Nov. 20, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior guard Cameo Hicks scored 21 points, including the winning layin with seven seconds left, to lead Washington women's basketball to a thrilling 71-69 victory over Florida State at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday afternoon.
The Huskies (2-0) held as much as a 16-point lead midway through the first half but trailed by seven with 5:46 left to play. A steal and ensuing laying from Hicks, a big three-pointer from senior guard Kayla Burt and timely free-throw shooting kept UW in the game during the waning minutes. Hicks had seven of UW's final 14 points including a left-handed driving layin that broke a 69-69 tie.
UW junior forward Jill Bell contributed 10 points off the bench, and Burt added a team-high six rebounds. The Huskies shot 84.2 percent from the free-throw line and 44 percent from the field. Holly Johnson and Tanae Davis-Cain paced the Seminoles (1-1) with 15 points piece.
Like they did two days earlier at Alabama, the Huskies jumped out to a fast lead with 15-2 run early in the first half. But Florida State cut UW's 16-point first half lead down to two in the waning seconds of the opening frame. Hicks' three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Huskies a five-point cushion (40-35) going into the intermission. The Seminoles put together an 11-0 run early in the second-half, leading UW by as many as eight points with eight minutes left.
It was then UW made its comeback, capitalizing on its free-throw opportunities and shooting 5-for-6 from the line. Hicks' steal and layin at 2:42 tied the game at 66, only to have FSU go ahead 68-66 on a bucket by FSU's Tanae Davis-Cain.
With the game on the line, Burt came up big for UW, saving a ball that was headed out of bounds and then seconds later sinking a three-pointer at 1:27 to give the Huskies a 69-68 advantage.
The Seminoles had a golden opportunity to take a one-point lead when Burt was called for a foul on Alicia Gladden. Gladden sank the first free-throw to tie the score at 69-69, but missed the second. The Huskies grabbed the rebound and after a timeout, regrouped to use up time on the shot clock and get the ball to Hicks who drove to the basket for the winning layin. FSU's Holly Johnson missed a jumper with one second on the clock that would have sent the contest into overtime. Sunday's game marked the first-ever meeting between Washington and Florida State.
"That was a great game to be part of," UW head coach June Daugherty said. "I'd like to commend Florida State. We had them down 16 and they showed us what they're made of coming right back the way they did. I thought our team, you know at halftime they had made that big run and we settled down and our players did a great job of saying let's go back out there with confidence and play harder than we did the first half and it would come back to us and that's what we did. Tonight was a total, total team effort for this victory for Washington."
Coupled with their win over Alabama on Friday, the Huskies picked up two big road wins in their season opening cross-country road trip and look to carry that momentum into their home opener versus No. 22 Utah, Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.