Feb. 11, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Cameo Hicks scored 21 points and Breanne Watson notched her second-straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to help the Huskies sustain their late rally as Washington fell to UCLA, 83-75, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Pauley Pavilion, Saturday.
Washington (16-7, 9-5) trailed by as many as 16 points with 12:54 left to play and was down 11 with 2:44 on the clock. The Huskies chipped away with an 11-3 run to get within five points with 27 seconds remaining, but couldn't hold on as UCLA (15-9, 10-5) went 3-for-4 from the line and Nikki Blue's basket with 4.9 seconds sealed the win. Hicks made back-to-back free-throws to keep the losing margin in single digits.
The loss dropped Washington to fourth-place in the Pac-10 standings as UCLA moved ahead into third by a half game.
The Huskies shot just 33.3 percent from the field (26-for-78) and were outrebounded by the Bruins, 52-45. The Pac-10 leader in offensive rebounds, UW grabbed just two "O" boards in the first half but finished with 16. UCLA shot 50.8 percent from the field (31-61) including a 53.8 percent clip in the second half.
Hicks paced the Huskies with her second-straight 20-point scoring game and sixth of the season. It was Watson who came up big for the Dawgs on the glass again, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds that equaled her career-high set at USC, Thursday. Watson now has two consecutive double-doubles, after notching the first in her career at USC. Andrea Plouffe (16) and Emily Florence (10) also scored in double-figures, while Florence dished a team-high five assists.
UCLA was led by the tandem of Noelle Quinn and Lisa Willis. Quinn nearly notched a triple-double with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Willis was one of two Bruins to notch a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Lindsey Pluimer also recorded 16 points and 12 boards. The Bruins jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, but a 6-0 run by the Huskies put UW ahead 10-7 at the 16:09 mark in the first half. Plouffe scored six of Washington's first 10 points, but the momentum was short lived.
UCLA then went on a 14-2 run to take a nine-point lead, 21-12, with 10:39 left. UW cut the Bruin advantage to five, led by Hicks scoring 10 of 15 straight points. But UCLA finished out the half outscoring UW 12-4 to take a 13-point lead, 44-31, into the lockeroom.
In the second-half, UCLA led by as many as 16 points twice inside the 12:54 mark. UW chipped away, but never cut the Bruin lead to less than 10 points until the 2:01 mark.
Washington will play it final two home games of the regular season when it returns to Seattle to host the Oregon schools this week. UW will entertain Oregon, Thursday, Feb. 16 (7 p.m.) and Oregon State, Saturday, Feb. 21 (1 p.m.).