Dec. 20, 2005
Tuesday's game marks the earliest Pac-10 Conference opener for Washington in team history. Washington also opened conference play before Christmas in 2001, defeating Washington State, 98-64, in Seattle. The Huskies are 15-6 in Pac-10 openers all-time, with Tuesday's win marking their first in a conference opener since 2002-03.
Washington's win extended its home winning streak to 10, including six games this season and the last four home games of 2004-05. The Huskies' current home winning streak is its seventh-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 13-4 in its last 17 games, including 6-3 in games vs. Pac-10 opponents.
Washington's win was its 11th-straight against Cal, and its 38th in 46 meetings (38-8) between the two schools all-time.
Washington's win snapped a four-game Cal winning streak. The loss was Cal's first to a team not ranked in the top-25.
Junior Cameo Hicks finished with a team-high 16 points Tuesday, marking her eighth time in double figures this season, and 20th in 24 games dating back to last year. Hicks has held at least a share of UW's team lead in scoring in eight of 10 games this season.
After scoring seven of Washington's first 23 points, Hicks was held scoreless for more than 20 minutes, before tacking on nine points in the final 6:08 as the Huskies held on to a tight lead. Hicks broke the scoreless stretch with a key three-pointer that extended UW's lead to six, at 48-42, after Cal had cut it to three - UW's smallest lead since midway through the first half -- on the previous possession. The Bears did not close within as few as three points again.
Sophomore Andrea Plouffe recorded her second-career double-double, combining 10 points with a career-high equaling 10 rebounds. Plouffe also had a double-double Nov. 27 vs. Rice (17 pts, 10 reb).
All nine of Cal's first-half field goals came within two quick spurts, including five in a 4:12 spurt at the start of the half, and four in a span of 2:43 at the end of the half. In between, the Golden Bears went without a basket for more than 11 minutes, as Washington turned a 10-10 tie into a 23-12 lead with 6:36 to play.
The Huskies have forced 20 turnovers or more in seven of their eight wins, and forced 19 in the lone other win, vs. Alabama.
Washington's defense held Cal to a UW opponent season-low 50 points, the seventh time this season that the Huskies have held an opponent to 61 points or less.
Washington outrebounded Cal by a significant 48-29 margin. That number is even more significant considering that Washington entered the game ranked just seventh in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin at +3.2 rpg, while Cal ranked fifth at +5.6. UW is 5-0 when outrebounding its opponent. Washington is averaging 42.3 rebounds per game, up from 37.6 rpg a year ago.
The two teams combined for 32 first-half turnovers. Washington's 17 first-half turnovers were just one shy of its season average of 18.1 per game, while Cal's 15 first-half miscues nearly matched its 19.2 tpg average.