Feb. 5, 2006
SEATTLE - Washington's defense forced 24 turnovers - including 13 in the opening 10 minutes of play - while shooting 47.7 percent from the field to earn a dominating 83-57 win over Washington State on Sunday at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. The win marked the 22nd-straight for Washington in the series, and was the fifth-largest margin of victory for either team in series history.
Sophomore Andrea Plouffe scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures for Washington, which won for the 10th time in its last 14 games, and the 20th time in 28 games dating back to last season. Cougars freshman Amanda DuRocher led the scoring for the visitors, finishing with 20 points, including four three-pointers.
Washington put the game away in the opening minutes, holding the Cougars without a field goal for more than seven minutes after the opening tip. In all, Washington State went 16 possessions before finding the basket, including 10 turnovers, four missed shots and two free throws.
By the time DuRocher - younger sister of Washington quarterback Johnny DuRocher - ended the drought with a three-pointer, the Huskies had built a 19-5 lead it would never relinquish.
"We were trying to play hard on defense, to get into the passing lanes and let our defense create our offense," said senior Kristen O'Neill of the Huskies' game plan, which limited Washington State to just eight field-goal attempts in the opening 10 minutes of play.
Washington responded to DuRocher's three by scoring the next 11-straight points, helped by four more Cougars miscues. The Huskies led 30-5 at the 9:29 mark of the first half - including 20 points off of 13 WSU turnovers - and opened a lead as large as 33 points, at 47-14 with 2:14 to play, before a Cougars run cut it to 50-26 at halftime.
It was much the same story in the second half, with the Huskies keeping Washington State off the scoreboard for nearly four minutes after the intermission. Sophomore Andrea Plouffe scored 11 of Washington's first 15 out of the break, helping the Huskies increase their lead to 32 early on, before the Washington bench took over for the remainder of the period.
Washington finished the game with a 34-13 advantage in points off turnovers, while shooting 47.7 percent (31-of-65) from the field. The Huskies' offense, quiet early in the season, has picked up late, with Washington shooting better than 45 percent in five of its last seven games, while earning its last four wins by a margin of 20.5 points each.
Junior Cameo Hicks added a career-high six assists to her 11 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Dominique Banks matched a career-high with eight rebounds, and 11 points. Juniors Cheri Craddock (12) and Jill Bell (10) also scored in double figures for UW.
"I think our team was still hungry after the loss to ASU [last Saturday]," said head coach Juune Daugherty, who earned her 99th-career Pac-10 win. "Everyone had a great energy in practice this week. The kids are playing hard, and having fun. Now we need to pack that defense and rebounding and take it with us to L.A."
The Huskies, two games out of the Pac-10 Conference lead, travel to Los Angeles next week for games against USC on Thursday and UCLA on Sunday. Washington's matchup with the Bruins will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m.