Feb. 16, 2006
SEATTLE- The Washington Huskies were able to overcome a 15 point deficit in the second half of Thursday night's game against the Ducks behind an inspiring effort from Jill Bell.
Following a mediocre first half of play with six points and two rebounds, Bell went on a tear in the second half producing 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Huskies to victory. With 10:59 left in the contest, Bell scored five baskets in the Huskies next six possessions to bring the Dawgs back within one point, 47-46. On the following Oregon possession, Bell earned one of her two blocks of the game, a crucial one, swatting the ball three rows back in the stands with 8:01 left to play. Upon the inbound, Oregon then turned the ball over and eventually the Huskies would tie the game at 51-51 with 3:14 left off an Andrea Plouffe three-pointer from point guard Emily Florence.
The Washington women held strong on defense the following possession, keeping Oregon from scoring. On offense, Bell stepped up to grab the rebound off a missed jumper and put it back up for two points, giving Washington a 53-51 lead, their first since the Huskies led 13-11 with 11:25 left in the first half. UW never turned back, as they would lead the rest of the way and go on to win 61-55 in an instant inter-conference classic.
"Jill (Bell) asked to come out, and twice I asked her if she was ready to go back and she said no, but I put her in anyway and she responded," said Washington head coach June Daugherty. "She was a little winded and we run those sets to isolate her in the post and she did a good job of seeing it they were going to double team her at that point and try to find the open player. I thought not just her scoring but her rebounding was phenomenal, she got the stops what we could not get in the first half against their size."
Bell finished the game with a career-high 18 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and one assist.