Dec. 9, 2005
Washington's win extended its home winning streak to eight, including four games this season and the last four home games of 2004-05. The Huskies' current home winning streak equals its eighth-longest all-time, and is its second-longest since the arena reopened in 2001.
Including the last seven games of the 2004-05 season, Washington is 11-4 in its last 15 games.
Washington took control of the game in the first half with an 18-6 run, extending a 19-17 lead at the 7:56 mark to 37-23 by halftime. Junior Cameo Hicks scored seven of her nine first-half points during the run, while UW held Michigan to just two field goals in the nearly eight-minute span.
After making just two field goals in the final 7:56 of the first half, Michigan hit seven of its first eight second-half shots, including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range, to cut the Huskies' lead to 60-47 with 8:47 to play. The Wolverines, however, could manage just four field goals the rest of the way, as Washington mounted a 20-9 to put the game out of reach.
Washington attempted 66 shots, to just 46 for Michigan.
Junior Cameo Hicks scored 17 points, her sixth time in double digits in eight games this year, and 18th time in her last 23 games dating back to last season. Hicks is averaging 16.0 points per game in 2005-06, up from 9.5 ppg a year ago.
Senior Kristen O'Neill was not in the starting lineup Friday for the first time since the 2002-03 season. That didn't stop O'Neill, however, from scoring a season-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including three 3-pointers on five attempts.
In addition to O'Neill, several other Huskies recorded season-highs, including Maggie O'Hara (rebounds, 6), Emily Florence (assists, 6), Cameo Hicks (assists, 4 (ties high)) and Nicole Castro (points, 5).
Washington dominated outside the arc, hitting nine three pointers on 22 attempts (.409), and around the basket, outscoring Michigan by a 28-16 margin in the paint.
Washington's defense held Michigan to just 60 points, the fifth time in eight games this season that the Huskies have held an opponent to 62 points or less. The Huskies forced 24 Michigan turnovers, which it then turned into 20 offensive points.
After averaging just 39.4 percent shooting from the floor in its first seven games, Washington fired at a 48.4 percent clip in the first-half Friday, hitting 15 of its first 31 shots, including 5-of-10 from three-point range.