and UW held on for its 21st-straight win in the series versus WSU.
UW junior Breanne Watson scored 12 points and added a team-high seven rebounds, while Hicks and sophomore Dominique Banks each scored 11. Jones was the Cougars' leading scorer with 18 points, while Keisha Moore and Amanda DeRocher scored 12 points and Montgomery tallied 10. The Huskies held Kate Benz, the Pac-10's leading rebounder, to just four boards. Benz averaged 11.3 rebounds per game going into the contest.
The Huskies opened the game with a quick 10-point lead courtesy of a 13-3 run and led by as many as nine, 21-12, at the 9:16 mark. From there, the Cougars outscored the Huskies 20-9 to close out the opening frame, including a 9-0 run to take their first lead, 26-25, capped by DuRocher's third three-pointer, at 3:32.
Kristen O'Neill hit a three-pointer with 2:41 left to tie the score at 33 apiece, but WSU took a two-point lead into the intermission, 32-30. O'Neill hit Washington's only two field goals in the final 9:16 of the half, while Banks (4-for-4) and Kayla Burt (2-for-2) supplied the only other points from the free-throw line for UW in that span.
The second half began much like the first with the Huskies overcoming their two-point halftime deficit to build as much as a 14-point cushion. But unlike the first half, the Cougar rally fell just short.
Saturday's contest in Pullman marked the end of the Huskies' three-game road swing, as UW will return to Seattle to host UCLA, Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. and USC, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m.