Dec. 22, 2005
SEATTLE - For whatever reason, Washington shows up to play when Stanford comes to town. Prior to this season, the Huskies had defeated the often highly-ranked Cardinal three times at Bank of America Arena in their last six tries.
The pattern continued Thursday night as UW beat 10th-ranked Stanford to improve its record to 9-2 and a perfect 2-0 in conference play.
"I'm just so proud and happy," head coach June Daugherty said after the game with enthusiasm. "This is why we play the preseason we play. We had success in the preseason and these guys came ready to play. Focus has been awesome. Hats off to the seniors. The whole team deserves this, but especially the seniors. This is a great win."
The Huskies capitalized on 24 Cardinal turnovers by scoring 32 points following the miscues. In contrast, Washington turned the ball over just 10 times with Stanford netting 12 points off the mistakes.
Washington's win snapped a four-game losing streak to its Pac-10 opponent. Its last win against Stanford came in the 2002-03 season when the Dawgs tallied a 92-68 win against the then-sixth-ranked Cardinal in Seattle. They also beat Stanford in back-to-back seasons with a two-point win in 2000 and an eight-point win in 2001.
Twice the Huskies faced large second half deficits, but each time their swarming defense produced turnovers that led to quick points.
"All we talked about was that we needed to get back out there and play as hard as we could with our defense," said Daugherty. "We didn't think the game was out of hand at all. We put pressure on the basketball to deny lanes and the front line was trying to great job and it worked. A little piece here and a deflection there and we were off and running."
The win extended the Huskies' home court winning streak to 10. The streak began after the team's loss to Stanford a season ago.
Washington vs. Stanford at Bank of America Arena:
2005-06: Washington 77, No. 10 Stanford 72
2004-05: No. 4 Stanford 82, Washington 60
2003-04: No. 4 Stanford 77, Washington 69
2002-03: Washington 92, No. 6 Stanford 68
2001-02: No. 4 Stanford 75, Washington 67
2000-01: Washington 95, Stanford 87
1999-00: Washington 85, No. 24 Stanford 83