Jan. 12, 2006
SEATTLE - Washington put five players in double digits and converted 47 percent of its shots from the field Thursday to score a season-high 96 points in a 96-75 win over UCLA at Bank of America Arena.
Junior Cameo Hicks notched her second double-double of the 2005-06 season and the third of her UW career, combining 17 points with 10 rebounds and a career-high equaling six assists. Hicks scored 13 of her points in a 20-3 UW run that buried the Bruins -- then trailing by just five points - in a 23-point hole early in the second half.
Washington's 96 points were 27 more than its season-average of 69.4 per game, and were its most since an historic 111-77 win over UCLA (9-7, 4-3) on Feb. 1, 2003. The win was the 12th-straight at home for Washington (12-3, 5-1), off to its best start since opening 12-2 in 2002-03.
The win moved the Huskies into a share of first-place in the Pac-10 Conference; Stanford, also 5-1 in Pac-10 play, meets Cal on Saturday.
Thursday's affair was never in doubt after Hicks' prolific run, the latest in a series of outstanding performances for the Tracy, Calif., native. Hicks has scored in double figures in 12 of 15 games this season, and has led the Huskies in scoring 11 times.
Sophomore Emily Florence added a career-high nine rebounds and four assists to her 11 points. She and Hicks were joined in double figures by sophomore Dominique Banks (16), senior Kristen O'Neill (14) and junior Breanne Watson (10).
"We played very well for both halves and we controlled our rebounding," said 10th-year head coach June Daugherty. "This was a big win for this program and a real testimony of what this team is all about."
Washington recorded season-highs in almost every offensive category, including points (96), field goal percentage (.470, 31-for-66) and free-throws made (24). The Huskies equaled season-highs with 19 assists and 10 three-pointers - including three by Hicks in the game-deciding run - and came within one of matching its season-high for field goals (31).
The Husky defense also excelled, limiting UCLA's Pac-10 leading offense to just 74 points, while forcing 21 Bruins turnovers. Senior guard Nikki Blue scored a game-high 24 points, but Washington limited second-leading scorer Noelle Quinn to just five points on 1-of-9 shooting. Quinn had averaged 21.0 points in the Bruins' sweep of the Arizona schools last weekend, and entered Thursday averaging 16.5 points per game.
"Our defense has been very good all year and it was amazing tonight," Daugherty said.
Washington hosts USC (11-5, 4-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday, before traveling to the Willamette Valley for games against Oregon State (Thursday, 7 p.m.) and Oregon (Saturday, 1 p.m.)