Feb. 16, 2006
Junior Jill Bell's combined a career-high 18 points with 10 rebounds for her third-career double-double, and her first this season. Mostly quiet in the first half, Bell exploded with 12 points and eight rebounds in the second half, including baskets on five of six UW possessions that cut a 47-34 Oregon lead to 47-46 with 7:45 to play.
Trailing by 14, at 47-33 with 12:07 to play, Washington mounted runs of 13-0, and 22-4, to take a 55-51 lead. During the run, which spanned nearly 11 minutes, the Huskies held Oregon to just two field goals, including separate droughts of 5:49 and 3:35.
Jill Bell and Andrea Plouffe combined for 19 of Washington's 22 points during the decisive 22-4 second-half run. Bell, in fact, had 10 points and four rebounds in UW's 13-0 run, and 12 points and six rebounds during the entire 22-4 run.
After Jill Bell hit a 19-foot jumper to give Washington a 13-11 lead with 11:25 in the first half, the Huskies proceeded to miss 12 consecutive shots, allowing Oregon to mount a 16-0 run and take a 27-13 lead with 3:59 to play. Cameo Hicks finally snapped the nearly eight-minute scoring drought with a pair of free throws at the 3:49 mark, then scored on a six-footer 21 seconds later to end the field goal drought (which lasted 7:57).
Washington's six turnovers were a season-low, and its fewest since at least the 2003-04 season. Washington did not commit its first turnover of the game until nearly the four-minute mark of the first half, when guard Emily Florence was called for an offensive foul.
The win for Washington snapped a two-game Oregon winning streak in the UW-UO series, and preserved a five-game home series winning streak for the Huskies. Prior to Thursday, Washington had dominated the series' previous four matchups in Seattle, winning each by an average of 24 points. Oregon has only won once in Seattle since the re-opening of Bank of America Arena, in 2001, and is 1-5 overall in the renovated building.
Washington and Oregon combined for 24 three-pointers in the teams' first meeting, in Eugene, earlier this season, but hit just seven three-pointers Thursday. Both teams instead opted to go inside for their scoring, with Oregon notching 34 of its 24 points in the paint, and Washington adding 24 paint points of its own.
The Huskies' second-half comeback helped the team avoid what would have been its first two-game losing streak in Pac-10 play this season. Washington has lost consecutive games just once all season, at then-No. 5 Baylor and at Texas A&M in early December.
With the win, Washington improved to 13-2 when holding its opponent under 70 points.