Nov. 26, 2005
Ever since the departure of former Husky star Giuliana Mendiola, the Huskies have struggled to find a consistent point producer. If the first four games of the 2005-06 season are any indication, that may no longer be a problem.
After finishing last season with no players averaging double digits in points, it appears Husky guard Cameo Hicks is well on her way to not only averaging double figures, but threatening to average over 20 ppg.
The junior from Tracy, Calif. sent in 25 points in leading the Huskies to their fourth straight win to start the season, a 77-61 victory of the San Diego Toreros. It was the third consecutive game scoring more than 20 points for Hicks, following 21 point performances against Utah and Florida State. Hicks is now averaging 20.3 ppg in the early going.
Mendiola was the last Husky to achieve such a prolific mark, averaging 21.3 points in her senior season of 2003-04.
Hicks has been coming out of the gates ready to play in each game so far this season, reaching double figures before halftime in every game. She had 14 of Washington's 31 first half points, shooting 6-8 from the field while the rest of the team struggled with its accuracy, going only 6-21. Tonight, Hicks was responsible for 12 of Washington's first 17 points of the game, and drained a 3 moments after San Diego had hit a 3 of their own to tie the score at 14. That would be the last time the Toreros were ever even with the Huskies.
Opponents have not been able to limit Hicks to any one shot on the floor thus far. Against the Toreros, she exhibited a variety of moves, spinning into the paint for lay-ins, spotting up for a pair of threes, and earning trips to the free throw stripe, where she went 6-7. Hicks is also the only Husky player shooting over 50% for the season, hitting on 51% of her shots.
At least through the first four games, the Huskies have finally found the go-to scorer they have been searching for.